Thursday, August 21, 2014

How A Piece of Copper Plumbing Becomes Jewelry

 If you do not read my entire post, you might assume I have made another piece of jewelry in a copper bezel.
What is unique about my finished piece is the "test-cap" I worked in.
In 2008, I invited artist Jane Wynn to teach a weekend workshop in Toronto.  She taught me and my friends how to cut and solder copper pipe to create the most fabulous jewelry.  I think I picked up this test cap the day I picked up copper pipe for the class.  It has been waiting a long time for me to use it!
These are two of the copper pipe necklaces designed by Jane, which are in my own collection.
Jane is also the first artist I noticed using cute miniatures embedded in resin.  You can see more of Jane's art on her Pinterest Board linked here.
 Earlier this summer I made two special copper necklaces for my Nunn Design posts and I found this unique paper in my stash.  It made me look at all my copper and I pulled out the cap and added some of this paper and Jewelry Resin to the cap and set it aside. (no photo)
So, sitting on my table was this partially filled cap. 
It needed something.  
I applied this small piece of rub-on art to the first layer of resin in the cap.
 Then I glued in this tiny charm.
 Now I filled my cap to the brim with Jewelry Resin.
I actually had ONE and only one copper bail in my stash.  I glued this to the reverse to make the cap look professionally finished.
Not a plumbing part anymore! 
I hope this post encourages you to look at inexpensive items to pour resin into.
In case you are wondering about the rub-on, it is from a sold-out kit I presented on The Shopping Channel featuring the Crafter's Companion Flower Fairies.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More Paperweights With EasyCast Resin

 Here are three more paperweights which I hope will inspire you to make your own with EasyCast.
 The inspiration for one of these came from a vintage "Made in Scotland" paperweight I recently picked up antiquing.  The thistle on the plaid made me smile.
 I made this one with plastic flowers.  I dropped some sequins into the resin as well.  Do you see my miniature Peter Pan?  He was a spur of the moment add in!
 This paperweight is very special to me.
I grew (from seeds no less) and then dried this edelweiss flower.  Now I have it forever.
 This paperweight turned out adorable!  The flowers are growing right out of the surface...something that looks great and in the future I'll do more on the surface of my paperweights.
 From the side you can see this paperweight featured embedded miniature cakes.
You can add these small plastic protectors to the bottom of your paperweights if you are worried about scratches.  Sometimes I line the bottoms with felt, but it can change the colours dramatically.

To see the first group of paperweights I have a link here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Paperweights With EasyCast Resin

Over the last week I have made some of the best paperweights!
I have to start this post with a "I do not recommend doing this message."
These are my molds for making bangles.  I was looking at them and thought, "if I turn them over, they are a nice paperweight size and shape."  Good idea, but my finished pieces were very hard to get out of the mold, and I did break several.  So while my results are great, my molds are not.  Next time I will purchase paperweight shaped molds or make my own with silicone rubber.
 I gathered all sorts of interesting items that I thought would look great embedded in resin.
I set up a temporary studio in my garage, because the temperature outside is just perfect right now.
You can see in this picture that I poured EasyCast over my embellishments.
I did all my paperweights in two pours.

Pour One was slightly less than 1/2 the depth of the mold.  This held everything in place and I could babysit my embellishments.
Occasionally a few of my pieces floated to the top and I had to push them back down again.

The next day I came back to my work table.  I checked all my embellishments.

Pour Two covered everything.  I let these all cure a full 24 hours.
 The best way to pop your pieces from these hard molds is by placing everything in the freezer.
This worked for a few of my paperweight..a few I had to really bend to get my paperweight out, which snapped the mold.
 The edges needed a little sanding.  I always use a nail file for this work.
 When you file resin you can see it gets very dull.
 This is easily fixed with Resin Spray.  I sprayed two top coats over all my paperweights.   The sanded areas are no longer dull.
 Here are the first three paperweight.  
(The rest, I'll post tomorrow.)
 These old cars look great!
 This one is my favorite so far.  It has all sorts of tiny parts.
The level vial I embedded still works!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Niagara Falls Klik Necklace

I have a new Klik project to share with you.  This is my salute to vintage Niagara Falls.
This summer we have a special collaboration between Metal Complex and the followers of Resin Crafts blog.  Over 60 Klik blank snap components have been sent to Resin Crafts Blog crafters/jewelers.  Their projects will be showcased in September.
This project begins with vintage postcards.  The Niagara Falls postcard gave me so many wonderful memories that I knew I would need to do something special with it.
There are two sizes and two lip depths to choose from.  I used a large snap with the 21mm lip for the main image and two small shallow 18mm lips for my side pieces.
This is the KLIK combo pendant that I “kliked” my finished snaps into.  This makes planning a necklace super easy!
When you plan to pour resin over paper you need to take the time to seal all your paper imagery.  I used several layers of a decoupage medium to seal my postcards.
In order to make sure my resin would not overflow, I set up a little card board channel to set my snaps on.
I filled my snaps with Jewelry Resin.
I love this set!  My last step was to select a chain.  Ready to wear in moments.
You can see everything in the Klik collection in the online catalog.
You can order Klik from BeadFX.  I’ll post more stores regularly.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Vintage Baking Pan and Toys Embedded in EasyCast

This may be the best use of a vintage baking pan yet!
 This latest pan became a holding spot for some cute toys that I have been accumulating.  I thought they would look great in resin...and they did.
 In order to balance my theme, I added in some dice.  
Now I really liked my pan of goodies.
I use EasyCast for this project.  EasyCast was designed to be poured into molds.  Even though these items are permanently embedded, and not being popped out, EasyCast is brilliant for deep pours.  
I completed my project with two pours:
The first pour was halfway up the pan.  This ensured that everything was in place.  
Then I did a second pour right to the top.
 Here is a closer look at everything I embedded.
 The ladybugs are sitting just on the surface.  I added them very late after my second pour.
 I thought the doll's hair might dissolve...happily it did not.
 I was so happy to see these dolls looking this clear.
 The plastic heads I found in one baggie at my local antique market.  I bet they were well used.
 This is my favorite pan section.  It actually needed three pours.  I had so many bubbles come up when I walked away, that I had to cover them with glitter and then I added one last layer of resin.
Anyone else do a vintage baking pan project yet?