Saturday, 23 May 2015

Sunny Saturday

Glorious day, morning spent in the garden, really enjoying this garden and so far no urge to dig holes and plant things.   Really really hope I don't get bitten by that bug again it is great fun and makes for a lovely colourful garden but oh the hard work maintaining it.   Still today was lovely and sunny, to hot really to stay out there so can indoors to see if I could make this pendant.

Think that would be a yes!   I struggle with wire work and am glad that after finishing the frame last evening I then set it aside.  Today there was time to just sit slowly steadily weaving, bending and shaping.    The stone is Jasper, and measures just over 2 inches in length.

This Labradorite Cabochon was wire wrapped last Sunday, think the week-ends are the best time for me fiddle with wire, week days after work I am clearly to stressed.   Only recently learnt of Labradorite but the play of light and colour from the stone just blows you away.   The earrings are Labradorite as well, unpolished the play go light on the surfaces still bring out brilliant flashes of colour.

So that is me still enjoying this jewellery making lark.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Gizmo coils

Love this tool, just got a bigger version.  Wire coils are so much fun to make and give a whole different dimension to this jewellery making lark.

Potato pearls, actually teal coloured flash washed that out.  They pearls have been coiled onto wire, additional wire threaded through and coiled at both ends.   Earrings to match.

This piece was made using the same process and black agate gems.

And here is a close up of the centre piece.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Wearable stuff

It has been very quite on the blog in recent months and here is why.  I've not stopped crafting/creating but I've been working with gemstones and metal base and plated.   Here are some of the wearable things I've been making.

Now I'm wondering if I should open a crafters online shop, what do you think?

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter

It's spring and has been on the whole a pleasant long week-end here on the Humberside.   Not that i have ventured very far, just enjoyed doing not a lot here at home.   Into jewellery making at the moment but have been in something of a creative lull, think it was the long dark winter days that did for it.   Surfacing now just maybe a bit rusty.

Got into the craft room today, covered both Friday's and Saturday's lists at Challenges for Days last week lots of inspiration there.

Here is today's output, so far!

The 4" x 6" postcard format is one I've played with before and like, for rubber stamping it is a nice size.   This Penny black image stamped in black Memento and gently 'coloured' with shades of cool grey Promarkers.   The pop of yellow is Promaker Canary.

 Staying with Penny black stamps this rose from the brush strokes range has been stamped in black Archival.   Stuck to a black mat and then onto A5 card.    Not wanting the card to be to much of a sympathy card the word Hope was added in red.

This and the postcard above were both created with Less is More where the requirement this week is Predominantly Black.   They also both qualify (I think) for Left of Centre's Monochrome challenge.

Back to postcard format and a stamp that has been part of the collection for years, but not been inked that often.    Today it struck me that it would sit perfectly on a postcard and allow me to play with the Chameleon pens.   This postcard is all about Spring, so one for Just us Girls.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

This Makes Me Happy

I am on leave this week and my crafting Mojo came rushing back nearly knocking me over in it's rush to get back to the craft room.    Especially happy today as a Thank you card was needed in a bit of a hurry.   Needed to be a gender natural card and with a couple of challenges in mind this came into being.

Less is More - This makes me Happy.    Jays beautiful native birds seen less often than other members of the crow family but when I lived near Southampton and worked in Hamble Point they would sometimes flit past as I drove down School Lane, Chrissie knows the area I'm talking about.  Spring makes me happy and the patio doors were open to photograph the card the sounds of bird song reached me through the open door just such a happy sound.   I love Spring Stamping and Colouring so this was a combination of things that make me happy.

Fashionable Stamping - Colour between the lines.   That is just what I did here, stamped the new Papermania stamp in Memento black and then coloured with Chameleon pens, love how you can use so few pens but get such graduations in colour.

The Paper Players - Think Spring, oh I am.

Take A Word - Feathered Friends.

Tomorrow I'm off to Skipton to catch up with Janet Clarke whose blog is very out of date, going to have fun.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Pinch Punch the first of the Month

Sorry a childhood memory there of my Mum greeting me on the 1st of March with that little wake up call.    Of course once she had done it to me it was to late to do it back and yet it is a happy memory!

Recently I achieved the First Aider at Work qualification, thank you.  Why I waited so long to do this is a mystery it is such a useful course even if I did almost pass out on the first day!   Anyway back at work I was given my first aid box, as well as the remains of the 2 boxes one of our predecessors had.   Yes 2 boxes, one of which was almost empty so the contents of that were decanted into the other box and the empty one came home with me.

Handsome thing isn't it, not.   But it is sturdy and useful so it simply had to be given a facelift.

Step 1 Paint the whole box with White Gesso, twice.
Step 2 Paint the box with Spectrum Noir Aquatint, the Orange from the Grunge set.
Step 3 Coat first section of box with decoupage (modge podge type) glue.    Lesson even when dry watercolour paint will reactivate when anything wet is added.
Step 4 Cover glued area with patterned paper.
Step 5 Apply 3 coats of decoupage glue allowing each coat to dry.   The watercolour trapped in the glue at each coat re-activates.
Step 6 Repeat steps 3, 4,& 5 to cover all sides of the box, care needed along all the sides so the box will still open and close.
Step 7 Apply tissue tape along the edges.
Step 8 Apply more glue all over.
Step 9 Stick a panel of contrasting paper to the top and bottom.
Step 10 Apply 3 more coats of the glue, by now the watercolour has pretty much been thinned out.
Step 11 Add a strip of green ribbon down one side of the top, background for the embellishments
Step 12 Receive in the post with a Jewellery Maker Order, a gift of copper coloured petal shapes with a hole punched at one end of each of them.
Step 13 Thread 5 of the petals onto a piece of dotty green ribbon.   Use DST to secure.  Repeat to make 3 'flowers'.
Step 14 Add these flowers to the box with silicone glue, you need to make a blob of glue and work the petals into it spreading them you might need a touch more glue on the outer petals.
Step 15 Rummage through stash of embellishments and add to box all secured with Silicone glue.
Step 16 Finishing touch make a coil using green wire and a Gizzmo tool, add to box.
Step 17 Complete decoration with self adhesive gems, secured with yet more Silicone glue.

The box, which tool a week to complete, is my sample for Altered Eclectics Anything Altered Goes Challenge.   We are always inspired and amazed by your entries it is wonderful to share the journey with so many gifted people who so obviously enjoy making beautiful things out of somewhat mundane round the house items.

Sharing this with 
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Another great Anything Altered Monthly Challenge.
The Friday Mashup - Create a Project with an Antique Style, Element, or Theme.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Altered Eclectics DT

1st of February it always amaze me how one day it is 1st January and the next 1st February.   Here we are 1/12 of the year behind us.   Time for me to let you know that I am now on the Altered Eclectics DT.   Think I had previously entered this challenge every month after it started, around the same time as I felt my old challenge was coming to an end for me AE had a DT call and I applied, so here I am.

Been in the house now since November, found the craft room and started looking at making jewellery especially wire working.    These slabs of Agate are about a centimetre deep and banded with some sort of gold foil.  I love the pattens in the stone so not wanting to cover their beauty, and not been sure of what I was doing, a simple design making the linking loops and the straight forward cage for the green piece.   The chain that the piece is suspended from was on some cheap jewellery in the sale, might use the decorative part of that on something else.   My first wire work and sample for Altered Eclectics.

Simple to enter the challenge, anything altered will always be welcome, anything that is except cards and ATCs.   The challenge is for those of us who love to see what things can become with a little this and a little that.

Anything can be altered, and you are just the people to do it and share it.