Thank you crazydoc. We'd never thought of that and no, they don't specify which type of printer and it makes sense. I mean the ink in our printer is water based. At this rate I think I might just use our local print shop to run off some transfers, they do plastic cling signs and all sorts of stuff. It will be less hassle, that's for sure. You have probably solved the printer riddle. Now if I just knew how to transfer ink onto tape...maybe it's the same issue, different ink entirely in a laser printer than an inkjet. Sheesh. Food to think on. Thanks!
Two problems, both caused I feel by lack of enough information in the jewellery magazine projects. Any advice is greatly appreciated as my daughter particularly wants to move forwards into stamped images on metal, wood and other materials. Thank you in advance.
1. Transferring printed images to packing tape. The process places the image onto the tape, image side down. Immerse in water, rub off paper with finger, image stays on tape. Supposedly. So far the image comes right off with the paper. Any suggestions for how to fix this? Using very strong clear packing tape from Post Office, it's like wide sticky tape. Images were scanned from books and printed out on regular white paper, as instructed, on best setting on our printer. (magazine is handcrafted jewelry special issue 2011 from interweave.com pg 84) Will we have the same problem with print pieces cut from old books?
2. Stamping onto metal prior to cutting it out to file and sand for finished project. They say just stamp it. Well, trying this on aluminum didn't work, despite scouring with metal wool first. Oh the image will stamp but it's incredibly faint. They say use an ordinary stamp pad. It's too dilute. Suggestions?
To be quite honest those beautiful bracelets look like the big beads are strung between sets of 5-8 silver or clear seed beads, in which case the whole bracelet could be strung on thread or wire and crimped at the ends at the clasps. That for me would be the quickest easiest way to do it. Wow, they're pretty.
But if you wanted to do it on medium sized silver chain(and this might be abit fiddly though it would look GORGEOUS), I would think the most common way to do it would be to put each big bead on an eye pin (long piece of wire with a loop already on one end). You make another loop at the other end, twist it off or just close it shut, clip off the excess wire, do all the big beads and charms like this then if your chain is flexible/large enough links to allow individual links to be opened up, you can cut the chain into the short lengths you need for inbetween and attach a short piece of chain to a clasp, it's free end you attach to the eyepin of your first big bead, attach the next short length of chain to the other end of the big bead where the second loop is. Presto, bead with chain attached both sides! Attach your next bead to the end of that short piece of chain and continue on to make the bracelet the length you want. If the silver chain is too tiny to open links to attach to the eyepins you could use small jump rings to attach the chain to the eyepins.
This is just one of many ways to do it. Hope you get many more good ideas!
Wow just beautiful. You've given me ideas what to do with some lampwork beads I've got sitting around too. Did you use a 'bead stringer', one of those whirlygig round bowl thingies, to do the stringing or were you really that patient to string them all by hand? Around here those stringers run $30 so I've been holding off on getting one but the beauty of your projects is making me think hard about it.
I agree that first one is gorgeous, reminds me of summer berries and watermelons and yellow flowers, all things growing and blooming and yummy. Definite triumph. However I'm very partial to the hues of blue one too, and the memory wire bracelet and the jasper bracelet....okay those are my favs but I really like them all. You've got a great eye for colour combinations. Way to go!
I think they're BOTH awesome necklaces. I have a copy of the movie Metropolis btw, a fav of mine, it is so eerily far ahead of it's time, you're right on that. It previewed our current society in some ways, right on the money.
Those are just gorgeous necklaces, they really make a statement in a bold stylish way with elegance and dash. I love both the stone combos, you sure got the scale right to go with the rope chain. Love love love them both. Do you have more of that chain, as in planning to do other projects with it? I'd love to find chain like that myself. Beautiful! Wonder where one might locate some? Anyways High Fives. These are high fashion.
Yeah, like you say, we're stuck with the diagnoses so we might as well have as much fun as we can with them! I love love LOVE that bear, that is so me. I'm more in the Complex PTSD, DID, ADHD etc categories but that pendant applies. I imagine you could sell those by the dozens if you ever made them up. Great job of imagineering!
That's a great idea with the "S" clasps. I'd use smaller ones for my age group but what a cool idea. I love the blue beaded pair of bracelets and the teal set below them, plus the big black beads with blue flowers imbedded in them is gorgeous.
Hardware store hmmm? I bought some fine springs awhile ago, must get to making the chokers out of them I'd planned on, you're inspiring me. (a horizontally held spring between two black cords with beads hanging from the springs, just FYI) I think it's a lot of fun to craft "outside the lines".
Love those green triangles, took me right back to the swinging 'mod' sixties, which yeah, I lived through. Those are just plain fun. Love the delicacy of the pink and green flower ones but I'm head over heels for the lampwork earrings, particularly the first ones. Ooooooh! And then there's the peridot jade clusters and the vintage pair for evenings....mmmm.
I sympathise with you, I tend to make necklaces I rarely wear. I always end up giving them away. Just love making them more than wearing them, earrings included. What you've made are just super btw...you're giving me ideas, I can see this is going to get expensive, lol.