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Mandala Pendant DIY

 

 

 

The surge in popularity of mandalas, both in creating them and coloring these enchanting circles is not quieting down.

Mandala, which is a Sanskrit word for a "sacred circle" has taken over the world of crafters and you can find them made in a wide variety of materials.

Today, Classy Clay Jewelry artist is going to show us how to make a clay pendant mandala. So without further ado, follow her tutorial to make one.

Drawing is relaxing and unwinding. Have you heard of mandalas? I adore them. With this tutorial I have combined my favourite life areas - drawing, polymer clay work and psychology.

Jung studied mandalas and according to him they portray the psychical balance of an individual. The drawing of a mandala is a deep meditative practice.

Today we are going to make a clay mandala.

 

Supplies you need:

1. Polymer clay (Fimo soft)

2. Liquid polymer clay - Liquid Fimo

3. Alcohol ink (Adirondack Alcohol Ink) or an alcohol pen(Spectrum noir) 

4. Polymer clay knife 

5. Clay silk screen kit by Sculpey

6. Pasta machine

 

Step 1:

Take the white polymer clay, work it well and slide it through the pasta machine to get the desired thickness. If you don't have a pasta machine, use a metal or glass clay roller.

 

 

 

Step 2:

Take the Sculpey Clay silk screen kit.

- Choose the silk screen pattern and metallic paint for your project. Shake paint well before use.

- Remove the backing paper from silk screen and position the screen shiny side down on top of the sheet of clay, smoothing the screen down with your fingers to eliminate any wrinkles. 

-Squeeze a line of paint above your pattern. Place the squeegee above the line of paint and pull down with light and even pressure. Do  this until the entire design is covered with paint.

-While paint is still wet, carefully remove the silk screen and immediately place the silk screen and squeegee in warm water. Gently rub the paint off using your finger and lay screen flat on a paper towel to dry.  Do not allow paint to dry on the screen.

 

 

Step 3:

Shape the pendant with a polymer clay knife. The next phase is baking at 110° C for 30 minutes. The fun begins when it cools down.

 

Step 4:

Coloring. You can use an alcohol ink or permanent markers. Work on the color design of your mandala. Wait patiently for it to dry.

 

 

Work on the back. Add a ring at a back orif you decide on making this a brooch, then add a brooch pin. Bake again at 110° C for 30 minutes.

 

Step 5:

Coat it with fimo polish or epoxy resin. Of course you can always leave the matte finish as well.

In the end, the pendant will capture and represent a constant remainder of your mood that day!

 

 

 

Classy Clay Jewelry for Your Body and Soul

 

 

  

Meet a designer who masterfully changes clay into amazing jewelry designs. Dear readers, meet Classy Clay Jewelry!

 

Boho Necklace                      Boho Earrings

 

1. Tell us a bit about  Classy Clay Jewelry? What  is the story behind your jewelry?

 I have always loved jewelry. When I was a child, my mother and aunt used to buy a lot of jewelry for me. As a teenager, I bought it myself. And I always had ideas swarming up, of jewelry I wished I had, so once I had a jewelry shop make a set of jewelry according to my design. When I came upon a piece of polymer clay jewelry on the internet, I knew that was the right thing for me. And that's how it all started.

 

2. What was your start like?  How long have you been making  jewelry?

I spent hours upon hours watching free tutorials on the internet. That is how I got acquainted with the basics and went head strong to create something new. That was 5 years ago.

 

3. What did you make first and how did it all change during the years?

 Creating my first pieces of jewelry I felt inner satisfaction that pulled me into further learning and creating and overcoming obstacles that I faced on the way.

I first made necklaces, which I personally love wearing, and little by little I introduced other pieces of jewelry.

 The materials I use have not changed a lot since the start. Of course I've made some additions, but the shape of my jewelry is completely different today than it was before. I tend to continuously change and improve the techniques I use, probably due to my exploring, adventurous and never-resting spirit.

