Quilled Fish Leather Flower Rings


Yesterday I mentioned that my quilled fish leather rings were featured in the spring issue of Perles et cetera magazine.  Here is the English translation.

My quilled leather flowers are the result of my little pile of fish leather leftovers. Fish leather is an exciting new surface for jewelry designers.  It is a groundbreaking and sustainable material perfect for jewelry design.  It is made from 100% Tilapia fish. When you purchase a piece of fish leather it is about the size of a fish.  Each piece is unique and hand dyed.  It is available in either suede or glossy leather. So, I really did not want to waste a single inch of it.

There are several paper quilling techniques that I used to make my flowers.  I cut leather strips with a scalloped edge.


I cut plain strips of leather.

I also cut some strips with a fringe.

All I did was roll these strips into tight circles.  The fringed edges look wonderful and they reminded me of flowers.


Glue holds the rolled edge in place.8

I them simply added some glue to my bezel ring and set my arrangement in place.


I also glued in a few extra glass beads and wire in some of my samples.  I think the leather looks gorgeous on its own…but it never hurts to add in a little extra glitter.



Second Skin Fish Leather

Metal Complex Bezel Rings

Dazzle-It Leather Scissors

Quick Grip Glue

Bezel Lipped Pendants

The hand crafted bezel lipped pendants are stunning when you add imagery and resin.

For this pendant I selected an image from my digital artwork collection.  I cut it out and glued into my bezel.

I used a decoupage medium (mod podge or Aleen’s decoupage) to seal my paper.  I found this old rhinestone chain in my stash and cut it up to insert into the bezel as well.

When all the glue was dry I made a batch of Jewelry Resin.

When I poured the Jewelry Resin into my bezel I noticed that there were a number of air bubbles that needed popping.  This is because the rhinestone chain hides a lot of tiny air pockets.  I “babysat” the resin for almost an hour and popped any air bubbles that came to the surface by passing a lighter flame over the surface.

Fish Leather In A Handmade Bezel Ring

This ring showcases a wonderful piece of red glossy fish leather.

I don’t waste a single piece of fish leather.  This small portion has already been glued to a thick piece of felt.

I cut out a one inch square and then used Quick Grip to glue my felt and fish leather inside my bezel ring.

I can’t begin to describe how great this looks!  The photo does not capture the texture in the leather that you would see if you were holding this in your hand.

Red Second Skin Fish Leather

Handmade bezel ring.


Metal Complex Oval Bezels

My new pendant is a glittery addition to my collection of Paris themed jewelry.

My handmade oval lipped pendant started out silver.  I have been experimenting with Silver Luster Iridescent Gel. I soaked my piece in a batch of the gel and it came out this lovely soft gold.

The resin is Envirotex Jewelry Resin.  It gave me the nicest domed finish.  John Bead has a great information and how-to brochure about this resin.


The One-Upped Bezel with Jewelry Resin

Last month I showed you what my friend Nancy did with a metal complex bezel I gave her.  She sure made that bezel look spectacular with her wire twisting skills! It challenged me to create a finished piece that was equally as beautiful.

Jewelry Resin is available at John Bead.  We had a class featuring it in February and I am always excited to show jewelers how amazing this new resin is.

The bezel I started with was wrapped with Dazzle-It copper aluminum wire.  This kept it very light.  I choose one of Nancy’s photographs to work with.

Before you pour resin over paper you need to seal it with several layers of a gel medium or mod-podge.  You can learn all about these techniques on Resin Crafts Blog.

Once my paper was sealed I selected some dried leaves.

I also added a few scraps of copper wire to accentuate the tree branches.

Of course, I had to add in some beads…this was after all a sample for John Bead!  Glass seed beads are the ideal inclusion for resin work.

I did two pours of resin.  The first pour was to the halfway point in the bezel.  This allowed me to make sure all was perfect.  A day later I did the final pour to the bezel edge.  I let my piece cure for a full 48 hours after my final pour.  This bezel may be my best.  Now I just need to craft a super kumihimo cord to string it!

Transfer Technique With Apoxie Sculpt Bracelet

It is hard to believe that this bezel featuring a bird, flowers and crystals can be created with Apoxie Sculpt and some photocopies.

For the project I made myself a cup of coffee (optional) and a small ball of White Apoxie Sculpt clay.  I also selected some toner photocopy (not ink jet) images to work with.

I filled my Metal Complex silver plated bracelet link bezel with white Apoxie Sculpt.  Then I cut the image I wanted to the approximate size of the bezel surface.

I burnished this in place for about five minutes using my fingers.  You need to make sure you have a good adhesion between the paper and the Apoxie Sculpt surface.

Then I wet the paper.  I do this so I can see the images.  I removed the paper from the edges too so I could add some crystals to the Apoxie Sculpt before it cured.

Here is what my piece looked like at this point.  I let everything cure for 24 hours.  That is hard to do! You don’t know if the transfer worked and you can’t peak.

After the clay was cured I dropped this bezel into warm water and careful removed all the paper from the surface.  You just carefully rub all the paper pulp away.  You may need to do this a few times.  On the picture above I still had paper clinging to the surface.  What you are leaving is the toner from the copy which is now transferred onto the clay.

A final coat of spray sealer or varnish helps to make the image pop again.  I added my Metal Complex interchangeable bracelet and it is ready to wear!