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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass Tile Graphic Pendant and Ring Tutorial Video on: November 04, 2009 09:15:32 AM

Here's my latest how-to! For those of you looking for a jewelry making process that is more durable, but relatively non-toxic than resin (DG3 is pretty innocuous, but you should exercise care with all adhesives) , I present my Glass Tile Graphic Jewelry. Glass tile over graphics is nothing new, but I have paired that method with a silver plated pendant tray and a silver plated flat ring. The flat ring covers the entire back of the glass tile, making it less susceptible to snapping off, and limiting exposure to moisture. Same goes for the pendant tray.

Judikins DG3 Art Gel is the adhesive that is used, and while it is water soluble, these pieces handle incidental moisture contact very well. When one of these comes out less than perfect, I have to soak the rings for about 15 minutes in water to get them to come apart. I have a pendant that has been soaking for over 24 hours, and while some of the adhesive on the side of the pendants is softened, the glass tile is still stuck fast, with no water seepage into the paper.



2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Black Kitty Cut-Out Project with free download on: September 16, 2009 04:39:32 PM

Here's another paper cut-out project featuring one of my illustrations: A black kitty cut-out. You can get the free downloadable pdf by clicking here: http://jwgdesign.blogspot.com/2009/09/downloadable-cut-out-black-kitty.html More kitties in other colors will be available soon.

Refer to the photos here and the little line drawing on the print out to see what your finished kitty should look like. Have fun, and post pics here of what you do with your cut-out. I would love to see it.

For this project, you will need scissors and a glue stick. You can use thick white double-sided tape instead of the glue stick if you want to add a little dimension to your kitty.

Print out as many copies of the downloadable PDF as you like. These can be great projects for groups of kids. I have made these simple with kids in mind, but they may need help cutting. Print on heavier paper if you can.

Cut out all kitty parts...

until you have something like this.

I like to put a piece of paper down when I work with a glue stick.

Place the kitty body on the paper, colored side up.

Put a little glue on the neck of the body (where it says paste behind head).

I like to use about this much glue.

Loosely place the kitty head on the body, making sure you cover the words "paste behind head".

Once you are happy with the position of the head, press firmly to attach it to the body.

Your kitty should now look like this...

Next up is the tail. Put glue on the base of the tail...

until it looks like this.

Place the kitty body loosely over the base of the tail.

Once you are happy with the position of the tail, press the body and tail together firmly.

Your kitty should now resemble this.

This may be the hardest part: Take the tiny little nose and put glue on the back side. How you do this is up to you. I like to place the back of the nose on the glue stick, but that's what works for me Smiley.

Gently place the nose (colored-side up) on the face of your kitty.

Once you are happy with the nose position, press the nose firmly in place.

Put glue on the back of the left eye.

Gently place the left eye on the kitty's head.

Your kitty should now look like this.

Take the right eye...

glue the back...

carefully place it on the kitty's head.

Once you are happy with the placement of the right eye, press down on it firmly, and your kitty is done!

Your kitty will love fridges...


and windowsills.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cut-Out Paper Owl on: August 24, 2009 11:24:16 AM

This is a little printable cut-out project I created with my 7-year old daughter. I decided to make it available to anyone who wants it. Would love to see what folks do with it.

Instructions and a link to download the PDF are on my blog: http://jwgdesign.blogspot.com/2009/08/downloadable-cut-out-owl-project.html

More downloadable projects to come!!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabribots!! Cloth Robot Invasion. on: October 29, 2008 09:11:47 AM

After months of staring at a pile of printed fabric, I finally got around to making my cloth robots. I am calling them Fabribots. . Smiley

They were actually pretty fun to see come to pass, and are a pretty simple 2-piece construction with poly-fil stuffing. They are close to 8" tall, and were designed to have a very retro feel.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / UV Resin Sterling Plated Ring!! on: October 29, 2008 05:44:05 AM

Here's a ring I made using UV Resin and some graphics I made.

UV Resin has some characteristics that make working with it a slightly different process than traditional two-part resins. You can work with it under fluorescent light before exposing it to remove bubbles.

It's extra important to make sure that you don't have any air pockets under artwork (if you go that route). This is because the air pockets tend to become bubbles as the exposed resin begins to cure, and they work their way to the surface as the resin hardens. I suspect this is because of the heat of the curing process, or if you use sunlight like I do, the heat of the sun.

The resin cures really quickly, so those bubbles can be hard to remove. Something really cool about this though, if the results are unsatisfactory, you can generally pop out the semi-cured resin within the first 5 minutes and salvage your finding.

Here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohjiTbpz16Q
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Watch me demo some digital illustration!! on: October 14, 2008 06:46:03 AM

Here's a little video I did that demos the process I went through to create this Nassau Grouper illustration:


7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ever tried DG3 Art Gel? New tutorial link... on: October 09, 2008 06:53:55 PM

Hey gang,

Thanks to all who watched my resin tutorial. A lot of folks asked about less scary alternatives to resin, and I have found one that I am really happy with - DG3 Art Gel. It's kind of the next generation of Diamond Glaze, and while it's not as durable as resin (and better suited to personal projects), it is very easy to work with.

So I filmed myself making some Halloween pendants using DG3 from start to finish. You can see the tutorial here:


Hope you will enjoy it!

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paperbot 3000 on: May 19, 2008 12:49:43 PM
Here's a little paper robot sculpture I made that I call the Paperbot 3000. The plan is do different colors, flamejob, etc.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New In-Depth Pouring Resin for Photographic/Graphic Jewelry Tutorial Link on: May 19, 2008 03:46:58 AM

I have recently completed a tutorial in 3 parts for anyone wanting to learn about using resin in making your jewelry. I am primarily a wall art artist, and use reproductions of my wall art in my rings and pendants, so this video covers everything starting with prepping the artwork through the final product.

I made this for anyone who, like myself, might want to try resin, but was/is hesitant to take it on.

Despite my habitual mispronunciation of Mod Podge Smiley, it's a pretty good document of the process. Not sure why I call it Modge Podge.

Here's part 1:

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