Thursday, October 30, 2014

Using Buttons as cool!

This is such a cool way to up-cycle buttons into beautiful resin filled bezels!

Here is a list of some of the items you can use:
1.  Old book pages
2.   Pyrite Flakes
3. Broken Rhinestone or Jewelry
4.  Embellished Ribbon
5.  Small Buttons or Beads
6.  Decorative Fibers
7  Big old buttons with rim or very inexpensive large plastic buttons

 Line the buttons with paper and add several coats of Ultra Seal
This protects the paper and gives a nice background. 
Then start gluing down some embellishments. 
(Ultra Seal is a glue and dries clear too!)
Continue to add embellisments until you are pleased with the looks.
 Slowly pour in Jewelry Resin, it is a little trickier to pour resin over objects that are so dimensional.  Over-pours can happen quickly so take your time. 
Let dry completely!
Check out the beautiful results!
Imagine what you can create with bits and pieces...
Give it a try and have fun!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Resin filled Bezels

It is always good to have preimade pieces on hand 
for projects you have not even thought of yet.
It is easy to create Awesome Resin filled Bezels...
so next time you are creating and have some left over
resin, never let it go to waste....check out these pieces
which will work for so many projects!

First place decorative paper in bezels and
seal them with several layers of mod-podge.
 When the glue is dry add some self adhesive stickers,
if desired, gold rose stickers were added above.
 The pour in some resin (Jewelry Resin was used here).
Check out the end result....beautiful pieces ready and
waiting to be used in a project.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Skull and Bones EasyCast Necklace

Here is another project from the archives to share with you for Halloween!
We thought you would love to see how easy it is to create a
one of a kind necklace for Halloween this year!

Always be on the lookout for some interesting ice cube trays because
 you can use them as a mold to cast wonderful resin pieces. 
Once you do however, do not use them for ice or food making.
Mix up two batches of EasyCast resin for this project. 
These pigments are opaque, so the molded item will be  solid color.

Pour the white into the bones sections and the black into the skull sections
and let cure for 48 hours.

Once the resin has cured you can push the finished piece out of the mold by stretching the sides.

 Drill some holes into the cast items and connected them and 
add some crystals to make them a little more fun.
Attach to a store bought necklace or one you have made yourself.
Now you have a very cool necklace for Halloween!
EasyCast makes it possible to make these items
simply and in the colors of your choosing.  
They cured in 48 hours and are ready to wear!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween EasyCast Bezel

From the archives we thought we would showcase

this Awesome Halloween project
to embed sequins perfectly with EasyCast Resin!

Pour EasyCast resin into your mold and  
allow it to "set-up" and gel for a few hours (3). 
Then I simply place your sequins onto the resin.

At this point you can also add some glitter and
glass beads onto the sequins then let this cure overnight.

The next day add more EasyCast to fill the molds
and let dry completely.
Ta Da Awesome Halloween Cast Pieces!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

EasyCast How-to Video

Check out our video featuring EasyCast
 on our ETI video YouTube channel!
It will show you how to properly mix and use EasyCast and there are nine projects to inspire you.  


Friday, September 26, 2014

Metal and Jewelry Clay

 I know there are many jewelers who work with high end metalsmithing tools and spend a great deal of time learning their craft.
 I have only spend a few hours learning to attach metal to metal with soldering techniques and other metalsmithing tools.  I really enjoy this, but do not have space in my studio to set up a permanent bench.  
This is a piece I made several years ago.  It has sat in my "to-do" drawer because although I have sanded the edges, I feel like it might scratch me if I add it to a necklace.
 The fix has only been made possible with the addition of Jewelry Clay to my studio.
 I have shown you my FAUX SOLDERING TECHNIQUE several times on this blog.  I simply add a frame of Jewelry Clay to all my edges and then brush silver Pearl-Ex across the surface of the clay to colour it.
 My piece still has movement.  The clay cures overnight, so I simply lifted the areas I did not want to stick permanently.
Now I have a metal pendant with a softer edge.  I am thrilled with the result.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pink Ribbon Bottle Cap Magnets

