Saturday, December 8, 2012
new patina inks. Just paint on, let dry and wow!
Here are a few pictures of some metal charms I had here that I tried the patinas on.
The top piece is untreated. The second and third created rusted and verdigris effects. The effects I achieved were from layering and blotting lightly wih soft cloth. I went over the lettering with a .01 permanent art pen after to bring the letters back out.
The second charm I tried was one with that overly shiny silver plating on it. I lightly roughed up the surface with steel wool and added the inks. It came out much nicer looking than the original charm I think!
I definitely plan on adding to my color palette. The two sets I purchased were Rusted Hardware and Weathered Copper. The color is permanent,and Vintaj's also makes a sealer to add to that longevity.
Monday, November 26, 2012
30% off of your total purchase in my Etsy shop until 11:00 e.s.t. tonight. Use coupon code CYBERMONDAY12.
I'll be back later with fair and gallery info and pics.
Have a great day!
Friday, November 23, 2012
20% off off of your total purchase available at checkout. Use the coupon code GOBBLEGOBBLE2012 when you check out.
Enjoy your shopping weekend!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I am thankful for a great family,immediate and extended. I am thankful to have a good man as my partner of 15 years,and I am doubly thankful to have two of the most awesome children ever.
I am thankful for good friends,both old and new, particularly my two bffs who my friendships with stretch back 34 and 27 years.
I am thankful for this wonderful age we live in where social media has allowed me to reconnect to many wonderful friends I might not have had the chance to reconnect to.
I am thankful for my fun job.
I am thankful for my art.
I am thankful to have art in my life everyday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I am also taking part in the two day craftacular event at Great New Bedford Voc Tech. this coming Black Friday weekend. 9 to 4 on Sat. and 9 to 3 on Sunday. It's a fun show with lots of great shopping,and good food,too:)
I'll leave you with this pic featuring the current state of my work table :)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I played around with different uses for the resin--sealing the backs of pendants where I once would have used Diamond Glaze, creating resin ring and pendant domes. These all worked well, but I was still wondering whether I could make a full pendant out of uv resin using a resin mold. This afternoon I came across a stash of kawaii stickers someone had sent me,and decided to give it a a try.
The last batch came out better. I discovered the resin works best curing in layers, and to add the color as the last step.
The uv resin is a bit pricey to do this on a regular basis ($10.99 for a 2 ounce bottle) but if you are only looking to whip up a couple of pendants, it is both easy and fun.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Christmas and holiday craft fairs I participate in are creeping up faster than I realized (Thanksgiving is next week!) so we busy at the art table today. Sam plans to invade my table at the next fair with some of his mini sculptures. I have to admit they are pretty cool. The penguin in the picture is loosely based on Gunter from 'Adventure Time'. He made a pretty cool Jake,too. I have requested a Marceline and Princess Bubblegum ...for me,of course.
Back to the art table now...have a super Monday!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Here is a bit of owner,SaffyreCreations,intro to the shop:
Thanks for visiting. Nerd cred its a boutique of handmade items suited for the nerdy and geeky at heart. Our items are made by gamers for gamers!!! We specialize in Dice items and Dice bags. Our dice bags are designed to be fun, durable and practical.
Here is a unique bottle stopper for your next gaming party...
Since the onset of the 'new FB page rules' -- otherwise known as 'hey,we can make a buck off of this so now you have to pay if you want your posts seen' my fan count is stagnant,and posts are rarely seen. It's more than just a little depressing. Where once a post might get seen by several hundred people ,now it might be seen by only a couple,if I am LUCKY.
This morning I decided to check in here,and was studying my Google stats. Despite the facts I haven't posted here since September,this blog still gets hits EVERY DAY. Granted,not a ton--yet. I aim to change that. I am my own boss over here,and it's time to utilize that,I think. Time for more guest shop features,more previewing my own work,more giveaways. Spread the word,and be sure to join me here often!
Onwards and upwards!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Of my mobile blogging system,lol.
