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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 



  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!!

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

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

    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.