Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My Jeweled Ambrosia earrings.
I LOVE me a good patina. I was standing outside my mil's home, waiting for her to answer the door, and I studied her old metal windchime and the natural patina on the lighthouse charm. It was blue and green and a nice river of pale yellow where the rain drips down the side. I thought, this has been sitting here for about 5 years now, how do I get that lovely patina?!
Bangle by Tider Design Gold and black patina with gorgeous etching is lovely adding to the artistic development of the piece.
Well, there is Jax Patina, a chemical you use to paint it on layer by layer that looks gorgeous! You can also patina copper with a torch, and there is also the ammonia method, enameling and eggs, Silver Black or Liver of Sulfur for oxidizing sterling silver (this discussion is reserved for another time).
Or, you can of course, let your metal pieces sit outside for 5 years...
Stacked Rings by Painted Metal
But, then there is this method, shared by the wonderful Vintage Bead Shop, the authority on vintage jewelery and supplies (go visit her shop and get some lovely goodies and kits!) She shares her absolutely wonderful method of creating colorful and artistic patinas. Everything in her photo she has done by hand. Remeber, I focus on jewelry here because well, I LOVE jewelry, but really, this would be great to use on a pair of old candlesticks (like I did HERE), drawer pulls, frames, pretty much anything metal that could use an update.
"CREATING COLOR ON OXIDIZED BRASS COMPONENTS
Xtra Fine Steel Wool (for buffing, if desired)
Any color paint that is suitable for metal. I like a satin finish paint but you can also use semi-gloss or gloss. If using spray paint, just spray a little into the paper plate so you can dab it on with the sponge. Just a little goes a long way.
1) Cut off a small piece of sponge and wet it with water. Squeeze out any excess water so the sponge is just damp.
2) Dip the sponge in your paint and blot on the paper plate to remove excess paint from the sponge. When it makes a "blotted/sponge" pattern on the paper plate, you know you have the right amount paint on your sponge. You don't want to much paint on your sponge :)
4) Selectively dab/paint your piece as desired. You can coat the enitre piece or just dab it here or there....your choice. You can even use more than one color for a truly unique and colorful effect (see hearts illustrated in first photo).
5) Allow paint to semi-dry (about 15 minutes), then (if desired) just buff with xfine steel wool to expose the desired brass highlights. Note: On the dragonflies, I paint a thin coat then wipe off the wing edges to expose the dark oxidized patina underneath while the paint is still wet :)
If using for jewelry, you can either brush or spray with a clear satin polyurenthane to provide a nice smooth, hypo-allergenic finish. I like Ace Hardware brand "Great Finishes". It is available in a small can for brush on or in a spray can if you prefer to spray your pieces. "
For MORE excellent tips, tricks and methods on creating patinas, see the Yours Truli post HERE!!!
Amie King Custom Charm Necklace
Now, on a totally different note, I was selected to do an alchemy request for the Neverending Story Childlike Empress' Headpiece, for a Halloween costume. I know it isn't EXACT... but pretty darn close given the materials I could find!
And now, I must be off, as I hear laughter, squeals, banging and yogurty sounding splashes resounding in the kitchen. Oiy.
(10 mins later) Well, I was wrong. It was a brand new bucket of butter. Yay. Why am I here you ask, and not cleaning up the mess? Well, I am composing myself so I can deal with the situation in a calm manner! (Trust me, it is a lot worse than in the photo.)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Art by Shawna Nonna
So, we went to the circus yesterday to celebrate my lil bro visiting from the military and also for my nephew's 5 year birthday. The boys (including my husband) had never been to a circus before, and they looooved it! I made my nephew a little birthday badge out of felt that was so cute and super easy, he loved it so much!
Art by Roadside
Which I gotta say, how interesting is it that we went to the circus, since my sister decided earlier this week that she is going to become a professional clown. Not. Even. Kidding.
Dress by Smiley Jones
But, the girl was voted in high school as "Most likey to become a clown", "Most likely to bungee jump at the age of 80", "Friendlist", Homecoming Queen, Varsity Cheerleader captain, she won "Best Swimsuit" at her first and only pageant... and about 8 other class favorite titles that I can't remember right now. What was I voted for? "Biggest Flirt." I wasn't exactly a flirt though...