 Today I am sharing an idea which is great 
for gift giving during this time of the year.
Pink Ribbon campaigns are everywhere and these unique bottle caps are a joy to hand out.
 My project used pink bottle caps purchased in a set, digital artwork from one of my favorite Designers Lisa's Altered Art Etsy store and Jewelry Resin.
 I used a one inch hole punch to pop out my images.
 The Xyron X Box  turns your small paper items into instant stickers, making them easy to add to the bottle cap.
I sealed the paper with several coats of Mod-Podge (let that dry overnight) I added glitter glue to the edges of the image and then poured in my Jewelry Resin as I do for every project.
 When my resin was cured, I glued magnets to the back of my bottle caps.
 These are ready to hand out to family and friends!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

KLIK Collaboration - Artist Submissions Group Ten

Artist:  Kat Hultgren
Kat titled her KLIK submission "dark side of the moon."  I wanted you to see all the beads she embellished the moon surface with first.  It already looks spectacular.
However, when I give you this side view I am certain that you will let out a little sigh of joy.  Kat built a gorgeous half sphere of clay and even used it to apply a new lip to edge her bezel in rhinestone.  This is a unique submission that illustrates that clay and height can result in an amazing new creation.
Artist:  Joelle Platz
Joelle's submission made me happy because she won the last Nunn Design giveaway.  I knew she would be inspired to continue working with resin.  She used Jewelry Clay to "slightly overfill" the KLIK bezel.  She embedded a vintage watch face into the clay and attached her propeller with a head pin so it would still spin.  Genius!!  The words "time flies" were cut from an old reference book, so their colouring is authentic.  A Pearl-ex dusting coloured the exposed clay.  Her final embellishment was to attach a little wiring so her bird could dangle.
Artist:  Kate Ledum
Kate's submission is titled "Nebula."  
Now hold on before you scroll down to see the side view.  
Kate used EasyCast, Jewelry Clay, Vintaj patina inks, gold mica, silver paper with holograph stars and black shimmery mica to create this.
 Now look at Kate's piece!  I pulled it out of the envelope and immediately went back to her note to see how this was even possible.  She noted that her inspiration is a memory of the Horsehead nebula.
She even generously shared how she made this.  Would you believe she made her molded nebula in a "cheap paint pallet?"  It fit right into the bezel.  In her note Kate wondered if I liked it.  No Kate, I don't like it.  I LOVE IT!!
Artist:  Deb Fortin
Deb's KLIK submission is difficult to photograph because of all the tiny glitter.  I just love the background paper she used because the pastel colour palette is just perfect for Autumn.  I could easily mix and match this piece.  The arrow on the paper is highlighted with an actual metal arrow held in place with a crystal.  She did two pours, so if you held this in your hand the glitter appears to be suspended.
 Artist:  Karen Ouellette
Seeing Karen's KLIK submission this way will certainly show off her brilliant imagery and crystal embellishing with resin.
Seeing Karen's submission from the side, tells you a completely different story.
Her KLIK bezel has been embedded into another bezel with a layer of Jewelry Clay. The tiered effect is incredible.  She has dusted her clay with mica making it shimmer.  Her ballerina is covered in resin making it appear as though glass has been cut to cover the surface.  There is so much to see.  The crystal frame was a labour of love.  I am so proud to have this in our KLIK collection.

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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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

More KLIK Submissions Into Finished Jewelry!

Here is how I assembled the collection of week three resin filled KLIK bezels!  If I sold my jewelry it would be so much fun to mix and match unique resin art.
Since the KLIK collaboration between Resin Crafts and Metal Complex blog began, my studio has been filled with resin greatness!  KLIK (link to catalog here) makes it possible for anyone to become a jewelry maker because all the components are ready to wear.  Resin Crafts blog makers can focus on their resin design work knowing that finished bezels will simple "klik" into place.
 These cuffs demonstrate how wonderful unique resin filled bezels can look placed together.
 I mixed and matched to my hearts content!
 I had to give myself a time limitation so I didn't spend all day "merchandising" your KLIK submissions.
The KLIK collection includes these snap bases.  They are ideal to attach buttons and other embellishments so I made these extra components as well.  How to work with buttons can be viewed in this Metal Complex blog post.

Where to order KLIK Online

You can order components and the blank bezel snaps from Artbeads.

BeadFX has the KLIK components and the blank bezel snaps in their online store.

Northern Bead is selling KLIK components.

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.