Saturday, May 15, 2021

New Copper Bezel Necklaces In Shop (As Seen On YouTube)

Remember the copper bezel art jewelry necklaces from this workshop on my YouTube channel? They're now available for purchase in my Etsy shop, so be sure to check them out! 

This was a fun project where I teach how to create these handmade bezels and then turn them into one of a kind pieces of art jewelry.

We first create the textured copper backplate, solder on the bezel cup, give it a magical copper patina, and then fill them will all sorts of goodies. Then we turn them into one of a kind necklaces using beads and chain and even pieces of vintage ribbon. 


In the workshop I show how I created these three necklaces, each with a different theme. The workshop is a two-part video series so if you want to check it out be sure to start with part one first. 

The theme of the first one is nautical, with a part of an old map that reads Atlantic Ocean as the background, and decorated with pearls and antique glass pieces.


The theme of the second one was soft blue English transferware, and features an antique potter shard along with gold leaf and a chain attached with Angelite beads and bits of old lace.



The third one shown here has a green organic nature theme and features vintage pottery shards with a green leaf pattern.












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Laura
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

DIY Molten Stamped Low-Temp Solder Jewelry Tutorial

 


This video has been a long time coming! Watch as I teach you step-by-step how to make unique, beautiful, handmade jewelry components and frames using my stamped solder technique from my book, Boho Chic Jewelry: 25 Timeless Designs Using Soldering, Beading, Wire Wrapping and More.

My books were many years in the making, and as the years go by I occasionally notice people copying and republishing my content as their own in either print or video form as workshops or even as magazine DIY articles! 

I think what many people don't realize (or just choose to ignore) is that the content that I produce and publish is protected by my publisher. 

I really think that people are just so hungry for content to produce for their own benefit that they think they can just buy a book and then create an article or video and claim the content as their own. Wrong! Trust me, you do not want a major publishing house's lawyers contacting you for infringement, so copier beware.

Either way, those folks usually stop producing new content when they run out of things to copy. In a nutshell, they do not have the capacity or creativity to come up with their own ideas. 

In contrast, creative artists never run out of new ideas and are continually creating new content. Sometimes I can't write the ideas down fast enough. But I also have very limited time to create videos and other media...but now that's changing. 


Step into my workshop and see step-by-step how I create these beautiful jewelry components from start to finish in my Pennsylvania art studio. 

Fact you don't know about me:
I've hosted students from the Engineering Department of Lehigh University in my art studio to talk with them and teach them how to look at materials in new ways, and how to think creatively about those materials and how they can be used in new and different ways!

Always remember, the purpose of art books and craft books is to inspire you to be creative. Use the content you read and watch as a springboard for your own ideas and your own creativity!




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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Salvaged Wood & Pallet Potting Benches



A potting bench or potting station is the perfect spring project for your garden, porch, or garden shed, and right now is the perfect time to start planning and collecting the wood 
and other materials you will need to create your very own potting bench creation! 

You can use all different types of  salvaged and reclaimed materials to create a potting 
bench. Old doors, wood shipping pallets, salvaged wood, sections of fencing, and even old sinks and dressers can be incorporated into a potting bench! Your only limit is your own imagination!  Check out these wonderful potting benches and maybe you'll be inspired to plan and make your own!



I love a potting bench with an old sink added! by Lori J via Hometalk




This bench cost only $1 to make! by excessfroufrou via Gardenweb



Salvaged wood potting bench by Becky at Beyond The Picket Fence




Potting bench made from an old door by Doris Stratton via Robo Margo




Potting bench by Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures




Potting benches by LollieLandDesigns via Etsy




DIY potting bench project by Centsational Girl



Pretty potting bench! from Country Cottage Living (above and below)








DIY potting bench with step by step instructions from BHG




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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Painting With Metallic Gold Alcohol Ink New Video Tutorial


 Not only are gilded accents completely hot right now in home d├ęcor and accessories, but adding a shimmering flash of gold (or silver if you prefer) to your artwork can really make it stand out above the rest and give it a lush, rich feel and look, as well as a flash of elegance.


In my last YouTube video I demonstrated how I create my alcohol ink paintings using beautiful colored alcohol inks and isopropyl alcohol on Yupo paper. If you haven't seen that video you can find it here


After playing around with alcohol inks and getting a feel for how they work and how to work with them, I was excited to take my alcohol ink paintings to the next step and try out metallic gold alcohol ink! 


I thought making a video of my experiment would be a great way to share my findings. The result was my new video tutorial for my YouTube channel, Painting With Metallic Gold Alcohol Ink. I loved the result and I think you will too!





The tools and materials are minimal but the results are amazing! So head on over to my channel and check it out.

Below is a list of the materials I used in the video tutorial.


SUPPLIES USED IN THIS VIDEO:

- Yupo translucent 100% polypropylene paper (you can use Yupo paper with alcohol inks, watercolors, and acrylic paints) For this project I used one half of a sheet of the 9x12" pad (with the light blue cover.) I simply cut the sheet in half with scissors. You can buy this at craft stores and art supply stores.

- Alcohol Inks - For this project I used Ranger alcohol inks in pink, turquoise blue, purple and metallic gold.

- Plastic disposable eyedropper available at craft stores or drug stores.

- Isopropyl alcohol 91% available at drugstores. Use the 91%. The lower percentage such as 70% does not work as well.

- Blue painters tape from a hardware store. You can also use masking tape.

- Aluminum foil (optional) from grocery store.

- Lazy Susan (optional) I purchased from a thrift store.

- Hairdryer

- Heat gun (optional) that I purchased at a craft store.

*Work in a well ventilated area. Using a fan in the room helps to circulate the air.

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