Christmas Clay

I had some fun with polymer clay this afternoon.  Some of these will become earrings, some will become pins, and some will become hair clips.  They were all made using Premo holiday cutters. 

The trees were coated in Sculpey gloss glaze, and then sprinkled with some glitter.

I hope to get the jewellery made this week, and I’ll show you the results!

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Fall and Hallowe’en Jewellery

I’ve dug out the hats, boots, and warmer jackets.  Autumn is here.  We even had a little snow today.  It was the kind of snow that doesn’t stay on the ground, but it was snow nevertheless.

The week before Thanksgiving, I started making some Fall jewellery and Hallowe’en jewellery out of clay.  I sold out of all my ghosts and pumpkins before I got a chance to make anymore.  I made some more last night, and here’s how they turned out:

For all of these, I used Premo mini-metal cutters, but then added faces with a Sharpie or using a knife to create hatch marks on the centres of the sunflowers.  I’m anxious to try some more free-handed things.  I have made a few, but I’m waiting for Christmas to try some more!

More jewellery!

So I’ve been a busy little beaver making more clay jewellery this week.  Check it out!

Some colourful roses: (check a previous post on how to make these ones!)

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I also made some hair clips:Image

And some cupcakes:

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A few watermelon pins:

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And last but not least, I made a few more hairclips.  These little guys were supposed to be on posts for earrings, but were not cooperating, so they became clips.

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Clay Rose Earrings

I’ve been having so much fun with clay lately.  I will definitely be posting some more pictures once I’ve finished all the treats that I’ve been making this week.

It was Christmas last year that I started making jewellery with clay.  I wanted Christmas-themed charms for my jewellery, and I couldn’t find anything.  I decided to try to make my own, making Christmas trees and stockings, and they turned out pretty good.  I wanted to branch out and do a little more this year.  I made some a few weeks ago, but I don’t have any left, because I sold them all at the market.  I made a few more this week.  Here’s the first one:

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I’ve been selling the earrings and hair clips on my card, so hopefully more people with check out the facebook page or this blog.

And here’s a close up:

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I wish I would have taken pictures step by step to show you how easy it was to make these.  I can try to explain though.

Step 1: Soften your clay by kneading it and rolling it in your hands.

Step 2: Make the inner bud by taking a small ball of clay, and smoothing it out to an oval shape.  Then wrap to get the rose bud.  Here is where I inserted the head pin for the earring.

Step 3: Continue to wrap petals around the first bud until you have reached the size you want.  Bake according to package directions for approximately 15 minutes.

Once cool, add a crystal (if you wish) to the pin, and make a loop.  Open the loop of the earring, and connect them all together.  Enjoy your new rose earrings!

Earring Organization

Last October I was doing some cleaning, and my jewellery box was a mess.  Necklaces were all tangled, and earrings were mismatched, and it took half an hour to find what I wanted.  My necklaces are still a little messy now, but I’ve got a good system for my earrings.

This one is for the hook earrings:

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And for the earrings with posts:

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And they were really easy to make!  Remember how in the last post the term ‘pack rat’ came up?  Well… we do like to save things in our house.  But this time, it worked to our advantage.  These were two picture frames that had the glass broke out of them.  The screen came from a roll that was used to make a door, I believe, and there was still some left.  I cut out a piece of screen large enough to fit the back of the frame, and then I went to town with the glue gun, making sure every piece of the edge of screen was glued down, and voila!  My husband also made something like this for me to sell my earrings, as well.  He made a frame, and mounted it to a stand to hold other things.

On another note, I just joined pintrest.  This could be addicting…

Organizational Skills up the Wazoo

I’d like to think that I’m organized.  I’m organized enough to know the general area where something can be found, but that’s about it.  I’m also a bit of a pack rat.  My darling husband calls me a yarn hoarder.  I have been bad in the past for saving everything.  I mean everything.  I just threw out notebooks from high school, thinking I might “need them”.  The university ones are next.  When in doubt, I google, I don’t go back and look through my boxes of notes.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to get my craft supplies organized.  It all started when I was in Canadian Tire, and found a little tackle box on sale for $2.99.  I thought that it would be wonderful to store jewellery making supplies in, and I was right.  It had 18 compartments, and was great!  I put hook earrings in one, clip ons in another, lobster clamps… you get the idea.  However, it wasn’t enough.  Then DH gave me a few containers that once held wood screws (from the dollar store!  He got 200 screws for $2, and I got another bead container!) and in went head pins, hair clips, and safety pins.  Then I saw this in the Princess Auto flyer (which in itself is amazing.  I never look at that thing):

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Granted, it did have a huge “POWER FIST” label on it which I couldn’t quite peel off, but who cares?  The top compartment is great for holding all of my pliers (which I had bought at Michael’s for a ridiculous price, and DH bought me some at Home Hardware for half the price… for FIVE!), some wire, and the longer head pins that don’t fit in the smaller compartments.  Speaking of compartments… there are 4 cases, each with 18 smaller compartments.  You can take some of the walls out and make them larger, should you wish.  It’s awesome.  The best part is that it was only $11.99.  They had a comparable case at Michael’s for about $50, on sale (granted, it was slightly larger… but $50, come on!).

So I guess in this post, dear readers, I encourage you to look outside of the box for your storage/organizational needs.  Craft stores will put a label on something saying it is for ‘jewellery storage’ or ‘scrapbook storage’, and charge more, because it is specialized.  Check out the hardware stores, or dollar stores.  I’ve been finding lots of awesome findings for less than a quarter of the price at dollar stores lately.

Oh… and the two plastic crazy bins you see beside my new tool box are the bins that I have been using for my beads.  It’s really just a jumble.  I will be saving one for my larger things, like my loom, and bead board, and books.  Even to get rid of a grocery bag of packaging was nice.  And kind of sad.  We don’t have a bulk bead store locally, so when you buy beads, there is a lot of packaging.

And now, I must get back to the sorting.  I’ll show you some more storage things once I get my craft room all nice and tidy.  The in-laws were visiting this week, and the door was kept firmly shut.  It’s a jungle out there… I mean… down there…

Crochet necklace

Here’s my first attempt at making crochet jewellery:

And here’s a close up to see the detail:

This was actually really easy to make, and didn’t take a lot of time.  To save yourself a lot of grief, when you are knitting or crocheting with beads, here is the most important thing:

**Put all of your beads on your string before you start!!**  And if possible, put more than you need on.  I used a small guage wire, and 2.75mm hook (I think for US sizes, it’s ‘C’, but I’m not sure.  It’s quite small.)  I put 16 crystal beads on per strand.  I started by attaching the wire to a jump ring, and then I did 4sc, added a bead, and then did 4sc, repeating until I had 16 beads on.  I made three strands, and then I noticed that one was a lot longer, so I braided them.  Thank goodness it’s forgiving!  It was my first time working with wire, so I had a hard time getting my tension right at first, but by the end of the project, I was moving a lot more quickly.  The whole thing took me about half an hour to make, and it did look rather pretty.

 

*Edit June 25**  I realize that in the pattern, I put it was sc, but it was actually a chain stich.  I’m new to crochet, and didn’t realize my error when I was typing up the post.