KLIK Collaboration – Artist Submissions Group Eight

Reposted From Resin Crafts Blog

Artist:  Linda Russio

Linda’s KLIK submission is delicate and light.  Her colour choices resulted in such a pleasing bezel. I often forget that the simple act of layering paper can create unique framing options.  Her first piece of paper has vintage text and then the second collage paper frames her butterfly perfectly.  The butterfly has two layers of resin glazed wings making it a 3D embellishment. The crystal  in the butterfly back is the icing on the cake.

Artist:  Carla Collier

Carla thought long and hard about what to put into her KLIK bezel snap.  She reviewed her stickers, papers, baubles and beads and then finally found a focal bead to inspire her. This turquoise cross framed by red coral beads and then a final frame of seed beads is just gorgeous.  I have never seen anything similar and it is the only submission featuring beads in this way.  I laughed when she noted that one whole hank of beads ended up in her carpet when she was working on this piece. Cat companions always have issues with seed beads!  Carla glued all her beads in place and then very slowly and cautiously added her resin.  Since she did not completely cover everything, her turquoise and coral look natural and truly Indian inspired.  Well done Carla!

This next submission would received my award for best shipping idea!  Monica Cormier packed her small bezel safely into a bottle cap.

Artist:  Monica Cormier

It is truly amazing to see what artists did in the small snaps.  Monica used acrylic paint, glass beads and sand from her favorite beach in Florida for her submission.  She noted “this has become a memory piece, of a wonderful trip and beach.”  I think this is a wonderful example of what embedding inclusions and in resin can be.  A wonderful and permanent keepsake.  I feel like Monica captured one small moment of time.

Artist Laurel Stevens

Laurel’s whimsical submission is a personal favorite due to its showcasing of a unicorn. However, her background and unicorn base really deserves most of the attention. I have no idea how she created the brightly hued and metallic background.  The rainbow of colour is idyllic for a unicorn scene.  I also am very drawn to the black, glittery ground her charm is walking on.  This submission would stand out no matter where I placed it.  I think I will need to pair it with two small KLIK snaps featuring only bright colours.

Artist:  Nancy Donaldson

Having featured Nancy’s work in several posts on this blog, this submission will not surprise any of her followers.  Nancy loves wire working and so her bezel has been transformed into a completely new and exciting size and shape.   Our Jewelry Clay is holding her tiny glass beads and bee in place.

Happily, she shared her technique for adding such an exotic wire and bead frame.  Here is how it was possible to attach all this wiring.  Once she completely the frame, she filled the KLIK snap with Jewelry Clay giving it even more strength.

I observed Nancy making the holes in her bezel snap.  She used a battery powered dermal-the holes were easy to drill.

Nancy’s submission also included some over-the-top soutache frames that will be featured on the Dazzle-it Blog.

Here is a peek at those fiber frames!

Another exciting group of KLIK submissions!

 

About the KLIK Collaboration

Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex. They received either the small or large bezel to work in.  These “blank” snap bezels “klik” into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

KLIK Collaboration – Artist Submissions Group Seven

Reposted from Resin Crafts Blog

Artist:  Kayleigh Powell

Kayleighs submission had me stumped the moment I pulled it out of the envelop.  My photo does not clearly show how ornate it really is.   I am not sure how she got these layers of glittery goodness!  The black lines appear to be suspended so that the flakes are contained on the bottom.   No matter.  I don’t need to know everything.  I can enjoy this KLIK submission as a beautiful entry.

Artist:  Kim Koester

Kim submitted a royal klik snap.  All the bezels I am featuring today are the small one’s (about a half inch wide) so they really had to work with tiny items.  Kim found a very small brass crown which she placed over her swirled paper background.  The suspended crystal looks like a diamond.

Artist:  Dianna Mammone

Dianna’s submission would have anyone reaching out a finger to touch the items attached.  I twisted and turned this KLIK bezel over and over and then finally read the enclosed note.  Dianna works with polymer clay and ETI’s Envirotex Lite.  Her attached “chips” look just like gemstone but are so lightweight.

