I am thrilled and honored to share the news that one of my pieces of jewelry has been published in the Autumn 2015 issue of Stampington & Company's Green Craft Magazine! The necklace is called "Nostalgic Romance Necklace" and is made from a Vintage drawer pull or cabinet knob. I submitted this piece to the magazine in February, and just received the news that it had been chosen as one of the Gallery pieces for the Autumn issue. This is so exciting for me, as it is the first piece that I have submitted to a magazine!
If you are interested in making a similar piece, I have the directions, materials and inspiration listed below:
I found this Vintage Drawer Pull and Chandelier Crystal at an Antique Store near my home, and decided that together they would make a lovely necklace. I loved that the drawer pull has such romantic qualities, with the graceful swirls and ornate curves. I have always loved crystals, and especially that this one once hung from a rather ornate Chandelier. It seemed perfect to use as an elegant dangle from my necklace!
Vintage Drawer Pull or Cabinet Knob
Vintage Chandelier Crystal
Various Beads, Crystals, and Rhondelles
Bronze Chain and Jump Rings
Bronze Wire, in 18, 20 and 22 gauge
Chain and Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters, 4 Ott Steel Wool (#0000) and Hammer
1) Using the steel wool, scrub the drawer pull so restore shine (if you like).
2) Attach a jump ring to the open space near the flower. Using the 22 gauge wire, wire wrap 2 small beads and then a rhondelle, followed by a crystal bead, rhondelle and two more small beads and attach to the chain on the top and on the bottom. Repeat step #2 for the opposite side of the necklace, and thread the chain through the jump ring.
3) Using the 20 gauge wire, wire wrap the Chandelier Crystal. For the dangle, make a loop large enough to hang from the metal bar on the drawer pull, and wire wrap a bead, small rhondelle, another bead, another small rhondelle, and a last bead and attach to the wire loop on the crystal.
4) Wrap equal amounts of bronze wire around the metal bar where the dangle will hang, making sure the dangle hangs in the center.
5) Make a clasp from the 18 gauge wire, using the wire wrapping technique. As you are making both parts of the clasp, attach each piece to one side of the chain. Once the clasp is attached, hammer slightly to flatten and give the clasp a finished look.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching the Resin Paper Wire Forms Workshop on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Rusty Saturday in Phoenix, AZ. The workshop will be from 11-2, and the cost is $65. You can sign up here! This is a great workshop using ICE RESIN®, and if you haven't worked with this product before, this is a perfect time to try it out. It's versatile, and a Jeweler's Grade Resin created by Susan Lenart Kazmer.
Students will make several charms of different shapes and sizes using the wire-wrapping technique. We will add beads and embellishments, and paper of all kinds. The charms can then be used in jewelry pieces, Necklaces, Bracelets, or Earrings or in Mixed Media projects like Journals and Book Marks.
Beads, Glitter or other charms you'd like to include in your project. Chain and Round Nose pliers, if you have them. A Hammer with a Bench Block and a Towel. Also, if you have clothes pins, we will use them for keeping our projects upright for the drive home.
-Paper: Old letters, sheet music, book pages and other papers work well. Paper loves the ICE Resin, as it soaks quickly into the paper fibers. Once the ICE Resin is applied, the paper will be less flexible than it was. You can add surface treatments like Stamping, Additional Colors, Glitter, Paint or Ink to your paper, but you should complete this step before you pour the ICE Resin. Many papers work well for this project, but Color Photocopies or Laser Printed with dry ink copies should be sealed first with a Gel Medium or Collage Pauge. You can also use a light spray of Krylon Medium (I use Krylon Matte Medium), which can be found in the Spray Paint department.
*Tissue Paper is especially beautiful in this project, as the result is transparent!
I am so happy to let you know that I have my jewelry in a wonderful store here in Gilbert, AZ called My Front Porch! It is located at 825 S. Cooper Rd., and the phone number is 602-363-9943. The store is filled with many talented vendors and some truly fabulous finds, and there are several rooms full of treasures and Vintage pieces. Be sure you have time to browse, and I promise that you won't be disappointed!
My Front Porch opened in September of 2014 and is a "Timeless Boutique". It has filled an amazing void in the East Valley of the Phoenix area, and it is home to some amazing Artisan things for you to see.
