Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jewelry Resin and Clay Pocket Watch Pendant

 Todays mini how-to features my two favorite mediums:  Jewelry Resin and Jewelry Clay.
These two products work beautifully together.
 You don't have to be an expert to create a pocket watch pendant like this one.  I painted the original pocket watch green and pink.  I placed a small portion of Jewelry clay into the pocket watch here.
 The clay is my 3D glue.  I used it to position my vintage bamboo brooch on the edge so that it appears to be suspended.
 Then I placed green crystals into the clay.
 I brushed some Pearl-Ex pigments onto any of the clay still exposed.  I allowed everything to then cure overnight.
 This is my pendant on day two.  I just brush away the excess powder.
 I then gathered some stickers.
I placed the stickers and my telephone charm into my open areas and then poured in Jewelry Resin.
I love my finished pocket watch pendant!  
Jewelry resin and clay made this possible.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Classic Jewelry Resin Project

 This complicated looking resin filled bezel is a one pour Jewelry Resin project.
 I decided to recycle this greeting card.  
It was just too pretty to throw away.
 TIP:  My heart shaped bezel was not a standard size.  I know it would not be something I could line with paper without some help.  So I made a photocopy of the bezel to use as a template.
 I know that if my cutout template fits into the bezel, then the shape I cut out will also.  I had some tweaking to do.
I sealed my paper with my standard three applications of a decoupage medium.
TIP:  I add some rhinestone chain to frame my piece when I applied the final application of decoupage medium.  This way the chain is adhered and won't move when I pour in resin.
My last step was to make a batch of Jewelry Resin and fill my bezel.  The artwork looks amazing and the bezel will become a wonderful pendant for a necklace.
You can read more about Jewelry Resin here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Building an Art Brooch with Jewelry Clay - How To Wear It

I have a lot of chain and many beads in my collection that looked great paired with the new brooch.
For now I will wear it as a choker and later as a brooch on a special coat.

Here is the link to Part One of this series.
Here is the link to Part Two of this series.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Building an Art Brooch with Jewelry Clay - Part Two

 This is my finished art brooch!  
I know, I know, it is over the top and over-embellished.  
That is how I like my jewelry!  
One of a kind, strange and unique.
 In yesterday's post I explained how I got the brooch to this point.
 The back of my brooch had a few rough spots.  I used a vintage 60's brass component and it had a rough edge.
 So I gathered virtually the same supplies.
Jewelry Clay, gold Pearl-Ex and a jewelry component known as a bail.
 I smoothed the rough edges of the back by adding some Jewelry Clay.  I also pressed my bail into the clay so it would be permanently attached.  The bail will give me the option to either wear this as a brooch (attached to a pin bar) or as a pendant (added to a necklace.)
 I brushed gold powder onto any visible clay and let it cure overnight.
 The next day I brushed away the excess powder and I now have a much nicer/cleaner back side.  The metal won't catch on fabric.
My favorite part of the project was selecting my dangles.  The miniature glass vial charm containing a real rose I showed you how to make two weeks ago.  The stamped clay cameo I showed last week.
Somehow all my colours lined up perfectly.

I now have the long weekend to decide how I want to wear this.  I'll post my results on Monday!

Here is the link to Part One of this series.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Building an Art Brooch with Jewelry Clay - Part One

 This is a three part special blog series that shares with you some of the ways Jewelry Clay has changed the way I create wearable art.  The picture above shows you a group of items on my table that I feel might work together.  The question is how.  
How can I join everything and still make it feel and look as though it has been soldered by a jeweler?
 A few weeks ago I showed you how I made a mold of this doll half shape.  I love my resin duplicates from this new mold.
 Originally I had silver accents on the molded doll but after seeing it placed on the vintage brass component, I decided to add gold metallic wax instead.  I can change colours dozens of time during this stage of the planning.
 I started to narrow my selection of items that needed to be attached.
You can see here that I used Jewelry Clay in strategic locations and at various heights to attach my selected embellishments.
Anywhere I used Jewelry Clay I now cover with gold Pearl Ex.  The clay is not really going to be seen, but if you were to see this piece from a side angle, the white clay would be visible.  I will leave all of this to cure over night now.
Tomorrow I will show you what I do next!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vintage Postcard and Resin With Another Designer Tip

 This tiny bezel is a wish for spring.  
The tiny chick is part of an original Easter message.
 This is the old postcard I used.  I found it some time ago and felt like I could do something special with it even though it was very yellowed and worn.
 It was the perfect one inch circle.  I punched it out and the image itself now looked a lot nicer against a white back ground.
 I did only one thing to embellish it.
Here is my tip!
Glitter markers can add these most fabulous extra interest to anything.  I highlighted the chick and flowers and was very happy with the result.
 When my glitter markings were dry I ran the one inch circle through the Xyron sticker maker.  That made it easy to place my paper circle into my bezel securely.

That little bit of glitter made everything pop.  I tend to over embellish and use a lot of inclusions.  This little project reminds me that simple can be very elegant.
My last step was to pour in my batch of Jewelry Resin.  I hope you like the finished bezel as much as I do.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Resin - And Another Great Tip!

 These sweet bunnies with their matching carrots are another example of what you can create with a greeting card.
 This project uses this greeting card, a group of silver bezels, a one inch hole punch and a Xyron sticker maker.
 Once I punch out my one inch circles I run them through the sticker maker.
 This way I know my paper imagery is firmly affixed in my bezel.
 I always seal my paper with three different applications of a decoupage glue.  You can see here that I paint on the medium and then allow it to thoroughly dry before painting on another layer.  Sealing paper imagery is something I do at least 24 hours before I pour resin over paper.  You want to be absolutely sure that your glue is 100% dry.
Now I make a batch of Jewelry Resin.
This is where my GREAT TIP comes in!
When you work in a very shallow bezel like the ones I chose for this project, the possibility of an over-pour is high.  (You know, resin pools out of your bezel and you can't stop it.)
So here is what I do.
I make my resin and let it sit in the cup until it thickens up.  This could take 25 minutes sometimes longer.  I check it with a popsicle stick and when it is very thick I pour it.
See, the resin is in the bezel and not running over the shallow edges.  My finished peices are gorgeous and clear and I didn't have to cut away excess resin.