Mar 132015
 

Have you ever wished you could add additional holes to your metal jewelry bits and pieces?

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Or perhaps you have found objects that just need holes in the right places in order to be made into jewelry or home dec. OR maybe you want additional holes for dangles.

I don’t know about you, but that’s how I think. “Oh, I’d love to use this in that way, if only….”

Enter the Screw Punch, a super simple, and clever little tool that lets you punch either a 1.5 or 2.3 mm hole into any soft metal up to 1/16-inch thick.

In the video I’ll show you how to use it and also give some ideas for what you might use it on.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Using a Screw Punch video over at YouTube.

Mar 122015
 

I was SO happy to be back to sculpting in three dimensions after last week’s “meh” polymer clay painting.

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Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

Meet Stuart. He’s made with a lot of translucent clay and I love how you can see the depth of his layers.

To learn why I’m making a dragon every week check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details.

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Stuart’s body is covered with Snowflake Jade cane from Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel’s Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception.

In the book they show you how to use the quite translucent cane slices over different colors of clay to make bangle bracelets. I love how they look so different when over white, green or gray cores.

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Stuart’s wings are made from thinned out slices of bits trimmed off the end of the cane. I really liked how those ragged edges looked and wanted to preserve them.

The bottle he is hanging onto is the largest of the Tim Holtz Corked Vials. It’s about  2 3/4 inches high.

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What’s in the bottle? That remains a mystery, but it looks sort of magical, doesn’t it?

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Meanwhile, Stuart is living up to his name, stewarding the contents, whatever they may be.

If you’d like to keep up with my dragon creations this year, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.

Mar 112015
 

I thought you’d like to know…

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…my Polymer Clay Chocolates class is live over at CraftArtEdu! You can learn how to make seven different miniature chocolates – in polymer clay.

Click on the photo for more info and a free class preview. There’s a 20% discount if you sign up by Saturday, March 14.

Happy creating!

Mar 112015
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday once again!

A special note to J.M. if you’re reading this: Happy 49th Birthday! Yup, you’re still older than me. 🙂 I think of you and pray for you & yours often.

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I hope you all aren’t tired of seeing me working through Abby Hook’s Wire Jewelry Masterclass. Honestly, it’s the only thing I’ve been creating lately that I can show to the world.

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However, now there’s one new thing I CAN show you. My Polymer Clay Chocolates class is live over at CraftArtEdu! You can learn how to make seven different miniature chocolates – in polymer clay.

Click on the photo for a free class preview. There’s a 20% discount if you sign up by Saturday, March 14.

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Today’s project from Wire Jewelry Masterclass is the Eastern Charm Dangle Earrings. They are a variation of the Mermaid’s Purse Earrings that I did last week. This time around I’m using sterling silver wire, rather than the copper. Aren’t those purple Swarovski briolettes gorgeous? Can’t wait to wear these sparkly, dangly pretties.

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This pile is a bunch of beads I just ordered from ArtBeads.com. Be looking for them in upcoming weeks. Those blue ones are going to be part of a ring and that fire opal cabochon will be wire wrapped.

The little dish on the right is holding the rest of the beads for the other earring, as well as all my wire snippets. The theory being once I’ve finished the earrings, all that will be left is my silver to recycle.

If you’re wondering why I’m sharing photos of my desk, well, it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all get together at Julia’s and take a peek at each other’s creative goings on. It’s always fun and often inspiring. Join us if you have a the time.

Mar 092015
 

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A baker’s dozen bead dangles on each earring gives a lush, full feel to this pair.

Since we’re making so many bead dangles, I kept it easy with just simple loops, rather than wrapped loops.

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I mixed metals with abandon in these earrings, using gold plated, brass and a variety of gold tone base metals.  This adds to the richness of the look.

Choosing several different shapes and textures of beads keeps it interesting. I love these blue/green lumpy dyed pearl beads, but you make sure to start your design with a pair of focals that speak to YOU. Then you’re sure to love the end result. 🙂

Happy creating!  Enjoy the video.

