Showing posts with label in process. Show all posts
Showing posts with label in process. Show all posts

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, March 13, 2016

Bri's Depression Era Fabric Quilt and Longarm Quilter Profile (Raija)

Like many quilters out there, I'm sure you can understand how it feels to finish a bazillion quilt tops, yet you never seem to find the time (or the desire) to finish those quilts.  Over a decade ago, I made a beautiful quilt top for my daughter, Brianna, out of the depression era replica fabrics.  Somehow, time got away from me...and all of these years later, the quilt top was still being lovingly stored for "when" I had enough time to complete it.

Brianna and her Christmas gift (2015) - her quilt which took over a decade in the making.


Well, the time finally came around at Christmas time.  I decided that by hook or by crook, my daughter was going to get her quilt.  But, of course, I didn't have time to complete it by Christmas.  I searched online for longarm quilting services in my area, and came across Raija of Quilters Treasure Chest.  And, boy, was I glad I did.

Raija was wonderful in every sense of the word.  She is not only friendly and helpful, but she catered to my request to have a rush placed on the completion of my item in order to have it completed in time for Christmas.  When I had my appointment with her, she was very thorough in explaining her process in addition to ensuring I was happy with the quilting pattern I had selected for my quilt. 

Raija - who hails from Finland -- provides longarm quilting from her home studio in Rogers, Arkansas.  (Her services extend beyond our lovely state - so don't let distance prevent you from seeking her services if you need them. She has customers all over the world!)    Many of her own beautiful quilts utilize fabrics from well-known companies such as Timeless Treasures and Robert Kaufman; these companies use her quilts to promote their fabric lines.  Her quilts have been seen in Keepsake Quilting and Hancock's of Paducah catalogs, as well as in quilting magazines as part of advertisements for the fabric companies.

Last, but certainly not least. Raija has recently started renting her longarm quilting machine to quilters who want to try their hand at performing longarm quilting themselves, or for those who want to see if longarm quilting is for them.

I don't often write promotional blog stories about other products and people, but there are exceptions to every rule.  Raija is one of those exceptions.  I hope you will give her a try when you need longarm quilting services.  She is a consummate professional who excels at what she does.  I don't think you will regret it. :)  Raija can be contacted through her website, Quilter's Treasure Chest; email info@qtcquilting.com; and telephone number (479) 310-6295.

The quilt top (prior to completion.)

The quilt top (prior to completion.)

The completed, quilted quilt - in Raija's studio.

The completed, quilted quilt - in Raija's studio.

Detail of quilting - isn't it beautiful?

More detail of the quilting.

Brianna loves her handmade quilt!


Friday, May 29, 2015

Polymer Clay Jewelry in Process


Although I have been creating things for as long as I can remember, I really only started creating jewelry designs in the late 1980's.  In the early 1990's, I discovered polymer clay and became immediately hooked on this wonderful medium.  At one point, I can recall other artists transferring images onto polymer clay, but I wanted to do something different than what others were doing.  Frankly, I wanted to impose images into my work in a manner that was more foolproof with less trial and error.  I developed the technique for incorporating images from real paper into my jewelry designs.  At first, I utilized postage stamps into little framed pieces of polymer clay jewelry, and gradually started using other images, as well.  I sold my designs on EBay and couldn't keep them in stock. Then, when I shared my technique for my framed postage stamp/polymer clay jewelry designs in Belle Armoire Jewelry II about 10 years ago, I noticed that all of a sudden, I had competition from people who were using my technique to create and sell their versions of framed polymer clay jewelry designs on EBay.  To this date, I can't recall anyone giving me credit as the person who discovered this technique. And yes, it is still a sticking point with me.  It is what it is, I guess.  Live and let learn, right?  OK, enough about that.  I am getting off of my soap box now.  LOL

Some of my earliest postage stamp jewelry designs (circa 1999-2000):







 Even though I still created with polymer clay at home, the pieces I made to sell on EBay and Etsy were primarily made of other mediums.  I focused on creating mixed media Catholic and pop art jewelry designs.   These days, I am known more for my Catholic jewelry designs than anything else.

Lately, I have decided to return to my polymer clay making roots while still focusing on the Catholic aspect of things so as not to alienate my customer base.  Earlier this week, I spent an entire 12 hour day working on just polymer clay.  I wanted to share some pictures of what I am working on right now.  Please keep in mind that all of the pictures show the designs in process.

This design utilizes the Klimt cane as a base.  It will be fashioned into a necklace and possibly matching earrings:




 Another pendant in process.  I'm still toying with the idea of adding more clay into this piece and then covering the top with resin:


A Virgin Mary pendant with handmade rose beads.  I am thinking about adding some rhinestones to this piece:


Polymer clay focal jewelry pieces in process- pendants and brooches:


Polymer clay crosses which will be made into earrings, necklaces and a bracelet:


An image of the polymer clay designs I made in 12 hours.  The hearts have been textured and will be highlighted with other colors so they pop:


Stay tuned for more pics of these projects as I complete them. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

San Gennaro Festival Poster, Kickstarter and Jewelry Designs in Process

The San Gennaro Festival poster for 2014 was added to the festival website the other day.  Wanda Maria Designs is listed as an official sponsor, right next to Fiat.  Let me tell you, that is one amazing feeling!  I feel like I have to pinch myself to wake up from this dream I am having!



