Monday, October 31, 2011

Tiny glass tree baubles make a cute necklace

My mom was visiting from Vancouver last week, and two of my favorite things to do with her are 1) shop and 2) make jewelry.  We took a walk through Crate & Barrell while she was here and came across these cute little glass drop ornaments, meant for one of those mini trees.  As soon as we got home, we got to work coloring some of the ornaments with my vitrea glass paint, baking them for a half hour to set the color. When those were done, we strung an assortment on a chain, and finished it off with a suede cord.  I really like the glass, chain and suede combination together -- it's unexpected and I think it works with any kind of outfit.   I've got a craft faire coming up next month, and I'm thinking of making a few more of these in different colors, and stringing the balls on chain and leather as well.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Day of the Dead earrings my way of honoring the past

Mexico is gearing up for Day of the Dead celebrations, a time when they honor those who have passed on.  I was inspired to create these colorful "Dia de los Muertos" earrings for the 3 days of festivities.  

Probably the hardest part of creating these earrings was trying to figure out how the color photo copier worked a the Fedex store.  Once I had printed out my "Dia de los Muertos" images, I modge podged them onto Scrabble Tiles and poured a layer of resin on them.  From there, I strung beads onto silver wire and made them into these delightful dangles, more than enough to wear during the Nov. 1 & 2 festivities.

It occurred to me that one of these days, someone in the family is going to open up the Scrabble box and discover there are no longer any letter tiles, thanks to my little jewelry obsession.  Until then....enjoy the bling!