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Make Brass & Leather Earrings

 

Join us for a fantastic tutorial prepared by Nadica from Art Fantasy Jewelry guiding us how to make a pair of lovely brass and leather earrings.

 

 

 

As a jewelry designer I love to work with natural materials. My most inspirational ones are the metals such as copper, brass, all the gemstones and leather. The variety of color and texture that they offer is something I can’t resist. It just overwhelms me with ideas. My working space is rather small but very comfortable, having all my tools and materials at hand. Plus I get to enjoy the sunshine a lot till the trees start to grow leafs, which transforms my view and I have a perfect green leaf curtain on my window. Aaaand I have a pink hula-hoop for exercise between projects. :)

My working process usually starts with an idea and a sketch. In most of the cases the drawn sketch is completed as drawn. But sometimes through the working process it tends to change and the final piece of jewelry is something completely different than the starting sketch. Today I will share my work process for brass and leather earrings.

First when I decide the dimension of the earrings I prepare a brass plate. The brass that I work with is very thin and easy to cut and fold. I start by cutting a small plate enough to fit the two earrings (this is due to the etching process in order to have the same texture on both of them).

 

Using a permanent marker I draw on the brass. The parts that are not covered with the marker will be etched.

 

I cover the back of the brass piece with the permanent marker so it wouldn’t be etched.

 

 

After the desired design is achieved, I place the brass plate in salt water and make the etching. I leave the plate in the salt solution for about 20 minutes. For these earrings I don’t want a deep texture, only enough for the pattern to be nice and visible.

 

After the process of etching is done, I clean the plate from the permanent marker and place it on heat. I do it on a small electric stove because I have more control of the process (which is difficult with more aggressive fire like the torch).The heat makes it turn dark on the edges of the texture and sometimes it changes color.

 

 

When the texture is complete and finished, I draw and cut the desired shape on the brass plate. If it is more simple shape I use the metal cutting scissors, and for the more complicated shapes I use a jewelry saw.

 

 

After the cutting I sand the edges to make sure they are soft. When the brass pieces are done, I start handling the leather. My choice for these earrings is a dark grey leather. I will use the back side because it has a fine messy texture, which I love. I cut two pieces the same size as the brass circles.

 

Place the leather parts behind the brass. From the three brass extensions that I left I use three of them to firmly press the leather. With round nose pliers I twist the fourth one to which the ring will be connected. Add a jump ring and attach earring hooks.

 

 

 

And there they are, the messy leather and textured brass earrings. Hope you find them inspirational. They surely were for me !

 

 

 

Heather Potten - a Felt maker

Heather Potten is a Scottish felt maker that creates fascinating seamless felt pieces that are masterful architectural works of art.  
She says: "I am fascinated by seamless felt. Unlike other mediums, it is possible to create 3-dimensional structures with no sewing, sticking, binding or welding. It can be done purely through the process of laying out fibres, wetting, soaping, rolling, heating and fulling. However, templates must be meticulously designed in advance and shrinkage calculated before the process can begin."

 

Having been acquainted with felt nine years ago, through lots of practice and experimentation she has managed to bring felt to a completely new level.

"My work now has a depth that has taken years of training and experimentation to achieve. I aim to create pieces that challenge the way people perceive felt - it has strength, it has beauty, it is tactile and it can be moulded. Without a hint of cliché, it is unique."

Click here to read more about her work and her famous workshops.

 

DIY a Clay (Keychain) Pendant - Tutorial

 

 
 
Welcome to our first DIY tutorial on the site!
Today Monika & Viktor from Pocket Gallery prepared a beautiful and easy tutorial showing you how to make a personalized keychain pendant. Let's go!
 
What you need:
 
a piece of soft  clay
- a roller 
- acrylic paints (maker's choice)
- a mold (cutters)
- a pice of paper and pen for the note
- epoxy resin and a keychain  
 
 

 
 
2. Take the piece of clay and roll it into a ball. Then, using a roller, make it even. The size and width depends on your desire; it is best if it is about 5 -6 cm (2-2,4") in diameter and about (or less than) a cm / 0.4 " thick. 
 
