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Friday, August 19, 2016

We're All Ears :: August Challenge

Hi everyone!

Today I'm playing along with the We're All Ears Challenge for August on the Earrings Everyday site.  Our challenge this month is to create earrings evoking a campfire. 

Here's a pic from the challenge:
[Photo Credit :: Alex Holt :: Unsplash]
This one captures a lot of wonderful memories of times around the campfire for me.  Camping was a big part of my life as a child.  Most of our family vacations involved camping.  And, I continued it with my own family.  Now, my kids are continuing the tradition with their own children.  That just makes me happy as I think of the traditions passed on through the generations.

I created earrings that capture the glow and warmth of the fire and these memories.  I happened to be working with some copper sheet and had cut and hammered some rectangles.  These make a reflective backdrop for some swinging Swarovski crystals.  A wire-wrapped wood bead represents the firewood and contrasts with the copper and crystal. 
Dancing Embers Earrings

Here's a couple of photos that shows the reflection of the crystals on the copper.
Dancing Embers Earrings
Dancing Embers Earrings
What a fun challenge!  Thanks, Erin!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Book Review: Wanderlust - Travel Inspired Jewelry

Hi friends!

Today I'm reviewing a jewelry craft book I received from Leisure Arts entitled Wanderlust .  These easy travel-inspired jewelry designs  are created with different destinations in mind.  Whether you like the beach, the wide open west or you are more of a city person and favor New York or Paris, there is something for you in this book.  You can create them to wear in your travels or in remembrance of them.
Wanderlust
I especially recommend this book for those who are new to jewelry making.  The only skill needed to create these jewelry designs is opening and closing jump rings.  That's it!

The designs were created by the very accomplished Lena Prima, a singer, recording artist, songwriter, artist and author.  She also has her own line of jewelry "Pennies from Heaven".  Her jewelry line is named in remembrance of her father, Louis Prima, who was a famous singer.  Depending on your age, you may remember his rendition of "Pennies from Heaven".  If you are younger, you'll remember the song "I Wanna Be Like You" from Disney's The Jungle Book.

Here's the design I chose as inspiration.  It's called New England Weekend, and I thought it would be perfect for the upcoming fall season.  Plus, I happened to have some of these brass leaves in my stash!
New England Weekend
This set is created with beaded chain, which makes it super quick and easy.  I didn't have that, so I created my own chain with beads in fall colors.  Turning a simple loop is the only added skill. 

Here's my version:

You might notice that there is some variation in the color of the leaves.  I added some brown alcohol ink to give the leaves more interest and dimension.  I added more dimension by curling and twisting the leaves with pliers.  These filigree leaves are so easy to bend, you can do it with your fingers.

Here's another photo of the necklace in different light.


You can see the effect of the bending and the ink more clearly on my earrings.  You could also use patinas on these leaves for interesting effects.

I recommend this book especially for those of you new to jewelry making.  With the use of only one skill and pre-made chains and components, you will become a jewelry maker in no time!  Those who are more skilled will also find lots of great ideas.  You'll love the looks created with layered necklaces and chains to create a trendy fashion statement.

Have fun creating travel-inspired jewelry while you listen to Lena's music.  You can find this book on the Leisure Arts website here.  And, listen to the wonderful song styling of Lena Prima here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

JOY Iron-On Letters

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's been a busy summer and it's been awhile since I shared the projects that I design for JOY Iron-on letters, so I thought I'd catch you up on what I've been up to in that area.  As a design team member, I receive these letters free but you can find them at craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

I decorated some chip clips with the letters.  It's a very quick and easy project and great for a gift.  I use mine all the time!
Chip Clips
Another item I created with these handy letters is a monogrammed Luggage Tag.  Here I used two different sizes of letters and overlapped them on the denim tag that I made.
Luggage Tag
And, I created a little reminder sign with multiple fonts and colors.  This sign shows some of the fonts and colors available from JOY.  You can make one with your favorite word like "dream" or "love".  Take a look at their website for their full line of letters and appliques.  You can also find the letters at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.
Multifont Sign
You can use these letters everywhere whether you are organizing, labeling or creating for a special occasion.  Click on the links below the photos to go to the blog for instructions and tips for making the above projects.
Have fun creating!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Key to the Garden Necklace now Downloadable

Hi friends!

I am so thrilled to tell you that my Key to the Garden Necklace that was published in Jewelry Stringing 2016 is now available through Interweave as a download! 
Key to the Garden Necklace
You can order the design instructions at the link under the photo.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fall Jewelry Designs




Hi everyone,

I thrilled to announce that I have a couple of jewelry designs in the fall issues of magazines. 

