I have never claimed to be a "jewelry maker"....in fact...the only thing I know how to do is crimp and open/close a jump ring properly! Okay...maybe one or two other things.
But..with those limited "skills" (LOL) I decided to explore the popular style of putting different chains and links together to make necklaces.
Took me freakin' forever to make just these two pieces...but..I had SUCH A GOOD TIME !
Over the years I've collected (okay I lied ...purchased !) so many different pieces of jewelry that I decided now was a good time to take some of them apart & give them a new life.
I've bought tons of beads and really never knew what the heck for....I know....they were cool looking........so now was the time to use them too. YES !!!
The center piece comes from Tims Idea-ology line and I've really only seen it used horizontally instead of the way I used it, vertically...but..there are no rules in these things, so.....that answers that !
I mixed some black, platinum & white UTEE in my Melting Pot and poured it directly into the center of the trinket. Then I had to use my Loctite Brush On Super Glue on the backside to make it stick in there permanently. Looks like a gorgeous stone.
Once I got "on a roll" I made another, slightly different.
The fun little faux typewriter keys I bought at Michaels.
The "stone" is actually alcohol inks on glossy card that I cut to fit the opening, placed on my craft sheet and poured clear UTEE over it. Again, had to glue it in from behind to make it stay in there permanently.
My good friend, the super duper talented Sharilyn Miller, said she wished I lived out in California so she could teach me how to do wire jewelry....OMG...I might have to take her up on that offer. No..not to move, but to learn !
And speaking of California...I want to again mention the upcoming classes given at WAXWORKSWEST. Just GO !
Hey.......if you live on the East Coast - like me - you'll want to mark down the newest East Coast Art Retreat called ART IS YOU. I'll be teaching there in October and so will international artist Keith Lo Bue and many other very well known talented people.