Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Woodland Ring Silversmithing Class

I have been making jewelry for the past 3 decades.  (Yes, I'm old....LOL.)  In all of the years that I have been creating jewelry, I have never taken a jewelry making class.  Not one.  I pride myself on being a self-taught designer.   In fact, I used to teach jewelry making classes when I lived in Arizona.  However, recently, I became aware of an opening in Deryn Mentock's Woodland Ring two day silver-smithing workshop.  I have long admired Deryn's jewelry designs, and when I saw her latest ring creations, I JUST KNEW I had to take this workshop.  So...I did. I have no regrets.


I made the 10 hour drive from my home in Northwest Arkansas to Katy, Texas; the workshop was held at Multiplicity Studio there.  I learned so much about silver-smithing from Deryn, in addition to  her tried and true techniques for this process.  Diane Cook, who is a metal jewelry designer in her own right and also the Creative Workshop Coordinator and Metals Instructor at Multiplicity, also assisted the class in soldering and operating a rolling mill to emboss our ring bands (among other things).  Let me tell you, both of these ladies are fabulous and they left quite an impression on me.

I not only enjoyed the camaraderie of the classroom, I appreciated the ability to learn new techniques (such as making the nifty little rose embellishment for our rings) and branch out from my comfort zone. I completed most of my ring during class.  I still have to add another embellishment to the ring, apply a little patina to it and set my stones and I will be done!  

This is my almost-completed ring:

My ring - almost done!
 I will share the finished design here on my blog - so please stay tuned...

These are Deryn's rings that inspired me to take my first ever jewelry making workshop.  Aren't they gorgeous???

Deryn Mentock's Woodland Rings - aren't they gorgeous???
Be sure to check out Deryn Mentock, Diane Cook and Multiplicity Studio at the following links:

Deryn Mentock - Something Sublime
Diane Cook - Rosa and Josie's
Multiplicity - Studio

Thanks for stopping by and "see" you soon!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Weekend Projects - Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts

This past weekend, I worked on a myriad of projects - many of them "UFO's" (Unfinished Objects.)  You name it, I have a gazillion projects in various stages of completion all over my craft room.   I decided to use my free time this past weekend to work on some of these, in addition to custom orders and the like.

Some of the projects I have been dying to work on for quite sometime are items from Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts line.  I fell in love with several of the resin pieces in her line when they were first released a couple of years ago and have been stocking up on the collection ever since.  I literally have a huge storage box full of them - I kid you not.  Between attending college, working full time, traveling to Europe, spending quality time with my young grandsons and being preoccupied with my brother's terminal cancer, life literally got in the way the past couple of years and I did not get to spend as much time doing one of the things I love the most - creating.

I realize I am behind in the art world as far as designing with this fabulous collection. Several of my artist friends have inspired me with their interpretations of designing the Relics & Artifacts into gorgeous jewelry pieces, accessories and home decor.   I finally jumped on the bandwagon this past weekend and made a few pieces of my own.  I am pretty pleased with how they turned out. 

This set of Sacred Hearts will be made into necklaces.  I was going to decorate the hearts with rhinestones, velvet and other embellishments, but I was so happy with the way the colors turned out, I think I will leave them alone for now.  (Why mess up a good thing, right?  Sometimes, less is more.)

Sacred Hearts

Sacred Heart - Turquoise and Red

Sacred Heart - Aqua and Red



I painted the hearts with a base of brown paint and allowed them dry. I then coated the hearts with crackle medium and painted them in bright, cheery colors.  Once the crackle effect kicked in, the brown color of the base paint showed through. I really love this effect.  If I didn't know any better - I would swear the hearts were made of ceramic.  They are stunning in person.

I also experimented with making little face blanks (also from the Relics & Artifacts line) into Frida Kahlo jewelry components.  I used Apoxie Sculpt to mold Frida's hair.  Once the Apoxie Sculpt dried, I painted the components and glued tiny little roses to her hair.  These will be made into earrings. Here's a brief look at the creative process in making these components:

Sculpt hair with Apoxie Sculpt

Cover the back of the face with Apoxie Sculpt; add finding at top of head.

Wa-la! Frida Kahlo earring components!

These are just a few of the projects I worked on over the weekend.  Stay tuned - I have several more to share with you in the coming days.  See you soon!

P.S.  If you want some awesome inspiration from other artists utilizing the Relics & Artifacts collection, you might want to check out the Relics & Artifacts Tribe group on Facebook.






Sunday, September 9, 2018

Soldered Christmas Ornaments

Recently, I informed you that I have picked up soldering again after years of being away from this medium.  I wanted to deviate a bit from jewelry this time around, so I made some soldered Christmas ornaments.  Both the front back of the ornaments depict Christmas themes so they will look pretty hanging from the tree when viewed in any direction.  Here are a few of them:

Retro 30's Ornament - Front

Retro 30's Ornament - Back

Santa Ornament - Front

Santa Ornament - Back

Victorian Girl Ornament - Front


Victorian Woman Ornament - Front

Snow Scene Ornament - Front
Singing Family Ornament - Front
Singing Family Ornament - Back
 
For added sparkle and interest, prior to soldering, I embellished several of the images with glitter glue. The solder was also colorized and a Christmas charm was attached to the front of the ornament. A complementary ribbon hanger was added for the final finish.

All of the ornaments are being listed on Etsy this week. You can easily get to my Etsy shop by clicking the "shop" link header at the top of this page or on the link in this paragraph.


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