On a related note, my project on Kickstarter is gaining some momentum.  I now have six backers for my project and there are still 21 days to go of my campaign.  Proceeds from this campaign will be used to purchase materials needed for custom orders I anticipate receiving at the San Gennaro Festival next month.  Those who sponsor me can receive an array of rewards from free jewelry to a day with me in my home studio, among other things.  Please stop by and check it out.  No contribution amount is too small, and every little bit helps me towards reaching my goal.

I have been quite busy working on new jewelry designs for the show.  I didn't have a lot of time to prepare as I just received notification of my sponsorship a couple of weeks ago.  Needless to say, I am working on designs from the time I wake up in the morning until I go to bed late at night.  Thankfully, I enjoy creating jewelry, so even though I am "working", it's not the same as having to experience the drudgery of a typical 9 to 5 job (like the one I used to have.)  :)  Pictured below are resin pendants in the process of being made:







Please stay tuned for updates as there are lots more to come!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Polymer Clay Tutorial - How to Make Decorative and Functional Brooch Backs

It's been a while since I've shared any tutorials here. I get quite a few requests pertaining to polymer clay and resin techniques - so, I thought I'd share one for making decorative and functional backing pieces for brooches.

Many years ago, I shared a technique I developed for making polymer clay brooches utilizing postage stamps in Stampington Publications' Belle Armoire Jewelry II.  I did not specifically address how to design the back of the brooches at that time and would like to do so today.  Brooches have never totally gone out of style, but they seem to be re-emerging as decorative pieces for accessories such as scarves and handbags.



That being said - onto the tutorial!

Tools/supplies:

Pre-baked polymer clay brooch
Pasta machine dedicated for clay use (optional)
Rolling pin dedicated for clay use
Texture sheet
Mini cookie cutter
Pin back finding
Polymer clay - 1/4 of a block
Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS)


Instructions:

Prepare polymer clay for use by kneading it between your fingers until it is workable.  Insert it through a pasta machine at the thickest setting; fold it in half upon removal from machine.  (If you don't have a pasta machine, roll out the clay with a rolling pin to approximately a 1/8" thickness.  Omit folding the clay in half.)







Place the clay on top of a texture sheet that has been spritzed with water or lightly dusted with baby powder to prevent the clay from sticking.  Use the rolling pin to press the clay into the texture sheet, pressing firmly.




Gently remove the clay from the texture sheet.  It should look something like this:




Lay the clay with embossed side laying face up on a protected work surface.  Make sure the cookie cutter is large enough to just cover the center of the pin backing without interfering with the pin mechanism.





Place the cookie cutter on top of the clay, and press it down firmly, just like you are using it to make real cookies.




Carefully remove the clay from the cookie cutter.



 Place the pre-baked brooch face down on the work surface.  Squeeze the TLS down the center length of the pin back finding.






Place the pin back finding on the back of the brooch, the TLS side facing down.  The pin may want to slide around, so work carefully.





Pick up the piece of clay that was cut with the cookie cutter.  Apply a squeeze of TLS on the wrong side of the clay...




...and set it down on top of the pin backing.  Press gently into place.



Put the brooch in a pre-heated oven and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions as directed based on the thickness of your piece.

OPTIONAL:  If desired, prior to baking in the oven, brush some Pearl-Ex powder onto the pin back for extra effect, as I did in the brooch used in the example.

And there you have it - a functional and decorative pin backing for your handmade brooch.

If there are any specific techniques you would like for me to share with you, please feel free to leave me a comment for me here on this blog, or email me at craftymule@yahoo.com.






Monday, September 30, 2013

Craft Room Remodel Update



So - my craft room has finally been emptied of all of its contents.  What I haven't given away is being stored in my daughter's old bedroom until the remodel is complete.  As you can imagine, her room is very, very full right now. :)

You never realize how much stuff you accumulate until you have to move everything.  I literally had 10 garbage-sized bags full of quilting fabric stuffed into my craft cabinets.  (And that doesn't include boxed fabric I have in the storage shed.)  What can I say?  I have a serious fabric addiction.  I really have to quilt more.....I really do.

In any case, I want to share photos of the remodel in process. Because I go to college full-time and work, the process has been slow-moving, but we are getting there... And thank goodness for my husband, Michael.  This man can build anything.  Literally.

My craft room is a converted garage.  For some reason, there is an added step (for lack of a better word) on the floor along the outer wall of the room.  Before the existing cabinets can be moved there, my husband had to build a base over the step and long enough for the cabinets to sit on.

The "step" outlining the outer wall of the craft room.  Here, my husband is taking measurements so the cabinet base can be built. 




The cabinet base (in process).

The completed base.

We purchased the paint for the room at Lowe's the other day.  I brought the main fabric with me that will be used for the curtains and found the perfect match of red and aqua:





One of the additions we are making to the room is to build a dividing wall.   Here, the building of the dividing wall and painting the room is in process and the carpeting has been pulled up:

One of my dogs - "Big Boy" checking out the progress of the remodel.


Hopefully, the dividing wall be completed and the existing cabinets will be moved this week.  I'll keep you posted on the progress.  Stay tuned...

P.S.  Please click here to see "before" pictures of the craft room.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...