In this video, Lexi Grenzer shows you how to use a metal fiber or a bling headpin to make earwires.
Grab your tools: a hammer, bench block, sharpie or mandrel, dremel tool, and round-nose pliers.
Lexi is the Shabby Calavera and you can find more of her creative projects on her blog.
You will need a sturdy working surface to emboss your metal finding. Lexi Grenzer shows how straight forward the techinique is for successful metal stamping. More tools: a metal bench block, chasing hammer, ruler, sharpie, steel wool, polishing cloth, and of course your metal embossing set.
Lexi shares more fun on her Shabby Calavera blog.
Website and Blog: Rosa & Josie’s
Medium: mixed media jewelry artist
Q: If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have not mastered), what would it be?
A: I believe polymer clay could be a fun medium to explore.
Q: What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?
A: I actually have two: Miriam Haskell and Georgia O’Keeffe. I love Miriam Haskell’s use of “hand-picked” baroque pearls, rhinestones and filigree. I often use pieces of her timeless costume jewelry in many of my designs today. I have always been mesmerized by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “point of view” expressed in her minimalistic style of painting.
Q: What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?
A: More than any other bit of information, I share with my students, is that imperfection is required. There are NO mistakes. Mistakes will often take you in a direction you may not have ever taken. Art is both imperfect and perfect at the same time. I believe I give my students the freedom to learn to let go, and to embrace imperfection. I, myself, have Anne Grgich to thank for that!
Q:What adornment could you not go without?
A: My wedding ring.
Q: What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?
A: My chain nose pliers, ball peen hammer, bench block, vintage rhinestones, and my computer (of course =)