Monday, June 24, 2013

Etched & Torched Workshop

Howdy Ya'll, I will be teaching this great workshop Sunday July 14th here at Chateau Grenzer. The workshop is 12-4 and involves etching, basic solder & torch techniques, cutting and finishing your sheet metal to create beautiful pendants.

If you're hoping to sign up for the next session of Torched & Forged (bezel making) date TBD, the etched sheet metal is a delish addition to your custom designs.
To sign up, please register with the Paypal button to the right.

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First Publication

For years I've imagined a time when I would feel confident enough to submit my art work to one of the Stampington publications.  I've long admired the artists and pieces in the assorted magazines, collecting retired magazines any time I could find them.  After joining the ICE Resin Creative Team, I found that with opportunity came a lessening of fear.  I thought, well, what do I have to loose.  We all have to start some where, right?!  Well, I collected the courage and mailed my first collection of pieces a year ago, and I'm happy to share my first article was just released in Jewelry Affaire Summer 2013!  It was magical, reading through the article, seeing my pieces printed on rich paper and surrounded by other truly amazing artists.  The emotions are like little butterflies of excitement dancing around inside of me...what a great opportunity.

Now, a year has passed since that first submission, my first article is released, and I'm simply going to challenge myself to continue creating fun pieces that hopefully inspire others, as I am so often inspired.

In honor of this really exciting news, I am holding a sale in my etsy shop for 25% off.  Who doesn't love a sale, right?! So, if you're interested, the coupon code is SUMMER2013!

Good night dear friends & thank you for your tremendous support!  Hugs to All!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blog Hop & Free Tutorial!!

One of the greatest things about Mixed Media Jewelry design is you only need a bit of this and a bit of that to create an eye catching piece of jewelry.  And those of us who enjoy wearing jewelry or accessories, know how gratifying it can be to have people stop you and say, "hey, great jewelry!".  I'm especially thrilled when it's piece I've either made myself or a handmade piece purchased or gifted to me.  Having unique one-of-a-kind stuff is just flat out GREAT!
As a member of the ICE Resin Creative Team, I have the opportunity to play with new products, add a piece of me to them, and share them with all of you.  It's such a great way to share ideas and inspire those ideas to blossom inside of all of you!  Our focal today is the delish bezel bracelets new to the ICE Resin store.  Art Mechanique Bezel Bracelets are available for you to fill and embellish with your own creativity now at the ICE Resin booths (901 and 903) at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee at the Delta Center, June 6-9, 2013.  So, if you find your self exploring and playing in Milwaukee, be sure to pop in and get one of these beauties for yourself!

If you like the look of this bracelet or hope to incorporate some of what you see in your own design, here are the dets on how I made this one!

Supply List:
ICED Enamels
ICE Resin
Vintage Buttons
Vintage Lace
Sari Silk
Acrylic Paint (turq)

How To:
Using the ICE Medium, apply generous amount to inside of bezels. Shake in your chosen color of ICED Enamels (I mixed ivory with turquoise), shake out extra loose powder. Using a heat tool, allow the powder to melt thoroughly. Once cooled, apply hints of turquoise colored acrylic paint, sand for the desired shabby effect. Add a button in each & pour in ICE Resin into the bezels -- paint over acrylic painted areas lightly to seal. Once cured tie on vintage lace & sari silk. Add on a few more vintage buttons & voile!

Be sure to check out the other amazing works done by my fellow Creative Team members!