Another one of these was needed, time to turn a lot of Netstone, jewellery thread and some ribbon into a bracelet.
From all of this (above) to a bracelet with lots of Netstones. Because the stones are not ‘stuck’ in one single crochet loop the stones can move about a little. I take two or three stones to one crochet loop, every now and again, there are no stones or just one stone to make sure the bracelet is stable and secure. The thread used is special jewellery thread, it is non stretch, making sure everything stays where it is supposed to be. Last thing to be added is the clasp. Done after the crochet part is finished. I use a couple of different knots to secure the clasp ends in the thread.
The end result being a bracelet with lots and lots of stones that can move about just a bit.
But these bracelets are not heavy, even with all the stones.
Every bracelet will be different, – the stones will find their way. And none of these bracelets will not be overlooked. 🙂
PS. The finished bracelet can be seen in the shop. www.glasstwig.com
The workshop has been rearranged, yet again, – you can never have enough space, and there have been a couple of new additions. Among them some very gorgeous sparkling black diamonds and sapphires in blue and rose. All of them waiting to be turned into some beautiful jewellery. As the workshop is accessible again, that will be no problem, one of the sapphires has already been added to a fine silver hammered ring. There will be some more of those with blue gemstones and some of the diamonds will also be part of rings. This year there will be lots of fine silver rings and I will also stock up on some more sparkling gemstones which will be turned into earrings.
Time for lots of sparkling bright colours and maybe even some fine silver which has been turned purple through oxidization. All shops will be updated with new items as they become available.
If you find something you like but it’s not in your size you can always email me, if the gemstones are still available I can make the ring in a different size.
(I’m sure there is a mini tutorial hiding in here somewhere) – First in line was this ring. I made it from acrylic
sheet, plexiglass. The saw had to do a bit of work but we got there in the end. – My elbow only hurt for a little while.
Once the, at that point, sort of oval form, had detached from the rest of the sheet, everything else was formed by filing and sanding. My arms are a little stronger now, great upper body workout.
Start sanding with coarse paper if you need to remove some of the material.
For the fine-tuning you can use higher numbers like 240 to 300.
When the shape is ‘final’ you can start to polish using the sanding paper, use very fine sanding paper starting with 400 and higher depending on the finish you would like.
You may also want to move to wet sanding after a while – remember to wear a dust mask at all times. The water helps to catch the little bits and pieces flying around and can made it easier to see the detail of the piece.
When you are happy with the look, make sure all the scratches have been removed, you can give the item a final polish after applying some polishing paste.
Whatever you do don’t rush, take your time sanding with different grades of paper to make sure all scratches are removed and the shape is as you want it.
The finished item can look like glass. In which case you need to be careful, every fingerprint and reflection will show. So no touching just before you take any photos.
Next on my list are some coloured sheets. As soon as the saw has recovered.
As the material is very light it is also suitable for earrings. This is were having just two hands turns into a bit of a problem, there is only so much we can do at the same time. And there is some exotic/precious wood waiting to be turned into jewellery pieces.
I will also try colouring the acrylic sheet, if it works, I will post a tutorial later. (After cleaning the kitchen).
Well, the holiday is over – not that it ever started. The kiln has been going non stop – lots of new silver and even more glass pieces – the first ones were just a test – to test the new glass moulds, well, they are great, if you stick to the instructions everyting comes out just fine (at least with my kiln) even with one of the moulds a little damaged, it still works just fine.
The instructions I use for firing COE90 glass bits are:
Heat up very slowly to about 680°C. This temperature should be held for about 10 minutes. – Venting.
Then it’s a full fire to about 780°C. This should also be held for about 10 minutes, maybe even more depending on what you are doing. – Venting.
This is were you have to stop venting. – Your going into cool down. Do a full stop until you get to about 520°C. It should stay at this temperature for about 1 hour.
Now let the pieces cool to room temperature without opening the kiln.
The instructions should work for an average size pendant. – Of course it will depend on the glass you use and the type of kiln and how big the piece is.
Filling the moulds with a litle more or a little less worked fine for me, you just have to make sure you don’t make things too small.
I have included some examples of the first pieces that made it. I must get some more colours. I think I will make some more drops and turn them into earrings with the help of some silver bezels, and the black one wants to be a ring – he said so 🙂
I have also been working on my webshop www.glasstwig.com – managed to get a slider working and I am retaking most of the pictures – so – lots to do – must get back to it…..
I just discovered how not to make hollow forms with polymer clay – here is one which didn’t go according to plan.
Looks like everything got a little too tight for the cross. Inside I have really really dry cork clay.
Guess I should have kept an eye on it,- well I got distracted by some beads, when I got to the oven the temperature was sightly higher then it was supposed to be and the piece was in the oven much longer then planned. Most polymer clays need a temperature of between 110° C and 130° C,- well in this case the 130° C had turned into almost 150° C,- no fumes, but the clay clearly didn’t like it. Nothing discoloured, that happens very easily and quickly if the temperature goes over 130° C, in this case it was just that something didn’t fit.
So this one will stick around as a reminder, the next one will get all the attention it needs.
The big heart was a solid polymer clay piece,- so I thought it was time to try some cork clay inside the piece so that the end result would not be so heavy, I like heavy pendants, but it’s not something you would want to wear all day, so there has to be an alternative.
Cork clay was right beside my desk so it got the job and it’s easily shaped and very light. Only drawback is that it takes days to dry out – and waiting is not always my strong point. The polymer clay was well conditioned and spend forever (in clay time) going through the pasta machine.
Maybe the wrapping of the polymer clay around the cork clay was not perfect, it looked like there was plenty of room – allowing for expanding and shrinkage, but then,- you can’t see inside once everything is sealed.
Sometimes the material has its own plan anyway – not looking just gave it the opportunity to do what it wanted to – but we can turn these little hiccups into little pieces of art.
I am glad to say that so far this is the only piece that got injured, everybody else has been alright, there must have been something in the air that day.