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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…..

 

New Silver Rings

September 28th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Have been busy working on some new silver rings.. some have been added to the shop and Etsy already.. here are some that still need some work.  They will be filled with resin and then added to the shop.  Just have to decide on colours, or maybe a little texture, not sure yet.

Silver Rings

Silver Rings

Changes on online selling plattforms

July 19th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

I have been thinking about it for a while and have decided that it is time to make some changes.

Finding a selling plattform for the english market has not been easy, being in germany I am not allowed to sell on some makets.

So anyway, the news is that there is now an etsy shop.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Glasstwig

Why I didn’t do that in the first place?  I have no idea.

The artfire shop and the zibbet shop will remain sort of active, at least for a while.  However the number of articles in these shop has gone done quite a bit and I will be concentrating on the etsy shop for now, making sure it is stocked with lots of beautiful handmade jewellery.

So my main online shops, apart from www.glasstwig.com  will be DaWanda and etsy.  If you would like to me to move a piece of jewellery from one shop to another, because you prefer to buy through another plattform, no problem, just email me and I will move things as quickly as possible. We will see how it goes.

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

Selling handmade items through

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

Zibbet

Zibbet.com.  I have just added some of my handmade jewellery items to this site.  There is also a link on the right to my Zibbet shop.  I really    like this site, it is very clear/organized and straight forward and orders can be placed through PayPal.  If you want to have a look please go to www.zibbet.com/GlasstwigJewellery

I’m still adding items, if you prefer to order through this site and cannot find your item, please have a look later, the list will be expanding slowly.  Thanks.

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.

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