Posts Tagged ‘jewelry’

Literary Inspiration

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Here are two new charm necklaces inspired by two of my favorite books and authors, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Necklace

Alice in Wonderland

Both have hand stamped and colored images sealed with resin in scalloped metal bezels and hand stamped metal tags.  Jane’s necklace has a ink pen nib charm and Alice has a cupcake charm. I’ve been teaching myself how to stamp on metal and it’s loads of fun, I love being able to add any words and text to charms.

Here’s how I made these.

For the main charms:
I first stamped the image I wanted onto white cardstock and colored them with alcohol markers and then use a round paper punch that was the same size as the inside of my jewelry bezel and punched out my colored images.
I used a little resin to place the circles inside the bezels (be sure to test your resin and make sure it won’t make your inks run) and then I used my Crop-o-dile punch to punch a small hole through the paper and the bezel.
I then filled the bezel with resin and let it dry make sure not to fill in the punched hole.
For the metal charms:
I placed the metal charm blanks onto a hammering block and using metal letter stamps and a small hammer to stamp out the words.
Next I used a permanent thin tipped black sharpie marker to add ink to the stamped letters.
I then added jump rings to all the charms and strung them on a ball chain.

Both of these charm necklaces are currently available in my Etsy shop.

-Heather

A Bevy of Buttons

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

I love using vintage buttons in my jewelry and collage, especially white mother of pearl, so pretty! Here’s a grouping of jewelry and a collage I’ve made using buttons. Everything shown is currently in my Etsy shop.

Vintage Button Jewelry and Art

Rum Tum Tugger was a Curious Cat…..

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Here’s some new soldered glass pendants made with Edward Gorey illustrations from a vintage copy of T.S. Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cat” , which was the inspiration for the musical CATS.

Gorey Cat Pendant

Gorey Cat Pendant

Gorey Cat Pendant

These are currently available in my Etsy shop.

It looks like Turner Home Movies has Been Here…….

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

If you’ve read this blog for any time you probably know how much I love Alice in Wonderland. I especially love the original Tennell illustrations which were published in black and white but sometimes you’ll find a copy with colorized illustrations. I found a small abridged version of Alice with color artwork at an antique store and they are the perfect size for pendants. Here’s a few soldered glass pendants I made recently with them.

Alice Croquet Pendant

White Rabbit Pendant

Alice telescoping Pendant

Queen of Hearts Pendant

Paper Pins

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Chipboard Pins

I just did a review for Craft Gossip for Silhouette’s new chipboard. This thin chipboard cuts easily with the Silhouette die cut machine and I’m thinking of so many things I can make with it like banners, shrine boxes, little houses….

I’ve seen a lot of pretty jewelry pieces lately made with layered die cut wood and thought I could do the same using the chipboard. So I cut out my shapes along with pattern papers in the same shapes and sizes and layered them, using a glue stick to adhere them together. I used two layers of the chipboard for the bases just so they were nice and sturdy. I added a little ink to the edges for even more dimension and then glued on pin backs. I think these turned out really fun.

Sale

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

It’s time for a little spring cleaning in my Etsy shop. I’ve just marked down several soldered pendants from $16 to only $7!! Click here to visit my SALE section.

What Time is It?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I love finding small vintage photos! I got a few recently at a antique show and one of them was an amazing Steampunk looking girl! Wearing a top hat and holding a cane she was perfect for a Steampunk/ Victorian inspired charm necklace. I also added vintage watch parts inside a vintage watch crystal along with a cool repro watch key charm. I think this necklace turned out super cool!

Steampunk Gal Mixed Media Charm Necklace

Spring Has Sprung!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

I think Spring is finally on it’s way, I saw my first chipmunk of the year and the first dandilion has popped up in the yard!

To help celebrate this wonderful time of year I’ve made several soldered glass pendant with animals that make me think Spring.

The first three (bunny, duckling and lamb) are vintage illustrations from a Tasha Tudor book. I love her work!
Tasha Tudor Rabbit Pendant

Tasha Tudor Duck Pendant

Tasha Tudor Lamb Pendant

This Robin pendant has a nest on the back and comes from a vintage children’s ABC book.
Robin Soldered Pendant

All (except the lamb, which sold) are in my Etsy shop right now.

Deers and Donkeys and Bears, Oh My!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Here’s a collection of new wooden pendants I’ve made. They are 1 1/2″ wide with a vintage book illustration sealed on a round wooden disc. Each has a sterling silver plated bail on the back for hanging on a chain.

Wooden Vintage Illustration Animal Pendants

All are available in my Etsy shop, only $7 each!

For Lenore

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I recently found an amazing antique book from 1912 about famous poets and I cut out some text from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” for a soldered charm on this mixed media necklace. I also added a book and pen nib charm too.

Poe "The Raven" Quote Charm Necklace