Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits - Rose Stone and Paper Roses Mixed Media Earrings

"Attention! Attention!"
Before I get to my tidbits, I have a wonderful opportunity to share. Tish from Just A Tish has posted about getting an Artist's Exchange going beginning September 1st. You need to get over to her blog, read the rules and comment if you want in. So, what are you waiting for? Go now, I'll wait.

Welcome back!

Today's tidbit is about trying something completely different (for me, at least.) I was messing around with some components, trying to come up with more earring ideas, and hung a rose quartz bead on a new Accessories Susan bead cap on a brass headpin with a small brass spacer and matte rose glass Druk, wired it to a bronze loop (by Bead Landing, the Meadow Grove collection, from Michael's) and attached a simple brass ear wire. Too plain - time to go a bit nuts.

So I looked around the room, just wondering what I should do about the empty loop. My glance landed on a sheet of scrapbook paper covered with vintage-look roses. I put the earring on the paper and traced the loop,

cut it out -

and glued it to the hoop. The G-S Hypo Cement may have been overkill as far as a glue selection - but it was handy. Here's the earring with the paper glued in but before I trimmed it - I waited until after the glue dried to do that.

Then I put some Diamond Glaze and a CZ-gem drop inside the loop directly on to the paper. I put a rather thick layer, so it took maybe 4 hours to dry. It wasn't very level, I added another layer and it's about level with the height of the bronze loop now. I'll let it dry overnight. It's...interesting. I've made the second earring - it's at the stage where I'm letting the glued on paper dry to the hoop right now. It'll be a day or so before I have a finished pair. Since the back is plain white paper, I'm considering what to do about that.

I have quite a few sheets of pendant vintage prints from Alpha Stamps - I'm pondering how I might use them, perhaps with the brass frames or copper blanks I have from Rings & Things.

All vintage images on this page are courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Hope you'll come back tomorrow to see what I've done with some gorgeous chrysocolla beads.

PS - today's ArtFire listing goal achieved:

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Blogger Dave Robertson said...

- This kind of riffs on the whole resin idea, and I think you're on track for a very cool new technique of your own devising, Dawno. Let me add (for the benefit of any new visitors) how much I appreciate how frequently you update your blog...I'm constantly finding inspirations here :)


August 19, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

I absolutely agree about resin, I need to start experimenting with it soon. There are so many great things I've seen at Rings & Things & your blog that can be made!

Thank you for your kind words as well. It can be challenging to update daily, and I don't always hit the mark, but it's very worthwhile.

August 19, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

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