Tuesday, September 16, 2014

KLIK Collaboration - Artist Submissions Group Seven

Artist:  Kayleigh Powell
Kayleighs submission had me stumped the moment I pulled it out of the envelop.  My photo does not clearly show how ornate it really is.   I am not sure how she got these layers of glittery goodness!   The black lines appear to be suspended so that the flakes are contained on the bottom.   No matter.  I don't need to know everything.  I can enjoy this KLIK submission as a beautiful entry.
Artist:  Kim Koester
Kim submitted a royal klik snap.  All the bezels I am featuring today are the small one's (about a half inch wide) so they really had to work with tiny items.  Kim found a very small brass crown which she placed over her swirled paper background.  The suspended crystal looks like a diamond.
Artist:  Dianna Mammone
Dianna's submission would have anyone reaching out a finger to touch the items attached.  I twisted and turned this KLIK bezel over and over and then finally read the enclosed note.  Dianna works with polymer clay and ETI's Envirotex Lite.  Her attached "chips" look just like gemstone but are so lightweight.
 Here is a side view.  I love how her resin application was used to attach the silver embellishments as well.
Artist:  Nicole Brocchini
Nicole's submission will make our dried flower enthusiasts very happy.  Isn't it just wonderful?  These is so much going on in this tiny metal canvas.  Nicole painted the bezel metallic teal and then glued in printed vellum.  She glued mini beads to the edges and embedded a California buttercup and one other unidentified flower.  The flowers, she pressed herself and noted that the tiny white ones came from an ornamental bush.  Nicole included a number of gorgeous postcards for me to use in my projects.  Thank you!!
Artist:  Carol Briody
Carol's piece is called "An Autumn Night in the Field."  Before I tell you more take a look at her submission.  You are not imagining it.  She embedded tiny wire sculptural art she purchased in an Etsy shop.  This is her first attempt to use our Jewelry Clay.  She wanted to over stuff the bezel so you would think the pumpkin was still on the vine in the field.  A few tiny Swarovsky crystals were added to resemble the night sky.  The teeny tiny orange dot you see is also a hand crafted headpin.  Happily, she did a full blog post sharing this project so you can see even more:  http://cbriody.blogspot.ca/2014/08/the-klik-collaborative.html

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About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.  
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These "blank" snap bezels "klik" into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jewelry Clay and Klik for a FAST Turquoise Pendant

I wanted to show you the fabulous and FAST turquoise pendant I made yesterday for an outing this evening.

 Our Jewelry Clay is just brilliant for fast applications.  I pulled out one small KLICK blank bezel snap and the matching component turning it into a pendant.
 My finished KLIK component looks like this.
 I made it super high by piling my clay into a small mountain and then embedded some turquoise chips and crystals into it.
 I light brushing of Pearl-Ex finished the project.
Now I am "kliking it" into the pendant and running out the door wearing it.

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About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.  
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These "blank" snap bezels "klik" into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

Why You Will Want to KLIK Your Projects

 Here is how some of the KLIK submissions look once I begin to "klik them in place."
 The KLIK collaboration with Metal Complex this month is showcasing a unique blank bezel snap.
The snaps are just one part of a major product launch this fall of the matching components.  
You can see them all in the online catalog.
 If you had the entire line to choose from this is what your wall would look like.
 Resin Crafts blog readers are submitting their one of a kind designs.  I am featuring each KLIK submission here and on Facebook.
 It truly is an inspiring collaboration!
These are the components I used to create today's final photo.
More KLIK projects are being posted all week!
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About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.  
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These "blank" snap bezels "klik" into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

KLIK Collaboration - Artist Submissions Group Six

Artist:  Alma Negrete
When I opened my envelope from Alma I knew I had a gorgeous submission.  Then I read her note. "As a tater, I wanted to include my own lace making into it."  Full stop.  The teeny tiny butterflies are tatted!  The blue tatted butterfly is covered in resin, but it is only partially submerged.  I can't imagine the time it took to make these tiny lace items.  The image is also gorgeous with the glittered edge work.  I am certain needlework artisans everywhere are going to be happy to see this mini work of art.
Artist:  Kim Koester
Kim is from Arizona and I couldn't help but think about their recent flooding when I saw the anchor shape on her submission.  These crystals are embedded on top of the resin, so that you can still feel them. This is a wonderful technique and if you time your resin cure, you can push your crystal into place at a point where they will still stand up but remain on top of the pour. The wavy blue and beige background does indeed look like water.
Artist:  Kerry Hof
Kerry, Kerry, Kerry, you need to move into my studio to explain how it is that you are creating such marvels in resin.  My photo does not capture the complexity of her piece.  I literally had to get a magnifying glass out to study it further.  I think there is a stone embedded and some thin red fibers. Lines and dots are embedded at various heights.  Sometimes I think it is staring at me.  Or we may be in space.  It is just fabulous resin project.
Artist:  Suze Weinberg
Suze Weinberg and I subscribe to the "add just one more thing" school of embellishment.  Her vintage tiny frozen Charlotte doll is partially embedded in a crystal covered hill of clay.  The rhinestone frame around the KLIK snap is elegant and what can I say about a crown of jewels?  Wonderful.  Suze worked in the tiny snap...and managed to get all this into her submission.

