Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Amazing Crafting Products and Jewelry, a perfect Match!!!

Go check out my latest projects using Amazing Casting Products!!! If you have not tried these, I recommend you give them a try, they make crafting more fun and more creative!!!!


Friday, July 19, 2013

A Paintbrush is not just for Painting!!!

I love to paint, and back in the day, I loved to paint rooms in our home.  I had a lot of fun doing this, well now I don't paint rooms any more, but I do love painting on everything else but with much smaller paint brushes.   Go check out the link below so you can find out what I did with a painters brush!!!


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Creating with Rowlux® Illusion Film!

I am so excited to use a new product in my crafting projects.  This new product is called Rowlux® Illusion Film and is made in the USA.  It comes in a divers range of amazing eye-catching colors and patterns.  The creative possibilities for this product are endless, the way it manipulates light to create dazzling visual effects will inspire anyone to step out of the box and create just about anything.  I love making jewelry and I love making flowers out of different materials, so I had to go ahead and try this new product to see how I could incorporate it into these two types of project. 

I have to admit that the colors, patterns and illusions you get from these sheets of film are stunning, at first I really didn't want to cut them up, they looked so pretty. 

Here are photos of the projects I created.
As you can see this bracelet was made by flowers I created from the Rowlux® Illusion Film by using two colors and a two part epoxy to adhere them to the jewelry blanks. Due to the size of these flowers I used pliers to created the folds to make them dimensional. I used Viva Decor's Crystal Gel in Hologram to add sparkle to the edges of the outer flowers, then glued some Swarovski crystal pearls in gold and  copper alternating these in the centers of the flowers

For these bracelets I loved the heart and flower cut outs in each frame that I decided to instead of adding photos, I used the Rowlux® Illusion Film as the inserts and what I loved about these two, is that you get to see the different effects of the product, and are still able to see the beautiful designs of the bracelets.

Here is a photo of the necklace I made. 

Here is the front of my necklace - I added a little bit of color to the edges of this pretty flower by using Viva Decor Inka-gold in red, I used Quick Snippers to cut this flower because I wanted a design on the edge, due to the size of this flower I was able to create the folds by hand. I used Beadalon wire to add the beads in the center and to make this a pendant, added a silver chain, and it is now ready to wear. 

This is the back of the flower, you can see the dimension you get by folding the material. 

I had to go ahead and make a few more flowers, is like once I started to work with this product, I just kept making more flowers.  Two of these flowers I used a lighter to shape the edges of my petals, and you have to work really fast, the heat softens the material but in order to shape it you have to do it really fast. My yellow flower shows a little bit of brown on the edge of the petals due to the heat of the fire. 

What I really liked about this product besides the eye-catching colors and patterns is how you can cut it with different types of cutting tools, you can shape it by hand or by using pliers - I did both for my flowers, some I just shaped by folding by hand and others by using pliers and had the same results. you can add paint if you want to , the possibilities of use are endless, I can think of so many other ways to utilize this product that I recommend you give it a try.   You can purchase  Rowlux® Illusion Film by going to their website and order directly from them  http://www.rowlux.com/  or by going to Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Rowlux-Illusion-Film-Polycarbonate-12-Inch/dp/B00CW7940Q

Here are the materials I used to make the bracelets

These the other tools I used to create the Necklace and the Inka Gold in red from Viva Decor is what I used to color the edge of the flower on my necklace

Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July!!!

I decided to make an etched project representing the 4th of July celebration coming up. I read somewhere that once you try etching, you can get hooked, and that is so true.  I had fun cutting out the vinyl to make my glass designs.   It is an easy project and I had a hard time deciding if I should leave it alone once the etching was done, or if I should paint it, and well the paints won.   I can't wait to use this as a candle holder.  Here is a brief photo tutorial showing how this project was done.

Make sure your glass is clean before adding your stencils.  I hand cut my vinyl stars and strips, I suggest to have an idea of how you want to place your cut outs before you remove the backing from the vinyl.

Once your stencils are in place make sure to press on the vinyl really good to keep the etching cream from going under your vinyl images. You can now begin adding the etching cream, start from the top of your glass, I suggest you protect your hands and your work space from any spills that might happen. Keep in mind the cream needs to be added thick and in every area you want to etch. don't leave any bubbles or clear areas that are supposed to be etched.

After the 15 minutes are over, remove as much of the cream as you can and return to the bottle, yes that's right return to the bottle for this product is reusable.  I used a wooden stick to add and remove the etching cream from my glass container.  Do not remove your gloves, now that you removed the cream you can go and rinse and dry your glass.

Now here is the final piece, all products used to paint this glass container are from Viva Decor, one of my favorite brand of paints to use in almost every single type of project I make.


Hand Sculpting What I Imagine

Hi there, today I want to share something I love to do. I love working with my hands, and lately I've been sketching out ideas to make ...