Jul 152016

ff glue on bails

There are so many different ways to make jewelry pendants and charms, and there are just as many different ways to dangle them from our chosen chain or cording.

A jump ring though a pierced hole is probably the simplest way to do it, but sometimes it’s nice to be a bit more elegant. Also, sometimes you may not be able to or may not want to make a hole through your piece, like in my dragon pendant above.

That’s where a glue on bail can come in handy. As you can see from the small selection I have, they can go from quite fancy to very plain and simple.

In the video I’ll tell you what you need to know in order to use these jewelry findings effectively.

Here are links to the bails I show:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Glue On Bails video at YouTube.

Jul 132016

fantasy bezels

You may have noticed that I adore interesting surface effects. And I haven’t found any effects much more interesting than what Pebeo Fantasy paints can do!

After playing with these paints and admiring their organic end results, I decided they needed to be showcased by an organic setting. So, in this week’s video I’ll show you how to create these polymer clay bezels. Next week I’ll show how much fun it is to drop in the Pebeos and watch them do their thing.

You can finish the bezels simply, with just some applied mica powders, like I show in the video. Or, you can take it up a step and add metallics and patinas with Swellegant paints.

I definitely prefer this look, and like to wait until the Pebeos are done before choosing my paint & patina colors. The final look of Pebeos is unpredictable, so by waiting I can choose the colors that perfectly accent them.

Gather your supplies and be prepared to have fun!

Happy creating!

Watch the Fantasy Bezel Pendants-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 112016

nature's treasures

I’ve always been fascinated with things that are encased in clear resin or glass. Having them frozen in space and being able to study them carefully from all angles is just so amazing.

In today’s video I show how to use UV resin to preserve tiny bits of flowers, leaves and grasses as molded cabochons.

You can then glue on a bail or drill holes to make these pieces into whatever jewelry you like.  This would be the perfect way to preserve flowers from a bridal bouquet or any other occasion you’d like to remember.

Make sure to plan for test runs. As I show in the video, things don’t always turn out like you think they will.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Nature’s Treasures-Resin Pendant Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 082016

ff pebeos

If you haven’t yet seen the Pebeo paints and their amazing surface effects, you are in for a a treat!

I’ve only begun to experiment and play with them, but in this video I share what I’ve learned and discovered about what works, what doesn’t and how to clean up easily.

elise smith

pebeo cabochons by Elise Smith

As you can see from the above photo, other artists have managed to get wonderful results with these fun paints. Check out Elise Smith’s Facebook photos for other examples of what she’s done.

One thing I forgot to mention in the video is the drying time. Depending on the thickness of the application these take anywhere from 6 to 72 hours before they are completely dry, so patience and a safe place to keep them while waiting is required. 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Pebeo Prisme Fantasy Paints Intro Video-Friday Findings at YouTube.

Jul 062016

ammonite pendant

This project began when I saw a similar ammonite piece on Pinterest. Although the photo showed step-by-step directions they didn’t make much sense to me, so I went ahead and developed my own way of doing it.

I was pleasantly surprised that it ended up being so easy and so very cool looking.

You could easily whip up several of these for yourself in half an hour or so. The only part that is time-consuming is wrapping the coils.

If you want to know how to paint it so that it looks like an old piece of metal be sure to check out my Swellegant paints and patinas video.

Tools and materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Ammonite Pendants Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 042016

post & charm earrings

I decided to call this project “Post & Charm Earrings” rather than “Flower & Cat Earrings” because I wanted the focus to be on the design instead of the particular elements I chose.

This project is so incredibly simple, but so versatile! Like I mention in the video, you only need four elements: a charm to dangle from the bottom, a decorative earring finding, a bead and some wire.

Your personal choices of each of these four things can completely change the look of the earrings.

Of course, if you want to use the exact posts & charms I did, here you go: 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Post & Charm Earrings Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 012016

ff post earrings

It occurred to me the other day that 99% of my earrings are the dangly hook style. I do have a few smaller, post type earrings for the second pierced hole in each ear, but that’s it.

It became a problem when I was doing some work with a dress code that stated earrings could be no larger than a dime. Say what?! Oooo, I did not care for that restriction, not one little bit.

It also occurred to me that perhaps not everybody wants them quite so busy as I do. So I assembled several post type earring findings for you to check out.

With the exception of the glue-on findings, all of these have loops from which you can dangle as small or as long a decoration as you like.

Here are links to a few of the findings I show in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Post Earrings video at YouTube.

Jun 292016

arabesque bracelet

This beads in this bracelet are hollow, so they’re lightweight and comfortable to wear. I just love the silver painted designs, so easy to do with silk screening.

In this video I teach several different techniques that build on each other to make this bracelet:

  • making subtle blended stripes using clay from your scrap bin
  • silk screening on clay
  • creating domes with a hollow bead maker form
  • putting together pairs of domes to make beads
  • stringing them all together into a bracelet

Right after finishing this project I watch a video by Helen Breil in which she gives ideas for ways you can enhance your silk screened designs even further.  Not only is she a wonderful polymer clay designer with a classy sense of style, but she has designed several silk screens. I may have to get some!

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Arabesque Bracelet-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 272016

fantasy flower necklace

The name “Fantasy Flower Necklace” came to me because the green & purple colors along with the twining brown & green strands made me think of fairy tales. Dunno why, it just did.

You’ll notice that I added a couple of dangles after making the video. Just a heart and a bird charm, each on a short length of chain. I think it completes the dangle nicely.

This is one of those projects that is best made with the particular supplies you have on hand. It will be more personal that way.

Many of these things have been in my stash for a while, but I’ll give links when I can find them. Have fun creating your own unique designs!

Tools & Materials

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Fantasy Flower Necklace Video Tutorial at YouTube.

Jun 242016

ff making jump rings

Jump rings are one of those basics that you learn about early in jewelry making. It’s convenient that we can buy them ready made by the dozens if not hundreds, but there may be times when you need a particular size, color or wire gauge. So it’s good to be able to make them yourself!

The most basic of tools are all you need. A pair of Flush Cutters and Round Nose Pliers will do the trick.

However, there are a lot of gadgets out there to help simplify the process. I show these two in the video:

These are ones I haven’t tried, but they look interesting:

In the video I’ll show you a few different ways to make a wire coil, and then explain how to turn a coil into well-made jump rings.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch Friday Findings-How to Make Jump Rings at YouTube.