Posted on | May 22, 2013 | 4 Comments
Or maybe inspiration by fluke.
A found object with its red, white and blue stripes, looked French to me an thus, a pendant was born on my workbench.
Here is a close up of the dangle. It is made with a hobnail tassel bezel.
p.s. Your challenge today is to look around your own studio for a found object that inspires you to shout out about your creativity!
Posted on | May 21, 2013 | 4 Comments
Adore women with fearless, delightful style?
Fond of hats?
Have an ICE Resin filled bezel that is just waiting for the perfect place to be showcased?
You have come to the right Zine.
One of the most fun things about having a design team is giving each individual an assignment and seeing what they imagine, or in this case, re-imagine.
Remember Susan M. Walls’ “Snarky Princess and her Ladies in Waiting”, those oh so expressive faces captured in bottle caps, embellished with crowns and wings, from a January post?
Wellm we asked her to make a video where she incorporated them into a project. Susan delivered us something to to behold!
A darling Mini Top Hat.
Whew! That was fast and fun!
Need more? Check out her website: Susan’s Art Circus
Posted on | May 19, 2013 | 2 Comments
If receiving the Spellbinders® Media Mixage™ box wasn’t enough of a creative kick with the bezels designed for the line by Susan Lenart Kazmer™, Spellbinders’ new Artisan X-plorer™ high pressure cutting and embossing machine was also in the box! Wow! The problem is there are not enough hours in the day to create everything I would like!
The box spilled out with so many creative blanks but the first one my minds eye saw were the dog shapes.
Seeing that my family owns probably the goofiest, oddest animal on the planet, I immediately decided he needed some of his own jewelry. The best part is the pieces resemble him! Plus we love him and giving bling shows love, right? Right!
Susan M Walls
Materials & Tools:
My Dog – Tyler the canine model!
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Dogs One, MB6-005
Media Mixage rectangle shapes
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezels – Bronze, MB2-006
Iced Enamels™ in Ivory and Turquoise and Ivory Relique Powders
Iced Enamels™ Gold and Silver Glitz
Laser printed photo
Vintage dictionary and word ephemera
Key chain finding
Various jump rings
Craft cup and stir stick
Spellbiders Artisan X-plorer Machine, MMM-001
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Rectangles One Dies, MD1-003
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Dies, MD1-010
Iced Enamels™ Medium plus application brush
Art Mechanique Paper Sealant
StazOn inkpad in black
Ceramic tile or other heat resistant surface
Blank paper, a couple pieces
Needle nose pliers
Dremel or other drilling tool
- Gather all your Media Mixage pieces, Iced® Enamel colors , enamel medium, heat gun, heat resistant tile, and a piece of paper.
- Use the Spellbiders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine to cut your photograph with the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Die (makes the perfect size, no guessing).
- Seal photo into the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezel with paper sealant, underneath and on the top of the paper. Be sure to seal into the edges.
- Use the Spellbiders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine with the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Rectangles One Dies to cut a piece of metal flashing.
- Stamp the words “my humans” on a piece of paper with StazOn Ink, cut them out, and seal/glue on the bezel in the same manner as the photo.
- Paint the enameling medium on the tops of each blank to be enameled then sprinkle the enameling powder over your pieces and over a piece of paper (the paper saves any over sprinkling so you can pour it back into the container for another creative session!). I used Turquoise Relique for the dog, Ivory Relique with Gold and Silver Glitz for the dog shape with the cutout belly, and Ivory for the bone.
- Place your pieces on the tile, then using your heat gun and angling from the side, begin to heat your pieces. As the metal heats up you can bring the heat gun to the top of the piece. Be careful! You’re metal will get hot! You will see the powder change from matte to shiny as it melts. Continue until you’ve done them all. (If you missed any spots or want to put another color next to or on top of what you’ve done repeat the process.)
- Stamp the name of your pet onto the dog shape as shown.
- Mix ICE Resin® per manufacturer instructions.
- Paint ICE Resin® onto the top of your shapes. Use the resin as an adhesive and add rhinestone eyes to the blanks. Add the bone to the rectangle shape.
- Use the craft stick to drip ICE Resin® into the bezel until desired dome forms. Also paint a thin coat of resin over your words.
- Allow 6 to 12 hours to fully dry.
- Drill holes and hang on keychain finding with jup rings.
- Attach to your dog collar and take your stylin’ dog for a walk to show of his or her new bling!
Posted on | May 16, 2013 | 4 Comments
This natural beauty started with an Industrial Chic™ ”grow” pendant which I attached to a rolled piece of tree bark. Inside is a hidden message ” where you’re planted”.
Next I hammered copper wire , flattened the ends to mimic leaves and etched veins in them, followed by a patina.
Finished with a real leaf coated in ICE Resin® and protected with a clear coat.
Posted on | May 15, 2013 | 2 Comments
Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” painting has always struck a cord within me. Pondering the moment captured between artist and muse, or so I like to think, offering a peak into a special place and time. I find it all so intriguing.
Vermeer’s painting inspired me to design my own “pearl earring”, and it’s how the lovely chandelier pair came to be. The new and ever so lovely Rue Romantique line provided just what I needed to bring the pair to life and required so little technique…just a little wire, pearls and love was all it took.
Supplies: 2 Rue Romantique Small Daisy-Diamond (brass), 38 small freshwater pearls, 20g wire, 8 headpins, 6 daisy flower spacers – and standard jewelry pliers.
How To: I start by wire wrapping a loop to the Rue Romantique Daisy-Diamond, string on 4 pearls and a spacer and continue until I reach the 16th pearl & finish off the with a wire wrapped loop to the daisy-diamond. With three headpins and three pearls, create three dangles and attach to the bottom of the Daisy-Diamond. With the 4th headpin, create the ear wire dangles. Best to watch the video here on Tech Tuesdays by yours truly to pick up this technique for making ear wire dangles. Repeat the process & you’ll have a very glamorous pair of pearl chandeliers fit for a princess.
Posted on | May 14, 2013 | 4 Comments
Follow along in the video as Jen Crossley shows you a couple of necklaces where she used a metal fiber that is balled at both ends, plus how to do this wire technique.
You can learn more about Jen on her blog, A Mark in Time.keep looking »