Sunday, 4 December 2016

Swim Little Fishy - Painting 3D Fish in Resin - Pendants

Well hello, long time no post!.  Been busy here between family, teaching classes, work and stocking up ready for the big Ho Ho Ho not had much time to spare for anything else. But I have had a few days off work this week to put up the tree, make gifts and more importantly some time to get creative.

I have been fascinated for some time by the 3D paintings in resin and been trying to work out if I could combine painting with resin in my jewellery, well I am pleased to say yes I can! not sure I will be making it a regular thing though, it's very time consuming having to paint and layer resin, made trickier by only using 5mm deep bezels, so really time consuming making sure the resin was thin enough, not helped by cutting my finger in the process removing excess resin too ouch!.

So here's how I did it.

Step 1 - I used two kinds of bezel, a basic shop bought one and a handmade one.  For the handmade one I cut an aluminium circle and hammered into a 'bowl'.  I then added a few drops of alcohol ink to the base and left to dry (important you have to let the ink dry fully or the resin won't set.

Step 2 - 1st layer of resin, just enough to cover the ink, let it dry. I actually used UV resin and a UV Lamp so it didn't take too long to dry.

Step 3 - using silver acrylic I painted the outline of the fishes, let it dry....
Step 4 - pour 2nd layer of resin - let it dry

Step 5 - paint 2nd layer of fish, I used pale orange - let it dry

Step 6 - pour 3rd layer of resin - let it dry

Step 7 - paint 3rd layer of fish, I added some wispy trails of white acrylic to this layer for the fins and tail

Steps 8-10 -  repeat the process pour resin (4th Layer), paint a fish layer (4th Layer), using darker orange and another layer of resin (5th Layer).

Step 11 -12 - for the last paint layer of the fish (6th layer) I added the detail a few more wispy white trails and some darker spots for the fish scales and finished with a final thicker layer of resin (6th Layer). 

All in all took several hours in between waiting for the layers to dry and painting, but I am pleased with how they turned out. 

Left hand side is the handmade Bezel.  I like the way the hammered effect reflects to look like water.

So 24 hours later they were fully cured and  ready to make into jewellery.

Clicking the picture should take you to my Folksy Shop, where all 6 are now listed. Please do pop across and enjoy a browse.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Take an old Tin Can.....

Well hello, it's been a while! life has been a bit hectic here nothing really big just a lot of things going on. Let me see, since since the last time I blogged, I started my own Jewellery Making Workshop, spent a lot of time with my baby granddaughter, spent even more time in the garden, got made redundant and got a new job, which I really really love! so life is good right now and very welcome after the previous year with losing my Dad and being in a stessful job with an uncertain future.

So I have a few weeks break from the jewellery workshops and a bit more time to play, so yay some experimenting.... but what, well I have had a few ideas of things to try and one of them was could I do something with the used tin cans that get recycled and this is what I came up with...

Take a clean can, this one was from some tinned tomatoes, carefully remove the top and bottom (I used a tin opener to do this), be very careful of edges and wear work gloves, then cut along the side to open up. I opened out and flattened mine next to make it easier to work with (I actually walked over it wearing shoes!)

 next I used my Sizzix Machine and some deep cut dies to cut shapes

I sanded all the edges and then again using my Sizzix Machine I run them through in some embossing folders, this both strengthened and patterened them as well as flattening.

The edges of these are quite sharp still, so I went around all of the edges using some Pebeo Dimentional Paint, this also creates a barrier for the later paints (you could instead use some flat plyers to fold the edges and hammer them down).  Once dry I then used some Pebeo Pouring Paints, I used Pebeo Prisme for mine.  Once dry I flipped over and did the other side in the same way so that both sides were coated.

Once dry I turned mine into some hanging decorations, but you could use them to make decorations for a christmas tree, garden ornaments, mobiles or sun catchers, just be careful to make sure the edges are coated or folded so that they are not sharp ....

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found this experiment interesting, off now to plan the makes for my next workshops which start in September so plenty of time yet to play!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Craft Diary 3 - February 2016 - How I make Beaded Butterflies

Hello and welcome to my craft diary, a break this week from papercrafts as I have some exciting news! from April I'm going to be delivering some new workshops at my local adult learning centre. I'll be taking one class in jewellery making and one class in papercraft so over the next few weeks you can expect to see some of the work that I will be using for demonstrations whilst I practice getting things down to a fine art lol!.

One of the makes will be using beads and wire to make pendants and brooches so, this weeks diary is all about using beads and wire. One of my most favourite things is butterflies (as if you didn't guess already!) so they feature quite a bit in my makes and my most popular make and best sellers by far are beaded butterfly brooches, so this week I thought I would take you through the steps of how I make my little butterflies.

It's early Sunday morning and I have my cuppa, a box of .20 gauge or 0.8mm copper, brass and silver plated wire and my pin board to hand. 

I lay out my pins in a rough butterfly shape
and then cut approx 12 inches of wire and wrap it around the pins to get an outline shape

then using my fingers (be careful of any sharp cut wires) I take the wire form off the pegs and shape, you can use plyers, if you want, but I prefer to use my fingers and sometimes a pen to shape.  Once I am happy with my shape I use a small length of wire to wrap around sections where the wires meet to help make a rigid frame, then I cut any excess wire and make loops in the cut ends to form the antenna

After another few cups of tea I ended up making 9 in different sizes ready to turn into brooches, plant pot decorations and sun catchers.

