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Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Monday, July 31, 2017

Coloring Embossed Metal Jewelry Components (Part 2) - Tutorial

Metal earring components - embossed, cut out, painted and riveted.

I don't know about you, but it seems that when I work on my jewelry designs, I tend to do so in an assembly line fashion.  Overall, it saves me time in completing several projects, however, it also takes awhile for my finished pieces to come to fruition.

True to form, I have several pieces of metal embossed and painted for up and coming jewelry designs; several of these are still waiting to be incorporated into necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  For this blog post, I want to share some pictures of my process with you.  I hope it helps to get your creative juices flowing.

The designs shown in the first picture of this post show earrings components that I riveted together. I embossed metal pieces, cut them out, sanded the edges, domed the "flower" pieces, painted them and riveted them together.  (I used 22 and 24 gauge metal pieces, in case you were wondering.  :) )

For this post, I will focus on the earring components shown in the upper right hand corner.  First, I embossed my metal, then I cut it into the desired shapes (circles) and sanded the edges.  I also punched holes in the spots where I want to attach my flowers with rivets. These pieces will serve as the base of the earrings.

Embossed, cut, sanded and punched metal pieces - these will serve as the base of the earrings.

I painted the metal circles with Vintaj Patina colors (Verdigris, Marine and a touch of Onyx around the edges.)  After painting, I sanded over the tops of the bases to give them extra depth.

Painted metal earring bases.

 Next, I took metal flower stampings and punched holes in the center of each flower.  I then domed each one with a dapping block set.  The flowers were painted in complementary colors with Vintaj Patina paints and alcohol inks, as shown in the photos below.

Painted metal flowers.
Painted metal flowers.

Last, but certainly not least, I attached the flowers to the round metal bases with rivets.  The rivets, which serve as the centers of the flowers, were also painted to complement the overall design.

Wa-la! The assembled design!

The assembled design.

 As an added bonus, I want to show you the earring components (before and after assembly) of another pair of soon-to-be earrings:

Painted metal pieces prior to assembly.

Metal pieces after assembly.

In my next blog post, I will share several completed painted metal jewelry designs.  Please be sure to check back regularly!  "See" you soon!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Coloring Embossed Metal Jewelry Components (Part 1) - Sunflowers DIY

Sunflower (metal) jewelry components - cut, colored and sanded.

Long before it became all of the rage to color metal jewelry components, I used to color my metal jewelry pieces with things such as Sharpie markers and acrylic paint.  I would then seal the pieces with a glaze to make them more durable for everyday wear.

These days, it's much easier to color jewelry components, particularly metal, thanks to products like Vintaj Patina for Metal and Tim Holtz's Adirondack Alcohol Inks (both are products of Ranger Ink.)  Recently, I had the chance to experiment with these products - in combination with some others - on some of my metal jewelry creations. The products alone are fun to work with, but they take on a whole different level when they are mixed together and used with other paints on the market.  Due to the sheer number of items I created that I will be sharing here, this topic will be split into two blog posts.  (Please be sure to come back later and check out the second post.)

I will be heading to Europe this fall, visiting Italy, Germany and France.  (It is my gift to myself for graduating "with high distinction" from college this past May.) :)  One of the things that always reminds me of Italy are sunflowers which are so prevalent in the fields of Tuscany.  That inspired me to make some sunflower-themed jewelry components.   The set shown below is one that I have made for myself.  The larger center piece will be made into a long, boho-style necklace; the smaller pieces will be made into matching earrings.  I plan to wear these on my upcoming vacation.

Since I was on a roll making sunflower-themed pieces, I thought it would be fun to share my process here with others who may be interested in trying this technique.  The pictorial below is for sunflower earring components.  I cut out two oval shapes from Bead Landing's pre-embossed metal sheets I purchased at Michael's.  (Of course, you can always emboss your metal yourself in order to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry art.) I punched holes in the top for the ear wires, as well.

I used the sunflower sheet shown at the bottom of the package to make the jewelry designs.

First, with a small  paintbrush, I strategically colored my metal pieces with Adirondack Acrylic Paints in the colors Sunshine Yellow and Red Pepper.  (Don't worry about being messy; the pieces will be sanded at the end and the look will come together.)