Here is a side view.  I love how her resin application was used to attach the silver embellishments as well.

Artist:  Nicole Brocchini

Nicole’s submission will make our dried flower enthusiasts very happy.  Isn’t it just wonderful?  These is so much going on in this tiny metal canvas.  Nicole painted the bezel metallic teal and then glued in printed vellum.  She glued mini beads to the edges and embedded a California buttercup and one other unidentified flower.  The flowers, she pressed herself and noted that the tiny white ones came from an ornamental bush.  Nicole included a number of gorgeous postcards for me to use in my projects.  Thank you!!

Artist:  Carol Briody

Carol’s piece is called “An Autumn Night in the Field.”  Before I tell you more take a look at her submission.  You are not imagining it.  She embedded tiny wire sculptural art she purchased in an Etsy shop.  This is her first attempt to use our Jewelry Clay.  She wanted to over stuff the bezel so you would think the pumpkin was still on the vine in the field.  A few tiny Swarovski crystals were added to resemble the night sky.  The teeny tiny orange dot you see is also a hand crafted headpin.  Happily, she did a full blog post sharing this project so you can see even more:  http://cbriody.blogspot.ca/2014/08/the-klik-collaborative.html

About the KLIK Collaboration

Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.

They received either the small or large bezel to work in.  These “blank” snap bezels “klik” into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

Why You Will Want to KLIK Your Projects

Here is how some of the KLIK submissions look once I begin to “klik them in place.”

The KLIK collaboration with Metal Complex this month is showcasing a unique blank bezel snap.  The snaps are just one part of a major product launch this fall of the matching components.  You can see them all in the online catalog.
If you had the entire line to choose from this is what your wall would look like.
Resin Crafts blog readers are submitting their one of a kind designs.  I am featuring each KLIK submission here and on Facebook.
 It truly is an inspiring collaboration!
These are the components I used to create today’s final photo.
More KLIK projects are being posted all week!
About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These “blank” snap bezels “klik” into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.
The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

KLIK Collaboration – Artist Submissions Group Six

Reposted from Resin Crafts Blog 
Artist:  Alma Negrete
When I opened my envelope from Alma I knew I had a gorgeous submission.  Then I read her note. “As a tater, I wanted to include my own lace making into it.”  Full stop.  The teeny tiny butterflies are tatted!  The blue tatted butterfly is covered in resin, but it is only partially submerged.  I can’t imagine the time it took to make these tiny lace items.  The image is also gorgeous with the glittered edge work.  I am certain needlework artisans everywhere are going to be happy to see this mini work of art.
Artist:  Kim Koester
Kim is from Arizona and I couldn’t help but think about their recent flooding when I saw the anchor shape on her submission.  These crystals are embedded on top of the resin, so that you can still feel them. This is a wonderful technique and if you time your resin cure, you can push your crystal into place at a point where they will still stand up but remain on top of the pour. The wavy blue and beige background does indeed look like water.
Artist:  Kerry Hof
Kerry, Kerry, Kerry, you need to move into my studio to explain how it is that you are creating such marvels in resin.  My photo does not capture the complexity of her piece.  I literally had to get a magnifying glass out to study it further.  I think there is a stone embedded and some thin red fibers. Lines and dots are embedded at various heights.  Sometimes I think it is staring at me.  Or we may be in space.  It is just fabulous resin project.
Artist:  Suze Weinberg
Suze Weinberg and I subscribe to the “add just one more thing” school of embellishment.  Her vintage tiny frozen Charlotte doll is partially embedded in a crystal covered hill of clay.  The rhinestone frame around the KLIK snap is elegant and what can I say about a crown of jewels?  Wonderful.  Suze worked in the tiny snap…and managed to get all this into her submission.

