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Working on some acrylic jewellery.

April 10th, 2012 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

(I’m sure there is a mini tutorial hiding in here somewhere) – First in line was this ring. I made it from acrylic

Acrylic Ring

Acrylic Ring

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).

Fusing Glass

January 9th, 2012 | Posted by Nicole in Glass - (0 Comments)

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 🙂

Fusing Glass - Glasstwig.com

Fusing Glass - Glasstwig.com

 

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…..

 

A short not so voluntary break

June 27th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

So, after a short and not so voluntary break, I’m back.  Sometimes things don’t go the way we plan them. Not always a bad thing.

Been working on some new earrings and lots of other stuff, the work area looks like a right mess again, as long as I can find what I need, that’s ok with me.

Here are some of the new earrings.  There is also a red version with coral gems. There is also more resin stuff sitting on myself, waiting for that to cure before I move it and get dust on it. The earrings can be found in the shop www.glasstwig.com.  I have also added some items to the sale category and every now and again there is ‘special’.

Silver and Gems Earrings

Silver and Gems Earrings

Glass Fusing

April 14th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Glass | News - (0 Comments)

At last – – they made it.  The parcel with the new, bright wonderful glass has arrived. It’s all Bullseye Glass.

Bullseye Glass

Bullseye Glass

The first pieces are already in the kiln.  These are of course just test pieces to see if they turn into cabochons that can actually be used and look the way I want them to.  I have even written down the firing schedule for a change, just to make sure I get the exact same program again if I need it.  Not that that was easy, too much information from all sides, will have to dry and see if it works for what I want it.  If everything turns out the way it is supposed to, I will be making for bright summer cabochons to add to some of my metal clay jewellery and maybe just some glass jewellery.  Here is some of the glass that will be going into the kiln.  I’ll post a short update about how the test went and what pieces will be worked on.  If things don’t turn out the way they should, it will be a post on what not to do or how to avoid things.

Facebook Page

April 6th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

OK, I admit, I’m a little slow, or maybe just busy, yeah – busy.  But, even I have finally managed to setup a facebook business page.  I’ve added a couple of photos and will keep adding status updates.  The long stuff I will keep for the blog.  If you would like to have a look here is the link.  Thank you.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glasstwig-Handmade-Jewellery-by-Nicole/206058966087064?sk=wall

Some of my handmade jewellery

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

can also be bought through www.artfire.com.   A plattform for selling handmade items.  I have not included all of my jewellery on artfire, some items are only available in my webshop, however I will be adding more bit by bit.  All payments can be made with PayPal. Occasionally some items may be on sale in the webshop or on artfire. Keep a look out for the deals.

If you are looking for a german plattform for handmade stuff (from me and from others) you can try www.vondir.de or www.dawanda.de

Again not all my items are on these plattforms. If you would like to see all handmade jewellery made by myself you will need to go to www.glasstwig.com.

Caring for coral jewellery

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Jewellery Care | News - (0 Comments)
Coral Bracelet

Coral Bracelet

As I have a number of coral pieces in the shop, I thought a little note on how to care for handmade coral jewellery might be helpful.

Gemstones need to be treated with care if they are to keep their shine and look their best.  There are plenty of everyday things that can harm some of the stones. Perfumes, oils, creams, are all bad for the stones and make them look less attractive.

There are different types of coral stones, such as pressed coral, but they all need to be treated with great care as they are fragile, can be scratched very easily and can even fall apart.  Beads may have been dyed or treated in some other way, this will not always help and dyed colours may fade over time.

It is best to apply oils and creams to the skin first, once these have dried you can then put on your jewellery to ensure that the two have as little contact as possible.  Any chemicals should be avoided.

To avoid the beads getting scratched when not wearing your jewellery, you should store them away from other jewellery or anything that could be dangerous to them.  The box that you place them in should also be suitable for the stones.  Something nice and soft that will not harm the beads or change their colour.

If you do need to clean the beads, you can do so with a soft damp cloth, quickly wipe the beads, the corals should not be in contact with water for too long as water will harm the beads. Leaving them in water for a long time to clean them is not a good idea, it will remove more then just the dirt. This is something you need to keep in mind when wearing a ring or even a bracelet, – doing the dishes with the ring is not advisable.

Direct sunlight and very high temperatures should also be avoided, the sunlight can cause the colour to fade, leaving a nice shiny bead looking rather pale and “worn”.

Ideally stones should be cleaned after they have been worn, going over them with a damp cloth and letting them dry completely should be enough.  If you do need to clean stones thoroughly, you could give them to a professional or you need to get detailed information about the type of stone, to find the best way of cleaning it without being damaged. Ultrasonic cleaners can be harmful to many stones and should be avoided unless tried and tested (by someone else).

Had my head

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)
Silver and Blue Sandstone Earrings

Silver and Blue Sandstone Earrings

 

stuck in paperwork. The stuff is coming out of my ears. And of course, everything for the “offices” has to be finished by the end of the month. They like to forget the some of us have to work, at least every now and again.  But I have managed to get something finished. So here are some of the new additions.

Coral Necklace

Coral Necklace

More Wood Rings

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News | Wood - (0 Comments)

Just a tiny little preview of some “raw” wood rings, they will be next. They just don’t know it yet.

It’s another light and bright one, the other is precious wood.  The bright one must also the the “fattest” ring in the shop, well, at least so far, I’m sure he will be a little slimmer when he’s done. He may even get some colour.

Handmade Wood Rings

Handmade Wood Rings

(Deutsch) Neue “Sale” Kategorie

April 1st, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.