Jewelry Clay, Resin & Baubles

Jan 30, 2014

If you have not tried EnviroTex Jewelry Clay and Jewelry Resin I highly recommend you do. These products are super easy to use and have endless possibilities. I’m really having a lot of fun creating unique charms and pendants incorporating both products. The hardest part for me is being patient enough to allow the clay and resin to cure. My little secret is to let the clay and resin cure overnight to cut down on my needing to be patient for too long. It works like a charm. One thing to remember is resin does not like cold weather at all. To fix this issue I let my projects cure overnight with a desk lamp on aiming directly over the items. The heat from the lamp is just warm enough to allow my resin...

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Handmade Eclectic Jewelry

Jan 29, 2014

Lately, I’ve been creating unique pieces of jewelry in my studio using bits & pieces of vintage jewelry I’ve been collecting. The heart shaped pendant in the photo above is one I cut from copper sheeting, soldered and accented with a vintage postcard image, red rhinestone trim and German silver glass glitter. The front and back of this pendant is covered with a layer of clear resin. Then I created the necklace from pearl, iridescent pink and red beads. This bracelet is created from a vintage earring that I could not pass up at a flea market. I LOVE the coral color and all the detail. The scallop lace around the outer edge and flower center is so intricate. The earring is attached to a bracelet that has a spring type hinge. This type...

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Pre-Order Textile Collage Sampler

Jan 28, 2014

I am taking Pre-Orders for this new project kit ~ “Textile Collage Sampler” now through Monday, Feb. 3rd. This kit includes everything needed to complete the project with the exception of adhesive, brown & cream embroidery floss and a sewing needle. Once completed your Textile Collage Sampler will measure approximately 6″ x 7″ and can be proudly displayed in any room in your home. Your sampler can hang on the wall or you can easily attach it to a flat board canvas to display on an easel or attach it to the front of a journal or mini album. There truly are so many options for this piece. The cost for this kit is $34.95 plus flat rate shipping. I have a limited supply so make sure you grab yours now. Click HERE to...

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Optical Lens Pendant

Jan 27, 2014

When thrifty finds come together like this it makes me want to jump in my car and go junking even more. I found the optical lens, vintage lace, broken rhinestone necklace piece and book page words while looking around flea markets, thrift shops and antique stores. These items were purchased for little of nothing but when combined together these little bits of discarded items turned into something fabulous.  A beautiful optical lens inspirational pendant. I really like how the lace, words and rhinestones look encased in resin on this pendant. Being able to still see through the lens by using lace creates a beautiful effect. I attached lace pieces to the front and back of the optical lens. When creating this pendant, first I attached the rhinestone necklace piece around the optical lens using...

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Jewelry Clay & Mini Glittered Hearts

Jan 24, 2014

To create this valentine pendant you will need EnviroTex Jewelry Clay, Dress It Up Valentine Collection Love To Flirt, My Jewelry Shoppe  Heart Shaped Bezel (21.5mm x 32.5mm), Metallic Pink Seed Beads & Bubble Gum Perfect Pearls. All but the metallic pink seed beads were purchased at Hobby Lobby. I had the seed beads in my stash already but I’m sure you can find some at Hobby Lobby if you need some. You can also use micro beads instead of seed beads. Mix the Jewelry Clay as instructed by the manufacturer. Once the clay is mixed well place it into the heart shaped pendant making sure to push the clay to the edges of the pendant. Note: I completely filled the pendant with jewelry clay. This way, once I started pushing the hearts into...

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DIY Valentine’s Day Charm Bracelet

Jan 23, 2014

This bracelet came to mind as I was strolling the aisles of Hobby Lobby. I love just roaming around looking at things and really love it when inspiration hits. I’ve created this tutorial so you too can create this super cute charm bracelet to wear for Valentine’s Day. To make your bracelet you will need to head to the Valentine’s day aisle to get these cute miniature cookie ornaments (on sale right now for 30% off) then head to the jewelry aisle to get this chain bracelet, some silver 2″ head pins, silver jump rings to make wire wrapped bead charms and some silver earring hooks. I already had pink and red raspberry beads as well as iridescent (large & medium) and pink (small) glass beads to make the triple bead charms. If you...

