Skip to main content

Trying out a few new things

Well with the book I am illustrating quickly coming to an end I am ready to start on some new crafting projects. I am almost out of my metal jewelry and need to get cracking for the summer shows. I have also let my quilting get way behind and want to get that in motion again. So yesterday I spent the afternoon at the jewelry bench playing with a few new materials and techniques. 

I love the look of etched metal but the chemicals you use don't make me want to rush into that, so I'm opting for embossing instead. So I am using some of my old scrap booking supplies to see what can be done. The Big Shot is just perfect for small sections of metal.  I actually bought it for metal not paper (thou I use it for both now). 
So here is the 20 gauge aluminum I embossed with it yesterday. Also a section of very thin copper for it's accent. 


After cutting out the metal and embossing it
I used 2 colors of Guilder's paste to add the rustic/worn patina.
The thin sheet of copper was glued on with E6000. 


These reverse tweezers are one of my fav tools.
I bought 4 (hubby claimed 2) so I ordered 5 more. 
They are great when you are glueing small items. 


Here is heavy brass with embossing
guilder's past and some shiny aluminum bits.

I just happened to mention to a friend that I wanted to 
try making a penny rug. So sweet Pam gave me this beautiful
stack of wool! Aren't these colors beautiful. 

So here is my little first try so far. 
I figured I could aways use another pin cushion. 
I've not done any needlework of this type in many years. 
But with it being primitive I figure my uneven stitches 
and wonky french knots are OK. I co exist well with non perfection. 

Tomorrow I plan on quilting my gray and yellow quilt that has
had a semi-permeant home waiting calmly on the end of the 
sewing cabinet for months. So I thought this afternoon
I'd do some practice on a little mug rug I put together from scraps. 

We are having a free motion class this Saturday at the
Music City Modern Quilt Guild - that will be a good 
practice time too. 




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Today is a good day to stay in and work on projects and cook a big pot of veggie beef soup. The older I get the more I dislike cold weather. I have been busy with getting the etsy shop back up and loading items. The last 2 shows put a big dent in my inventory (yea!) so I need to be at the bench as much as I can. 

I did spend the morning yesterday wrapping packages. I listened to Christmas music and it really got me in a happy mood.
Here is the new smaller tree. 
 It would seem that somehow in the move I lost or left all my wrapping paper.  So I got a new roll and a few bags.  I don't normally have it all matching.  My sister was teasing me that I'd had some of my wrapping paper for 10 years...maybe I had, hum.
My current quilting project is a table topper for a friend.  She is very fond of Red Birds. 

Finished the big quilt that was on the "long arm" and how sad is this - I'm using it for a staging table for the items I'm listing on Etsy. I take photos, weigh jewelry and…

Holidays - Oh how I love them

I've just put the last show of the year behind me and now it's time to really get going for the holidays. I have a quilt on the machine ready to be quilted. Fabric stacked on the other machine ready to be cut. Canvases ready for backgrounds - well in other words - fun stuff a-plenty. 

The weather has turned cool - cold and it will soon be Thanksgiving. Since this is my first Thanksgiving in my new home we will have our dinner here. The turkey is waiting in the frig and the menu settled and the shopping done - I think I'm ready. 

For some reason the days before the holidays I always feel the need to do something new to the house. Why... don't you have enough on your plate? I guess not. Yesterday I painted an accent wall in the kitchen and hung a shelf and photos. The kitchen is yellow, it's a nice color of yellow, but I'm just not crazy about yellow. I went grey on this wall and I really like it.


This is only part of the wall, there are more photos etc, but this sh…

Managing Time

One thing I have found during the last 10 months is I have trouble managing my time like I have in the past. Seems like distractions and life run all over the schedules I make. I sometimes wonder if I'm like the little dog in UP and get the squirrel distraction.
For what ever the reasons this blog has drifted off into my Scarlet area of "I'll deal with it tomorrow. "

With my first show of the year just a few weeks out I'd normally be in full swing of creating new pieces for the show. I have only started creating again a few months back and seem to be getting into the flow of working at my bench once again, thou now as regular as I did in the past.  Here are a few of the recent items.


 This brass butterfly was given a rusted look with alcohol inks. 
An old sewing machine bulb, the end of a fork and some wings created this pendant
The focal element of this necklace is from a vintage bracelet
Then one day I decided to get out the poly clay again.  I've not done anythin…