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!

Friday, July 15, 2016

We're All Ears :: Hot Air Balloons

Hi everyone,

Today I'm playing along with the We're All Ears challenge for July on the Earrings Everyday blog.  The inspiration this month is hot air balloons.  We regularly see balloons overhead here, and they are always fun to watch.

I've had these hollow copper filigree balls in my stash for awhile.  I thought the style and size were perfect for this challenge.  They are not bright and colorful, but the intricate pattern reminds me of the original hot air balloons.

Filigree Hot Air Balloon Earrings

I was thinking of adding rigging to the balloons, but that didn't fly!  So, to the filigree ball, I added a filigree bead cap and some spacers all in antiqued copper and strung them on copper head pins.

To see the other wonderful designs inspired by hot air balloons, go here.  Thanks for the fun inspiration, Erin!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Review: Bead Weaving Made Easy

Hi all,

Today I'm reviewing a book I received from Leisure Arts:  Bead Weaving Made Easy.  These projects are made using square stitch and peyote stitch. Now, if you've seen my work, most of it is made using stringing, wire work and mixed media usually with larger beads, so this was quite a change for me.  It was truly a challenge!  But, I've long wanted to overcome my fear of these teeny beads, so I bravely charged onward!

To begin, I needed to learn peyote stitch.  I started out following the instructions with 11/0 beads.  After struggling, I decided to use some larger beads until I got the hang of the stitch.  I recommend this if you have never worked with the stitch or size 11/0 beads.  I switched to 6/0 beads, which are larger, and was able to get into the rhythm of the peyote stitch.  Here's my first attempt below:

So, switching back to the smaller beads, I followed the instructions to construct a bead for the Tower Pendant featured in the book.  This project looked like a good place to start - small in size and I liked the look of it combined with the other beads.
Tower Pendant from Bead Weaving Made Easy

Since the instructions said 12 rows, that is what I did.  So far, so good.  Here's my work. 

I connected the ends into a tube and noticed that my bead was squishy and wanted to go flat - not like the bead in the photo. Hmmm...I looked at the photo and counted the rows.  Six rows!  No wonder I had a floppy bead.  So, there is a small mistake in the written instructions. 

But, I was too proud of my first real attempt at making a beaded bead to let it go to waste!  So, when making the pendant, I inserted a small round bead into the center of the tube to give it some sturdiness and it worked fine.

Here's my pendant:
My Tower Pendant

There are a few things I learned while stitching this project that might be of help to you:

Getting started with the base row is the hardest part.  Once you have the first two rows, it's an easy stitch.

Keep your thread tight and keep working with the piece to tighten it if it loosens up.  Tighten your work after each row to keep the beads in line.

To keep the work tight, hold it in your non-dominant hand while stitching.

If you use larger beads, you need heavier thread.

Not content with my first attempt, I decided to make two more beads (the right size this time!) and use them for a pair of earrings.  Here are my beads.  They are only about 1/2" long.
I combined these with faceted blue glass, crazy lace rondelles, turquoise howlite rondelles and indicolite crystals to create long dangles:

Now, that I've got the hang of peyote stitch, I'm excited about learning more and trying more of the projects from this book, Bead Weaving Made Easy.  And, even with just this one bead design, there are so many ways to use it.  I'm happy to finally have this stitch in my beading repertoire!
Happy Beading!

PS  I received a copy of this book free from Leisure Arts as part of their blogger review program.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pretty Palettes :: Ocean Inspired

Hi all,

This month the Pretty Palettes jewelry challenge has a wonderful ocean palette - perfect for summer. 
I'm a summer child and the ocean has always been my happy place.  I head to the ocean any chance I get.  I'm very lucky this year; I've been to the ocean at least three times and have camping trips set for two more!

Here is one of the photos chosen by Erin Prais-Hintz from a site for free use photos called Unsplash.
[Photo credit :: Aleksandra Boguslawska :: Unsplash]
[Photo credit :: Aleksandra Boguslawska :: Unsplash]
Here are the beads that Erin chose for the challenge from Bead Gallery line from Halcraft:

Here are the beads that I chose:

They are also from Halcraft, but these are the Bliss Beads line, which is available at JoAnn's. 

I threw some Bead Gallery beads into the mix also.  I had some of the gold bicones and some brown shell beads from past designs. Then, I found some at Michaels that I thought were perfect for this theme.  They remind me of driftwood on the beach.  I played with these for hours!
Here is one pair of earrings:

Here are some other earrings with waxed linen, shell beads and howlite discs.