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About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.  
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These "blank" snap bezels "klik" into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

KLIK Collaboration - Artist Submissions Group Five

 Artist:  Diana Frank
Okay, like many of you I just swooned when I opened Diana's envelope.  What more can I add to a photograph that shows you that Diana incorporated so many gorgeous things into her submission. Clay is making it possible for her burgundy beads to sit at such a gorgeous height and vintage rhinestone frames the lady like a collar.  Her face is embedded in resin.  This piece has encouraged me to think outside of the frame.
Artist:  Debbie Mahoney
Debbie's submission could use a whole blog post.  Holding this mini work of art made me realize that I needed to give you a side view as well.
Debbie used Resin Clay to adhere the silver petals disk which houses her little glass cabochons.  She made them herself.  A large brass brass jump ring (genius) adhered to the top of her KLIK snap made her piece deeper.  She filled it with glass glitter, beads and the little bee charm.  The green leaves are leftover from a beaded napkin ring kit.  It was all sealed with Jewelry Resin.
Artist Donna Duff
Would you believe this is the first time Donna has used resin?  Her submission "Fairy in the Wisteria" bezel was her opportunity to experiment.  I can see the green background has metallic lines and glitter.  Her little fairy is partially suspended in resin.  Her wings have been coloured making her stand out even more. Welcome to the world of resin craft Donna! 
Artist:  Amber Ballard
I noticed that Amber lives in Florida, so I am certain access to shells would come easier to her.  Amber worked in the small KLIK bezel.  When I pulled her submission out of the envelope I just had to stop and release a sigh.  This is so elegant.  I always try to create something like this...and then I over-embellish.  This tiny snap is perfect.

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Canada's Favorite Bead Store now has the KLIK components in their online store.

About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.  
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These "blank" snap bezels "klik" into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

KLIK Collaboration - Artist Submissions Group Four

Artist:  Gwen Toffling
Gwen titled her submission "Sinister Serenity's First Pair."  I have a feeling these roller skates have a story.  My photo does not capture the gorgeous metallic background Gwen created for her tiny skating imagery.  She worked in the small Klik bezel snap yet managed to layer the colour and paper imagery before pouring in her resin.  Gwen took some time to include a note which said " I've tried to read all of your posts as I am so inspired and want to try everything."  Thank you for participating Gwen!
 Artist:  Teri Calbert
Teri's sailboat background comes to life with the addition of real shells.  She has even included sand.  This KLIK components captures a scene we are all familiar with.  I am sure it makes more than a few of us think of a favorite marina.  Teri took this photo and selected shells from the same location for her keepsake.
 Artist:  Janice Fuller
Janice also worked in a small KlIK snap.  Her submission reminds me that there are so many unique styles of art.  Her silver/gray background already featured a flower which is highlighted by the thick white paint dots.  The dots, are not completely covered by resin, so when you hold this submission in your hand you can feel the dot tops.
 Artist:  Sherri Hill
Sherri and I emailed back and forth about her submission.  She had this idea and knew that her KLIK component would no longer be "klickable" once she was done.  I think she was brilliant to use the bezel in her own way.  She received a small bezel...but created a BIG project.  Her bezel sides are now uniquely altered by the addition of a sandy frame.  Her shells are floating in resin and appear wet.  She drilled a hole into her octopus and attached the snap as though it was already designed to live there.  It really is a wonderful entry to our KLIK collaboration.  Thank you so much for sharing it!
Sherri sent me the completed necklace!


Canada's Favorite Bead Store now has the KLIK components in their online store.

About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.  
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These "blank" snap bezels "klik" into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dollar Store Resin Crafts

 These fun resin crafts use items I picked up in my local Dollarama.
 Whenever the seasons change, my store has new ice cube trays.  These I really liked!
 I made a small batch of EasyCast and coloured it with two different Pearl-Ex powders.
 These cured perfectly and popped out of the mold so easily!
 For my Jewelry Resin filled bezels, I began with these gold buttons and a sheet of stickers.
 The stickers sealed the button holes and I added a little glitter glue to the edges.  When the glue was dried, I just poured in Jewelry Resin.
 These are my experiments, now I will make a bunch more!
In case you are wondering, I spray paint plastic buttons (and other items) to make them prettier.

Monday, September 8, 2014

How to Pour Resin into Filigree - An Intermediate Resin How-To

Filigree is a beautiful addition to jewelry design work.  I have never thought of using it with resin because of the many open areas...until now.
filigree:
delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, especially lacy jewelers' work
For this post I am using two of ETI's products: 
 It occurred to me this summer that Jewelry Clay could create the frame I needed to contain poured resin.  I gathered two pieces of filigree brass and as you can see I cut one open.  
This is fussy work and I was careful not to cut myself in the process.
 I made this frame with Jewelry Clay.  I could have made it thinner, but for a first experiment I always work with a little extra.
 Here is how I embedded my cut piece of filigree into the clay.  By pressing everything into place like this, I have no sharp cut edges!
 I brushed Pearl-Ex over my entire piece.  The Pearl-Ex will only adhere to the clay, so the excess powder will be easy to brush away after my clay has cured.  I allowed this to cure in place for a full 24 hours.
 On day two of my project I cut a piece of very sticky double-sided tape and adhered it to the back of my filigree.
You can see how this tape will keep resin in my new frame.  This technique has been described in other posts as "pouring into an open back."
I dropped just enough Jewelry Resin into my frame to completely cover the bottom...about 1/8 of an inch high.  This I allowed to cure for 24 hours.
 On day three of my project I pulled away the tape from the back.  Now my filigree has a clear bottom.
 I can now work in this new "bezel" as usual.  The glass-like bottom is very clear and I simply added some tiny Fairyopolis rub-ons to its surface.  I chose some flowers and two fairies for this project.  I "rubbed" them into place.
I then poured in a little more Jewelry Resin and after waiting a final 24 hours, I had this fabulous and unique new pendant.
I glued a bail to the back and made it easy to wear!