First of all I needed a theme to get started. As I mentioned in my first Blog Hop it would be for the love of beetles and rocks which brought back childhood memories. This is what happened next…….
Making of the Beetle Bodies…….
I needed to make the beetle bodies for my new line. I was making imitation agates and turquoise from polymer clay. A technique I learned from Tory Hughes.
This was the most time consuming part of the whole line. I love these two technique and I have been given permission from Tory Hughes to teach the turquoise technique at B’Sue Boutiques Weekend Workshop Retreat May 15th – 18th. It will be lots of fun!
As each beetle is unique, I needed to make a decision as to which body went with which colored beetle and leaf. Here are some samples ,,,,,
This was my process and no they did not all stay this way. Beetles were changed and moved several times before I was happy with the look and style. My line consists of Necklace, ring, brooch, bracelet, and earrings. I went through this thought process with each design.
On March 20th there is a BIG REVEAL of my whole New Jewelry Line
THE LOVE BEETLE ROCKS!
I must say there are a lot of talented people in this group. Some of the jewelry focal’s that I’ve been seeing just lately are just beautiful. The designs the flowers the other bugs and the colors are awesome. I feel very honored to be in this group working with all of you and thank you Brenda for your leadership.
I want to see more pictures, I love pictures. My dad said I couldn’t read a book elicit had pictures. I guess that means I’m a visual learner. And right now I am thrilled with how my a get some my turquoise and my faux stones are turning out.
In part of my creativity with my bugs is finding the right body for each bug. You would think that any old faux stone would look good, that’s not the case. I am actually looking at each stoned in trying to find the right body for each bug. So know when you see my bugs there was a lot of thought put into how I wanted them to look. I feel like I am dressing my bugs.
So today I went through all my boxes and looked for all the leaves that I could find in all of my bezels and now they’re all grouped together in little containers so I can find them easier.
I just want to share a little bit of what I’m doing today and admiring all of your work and how you inspire me with my bugs. Some of the newer bugs are going to have cane work is bodies and that’s can create a whole new challenge because I’ll have to decide again what body with which bug.
I’m sorry I talk more when I use my Dragon speak software I can say more, take care and have a great weekend.
- And remember the “LOVE BEETLE ROCKS!”
New Cuffs online retreat with Polymer Clay Adventure
First project was 5 different cuffs. I learned a lot. The only problem I was having was getting things straight and even. That is a challenge with my vision. So when you look at the pictures with the crystal cup chain up close they are not perfectly straight. But this is what makes it handmade and not factory made. It has my love and personality in the design. I tried hard to make the cuffs my own design with a hint of the tutorial as the base. These are really fun to make. Now I need to decide whether to add a chain to them.
This was my first Cuff and I gave background a tooled leather look.
My next bracelet was the extruded half round tubes. I changed the color to bronze and added turquoise to change it up.
I made two different sizes with this one, I am using a 2″ brass blank I purchased from B’Sue Boutiques.com for my base.
I back the bracelet on the brass blank for a half hour. Then I take it off the brass blank and bake another half hour.
This was a technically challenging piece getting the look just right. But after 3 tries I finally got it. Looks a little industrial for me.
I am usually the pretty looks. I going out of my little box and experimenting with new looks.
This is a soft pink/purple color cuff accented with crystal cup chain. 2mm,
This was my vision challenge cuff. Trying to get things lined up straight. When I am looking this close at something and trying to focus I see very little. So even though the bracelet is only 2 ” wide I am only seeing about an inch at a time.
I still love it and is very pretty.
This is my last cuff with purple and gold. A Moroccan feel to it.