Some days you just need to make yourself something with a little whimsy. I love rings that are conversation starters. This ring will definitely make people smile.
To make the ring I needed a few things.
At first I thought I might add a few crystals too. However the dragonfly pendants were already pretty glittery.
I made up my Black Apoxie Sculpt and put it into the ring bezel. Then I carefully pushed my cameo into it. The more I pushed, the more I created this frame which will really lock my cameo into place. Then I slid six eye pins right into the apoxie as well. I let this cure for 24 hours.
All I had to do was use my Beadalon Quick Links to attach the dragonflies!
This really took no time at all. I could make dozens of these rings in an afternoon!
This pendant makes you want to lean right in to have a closer look.
To make it I used some of the supplies I have been showcasing on the blog for the last two weeks. I used both Black Apoxie Sculpt and White Apoxie Sculpt, a Metal Complex silver plated round pendant and Preciosa Pointed Back crystals ab(ca#36204).
I have already written several times about how to knead a batch of Apoxie Sculpt. (I have one blog post explaining this linked here.) The white Apoxie I pushed into a moon face mold where it cured in 24 hours. The black Apoxie I used to create my final pendant.
After setting my moon face into the black Apoxie I set the ring of crystals. I still had some extra black Apoxie left over…so I pushed it right into the moon mold. I never waste one bit of Apoxie Sculpt!
My finished smiling moon looks very elegant!
The Bead & Button Show starts today ! We’ve been busy the past few days travelling and setting up and the day has come. All the preparations and hard work will finally pay off !
Doors open at 4pm today and the will be on until sunday evening. We’ve already seen our friends Wyatt White and Fernando Dasilva from Beadalon. Leslie Rogalski, who is demoing in our booth pop by yesterday as we were setting up. The excitement is high and you can feel the energy. Just some small setting up to do today and the show begins !
Our drive through Chicago
The new Dazzle-it Aluminum wire , silk thread and hemp !!So beautiful
The new Metal Complex blanks , stamp kits and stamping tools ! I will be demoing these products throughout the show
Keys are very popular right now in jewelery and mixed media. I am certain the “key to my heart” symbolism is not lost on those of us who are sentimental or who just love old things.
My husband clipped this newspaper ad for me. Knowing me well, he knew I would rather make such a key rather than buy one at the store. I have dozens of vintage keys already in my collection!
So I mixed up some black Black Apoxie Sculpt. Then I carefully covered one side of the key.
All had to do was embed Preciosa Pointed Back crystals ab(ca#36204) into the Apoxie. I let this cure for 24 hours.
Now I have my own crystal key (at a fraction of the cost) to wear as a pendant!
This new pendant is a salute to Carmen Miranda!
In order to create the fruit I used some molds and Apoxie Sculpt’s four colour tray.
I did some colour mixing too. In order to have purple grapes I mixed some red and blue Apoxie.
I had a nice little pile of fruit and leaves on my table but something was missing. I bet you see it too. I needed a banana!
So back to the tray I went to use some of the yellow and green to make one more piece of fruit. Apoxie clay air dries rock solid. It is so easy to mix and then put into a mold. I only remove the finished pieces after it has cured in 24 hours. This banana delayed my project by a day.
I did a little filing on my finished fruit pieces to smooth out any rough edges. Then I selected this Metal Complex silver plated round pendant to work in. I filled the pendant bezel with black Apoxie Sculpt.
The black apoxie made it easy for me to place all my fruit into and around the pendant. Everything adhered beautifully but I did have a few open spaces. A few years ago I bought a grab bag of jewelery pieces at John Bead. I found quite a few of these crystal ear studs in the bag and these were perfect to add to the pendant. All I did was push the earring posts right into the apoxie as well.
I was thrilled with the results!! This project was very easy and I can tell you this is the first time I have ever made molded fruit. It did need just one more thing though……..
One simple coat of JB Craft Acrylic Protective Finish gave me the shine I wanted.
I wonder if I could make a hat too…..
This new brooch was so easy to make that a few of you might start rummaging in your stash drawers before you finish reading this post.
Notice how even the edges are?
The brooch was made possible because of the magic of these two little balls of Apoxie Sculpt. Apoxie Sculpt is a two part system. When you knead these two “clay-like” products into one solid putty you get a special clay that air dries and then cures in 24 hours.
In my collection of broken jewelery parts I had this wire and crystal heart. (You might not notice but the heart actually snapped at the bottom.)
I rolled out my Apoxie Sculpt on a non stick surface and embedded my heart into it. Using a blade I cut away any of the Apoxie from the edges.
Then I happily embedded my Preciosa Pointed Back crystals ab(ca#36204). I did sand my edges a little. After the brooch completely cures, you can easily add a bar pin to the back and now this sample is ready to wear!