Here's the necklace:
Beachcomber Necklace
I made the necklace with wood chips, starfish, fish, gold bicones, shell beads, and turquoise dyed howlite pieces.  I used a mix of metals and added a little patina to color the metals. 

Here's a closer view:
Beachcomber Necklace
I picture myself in my favorite summer activity - searching tidepools for bright anemones and starfish or strolling the beaches poking among the seaweed for shells and driftwood. 

Head back to the Pretty Palettes : June Reveal for all the other beautiful ocean-inspired designs.  Thanks for the inspiration, Erin!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Frosty, the Etched Snowman

Hi all,

I know summer just started here, but I've had this idea for an etched snowman for awhile and it was nagging at me to be created!  Do you have craft ideas that do that to you?  Anyway, a little cool snowman in the midst of the heat wave seemed like a good idea!  After all, half the world is starting winter!
Frosty, the Etched Snowman
Here's how I made my snowman:

I found this glass bowl at my local craft store (JoAnn's). 
And, I found this smaller one at a thrift store.
Follow the instructions on the etchall® dip 'n etch to etch the bowls.   Here,  I weighted the bowl with water, but you can use other weights to hold it down in the etchall® dip 'n etch.
I etched the larger globe in the same way.  Then, I poured the etchall® dip 'n etch back in the bottle to use next time! 
Here's how the two bowls look placed together before I painted the face.  (No, they're not really blue.)  The smaller one is inverted in the mouth of the larger.  They simply sit together, so that they can be taken apart but you could glue them if you like.

I painted a simple face and coal buttons with acrylic paints using brushes for the eyes, mouth and buttons.  I used a cotton swab for the cheeks. Then, I added some fleece accessories.  The scarf is just a strip of fleece with fringed ends.  The hat is a rectangle rolled into a tube.  I used a rubber band to gather it at the top and fringed it.

Here's the snowman without his hat:
There are so many other ways to decorate this snowman.  Here are just a few ideas - make a clay nose, add arms from chenille stems, use a sock for a hat or paint on a vest.  And, you can use this snowman in a variety of ways - fill it with goodies or add a battery-operated candle. 

I'm going to be on the lookout for more globes and bowls like this and make a whole group of snowmen in different sizes and shapes.  Maybe I'll even knit hats for them!

If this project has peaked your interest and you want to use etchall® dip 'n etch, head to the etchall® website and place your order.  Don't forget to use my code TERRYR for a 10% discount!
Happy etching!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Plastic Canvas Designs

Hi all,

Wow, June is skipping by at a fast pace and I haven't posted in a while!

For those of you that like plastic canvas, here are some new designs on the Herrschner's website.  Here are some flower coasters that I designed:
Craftways® Poppies with Fence Coasters With Holder Plastic Canvas Kit Was: $16.00                     Now: $12.99:
Poppy Coasters with Holder

Craftways® Daffodil Coasters with Holder Plastic Canvas Kit Was: $16.00                     Now: $12.99:
Daffodil Coasters with Holder
You can see more of my plastic canvas designs on my Pinterest board.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Etch a gift for Dad

Hi Crafty Friends!

When I saw these mugs at my local craft store, I thought they would make the perfect Father's Day gift.

But, they needed a little personalization.  So, I got out my etchall® etching crème and, in no time, I had a personalized gift for Dad!

After I washed and dried the mug, I applied etchall® etching crème to the area within the lip of the label.  I applied a glob of crème in the center of the label area and slowly pulled it out to the raised edge with a toothpick.  Since it's nice and thick, it stayed in place, but you could tape around the lip if you prefer.
You may notice that my etching crème is getting dark.  That's ok, it still works.  After 15 minutes, I scraped as much as I could back into the jar and rinsed the rest off.
Here it is after the etching.  You could write a name or number right on the etched label area, but I wanted to go a little further.  Here was the chance to use some paint I had-- Americana® Chalkboard paint by DecoArt®.

I followed the instructions and painted two layers letting each layer dry in between painting. 
Now, it's ready to personalize. 
I wrote Dad on the chalkboard area with a chalk pencil that I had in my sewing box. Or, try a chalk marker.  Now, add a little decoration - a cute bow tie, twine, or ribbon around the top.  I used a strip of bandana.
Etched Mug

How's that for a quick and easy personalized gift!  Just fill it up with Dad's favorite snacks and gift!  Don't forget to use etchall® etching crème to start the process.  It makes a great base for the chalkboard paint because it provides a rough surface to which the paint can cling.
Etched Mug with etchall®
I think I'd like a whole set of these for summertime.  Everyone could label their own mugs!