Friday, May 4, 2012

Wear a flower on your finger -I-

We now have some new floral cocktail rings with Swarovski crystal centers for added sparkle just in time for summer.  A lot of the flowers coordinate with our brooch-pendants and earrings.  I'm now working on some floral beads for bracelets and should have some available next week if all goes according to plan.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Flowers for Mother's Day -I-

I bought some large Swarovski rivoli crystals some time ago and finally put them to use last month when I made these sculpted flower brooch-pendants.  These large crystals have a deep and intense sparkle and come in a wide range of colors.

I managed to match the large rivolis with smaller flatback Swarovski crystals for matching flower earrings.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Behind the Scenes -I-

Someone had requested I show how I do the backs on the scarf pins and so it got me thinking about sharing with you how I attach things without using glue.  I do not like using glue with my clay pieces and try to avoid it whenever possible as most glues tend to break down over time.  Embedding your finding in clay is a much better way to go.

Sometimes it is easier to bake the front of your piece first and then attach your findings on the back after.  This way your design does not get squished or messed up in the process.  Use a tiny bit (not too much or it will be slippery) of liquid clay (Kato, Fimo, Sculpey, etc.) to bond the raw clay and embedded finding to the baked clay piece and then bake again.  Just be sure that you have enough clay touching clay for a good hold.

For my scarf pins I like to attach a floating type clay bail in the back. The most difficult part of engineering the pin backs was making the space large enough to insert the scarf ends and yet not too large so it will stay in place.  We wanted to be sure the bail piece was strong so I embedded a metal strip between two layers of clay before attaching it to the back.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Quilt Show and Tell -I-

We finally finished unpacking from a very busy day last Sunday.  We had our jewelry display featuring our new quilt block inspired pieces at the Quilt Show and Tell put on by Heather's Fabric Shelf in Kamloops.

There were some gorgeous quilted pieces on display and inspiration for some new quilted jewelry.

Donna from Donna's Yarn and Craft Centre was there with her mom and daughter.  She carries a wide range of our buttons, shawl pins and beads in her store.

This is another Donna who was set up next to us in the Hotel lobby.  She makes all the  pin cushions shown on display here and every one is totally unique and adorable!  You can see more of her work in her Etsy shop, Blue Daisies

I also had the opportunity to meet Kim of Knot Sew Cute Design Shop who designs and creates unique crochet patterns.  I love this shawl pattern and decided to make myself one to go with some of my shawl pins.  I think it will be perfect for summer.  You will find this and many more patterns in her Etsy shop.

I didn't think of taking a photo of our own display this time so I will show you some of our new quilt block inspired necklace sets instead.  The one shown here sold and was one of my favorites.

This was the set I wore and kept for myself since green is my favorite color and I love it combined with the Tangerine and Yellow for this summer.