About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These “blank” snap bezels “klik” into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.
The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

KLIK Collaboration – Artist Submissions Group Five

Reposted from Resin Crafts Blog

Artist:  Diana Frank
Okay, like many of you I just swooned when I opened Diana’s envelope.  What more can I add to a photograph that shows you that Diana incorporated so many gorgeous things into her submission. Clay is making it possible for her burgundy beads to sit at such a gorgeous height and vintage rhinestone frames the lady like a collar.  Her face is embedded in resin.  This piece has encouraged me to think outside of the frame.
Artist:  Debbie Mahoney
Debbie’s submission could use a whole blog post.  Holding this mini work of art made me realize that I needed to give you a side view as well.
Debbie used Resin Clay to adhere the silver petals disk which houses her little glass cabochons.  She made them herself.  A large brass brass jump ring (genius) adhered to the top of her KLIK snap made her piece deeper.  She filled it with glass glitter, beads and the little bee charm.  The green leaves are leftover from a beaded napkin ring kit.  It was all sealed with Jewelry Resin.
Artist Donna Duff
Would you believe this is the first time Donna has used resin?  Her submission “Fairy in the Wisteria” bezel was her opportunity to experiment.  I can see the green background has metallic lines and glitter.  Her little fairy is partially suspended in resin.  Her wings have been coloured making her stand out even more. Welcome to the world of resin craft Donna!
Artist:  Amber Ballard
I noticed that Amber lives in Florida, so I am certain access to shells would come easier to her.  Amber worked in the small KLIK bezel.  When I pulled her submission out of the envelope I just had to stop and release a sigh.  This is so elegant.  I always try to create something like this…and then I over-embellish.  This tiny snap is perfect.
Canada’s Favorite Bead Store now has the KLIK components in their online store.

About the KLIK Collaboration
Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex.
They received either the small or large bezel to work in.
These “blank” snap bezels “klik” into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.
The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

KLIK Collaboration – Artist Submissions Group Three

Reposted from Resin Crafts Blog

Artist:  Lisa Menou

The colour palette in Lisa’s KLIK bezel is one I love; green and purple.  The Octopus appears to be floating on the surface of this glittery water background made with glitters and tiny sequins.  There are even a few Swarovski crystals embedded.  As if that wasn’t enough, the underside of the octopus glows in the dark!  Lisa, will have to write in and tell us how she made that happen!

Artist:  Lisa M Pace

I am always so pleased when well-known author Lisa participates in one of my collaborations.  This bezel features a wonderful way to display a HUGE pearl.  She embedded it into clay which was coloured with a light gold powder.  The rhinestone edging is so high because of the clay base.

Here is a side view of Lisa’s KLIK snap bezel.  I imagine a few of us will be rifling through our broken jewels to see if we can find something similar to embed in clay next.

Artist:  Alison Boyd

Alison sent in her submission with the simple title of “Sunset with wire flower.”  I thought that immediately when I unpacked her submission. Her coppery metallic patina is just gorgeous and creates a bezel that is one-of-a-kind.  You would be hard pressed to try and make a copy.  The little wire flower is a delicate and elegant addition.

About the KLIK Collaboration

Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex. They received either the small or large bezel to work in.  These “blank” snap bezels “klik” into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.  You can see the entire line in the catalog on the Metal Complex website linked here.

The full introduction to the collaboration is posted here.

Golden Days Necklace – A Fernando DaSilva Atelier Project

Materials

2g Delica 8/0 rd gun metal

8 icy bead pebble metallic gold – 2780 0486-06s8

8 large bronze jump rings

1 topaz 14mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS rivoli stone

14 xilion pp18 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS gsha chatton

2 large wood rings

9 textured 22mm gold curved pewter links

1 pewter bail sun rays 20mm gold plated

Gilder’s paste – Foundry Bronze

Gilder’s paste –Antique Gold

2 part epoxy clay Apoxie – orange

21 pieces of 14inch gold twisted cord

5 antique brass chain

1ft gold-plated German style wire

G-S-Hypo cement glue

Tools:  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose

Instructions:

1. Use a small piece of sand paper to sand the work surface of a wood ring. Repeat the same with a second wood ring. Attach one gold-plated bail onto one of the rings and set aside. 