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Wire Wrapping

Jan 22, 2014

As I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been having a bit of fun creating unique pendants and decided I needed to learn how to wire wrap some vintage pearls and beads. Well, I’m not sure why this is so hard for me to accomplish but I’m trying my best. Suze Weinburg gave me a quick lesson and I remember thinking that is it? Suze makes it look so easy and really it is but for some reason I’m making a mountain out of this mole hill. I think I’m so worried about perfection it’s causing me difficulties. I really need to learn to let some of this type A personality go. Once I master this task I’ll take step by step photos to share. Until then, I’m going to continue to remind myself “An Artist Cannot...

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Cupid’s Feathered Friend

Jan 21, 2014

Place a few drops of pink dye or Mist into a small cup of water, (the more dye the darker the color, less dye the lighter the color), mix together. Using a paint brush, apply dyed water onto white bird and let dry. You can speed up the drying process using a hair dryer set on the cool setting. Cover the body of the bird with a thin layer of instant decoupage, then apply Light Pink Glitter, tap off excess glitter and let dry. Cover the wings of the bird with instant decoupage and apply a thin layer of Iridescent Glitter and let dry. Apply instant decoupage to the beak of the bird then apply Fine Silver Glass Glitter, let dry. As you can see there is a lot of drying time but it should not take long...

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Trash to Treasure Shrine Pendant

Jan 20, 2014

I had a little mishap with a vintage salt shaker and had to keep it because of the way the front section broke. I was thinking it would create a super cute shadow box type project so I hung on to it. Well, the other day as I was looking at it I thought it looked like a shrine. This is when I had a light bulb moment… create a big funky shrine pendant. The first thing I needed to do was smooth out the sharp edges. I applied soldering tape all along the broken edges and started soldering. Once I had the this as I liked I started digging in my vintage jewelry pieces for perfect rhinestone accents. When at flea markets, antique shops or thrift stores I love looking for broken jewelry...

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On My Table…

Jan 17, 2014

I’ve been playing around in my studio, this week and have really enjoyed working on a few soldering projects. Soldering is something I kinda put on the back burner for a bit while creating my last two books. I get so much satisfaction from creating items I have visualized in my head. I’m a true assemblage girl at heart. The house above has an adorable vintage Valentine image inside and is covered with a layer of resin. The vintage flocked flowers are a beautiful shade of pale pink and one is accented with the words “Love is”. I added two small rhinestones from a vintage necklace to the key. So I’m sure you figured it out that the title of this pendant will be “Love is Key”. I’m going to drill a hole in...

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Steampunk Bird Pendant

Jan 15, 2014

Yesterday, I decided to pull out my soldering tools and have a little creative play. I created a bird from copper and started soldering. Once I had the bird base I just kinda sat there for a bit thinking, now what? Then it hit me, I’ve been taking apart some old watches my dad gave me and thought I’ll make an attempt at “Steampunk”. I feel Candy Rosenberg is the “Queen” of Steampunk so I was a bit intimidated at even getting started. Then I remembered what I tell everyone, “An Artists Cannot Fail“. Really, if YOU create it and YOU love it then as I see it, it’s a double win situation. I can’t decide how to finish my Steampunk Bird, do I place it on a mini canvas or turn it into a...

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Valentine’s Day Tag

Jan 14, 2014

I’m getting a jump start on creating some Valentine’s day tags and thought I would share this one with you. I think my little Handmade Kewpie Doll fairy looks adorable holding her “I Love You” vintage heart pick. Her wings are altered using white ink and Diamond Stickles. The red iridescent rhinestone trim is gorgeous against the red satin pleat trim. It’s hard to tell in this photo but gosh, I promise it’s so pretty. To top off the tag, I covered the chipboard center heart with silver ink and fine silver German glass glitter. Swoon! And you are in luck if you want to create a tag just like this as I have a limited supply of kits listed in my Etsy Shop. I even include easy to follow step by step instructions...

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Delight In Everyday Beauty

Jan 13, 2014

Some of you might have seen this piece I made on Facebook. It’s one of my favorite big and funky pendants I’ve created. I had planned on wearing it a bit before selling it in my Esty shop but a person contacted me really wanting it so I sold it. I must admit my heart hurts a little as I really love this piece and I know I wont be able to create another one like it. But it’s going to a great home in London. This pendant measures approximately 1.5″ in diameter. The words and letters are from vintage book pages from the early 1920’s. Iridescent green and clear iridescent rhinestone trim accent the outer edge of the pendant. The background is vintage sheet music from the 1920’s that is accented with a...