The first is a necklace in a vintage style in the popular rose gold metal color .  You can find this necklace in Craft Ideas.

Here's my necklace:
Layered Rose Gold Necklace
Elegant, with subtle, soft colors, this necklace would flatter everyone and go with all the fall hues.

The second design is in the fall issue of Stringing magazine. 
FC_STfall16
Here's the bracelet:

Leather Flower Bracelet
As you can see, I like to create in different styles.  I think this bracelet would be great with jeans of a casual fall outfit.  Which style do you like best?  Which would you wear?

Hope you are taking time to be creative!  Look for these magazines at your local craft store or get the e-version online.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pretty Palettes July Reveal: Starry, starry night

Hi everyone!

This month on the Pretty Palettes challenge our inspiration is a starry night.  Here's the beautiful photo of the night sky that Erin Prais-Hintz chose for the challenge.
[Picture credit :: Ryan Hutton :: Unsplash]
[Picture credit :: Ryan Hutton :: Unsplash]

I'm back from camping for a few days up on the Oregon Coast.  I was hoping for starry nights there, but it was mostly foggy.  One of my favorite things is viewing the night sky when out camping.  The stars are larger, clearer and, seemingly, closer.  And, coming up is one of my favorite times of the year - the Perseid meteor shower.  Every year, when the kids were younger, we would grab a blanket and lay out on the lawn and watch the meteors whiz by. 

Erin chose these beads from Michaels' Bead Gallery line:
july2016_beadspalette copy

Beads, L to R:

For my necklace, I picked up the blue iris glass on chain, some larger rondelles in the same color, the hematite stars and some purplish blue druzy sliders.

Here are the earrings:
Starry Night Earrings

Another shot of the earrings:
Starry Night Earrings




Here's the first necklace I made incorporating some druzy sliders that I found at Michaels. 

But, this necklace has no stars though the beaded chain does twinkle nicely as do the druzies.  So, I decided to try another design using a slice of blue agate I've had forever.
Starry Night Necklace
This has a bit of sparkle above a dark sky with the stars swinging on the agate.  I used some blue leather cord that ties to slip over the head.

I can't count the number of times I took these apart and put them back together, but sometimes designing is like that - at least for me!  I really like the beaded chain; it would make a wonderful bracelet, so I may have to get more of that!

Head over to the Halcraft blog to see all the other beautiful creations inspired by the night sky!

Thanks for the inspiration, Erin!   I'm ready for some star gazing!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Glass Art Angel

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Today I am creating with etchall® dip 'n etch, and I'm creating one of my favorite things - an angel.

One of the things I follow on pinterest is garden art, and there are lots of fabulous creations with upcycled glass.  I love working with different shapes and sizes to create art with it.  Here are a couple of things I've done recently: an etched snowman and a tealight holder

First, I headed to my local thrift shops for glass pieces that I can upcycle.  They are usually very inexpensive, which is a plus.  Or, you may have some around the house.

Here's what I found for my angel:
This is a vase and a small appetizer plate.  I thought the plate was perfect for angel wings.  I found a small round candle holder for the head.

Then, I proceeded to etch the pieces.  It's so easy with etchall® dip 'n etch.  Find a plastic container that fits your glass (this is the hardest part!).  Then, follow the instructions to etch the glass for about 15 minutes.  Rinse, dry and you are ready to go!

Here's the candle holder etching away:
After etching the other pieces and washing and drying them, I glued the pieces together with epoxy.  When using epoxy glue, be sure to have adequate ventilation.
Etched Angel
I painted the angel body and wings with an alcohol ink wash.  The wings have a soft yellow tint that doesn't show in this photo.  Alcohol inks worked very well with my tealight garden art.  It held up well outside keeping the original color.  And, I like the soft glow of this paint method. After painting, I glued on some soft green glass pieces for the hair.  Now, it's ready for the garden.  The angel also looks great on the window sill catching the morning light!

Glass Art Angel
I'm already thinking of more garden art ideas to create!  Maybe a bird feeder or some interesting glass flowers!  Etchall® dip 'n etch adds a nice soft luminescent look that I haven't seen on most of the garden art on pinterest. 

Ready to add it to your supplies?  Head here:  etchall®  and see all of the great products available.  Use my code TERRYR for a 10% discount!

Happy Creating!
Terry