I took Vintaj Metal Patina in the color Earth and dabbed on the color outside of the sunflowers and around the edge of the components to make them pop.

This is a close-up of how they look after the Patina was applied:

I applied a light touch of Butterscotch alcohol ink to the flowers to give them a golden glow and to add depth to the image.

I dabbed Vintaj Patina in Rust to the center of the flowers.

With a very dry paintbrush, I picked up a little Vintaj Patina in Onyx and applied it sparingly to the center of the flowers.

The painted components before sanding.

Last, I brushed a light coat of Vintaj Glaze over the top of both pieces and let them dry.  Once dried, I sanded the tops and sides of the painted pieces with a fine grit sandpaper.  As you can see, this really adds texture to the design. Simply gorgeous!

Completed pieces - painted, glazed and sanded.

I will be sharing other metal component designs in Part 2 of this topic later this month.  Please come back and join me at that time. I'd love to have you visit me here in blog land.  And as always, please don't forget to join me on Instagram, where I often share pictures of jewelry projects in process.  "See" you soon!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Jewelry Made from Coloring Books Tutorial - Part One - Boho Floral Necklace

I recently received an invitation to participate in a challenge sponsored by C&T Publishing.  This challenge involved selecting one of C&T's adult coloring books, coloring a page and fashioning it into something totally different and unexpected. 

The book I selected was Modern Elegance.  I love the various floral images contained within the book and I knew I could make something fabulous with this.  The image I selected reminded me of the large, billowy floral decorations used in the Art Deco age.  I thought this would be perfect in jewelry pieces reminiscent of Boho fashions which are so popular these days.   I knew it would look awesome in a focal jewelry piece, as well as in several complimentary pieces.  The coloring book page combined with wood cutouts and jewelry supplies I had at home were all I needed to design a whole new jewelry wardrobe.   I ended up designing 7 different things out of one coloring book page - the large focal Boho Floral Necklace, along with complementary earrings and a charm bracelet.  I also made a cross necklace with complementary earrings, cross earrings and a mini wall cross.

The tutorial I am sharing today is for the Boho Floral Necklace.  Be sure to follow my blog in order to see the upcoming tutorials for the other pieces in this collection.  Now, without further adieu, here is the tutorial:


Supplies needed:

1 - Large wooden pendant blank, approximately 3 inches wide. (I used a shield-shaped pendant I purchased from RocknWood Supply on Etsy.)
1 - Adult coloring book page.  I used Modern Elegance.
5 - Sharpie markers in complementary colors (I used yellow, orange, light orange, light pink and dark pink/fuschia.)
1 - pink acrylic paint (I used Apple Barrel Pink Eraser)

24 inches - rhodium larger link jewelry chain
18 inches - Sari silk ribbon/silk ribbon in shades of orange and/or pink
27 - glass beads, crystal and/or pearls in shades of orange and pink
48 - silver-colored bead caps (optional)
17 - silver-colored seed beeds
17 - 2" inch long, silver-colored head pins
1 - Lobster clasp
several jump rings - silver-colored

White glue
Super glue (optional)
Diamond Glaze by Judikins
Water-based varnish  (optional - please see #4 for information.)

Tools needed:

Basic jewelry tools - chain nose pliers, rosary pliers, wire cutters
Pen or pencil


1) Paint the back side of the pendant with two coats of pink acrylic paint.  Let the paint dry thoroughly in between coats.  Drill 2 holes at top of pendant, about 2 inches apart (if pendant is not already drilled.)  Drill 5 holes along the bottom edge of the pendant.  Please refer to the photo for hole placement.  Set aside.  (Please disregard the top wood pieces; they are used in a different project.)

2) Color coloring book page with Sharpies.

3) Using the pendant as a guide, place it over a section of the coloring page, selecting an image that will serve as the focal point of the necklace.  Use pencil or pen to trace around the pendant.  Cut it out with scissors.