This probably won't ever be my prefered method of blogging,but sometimes there are just things I want to share immediately and my laptop is nowhere around ( or in the hands of my 11 year old;-)
Here are a few pics from an impromptu photo shoot I did yesterday at the wonderful Muse Studio in downtown New Bedford,where I am fortunate enough to have some of my works displayed for sale. The owner,Nooshin, is wonderful and has created a store that is truly different from anything else in the area.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Sorry to have been away so long...it's been a busy summer!
Our feature today is Etsy shop: REDbyTina.
I have to say I really enjoyed browsing through this shop~lovely whimsical jewelry designs.
Tina didn't have a bio listed,so on to the pretties!
This fellow is CUTE!
I have a soft spot for anything ombre,and the colors here are lovely
I like the colors of this wrap style bracelet
Pretty' Marilyn' inspired ring
REDbyTina has a 15% off end of sale going on right now~be sure to check them out!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
First,here is a bit of Plantzilla's bio via their Etsy shop intro:
I have been growing tropical and desert houseplants for eleven years. I currently grow over 100 species in a rather small indoor space. My passion for horticulture extends into all aspects of plant propagation and development. I enjoy being involved in every step of the process, from mixing custom soil blends, to growing, maintaining, and propagating new plants from my existing collection. My home has become a veritable jungle which at times can border on the ridiculous, but I love it. When I'm not watering plants, I enjoy searching for discarded, beat up or overlooked treasures and giving them a new life. I hope you enjoy looking at my creations!
This hanging terrarium would look fantastic hanging in any room
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A few words from Francie's bio:
Legendary Crochet is a shop for unique people who love items you cant find anywhere else.We love to create items for kids and the kid at heart.
The crochet items in our shop are my original patterns.
Lots of gamer fun in this shop--check out all the wonderful Mario items.
And how adorable are these!
What car wouldn't look cool with a set of these on your rear view mirror
To help boo-boos feel better!
I am not a lawn gnome person...but I would totally put one of these on my lawn!
You can find more of Francie's amazing work here in her Etsy shop:
Monday, May 21, 2012
Diana's shop is heavily influenced by anime(yay!)--here is a little of what her shop bio says:
here are a few links where you can find Diana's work:
her main site- be sure to check out her cute web comic 'The Moo Times of Betsy' while you are there!
FB fan page:
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I almost forgot to post this pendant. It's a bit different in that after I first coated and dried the fabric with Modge Podge,I then put a self adhering resin cap on it. Once it set,I trimmed the excess fabric,set a layer of MP in the base of my bezel tray popped the cabochon in and let it dry. A few less steps than the glass tile pendant,and just as pretty!
Podge Rocks' book that just came out,and I wanted to try a project using Fabric Modge Podge. This pendant tutorial is the result.
First,take your fabric choice and coat with Fabric Modge Podge. This prevents the fabric from fraying when you cut it. I do this step on wax paper since it won't stick to it while drying.
Next,I sprinkled a neon glitter to give my 70's styled fabric an 80's styled. Everything is better with glitter,I say,lol.
I used a uv lamp for drying the fabric between steps. Normally I use this for curing uv resin,but I find it comes in handy for drying lots of different jewelry projects. They sell specially made one for resin,but I find the ones from beauty supply stores work just as well. The one I use I purchased off of Ebay,and it uses two 7 watt uv bulbs.
Position your glass tile where you want to place it on the fabric. Next use a generous portion of Modge Podge( I used Matte formula) and place it on the fabric. It will be really cloudy,but it will clear as it dries. Keep q-tips handy;they are great for wiping excess glue from the sides of the tiles when you press down onto the fabric.
Dry again,and then trim excess fabric. The Modge Podge does a great job keeping the fabric from fraying. Here I switched back to the fabric formula MP, and attatched a second piece of fabric to the back. Dry again. Trim excess.
I used Satin Hard Coat Modge Podge for my final coat to give it some water resistance. I used two coats.
Attach bails using a really strong glue ( I like Liquid Fusion and Gorilla Glue)
Voila,super easy fabric pendants! I really had a lot of fun with these. Now I am going to have to scout around Etsy looking for super cute fabrics so I can make more!
This is my first tutorial,hope you enjoyed. Feel free to email me any questions,or show me what you make!