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A week ago Wed was the The Evergreen State College Spring Fair…

the paper bead earrings and other jewelry was just flat on the table so not displayed attractively…


Then Saturday was the POSSCA Annual Artists’ Garage Sale… forgot to take a photo of my set up. I was really not feeling well and crashed Sunday & Monday. Still coughing but feeling much better.

Tuesday & Wednesday I worked on more blank journals – 24 just need to be threaded with the ribbon. The ones in the plastic bag are the less expensive ones need images and tying… they have regular copy paper instead of the #65 weight paper.

I almost threw out some demo paintings from acrylic class that I taught… then it was chop time to make small sections for the blank books!

More paper bead earrings that I made today…

Now how to display them better… woke up yesterday morning with a aha! Finally found my mini cork board this afternoon and then…

I needed an easel or something…. Someone gave me two travel paint box easels! The drawer is perfect for storing the jewelry.

full drawer

practice display…

Saturday turned out to be Wooden Boat Day celebration so the attendance at the NOVA school Innovations sale was very low. Think my table display looked good. I did work more on my Camp NaNoWriMo novel when it was slow…

little fuzzy image –

there was plenty of room so I set my shelf unit in back of the table.

Below the paint box and mini bulletin board display for the jewelry…

I set the drawer out to display the extra pieces…

lastly the blank journals. the one on the right sold. It was a very delicate looking Zen Doodle design.

I made my table fee yesterday and a small amount more. I do have to say that many shows now are requesting this:      Reporting of sales: At the end of the day, we will pass out a reporting form. The primary purpose of this is to indicate the success of the event overall, as well as the different categories of products. While not required, we request vendors consider making a tax-deductible donation of 10-percent of sales (once covering the cost of the booth) to NOVA School to support the School’s programs and financial aid. NOVA School offers an unmatched comprehensive combination of creativity-building programs, such as visual arts, music, textiles, cooking, robotics, engineering, and more…and over one-third of our students only attend with the assistance of financial aid.

I did not participate in this – the main reason that I did not donate 10% – I grossed so little above the $40 table fee, I did not charge tax for my sales unless it went through the Square so I will have to pay tax at the end of the year and my prices are rock bottom so things will sell/be affordable.

I think its nervy to [after paying a table fee] be guilt-ed into paying 10% of your gross… this also happened at one holiday show I did… I mean really, most art/crafters are not making hundreds of dollars at these events.  Unless you bring lunch, you buy food and of course there is the gas to travel. It normally takes an hour or so to set up and break down. This means a normal 10 to 4pm event = 8 to 10 hours… if you figure that for an hourly wage, I make less than minimum for almost any event I’ve done.

This isn’t sour grapes, just a reality of selling handcrafted items… it is fun to talk to customers and other vendors.

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Almost ready to wrap the pin wire for these paper bead earrings… three weeks until Spring Arts Walk where I will display my work at The Estate Store and I have a million loose ends
Least I’m not bored when going from one project to another.

Friends have given me beads/old jewelry over the last few years – time to organize them… although the scavenger hunt of locating different stashes of beads is fun it’s also time consuming. There is the word time again It does speed past.

Started a mini macrame key ring fob and finished a mini macrame bracelet.

dang, I need brighter light and stronger glasses! This micro dark cord is hard to see

Bought these simple tags for displaying the jewelry – large ones for necklaces and small for earrings. will print a label with info for the back…

I know I could have made them but I figured for the sake of time which tends to slip away that it would be easier to purchase.

Keep arting!
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Lesson about wearing glasses and I need to stop being so stressed so I can think clearly


the above picture shows my first batch of aromatherapy clay pendants. This is low fire clay. When i went to fire them last time I did not look at the package with my glasses on and saw only “cone 6”. Looking up the temperature chart on Internet… cone 6 is 2,232…
The cone/firing temp for “06” low fire is – 18,030… I have been stressed lately and very fuzzy thinking – it should have been a real low fire vs high fire non mistake. You can’t tell from the picture but the clay over-fired and vitrified. The pieces will make good wind chimes.

Second try – tray of shapes dried quickly during this unusual PNW warm weather:

after drying to leather hard stage, I then clean the edges a bit…

and load the kiln:

this kiln is from around 1970 and still has the original coils…

I’ve made a lot more paper beads. It is tricky to cut the paper and roll so that come out the same size.   Maybe I need my eyes checked and finally bow down to prescription glasses.

bought my tools for making “Broken Plate” jewelry:

I saw a how-to where the person used chamois cloth and inserted a piece of  wire hanger for a hanger and then cut/glued to the back of the chard. I’m going to try that…

Here’s the plates that I will practice with – bought them today at the Estate Store:

off to check the kiln temp… no more over firing.

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Continuing adventures – second time etching this batch. Basically I think the rubber stamp lines are too fine for a strong deep etching. I left these in at least 4 hours in a fresh batch for ferric chloride. One of the stars has a hole for the jump ring that was too close to the edge… remind me to drill the holes after etching! It destroyed the fine piece that made the hole edge. I’ll just saw/round off all the corners.

today I stopped in to pick up the handouts for AARP tax prep at the Olympia Senior Center and also visited the Senior Boutique. SCORE! I was bemoaning the fact that I had given away many of my rubber stamps awhile ago. Remember Murphy’s Law about discarding stuff and needing it soon after… Look what I found!   Also – Ask the Universe and be thankful….


