Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mini Travel Art Kit

When traveling, which I do often for business, I take a mini art kit with me.  While I don't usually have tools, having some 3X5 cards and colored pencils allows me to do design work and capture inspiration when it hits.  The cards and pencils make up the mini art kit and is easy to carry.  The bit of color from the colored pencils makes the designs come to life and allow for color planning.  When I get back to the studio I add the designs to my inspiration board and start prototyping.  The inspiration board ends up being a design journal as I can see how I've been inspired over time.

P.S. These pictures were all taken with my iPhone.  My first attempt at using the iPhone and editing software.  I know, I know, behind the times.  LOL

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Make Your Own Marking and Center Finder Tool - Free Test Tutorial - Limited Time

Welcome to my blog.  I've been designing jewelry that requires precise placement of embellishments or design elements and I was generally just eyeballing the placement.  I found that my placement was a bit wonky and I was somewhat disappointed in the final product because the placement of design elements was just simply off.

I went searching for a marking template that I could use to find the center of a shape and then allow equidistant marking around the shape.  Couldn't find anything that met my needs so I decided to make my own marking and center finder templates.  I thought you all might have a similar need.  I'm making this free test tutorial available for a limited time.  Here's a video and .pdf tutorial with instructions on how to make marking and center finder templates for a circle, oval, rectangle and square.  There are two overall sizes of templates - 4" and 3.5".  Each template has a 1/8" and 1/4" guide lines.  Choose the one that works for you and voila! a set of templates that you can use over and over.

Check out the video and download the .pdf  Jewelry Shape Marking and Center Finder (follow the link, click "File", then click "Download" and save the file to your computer) free test tutorial available for a limited time for a complete set of instructions, templates and resource list.  Leave me a comment and tell me how you liked this test tutorial.  Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Studio Works

I've had time in the studio over the last couple of weeks and was able to try my hand at Bettina Welker's pixelated retro cane.  I've done a lot of work with extrusions, specifically the retro cane.  What's different about this variation is the smaller circle die to extrude.  The technique was fun and I was able to create a number of pendant pieces with just a few slices of cane.  A little clay goes a long way.

Each pendant (or group) has the actual cane below.  Take thin slices and apply to a thin background sheet.  Smooth the slices to adhere them.  My slices were relatively consistent so I was able to run the background sheet with cane slices through the thickest setting on the pasta machine for consistency.  The red group was made using cutters and my flexible blade to create applique elements that were then pieced together.  The pendant with the metallic insert was made with a metallacized button that shows through a cutout.  I'll try more with the added metal accents for interest

This pendant was made with two sizes of oval cutters; I splurged and bought the nylon cutters so I get a much cleaner cut.  I'm showing the bail.  Very simple fold-over bail that gives lot of options for the type of stringing material to use.  This was a fun project and very easy to create.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Faux Soutache


I love soutache, a type of braided trim used to embellish clothing and to create jewelry.  The 1/8” inch cord comes in a wide range of colors and multiple cords can be used to create elaborate necklaces, earrings and bracelets using beads of all types.  I tried my hand at making a soutache bracelet with black/sliver cords and glass pearls.  I like the way it turned out but not the time consuming sewing.  So, why not try it in polymer clay?  Here are some samples I have created.  I’ll be giving a demonstration to the Eileen J Loring Polymer Clay Guild in Longmont  on August 4.  Join us for a great time unleashing our creativity through Faux Soutache.

Here are samples of my Faux Soutache.  Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

I'm a little late posting as I traveled from DC to Denver today.  Have my pics now and am ready to reveal my creations.  I received my bead soup from Denielle Hagerman of Some Beads and Other Things blog. The soup that Denielle sent is delicate and spring-like with flower and polka dot beads, crystals and pearlescent beads with a silver toggle clasp. A garden theme.
And here's the necklace I created with the focal.  I tried a technique I hadn't used in a while - micro-macrame.  I used an ombre thread for the macrame and some green glass beads to make the necklace.  A tassel completes the look.

Then I created a bracelet.  I love this look.

Thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting the blog party.  You can see links for all of the creations here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Focus on Life Week 9 - Knock, Knock, Knock

Week's nine's Focus on Life challenge was to take a photo of doors.  This picture is of my neighborhood church.  Been thinking about going through these doors again.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Tweaking with Gilders Paste

Quite a few months ago I purchased several colors of Gilders Paste but haven't really used them.  I'm back home in my Colorado studio with a couple of days off so I thought I would try out the paste on some components I bought on sale from Joann Fabrics.  The components are by Laliberi and are reminiscent of old lace.  I love the various components and the look of lace and crochet but the finish is a bit too bright and jarring.  I thought a touch of Gilders Paste would tone the brightness down and enhance the look.  Here's my first experiment.

The Guilders Paste I bought so many months ago was dried out but their website says that if you add mineral spirits you can reconstitute the paste.  That worked.  I applied Antique Gold to a bright silver finish and love the new look.  It will work much better with my design aesthetic.  I have several more components to play with and will try alcohol inks and other patinas.