On Saturday, March 14, 2015, you will have the opportunity to come by and see this wonderful store at the Expansion Grand Opening Sale and "Off the Porch" Outdoor Market from 9am-4pm. There will be over 20 vendors, as well as outdoor activities throughout the day! There will also be Paint, Craft, and Sewing Classes offered. Call for details!
Here is the latest project I did for the 2014 ICE Resin Creative Team.
INSPIRATION: I am a hopeless romantic, and I love hearts! I have always liked collecting them, and decided to use the Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezels in Antique Silver to make a pair of earrings. I wanted them to be rustic, so to achieve the look of earrings from the old days, I used a two pieces of Vintage ceiling tiles as their base. I also wanted to incorporate the color red to add to the romantic feel of the earrings, which I did by using the Iced Enamels in Garnet Relique.
2 1-inch pieces of Vintage Ceiling Tiles, with sharp edges filed to smooth them
2 Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezels in Antique Silver, Small
2 Multicolored Gem Brads, 4 mm, in Gold
Disposable Paint Brushes
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ in Garnet Relique AND Ivory Relique
Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter, Silver
Black Sharpie Marker
Words from an old book or newspaper and White Glue
20 gauge Sterling Silver Wire for Ear Wires and 4 Jump Rings
Torch, for balling ends of wire
Ball Peen Hammer and Drill or Hole Punch Pliers
1) Cut out 2, 1 inch pieces of the Vintage Ceiling Tiles. Be sure to use your Metal File to smooth the rough edges.
2) Choose the words you want to use from an old book or newspaper. Tear them out, keeping their rough edges for a rustic look. Lightly blacken the edges of the words with the Sharpie Marker.
3) Inside of the heart bezels, lightly paint the ICED Enamels® Medium. Once dry, sprinkle the Iced Enamels® Ivory Relique into the bezels. Heat with the heat gun until they have “melted” and attached to the bezel bottom. Allow to cool.
4) Add one word to each heart and use a very small amount of glue to adhere them to the bottom of the hearts. Let dry.
5) Sprinkle the Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter in Silver over the words, using as much or as little as you would like. TIP: A little goes a long way!
6) Mix the ICE Resin® according to package directions. Gently stir with the pop sickle stick and let sit for a few minutes to allow any air bubbles to rise to the surface.
7) Using the disposable paint brushes, lightly paint the ICE Resin® over the Iced Enamels® in Garnet Relique. This will seal and protect the Iced Enamels®.
8) Pour the rest of the ICE Resin® into the bezels being careful not to over fill, but just until you have a nice dome. Allow to dry at room temperature according to package directions.
9) Once the tile is dry, punch or drill a hole at the top of the tile where you would like to hang the earring.
10) Punch or drill another small hole at the top corner of the tile and insert the 2 Multicolored Gem Brads, one on each earring.
11) Open the jump rings and insert one in the hole for the ear wire, and add the bezel before closing it. Attach another jump ring to hang from the ear wire. Repeat on opposite earring.
12) Cut approximately 2 to 2 ½ inches of Sterling Silver Wire and use the torch to ball the end of the wire. Form the wire in the shape of the ear wire, and hammer lightly on the end and near the curve to finish the ear wire.
Try to think "outside the box" and use a found object in your pieces to add interest. What will you create today?
I am so happy to let you know that I am a Certified Instructor for ICE Resin®, which is just one of the perks of being on the 2014 ICE Resin® Creative Team. I will be teaching the following workshop with details below:
I know I've talked about it a lot before, but have you heard of ICE Resin®? It’s a fantastic Jeweler’s Grade resin created by Internationally- known designer Susan Lenart Kazmer. It is fabulous to work with as it is self-leveling, self- healing, naturally doming and it dries to a crystal clear, glass-like finish in 8-12 hours with no heat necessary! It will not fade, yellow, or become brittle if properly cared for. Come join me in making 3 bezel necklaces filled with a mini-collage that you design. This collage will include charms, words, glitter, ephemera papers or really anything else you’d like to include. Students will learn how to mix ICE Resin, create the collages and fill the bezels with the resin. We will also learn to make a fabric chain for the necklaces using Silk Ribbon, Lace, or other materials in addition to handmade wire clasps. You are free to use your imagination completely, so I hope you’ll come for this fun and exciting workshop! Cost: $90.00, with lunch included. Reserve your spot now, as seating is limited!
LOCATION: Craft Fusion, 2986 N Alma School Suite 4, Chandler, AZ 85224.
Call 480-821-3758 and Charmaine will sign you up.
