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Monday, March 18, 2013

Earring Challenge Reveal 5 (weeks 9-10/52)

Once again it is time to reveal the earrings that I made in the Art Jewelry Elements Challenge.

I decided to use another artist's components with the first set that I made. I really enjoyed it because it involved shopping, LOL.

I purchased some wonderful Elaine Ray ceramic beads at the Ornamentea shop and combined them with decorated snap jump rings, blue peanut seed beads and some Thai silver beads. Then I wrapped them up with 20 gauge silver wire.

I was very pleased that these were chosen to be one of the earrings  featured on the Art Jewelry Elements site.

 
 
 Although I have been making these earrings for quite awhile, I actually finished them this morning.

My idea was to make some fast resin earrings. I purchased the oval masonite  forms from Retro Cafe' Art, online and got the butterfly art online and I was set.

I used gel pens to color the masonite and then printed the pictures on photo papers making sure to flip one. Then I glued the photos on the masonite and sealed it with Modge Podge. That's when I found out that Modge Podge removes gel pen.

After the sealer was dry I reapplied the gold gel pen to the sides of the form and got gold all over the butterflies. My next discovery was that acetone will remove gel pen. This was a good thing. I then carefully applied ICE resin to the butterflies with a tooth pick and let dry for 24 hours.

This morning I drilled holes with my flex shaft. Then I found some dyed ocean jasper beads, gold filled spacers and brass flower beads. I wired everything together with 18 gauge half hard sterling wire because I like mixed metals. To be honest, I don't buy gold filled wire anymore as we need to pay the mortgage. Ha, ha.

And that's how I made my quick resin earrings minus the quick.


Have a warm and fuzzy day.

Julie Panusis 


 

4 comments:

  1. Congrats on being featured on AJE Reveal #5!! Well deserved mentioned as I love the first pair. Then I see another gorgeous creations! You did an amazing job with the colors and combining the resin art with gemstones! They are both gorgeous Julie!!

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    1. Kumi, you have made my day. I miss you so.
      Hugs

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  2. Love them both, Julie... those butterfly ovals are spectacular; it really is special to "do it all" yourself (they look amazing!)

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    1. Thank you so much. I love to try and make things myself. I end up learning so much.
      By the way, I love your blog. You have a new follower.
      Have a great day.

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