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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cheap way to work with art clay silver! on: September 13, 2008 10:51:14 AM
When you start working with it it feels like clay and works like clay. Once you've fired it it is real silver and you can work with it like you would work with silver. The finished product is and feels like any other silver jewel.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cheap way to work with art clay silver! on: September 13, 2008 03:44:12 AM
Thanks for your nice complements!

These jewels are made using art clay silver. Its a kind of clay  made with small parts of silver and something to bind it together. You can work with it like with any other kind of clay. After its completely dried you can fire it on a gas stove or with a gas torch  you can also use a kiln but these are very expensive. In the end you will have a piece of 99,9% silver.

The sellers want you to think that you need to take a very expensive workshop but with a good instruction book you can learn it by yourself. It is really fun to do and not as difficult as you would think.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cheap way to work with art clay silver! on: September 12, 2008 11:43:45 PM
These are my first experiments with art clay silver.

I didnt use all the fancy tools they sell on their site but I used things that I already had: a big marker as a rolling pin, a stamp as a stencil, backing paper instead of a work mat, nail shiner file instead of polishing tools, stacks of paper instead of rolling strips, So you dont have to buy expensive tools to work with art clay!
 
Just make sure that you put a little bit of olive oil on the tools you work with otherwise they will stick to the clay.



4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Matryoska heat pillow. on: August 28, 2008 09:19:19 AM
thanks for all the nice thinks you all said!

@ space opera: I Don't mind, I would love to see a picture if you're finished.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky dinky flower pendant experiment part 2 on: August 25, 2008 01:16:12 AM


Pendants made out of regular shriky dinky that I put into my printer. To give them a special gloss I used thinner.

The first part can be found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264636.0
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sawdust into beads tutorial (and matroesjka's) on: August 25, 2008 01:06:30 AM


What you will need:

Sawdust (real fine with no lumps)
wood glue (Waterproof)
acrylic paint
varnish (transparent)
painting brush (small sizes)
oven (or some days of patients)
sanding paper (I used 360 and 180 thats one with a fine texture and a rougher
 one)

Take some fine sawdust and mix it with wood glue. knead it together until you get a bal  thats not to sticky and not to dry (just experiment adding more glue or dust). It is best to make small amounts at a time because it dries pretty quick. Now you can make all kinds of beads out of them (I made matroesjka shaped ones). Dont make them to big otherwise they wont dry on the inside. Dont forget to make holes in them. Preheat your oven until about 160-180 (you can also let them dry whiteout an oven but it may take some time). Put your beads into the oven (mine have been in there for about 40 minutes). Get them out of the oven and let them cool. Once there cool you can check if they are completely hard. If they are still a bit soft put them back in the oven for a while. If you want smooth beads you need to sand them, first with the rough paper than with the fine one. Now you can paint your beads with acrylic paint or just put some varnish on them. Ive finished mine of with some varnish after painting them. If the holes arent big enough you can drill bigger ones in your beads.


The sawdust I used


Wood glue


The one on the left is varnished


finished matroesjka's

you can find other matroesjka beads that I made that way on my blog http://craftegem.blogspot.com/2008/08/beads.html
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shrinky dinky flower pendant experiment. on: August 24, 2008 07:23:40 AM
Thanks for the nice things you all said!

I never tried to use other kinds of plastic to make shrinks. I might try it in the future.

I have some new pendants ready but I still need to make something of them. I will post them when I'm finished.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kimono nightgown out of an old pillow. on: August 24, 2008 07:19:56 AM
Thank you all for your nice comments! I really love it to make something new form something old. I am always on the look for old treasures that I can make into something new and beautiful.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Matryoska heat pillow. on: August 22, 2008 05:45:31 AM
I made it as a gift for one of my friends. She's going through a sad period after her grandfather died. I wanted to make something that would give here warmth and comfort.
I filed this matryoska with rice, so if you put it in the microwave for some minutes it stays hot for a long time.





10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky dinky flower pendant experiment. on: August 22, 2008 05:42:34 AM
I printed some regular shrinky dinky with my printer. The ink isnt absorbed quick enough so it bleeds into the other colors. That way you get some kind of aquarelle effect. After Ive baked them I put some thinner on the shinny site with a rag. That way you get a stripy kind of 3D effect. I really like the outcome of this experiment!

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