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Most were .25, .50 or $1.00… The designs have much wider lines so they will translate better as far as applying the StazOn permanent ink…
Can’t wait to try these out on more of my copper shapes and I will remember not to drill the holes until after etching.

Off to teach the last Mixed Media class…

my low fire white clay arrived the other day… rolled it out and as soon as its bone dry, I’ll bisque fire. I’m making clay diffusers pendants for essential oil. Pinterest is great for how-to as well as you tube. The consensus was that low fire clay was better than self-dry because firing the clay makes it porous.

since I’m rolling on Plexiglas, the clay really sticks. It would roll & lift better on a plaster of Paris surface… I also found I can’t remove the canape cutters because of the sticking factor. I just slide them to the side and cut the next one.

I brush off the excess clay stuck to the cutter edges then I let the clay dry a little before pushing them out of the metal shapes. I can smooth the backs/sides later if they’re uneven. I may glaze the backside so the oil doesn’t soak through.

Then I tried making the texture first… I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of a lot of the rubber stamps my daughter had at one time

Letting the textured clay shapes sit a bit before pulling them apart by sliding the canape cutter across the Plexiglas to the edge.

Before they dry too much I used a straw to poke the holes in the clay. You have to gently rotate the straw to lift the plug of clay out. They are aproimately .25 inch thick. I did press a few of the rubber stamps I have into the clay.

I have them drying on the porch…. hoping no cats hop up to investigate these odd things.

I have to rework the etching pieces from Friday. Think the solution is spent as they didn’t etch at all after 2.5 hours! After that its finally back to the paper beads.

here’s news about the Broken Pottery Jewelry Workshop I went to yesterday…

It was a nice group of women at the workshop. The presenter facilitates one “recycle” workshop a month at the Estate Store.

Several of the woman volunteer at the Estate Store and the director was there. The presenter experimented with shard jewelry over the last couple weeks before the workshop.  I admit to having done that in my past as an art teacher [ I’m making paper beads like crazy as I’m offering a class two months from now]… so for all it was a learning experience and good company.

When I came home, I looked up some references to broken pottery jewelry and realized we were not using the wheeled cutter properly. Its more to score and then use pliers to snap a clean break. This way it creates a straighter break that you don’t have to clean up as much with a tile stone or various grinding stones using a dremel.

The main tools you need are: the wheeled tile cutter tool, regular & tile nipper/trimmer pliers, glass key cutter, scorer/breaker tool, and safety glasses. A dremel or flex shaft or a tile stone can be used to smooth the sides. I will experiment more as I love how the shards look. You need a really good soldering gun, lead free solder, copper foil tape like they use in stain glass and flux. A hammer can be used to break the plate/cup into smaller pieces but I saw a picture demo that just used scoring and snapping with the nipper/trimmer pliers. Much more control over the braking/selecting of the pattern.

I didn’t stay to put the jump rings on… I had to get home as my son hasn’t been feeling well. As I said, it was fun group and we  played musical chairs moving around from dremel tools or soldering irons all the while chatting away.

Lots of patience to get the sides smooth [see better cutting tool list above] and to put the self sticking copper foil tape around the edges without wrinkles as well as an even edge on front and back of the china piece. Next hold in place with clamp or clothespins, apply flux to help move the solder, apply heat to the solder and melt/smooth over copper foil and finally add a jump ring. A third hand tweezer would be great to hold the jump ring in place while applying the solder.

That’s it – fairly easy process but its deceptively tricky… I think they’re making book clocks next month, then a garden angel and sometime soon Fairy Lamps from tea cups with the addition of a small solar light… great group of women and I’m enticed to learn more. My daughter is bring up some broken plates later next week so I need to get some tile tools!!!!!

http://www.theestatestore.com/

Keep Arting – now to go make some more paper beads and finish my earrings…

I just found a video showing how to glue leather to the back that encloses a wire bail! No soldering…

http://www.ehow.com/video_6035374_make-broken-china-jewelry.html

A few days ago, I gave these shells a second coat of mod podge and selected the beads that will hang inside of the shell.

Yesterday the “studio” was just the right temperature to work on my jewelry projects

I drilled the holes in the shells, wire wrapped the top of the headpin that holds the beads to form a loop, cut fine copper wire to 5″ and wrapped it around a tool handle to make a bail. I just have to smooth/tuck in the wire ends before stringing them on rolled leather. I plan to make a findings out of the copper wire too…

I also made a loop on the end of the headpins that held beads & paper beads. Then I attached a simple silver preformed ear wire. picture isn’t the best – excited to share… I will be offering a paper bead making class through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation in the Spring session.

