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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.






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, September 18, 2016

Mexican Shrimp Ceviche Recipe and Tutorial

Recently, I began another quest to eat healthier and lose weight.  I refuse to follow a tasteless diet regimen and give up flavor in an effort to achieve my goals.  So, I always find a way to include delicious food in my regular eating plan.  Why sacrifice taste when you don't have to?  And - I must be doing something right.  In a two week period, I have dropped 18 1/2 pounds.  I don't feel like I am missing out on anything, and I am not starving myself.  The recipe and tutorial below is one of my favorite foods to eat when I opt to eat healthier.  It is reminiscent of the shrimp ceviche you can find at any good Mexican restaurant.  The best news is you can make a big batch of this for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay in a Mexican restaurant.  It is a win-win from every aspect. :)

Two Crafty Mules - Mexican Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

 I should mention that the recipe below is my own, based upon my personal preferences.  For example, I did not utilize a whole onion in this recipe, because I didn't want the onion flavor to overpower the taste of the recipe.  You may elect to use a whole onion.  It's up to you.  Either way,  I encourage you to alter the recipe to meet your own preferences. 

MEXICAN SHRIMP CEVICHE RECIPE AND TUTORIAL


INGREDIENTS:


12 oz Shrimp, Extra Small, Frozen, Cooked and Defrosted
1 large green bell pepper
1/2 large onion, raw
1 1/2 cups tomato (about 2 large or 3 medium-sized tomatoes)
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
1 bunch cilantro, fresh
1 jalapeno pepper
1 lime
3 tsp oregano, dried 
1 7 ounce can salsa (I used Herdez Salsa Casera)
Seasoned salt (to taste)

 DIRECTIONS:



1) Chop bell pepper into small pieces.  Put pieces into a large bowl.


2) Dice onion into small pieces. Add to large bowl.






3) Chop tomatoes; add to bowl.





4) Dice jalapeno pepper into finely chopped pieces.  If you want your ceviche to have a spicier taste, leave in the seeds.  If you desire a milder ceviche, discard the seeds.  Add to bowl.





5) Cut the avocado into bite-sized pieces.  Keep in mind that these will break down somewhat when the ceviche is refrigerated.  Add to bowl.





6) Chop cilantro into small pieces using a knife, or kitchen shears.  Add to bowl.



7) Add defrosted shrimp to the bowl; mix all ingredients together.







8) Cut the lime in half.   Squeeze the juice of both halves over the ceviche.





9)  Mix the can of salsa into the ceviche.





10) Season the ceviche with seasoned salt (to taste) and dried oregano.  Mix well.  Cover bowl and place it into the refrigerator, allowing it to sit for a minimum of one hour in order for the flavors to meld together.  This is delicious served with saltine crackers.  Enjoy!!!




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!


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jewelry Made from Coloring Books Tutorial - Part Two - Boho Floral Charm Bracelet


A couple of weeks ago, I shared a tutorial on how to make a Boho Floral Necklace using an adult coloring book image as the focal point of the necklace.  This was made based on a challenge I participated in which was sponsored by C&T Publishing featuring one of their coloring books.

The only problem (if you could call it that) that I had was limiting myself to making just one piece of jewelry.  I ended up making several, and decided to share tutorials for each on my blog.  This particular tutorial is for the Boho Floral Charm Bracelet.  I love this piece - it is bright and cheery and screams summer.  Plus, it is lightweight in design, which is an added plus.  Now, without further adieu, here is the tutorial:

BOHO FLORAL CHARM BRACELET TUTORIAL

Supplies needed:

6 - round wooden disc blanks, 1" inch in diameter. (I used Blank Slate pre-drilled wooden discs that I found at Hobby Lobby, but you can always purchase plain wooden discs and drill your own holes in them.)
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)
1 - orange acrylic paint (I used Apple Barrel Tropic Orange)

8 inches - rhodium larger link jewelry chain
additional chain - as needed - to elongate the bracelet length
10 inches - Sari silk ribbon/silk ribbon in shades of orange and/or pink
10 - glass beads, crystal and/or pearls in shades of orange and pink
10 - silver-colored bead caps, or more, if desired (optional)
10 - silver-colored seed beeds
10 - 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:

Paintbrush
Drill (only if plain, undrilled wooden discs are used)
Basic jewelry tools - chain nose pliers, rosary pliers, wire cutters
1" inch round hole punch

INSTRUCTIONS:

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




2. Color the coloring book page with Sharpies.







3. Using the round hole punch, punch out 6 circles from the colored page, ensuring that interesting 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. Lace the ribbon through the rhodium 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. Use jump rings to attach wooden discs to chain, ensuring that they are evenly spaced apart, and that they alternate between the pink and orange colors on the back.

Front of bracelet.

Layout for back of bracelet.

7.  Thread headpins with a silver seed bead, one pink or orange bead and bead caps. Wire-wrap each headpin into a loop and clip off excess wire.  Lay out the beads in an alternating pink and orange bead dangles.  Attach 5 of these to the chain, spacing them evenly between the discs.  Please refer to photo for placement. 




8. At this point, measure the length of the bracelet chain. It will be shorter than the 8 inches you started out with due to being threaded with ribbon.  Add additional lengths of chain, as desired, to both ends of the ribboned chain in order to make it the desired bracelet length.  Add  remaining beads to the outer edges of the discs.  Add a lobster clasp onto one side of the bracelet length, and one single bead to the other end of the bracelet length.  





 Ta-Da!  Your beautiful bracelet is done!!!



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