Friday, 18 May 2018

Bag commission

After a long time of not being able to sew, I finished today a commission for a bag and I really enjoyed making one again. Everything went fine and no problems sewing again!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

First finished resin items

All these pieces have genuine fresh water pearls inside the resin. Because of the clear resin, the pearls seem to be floating!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

The second batch

I have made a second batch of resin castings. They majority turned out pretty good (I think) and when they have fully cured the real work with start!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

My first batch of resin castings

it is true - it is a messy business. I was dripping resin all over the place so it was good that I was warned beforehand and had everything nicely covered.

And here are the first results:

The pendants on the top are not bad. However, the two at the bottom are useless. But I have learned something from this - don't put any glitter in to start with. Also with my next batch I will give myself more time to put anything into the resin. First a layer of resin - wait an hour or so and then put the objects in. I found out that there is no rush! 

The pearl looks good as does the glass paint that I dribbled in. Also the silver paper with gold on the other side looks quite good. 

I still have one problem - the back has not completely dried but as it is lower than the outside , I will still have to put a layer of resin on it and that may solve the problem!

I am quite thrilled with the whole process.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

I have not written anything in this blog since the end of last year. and neither have I produced any new items. But I have been learning a lot about selling, SEO's, tags, Etsy tagging, Google tagging, etc.

I had to do something about my shop and the items I have in it. No good making all these lovely things if I cannot sell them. So, I spent the first quarter of this year studying!

Now I am nearly ready to start on a new project - resin jewellery! I bought everything I needed before going to Ireland, but I soon realised that it was the wrong time of the year, especially in Ireland and especially last autumn. The resin has a very strong smell and you have to work with the windows wide open. No problem, right? Wrong. Ireland is normally pretty wet and windy, but last autumn even more so. The wind was not too bad, less gale storms than we are used to, but wet and there was no way I could have the windows wide open for more than half an hour between the showers!

When I think back of last autumn, I can only think of rain. Everything was wet and going for a daily walk with the dogs was not always fun. Most of the time the walk was very short - Yorkshire terriers don't like getting wet!

Of course there is also beauty!

But the wet ground!!

The puddles!

The paths!

And we do not have a pond, this is part of our front garden. 

However, spring is here now. We have had some great days already. Today is cold but tomorrow it should be nice, sunny and warm again so I am all set up to start my new adventure!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Pink and purple - necklace and earrings

After painting all those stones, I got, at last, some time to finish the paper beads I made a while ago and here are some pics of the necklace and ear rings:

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Celtic doodling and paper beads and a new begin!

We have more or less settled in again in this tiny cottage in Ireland and after a lot of sorting, cleaning, etc., I have at last been able to start doing my things again. Not as much as I would have liked to, however, because I have planned to start at a new venture: resin casting! I have not done this before but have read up a lot about it while we were still in France and Scotland where I could not do much because everything was either waiting for being packed into the car, or packed already!

So, I have started making some more paper beads which I will cover with resin before I start the casting.

I will make some more today and varnish them tomorrow together with a river stone that I painted with what I would like to call 'melting doodling'. 

I love this doodling. I can do this while watching TV in the evening. I just cannot sit in front of the TV and do nothing with my hands, so it's either doodling or playing  sudoku on my iPad!

This is the one I made this week and which is waiting for being varnished: