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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).

Polymer clay and hollow forms

November 14th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Polymer Clay - (0 Comments)

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.

Polymer Clay around Cork Clay

Polymer Clay around 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.

Polymer Clay Heart

Polymer Clay Heart

 

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.

More work in progress

October 13th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Those fine silver rings are nearly ready, they are sitting here waiting to be taken to the kiln. Another extra long firing to make sure they can do their job as rings.

Metal Clay Cross

Metal Clay Cross

So I have started working on the next thing… crosses seem to be ‘my’ in thing right now.. one fine silver cross is being worked on.. it’s big and will be a pendant filled with resin when it’s finished.  Please excuse the mess – I tend to concentrate on the piece, not the surroundings, that is something I have to deal with when the work is done. 🙂

 

I have also found some wonderful polymer clay, really nice and soft and can be shaped very easily,  – very quickly conditioned – I use the pasta machine – the colours are great.  So, the idea being, start with something simple – but big – here we go…

 

Polymer Clay Heart

Polymer Clay Heart

 

This is a biiiiig heart, it will not be overlooked.  Another pendant is ready to go  – it just needs the right setting.

This type of polymer clay also cures harder then the stuff I have been working with so far, but not too hard – it won’t break. Looks like the right material for rings and bracelets.

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.

Latest Additions (take two)

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

Handmade Wood Ring

This is the new addition in the rings section. It took a while,- varnish can take very long to dry,- but the blue ring is finally ready to be added.

There is also a new item in the “glass” section.  A very nice pinky entry, lots of shades of pink. Both can be found in the shop.

Pink Glass Necklace

Pink Glass Necklace

 

I’m working on some fine silver and resin pieces, hope to have them done really soon.

Caring for Jewellery

March 29th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Jewellery Care - (0 Comments)

I have just added this catergory, silver clay still stuck on my hands, keyboard is covered with the stuff. Here you will find tips and info on caring for your handmade jewellery, especially the unique, one of a kind pieces, not just the usual tips for caring for silver jewellery or gemstones jewellery, but caring for the material I use.  Material like soapstone, fake “sea glass”, wood and cold enamel.  Of course silver and all other materials will be covered as well.  Let me know if there is anything in particular you are interested in.

Please check back soon, I will make entries, as soon as I get things cleaned, the entries should “grow” over the next couple of days/weeks.

Working on a soapstone ring

March 29th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News | Soapstone - (0 Comments)
Soapstone Ring

Soapstone Ring

So,  after all that sanding on the soapstone (and my fingers), I have some time to add a “still working on it” picture.   Its a black/brown soapstone and you can see the final shape, (sort of),  unless somethings goes very wrong and I will have to go for plan B.  The colour hasn’t yet come out, that will happen once it has been polished.  It has a really nice colour mix.

The silver rings are also being worked on and should be ready for the cold enamel any day soon.

The soapstone cross is finished and has been added to the shop.  www.glasstwig.com

Hello and Welcome…

March 29th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Hello Everybody,

Made it. A new blog site from someone who makes handmade, unique, one of kind jewellery. No two items will look the same.  Hmm, well that must be ‘cos most items are only made onces.

My eshop is up and running, if you would like to have a look at what is available at the moment you can go to:  www.glasstwig.com.  I work with many different materials, silver, gemstones, wood, glass, and there are lots more coming.

The good news it that some time next week, new Silver Rings with Cold Enamel should be ready and will be added to the shop and the Polymer Clay and Silver Earrings are almost ready to go.

Make sure you check back as I will be updating you on what is going on, and what has been happening so far.  And of course there will be lots of photos.  All silver is either Sterling Silver (925) or Fine Silver (999). As its the middle of the night and (after “some” problems) I have just managed to install and configure this blogsite, I shall be taking a break (just a short one).

Thanks.