2. Follow packaging instructions to mix 2 part epoxy clay to be molded on top of wood rings. Spread clay on top of sanded area molding around of the edge slightly elevated. Preserve an open area right across gold-plated bail – middle of the ring. The quantity of clay used on each ring will be divided in two portions, leaving two sections of the ring exposed.

3.  Once clay is molded on top of rings, use a sponge, brush or small piece of cloth to rub gilders paste on top of clay before it starts hardening.  Cover both sides and and edges of wood ring with gilders paste. Use one color as background and then add second color to create a ore interesting effect.

4. Adding components on top of Apoxie clay.

Ring 1: topaz rivoli + four gold icy pebble beads + 8 golden shade crystal chatton stones + 74 delica seed beads.

Ring 2:  four icy gold pebble beads + 14 golden shade crystal chatton crystal stones + 38 delica seed beads

Add big components first and then sprinkle delicas and set crystal stones on top of clay.

Please, use the photo as a guide when your placing components on top of clay.

Let both rings cure for 24 hours.

5. Cut 21 pieces of 15-inch length of twisted gold cord.

6. Cut 1ft of 20 gauge of gold-plated German style wire.  Put all the cords together and begin wrapping wire right in the middle to create a tassel with it. Using one of the ends of wire, wrap wire 5 times to secure all the strands of cord together.  Make the sixth turn to go around the other long end of wire and wrap it around its base 5 times and then trim excess wire.  Be careful not to cut the wrong end of wire.

7. Cut a 20-inch piece of twisted gold cord. Wrap each tip of the cord three times around the cords put together on step 6 and holding both tips tight a double know to tighten all the cord ends together and finish forming a tassel. Add several dabs of stringing glue underneath of knot. Use same glue to cover ¼-inch on each cord ends.

8. Use large portion of round nose pliers to make half loop of wire tip form step 6.

Slide over the loop five gold-plated textured rings, then start finishing the loop wrapping several times around its base. Open a large jump ring and scoop up tassel through its loop. Open another jump ring and attach through the loop of bail of wood ring.

9. Section gold antique chain on the following sizes: four pieces of 3-inch, and then two pieces of 21-inch. Set all section of chain aside.

11. Open a link of one of the pieces of chain and attach to jump ring of wood ring. Close link and then add a second piece of chain on same fashion.

12. Repeat step 11 attaching both ends of both chains to another large jump ring and then attach to wood ring # 2. Place jump ring over the open space left between both sections ornate with components set on Apoxie clay. Add a second large jump ring on the opposite side.

13. Open one of the end links of a 22-inch piece of chain and attach to large jump ring attached to previous piece. Add second piece of chain on same fashion.

14. Create a intertwined section over the final 3-inch length of chain linking components on following pattern:

one large jump ring + two gold-plated fancy links + large jump ring + two gold-plated fancy links .

15. Weave the chain inside and out of the rings to create an interesting visual appeal.

16. Finishing necklace attaching both final links of antique gold chain to center large jump ring. Close links carefully.

Designer’s Tips:

1. Many components were “randomly” placed on top of Apoxie clay.

2. Perfect measurements are not important on this project. Create your own version based on this design but feel free yourself to make it your own.

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published.  For those of you who can’t visit in person we will have a regular post on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. Welcome to the series we call: Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier. 

When A Designer Uses Metal Complex Bezels

Today I am sharing with you a special necklace designed by Fernando DaSilva.  It beautifully features one of our Metal Complex Bezels.

The square lipped hand made Metal Complex bezels are available in brass, silver plated, copper and antique copper.

Fernando filled the bezel with clay and then embedded crystals and other jewelry components to create this amazing pendant.

The bronze Apoxie Sculpt looks great as his background.

His necklace is so unique.  His components all work beautifully together.