 
 
 
3. Cut out the desired shape. 
 
 
 
 
4. Don't forget to make a small opening at the upper side for the keychain mechanism.
 
 
 
 
5. Please read baking instructions on your fimo clay. I use fimo soft and bake it for 10 minutes at 110°C. Baked clay shoudl always be a little soft immeditely after taking it out of the oven and it shoud retain its color. 
 
 
 
 
6. After the clay cools off, color it with desired colors; use acrylic colors because other colors cannot be applied to this type of clay. 
 
 
 
7. Write a short text / a note on a thin piece of white paper. Use small print and mind not to exceed the borders of the pendant. 
 
 
 
 
8. Add just a tiny drop of glue to glue the pieces onto the pendant. 
 
 
 
9. Using a wooden or other stick pour the epoxy resin over the pendant. Be careful not to pour too much because resin is highly liquid. 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Let it dry. Drying period is different depending on the type of resin - personally - I let it dry for 24 hours. 
 
 
 
11. When the pendant is dry, attach the keychain to it, or get creative and attach a ribbon or a leather strap and turn into a necklace pendant. 
 
 
 
 
12. Congrats! You made your personalized pendant. Let imagination run wild and add your own stamp to it while making it and most importandly - don't be afraid to try out new things! We are sure the final resultwould be fantastic!
 
 
 
Thank you Monika & Viktor for this wonderful tutorial! 
 
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Unique St.Valentine's Gifts

 

 

Eliza Inspiration

 

 

It's a pleasure to present to you these phenomenal Valentine's gifts from our designers - something exquisite and unique. Quite an unorthodox selection, but pleasing to the eye - I hope! Enjoy browsing!

 

 

 

 

Sofija Filigranska

 

Farina's Handmade

Avant Garde Jewelry & Accessories - Kreacija

 

 

Hello all! Today I have an interesting designer over for a chat and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

 

Nadica Biceva is the founder of the creative jewelry & accessories brand "Kreacija". Playing with different textures and types of textiles she creates the basis that is the nesting point for all her creativity, inspiration and imagination that satisfies the criteria for higher aesthetics, uniqueness and extraordinarity found in her textile jewelry that includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches, then there are hats, fascinators, plastrons, bow ties, bags, capes, etc.

 

 

 

Why the name Kreacija (Creation)?

The name by definition is what reflects my work,my process of creating something exciting, something new. The logo resembles a round stamp with the symbol "N" of the Glagolitic script  (the oldest know Slavic alphabet) inside that signifies my intention to leave a stamp, a mark with my designs, while the symbol stands for the first initial of my name.  

 

 

 

Your most popular jewelry is the tube necklaces. What do you incorporate, mix and match when you create one such piece? What is the style you are most drawn to?

I use different colors, shapes and textures to make them, then add semi-precious stones, metal findings and pendants that I make out of polymer clay ad crystal epoxy resin employing different techniques in their creation. The offer of new solutions and pieces is enriched daily as a result of the never ending possibilities for creating and execution of new designs that follow the trend but not the pulse of commercialization.  

 

 

 

 

You make scarves, ties and other accessories that you use as canvas to draw and paint your ideas on. What materials are your favourites and what is subject of inspiration when painting?

Besides jewelry, I also make accessories using different types of textiles depending on the season they are made for. I am highly attracted to a mix of contrasts like for example silk and leather or wool and georgette. I adore denim because it offers numerous possibilities for experimenting, designing, painting and printing / stamping.

 

 

 

Is there a favourite place to work?

Of course. That would be my studio. At the time when I designed the interior and the work place, I was lead by the idea to make an inspirational, creative corner where I could create and enjoy my work at the same time. I wanted the place to radiate and enchant my customers with its creativity and functionality and I am proud I succeed in that, because when the artist  manages to transfer his imaginative place in reality, he then has the world that inspires him in his hands.

