Handcrafted Jewelry with a touch of Whimsy

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Easy Stone Setting and other Jewelry Design Ideas To Try plus Great Jewelry Designers/Websites To Learn From

 I have recently bought a lot of loose faceted natural gemstones, all great clarity and color, and while I was in awe admiring them it dawned to me that I have never set stones before ( gasp! ) so I started looking up online easy stone setting methods for beginners, like me. And there it is, click on it...

Something like this looks easy and professional, of course you have to measure the stones first. I could try to make my own, perhaps I will one day, but for this price is it worth the time? And how do I place this text in the middle of the two pictures above, anyone knows?!? Ughhh....forget it. This blogging thing is Chinese to me.

I have to bookmark this shop on Ebay, good prices and free shipping over $50

And, you know how you start looking up something and end up in a totally different place? Well, this is exactly what happened today, but instead of getting trapped for hours in some useless internet black hole like I usually do, I have actually discovered very useful and inspiring stuff ( huh! ) so I have decided to put it on my blog, this way I'll see it later and use it for a change.

Here's a website with many useful jewelry tips to learn from and lots of inspiration, it's called Kernowcraft. 

Perhaps I should let them know that I wrote about them..? 

Another good one to get inspired from is Twistonline and they have featured one of my all time favorite jewelry designers, her name is GRAINNE MORTON  
 feast your eyes, her work is amazing! 

 Two more jewelry designers that totally blew my mind: 

 Melissa Joy Manning

Brandon Holschuh
I have a huge crush on his work, so organic looking... just perfect!

What have I been working on?? Oh gosh, I thought you'd never ask lol! Well....I made a bunch of rustic components for a custom order that I totally messed up because I got sick and couldn't finish it on time, but the lady I was making them for is super awesome and understood so is all good. I'll probably list on Etsy most of them, here they are:

these already sold! :)


Laura xo

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” ― Norman Vincent Peale

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused--and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.” ― Sigrid Undset

                                                            Merry Christmas!

                                                              Love, Laura xo

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Oxygen Red

A foggy morning you're back in the street and from nowhere a voice is bolstering you:

"This is your life why waste it with memories of the past and the questions about tomorrow?"
Ghost hate daylight so use the moment to leave them behind.
Set before you is a blessing and a curse,
Thoughts can heel you, thoughts can kill you.
Words can save you, words can break you.
Emotions may guide you or betray you.
Oxygen blue is salvation,
Oxygen red is poison.
As you think, so shall you be!
Don't eat the bread of the beast that have the evil eye.
And remember the old Indian warning:
that there's a good wolf and a bad wolf
fighting for your Soul be careful which you feed.
Don't let the air you breath become oxygen red.
As sure as day follows night there must be a way out of this mess.
Smile! It's not that bad.
Without struggle, there can be no progress.
Now is the right time for a new try to get on with life

The chance you seek is YOU.
The Story Of 'The Fall Of A Rebel Angel" ~ Enigma.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Polymer Experiment Step by Step ~ Fragments of Time

 Hi guys, how have you been? Finally, a new blog post, woho! 

 I have ordered some ceramic decals from Etsy ( something new for me to play with, yay ) so I was super excited to start working with them. I made many errors but have learned a few things as well, that I will share with you.

So, here is my little polymer experiment. What I tried to achieve were small tiles that would look as made of stone or wood, with art images that seem to have faded with time, like the ones below. 


Below are my results ~ they took me about five hours to finish because they have many layers of paint and glaze and I had to let each layer dry.

I'm going to try to explain the process in a few very simple steps, if you want to give it a try.

Start with a sheet of polymer clay, I have used white Sculpey, about 1/3 inch thick, bake it according to the instructions on the package and while the clay is still warm, apply a coat of this ceramic glaze that will act as a glue for your decals.

 When applying the decals try to get as many air bubbles out as you can and then, to get the rough effect on the edges, cut the polymer sheet with a pair of scissors. The tricky part is to do all this while the polymer is still warm, because after it cools down it becomes harder to cut. I love how the tiles above came out: the faded, mysterious images and coarse, stony edges ~ just what I have hoped for!

The decals don't have to be perfectly positioned on the clay and you can cut them in any shapes you like. I went for broken ceramic tile effect for the pair above. The backs are also important, adding a few simple patterns looks better than leaving them blank, me thinks.

 The way you apply the acrylic colors and the layers of glaze is entirely up to your artistic vision. It is usually easier if you have something in mind before you start painting. There is so much inspiration online, you can choose the material you want to go for: a type of mineral, wood, ceramic, glass, also a color palette. For this mystic Peacock's Eye pendant I went for a rough Lapis Lazuli effect that also matches the decal's color palette.

 For these ladies I tried to mimic a very dark kind of stone with gold painted edges. Excuse my terrible nails. I applied the glaze in layers and have used my mini heat gun and sand paper to create the texture.

 Here is another view, I am absolutely in love with the textures in this pair!

This one came out pretty cool too, again sanded and burnt with my heat gun and the edges are painted with black acrylics ~  doesn't it look like it survived an ancient fire?!:)

I have sanded off most of the glaze, the image is not very strong and somehow the shine was very distracting.

A pair of art nouveau swans in light turquoise "stone". The edges came out looking really good! big smile

This one has awesome textures but I might have faded the image a bit too much...oh well, it's supposed to look old and worn out so...I guess it's good.

The rest of my little fragments of time polymers as I call them, a couple of them have lots of air bubbles, like the bird down left, I'll try to see if I can fix them somehow...perhaps sand them off ?

 I hope this helps and inspires you, I can't think of any other steps now, bad teacher, but if you guys have any questions I'll try to answer them if I can.
 If any of you have suggestions, advises, techniques that would like to share, I know that many of you are very good with poly clay ~ please do share, there's always room for improvement.

More on polymer clay:
Rustic Polymer
Rustic Bead Soup
Polymer Roses


I check my Instagram Feeriee13 daily, you can contact me there too if you have an Instagram account. 

Talk to you soon!! 

Laura ❤

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