I've been obsessed lately with making leather wrap bracelets. I have some in a gallery and some I'm starting to bring in to a local co-op here in Boise, so, as with anything new, I needed a special way to display my new creations. I have found that sometimes with the super long wraps, people … Continue reading Building a Display for Jewelry
Inspiration for me comes from so many places. One of which is my garden. I love this time of year when my gorgeous roses are blooming and the Sweet William blankets the flower beds with color. I had a bouquet in my bathroom, and even though its flowers were starting to wilt, the color stayed … Continue reading Dying Roses Inspiration
Lola, a customer who lives in Florida, made a request for some bead mixes based on Mermaids. You know colorful, Floridian colors: saturated, yumminess! So I played around based on some images she sent me, and love, love what I came up with! So happy that Lola gave me the inspiration. I sent her this … Continue reading Mermaids Oh My!
I've been mixing away today. Putting beads in a big container and hoping they are beautiful! Four new mixes listed in the shop today. Check them out here I've been coloring copper connectors, so look for that in my next post.
I've tried the kitty litter and ammonia coloring technique on brass connectors, and now, I'm using various colorants from Sculpt Nouveau. I use a stiff, OLD paintbrush to apply the colors. You can spray it on, but I found the nozzles get clogged, so I now paint it on. Sorry, the pictures are blurry, but … Continue reading Color Me Beautiful 2
So in the previous posts I have cut, smoothed, embossed and cleaned the bracelet bars, readying them for color. I'm still on the brass pieces by the way, even though they look like copper due to the annealing. I've chosen a few ways to color these pieces..some in a burial of ammonia and kitty litter. … Continue reading Color Me Beautiful
So yesterday, I cut and smoothed bracelet bars from brass sheet and annealed them to soften for embossing. I now use either my BigKick scrapbook machine or my Durston rolling mill to emboss some designs into the softened metal. I've shown a before and after annealing of 2 of the bars. One is okay but … Continue reading Playing With Brass Sheet, Part 2