Showing posts with label jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jewelry. 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, July 8, 2018

Soldered Jewelry Designs


It seems like a million years since I have posted anything artsy on my blog.  For those of you who have stuck it out with me - thank you so much!

I recently got the itch to solder jewelry again. The last time I soldered was about 8 or 9 years ago. For some reason, I just decided to pick it up again.  Of course, being the kind of person I am, I don't just solder jewelry, I have to embellish my pieces with paint, filigree, rhinestones, rhinestone chain, stampings and other decorative details.  I have been attracted to bling ever since I was a little girl.

This evening, I posted several of my new soldered jewelry pieces to my Etsy shop.
While most of the pendants dangle from ball chain necklaces, others (which I am still working on) will have more extravagant beaded chains.  (Please stay tuned for those.)  Without further adieu, here are some of my newest designs:

Soldered pendant with painted/sanded filigree and rhinestones.

Three versions of blinged-out Our Lady of Guadalupe pendants.

Virgin Mary with rhinestone chain and painted/sanded filigree stamping.

Rhinestone chain and metal stamping Virgin Mary necklace.

Rhinestone chain and painted/sanded filigree stampings.

Painted solder and Swarovski crystal rhinestones.

A collection of soldered and painted pendants.

Blinged-out soldered glass pendants.

Filigree-embellished soldered glass pendants.

Simply painted soldered pendant.

Side one of a reversible soldered necklace - Immaculate Heart.

Side two of a reversible soldered necklace - Sacred Heart.

Please check out my Etsy shop to look at all of the new designs. Of course, you can also follow me on Instagram, where I share my work and travel experiences on a pretty regular basis.

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!




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Embossed Metal Colorized Bracelet

Embossed, formed, riveted, dimpled metal bracelet made by me in class.





Last weekend, I attended a metal bracelet class taught by Dry Gulch Jewelry at the Tulsa Bead Market.  I have been collecting various metalsmithing tools and supplies over the past couple of years with the intent of teaching myself metalsmithing; unfortunately, time, other jewelry projects and life, in general, took precedence.  When I saw the Dry Gulch class advertised, I knew I had to attend.

The class was taught by a wonderful woman name Catherine.  I have met Catherine and the folks at Dry Gulch Jewelry previously at other craft and bead shows.  The owners consist of three generations of jewelry makers within their family. They are super-nice people, and very helpful.  I can honestly say I have purchased many jewelry making tools and supplies from them during the various shows I have attended.

During class, we had the option of making one of three advertised metal bracelet jewelry designs (as shown below) or we could make something different to suit our own individual tastes.  The first bracelet consisted of metals colored with metal patina paint and sanded to reveal the embossed pattern; the second featured uncolored pieces of copper, nickle and brass; the third consisted of metal pieces painted with acrylic paints.

Three versions of the metal bracelet using the same technique.
I always enjoy coloring my jewelry pieces, as I have shared here, here and here in the past.  For this project, I opted to colorize my pieces with alcohol inks.  As you can see by the before and after pics of my bracelet pieces below, coloring makes a huge difference in how the pieces look.

Before - Copper and silver metal bracelet pieces before colorizing.

After - The same metal pieces after coloring them with Vintaj Patina metal paints.

After sanding the pieces, the embossed patterns were revealed, which added extra interest to them.  The sanding really made the pieces "pop."

The focal bracelet pieces after sanding.
Another thing I did to add extra interest to my bracelet was that I added a tiny bit of color to the insides and edges of my "flowers", which consisted of metal discs that were domed, dimpled with dimpling pliers and hole-punched.

Touches of color were added to the "flowers" for added interest.
Needless to say, I was thrilled with my completed bracelet.  It turned out beautifully!

My completed metal bracelet. 

Here is a comparison of my bracelet and another student's bracelet.  Both were made using the Patina metal paints, but they are so very different color-wise.

Bracelets made using Patina metal paints.

Another student opted to leave her bracelet as is, with the natural metal colors being the highlight of the design.

Bracelet using the natural metal colors as a basis for the design.

All in all, I really enjoyed the class and I am looking forward to using some of my newfound skills to come up with some new jewelry items made with metal.  I will share my designs here and also on my Instagram page, so please stay tuned.

My completed bracelet.






Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Jewelry Made from Coloring Books Tutorial - Part 3 - Boho Floral Earrings



On my last two blog posts, I shared jewelry tutorials with you of a necklace and charm bracelet that I made using adult coloring books as focal points of the designs.  These were made based on a challenge I participated in which was sponsored by C&T Publishing featuring one of their coloring books. 

This post features a tutorial on how to make Boho Floral Earrings.  What I love about these earrings is they are bright, cheery and fun; they are also very lightweight and won't weight down the ears.

BOHO FLORAL EARRINGS TUTORIAL

Supplies needed:

2 - round wooden disc blanks, 1" inch in diameter.
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)
6 - 8mm pink crystal beads
8 - 6mm orange crystal beads
6 - silver seed beads
28 - filigree-style, silver-colored beads caps to fit the beads (optional)
6 - 2" inch long, silver-colored head pins
8 - 6mm silver colored jump rings
2 - silver-colored ear wire components

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

Tools needed:
Paintbrush
Drill
Basic jewelry tools - chain nose pliers, rosary pliers, wire cutters
1" inch round hole punch

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Paint one side of the wooden discs with pink paint.  Set aside to dry.  Repeat.



2. Color the coloring book page with Sharpies.


 3. Using the round hole punch, punch out 2 circles from the colored page, ensuring that interesting (and matching) images are captured with the range of the punch.



4. Use finger to apply a light layer of glue over the unpainted side of the wooden disc blanks.  Carefully place the coloring book piece over the top of the blanks, smoothing it out with your finger and removing any wrinkles and/or air bubbles.  Set pieces aside and let them dry.  Once they are dry, use your finger to apply a thin coating of Diamond Glaze over the tops of each piece.  The key is to use a very light touch here, so as not to smear your images.  If desired, once dried, the discs 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. Use drill to drill one hole near the top of each disc, and 3 holes along the bottom of each disc, ensuring the the enter hole of the bottom is evenly aligned with the hole at the top of the disc.


6. Thread 4 headpins with a silver seed bead, bead cap, one orange bead, bead cap, bead cap, one pink bead and bead cap.  Thread the remaining 2 headpins with a silver seed bead, bead cap, orange bead, bead cap, bead cap, pink bead, bead cap, bead cap, orange bead and bead cap.  See photo for placement.


7. Wire-wrap each beaded headpin into a loop and clip off excess wire.  Attach to wooden discs with jump rings.  Attach ear wires with jump rings, as shown.





 And there you have it!  Your beautiful new earrings!

Here is another version of these earrings.  (I couldn't stop at just one pair...):


They perfectly complement the cross necklace I made to go with them:



Here are some other designs I made using adult coloring book pages as my inspiration:

Adult coloring book Boho Cross Earrings

Adult Coloring book Boho mini wall cross
I hope I have offered you a little inspiration over the last several blog posts on using adult coloring books in your jewelry (and home decor) designs.  If you decide to make your own designs using this technique, please share pics of your creations with me.  I'd love to see them - and share them with other readers here on my blog.  As always - have a creative day!  See you next blog post!


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