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WIP Wednesday: His and Hers Part II

I was home with a stomach bug yesterday and in the afternoon I was feeling better so I tinkered around with the His and Hers piece from a few weeks ago.

 First I added a bit of  Tim Holtz® Distress Stain to the edges of the torn photos. I used Broken China for him and Picked Raspberry for her. The colors are too bright and cheery for my purposes so I'll be dulling them down later.

Next, I added a layer of Modern Options Sophisticated Finishes iron paint to the surface of all the metal findings. I had a bit extra on my palette so I decided to rust up some Tim Holtz® frames for a future project. I'll be adding the rusting solution this week and then dry brushing on some white gesso to bring out the highlights. Still deciding if I want to add a wash of color over that. 

The last thing I did before taking a nap was to add a layer of Kroma Crackle to a side of the drawer. I wanted to see how it looked on just straight wood.

While getting ready for work today, I peeked at the drying …

Maker's Monday: Gold and Denim Blue Earrings

Another Maker's Monday, another pair of earrings! I'm using gold-filled findings this time and some lovely Swarovski rondelle crystals in Denim Blue. Variations on this basic jewelry project are endless! I linked to where I purchased my supplies but you can buy them elsewhere.  A note about gold findings:
When I first started making jewelry, I didn't want to use gold because it was expensive and the findings I could get locally were gold-plated and just looked cheap. Gold-filled findings have more gold in them as compared to gold-plated so they should wear longer, be less prone to tarnishing, and the gold won't "flake off." A brief explanation can be found in this article. 

2 gold-filled headpins (2 inches long)
2 8x6 mm Swarovski rondelle crystals in Denim Blue
4 gold-filled saucer beads
2 gold-filled ear wires

Jeweler's pliers (one or two pairs, depending on your preference)
Flush cutters

1.  Slide a gold-fille…

WIP Wednesday: By the Light of the Moon Part III

Ah, WIP Wednesday! I've had a lot to work on lately, but I'll narrow it down to just "By the Light of the Moon." I had a pretty productive weekend which translates into me now having to clean up the mess I made. But it was an artful mess ...

Step one for me was to sand down the Aves Apoxie on my wolfman. It was messy but I liked how it turned out. After I cleaned all the dust off, I painted it with black acrylic paint. (except the teeth and tongue)
Once it was dry, I dry brushed on white gesso. While I had the gesso on my palette, I took a bit and snuck it into a tough of black to make gray. I used the gray to paint the depressed areas of my full moon and then when that dried, I put the rest of the white gesso over the high points and sides.
Next up, I aged the photo of my wolfman. I added Tim Holtz® Distress Stain in Walnut to the torn edges and added a very thin layer over the photo, dabbing with papertowels. I added a bit of Tim Holtz® Distress Stain in Broken Chi…

Maker's Monday: Waterlily Maiden Necklace

Nothing like being jolted awake by your hubby yelling that it is 6 a.m. when you should have been out of bed by 5:45 a.m. Our power went out on Saturday and the alarm clock needed to be reset. Seems I set it ten minutes slow. Ah well. I'm awake and mostly alert now. It should come as no surprise that I didn't have today's blog post even started yet so I really had to hustle and go through all of my supplies to come up with a sweet necklace for Maker's Monday.

I bought this lovely pendant from the Vintaj booth at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee.I've said it before, but if you're into jewelry, you should really attend this show!

1 Vintaj brass Waterlily Maiden pendant
2 Vintaj Treasured Filigree Connectors (these may be retired)
6 small brass jump rings
1 large brass jump ring
26.5 inches of brass chain
1 lobster clasp

Jeweler's pliers (one or two pairs, depending on your preference)
Flush cutters

1. Slightly open the larger …

WIP Wednesday: Oodles of Earrings

What a whirlwind the last few weeks has been! I've been writing and doing a major purge of the office/craft room and this morning before work, I started working on a few pairs of earrings. I had very simple direction from the recipient: the colors to use were green, purple, and a melon/salmon. After sorting through my beads and clarifying that silver was the metal of choice, I just studied beads and findings until ideas formed.

It was nice to just play around until something worked. Very therapeutic.
So far I have completed two pairs of earrings and am almost done with a third. Onward and upward!

This weekend, I should have a lot of time to get back to those artsy WIPs. What are you working on?

Maker's Monday: Citrine and Silver Earrings

I had a citrine chip memory wire bracelet in my Etsy store and sold it to a friend and she wanted matching earrings to go with it to give as a gift. With the recipient in mind, I came up with this sweet pair of earrings and decided to post the how-to for Maker's Monday! Can't find citrine chips? Substitute with a different crystal.

2 sterling silver headpins (2 inches long)
6 citrine chips
4 sterling silver beads (3mm)
2 sterling silver ear wires

Jeweler's pliers (one or two pairs, depending on your preference)
Flush cutters

1.  Look through your chips/beads to get six that are similar sized/shaped. Slide on a silver bead, three chips, and another silver bead.
2. Make a 90 degree bend in the headpin. Repeat for the other headpin.

3.  Line up two headpins and cut them about 1/8 inch from the tip of the tail.

5.  Now you'll make your loops. Line the very end of a 90 degree bent headpin and bead up with the mark on your pliers. Make sure the m…

WIP Wednesday: His and Hers

This is a stormy WIP Wednesday here in Illinois! Anyone else out there have a problem with starting new projects when others aren't quite finished? *raises hand, stares out into The Void* Okay then, just me. Well, when I was on vacation, I sketched out a few project ideas and began pulling items together for them. Not sure if they'll be a set or separate pieces but for now, I'm just calling them His and Hers.

I found the wooden drawers at one of my favorite antique shops and had to clean them up because they were pretty filthy. Next step for them is to add a layer of crackle paint and a wash of color.

The photos are part of my Other People's Family photos collection. I peeled them from the heavy cardboard backings and carefully ripped them down to size. I'll add a bit of stain to them and grunge them up a bit then add them to the boxes.
I was picking through my embellishments and weird pieces of junk and thought these Tim Holtz pieces might work, especially after I…