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Making Molds

Making Molds

I got to work at Mama’s House, again, yesterday. I did some glueing, sorting, and made some molds from stone beads and a drawer knob.I also planned and announced a giveaway.

The contest for my, “Tree Hugger” bracelet can be found and entered at facebook.com/karlakrafts. 

Gluing and Glazing

Gluing and Glazing

I’ve been all down and out over needing to give up my studio,  Mama’s House. If we move to Charlotte to be near the grandkids, it makes no sense to have a studio in N. Wilkesboro.

I’ve barely set foot in the place for the past two months, but I went down for a few hours the past few days.

I glued some Czech glass buttons and cabs into frames. 

I painted and glazed some polymer clay pieces.




This is the liquid piece I tried. I left it in the mold, and baked abd baked and bake. Mostly that was a waist of time, but it tirned out pretty good: 

I felt better those days, my spirits lifted. When a fellow Beady Bunch member posted this, I related:

What I learned, yesterday…

What I learned, yesterday…

I shipped this necklace to a customer who has a P.O. box at my same zip code. I took it to the post office, thinking it would never leave the building. Wrong!

That could’ve been true if I’d put stamps on it! Because I bought postage at the post office, my package had to go to the processing center. Instead of getting her necklace, today, my customer will get it tomorrow. 

Currently, anything under 4oz. mails for $3.50 or 7 stamps. Why didn’t I just buy a book of stamps on the spot? Laura thought of that, but she was in the car. Next time!

Hello Blog! 

Hello Blog! 

I have lots to catch up on! I’ll start with, today, though. I missed the Apple Festival, and was generally down and out, so I went to Mama’s to do a little making and distract myself. I’d just received these Vintaj goodies from Candie Cooper, a designer I admire. 

I chose the 5 smaller leaves and the big jump ring to work with. I saw a dangle and matching earrings. I love antique copper for fall, but these needed some color. I found some Czech glass leaves to add. They are from artbeads.com.I rounded up jump rings and eyepins. 

I needed briolette bails for the glass leaves, started with the eyepins, but wound up using 26 gauge copper wire. I did more than a little practicing.

This is what I wound up with so far:

I’m thinking about using smaller oval jump rings to keep the charms between the spacers. Earrings are coming soon, too.

Jewel School and The Beady Bunch

Jewel School and The Beady Bunch

Jewelry Television (jtv.com) has a jewelry making show called Jewel School. They sell materials, and tools and demonstrate techniques. They air three shows per week in their network 

You can also watch their shows on Facebook Live. If you do, you can post comments and questions for the show hosts while they are on air. You can also chat with other viewers.

One group of viewers formed a club, the Beady Bunch. I am a member, and so are 800+ other folks, mostly women who make jewelry.Being a Beady Bunch member and recent Jewel School happenings have put some added excitement and comaraderie in my life!