4) Use finger to apply a light layer of glue over the top of the wooden pendant blank.  Carefully place the coloring book piece over the top of the blank, smoothing it out with your finger and removing any wrinkles and/or air bubbles.  Set piece aside and let it dry.  Once it is dry, use your finger to apply a thin coating of Diamond Glaze over the top of the pendant.  The key is to use a very light touch here, so as not to smear your image.  If desired, once this is dry, the pendant can be left as is, however, I noticed that items sealed with Diamond Glaze can be somewhat tacky.  To alleviate this, I add a coat of water-based varnish over the top.  This takes away the tackiness of the Diamond Glaze.  I do not recommend using the varnish without the Diamond Glaze, though, as it may "lift" the color off of your pendant.  The Diamond Glaze is used as a protectant.  When applied lightly, it will help to prevent the coloring from smearing or lifting off of the page.

5) Divide the rhodium chain into 4 equal pieces.  Set 2 pieces aside.  On the remaining 2 pieces, lace the ribbon through each length of the chain and cut, leaving approximately 1 1/2" inches extra on each end.  Tie each end into a knot.  To ensure the knots stay secure, dab a dot of super glue on them (optional.)  Trim excess ribbon.

6) Thread 12 headpins with a silver seed bead, one pink or orange bead and bead caps, as shown in the image below.  Wire-wrap each headpin into a loop and clip off excess wire.  Lay out the beads as shown, alternating pink and orange bead dangles on either side of the ribbon-threaded chain pieces.  Attach these to both sides of the chain pieces.  See photos below for placement.

7) Attach the beaded ribbon chain pieces to the top of the pendant with jump rings.   Add remaining chain pieces to each end of the ribbon chain pieces.  Add lobster clasp.

8) Make 5 beaded dangles by threading a seed bead, two pink beads, one orange bead and bead caps onto each headpin.  Form the top of the headpin into a loop using rosary pliers.  Attach the dangles to the bottom of the pendant with jump rings.  Please refer to the photo for placement reference.

9) Enjoy your beautiful new necklace!

I will be sharing tutorials for a charm bracelet, earrings and cross jewelry pieces using coloring book pages as the design in the very near future...please be sure to follow me so you don't miss these tutorials.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Holiday Tealight Candle Holders Tutorial

I had every intent of blogging this tutorial for Christmas, but, as usual, time got away from me.  This project will have a Valentine's Day spin on it because we are in February (note the first picture shown).  However, the step-by-step tutorial will feature the Christmas items used in other versions of the project.  The beauty of these candles are that they can be used all year long.  Simply empty out the candle base and fill it with something to match the season.  It's really that easy.

Conversation heart candy votive candles

This the candle inspiration used in the DIY tutorial.  Notice that the view changes when you spin the candle around:
Christmas Tealight Holder - view one

Christmas Tealight Holder - view two

Without further ado, here are the instructions to make your own holiday tealight candle holder.


Bubble candle holder
Tealight candle holder
Tealight candle
Decorative contents for inside of the candle holder base.  I used Christmas picks and sprigs for the tutorial, but you can use other things that appeal to you (such as mini light bulbs, conversation heart candies, pearls, lace, tinsel, silk flowers and other small items).
Wire cutters/pliers (for trimming sprigs)


1) Make sure the tealight holder fits nicely on top of the bubble candle holder.  It should slip into place without falling inside.

2) Set the tealight holder aside.  Pick up the desired sprig, and cut off a small piece.  Set it inside of the bubble candle holder.  Keep going until you have an eye-appealing arrangement inside of your candle holder.  When you are done arranging, set your tealight holder on top of the candle holder and that's it - you are done!

The completed candle holders! Aren't they awesome?

I made and gave away several of these tealight holders for Christmas.  People really loved them.  Here are some other candle holders I made for some added inspiration:

These feature mini lightbulb ornaments. I bought a little package of them at the dollar store:

Mini light bulb ornaments candle holders.

Mini light bulb ornaments candle holders.

The little package of bulbs I purchased from the dollar store.
You can use the basic concept of this project with other shapes and sizes of candle holders.  I purchased this set of holders from PartyLite and filled them with pearls, shiny plastic hearts and stems of mini roses for my Valentine's Day decor:

And here are the same set of candle holders with a blue Christmas spin on them.  I used tinsel and mini star and metallic ball ornaments to fill the bases of the candle holders:

The possibilities for filling these with all sorts of goodies are endless. If you feel inclined, please send me pictures of your own versions of these candles.  I'd love to see what you come up with!
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