4. What materials you use the most in creating your jewelry and what motifs do you turn to?Inspiration?

 In my work ,I mostly use polymer clay which is the foundation for everything and aside from that I also use epoxy resin.

In my polymer clay work I also use pigment colors, but let's keep that a secret.

 Then there are the finished elements like chains, various trays and settings. I love geometry, so it is a frequent design in my work. Because I love nature, it also influences my work. I love when I manage to gain a rustic effect when I work with earth colors. 

 

Boho Pendant

 Boho Pendant

 

 

5. Who is your jewelry intended for?

My jewelry is intended for women with attitude that love wearing something different, but pieces that are versatile so one can wear them during the day with a casual outfit, but also in the office.

 With this type of jewelry you'll be recognized as a person treasuring  handmade artwork.

 

Orange Art Earrings

 

Orange Art Earrings

 

Classy Clay Jewelry can be found here.

 

 

9 Fantastic DIY Summer Projects

 

Summer is just a step away and it is the perfect time to make something for your body and soul.

We chose 9 interesting and easy-to-do projects that you are going to enjoy like this gorgeous brass himmeli hanging where you can not only store your jewelry, but also flower pots and even make an interesting lamp covering with it. Beautify your sofa with stamped geometric pillows and lots of diamonds and give your skin some glam with these sense pleasing gemstone soaps.

 

 

If you are into boho ruffles - try making these these lovely pillows then.

 

Add some lovely fresh wall decor using roses  and if you want a more permanent installation you can try these bohemain hoops.

 

 

Finally, give a bling to your looks making these enticing bracelets and earrings.

 

 Get ready for summer in time and enjoy crafting!

Summer Fashion Trends: In & Out

According to the leading fashion editors, this summer would bring lots of refreshment on the fashion scene.

IN  and OUT

Khakis vs Skinny Jeans

Wave goodbye to your pair of skinny jeans because they are retiring this summer and khakis and chinos are taking over the fashion scene. Utility dressing is gaining a strong influence and the design of pants tends to be more wider and straighter.

 

 

Wrap Dress vs Slip Dress  

 

The slip dress had a long established rule and reigned for a couple of seasons to be slowly replaced by the wrap dress which is a nice shift towards effortless elegance. And it cannot be more versatile - whether you choose one for casual day at the office, a stroll in the park or as a beach cover-up, you are opting for the most desirable piece this summer.

 

Gingam Shirts vs Peasant Tops

 

ingham along with the stripes is the ultimate choice for shirts and it is pushing away peasant tops. I don't believe sworn boho enthusiasts will renounce them easily, but if you are into freshening your looks, gingham is the fabric you need. And it is nor restricted just for shirts.

 

 

DIY Hoop Beaded Earrings

 

 
 
Hello beautiful people!
 
I hope you are in a mood for some easy crafting today, because I have the perfect, the easiest and the cutest continuation of the beaded earrings project ready for you today.
 
 
Let's get busy.
 
For the Dangling chain earrings, you need:
 
1. Jump rings - {10 per earring}. Mine are 7mm/ 0.3" in diameter. 
2. Big colorful seed beads. 
3. Earring hooks.  
 
 
 
Add a bead on every second ring and make it as long as you'd like it to be. The ones in the picture are 6 cm/ 2.4" long. For a more appealing look you can add 2-3 such beaded chains in different lengths. Just saying.
 
Small Hoop Earrings
 
For these, you need big jump rings / connectors (1.5cm / 0.6") and beads in various shapes and sizes.
 

 

 
 
 
Just bead the design you come up with, add the hook and there you go. All done in a  couple of seconds.
 
 
Roll up your sleeves and start beading!
Summer Trend: Straw Bags

 

 

 

Straw bags! You've got to love them because their comeback is spectacular! They once modestly reigned the dusty corners of thrift shops, lying in piles forgotten by all, but managed to regain their rule and popularity out in the streets and now you can find them literally everywhere and in every imaginable shape. And they cannot be more beautiful.

