Tag Archive: jewelry making


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.
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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…

 

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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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I actually think it’s dratted allergies already that slowed me down the last couple days. Hence …. today is day two of a mega headache

Sitting quietly watching TV – I’m getting the hang of making paper beads.

This time I used Mod Podge although by the time I was done I was covered in the stuff. It gives the beads a glossy look and the edges attach better.

It is a little tricky to wrap them so they come out same size. I need to try lighter weight paper.

I also ordered these prepared pendants [20 CleverDelights Round Pendant Trays – Antique Bronze Color – 25mm 1″ Diameter – Pendant Blanks Cameo Bezel Cabochon Settings – 25 mm 1 Inch]. They are 1 inch in diameter which is a bit small & I forgot to order the glass cabochons that fit. I could use resin but the pendants aren’t that deep. I plan to print my Ensos, cut to size and put the glass cab to seal it. Although… the Mod Podge might do. hmmmm think the glass cab would look better.

cut up one of my older biz cards to show how the Enso would look… these pendants are very sturdy.

Thinking about etching – wonder if I can use the seal I sign my Sumi-e work with to stamp onto the copper. hmmm might be too hard = worth a shot. Still need to purchase a fresh Sharpie to draw directly onto the copper.

I’m making forward progress on my jewelry goals – Keep Arting!
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