Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nunn Design Bezels and Miniature Swimmers in Jewelry Resin Part TWO

 This is the brooch I would be wearing today, if I worked in an office.
Yesterday I showed you how I made these sweet little bezels in Part One of this blog series.
 Nunn Design sent me their Summer Collection and I will be hosting a giveaway at the end of the week.  (There is about $75 dollars worth of components in this grouping.)
In order to build my brooch I gathered a few more of the Nunn Design charms and one or two other components from my own jewelry making stash.
 I love these pins.  When they already include a place to add a dangle it makes it easy to build a brooch with several components.
I can't imagine anyone taking a peek at this without smiling.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nunn Design Bezels and Miniature Swimmers in Jewelry Resin Part ONE

These sweet new bezels are very small and a little difficult for me to photograph.
I hope you can see the super cute miniature ladies against a seaside background.
I used our favorite resin for this project.
 Nunn Design sent me their Summer Collection and I will be hosting a giveaway at the end of the week.  (There is about $75 dollars worth of components in this grouping.)
 My new silver bezels are called "Mini Link Double Loop Long Rectangles" and they arrived on the same day I unpacked my latest vintage paper postcard find.  
Somehow, they needed to be connected. 
Since I was focused on the seaside, it occurred to me I had a few summer themed women in my miniature people stash...I gathered those.
FYI:  Miniature people can be found by searching model train sites.
 I cut scenes from the postcard and used my Xyron sticker maker to place them into the bezels.
 I sealed my paper images with several coats of a clear drying decoupage medium.  This process meant I had to let my bezels completely dry overnight before pouring in my resin.
They have cured beautifully!  My resin looks glossy and now I need to focus on how to use these bezels!
See you tomorrow!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Happy Mistake Resin Project

 This new resin filled bezel has the most unique colours.  In a million years I could not replicate this happy accident with paint.
 I say "accident" because in a package of paper I found this piece where the paper clearly had a few issues while being created.  The tiny flowers and leaves are gorgeous throughout accept in two areas.  

I found this area fascinating!

 I decided to cut the damaged section out and permanently embed it in Jewelry Resin.
 The moment I poured in the resin, the blacks became deeper and the colours just popped.
I hope you like this "mistake" as much as I do!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Mold in 25 Minutes

 I have posted many times about our amazing Silicone Putty named EasyMold.  It is easy to use, has a 3 minute working time and a 25 minute cure.
 My plan is to create a special project featuring molded jewel shapes.  I have a vintage plastic jewel I need to make make a mold of.  
"Roll the kneaded components into a ball and then flatten slightly. Press object into putty to form mold or apply putty to piece. Leave object in putty and allow it to cure for 25 minutes."  Full instructions here.

 My mold is ready in 25 minutes.  However, if I want to pour resin into it I need to let is set for an additional 24 hours.

EasyMold Silicone Putty is ideal for a wide range of impression type mold applications, including:
Envirotex Lite and Envirotex Lite Jewelry Resin (shallow pours)
Castin’Craft Clear Casting Resin, 
EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, 
ice cubes, 
air dry clay, 
concrete and 
low melt metals! 

EasyMold is a easy to use, Odor Free, Non-Toxic, FDA compliant – Food Grade, two component silicone putty.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How To Pour Resin Into an Open Space - Part Three A Glaze Layer

This pendant should look familiar to you.
In my first two posts I showed you my tips to work in an open back bezel.
I have added one more layer of resin which I call the "GLAZE LAYER."
The pendant was already very pretty.
 In my step-by-step posts I showed you how to get to this point.
 I often go back to my pieces to add just a few more accents.  In this case, some dots and highlights with markers and gel pens.
With a paint brush I apply a final top coat of Jewelry Resin just like I would a varnish coat....the difference is a glaze layer of our resin is equal to 50 coats of varnish in just one painted application!
I think my pendant is perfect now!

