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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

My jewelry for today.... courtesy of my 'Art Charms' swap buddies.....



Mahalo Nui Loa (thank you very much) everyone!!!!  I think there are 50 to 60 charms there, can you believe it?  And each and everyone is wonderful!! Peggy and Chris cut off the Valentine's swap at 30 but so many more artists still wanted to participate they opened a Valentine 2 swap.  Several of us couldn't stand the thought of missing out on any charms so we joined both!  So glad I did!


Here are my charms....


The first is a little collage in a metal bezel with bee on a flower and a little 'mine' text added.  I added a two part resin to fill the bezel for a glass affect.  Love the Envirotex Resin--looks very cool and it isn't too stinky to work with like regular resins.  I was really hesitant to use the stuff--think I had it setting on a shelf for a year or so before I finally got the nerve to try it.  So easy.... what was I afraid of?? :)  Had my hubby take pics when I was making these so I can put together a little tutorial to show you how easy it is in case you are nervous about it like I was.  (I did drill a hole in these and add a jump ring but for some reason can't find the pic of the finished piece--sorry about that)




My second heart charm is made with copper wire.  I twisted a little stylized heart then pounded it with a rounded hammer to flatten the wire and add a texture.  Then I used Liver of Sulphur to patina the copper since this swap was to have 'gun metal' colored wire.  Added some glass beads for a little glitz.  Funny--two other people, Emily and Nancy both used wire and glass beads to make stylized heart charms too!  I think the 3 compliment each other nicely on the bracelet!




Thanks again for the fun jewelry everyone!  And special thanks to our fearless leaders, Peggy and Chris!  BTW, Chris and Peggy have a great book out, Mixed Media Art Charms, with lots of wonderful instructions to get you started in this fun little art endeavor!

7 comments:

Peggy said...

The necklace & bracelet are beautiful! Thanks so much for joining this swap--I LOVE your charms! And as always, your packaging is outstanding. (Hey everybody--she even taped the shipping envelope with SUSHI tape! So cool....)

You rock,Cris! And thanks for the book mention.

Peggy

Dana said...

Love the Valentine jewelry you made with all your charms.

Cris Peacock said...

Thanks guys! (that sushi tape is pretty cool isn't it) Missed you on this one Dana!

Christine Hansen said...

Ooooh, Cris, they are LOVELY!!! I love love LOVE your "bee mine" charms - uber coolio and BIG congrats to you for having the courage to tackle resin! I'm gonna wait another couple of months before I try it again - too cold and damp here to make it work nicely right now. And what Peg said - thanks very much for mentioning our book! xoxo, c

Sissosaved said...

They are awesome. I did the 2 part epoxy for my charms and made a mess. How do you pour it with out over doing it? When I went back to fill in my missed spots it came out lumpy and then I tried the crystal lacquer and had air bubbles the next day. I refused to quit. Looking at your work has inspired me to do keep trying.
Thanks for sharing.

Cris Peacock said...

I'll get working on that tutorial Linda and it will cover those things you mentioned.

Valerie K said...

Loved the bee charm. And your origami turtle for the Asian swap. Did you use the same resin on it? I look forward to your tutorial!