Wednesday, June 1, 2011

success! a new jewelry piece and a new thank you card

I've been trying off and on to create some new jewelry and today I finally had some success with a piece!  I love Scrabble tile necklaces (found on Etsy) and decided to try to make some on my own.  Not to sell, just for myself and to make for friends and family; Etsy is rather saturated with Scrabble tile pendant sellers and eh, I'm honestly entirely too lazy to keep up with a store and orders.  And trust me when I say that these are not easy to make either - they LOOK incredibly simple, but looks are deceiving.  I've worked with chiyogami papers and digital prints, and to find a good glue that works with both is not easy.  Chiyogami papers can be delicate, and too much glue will absolutey ruin a piece; digital prints must be sealed completely or any glue that is water-based (as most are that are sold for craft/jewelry making, i.e. Judikins Diamond Glaze) will fade and corrupt the print as well.  I tried a microglaze that was advertised and shilled as "the best glaze available"; um yeah, on what planet?  One, even using a minimal amount didn't seal my digis properly, and two, OMG getting them to actually adhere to a glass piece?  My frustration level went through the roof.  I LOVE looking at the digis available on Etsy (my favorites are Tragic Pixels, Art Vision, SparrowGraphic and digitalya) so I put everything away for a little while to focus on my papercrafting again. 

And then I found a fantastic glue/sealant at Michael's - Inkssentials Glue n' Seal.  I bought a little bottle because having been burned before by buying an unknown product I'm a bit gun-shy and went home to experiment.  The results are fantastic.  The glue dries VERY fast and completely clear, and it does not eat my paper.  It doesn't fade my prints, and for some reason even bubbles were kept to a minimum.  Pretty freaking awesome, let me tell you.  Actually, let me show you:
Card and necklace:
Necklace alone:
Side view of piece - I love this, it looks so cool:
The cabochon magnifies the print so you see it from the side, and yes, I finally figured out the macro setting on our new camera.  :)
Digital collage print: Etsy seller artvision
Cabochon, pendant tray and chain: Etsy seller BuyJust5Supply

The card is for my sweet friend who gave our daughter a birthday gift (quite unexpectedly, and Buglet is in love - more bubbles and sidewalk chalk, yippee!).  I used my new embossing powders from Stampin' Up! (please forgive the slight goofs), a basic blank card from Michael's, Bazzill's fabulous pearlescent paper and my Cuttlebug:
The inside is lined with white, and I used a basic "thank you" stamp from My Pink Stamper, with two pink jewels.  I like it a lot, and hope my friend does too!
Cuttlebug folder: Thanks
Stampin' Up products:
  • Versamark watermark pad
  • Embossing powder: Tangerine Tango
  • Embossing powder: Melon Mambo
  • Stamp: butterfly from the Flower Fest set
My Pink Stamper: Simply Sweet Occasions
Pop Dots

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4 comments:

  1. ooooooooh! preeeettttyyyyy! Im loving that necklace! YAY for finding a glue product that worked for you!!!

    and the card is super cute!

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  2. Hey Megan, if you send me your favorite colors I might just send you a surprise... :)

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  3. Cute girl!!! Very impressed with that necklace!

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