Sunday, April 20, 2014

What a time!

Hi, everyone and welcome new followers, if I didn't before. The brain is fried. We received an emergency call for help from our son.  So we made an emergency trip to Washington DC.  His wife had to go out of town on business and with him working nights, that would leave two special needs children without a family member to be there with them.  Well, we are old folks and the house has stairs and we don't do stairs.  Plus, we have no training in caring for special needs kids.  But, in spite of everything thrown at us, we survived, the kids survived. We are back home now and recovering.  I refuse to make any promises about posting, but I will try to have something for you to look at next week. It will be more leaves, finished, maybe.  Bye!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Faux Bone leaves, Unfinished



Photograph of some unfinished faux bone leaves.  A project for another tutorial.   I had intended to have some of the leaves shaped so they would appear to be more natural looking.  But the old heat gun went on the fritz and you can shape faux bone with cold air.  So now I will have to get a new one.

These are almost ready for coloring.  The veins are in, bead are seats done.  Went a bit too far on a couple of them, but they will be o.k.  Found some nice 3 and 4 mm no hole beads which should work out nicely.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

I'm Back

Hi everyone.  It has been awhile since the last post.  Things have pretty much settled down now and I will try to post more often.  Some folks have already heard that statement before.

Want to take a moment to welcome new members to the blog.  Thanks for your interest.

The big news at the moment id after months of waiting, a tutorial I authored has finally been published at a site called Wubber's University.  The site has loads of free tutorials covering all sorts of jewelry making techniques,

I will warn anyone interested that the site has had its troubles getting set up and you may experience some problems.  You have to go thru the log in process and in the past that has been problematical. But they are working diligently trying to make it user friendly.  I have been in communication with the powers that be there and they have taken notice of my displeasure.


I think I posted a similar photo of these Faux Bone leaves before.  This will be the next tutorial I will do for Wubber's U, once I'm sure the site is user friendly.  These are very easy to do.  I am changing the procedure for doing these and similar for the tutorial.  The coloring is as usual, done with alcohol inks.  These two shown and others I've done are long gone, sold!  These have pin backs attached, while others have bails or jump rings for necklaces,  Smaller sizes have ear wires attached.  The decoration on the above are Swarovski half drilled pearls.  They are GLUED on wire posts.  Oh my, I've said the bad word!  I have to remember political correctness and say Industrial Adhesive Medium! LOL!  Anyway, I'm changing the application method and using a different type of IAM.

All for now.  Leave a comment, if you like, or dislike for that matter.  I know it is a hassle to jump thru the hoops to leave a comment, but it can't be helped.  Bye!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Break Time

I will not be posting for an undetermined length of time.  We have had a death in the family.  My wife's mother passed away Dec. 31 and we have been busy with lots of different things, and I have had no time to work on anything.

I had previously remarked that I was going to change some things about the blog and that I was going to go back to doing some of the things I used to do, so future blog entries will be not only on jewelry making but on crafts as well.  The jewelry will not be fine jewelry but more, I guess you would call it artsy crafty type.

Anyway, check back now and then to see if anything new is posted.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Color Charts and some etcetera

Seasons Greetings All!

A new follower has joined and thank you for your interest in this on again off again blog.  It is, I'm willing to admit, not the best blog in the world, so I'm always glad to see someone take interest.

Christmas is just around the corner and we are expecting company.  I may not be able to submit anything until after Jan 1, 2014.  With company coming, it means curious little fingers, and everything has to be put away and secured.  Some of my stuff, actually a lot of stuff is situated in the living room and has to find a temporary home elsewhere in the house.



The above poorly photographed color charts is what I've been doing.  These three are only a partial representation of the charts I've made so far.  My wife and I both have a myriad of different colors at out disposal, inks, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, chalks, color pencils, metallic pencils and pens, rubber stamp pads, etc., etc., some brands which are no longer available.  I decided to make color charts so that I would know better what we have as some things are stored here and there in the house.  It is easy to forget what you have without some kind of reference.

The upper left chart are new colors.  Inka Gold Metallic Rub top and on the bottom, Viva Precious Metal Colour paint. Yep, that's how it's spelled. I intend to make another chart of these two on black paper to see how they look.  I especially like the Metallic Rub. Not all colors are represented, by the way. That is really going to make things pop when applied to a textured surface.  I think better than Rub 'n Buff .  Yep, got that, too.  But it is an o.k. product.

On the right, Alcohol Inks by Ranger.  You have already seen results of these when I colored some Faux Bone.  Some colors are pretty weak and you have to be careful how you use them.

The bottom chart are some colors of a product called Radiant Pearls produced years ago by Angelwing Enterprises.  I may be in error, but I believe this product may have been picked up by another company and has been repackaged and colors partially renamed to Twinkling H2O's.  The one drawback I found with Radiant Pearls was that they would not dry on a non-porous surface.  Even on a porous surface they took awhile to dry.  But once dry they are beautiful and vibrant.  Another nice thing about them, a little goes a loooong way.  This is true of a number of metallic or pearlescent paints and look better on darker backgrounds.  

The interference pigments you find in Twinkling H2O's, Pearl-Ex, and Perfect Pearls, and Golden acrylics for example,  also look better on darker backgrounds, allowing the reds, greens and violets to come to life.  Speaking of Perfect Pearls, I am not a big fan of this product.  I would not have had them except I won four sets as a prize in a mini-book contest years ago when they first came out.

Well, that's all for now.  I hope to get another entry in before company comes.