Jewelry Update

Hello! I’m back with that promised jewelry update. I’ve gotten behind on posting a few little jewelry projects I’ve made over the past year, so here they are all together for you to enjoy. Some are re-done from old sets I was given that the metal had changed color, like this set with peach and pastel blue beads:

It was just a matter of replacing the chain.

With this set I found out that plain wire tends to cut into the neck and the cheap gold beads turned quickly.

So I re-did it as my first ever triple tier. The copper makes the peach stones stand out!:

That motivated me to try this a strand of large pearls, shell pieces and peach/pink crystals:

This one came from the clearance rack at Burlington Coat Factory but the top half was metallic, so it got beaded and restrung, too:

I had a couple of strands of semi-precious pieces I brought back from South America. I finally re-strung them intertwined:

And now for some original creations. Just simple beading, with beads from recent 50-70% off sales at the three big box stores nearby (JoAnn, Michaels and Hobby Lobby are all dangerously close!). I really like the beads in each of these – like these orchid and pale green cat’s eye beads!

And I like the greens, yellows and browns of these agate beads:

The facets on these fuchsia and green beads helps them catch the light and sparkle:

I love these natural stones that look like bits of lava:

I’m sure they’re heated to add the extra color, but they’re pretty cool! The other side is a slightly different color scheme:

I’ve had requests for a few more beaded tie chains for men. This blue one was made with vintage beads from the 1920-30s:

Now I’m out of the bases… I need to find someone who sells just the bases, but haven’t been able to find them yet.

Another with amethyst jasper beads:

Ones made with hematite are popular:

Remember the Craft Fantastic jewelry make-n-take? Well, one cousin was away and made hers later. She took her own picture of daffodils (it’s at her house that I always take those lovely daffodil pictures) and I’m amazed at how REAL they look!:

Ok, so the whim took us to jewelry this time. Who knows where it will take us next time? Stay tuned to find out!

D.Ann

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Craft Fantastic Jewelry Make-n-Take

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We had our annual family get-together. Since I had won several jewelry making kits from Craft Fantastic, after lunch I did a make-n-take with the 25+ gals. What fun we had! It was easy and everyone was tickled pink to go home with a nice necklace, bracelet, ring or magnet that they’d made themselves. Here are just a few of the finished products:

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Thank you Craft Fantastic… You were the highlight of our get together this year! I highly recommend their quality product and it makes a terrific group activity!

D.Ann

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Playing With Pebeo Fantasy Paints on Jewelry

Hello and welcome! I’m excited to show you what I’ve been playing with recently. There are oodles of pics in this one, so it may take a while to load. Be patient!

Mary (Remember her? She took over this blog a few months ago HERE) and I finally got out some Pebeo Fantasy paints that we’d snagged during last year’s amazing Hobby Lobby clearance. We normally wouldn’t have considered these paints otherwise, as they’re a bit pricey. But what they do is SO amazing, if you can afford it, it’s worth it!

Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints are opalescent and reactive they develop to reveal a lacy honeycomb textured effect. The Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints are pearlescent and opaque and render a hammered and marbled effect. They are amazing to watch in action! They’re also tough on the type A personality as they develop at will and you have limited control over how they turn out. lol!

Our first session was spent mostly experimenting with colors and how they interact. I worked with Spellbinders Media Mixage hatpins and Mary worked with their charms and bezels…

The next time we got together, we put resin over our first attempts and went on to play some more with the paints and various color combinations. I used Pebeo Glazing Resin and Mary used Ice Resin. Along with the Spellbinders Media Mixage hatpins, charms and bezels,  I added some Spellbinders A Gilded Life bezels and a few Tim Holtz Idea-ology Cameo Frames.

This time I waited a little too long to add the glitter and wasn’t able to mix it in as well as before because the paint had started to set. Note to self… do smaller batches! I did get a lot more done this time:

And so did Mary:

We were excited to watch them develop over time… it was fascinating! The next time we returned, out first batch was finished

In some of mine, the glazing resin turned out cloudy and/or with bubbles. I didn’t notice these at first when they were poured. Either I missed them as my head still wasn’t doing too well, or they developed later. Bummer! Learning experience!

We put resin on our second batch and this time I domed my pieces better and watched for bubbles. We were anxious to come back 3 days later and see how they turned out…

Color combo above: Pebeo Moon Turquoise and Apricot & Vitrail Glitter Medium. Topped with Pebeo Glazing Resin. A couple have a drop or two of Vitrail yellow. The Vitrail adds a nice contrast (Mary used it a lot in hers). Next time I hope to use more of it!

Here’s another cool property of these paints: Usually, if you mix green and purple (or any secondary colors), you’ll get brown. However, these colors keep to themselves (well, I dropped them it and lightly swirled them… I don’t know what they’d do if you put them in a cup and stirred.) Above: Pebeo Prisme Pearl Violine and Emerald & Vitrail Glitter Medium. Topped with Pebeo Glazing Resin.

Above: Pebeo Prisme Buttercup and Moon Metal Blue & Vitrail Glitter Medium. Topped with Pebeo Glazing Resin.

Above: Pebeo Prisme English Red and Emerald & Vitrail Glitter Medium. Topped with Pebeo Glazing Resin.

Now Mary has oodles of new goodies for her jewelry making:

And I do, too! Yay!

I’m sure you’ll see these pop up in future projects.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope to see you again soon!

~D.Ann

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