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Blog posts of '2017' 'February'

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!

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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