I made this reversible  PMC [Precious Metal Clay] pendant a long time ago. Recently set the hematite stone and today strung a few beads and ta Dah…
its looking good except for the crumby lighted photograph.
BACK:

FRONT:

I just have to check all the ends of the wrapped wires to make sure they won’t snag on skin/clothing…

moving forward on my jewelry projects. I will have them ready for Spring Arts Walk. I will be at the Estate Store on Columbia in Olympia…

 

Futzing around looking for beads to add to my paper beads to make earrings…

Its a scavenger hunt through my collage/mixed media collections because I don’t want to have to purchase beads. As you see I have matched size as best as I could. There is definitely a knack to making the paper beads a consistent size and shape. The paper to make the beads is the same size but sometimes it gets lopsided when rolling on the coffee stirrer.

Thankful that my 4 week mixed media class, 4 week watercolor pencil class and a 6 week drawing class is running…   Thank you for signing up.

My mandala class was cancelled for next Saturday but …. I have signed up for a Broken China jewelry class at the Estate Store on Columbia downtown. “Make a fabulous pair of earrings or a pendant out of broken china! $20 for earrings side option of adding $7 for matching pendant. All supplies included, you are more than welcome to bring a china pattern of your choosing. March 19th 11am – 1:30”

Although Pinterest has lots of how-to and images of micro macrame jewelry, I did find an inexpensive how-to book at Jo-Ann Fabric the other day and I had some coupons. I never go into Jo-Ann or Michael’s without coupons because their mark up is often double a normal price. Many coupon driven stores keep their prices high so they can offer all those coupons which make a product a normal price….

I also stumbled upon alcohol ink that was marked down so I bought that as I was just reading about applying alcohol ink to metal as in copper/brass pendants. That might be easier than trying to enamel on the back side of the etched pendants. Some articles recommended that that the alcohol ink be sealed with a sealant… another adventure.

I also have a plethora of shells that I plan to drill and add a few beads to make recycled pendants. I ordered some finished necklaces [ribbon, faux leather, etc.] to hang them on as well as making my own copper clasps and use my rolled leather or ratail ribbon….

I have 6 weeks until Spring Arts Walk and I plan to have some paper bead earrings, etched pendants, macrame bracelets/necklaces as well as blank journals and those collage boxes on display at the Estate Store in Olympia.

Need to get cracking back to arting!
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Worked all afternoon on jewelry projects…
First I cleaned copper pieces… these were for etching although I did clean the finished pieces for enameling. This Penny Brite really cleans copper quickly.

Scalex prevents oxidation when enameling. It flakes off after firing along with the fire scale. These were the pieces I etched last week.

Nice thick coat of Scalex

OK it was so thick I had to get the hair dryer out… note to self: make a note of the etched designs next time. When I brought them out to apply enamel I couldn’t tell/remember what the designs were. the hair dryer was handy because – hot air = drying quickly.

While the first batch of etched pieces were drying, I stamped with StazOn permanent ink designs on the clean copper. Note – I bought Sharpie permanent marker…

attached to duct tape…

then to the plastic foam. This time I etched them for 2.5 hours. I wanted a deeper bite.

while the new batch was being etched, I gathered my enamel supplies…

Applied Klyre fire which helps the enamel stick to the copper and then dusted the enamel on with the sifter.

on the rack – ready to fire in the kiln. I used bits of glass to decorate the light dusting of the ground glass/enamel.

I did apply enamel to all the pieces. After 2.5 hours, I came in to rinse the new etched pieces of copper. Very pleased with the deeper bite.

I just applied scalex to the back of the newly etched pieces. Its fairly cold in the studio but I want to have them all ready to enamel at once so I’m not wasting electricity from running the kiln. I’m hoping that the enamel will adhere well. Usually enameled pieces are enameled on both sides.

Time for a heavier coat for me … I want to fire these pieces tonight….

 

interesting results from the enameling.. very disastrous even though I sifted a very light coat of enamel on the pieces. Kiln temperature might have been off; I super cleaned the pieces to wash any grease off the copper; the liquid to help adhere the enamel should have been OK. I wonder if the “Studio” was too cold and the pieces cooled too quickly after being removed from the kiln which might have made the enamel popped off.

Almost every piece blew big pieces to tiny pieces…
Oh well…. I’ll just clean them up and try again.

never give up just shift your direction to keep creating…
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Today I used a lighter weight scrapbook paper… Can’t find any info as far as weight but yesterdays paper seemed like #65 card stock. The paper I used today was closer to normal computer printer paper.

The Mod Podge definitely works well and the beads come out with a gloss covering and don’t need to be resealed. There is also a “matte” Mod Podge that is not glossy. Think I was winding them a bit too tight today. The Mod Podge was sticking to the bamboo skewers. A couple beads are permanently stuck on the skewer and one bead I wrecked pulling it off so next time I’ll use a plastic coffee stirrer. I also may have to drill the hole bigger on a couple beads as I pulled them off to let them dry rather than let them dry on the skewer.

I like how the design of these lighter weight paper looks when rolled. Least I’m ironing out the bugs in case the class I offered on Paper Bead Making runs…

I rummaged through my various collections of rubber stamps and found some that might work for the etching. I may give them a go before ZZZZZZZZZ tonight… but I have a Mixed Media class running on Tues evenings for four weeks so I have to gather supplies/samples, etc….

Keep arting!

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