How To Pour Resin Into an Open Space - Part ONE

How To Pour Resin Into an Open Space - Part Two

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Taxi Cab Tiles - Into Art Beads

This post has such an odd title.  I will explain.
I do hope the resin covered beads caught your eye!
 For this project I am using two of my favorite ETI products; Resin Spray and Jewelry Resin.
 On Facebook I posted these images in the hopes that someone had a great name for them.  These are bamboo tile beads.  I call them taxicab tiles because I originally noticed that many taxi cab drivers in hot countries sit against them.  They are installed on their seat back and normally look like the image below.
I think they help circulate air and keep the driver cooler.
 Cut up, you have many many tiles to work with.
They are better than dominos...because they are already pre-drilled!
So, today I will show you how I use them, but of course, the same techniques can be used on dominos or scrabble tiles.
 First, you need some interesting imagery to apply to your tile.  My table looks like this as I try and see what will work best as an image.
 When my paper images are cut, I usually use a Xyron sticker maker to apply adhesive to the back.  This is very helpful in the summer with all the humidity.  Starting with a dry adhesive means my tiles will be ready for a resin application quicker.
TIP:  I sprayed two coats of our Resin Spray to the surface.
This does something very important.  It seals my paper imagery and the bamboo red colour.  
My designs will not bleed with the application of a wet decoupage medium.  Also, on a nice warm day, this dries quickly.  
 Here are the tiles after allowing the Resin Spray to dry all day.  
They are quite nice....but will be even nicer shortly!
Applying resin to a flat surface can be tricky.  You do not want an over pour.
Here is how I do it.  
I drop a small amount of resin into the middle of my tile.
Then, with my paint brush, I push the resin to cover the entire paper image.
This I let cure 24 hours.
 Aren't they fantastic?
I wanted you to see up close.  
Sometimes the resin pulls away from the edge.  
I will probably apply another layer of resin.  I might even do the other side.
Linda Russio showed me how she finishes her tiles.  I LOVE THIS!!  I have a wire wrapping wizard friend who I think I will give these tiles to next.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sharknado2 Resin Filled Bezels

Did you follow last summer's Sharknado story?  
This movie was the most tweeted movie (to date) and it became a true cult classic in under a day.  So bad it was good.  
This summer we have a second cheesy movie to look forward to.  I have made several keepsakes to celebrate the movie premier at the end of the month.
 I found several copies of the movie poster online.  (I do not sell my finished pieces so I am not worried about copyright.)  I cut and paste small copies on my layout which matched my bezel sizes.
 The bezels I am using are from Metal Complex.  I like these bezels because they are handmade.  The bezel ring is a favorite!  I cut my images and glued them into the bezels.  I sealed the paper before pouring in Jewelry Resin.  Because two of these pieces are for men, I added no glitter....
 Jewelry Resin is ideal for this project.  I have written many times about its clarity and extra UV protection.
 These bezels have large attachments.  They do not lie flat.  In order to make sure my resin cured properly I placed those areas over an opening in my ice cube tray.  Now my bezels are flat and I did not have an over pour.
Ready to wear!
This is the Sharknado project I made last year with Jewelry Clay.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Beading In Jewelry Clay

 Okay.  Stand by for the craziest idea yet.
 Over one year ago I took a special class where we were taught how to bead on the new Clover loom.
It was all very new to me, and quite frankly, I had difficulty keeping up with the other students.
 We were supposed to make two of these hearts and then join them together.  Well, my first heart was wonky.
I didn't have the "heart" to finish the project.  The longer I waited, the worse I felt.  I decided it was time to just call it a day and cut the wonky heart off the loom.  Maybe now I'll start a new looming project....but I could not bear the loss.  This heart took HOURS to bead!
 Then I had my brilliant idea!  I pulled out my brooch pin and some Jewelry Clay.
 I bet you know what I did.....I filled the brooch with clay.
 I pressed my beaded heart into the clay and then cut away all the string!
 I covered any visible clay with gold Pearl-Ex and let this cure overnight.
Voila.  Still wonky, but oh so interesting!
Our clay can repair hearts!