Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Jewelry

I made this set in a couple of hours for a Christmas gift. My friend gave me some beautiful sea glass, and I wanted to make a pendant out of one, to give back. As she loves wearing red, I wanted to incorporate some cool beads and make a necklace. Of course, I had to add a bracelet and a pair of earrings! It was really easy, the hardest part was wrapping wire around the sea glass tightly. I hope she likes it.

A few fun beads were easily incoporated in to a chain, using a bit of wire twisting. 




A close up of my wire wrapping, an art form that neats practice.


 
A pair of earrings that don't completely match, but makes it interesting.  A single bead for the breaclet!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Going Card Crazy!

I've gotten into working with metals and making copper jewellery which has consumed for a few months.  However, nothing could ever replace my real true love, making cards (after my hubby of course...).  I find my ideas start soaring and I can't make them fast enough so I can go on to the next technique.  I follow tons of blogs and when I try out a new technique, more ideas just pour out. 

Remember the brass embossing stencils we used BEFORE cuttlebug?  What to do with them?  Well, I discovered a really cool technique:  artglitterblog.blogspot.ca.  Using a superfine glitter, you can use your double sided tape, brass stencil, and most importantly, a soap bar.  Rub the soap bar on the back of  your stencil or the tape will stick to it and ruin your design (I tried it without the soap - yuk).

This is a real fun card using super fine glitter.

A close up of the glitter, now you can use your brass stencils again.

Another glitter card - more conservative.  I used some metallic zig zag trim.


A close up of the glitter technique. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Going to the wild side!

I have always adored animal prints, particularly faux fur.  One of my 'to do' projects is make a faux fur bedspread.  Unfortunately, my cat loves the faux fur as well!

Here are some projects that I came up with, using scrap faux fur from a pillow I just made.  I also went really wild and added some feathers, some of my copper work and what ever else I could find.  I have also just acquired a bag of real leather and have been incorporating that in other projects.

A faux fur medallion combined with a copper scroll. The fur was adhered with spray glue to a piece of arborite.

Here is a 'matching' card, using a scrap of leather, some faux fur and a hammered copper embellishment.  The background paper has spots of bleach on it give it a primitive look. 


Here is the set -- this would make a great gift...when I'm ready to part with it!

More faux fur with moire (satin) background.  These are buttons from a bargain bin, I just ground down the hasps on the back.

Still more of the faux fur, this time I added some feathers (Dollarama) and another neat button.  These make terrific embellishments, just cut off the hasp on the back, and grind it down (or use sandpaper).  It almost looks like steampunk.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jewelry making has taken over!

While I haven't posted in quite a while, it doesn't mean I've been devoid of interests!  I took an introductory course in metalworking in jewelry and have not looked back.  Armed with a world of You Tube instruction videos, I've amassed a whole world of knowledge in the world of metal working.  All my paper supplies, embossing powders, and stamps have been lonely and silent, but my workshop is anything but quiet.  My husband LOVES buying new tools and has found a whole new realm in Harbour Freight (USA).  Now my worktable is covered in hammers, torches, pliers, metal pieces, wire and chemicals.  I love it!  I can usually be found hammering away as I just love the way metal can become so pliable when heated.  A few bangs with the hammer, and it soon becomes hard again. 

I've been learning about making jewelry with beads, but that just isn't my thing.  I prefer to make something from a piece of copper sheeting or wire and watch it evolve.  While my fingers seem to love cardmaking, they just won't work when trying to work with small clasps, jump rings and findings.  Bring on the hammer and my Viking blood takes over!

Here are a couple of samples of what I've been working on.  Some pieces I'd rather not post, as these are original creations, and I hope to start selling some soon.

This copper medallion was stamped then shaped using a 'dapping tool'.


This took a bit of practice in learning to solder copper and brass.
A few beads with shaped silver and copper wires.  Very easy to make.


This was fun to make, I incorporated bits of colored wire and tried some triangle swirls.  Still experiementing!
A close up -- very simple bracelet to create!