You can watch the Spring Greens Dangle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 ear wires
  • 2 10mm fused wire rings
  • 2 17mm pearl beads
  • 8 4mm cube beads
  • 8 3mmx4mm freshwater pearl beads
  • 8 4mm clear crystal beads
  • 8-12 4mm daisy spacers
  • 8-12 2mm brass beads
  • 2 decorative head pins
  • 24 head pins

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • ruler

Directions:

  1. Slide focal beads onto decorative head pins. Slide remaining beads, along with any spacers desired, onto head pins.
  2. Use flush cut wire cutters to cut all head pins to 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch above last bead strung.  (Practice and experience will help you determine the best wire length and loop size for you.)
  3. Use round nose pliers to make a simple loop on each head pin.
  4. Open loops and add half of bead dangles onto each 10mm fused wire ring. Add loop of a focal bead to each fused 10mm wire ring.
  5. Center focal beads between smaller bead dangles and attach an ear wire to empty space on each 10mm fused wire ring to complete earrings.
Mar 062015
 

Here’s something different to do with wire.

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Make words, all sorts of words, lots of words. Especially today when so many names have their own unique spellings you can personalize anything.

You may have to dust off your cursive handwriting. (Do they even teach that in schools anymore?) And you’ll definitely need to practice a little to get things to come out the way you want,  but it’s worthwhile and rather fun.

My favorite tools to use for wire shaping:

This 20 gauge craft wire is perfect for making your own wire words or sayings.  My three words “love,” “joy” and “peace” come from Galatians 5:22. What words or sayings inspire you?

I’d love to see your projects based on this tutorial at my Facebook page in the “Your Creations” album.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Wire Words video over at YouTube.

Mar 052015
 

This week’s dragon definitely was out of my comfort zone…

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… as you can probably tell from the results.

Bleah.

I’m definitely sticking to three-dimensional art from now on.

But, it was a fun project and I learned a lot.

To learn why I’m making a dragon every week check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details.

As I’ve mentioned I’m participating in the Polymer Clay Adventure this year and want to put the classes to good use. This week’s class was by Suzanne Ivester. She’s the Polymer Chef in Polymer Cafe magazine and is also well known for her polymer painting technique, which is what she taught.

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Because of the detail in my composition, I would call mine more “polymer clay marquetry” than “polymer clay painting.”  All those bits & pieces on the castle took forever, but I’m pleased with how it came out.

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The dragon, I’m not so thrilled with, although I really do like the patterning I figured out how to do discovered by mistake. 🙂

I was using a blade to shave off bits of the dark lines on the wings and accidentally shaved into the purple part of the wings. Voila, cool texture!

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My favorite part of the process was making the blends, like for the sky and the mountains.

Also, Suzanne had a great technique for adding an overall canvas-like texture. I didn’t have the tool she used, but found a vinyl placemat that worked pretty well. 🙂

If you’d like to keep up with my dragon creations this year, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.

Happy creating!

Mar 032015
 

Happy first What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday  of March!

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Today I’m still working through Abby Hook’s Wire Jewelry Masterclass.

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Here is one of her Mermaid’s Purse earrings done and the frame for the second one started.

I love that the fine gauge wire was reclaimed from discarded electronics by my son. All I have to do is run it through a candle flame to burn off the coating, then remove the firescale with a bit of sandpaper.

Wondering why I’m posting photos of my desk? Well it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all go visiting the creative spaces of creative people all over the world. The blog link party starts at Julia’s.

Mar 022015
 

Have you found that sometimes the simplest of supplies can make a project with great impact?

turquoise & silver dangle earrings

I love the simplicity of a single color bead, today it’s turquoise, in a single repeating motif, just simple dangles on silver plated headpins on a silver plated chain.

The trickiest part, as I mention in the video, is working with this tiny chain. You can make it easier on your eyes and use larger chain, putting a dangle on either side of each chain link.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Turquoise and Silver Dangle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

 Materials:

  • 2 silver plated ear wires
  • 2 4mm silver plated jump rings
  • 20 silver plated head pins
  • 2 11-link pieces 12-link-per-inch silver plated chain
  • 20 4mm turquoise beads

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters.
  1. Slide a turquoise bead onto a head pin. Trim wire above bead to 3/8-inch. Grasp wire with tips of round nose pliers and twist to form a simple loop.
  2. Repeat to make simple loop dangles on other head pins.
  3. Use chain nose pliers to open a simple loop by twisting it to one side. Place loop into a link of chain. Close loop securely. Repeat to place a bead dangles on all but one end chain link of each chain piece.
  4. Open a jump ring and slide on the last link of chain and an ear wire. Close jump ring securely. Repeat to make second earring.

What combination of colors would you use to make these earrings?

Happy creating!

Feb 272015
 

Friday Findings-S Clasp

With the right tools it really is very simple to make your own jewelry findings. This “S” clasp has an elegant look, but you can make one in just a few minutes.

The tools I used to make this clasp:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Quick “S” Clasp video tutorial over at YouTube.