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Trash to Treasure Pendants

Jan 10, 2014

Goodness, I tell ya I see art in everything I see from junk mail to broken pieces of glass ready to be thrown away and nabbed at the very last second. I’m always thinking I can make something out of this… Which is why my studio is NEVER clean or uncluttered for more than a day! I’m constantly finding unique things I just cannot pass up. Just take a look at these pendants I created out of discarded glass. I LOVE that no two will ever be alike. I’m not sure about you but I LOVE one of a kind jewelry.   I posted a bracelet and some glass shard pendants in a previous blog post HERE and listed some in my Etsy Shop. I wish the sun would come out so I could get...

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Decoupage Papier-Mache

Jan 9, 2014

This project is one you will find in Delight In The Art of Collage Chapter Four ~ Paper on pages 112 – 115. It is a fun technique that creates awesome results. I was so happy to see and North Light Books offer it as a free online tutorial. The papier-mâché bird on this canvas is actually half of a decorative box. When I found the package of three bird boxes, I saw six birds that I could alter in all kinds of different ways. I decided to decoupage, paint and stamp this one, but I have ideas to cover the others with fabric, mists, modeling paste and glitter. Just because an item is meant for one thing doesn’t mean that’s how you have to use it. If you want to create your...

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Maya Road CHA 2014 Winter Release

Jan 8, 2014

Prepare to be inspired and amazed with several projects featured using new Maya Road products. These projects were created by some super talented members of the Maya Road design team, Angella Peardon, Jennifer Beason and Julia Stainton. To view the entire Maya Road 2014 Catalog click HERE. You can also see some amazing projects created by the Maya Road Design Team HERE. I have lots of new items that are a must have on my list: Skinny Pennant Banner Album, Vintage Doily & Vintage Butterfly Pieces Transparencies, Vintage Pearl Pins ~ Hot Pink, Star Pink ~ Silver & Pink, Stained Wood Buttons & Heart Buttons, Antique Sew Cute Scissor Charms, Pinwheel Charms, Soaring Bird Charms, My Cup of Joe Vintage Metal Clips, Resins ~ Feathered Friend, Soaring Bird & Mini Sparkle and Shine Flowers,...

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A Little Peek into Delight In The Art of Collage

Jan 7, 2014

Delight in the Art of Collage is a technique and assemblage style book. It includes 40 step by step techniques as well as the extra steps needed to complete each of the mixed media or collage art projects. With the projects in this book, I show you how to use found objects in new and creative ways. For example, some projects incorporate vintage finds from thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops. A vintage platter can become the canvas for a family photo. Tart tins and gelatin molds stacked together make beautiful flowers. In this book you will also create with current products and work with a wide assortment of mediums including textiles, metal, wax, resin, clay and paper. I share lots of unique ways to use each of these mediums. You will learn...

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Resin Charms

Jan 6, 2014

This weekend, I had fun making this bracelet and an assortment of charms using glass shards. I have a serious love for glass of any kind so it only makes sense for me to wear it as well. Soon I’m going to be listing some of these charms in my Etsy shop. I have two finishes ~ Classic and Boho Chic. The bracelet seen here has a Classic smooth finish. The Boho Chic finish has a textured surface that can be seen on some charms below. These charms have a Boho Chic finish. They have a slight rustic feel to them. I think these will look nice strung onto a leather cording or Hemp style necklace. They will look perfect with jeans or any casual attire. These charms have the Classic finish. I think...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Giveaway

Jan 3, 2014

Last week, I received copies of my latest book Delight In The Art of Collage. Yes, serious happy dance is going on in my house because it means I can help one lucky blog winner complete their Delight Trilogy. It still blows my mind when I think about having written and created three books. We are talking 200 projects and about 70,000 words. This is a lot of creating and a lot of creative information. The crazy thing is I would like to do another book with plaster but this is still just in the “I think I want to do it, not I have to do this or I’m gonna bust stage”. For a chance to win a copy of Delight In The Art of Collage read the info at the bottom of...

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Happy New Year

Jan 1, 2014

Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with love, prosperity and lots and lots of...

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