Posted on | February 25, 2013 | 146 Comments
Welcome to Day One of Spellbinders® Explore Beyond Blog Frenzy!
The child within can be a Talisman for an artist. It is as children, with minds growing and the whole world before us, that we first discovery creativity. Let’s play dress-up!
Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine, a high-pressure rolling mill MMM-001
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ forSpellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works Three MT10-005
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Houses One MB6-002
Sandpaper, 320-grit Extra -fine
Drill with 1/8th Bit
Chain Nose Pliers
Non-stick Craft Mat
Hammer and Steel Bench Block
Nail Polish, White
Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™Ephemera Papers One, MP1-002
Rhinestone Chain pieces
Art Mechanique Rhinestone Brads
Art Mechanique 18-gauge Wire, Bronze
1. Roll dress blanks through the Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ to texturize with desired texture plate. I used the one with the small dots.
2. Sand the surface of the blanks with sandpaper. As a metalsmith, I always clean my metal and the sanded surface also provides a “tooth” that allows the paint to adhere.
3. Paint the dress blank with nail polish color of your choice. Allow a few minutes to dry.
4. Decide on the paper you want to show through the dress. The Media Mixage collage image packs I designed and licensed for the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line have a delightful array of vintage, fantastical, steampunk, botanical, classic advertisements, and patterns from which to choose just the right artistic element. Numbers are often a part of my work.
5. Use sandpaper on surface of the dried blanks to take some of the paint off. This gives my dress a weathered, Talisman look. Even when I use brand new things I always give them a vintage, Talisman look because that is my artistic aesthetic.
6. Distress the edges as desired with brown acrylic paint.
7. Drill holes (not pictured) where you want your attachments. In this case I drilled the bottom corners of the dress and at the shoulders.
8. Attach front and back with painted sides outward securing with rhinestone brads.
9. Now you are ready to create your wire attachment: Cut a 4-inch piece of bronze wire. Use the flat part of your hammer head to flare out the ends into a spoon shape. Feed the non-spoon end though the hole and then thread it through the other hole. Make spoon on that end. Use pliers to bend up ends to secure.
10. Use wire cutters to cut desired length of rhinestones. (Not pictured.)
11. Mix ICE Resin® per manufacturer instructions. Coat dress with ICE Resin®. I attached the rhinestones using the resin as the bonding agent. The resin as it cures bonds the bling to the painted metal and the rhinestone will never come off.
12. Extra rhinestones are optional, but what doll doesn’t love bling when playing dress-up? Add a few more rhinestones. Want to weat it as a necklace? Attach it to some ribbon. In the photo below you will see that I wire wrapped the ribbon but the dress and ribbon could simply be attached with a jump ring because of the wire loop at the top of the dress.
Corsets, dresses, birds, butterflies, frames, houses, trees, turtles, flowers, and dogs are all blanks (with corresponding dies) in the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line that I designed so that you can set the child within free to imagine and explore the possibilities in mixed media, scrapbooking, art journaling and jewelry.
Embrace your creativity! –Susan Lenart Kazmer
Madame Marguerite’s Field Journal, Volume 3
At the turn of the past century Madame Marguerite travelled the globe in search of wonder. Volume 3 of her field journal/sketchbook was discovered in a trunk in the attic of the family home by her niece, Aimee. Aimee was trilled to read this legacy of her famous aunt, and is determined to follow the clues Madame Marguerite left as to where volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5 are hidden.
I am a metal and silversmith with a body of work spanning more than two decades. Forged, hammered wirework with cold join attachments in my signature style, are the foundation of this journal. I distressed and riveted in place the piece of patterned brass on the cover—a cold join jewelry connection that is often seen in my book “Making Connections”. The 3 rivets you can see sticking up are industrial nuts and screws. I added silk ribbons in ivory and blue and antiqued the pages in blue and brown. A vintage chandelier crystal hanging from the dress.