ICE Resin®, mixing cups, and stir sticks
3 Bezels, in various shapes and sizes
Wire, in 18 and 20 gauge for wrapping beads and charms as well as fabric and clasps
White Glue and Paper Sealer
Plates to use to carry your projects home with you
Baby Wipes (for clean up!)
Disposable Paint Brushes
Students should bring:
Ephemera paper, pages from a book, pictures from a magazine
Ribbon, Lace or fabric
Sharpie Marker and Pencils
Students should bring:
Ephemera paper, pages from a book, pictures from a magazine
Ribbon, Lace or fabric
Sharpie Marker and Pencils
Beads, Charms, or any found objects like buttons or tags you’d like to include in your mini-collage
Chain Nose and Round Nose Pliers, if you have them
Non-Stick Craft Mat or Garbage Bags
Recently I visited Philadelphia with my daughter. I had been there before, but she had not. We had so much fun traveling around the city and seeing the sights, and of course, shopping for school clothes for her Senior year of HS! One morning, we were having breakfast outside at a darling Bistro, and this gorgeous red brick building was partly in my view. It has the most wonderful patina on the window section, and of course, being a metal worker, I was totally inspired by the gorgeous copper and aqua weathered look which had come from nothing more than being exposed to the elements!
I loved the Architecture, and my daughter loved the tall buildings downtown.Of course we passed Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
We had so much fun spending a few days there, and we made sure to try the best Cheesesteak in Philly, Tony Luke's!
While we are used to the ridiculous heat in Arizona, we were a little concerned about the humidity in Philadelphia. Thankfully, the weather was great with highs in the 70's and the humidity was mild. A nice change from the dull, dry, heat we are used to!
I am so excited to share with you that I have another upcoming workshop scheduled for Saturday, June 21st from 10:30-2:30pm at Craft Fusion, 2986 N Alma School Suite 4
Chandler, AZ 85224, 480-821-3758. The workshop is called "Message in a Bottle Necklace and Earrings (with Metal Stamping)". Here are some of the details:
I'm sure that many of you have you seen the darling Bottles with a Message in them that are made into Necklaces. Well, they are so much fun to make, and the sky is the limit on what you can do with them. So I decided to teach this fun and informative workshop where we will take a small bottle and fill it with the message of your choice: perhaps a dream or a goal you have, a prayer, or some secret hope that you don't want to share with anyone else. We will use an Aging Technique on the message to make it look rustic and old, and then we will add accents like charms, beads, glitter and vintage lace or ribbon to it. We will learn a Wire-Wrapping technique, and we will also make a charm using Metal Stamping, and you can choose to stamp whatever words or phrase you like on the charm! You will also have the chance to make a pair of earrings to match your necklace, also using the Metal Stamping Technique. Here are a few pictures of examples of what we will be making:
Supplies to Bring with you
Beads or crystals in a variety of colors
Ribbon, Lace, or String
Charms to incorporate in your design
Favorite paper for your message
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Small Ball Pein Hammer
Metal Stamp Set (if you have one)
Disposable Paint Brush
Supplies that will be Provided
Bench Block for hammering
Wire, Chain and Jump Rings for the Necklace and Earrings
Ear wires for the Earrings
Bottles and Tops for the Necklace
Sheet Metal Shapes (for the Metal Stamping)
Ink Essentials Multi-Medium
**I will also have Metal Stamping Sets, a few sets of Round and Chain nose Pliers, Metal Shears and several small hammers for class use.
I hope to see you there, so please call Craft Fusion today to schedule your spot in the workshop!
Welcome to the Imagine Crafts®/Tsukineko®, Stampendous Stamps, and ICE Resin® blog hop! I am so happy to be part of this fantastic event. Thanks to Stampendous, Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko as well as ICE Resin for the opportunity!
I chose to make a two-sided piece of Art Jewelry for this project, and I used the Stampendous Charmed Art Clear Stamp Set.
I used StazOn Ink in Jet Black, which can be used in so many projects. It comes in an array of colors and is easy to work with and the results are fantastic!
ICE Resin is my favorite resin. It is a non-toxic, jeweler's grade resin that dries crystal clear, and it's uses are endless! If you have never used it, you really must try it. You will be amazed at the results!
Step 1: I decided to make my own bezel using 14 gauge Bronze Wire, which I hammered to flatten and then used the torch to anneal the wire. This makes it easy to bend and form into the desired shape. I used an old remnant of scrapbook paper, and chose the "dress form stamp" along with the word "Create" from the Stampendous Charmed Art stamps shown below. I added some wings from a dead moth I found in my back yard!