 

 

 

Is there a technique or some other skills you'd like to try?

I am constantly attracted to new ideas so  if I get hit by an idea that would stick with me - maybe then I will have a concise answer to this .... haha....

 

A new collection soon?

My new collection with the working title "Metallic Mix" is in the beginning phase. It will offer jewelry sets composed of a necklace, bracelet and a brooch. The collection will have its own fashion editorial and a catalogue.

 

 

 

Her shop.

 

 

 

 

You Are My Valentine - Art Cards

 

This unique St. Valentine collection is a collaborative project of a mutually complementing husband and wife duo. They portray what love, admiration and reverence towards one's soul mate looks and feels like as seen through their eyes. 

 

Each card bears a simple word, yet the message it is trying to convey is powerful.

 

All the cards are made using high quality water paper and acrylic paints.
 

 

 

Eliza Inspiration

 

 

I have a story to tell you about a retired psychologist who designs magical  wire wrapped and felt jewelry. Her name is Elizabeta Kostova and she revealed her inspiration during our little talk. 

A word or two about you Eliza - when did the love towards this kind of jewelry develop and did you first start working with wire or felt?

My beginning in jewelry design was not at all accidental- just something I would use to fill my free time with. With me, it was out of a great, strong love, a passion for art since I was a little child. I loved painting - especially aquarelle, which I moved to a next level - painting on silk. Then there was a period I made icons. About 7-8 years ago I discovered the wool as an extraordinary material that can be blended with silk and other natural fabric and transformed into wondrous and unpredictable creations.However, the processing of wool is quite laborious and I also paint the wool myself. 

Making felt brooches I needed pins for them and I tried making them out of copper wire. For me, the copper was another novelty and an extraordinary discovery and I am still exploring its possibilities. Especially its characteristic to change the color and get patinated. For several years, I have been simultaneously making copper wire and felt jewelry. My focus now is to combine felt jewelry that can be incorporated into a wire frame. 

 

Is the making  of copper jewelry difficult?
I have been making this kind of jewelry using copper wire taken mainly out of electric cables and copper plates. It takes time to shape the wire and combine it with semi-precious stones or crystals; afterwards it is patinated and protected from  atmospheric influences. It is a several phases process and I try hard to make the final result radiate beauty and be unrepeatable. 

 

 

Have you visited classes for metal / felt jewelry design?
No. My primary source of knowledge was and still is the internet. When it comes to the technical part, I also repeatedly consult other craftsmen and I try to learn and implement their suggestions.  

 

Where do you draw inspiration from? What kind of beads / stones do you like to use in your jewelry the most?

I love to research a lot and history of art is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. However, the greatest inspiration comes from the colors in nature, the colors of the rainbow, the sky, the colors of the semi-precious stones and crystals.
As a psychologist, I was intrigued to find out what kind of emotions do certain colors awake and what is the meaning of affinity or aversion towards a certain color and what it means for the person. As a psychologist I was also interested in the creative process and loved to view the world through the eyes of the creative people, the artists and not get stuck in the labyrinths of analysis. I strongly believe that every man has a potential to create, and sometimes it takes time and effort to be able to find the right thing. I also believe that in order a man to evolve as an artist or a designer, he should first evolve as a human being. 

Some of the pieces shown here are from her latest collection and they will be available soon in her shop.

Editor's Pick: Jewelry For The Bride To Be

 

The jewelry a bride wears on her special day is certainly of importance and adds that extra glam touch to the wedding gown and the whole appearance.

Some brides imagine their big day wearing rich, statement jewelry, others like theirs to be unobtrusive and delicate. The offer varies in range accordingly.

What we have to offer from our designers with this selection is for the contemporary, urban and romantic bride. 

