Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Halloween Jewelry Tutorial

I have been busy creating some Halloween Jewelry for my booth. I found these cute glitter skeletons by Jolee at Micheal's.

I thought I would make these into pendants using my Little Windows resin. Here is how I did it (so easy).

1. I used a punch to cut out the background paper for the skeleton to be attached to. I choose a heavy cardstock for this. You should know depending on the paper you choose you may have to coat it with white glue to seal the paper. If not it can turn the paper transparent. If you do not want that effect coat the paper and edges two to three times.
2. Attach a skeleton to each making sure you leave enough room to later drill a hole for hanging.

3. Place each onto the doming tray. This is a special board I got from Little Windows that allows for any overspill to drip down away from the paper and not ruin the piece you are doming.
Mix your resin according to the package directions. There are great videos and info on the Little Windows site if you need help with this.
I poured down the middle and used my stir stick to place the resin into each of the corners making sure all of the pendant surface was well covered. Go slowly with this process you don't want to over pour.

4. I let my pendants sit for about 15 minutes then checked to see if there were any air bubbles in the resin. You can pull them out with you mixing stick if there are any. When finished with that I took a large plastic bowl that I turned over the top of my pieces to protect them from dust while they harden.

5. They were ready about eight hours later. I always just let them sit overnight just to be sure they are hardened. I then took my drill with the tiniest bit I have and drilled a hole into the top of each pendant. I wire wrapped each and put them onto a black leather cord and they are ready to wear.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Leather Cuffs

Everyday I have been working in a different medium. Today it was leather. I have working off and on on an idea I had for a leather cuff. Here is what I made today. This is not exactly what I had in mind but I am liking the result. A little bit of vintage lace, an old key and of course the leather. I will list one in my etsy and one will go to my booth.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Resin Pendants and Rings

Here they are all finished. They turned out so pretty, I love them. I usually pour my resin in the evening, just my habit. Then it is so fun in the morning to go check on them and see how they turned out. I have never had a batch not set up correctly. I have friends who have come back to find a sticky mess that never hardens. I have never had that experience, that would be soooo infuriating after all of the pre-resin work that is done on each piece. I am excited about these new bee pendants, I think they resemble the Georgia Tech Yellowjacket. I think they will be a hot item this fall since I am surrounded by Tech fans. I also tried throwing some candy sprinkles into one of my molds, aren't they fun. I think I will drill a hole for a jump ring and slide it onto a ribbon.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Little Windows Resin Projects

I have been preparing my bezels over the past couple of days getting ready to pour the Little Windows Resin. I have these sweet rings that have a round bezel on top. At first I had a hard time figuring out how to hold the rings still and flat for an even pour. Also, it had to sit like that for about 8 hours. I don't know how anyone else does it, but this is what I came up with. I cut a half inch strip out of a paper plate, flipped it upside down and taped it to another paper plate. This allows the bezel to lie flat on the paper plate while the shank hangs below. Try it, it works and it costs next to nothing.
The other bezels have a ring that makes them sit at an angle. To fix this situation I place each bezel onto a wooden skewer to hold it up so it's flat. I forgot to snap a picture of this sorry. I will get some pictures of the finished product.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Hair pins

I guess I was thinking back to school when I made these hair pins. Remember how exciting it was getting ready to go back to school (ok maybe I was a nerd and liked school) getting all kinds of new stuff to wear. Well a girl needs to pretty up her hair doesn't she? I like the combo of colors of these pins, and the bronze pins are new for me and I love the look with the mums. So if you need to keep that hair out of your eyes I have some pretty hair pins for you!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I have been busy lately

I have been making lots of new jewelry lately. Finally, I have been able to sit down for a couple of hours and knock some new stuff out. It will be show and bazaar season before we know it and I need to be getting some things stock piled before everything goes crazy. The funny thing is no matter how much I think I know what people will like of mine, I never get it quite right and then have to scramble. Oh well, I do thrive on the frenzy. Here is my new Wasabi Rose necklace, I think it has a very romantic feel to it. We will see if anyone else agrees with me. Keep cool everyone!