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
Disclaimer: I'm no pro at this...it's just MY way of doing it. I'm going to cheat this and time lapse some of it since I just spent the last couple of weeks making copper connectors which you can see here in the shop: here I'm making brass ones this week (sometimes it takes that long to … Continue reading Playing with Brass Sheet
I love this time of year. As much as I love being inside beading, I often take a tray to the patio to bead and look at this loveliness. I get inspiration for the colors for bead packs many times: just sitting, beading, looking at how the different colors of the garden go together without … Continue reading My Garden
So after yesterday's idea of making a shank button out of a flower bead cap, I wondered if it would work with a 2-hole cup button. My results are a little messy (disclaimer, I'm no experienced wire wrapper, I just have IDEAS!) but I believe it would work if I took a little more time. … Continue reading 2 Hole Button Bead Into a Shank Button