Nov 142014
 

I’ve been in love with alcohol inks ever since I discovered them in the paper crafting world. The fact that they can be used to add color to non-porous items like glass, plastic & metal still fascinates me and I’m always thinking of new uses for them.

friday findings alcohol inks

In today’s video I show you a few of those uses. I hope you find them exciting and inspiring!

The alcohol inks used in the video are:

If you’re thinking about playing with alcohol inks I highly recommend you add the Snow Cap mixative and the Gold and Silver Metallic Mixatives to your stash.

clay-flower-wreath

The snow cap is a white with a more opaque look than the rest and can be mixed and marbled for some great effects. If you mix it with colors you get a look of sort of like enamels, like on the flowers in this clay wreath. Those flowers began their lives as metal bead caps, btw.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings – Coloring With Alcohol Inks video over at YouTube.

Nov 112014
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, everyone!

Click on any of the photos to get a closer look.

2014 11 12 woyww polymer clay pendant

Today’s workdesk shows several projects in the works. That pile of mostly pink fabrics in the center back is silks, ready to be hemmed with rolled hems and made into scarves to keep my neck warm this winter.

The curtain pattern is back, as my church wants a few more curtains to match the ones I made this summer.

sylvie peraud tribal pendant class

But the main thing on my desk today is the one you can hardly see, as it’s white clay on a white tile. I’m taking Sylvie Peraud’s Tribal Pendant class over at CraftArtEdu.com and learning all the techniques in this piece. I just hope mine comes out half as nice as hers!

autumn doll

Last week I was working on this autumn doll, based on Sandrartes’ tutorial on YouTube. (Even if you never plan to make this sculpture, it’s rather fun to watch the process in the video.)

autumn doll feet

I only changed a couple things from Sandra’s design. I made the shoes a little different and added buttons/bells. There are gold and copper Gilder’s Paste accents throughout.

autumn doll leaves

I made the pumpkin skirt more rustic and added some texture. I also thought she needed a couple leaves on her skirt and a sprig of berries in her hand.

autumn doll head

I made the acorn cap a different shape, basing it on an acorn I picked up in my yard. And, of course, nobody who knows me would be surprised that she got a purple shirt rather than a green one. 😀

In other news, I’m having a jewelry supply giveaway over at my YouTube channel since I just reached 5000 subscribers. Please feel free to join in for a chance to win!

See the 5000 Subscriber Jewelry Supply Giveaway video for all the details.

That’s all I’ve got today. If you’d like to see the sometimes messy, sometimes neat, but always interesting desks of other creative people, check out the blog link party over at Julia’s.

Happy creating!

Nov 112014
 

So, some time last night my YouTube channel hit 5000 subscribers. Yay!

Thanks so much to all of you who like my videos enough to subscribe to my channel. I especially appreciate you who leave comments telling me what you like (or dislike) about them. 🙂

jewelry prize 2nd

As I promised a while back, I have two awesome prizes of wholesale beads from House of Gems to give away. See the 5000 Subscriber Jewelry Supply Giveaway video for all the details.
jewelry prize 1st

Thanks again and happy creating!

Nov 102014
 

tribal swirl bracelet

Sure we’ve had fun making our own jewelry, but have you ever thought about making your own beads?

Just think of the possibilities,  you can choose any colors for the base, any colors for the accents, make them any size and shape you want. What’s not to love?

In this video I’ll show you how to add the swirl pattern that gives these beads their tribal feel. I highly recommend using metallic or pearlized clays for this step. I’ll also show you how to make perfect, consistent size & shape beads using a bead roller.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Tribal Swirls Beads & Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials for beads:

Materials for bracelet:

  • 6 9 mm x 16 mm oval beads (purchased or made yourself with tutorial)
  • 7 4 mm glass bicone beads
  • 14 4 mm x 6 mm copper rondelle spacer beads
  • 2 inches copper chain
  • lobster clasp
  • jump ring
  • 11 inches bead stringing wire
  • 2 crimps
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 wire protectors

Tools:

  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers

See video for complete instructions.

Nov 072014
 

friday findings coiled wire beads

In today’s Friday Findings video I show you several things you can do with a Coiling Gizmo.

coiled-wire-toggle-clasp

Not only can you make your own jump rings and bead spacers, you can dress up many of your findings with wire coils, like this toggle clasp.

coiled-wire-bead-bracelet

And you can make cool coiled coil beads like these.

coiled-coil-wire-bead

If you don’t feel like going out and buying a coiling gizmo, just shape a wire coat hanger into a similar shape. The only disadvantage is that you’ll have to hold the left side in your hand, rather than having the support.

Make sure to share your creations on our Facebook page in the “Your Creations” album.

Hey! Many thanks to all of my wonderful YouTube viewers. We are fast approaching 5000 subscribers! Don’t forget that I have a fantastic giveaway of beads & jewelry making supplies when that happens.

In the meantime enjoy the video and happy creating!

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

Nov 042014
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesdayeveryone!

2014 11 05 woyww autumn doll

Today’s desk shows, that although I spend a lot of time thinking, planning and designing my own projects, sometimes it’s nice to take a “brain break” and work on a kit, or a project already thought out by somebody else.

autumn doll sandrates

A month or so ago Sandrartes posted this adorable Autumn doll polymer clay tutorial on her YouTube channel. She was so utterly cute, that I decided to make my own.

