Monday, September 6, 2010

Here is my box of Vintaj goodies.  I work in a bit of a mess but I do like my box of goodies to be in order so that I can see what I have.  I am trying to be a bit more organized but I need more storage and space to spread out!  I have some chain, blanks, charms and filigree.  The green stone (top right corner) came from a shop in Fort Collins, Co - Karen
Here I used a stamp and heat embossed the image onto the blank.  I then used alcohol inks and covered the surface with Glossy Accents to protect the blank - Karen

A while ago I won some Vintaj Natural Brass charms and made the earrings in the photo.  Today I made the necklace.  I used Adirondack Juniper paint dabber and then Sail Boat Blue Alcohol ink to color the sand dollars.  I got the blue beads from a shop in Loveland, Colorado a couple of weeks ago when I was on vacation - Karen

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I love the colours on this piece.  All the components are Vintaj Natural Brass - Karen
I have been making jewellery for about 2 years now.  My 3 sisters from England (Sue, Babs and Jan) came to Iowa for a visit in October 2008. We took a trip to Galena, Il, and paid a visit to Galena Beads - that's where it all started.  I am happy to report that we are all beading fanatics now and we made a return visit in April 2010.  My daughter, Emma, is a phenomenal artist in her own right.  She plays drums and guitar in a band and can paint, draw and make beautiful pieces of jewellery. I have a wonderful husband - Graham, and an awesome son - Mike.  They are very patient and supportive in all that I do. 

This piece is called 'Forest Fern'.  It is made with Vintaj Natural Brass.  I love working with Vintaj components - they are high quality and very easy to work with.  I coloured the fern and embossed and inked the blank to make the pattern.  The pattern on the blank is sealed with Glossy Accents - Karen