"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Hippie Beads & Butterflies
I know I've been a bad blogger...but I've been busy with a swap & some new creations for my Artfire Studio Shop. Now I've gotta get caught up.
The swap was the one I hosted for the Red Lead Paperworks Yahoo Group. The theme this time was Altered Patina Art Charms and my original post about it is here. It was a wonderful swap, and as hostess I was able to see all of the charms before I swapped them out. I love hosting swaps!
Each swap we do with the Red Lead Paperworks group includes a goodie bag that is sent along with the swap returns. Since it seems that most people have received their swap packages, I'm sharing what I made with the goodies this time. It's this necklace made with the Hippie beads I supplied for the goodie bags & the awesome Filigree Patina Butterfly charm provided by the girls at Red Lead.
I love patina on brass & other metals, so the butterfly & other patina charms sold at Red Lead are just my cup of tea. To seal the charms so the patina doesn't wear off, I used some MicroGlaze by JudiKins. It works really well & seems to be sealing the charm nicely. I have also used the Golden Glazing Liquid or Fluid Gel to seal the charms, but with the detail on the butterfly, the MicroGlaze seemed like my best choice.
I took my strand of Hippie beads (yes, I did wear beads like this back in the late 60s & early 70s) and strung them on thin beading wire with a looped crimp end attached. You can see that end in the first pic with the detail. I strung the beads randomly, adding a few others from my stash & ended with another crimp end. The second crimp end is a "challenge" to get onto the wire & still keep the beads on it & not have the strand too loose so that there is a big gap between beads...but with some trial & error...and a lot of swearing... I was finally successful. It was worth the "pain" as I really like how this looks. Then I used some antiqued brass jump rings to attach the butterfly to the beads & ended up with this necklace.
That's all for today...I'll be busy taking pix of my new creations for Artfire...I'll be sure to let y'all know when they're available. Have a great day & be creative!
I've always been an artist...from as far back as I can remember, I loved to create and share my art. My current passions include quilting, altered art, paper arts and making charms for jewelry.
I'm a CA girl at heart, having lived in San Diego & Corona, CA for most of my adult life, but now find myself in NE Ohio & not thrilled with that! You'll hear a LOT of whining about OH here...it's a nasty place to live.
I currently live in the 1954 bungalow that I grew up in with my sweetie & love of my life, Phil, and our very spoiled kitty, Sunny Cat. We miss our dear sweet Sophie Cat, but Sunny has brought new love into our lives. Now we've rescued 3 kittens that were born in our backyard, so Fluffer, Gracie & Peanut are also part of our family...and they're as cute as can be. More cats = more love! We're hanging in here & doing the best we can.