Whether you are readying yourself  to do some shopping or arranging quick drinks with friends, the straw bag is your true companion. Small enough to contain the necessary things for a night out like a clutch or  one of those widely loved round bags, or big enough in the shape of a tote for a day at the beach. The choice is yours.

Arnhem Design

 

 

Born into a gypsy lifestyle of colour and beauty, Arnhem Bickley had a unique childhood spending her early years travelling around Australia and the world with her wild parents. Moving from town to town, living in Teepees, with no electricity and only candlelight to cook by at night, Arnhem, from a young age, was inspired with a heightened sense of creativity. With no schooling until her teenage years, she began sewing clothing for her dolls at the age of four, which sparked her passion for design. Now grounded in Byron Bay with her two beautiful girls and partner, the wilderness and natural beauty of her home and surrounding areas still heavily influence her designs.

Arnhem is a celebration of striking colours oozing with summer nostalgia featuring a variety of artistic prints that bring to life dreamy collections of playfulness and easy wear cuts that burst with personality. These elegant pieces capture an effortlessly feminine style, each design having a one off feel about it to make every customer feel like an individual.

Arnhem Clothing speaks to females from all walks of life, and encapsulates the label’s true bohemian spirit and adventurous lifestyle. It has inevitably grown to become one of Byron Bay’s iconic fashion labels, with celebrity fans, and worldwide followers.

 

DIY Boho Bead Earrings

 

 

Summer is going to be here in no time, regardless of how stubborn the weather is to change, so let's make some beautiful earrings for the summer!

 

What you need:

1. Beads in various sizes, shapes and colors

2. Earring hooks, jump rings

3. Eye / head pins

 

 

1. Beads several beads onto a pin after deciding on the design and make an eye when finished. Make a couple more, adding a different design to make the earring more appealing.

2. Put all on a jump ring and attach the jump ring to the hook. And there they are in a jiffy!

3. If you want to add more pins to make the earrings, attach each onto a separate jump ring and allof them onto a bigger ring and to the hook.

 

Happy Beading!

 

 

Peekaboo by Ana Jechmenica

Happy Monday all!

Let start the week with beautiful things I say. Something to dictate the course of the week. 
Today I have the pleasure to introduce Ana Jecmenica, a young and talented designer who makes exquisite, OOAK jewelry.
 
Please introduce yourself in a couple of words.
It took me a long time to admit to myself that I am an artist and that I should refer to myself as such, considering that I design jewelry and lamps, do photography, draw and paint. So yes, I am an artist. Since I am quite shy I let my work speak of myself.

 
 
 
Peekaboo implies a hiding game. How does it relate to your shop? Can you tell us the story behind your brand / shop name?

The name was born some 10 years ago, when Internet showed up, when I was in a search for a catchy nickname for various forums. It came quite spontaneously  from a make-up catalog and it stuck with me as a trait. I liked it because it made people smile and it made them remember their childhood. It was a logical step to name my brand the same, because I always imagine someone wearing my jewelry breaks into a smile and says "Peekaboo!" : )
 
With your eye-catching designs featuring bold and expressive backgrounds and extraordinary use of clockwork material you bring steampunk to another level. How long have you been in jewelry design and how did it all start?
 
Even as a child I loved taking things apart to see what they are made of. Because everything in itself - just like people - contains so much invisible beauty that wants to be shown and expressed. I have been working on Steampunk for ages and it  always fascinated me how something so small and tiny can grow into something so beautiful and detailed. I simply adore details. The minute I learned about epoxy resin I wanted to try my hand at it. Seeing other people's steampunk work, I noticed they more or less use the same colors for their jewelry so I wanted to differ. At first, it wasn't my intention to stand out. I just wanted to add a little color into that world and I think I am successful at that for the last 5 years : )


 
What part of the process is the most enjoyable? Is there a particular place where you like to work?
 
