Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Earrings with Vintaj Findings

     One of my favorite websites to go for inspiration is vintaj.com.  It's fun just saying the word Vintaj because it's pronounced (vin tazh').  Just pretend you are Zsa Zsa Gabor dahhhling and say it again...Vintazzzhhh.  Don't you feel just a little glamorous?  I do!  All I need now is a toy sized Pomeranian named "Princess Sweet Kisses" on my lap and a flute of champagne as I peruse all the lovely filligree Vintaj has. 
      If you haven't gone to the Vintaj website yet, take a look at these "dahhhhling" earrings that were made with a few of their findings.  Then go and be inspired!


     Just look at these cute little dragonfly findings.  These have a single loop on each.  I could have used a loop to attach the beads to it, but I wanted a different look.  I simply used a pair of round nose pliers to create a hook on the dragonfly's tail end  Now, it looks like the dragonfly decided to carry those shiny crystals away.
      There are so many fun places to explore on this website.  I especially enjoy the idea gallery.  There are pages of design ideas using Vintaj findings.  A veritable feast for the eyes!


    These sweet little flowers were made with Vintaj filligree bell caps, Czech fire-polished beads, and Swarovski crystals.  They remind me of somethimg Julie Andrews, would have worn while singing "The Sound of Music" in the opening scene of the movie. 



     These little filligree leaves are so versitile.  I constantly have to remind myself that not every piece of jewelry needs an adorable little leaf in it.  They are kind of like Dorritos. It's almost impossible to just eat one chip and put the bag away. Well... you get the idea!
      Blessings to you!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spring Button Bracelet


     Spring is here!  The birds are singing.  Children are riding their bikes again.  The neighborhood squirrels are back to taunting my dog.  I'm sorry, Kya.  Strawberries are in season!  Can anyone say Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie?


My tulips and daffodils are blooming and it's bracelet making time!

    
     Ladies, it's time to shed those heavy sweaters and show some skin!  I love wearing bracelets because unlike earrings and necklaces, I can enjoy seeing them while I'm wearing them.  Honestly, there are times I can't even remember what earrings I put on for the day because I only caught a glimpse of them in the morning.  It must be time to add brain teasers or gingko to my daily routine.


     I love using buttons in jewelry; especially in bracelets.  This particular bracelet reminds me of the first blooms of spring.  Pink and purple hyacinths, red tulips and happy, yellow daffodils are all represented here.
     This button is from my friend, Lisa Stephens.  She has a passion for buttons and a great eye for finding rare and unique ones, too.  I'll be posting more jewelry made using her fabulous buttons.


     I hope this inspires you to take out that button box and start digging for treasures for your next project! 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wire Lace Workshop with Wacky Women

     Well, not wacky women, I just wanted to have a title with most of the words starting with a W.  They were all quite wonderful and extremely patient.  I guess I could've used "wonderful" instead!


     Our class was on learning a new wire lace earring design. So, please, honor copyright laws as I share a picture of my original design.  If you would like a pattern of my design, feel free to contact me or come to one of my classes in Boise.  You can find out what and when I'll be teaching next at www.beadstreetonline.blogspot.com. 
     Here are the brave ladies who persevered with me through the class.  I know they all look so serious in these pictures, but we did laugh a lot, too!  I love how each person brought a unique "eye" to the project and the colors they chose were beautiful.

Okay, everyone look over here!
Do I need to beg?
Stretching is very important while beading! 

     I so enjoyed this class and hoped all the ladies did as well.  These earrings generally take more time to complete than class time allows so, they all had homework.   I can't wait to see the results the next time I'm in Boise.  Here are a couple of pictures of what they started.

The gold and green really pop together.

Blues and greens with a little shimmer are perfect for summer.

     I hope to be able to post some pictures of earrings these talented ladies made very soon!  In the meantime here is a little "eye candy" from Eileen Barker's store Bead Street.

Czech beads a plenty!
Seed bead buffet, Las Vegas size!
Eileen Barker, Bead Street owner and bead afficianado!
 
     If you live in the Boise area and have always wanted to learn how to bead, come in and spend time with us!  My next class will be on Saturday, April 28th.  You can find out more at www.beadstreetonline.blogspot.com.

Blessings to you all!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Magic Gloss and My "Easy Bake" Oven

     Remember the Easy Bake Oven?  It was a mini-oven that promised perfectly baked cupcakes and cookies.  It was bright pink and almost every little girl dreamed of owning one. I was no different.  It was on my Christmas wish list for several years, but sadly, never became my own... until now!
     Well, not really, but Lisa Pavelka's light box and Magic Gloss does bake up delectable little treasures, too.

    
  
      I know one doesn't really need the light box for Magic Gloss to become a beautiful glossy finish on any surface, but that li'l girl in me had to have it.  I blame it on the denial I felt for not having the Easy Bake Oven when I was a girl!


      
      I love how Magic Gloss works.  There is no two-part mixing involved and bubbles are easily zapped with a poke from a toothpick.  Then, whatever has been glossed, gets to bask in the sun or the mini-bake oven for at least ten minutes.  The result is a clear glossy finish that won't age or yellow over time.  Oh, if there was something like that for me!

    
    

     These little charms were made for my niece's cheer squad and her coach.  What a fun way to remember great experiences together! 
     The frames, paper and letter stickers were purchased at a craft store.  Here is how to put it all together.  
  1. First, thoroughly clean and dry the frame. Cut out whatever image you want to use.
  2. This is scrapbook paper in these charms, but I also like using images from magazines, too. The colors tend to be more saturated. Be aware that some types of paper might bleed, so test it if you are not sure. 
  3. Next, spread all purpose glue on the paper and press the paper into the frame. I use a wooden knife to press the paper evenly in the frame. Let it dry before going on.
  4. Now, embellish your charm with whatever you like. I've used rhinestones, charms and even hammered bead caps. If you like it, use it! I use E600 for layering as in the picture below. Just a little goes along way. It takes 24 hours for E6000 to cure so securing your work with a small clamp will ensure great adhesion.
  5. Finally, spread the Magic Gloss over all that cuteness you've just created, making sure to spread it evenly everywhere.  It does need a litle nudge with a toothpick.  Also, this is a good time to pop any bubbles you see.  Let it sit in the sun for at least 30 minutes or in the "oven" for 10 minutes.  That's it!

    
     Did I forget to say?  Put that gorgeous new piece of jewelry on!  Here are some examples of the versitility of Magic Gloss.  If you want to see some amazing and unique jewelry and mixed media art, take a look at www.lisapavelka.com.




     All that's left is to put your limitless creativity to work ... and have a piece of pie!

Blessings to you this Easter!
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