2014 11 05 woyww autumn doll close

I’ve decided to prebake her in sections, just to keep from messing up parts I’ve already done. That’s one good thing about polymer clay, you can bake it as many times as you need to.

Next to do is her shirt, I’m thinking purple instead of Sandra’s green. We’ll see.

So, that’s what I’m up to, listening to one of the Outlander books and making a polymer clay doll. A relaxing time, indeed!

The crazy busyness will catch up to me tomorrow, no doubt. 😀

In the meantime, if you’d like to see what’s on the workdesks of creative folks from all around the world, be sure to check out our weekly blog hop party over at Julia’s.

Happy creating!

Nov 032014
 

Don’t you just love how a little bit of wire can totally transform a couple of simple beads?

(Click on the photos for a closer look.)

teardrop & hammered wire earrings (1)

These faceted blue teardrop beads are quite pretty all on their own, but with messy wraps and a hammered wire shape they become even more interesting.

teardrop & hammered wire earrings (2)

If you use silver or copper wire you could patina it with liver of sulfur and then use pro-polish pads to shine up the high spots. Ooooo, the possibilities. 🙂

So, what beads do you have that could use some dressing up?

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch Teardrop & Hammered Wire Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 ear wires
  • 2 10mm x 15mm top drilled teardrop beads
  • 2 4-inch pieces 20 gauge wire
  • 2 18-inch pieces 26 gauge wire

Tools:

  • chasing hammer
  • bench block or Mini Anvil
  • wire cutters
  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • cup burr
  1. Use cup burr to smooth all ends of 20 gauge wire.
  2. Grasp one end of 20 gauge wire with round nose pliers and make a small loop. Use chain nose pliers to hold loop and continue to shape wire into a loose spiral that is the same width as widest part of teardrop bead.
  3. Use round nose pliers to make a loop on other end of wire, facing in the opposite direction. Shape into a spiral until it meets first spiral.
  4. Place wire shape on bench block or anvil and hammer until evenly flattened. Use rounded end of hammer to give texture on both sides.
  5. Slide 26 gauge wire through hole of a teardrop bead, leaving one inch sticking out one side. Bend both wire ends up at 90-degree angle to hole of bead. Bend wires over top of bead, making a triangle shape. Bend remaining ends of wire up, perpendicular to bead hole.
  6. Bend both wires at 90° angle. Use round nose pliers to make a loop with these wires. Wrap remaining wire around bends and down to cover bead hole. This can be done with neat, tight wraps, or in “messy wraps.”
  7. Slide loops of wrapped teardrop onto larger hammered spiral so it hangs from outer ring of spiral. Use chain nose pliers to open loop of ear wire and attach to top of hammered shape. Close ear wire securely.
  8. Repeat all steps for second earring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 312014
 

Today’s video starts out with a drawer FULL of jewelry that needs either repair or wants reworking.

Yes, it’s true, many of the pieces of jewelry I make on my YouTube videos get remade. Some are wonderful as they are and turn into favorites that I wear a lot, but occasionally there’s just something about a piece that isn’t quite right.

friday findings redoing & repairing

That’s the beauty of being able to do it yourself. You have the skills to redo that piece into something you absolutely love!

I’d love to see before and after photos of jewelry you’ve either repaired or redone. You can share them on my Facebook page in the “Your Creations” album.

Happy re-creating!

You can watch Friday Findings-Redoing & Repairing Jewelry over at YouTube.

 

Oct 282014
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday!

2014 10 29 woyww october tim tag

Today’s desk is full of all sorts of crafting goodies, and every one of them was pulled out just for the Tim Holtz October tag.  Yes, this desk was completely empty when I started.

Has anyone ever added up the price of all of the supplies Tim lists that you need for a single tag?  That would be interesting… and probably shocking, lol.

Anyhow, I got over running out to buy everything needed for a tag a long time ago. Now I just wing it with my own supplies.

spring dogwood tim tag (1)

This month I did wing (wung?) it so much that my tag is for an entirely different season. I’m not particularly fond of Halloween, or fall, for that matter, so spring birds and flowers it is.

spring dogwood tim tag (3)

Anyhow, I do love how the Ransom Alpha Parts look painted with the Distress paints. (Picked Raspberry is the main color I used, with dabs of Wild Honey and Broken China.)

spring dogwood tim tag (2)

The little sprig of flowers in the right is from the Nature Adornments, also painted with Distress paints then lightly sanded. The dogwood flowers are from the Butterflies & Flowers Stamp & Die set.

So, that’s all I’ve got today. Sorry if it’s strange to see a spring project two days before Halloween, but I’ll bet our friends Down Under understand! 😉

If you’d like to see more creative spaces, check out our weekly blog hop over at Julia’s. Happy creating!

Oct 272014
 

Blue Skies Bead Bracelet

I LOVE the colors in these blue sky jasper beads and copper seemed like the perfect accent for them. This stringing project is a little more involved than many I’ve done, but the results are well worth it.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Blue Skies Bead Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube

Materials:

  • 34 12mm blue sky jasper lentil beads
  • 3 12-15mm copper beads
  • 5 6mm x 4mm copper spacer beads
  • 22 5mm x 2mm copper daisy spacer beads
  • 6 crimps
  • 6 crimp covers
  • 6 wire protectors
  • 2 jump rings
  • 2-inch length copper chain
  • 1 copper head pin
  • copper lobster clasp
  • 30 inches 0.48mm 21-strand bead stringing wire

Tools:

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • crimping pliers
  • Bead Stoppers

See video for detailed directions.