Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
This is my very first, but not last, video tutorial for the Now That's a Jig. It's a lesson on how to make a soldered crisscross bracelet. There was a whole lot to learn, I did all the recording and editing myself and I think it's pretty good.
Here is the link if your interested in looking, https://www.etsy.com/listing/201883828/crisscross-bracelet-video-tutorial?
Friday, November 21, 2014
Each necklace is on a 30 inch patinaed copper ball chain and has two handmade beads and two sparkly beads. One of the handmade beads is used inside the bell for the clacker or noise maker. $45.00
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Today I worked on turning the penny buttons into these easy wearing leather bracelets. It's hard to tell but these come in purple, black and brown. They are 22 inches long and can easily be made shorter upon request. $35.00
Monday, November 17, 2014
I decided to make a few penny buttons for a project I'm working on and thought maybe you might want to see how they are made. These have a shanks made out of 16 gauge copper wire and then balled just like when you make head pins.
You will need:
Pennies before 1982
16 gauge copper wire
1/16" drill bits
Round nose pliers
Torch, I used my bobcat because it's what I have.
Tumbler and shot
Decide where you want the holes and drill. Clean burs off the back. Dap the penny. Cut 16 gauge wire 3cm long shape into the U with round nose pliers so that it matches the holes in your pennies. Slip the wire into the holes letting it hang out the front of the penny about 6mm. Hold U side of the wire with some pliers you don't care about. Heat up the wire to ball up the ends, the penny will be glowing but try to aim the torch flame at the wire. Quench in cold water. Tumble to harden and shine up. Patina if you prefer.
These are my failures below, to much heat is not your friend! Have fun.
Friday, November 14, 2014
I will be at Marshal Highschool tomorrow for the Santa Bag Show from 9-4, please come on by if you have time I will be outside the auditorium it's a new location for my booth at this show:)
These funky Stow It Necklaces are now available for $65.00. The antique boxes are still fully functional.
Friday, November 7, 2014
I was out with some friends and saw some frames that a single piece of fused glass could slide into. Right away I thought of all the glass shorts I had in my studio left over from bead making and figured if cut right they would easily sit in a frame and could be slid in and out, changing the colors to match your outfit.
These are constructed out of roofing copper and come with a second set of colors.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
You will need an old soda bottle case or other sutable wood box.
One yard of fabric I used the wrong side of natural denim because that's what I have used for the rest of my display.
Two inch green foam 22x22
Sewing machine a glue gun might work
Electric carving knife
First I decided how big the foam needed to be and cut it up into the proper size. My box ended up needing 8 pieces 3x11". You will need about an inch extra space with all the foam in the box for the fabric.
Put your hand through the loop and pull the foam pieces into each pocket making sure they are laying the proper direction. This is like putting a square peg into a round hole.
Put the fabric covered foam into the box and tuck the ends in. The nice thing is I could wash the fabric cover if necessary by pulling the foam back out.
I tucked these in kind of like square corner sheets. I then put some coffee in a spray bottle and died the fabric so it didn't look so new and so they would match my dress forms.
This display held 16 necklaces or 21 bracelets and that's a whole lot of product in such a small space.
I plan on making a pocket with handles that this will fit into and a piece of foam to sit over the top of the display so I won't need to remove the necklaces to for travel that is why the whole foam insert is recessed a bit into the box instead of coming out to the front edge.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
I recently purchased some pancake dies from potter USA. These need a hydraulic press to punch them out. I have access to one of these at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts where I teach. I have used roofing copper here and it was a nice weight for what I plan to use the pieces for.
I purchased some simple shapes including a wing and cuff blank.
I have been featured in Bead Chat Magazine, it's a free publication and you can take a look at it by clicking this link http://www.joomag.com/magazine/bead-chat-magazine-november-december-january-/0309069001412186995 I made this necklace over 5 years ago it was one of the very first finished pieces I ever sold. The glass frog was made by me from a tutorial and I'm very sorry that I don't remember who offered it but maybe someone can chime in with a link.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I have been working on the Fordite,or should we call it Kiteite, and am quite happy with the finished pieces. The photo above is of the raw paint slag and some finished cabs. As you can see there is a whole lot of work involved in creating beauty out of such a hunk of junk. It's also very dirty work but the results are well worth it.
I have mounted them so that they are able to spin since both sides look so different and it would be a shame to waste one to a bezel setting.