Monday, September 24, 2012
... How many days until the wedding? What day is it today? Have I paid so-and-so yet? Where did I put those wedding programs.... What time did I book that hair appointment...
And before you know it, it's 3 in the morning and my to-do list has grown even longer.
Five days until I am married. (Whaaat? Helen with a husband? The word still makes me giggle.)
So if anyone is wondering why jewellery and blog updates are slow, that's why.
If anyone has noticed that this blog entry is disjointed and frantic, that's why.
And my cat is still sick. I still have to edit the wedding vows. I have stuff to print out. My bank account is crying.
On the bright side, I'm starting to think of some Christmas specials for my website and blog.
Maybe some jewellery giveaways? Some coupons? Maybe I'll think of some sort of contest?
Anyhow, contest details won't be out until November, and I have some cool ideas for a Halloween giveaway too!
Alas, all this must wait until I am back from my honeymoon (I'm going to New York!!!). In the meantime, you may scope out my store and see what shiny trinkets I have added: http://www.bonanza.com/booths/Beaded_Bohemian
So who knows? Maybe you can win your favorite piece in the next month or two!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Just a quick tutorial for now (school's started for me!). I know I promised a review of the three different kinds of Epoxy Clay, but that has to wait until I have some new packages of the stuff. Because once it's out of the package, there's no visual difference. And I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to tutorials and photo quality. So here's something else I promised instead:
Dragon Charm Ring Tutorial
For this tutorial, I'll show you how I made this ring...
|My sad attempt to make a yinyang with the Czech Preciosa crystals. OH WELL. It's still sparkly.|
Step 1: Materials
You'll see in my previous Crystal Clay tutorial HERE that I already explained what you need for basic crystal clay work. So in this tutorial I'll assume you know that and merely present the most important components. Your ring base/bezel and the charm that you want to put in it.
Step 2: Preparing your charm
... and do this:
Step 3: Adding Crystal Clay
This part is where measuring the Crystal Clay is important. You want the charm to lie flat with the edge of the bezel, so the clay itself has to be flat. Otherwise the clay will bulge out beside your charm and it will look unprofessional. And by measuring, I mean getting really good at eyeballing what you need! (kidding). Just make what you think is appropriate, then pinch the extra out and smooth it over with water. See my previous tutorial for those little tricks.
Carefully press the charm into the clay until the edges are covered. Make sure the area you snipped off is covered, so the sharp edge won't hurt anyone.
Tip: a little less clay than what you need is good. The big charm will displace some of the clay, as well as the crystals you add.
Tip#2: I find Crystal Clay has the best texture for this. DeCore Clay is too hard to be properly sticky, and ApoxieSculpt is too wet and your charm will just sink in unless you let the Apoxie sit for 20 minutes before adding your charm.
Step 4: BLING
It looks very big on me, but trust me. I have child hands. It will look great on anybody else.
You can find the ring for sale here at my online store: GREEN DRAGON adjustable Crystal Clay ring
(Or since I've showed you, make your own!)
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