Since beginning my foray into jewelry making, I have discovered that I just love working with Swarovski crystals. Which isn’t really surprising. My mother collected Swarovski figurines when I was a child and we still have them lovingly displayed in their little cabinet. There’s just something breathtaking about seeing Swarovski crystals glitter in the light. But then, I’ve always been attracted to shiny things. Must have been a magpie in a former life.
I recently made some more jewelry to add to my “craft show” stash. Mostly earrings, but I did manage a bright blue necklace as well.
The mixed media box I made for the last swap on the Scrapbook.com forums was well received, so when the summer tag swap opened, I hopped at the chance to participate. Since the theme was summer, my mind immediately goes to the ocean. I haven’t taken a trip since my last cruise in 2016, but I’ll always associate summer with the beach and the cool ocean depths. So that’s what I went with for my partner’s tag.
I wanted my tag to have a semi-transparent look, so I started with a clear acrylic sheet that I cut down to a 6×8 inch tag. For texture I added some torn drywall tape in various places.
I then added some heavy white gesso to the bottom half of the tag, and clear gesso to the top half. The clear gesso doesn’t dry totally clear on the acrylic sheet, but gives a nice semi-transparent cloudy look.
When dry, I added some limestone texture paste to the bottom of the tag, then added various sizes of art stones to create my ocean bottom. While that dried, I got my embellishments ready — chipboard pieces, seashells, a starfish and a resin mermaid — by painting them with white gesso. I attached some fish net to the tag and arranged my composition before gluing everything down.
To add color to my tag, I used Lindy’s sprays in Whale Watch Blue, Ponderosa Pines Olive and Opal Sea Oats. I then dry brushed gesso over the top to tone down the colors.
After I was mostly satisfied with the color, I decided the mermaid needed just a touch more. I painted her with Fairy Wings Sparks paint, then added Vintage Gold wax to highlight certain areas. I then used Verdigris embossing powder by Ranger to heat emboss a Dusty Attic sea dragon chipboard piece to add to my tag. The quote is from the Prima Art Daily Planner collection sentiment sticker pad. As a final touch, I added a touch of Peacock wax here and there.
Thanks for stopping by! This was my last swap I’d signed up for, so I don’t know what I’ll create next. But I’m sure I’ll have fun doing it!
I’ve made a few more necklaces and other pieces since my last jewelry post. I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop soon, as well as gather enough stock to try my hand at a craft show closer to Christmas. Not sure if any of these will sell, but I’ve had fun making them, regardless. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry myself, but a couple of these pieces are keepers, I think.
I had such fun with my last mixed media swap, I joined another a few weeks ago. This time I decided to do an altered book box using Prima/Finnabair waxes.
I found a papier-mâché book box at Hobby Lobby and began by adhering crumpled tissue paper to the front, back and spine for a kind of leathery texture. I then used texture paste through the Prima Manuscript stencil after the glue had dried. Afterwards, I painted the whole book, inside and out, with black gesso.
I gathered my elements for the front — some chipboard, metal flowers by Prima, a resin frame and resin mask I had made from one of my moulds — and painted them all with black gesso before gluing them in place with 3D Matte Gel Medium. I let everything dry overnight, so everything was nice and secure.
I used the Finnabair waxes in Peacock, Electric Violet and Firebird to add color to the book and the embellishments. I finished everything off with some Melange pebbles painted with Iris Potion on the flat side, and a few Swarovski crystals.
And since I’ve been making a lot of jewelry lately, I also included one of my pieces as an extra little gift for inside the box.
I’ve already signed up for my next fun swap — a summer themed mixed media tag. I hope to start it next week, during my staycation vacation!
I’ve been trying my hand at making jewelry lately. To teach myself, I’ve been following the free patterns over at Artbeads.com and I’m quite pleased with how everything has been turning out. These are some of my “learning” makes:
And now I’ve started making my own “patterns” for jewelry. Just a couple of memory wire bracelets and a necklace or two. But I have designs in my mind that I’m eager to try in the future.
I’m hoping to take most of these to a local craft fair soon!
(Inter)National Scrapbook Day has come and gone. I had planned on spending the day making my mom’s Mother’s Day card, like I did last year, but we had unexpected visitors Saturday morning that took up a large chunk of the day. I could have started it that afternoon, but I’d recently made some new resin castings from some recently purchased moulds, so I decided to have a play with mixed media instead.
I started with a papier mache heart that I painted with black gesso. I took the resin pieces I wanted to use, along with some metal flowers, wings and crown from Tim Holtz and painted them with black gesso as well. I used Heavy Body Gel to attach everything everything to the heart and left it to dry overnight.
To add color, I started with the Mint Sparkle and Peacock waxes by Prima, blending the two colors over all the elements and the back of the heart.
I added just a bit of Old Denim wax to the wings as well, for a bit of depth. Then, I went over the raised surfaces with the Vintage Gold wax to bring out the details.
To finish the piece, I used Glossy Accents to adhere some Swarovski crystals here and there to add some sparkle.
Thanks for stopping by! Wish me luck on getting my Mother’s Day card done on time!
Spring has sprung, and over on the Scrapbook.com forums, a spring secret partner tag swap was held. We were all given a secret partner and had to create a spring-themed tag, but we weren’t allowed to say who our partner was. They would find out when the tag arrived.
I decided to use the Tim Holtz Funky Florals dies to create a spring flower scene.
I cut my tag base out of chipboard (5×7 in.) and glued down some background paper from my stash. (I believe both pieces used were Kaisercraft.)
The watering can is a Tim Holtz Bigz die. The big piece was colored with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, and the band was colored with Black Soot Distress Ink. I also sprayed the watering can with some silver sparkle spray so it glitters in the light.
I adhered the watering can to the tag base using foam tape, then tucked in the greenery and flowers behind using liquid glue to adhere them.
I added a couple of flowers to the bottom of the can, along with a fussy cut butterfly from my stash. The sentiment is from the Prima Finnabair Art Daily Sentiments sticker book that I inked with some green Distress Ink.
When everything was glued down, I felt the tag needed a little something, so I added “shading” all around the tag by using three tiny greenery stamps from Lavinia Stamps in various shades of green VersaFine Clair inks. The final touch was the green ribbon at the top of the tag.
My partner loved it, which made me happy! Thanks for stopping by!