Friday, November 29, 2013

half off on mixed media items in my etsy shop

Happy black  friday. The news is that 20 miles away this fall a Joann's Fabric and Hobby Lobby Opened. Up until then the we had very little sources for mixed media craft supplies  in our area and that is why I opened my shop in Bisbee. But now with the big box store my mixed  media sales have dropped so I am liquidated  them . Starting  today in the shop itself the  sale will be 50% and  on the etsy site %50 too on mixed media supplies only . For example if you need a 100 watt weller soldering iron( the best ) a  stand and solid  sal ammoniac  stone ( for cleaning the soldering iron tip ) This is your chance  to get a super deal.... all 3 for $48.00

Monday, November 25, 2013

shrink plastic jewelry

I have been having fun with childs play . Using Inkssetentail Shrink Plastic by Ranger  for jewelry.

Step 1= Sand one side of the plastic with very fine sand paper so you  can use colored pencils  on that side ,such as prisma and water colored pencils. I like to outline first with a black sharpie and then add  the color . Using bright colors makes them very fun. Remember to double the size you want the final bead to be as it will shrink almost in half . Note- to make a domed  bead they work best in a round shape .But it its fun to make other shapes to add  to the round shapes in you final jewelry  design.

Step 2= I cut them out and heat them up with a heat gun while hot and shrunk put them in the  metal doming block depression that fit the size of our flat bead the push them down with doming punch and you have a shrink plastic domed bead .AS I said if it has rolled and added you may have to reheat it in the doming depression so it will form the cupped shape

This is the doming  block. Use jewelry pliers to put the hot shrunk plastic in the center of the dome.  You may need to reheat it in the dome as it cools fast ,then smash it with the round  punch.
doming blocks can be bought at Rings and Thing \s ---link below
 (  ) and cheaper wood ones at Micheal's. I recommend investing in nice steal ones such as the one in the photo. 

step 3= Drill the center  with a 1/16 drill bit then design away!!!

step 4= Final pieces

You can order the Inssential  shrink plastic on my etsy shop

Monday, November 18, 2013

You are only given one little spark of madness , you mustn"t loss it. -Robin Williams