Sunday, February 27, 2011

Copper Clay Jewelry

I tried copper clay for the first time yesterday and I was very pleased with the results.  I used the "copper clay" brand. I fired them at 1700 for 3 hours in the stainless steel pan with the coconut charcoal.  I followed the instructions that came with the clay and it worked out fine.  Except for this one thing.

This morning while working with this piece, the dragon fly circle fell off the base!  I think they copper paste I made was not thick enough.  So, now I have to find out if I can refire after repasting the pieces together.  I was soooooo tempted to superglue the pieces!  LOL

Today I made this bracelet, and this necklace from my copper pieces.  Plan to make earrings with the leaf squares and a pendant with the dragon fly when I figure out how to fix it.

Happy Sunday all!  Enjoy a creative day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

DC Cupcakes

I just watched this show for the first time this evening.  I really enjoyed watching this little show about two sisters who opened up a cup cake shop in DC.  Their whole entrepreneur spirit, sister dynamics and creativity really got me.  I watched the one where they created a special center piece like a Mardi Gras mask for a St Jude's charity event.  They worked all day and through the night to complete this beautiful work of edible art.  When they came in the next morning to proceed.....the thing had collapsed!  So....they had to make the thing all over in less than 3 hours.  They managed to get the awesome creation done and delivered on time.  It was just greatness-and they earned 1600.00 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital! Wow!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fine Silver and Leather Bracelet

I figured out how to close the bracelet and I am very pleased with it. Now I want to make others with different things stamped. Today, I purchased some cobalt blue colored leather and I have an idea for it! Oh this is so much fun!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Believe Bracelet


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I "Believe" I can finish this project in a manner that will be pleasing to me! I always have these ideas and without considering the project all the way through.....I begin the task. So.....here I am again.....stuck! I wanted to stamp a piece of fine silver clay with an inspiring word like this one to make a bracelet. The concept seemed an easy one. I would make a center charm with a word and two holes for the leather straps. I did that as you can see......but how to close the dang thing?

I looked at several tutorials on slip knots and sliding knots on you tube. I worked on those for a while....or I should say until I was ready to scream! LOL

I finally put it to the side until I figure out how I will close this bracelet. I may end up using some little crimp beads (probably not what they are called" that can be squeezed on to the leather straps. Then, I will add some connectors. I wanted to hang a charm off of this bracelet too. We will see what I come up with!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thoughtfully Adorned

It has been a nice Saturday. I made some earrings last night-that I posted on Etsy today. I created a pair of shells out of precious metal clay and turned them into earrings-not in this mosaic. I got to visit with my daughter-in-law and son and my grandson on Skype and that was fun. Again, it has been a blessed day! xoxo
Lesley

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Things I want To Learn

Hey all.  I am getting spring fever! You? It has been warm here in West Texas this week (like the 80's).  I'm seeing people out in shorts, sandles (OMG gotta get a pedicure) and all kinds of spring/summer wear!  As always, gotta say this is my favorite time of the year.  I just get a renewed spirit-I'm so not a winter person!  I have a lot of things on my mind in the creative department that I want to share with you.  Hopefully, it will keep me focused if I write it down! LOL

I'm so loving the Precious Metal Clay!  I'm learning so much.  I'm still very much in the basic and intro level.  I search the internet over for tutorials and instructions.  I even joined a yahoo group on this topic.  I have ordered some copper clay and that is my next adventure.  Eventually, I want to make a group/line of jewelry that is mixed metals-more specifically, copper with silver.  I have always loved copper with silver.

More things I want to learn this year.

  1. Setting stones in the PMC.
  2. How to make a ring with PMC.
  3. Using resin with PMC because I need some color!
  4. Making a bead-using cork clay-making hollow beads
  5. Do whatever it takes to get level I certification with PMC
I cracked the code on fingerprint jewelry!  See the above pic?  I am ready for orders!  If you order from my Etsy shop, I will send you the fingerprint kit.  Then you will follow the simple instructions and return the kit and I will make you a special and personal heart with your loves fingerprint on it in fine silver.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Your a Firework!



Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting throught the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there's still a chance for you
Cause there's a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

I love this song.  It really inspires me!  

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Thumbprint on my Heart

I love the idea of having your grand child's or your child's thumbprint on a piece of jewelry. I have seen others do this so I thought I would give it a try. I can do it easily if the person is there to put their thumbprint-still working on packaging of the fingerprint kit so I can offer these on my Etsy shop!

So while hubby is watching the Super Bowl today, I will be researching this problem and finding a test person for my first trial. Anyone want to volunteer? You would get a free heart (that might have your child's fingerprint on it) lol?!

It is a lazy Sunday and it is sprinkling outside-very cold. It is supposed to be another bad weather week. Oh, so looking forward to spring! Enjoy SuperBowl sunday! I'm looking forward to the half time show and the commercials.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Winter Advisory

Happy Groundhog Day! 2011

First of all, let me just say that I'm very happy that Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring on Groundhog Day 2011!  I'm so not digging the cold weather we are getting here in West Texas.  We don't know how to deal with it for the most part.  We get like two days a year of a little ice and a little snow.  We went from 72 degrees and sunny this weekend to 3 degrees right now.  The roads have been icy and and dangerous.  That probably makes you people up North laugh....but we are just not equipped or prepared for this stuff.  We get no practice on driving in this weather and our systems are just not in place.  I don't like to be cold and I don't like cold weather but I know it is necessary so I just duck my head in my little neck scarf and bundle up with layers of clothes.

Next......Power Outages!  So this morning, we were doing our usual routine....getting ready for our jobs etc.....and right when I was about to start drying my hair.......the electricity goes off.  This lasted about 20 minutes.  Again......not prepared!  My daughter and I gather up all the candles in the house and the one flash light we have.  I put on my make up to candle light.  I thought it looked really good here.  However, I saw myself in my car mirror when the sun was out today and I scared myself!  My all knowing sister says this is why she keeps a lantern in her bedroom for just such emergencies.  Note to self.....get a lantern....more batteries and more candles.  Hubby called and told me that this is a planned thing to deal with the over usage of electricity during this cold weather.  All knowing sister says it's because of the Superbowl....WHAT? ! Well, I think they should at least call me and find out when I will be drying my hair.  LOL

On a more positive note, I got the PMC pieces I cooked in my kiln cleaned up and I will show you a couple of them.