Circus Train Charm by Jamie Noel
Of course, I took tons of pics of my jewelry yesterday, so when I pulled out the cam to snap some shots, the card was not in there! So, I will have to wait for my sis to let me use her pics. But in the meantime, I will feature some circus prints from fellow Etsy artists.
Wall Tile by Eggman Studios
And for those of you who love random facts, here is the wikipedia entry of circus. While watching the Olympics (my fav is the gymnastics), I saw a segment on training the Chinese gymnasts. At the age of 3, they begin selecting gymnasts to train at specialized acrobatics schools. They learn to master balance, pain and flexibility at such a young age, but the culture is the master at acrobatics.
Bichon Frise by Weller Wishes
*Ancient Rome and China had circus like events, dating far back before Christ.
*"Circus" is Latin coming from the Greek word kirkos meaning “circle or ring”.
*Americans instroduced human oddities as a "freakshow" or "sideshow".
Invitation Set by White Sugar
A word on freakshow entertainers who suffered from medical abnormalities. I would say what I think, but SweetheartSinner says it best: "This era of time makes me feel a little bit sad but at other times I have to wonder if the folks involved didn't feel a bit of agency in not having to hide in "shame" because of their differences.
Tags by Rita's Sweet Shop
Monday, August 11, 2008
So, we recently went on a little family vacation to visit my grandparents, and my brother inlaw and his wife. An excellent trip. We visited Liberty jail, where Joseph Smith and others were wrongfully imprisoned during a bitter winter, and Adam-ondi-aman (it is the site where Adam and Eve lived after being expelled from the Garden of Eden and will be a gathering spot for a meeting of the priesthood leadership, including prophets of all ages and other righteous men, prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.)
I can tell you that the spirit is so strong in these places, and it truly is humbling to hear the stories of the early church and the hardships and persecution they went through and yet they still strengthened their testimonies of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and the restored gospel. We watched the Joseph Smith movie, and wow, what a powerful movie that was, had me in hidden tears a number of times.
We truly loved visiting family. My grandfather is in his 70's and has more energy than I do! He saws down trees, pulls stumps, clears land, builds on his property, gardens and does so many other wonderful things I wish I could do. We ate the most amazing tomotoes that his 72 year old cousin grows. Oh my gosh, the tomatos truly define the fact that they are a fruit after all!
When we got home, we immediately went to the Breaking Dawn release party, waited in line until midnight, and then 20 minutes later, I was the proud owner of the novel. I read it, loved it (some disappointments, of course, but overall loved it) and am now re-reading it with my dear hubby!
My jewelry business has really taken off these past 2 weeks. I owe MOST of that to my Twilight inspired jewelry, so I will be sad when that fades, but I am still super excited and sooo blessed to have the sales that I do. I truly have the greatest customers and I owe so much to them!
Once I finish this novel, I will finish reading The Host, and then I plan on reading a friend's novel (in which the sequel is currently being edited now) called Upon Eagle's Light. I will post about that when I am done.
The burst of sales has only inspired me to streamline my business, become more creative and energy effecient, and take what I do more seriously, hoping to actually help donate some of my profits towards groceries or even rent. Like I said, so many blessings we have recieved this month. As we shift to a new phase in our lives, I am humbled, stressed, and excited to to expand in so many different ways. Look forward for new fun and exciting posts, new featured artists and tutorials, and new and yummy goodies in my shops! All in all, we have had an excellent summer filled with family and new friends, and I am trying to figure out if I should enroll in a class for fall... I better decide quickly, since the semester starts too soon (a kick in the pants after attending my gorgeous sister in law's college graduation on Saturday)!
Also, since I am in a lazy/busy mood today, I will post this most wonderous tutorial ever by this excellent seller, ByToni, who makes lovely and colorful quilts! The tutorial is found HERE on how to make handstamped cloth tags! Be sure you visit the rest of her blog, it is excellent and she is also currently doing a giveaway!