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1  Re: Precious Metal Clay in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by craftsurge on: August 13, 2006 04:15:40 PM
So, I tried this idea again, feeling a bit more confident... I just decorated the outside of a bead I made using a syringe of Art Clay Silver and Dipped it into the microbeads. I tried 2 different colors this time with similar color changing results. I think I am going to test some new colors in a kiln and see what happens to them. I like the way this came out though, it has sort of an olive green hue to it. (hard to tell from the pictures) The first shot is a before shot so you can see what color the beads were before the firing.

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2  Re: Precious Metal Clay in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by craftsurge on: August 13, 2006 01:44:51 PM
Little experiment...

I tried to include some micro glass beads in a piece and it turned out pretty interesting....

one of these is treated with Liver of sulfer (the one on the right) -
the microbeads were green and came out orange-y yellow from the kiln.
I might try it again and do a better job placing them next time

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3  Re: Sterling Silver and resin ring experiment in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by craftsurge on: June 11, 2006 09:35:56 AM
Thanks guys!
I tried taking another picture since it is overcast today.....



  I really like the one on the right end and am wondering if you would like to sell it maybe???

I would totally sell this ring or even make you another one if this isn't your size. PM me and we can discuss
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4  Sterling Silver and resin ring experiment in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by craftsurge on: June 10, 2006 05:55:50 PM
I have been playing with some silver and resin and came up with these rings... I know the picture is not that great, but they are kind of glittery.



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5  Re: Seafood fork bracelet with glass gem in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftsurge on: January 22, 2006 05:02:47 PM
Thats AWESOME  i want to make one!!! how did you shape the fork?

Thanks! I annealed the fork first by torching it. (to soften the metal) Then I used a bracelet mandrel and a hammer to get the basic shape and was able to bend the prongs with simple pliers. It was pretty basic. If you do not have a mandrel I think you could use a round piece of sturdy wood....



It is hard to take a picture, but this shows more of the curve...
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6  Seafood fork bracelet with glass gem in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftsurge on: January 22, 2006 04:07:24 PM
My friend and I bought some silver forks at a thrift store last year and I just got around to playing with them.

I bought this glass piece at a gem show a while back and thought the two went together well.

This only took about 1.5 hours to complete.
before:

after:







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7  Re: ThriftStorePictureRevampRound2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftsurge on: July 06, 2005 06:46:02 AM
This is the funnest swap, I am really enjoying seeing everyone's ideas!

I recevied my awesome picture a while ago but have beenhaving computer probs......

Here is the before pic of what i sent gatti:



Here is the after:



Close up of the awesome giant spider taking over the city street:



This came out totally great, I am loving the spider, he is creepy and adorable at the same time. I think this was a great idea!!!
 Thank you again for a great picture revamp! I am sending you yours today!
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8  Re: Thrift Store Picture Revamp Round II! Sign-up- CLOSED Send by-06/15/05 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftsurge on: May 27, 2005 02:01:02 PM
I picked up my picture today. I figure I will let my partner add the color!


the dimiensions are small  9" x 12"

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9  Re: Art Clay? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by craftsurge on: May 18, 2005 10:45:22 AM





How did you achieve such a beautifully smooth finish?

Thanks!
This is a trick i learned from my instructor. You can use "Wet Ones" wet wipes to smooth the surface during the green stage (before it is fired). This really helps get it smooth.
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10  Re: Art Clay? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by craftsurge on: May 17, 2005 02:00:45 PM
Hi tcap

I have been using Art Clay for 6 months or so now and I really am liking it. here is a link to a similar thread:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32157.0

You can get a mirror finish from art clay, here is one of my certification pieces:



It is not even fully buffed yet! This center of the pendant is a piece of dichroic glass. This was a real easy project and took only an hour or so!
Good luck! I hope you enjoy experimenting with it!
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