Upscaled Can Lids
Tina and I have a friend who moved away to Kansas City. Irene does Wacky art that makes you smile. She is having an event next Saturday for any of you who may be in the KC area. You must check out the things she has been doing with her art. She is a fabulous photographer. I love her cute animals and other wacky creatures she makes. You can check out Irene Niehorster on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wacky-Ink-Studios/173639582652229
After teaching a few classes at The Bouncing Bead I couldn’t help getting back in the steampunk mood. I’ve made some rings and pendants for my Esty Shop. Back to silver overlay bottle caps, you know… fancy recycling.
Notice the little flower swirl in the pendant? I got that from one of Marie’s Etsy Shops – The Hoarder’s Closet. I kinda like that bit of pretty in it.
I thought all bottle cap jewelry was the same until I held other brands at the craft and hobby trade show last January. The ones from the scrapbook companies were really light weight, they almost felt like soda can metal.
I did not buy any.
These are from a jewelry manufacturer, Amate Studios. Big difference, these feel so much sturdier.
It looks like I just can’t get away from purple and blue. I’ll try to force myself to expand my color choices on the next thing I make…really! – T
While I was working on steampunk pendants I wanted to put a little more meaning into this little art piece. Maybe a thought or message. Keeping in mind that with this one I only had one inch square to work in. No way would I be able to rubber stamp any words longer than two letters. This really limits my choices in English.
In my stash of rubber stamps I have a secret weapon. One that will help me convey what good vibes I was concentrating on while making the pendant…muahahaha…Chinese characters!
This one is Happiness. The copper of the finding and purple compliment each other, add the sparkle and shine from the watchworks. I’m good with this. – T
I have An Artfire Site where you cannot only see the things I am making, but purchase them.
Tina and Marie have been encouraging me to get going for some time now. I am a slow starter.
The above pendant is just on of the items available to you.
There are crosses and hinged pendants and other Kaleidoscope pieces.
You may just find something you can’t live without!
Please check it out and tell your friends.
I am always available to make special orders. I plan on making beads and canes for use in your pieces too.
Thank you for looking it over. Let me know what you think! -K
Wow ! Thanks a bunch E.C. Look what we got a “Versatile Blogger Award”! That is very nice for you to think of us. We like making stuff up and posting it for the world to see, or at least those of you who read our blog.
We are supposed to post 7 Random facts about us.
1. I have kissed my cat on the lips. – Tina
2. I will cry watching sad movies even if they are animated. – Tina
3. I am a chronic license plate reader. It will bug me if I can’t figure that personalized one out. – Tina
4. I Would like to know why people think holding their cell phones away from their ears while driving think it is using their phone “Hands Free”? – Kelly
5. I sometimes find myself getting excited by thinking I can have certain foods, cus I am now an adult and I don’t have to have my Mom’s permission. – Kelly
6. I grew up in Wyoming. We all thought it was the Midwest. But since I move to California, Wyoming is not considered the midwest. – Kelly
7. Blogging helps keep us on our toes! – Kelly and Tina
Thanks for giving us this award E.C. We appreciate it!
Check out another blog…. We pass the award to:
http://fimofanatic.wordpress.com/ Charlene A.Therien Aka: CAT She has a very funny blog and links to all her other fabulous sites.
Dresser with Doll Hutch
Dresser in Place
I finished the Dresser and placed it back into Jen’s bedroom in time for my brother to come visit from Nashville. She has a lot of special dolls so I wanted to be able to showcase them on the hutch that she used to have books and other things as well as some of the dolls. I removed the books and placed the dolls and a few other things that she wanted to have in her room. I hope she likes the new look! I really enjoyed refinishing the dresser. I learned a few things and can use it the next time I try something. Thanks again to my friend Heidi for her help! I will keep looking for the hardware that I need for the drawers. -K
Drawers before Stripping
My neighbor was having a garage sale back in November and had this fabulous dresser that I could refinish. I decided that since my daughter is in college now that she needed to not have the dresser that she had painted purple with flowers. Besides, one of these days maybe I will get her room for my crafts… I want to be able to enjoy it too. Well I had just gotten her room back in order after doing some major cleaning and organizing. But had someone who wanted the purple dresser for their 2 year old so it was High time for me to get the dresser done. So Heidi and I got busy. First we emptied the shelves which sit on the dresser and what was left in the dresser. Then we decided to paint the wall as well. So here is a picture of the dresser before we did anything to it, but after we took it apart. I have a picture in my mind of what I think I want, but whether it will happen I am not sure. I have visions of a somewhat distressed slightly white washed in places finish.. But only time will tell. I will keep you posted. -K
Tina has been doing a great job lately keeping up with the posting. I sure appreciate her! Not to mention all of her fun stuff she has been showing us. I have been away but have been thinking about the Christmas Season that is upon us. My daughter is returning from her freshman year in college on Saturday. I can’t wait to spend time with her decorating and shopping.
Tina and I plan on getting together to make some cookies too! That should be a lot of fun. We will have to see what wonderful recipes we can share with you all.
Marie of http://mariesegal.wordpress.com Art from my Heart has been helping me with some of my photos. I am working to get my Artfire site up. It has been a slow process. She took some great shots and I will share them with you. But you will be able to purchase from me soon at that site. This is a pendant that I made using the polymer clay, pigment powders and a repurposed earring. I can’t imagine wearing earrings that big?
I am sure glad I have such great friends! Thanks Tina and Marie! -K
Pendant with Repurposed Earring
Don’t leave your watch laying around or it might end up like this. In a piece of jewelry. I usually wait for people to give me old ones or buy the parts outright. This is a mokume gane technique I used to make this piece. It can be worn as a pin or a pendant. -K
This piece is made up with three free swinging pendants in metal. I placed black clay which had been textured on the back. I used several Pearl Ex powders to pull in the color of the pendants. It is definitely different. I also made some additional pieces which are smaller, so that I can make earrings or other beads to use when stringing this piece. -K