Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Layered Flower Collage Class at Dry Gulch

I had such a good time this past Saturday at Dry Gulch in Joplin, MO.  I taught a class on making layered flower necklaces.  We used Vintaj metal patinas to paint the flowers and then put them together on a chain.  The results were stunning!  My favorite part of the class is to see how each persons necklace reflects their personality and tastes.  I took pictures of everyone's creations.  Take a look.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Koi Fish

I use several techniques to get the lovely koi fish on these bracelets.  The fish are embossed using the Sizzix and then a heat patina was applied with my butane torch.  To reveal the fish under the patina I used an Emory board to sand off just the high spots.  A coat of glaze gives it a nice shine.
One of these is going to a friend, the other will probably be seen at Joplin Artwalk June 20.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Here is what I did instead of housework Thursday.  It was raining so I couldn't do yard work.  I think it was a day well spent.

These pretty flowers were colorized with Vintaj patina product.

Here are the product and colors I used.

My work space.  Look at all the colors Vintaj makes.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Reuse of Thrift Store Find

     I work at a homeless shelter once a week helping the people that stay there make jewelry that is sold in some of the local giftstores to help defray some of the shelter's costs.  Sometimes the people sorting the donations run across broken jewelry that they give to me.  They like to see the things I come up with from the unusable finds.  Here is the latest creation.  The cameo pendant is new,but the chain is from the donations.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pretty new necklace I made with components from Dry Gulch and vintage buttons.http://drygulch.com/


 I think it looks even better up close.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Aren't these bird houses cute?  I took them to the Artwalk in Joplin, MO and to Repurpose Boutique in Carthage, MO this weekend and sold all but one.  I guess I better get busy making more.  

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog.  I enjoy making all kinds of jewelry from all kinds of materials and would love to share some of my creations and adventures with you.  Here are a few pictures of pieces that I made that are currently for sale at Repurpose Boutique in Carthage, MO.  repurposeboutique.com

A few ceramic pendants that I made recently at the Fired Phoenix

Necklaces made with vintage sterling silver spoons

Great copper bracelets with fire patina