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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