I like the idea of hand-painting. Unfortunately, I’m not artistic. But, I can basically color-in, using paint.
I got these lovely laser cut wooden circles from Timber Green Woods on Etsy, who make unusual laser-cut shapes from their own sustainable forest. Their prices were reasonable enough that I felt I could afford to experiment.
So I got some of their big circles & put on some masking tape:
Then I felt free to blob away with my paints:
Then I just took the tape off . . .
As you can see, there was a bit of imperfection — but some careful scraping with my fingernail took care of that [gross? possibly; efficient? yes]. Then I Mod-Podged them for durability & added some earring hooks. . .
As I was feeling inspired, I then made a pair of decoupaged ones with some paper leftover from a table project I did a while back. . .
There is something so utterly satisfying about painting things & decoupaging things & making little trinkets. . . Oh, happy sigh.
I’ve seen lots of lovely pictures printed on book paper, but they’ve all been in the form of framed pictures. I wanted to see if I could make a smaller version, for jewelry.
The process itself is not very complicated. I found some images that I liked:
Then I taped a book page to the front & ran it through the printer again. . .
(This allows you to play around with where the image comes on the paper, and with what words appear around it.)
I used a book about the history of Alcoholics Anonymous — something personally important to me — and the image of the butterfly or bird, which for me has meaning in terms of lightness of spirit and/or freedom.
Then I cut out the right shape for my pendant:
. . . Then I just popped it into my gorgeous pendant base made by the wonderful Artbase on Etsy, secured it & added a layer of resin to protect it and give it a nice glossy finish.
Being able to use a book and image that has personal meaning to me has made this piece very special (to me). It’s something I’d love to be able to offer to others, and I’m seriously considering opening a shop that allows you to —
- Choose the book you want your page from: AA, Childhood Favorite, Poem, Bible, Bhagavad Gita, etc.
- Choose from a selection of potential images for one that has meaning to you, or provide your own;
- Choose from a selection of different types & styles of pendant settings.
. . . I’d love to know if you think it’s a good idea, and whether you would visit such a shop or be pleased if someone gave you something like that as a gift. Please leave a comment below if you have an opinion.
I have a long face: horsey long, “why-the-long-face” long. I like a dangling earring, but it renders the whole long-face thing a bit out of control. . . However, a wide earring causes no pain.
I’ve been looking at leather flowers for a while. I feel like I want to add to my plain cuffs (on Etsy) & I’m thinking flowers, although I’m also thinking flat shapes or little metal studs (all thoughts welcome by the way, on that.)
Anyway, I figured I would try a “test of concept” version for earrings. Most of the patterns I’ve seen make the flower flat, but I wanted something with more of a shape. So here is what I did:
These sort of look like 3-leaf clovers, but I just wanted a simple shape made of three hearts. I cut out the littlest one, placed a pearl in the middle, then pulled the petals up & glued them around the sides of the pearl so that only the top showed:
I then glued the slightly bigger shape halfway up the sides of the first, and the third shape halfway up the sides of the second . . . which gave it all more of a 3D effect. Then I just stuck an earring back on the back.
I like the way they look, although I now think they’d likely sit too proud on the cuffs I currently have, so I’ll have to try a flatter effect next time.
I was wandering the aisles of Trader Joe’s the other day and spotted these:
Trader Joe’s Italian Orecchiette Pasta
I don’t know about you, but this is not a shape I’d ever seen before. They seemed like an excellent size and shape for holding little things like beads, or bits of fabric, or any other small thing . . .
I figured paint and/or varnish would give them the bit of extra strength which would probably be wise: I went with blue, because I like blue & because I had paint that color.
I tried little beads and metal studs, etc. . . But nothing was really looking right. I wanted to highlight the depth of the pasta cup & bring a deeper color into the mix. In the end, I used nail varnish to color the insides:
I liked this but decided that A) It needed to be a larger amount, and B) I sort of wanted a pool of it at the bottom, so I painted what I had up & then added several more drops. I then decided to get all-kind-of-crazy & dropped a tiny spot of metallic gold paint into the well at the bottom, stirred it around a bit, then dropped another bit of nail varnish in the middle — groovy, eh? I thought so.
I’m not a scrapbooker. I say this because I don’t own a scrapbook, have never put together a scrapbook page, and don’t plan to. However, I do find myself dawdling in the scrap-booking aisles of craft stores for a really long time. I love all the little bits & pieces, and often stand there in front of them, mouth slightly agape, wanting to find a reason to put a hundred tiny things into my shopping basket.
I picked up some little discs by Architexture from The Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse (literally months ago) and decided it was high time to do something with them:
ArchiteXture – Building Embellishment Stone Accents Stickers
I did one with metallic gold paint, one with silver, and one with nail varnish. I also tried highlighting the nail varnish one with a little gold paint . . .
I figured I could make pendants. However, when they were done they seemed more ring-ish (Yes, I know that’s not a word):
On the down side, these are possibly not going to last forever — they are made of compressed paper, after all. Having said that: as they cost about $2 to make, I can probably live with it.