 

 

 

1. Hair Pin by Eliza 

2. Necklace and Filigree Earrings by AlmaArt Jewelry

 

 

3. Filigree Earrings and Pendant by Dream Filigree

 

TinoSki: Ceramic Stories that Capture Hearts



 
TinoSki is a brand that will tickle your imagination and capture your heart!

Who is the creative force of TinoSki?  

My name is Valentin Petreski. By profession I am a journalist and in the past I worked both as a TV reporter and a host for national TV stations. For the past 4 years I have been working for a leading national e-commerce site. Aside from that, for the past year I have been passionately creating my products under the brand TinoSki. Creativity and communication have always been my forte and I love spreading positive energy through my work. I believe in a success based on hard work.    

 

How did your brand TinoSki come to see the world and what does the range of products include? 

 TinoSki started off quite spontaneously - with an idea to make a cup for myself, the kind I wouldn't find in a shop. I experimented with an ordinary marker on a yellow cup, made it according to my taste and I shared it on Instagram. And you know how the story goes... people loved it, asked where they could find such cups, whether I could custom make them, etc. After a few cups given to my closest friends and family, TinoSki started its fame by word of mouth. That motivated me to more seriously research the process of drawing on porcelain and ceramics and the use professional paints to create cups that tell stories. After a year of beautifying cups, which by the way are my trademark, I also draw on plates, teapots, bowls, etc. Beside that, the newest refreshment of the TinoSki range are the 4 notebook designs that I have been yearning to do for a long time and the idea just got realized. These are the basic products, but I am in a process of brainstorming and shaping ideas that I hope to bring to life really soon.   

 


  
How did the story of hand-painting porcelain begin?I have always loved art, not in a classical way but I experimented with what had already been there and I finished it by giving the piece a new shape, new appearance. The porcelain was a true challenge  - a new, clean, clear and shiny surface patiently waiting to be carefully decorated. I was attracted by the purity of it and its specific drawing space so I started finding out my own techniques. 

 

 

What motifs appear the most in your creations? Where does inspiration come?I am mostly inspired by conversing with people and exchanging ideas. I cannot single out an individual motif since each order carries its own story. Most often the orders are personalized. However I can say that they all contain dots as a symbol of a completed thought, a basic element of every picture. And yes, black and red are the most dominant colors as they are my favourite and basic color combination. Of course I introduce other colors as my customers desire, but that is quite subtle. 

 

 

 

I know that all artists like all their pieces equally and that it's hard to pick just one as a favourite. Still, I will ask: is there a favourite piece? What binds you to it?
It's true that one loves his all pieces but it is also true that something comes to your mind first when asked this question. I have to admit that I find the sets from my collection "Share love" are dearest to me because I invested a lot of energy and desire to share them with others. The sets are composed of mini cups that when joined make an animal drawing: a giraffe bear, owl and a cat. They are given human characteristics, that is they all have a moment that connects them to people, because animals have feelings too. That is maybe my dearest collection, although I love everything I have made so far. 

 

Is there a technique or a style you'd like to try your hand at in the future or maybe work with new materials? The porcelain is a fantastic foundation, however I'd love to try out new materials. For the time being I am interested in   trying out some new drawing techniques to me and I would be ecstatic if I manage to make ceramics myself one day. I believe everything happens at a given time, so we'll just wait and see.  

 

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Unique Teapot Art

New Year's Day is fast approaching and although tea might not be the universally preferred drink of the day, or more specifically, the night, it is favoured in a temple in Kyoto and served at an event called "Oubukucha" held on New Year's Day. At the temple, tea is served to people with pickled ume and cooked kelp inside the cups. It is said if people drink Obukucha on the first day of the new year, they will have good health all through the year. 

Drink tea and be healthy!

 

Teapot Art by E&S Tocinovski

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White Bridal Bib Necklace

 

 

Fine Filigree Cross Pendant

 

Wooden Coasters

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

 

Cookie Plate

 

We wish you a warm and joyful Christmas !

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