Next I picked out my beads, I used a selection of glass, lucite flowers, seed beads and pearls.

My next step is to 'weave' and fix the beads onto the frame.  I used a length of beadalon clear supplemax cord, but you can use any suitable beading wire tigertail or even thin wire to weave your beads onto the frame, threading and wrapping as you go... (note: if I am going to make a brooch I tend to weave the cord through a brooch pin at the same time as the beads, saves any need for glue or extra wrapping afterwards)

Once I am happy with my beads I go on to add some wire spirals, coils or just wire wrapping, I have done a bit of wire wrapping and spirals on this one, using my plyers to shape the wire into interesting shapes.

Next I tried a larger suncatcher, lots more beads in this one, I simply added some chain at the end to hang, but you could easily use ribbon if you wanted.

so that's two down only 7 more to go! but I need to take a break in between as it does make your fingers sore from all the weaving and wire work! so that's it from me, hope you enjoyed this little whiz through my beaded butterflies and I'll be back in two weeks, with some boxes, bags and tags! so bye for now

Monday, 25 January 2016

Craft Diary 2 - January 2016

Hello and welcome to my second craft dairy for 2016.

This week I have been playing around with my cutouts and Scan n Cut Machine designing new work.

First I tried vinyl and it worked like a dream!. I transferred one of my images, a little girl splashing in a puddle which I cut from matt black vinyl, she now stands atop the light switch in my craft room.

 Plenty more ideas for this but I'll save that for another week as I have just ordered a stock of coloured vinyls to try.

 Also this week I have been playing with my alcohol ink's. I have space in an exhibition next week at our local Adult Learning Centre and wanted to do a few ink paintings for display, so whilst I had my inks out I prepared a video (first one ever!) to show you how I create my glittery ink paintings.  I'm not brave enough to speak on camera and the light was not so good so I had to use extra lights which gave a lot of shadows, but I hope it still gives you a good idea of how I create them.

For anyone wanting to have a try here's the materials list:-

Alcohol Inks (I have used Adriondak in Pool; Denim and Juniper)
Glitter (I used gold and turquoise)
Alcohol Ink Blending Solution (in a small spray bottle)
Metal leaf or gilding flakes I used Indigo Blu Mega Flakes
Ranger Glossy Accents clear glue (don't use silicon glue)
1 sheet of Acetate
White Tissue Paper
A large brush and sheet of card


1. squeeze glue in random pattern over acetate
2. sprinkle on glitter and metal leaf (as much as you want)
3. give a spritz of alcohol belnding solution all over
4. 'drop' ink in random pattern until acetate is covered
5. scrunch up tissue then lay over the top
6. use brush and card to pat down the tissue
7. Leave to dry (overnight)

The work is meant to be used with the acetate side facing so the ink and tissue is behind.  Use with care as it can be quite delicate. I usually leave the card on the back to help protect it and either mount in a frame or laminate. Tip if you are going to laminate be sure to use 'Heat Resistant' acetate.

I loved the colours in this and thought it would be perfect for some dolphins which I had drawn earlier.

I scanned my drawing into my scan n cut machine and then cut out from 300gsm card.


and here's the finished work.  I will trim and frame once it's properly dry.

I hope you enjoyed my second craft diary and video despite the poor lighting!

Thanks for stopping by and see you again in 2 weeks. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Craft Diary - January 2016

Good morning and Happy New Year! well it's been ages since I managed to find time to blog as I have been busy becoming a Nana for the first time to a gorgeous little girl, as well as having a busy new day job. Thankfully things have started to calm down a little now both in work and at home and I feel I can get back to some serious crafting.

This year I'm planning to write a bi monthly Craft Diary, so welcome to the first instalment. Every 2 weeks I'll be writing a blog about an aspect of my craft world, this first one is going to be about my new toy! Santa (aka hubby) bought me a Brother Scan n Cut for Christmas. It's absolutely fab! The beauty of this machine it that I can design and cut my own shapes and what fun I have had over the past few weeks, so far I'm up to around 50 different images all hand drawn and then transferred to the machine to cut.

Okay so how does that work?, well first I draw my shape - I have drawn this owl on my i-pad

After drawing I printed and then scanned my image into the machine and saved 2 versions, one with all the internal cutting
and one solid shape with no internal cutting

Using the Scan n Cut Canvas (the on line software) I then resized and cut my solid owl from 300gsm card

Now what to do with it! and the other 50 images I created, well I was recently asked for some cut outs for a nursery and decided  I could take it one step further by designing my own backing paper. Again using my i-pad I created a base background and added some relevant words, these of course can all be personalised to suit, I printed this onto textured paper and viola! here's the finished prototype

I have been slowly working my way through all of the images I created to build a catalogue of what I have available so far, but the ideas are still coming thick and fast, I have another 5 or 6 ready to scan, now all I need is more hours in the day lol!.

Well thank you for stopping by and if you would like me to blog about a particular craft item in one of my Craft Diary entries or want to give me a challenge for something new (nothing copyright or rude please!), then please do leave a comment and I wish you every success in 2016.