I get old clocks from the clockmakers and antique shops, so my job is to take them apart and I can honestly say that is the most interesting part because I never know what waits for me inside. There were cases when out of 200 -300 clocks I would find a single gear different from the others and I always keep those for special inspiration. I am a perfectionist at work, and I always try to keep the balance and make everything centered while designing, hoping my buyers will notice that I had invested lots of effort, love and time making a particular piece. I work on a work bench in my flat and have never really thought if I loved that or not, but because now I started working with wooden jewelry, I will have to look up for a workshop. The whole creative process is immensely long and strenuous. Dismantling clocks, cleaning parts, choosing backgrounds, matching and gluing the parts, to be topped with applying resin that has to be dried for 24 hours. There mustn't be a mistake because there is no turning back. I cannot fix a thing once it is done. All this takes a couple of days, but when I see the final result and the reaction of people, I am truly happy.
 
 
 
 
Lately you started working with wooden jewelry. What triggered the transition from steampunk?I am in love with trees, because the designs and the beauty nature offers cannot be replaced. I have worked with steampunk for quite a long time and I do not feel the challenge any more; I also think I have achieved an enviable level in quality and design so I sought new challenges. I have been working with wooden jewelry for a couple of months now and I am still researching all the possibilities it offers. For the time being I find it entertaining to match shapes and colors and my next plans include matching wood with steampunk. 
 
 
 
What other materials you like to work with or would like to try in the future? I keep to wood and gears for now, but my plans include introducing leather into my designs. Let's see where wood takes me first : )  
 

Where does inspiration come from? When steampunk is in questions, I find inspiration in myself. I sit and watch the parts until I have a picture in my head how to join them. If I lack ideas, I try another day. I never force myself because it always reflects on the final result. As for the wooden jewelry  - inspiration is everywhere because colors and geometry are everywhere around us.   
 
 
 
How do you fill your free time?I never make a difference between free time and working at home : )
Since I  have a full time job, when I get home I use my free time to make jewelry or make photographs for the shutterstock. However, there are the long walks, hanging out with people, trips, my friends, sketching... I try to be out in nature  as much as I can because it fills my batteries and it is a great source of inspiration for me : )
 
I hope you enjoyed meeting Ana. Visit her shop and Facebook page.

 

11 DIY Pom - Pom Projects

 

Pom - Pom Blanket Pillow

 

Pom Pom Blanket                                    Pom Pom Pillow
 
 
 
Boy, do I love pom-pom projects! There is something magical in those attractive little fluffy balls that suddenly make everything brighter and joyful and full of life! I have made quite a lot of projects using them - actually this post features four of my DIYs, but I am always on the lookout for new, exciting projects I can make myself.
 
 
So, I am sure you'll agree they are an instant beautifier added to plain blankets and pillows. An excellent choice if you need appealing decoration is to turn to pom-pom garlands, buntings or wall hangings for permanent display.
 
Pom - Pom Decor
Pom-Pom Garland                                                  Wall Hanging
 
Pom - Pom Garland
 
Giant Pom-Pom Garland

             Pom-Pom Bouquet                                                   Pom-Pom Flowers        
Pom - Pom Bouquet
                                          
Pom - Pom Earrings
 Pom-Pom Earrings                                             Pom-Pom Necklace.
 
They also make unique statement jewelry and old sweater refreshers.

 

Pom - Pom Sweater
 
Have you got your next project lined up?
New Shop Intro: Peekabo

 

We wish a warm welcome to Ana Jecmenica who is the creative genius behind Peekabo.

She makes amazing steampunk jewelry that leaves no one indifferent. Her designs are remarkable and unique, capturing the very essence of steampunk.

Visit her shop Peekaboo for more delightful pendant necklaces. 

 

    

 

 

DIY Gifts: Crafter's Garland

 

This is an easy to make idea that will prove to be the ultimate, beautiful and desirable gift for your crafting friend.

For this garland I used metallic thread spools and colorful wooden beads. However, you can make it with trinkets and supplies you have at hand, or acqure some specific ones having in mind the person you are making it for. You can use buttons, embroidery floss (note the tiny skeins I made above), pom-poms, beads of all sizes and shapes, sewing thread accompanied with some whimsical pendants like a sewing machine or scissors. I believe every crafter would enjoy this kind of a gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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