For the other side of the necklace, I used a piece of Vintage Sheet Music, and chose the Stampendous stamp "Artist Brushes" along with the words. Since the bezel was 2 sided, I coated each side with ICE Resin, which I mixed according to Manufacturer's directions and allowed to dry for the required time.
Step 2: I used one of the small hearts from Susan Lenart Kazmer's Art Mechanique Silhouettes collection (which are also included in the prize package below), as well as some scraps of paper from Susan Lenart Kazmer's Art Mechanique Essentials collection, and glued it to the heart and covered it in a thin layer of ICE Resin. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the heart so that I could hang the next piece from it.
Step 3: I used one of Susan Lenart Kazmer's Art Mechanique White Bronze Staple Bezels,and again chose paper from the Art Mechanique Essentials package. I then stamped the words "make art" and used the sewing machine stamp from the Stampendous Charmed Art stamps on the side with the photograph. For the other side, I used a doctor's prescription pad and used the sewing pattern stamp and the words "follow your art".
Step 4: I used 22 gauge Bronze wire by wire wrapping to connect the three pieces, and then I used 22 gauge Steel Wire to make the chain and clasp. I then added various beads to complete the chain.
Please be sure to click on the links listed below to visit all of the blogs taking part! Here is the list of the blog hop participants:
How to Hop:
Each day we’ll post the designers participating in the Blog Hop. Click on each one and check out their project. Leave a comment on their blog that lets them know you really looked at their project. We ‘ll draw three blogs at random from the four days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog. You must have a U.S. mailing address to win, but we’d love for everyone to hop and comment! You can check out the Official Rules for all our contests if you have questions.
***Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.
We know you’ll want to try this yourself, and to make that easy we’re offering a nice prize package this week! Three lucky winners will receive a package with:
• 2 – Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamp™ sets with designs sized for jewelry or small project making
• 2 – StazOn™ permanent ink pads by Tsukineko® courtesy of Imagine Crafts® – yummy Ganache and the must-have Jet Black
• 1 – 30ml package of ICE Resin Jeweler’s Grade Self-Doming resin
• 1 – pkg Suzan Lenart Kazmer Art Mechanique Silhouettes in Heart Shape
• 1 – pkg Kristen Robinson Rue Romatique bezel(s) (styles vary). WOW!! You’ll be crafting some awesome jewelry in no time!
Want the chance to be one of 3 random winners of a prize package by ICE Resin, Stampendous and StazOn? Just comment on on the posts. Winners will be announced soon!
I am thrilled and honored to have been asked to participate in the new Interweave E-book, 'The Romance of Mixed Media Jewelry'.
The fabulous Kristen Robinson, teamed up with Interweave and numerous talented artists to compose this fantastic book! Kristen is the creator of the beautiful line, Rue Romantique, which is a beautiful collection of Victorian bezels which capture a romantic feel perfectly. You really must look at all of the wonderful options she offers in this fantastic line, made especially to work with ICE Resin.
In the E-book, each artist shares their projects and gives the details on what inspired them to make each one, and all of the instructions to inspire readers to make their own projects. The instructions are very detailed, and make it easy for the novice or advanced! Personally, I made Earrings, Necklace and Bracelet, and here are the pictures of each. Check out the E-book to see my inspiration for making each one, as well as the directions to how I made them!
I am so excited to share some fabulous news with you! I have been chosen to be part of the 2014 ICE Resin Creative Team! In order to be chosen, I had to submit 3 of my recent pieces of jewelry, and answer some questions about classes I teach, my presence on the internet, and my jewelry business in general. I am so honored to have been selected, as there are so many talented people who apply for this chance, both here in the United States and Internationally as well. I am one of 10 others, 7 from the United States and 3 Internationally, who will represent the Design Team for ICE Resin for 2014. Here is the link announcing me as a Team Member on the ICE Resin page.
I am so thrilled to be working with this group of talented people! Together, we will publish projects and videos using the fantastic Jeweler's Grade product, ICE Resin, which is created by one of my favorite people and instructors, Susan Lenart Kazmer. I have had the pleasure of taking classes from her on many separate occasions across the country, and am so pleased to have been chosen to work with her and all of the other fantastic designers on the 2014 ICE Resin Creative Team!