Last call for students to join us in France 2013! We had some "life" situations come up and have some last minute openings. We will be traveling to Paris and spending each day at the flea market in the morning then museums and sight seeing in the afternoon. We will then journey by train to our class at the lovely La Cascade where we will make souvenirs from our finds!
Here is some "eye candy" to let you know the amazing finds only in Paris!
I love love love hardware!
and vintage jewelry...
and letters and numbers of all kinds...
When we go south we see such amazing little villages...this is Soreze where "Au Chocolate" was filmed....I am pretty sure Johnny Depp is still hanging out there somewhere...
and of course you can't leave without making friends with a little French Bull Dog!!
The teachers will be Debbi Simon, Brenda Schweder and Linda Larsen and we will guide you to the markets and help you make souvenirs of your amazing trip!
Email me if you want more information...firstname.lastname@example.org
The winners from last weeks blog have been emailed with their prize, thanks for all your comments....
Our new doming resin is easy to use and is a great addition to your jewelry designs. A friend asked me to help her with a project as she really wanted these bracelets for an upcoming trip to France. They say "let them eat cake" in French and attributes it to Marie Antonette even though it is rumored that she never said it. She brought me the maps with the words imposed on them made in Photoshop.
I experimented with a bangle by coating it in paper from a magazine with mod podge. Then I reated a jig from steel wire and hung it so the resin could drip as it dried. If you try this, make sure the bangle doesn't touch anywhere that the resin will dry and attach to the wire. The point of the jig is to make it "dangle" and drip. After each coat dried I trimmed the drip and applied the next layer.
Then....I tried the same technique with the cuffs and they were a disaster. They didn't hang quite right I had a really bumpy finish and couldn't get them smooth.
Of course I had a time crunch and had to switch ideas fast! I realized I needed to resin the paper first then attach to the cuffs. The paper needed the resin to make it water proof and wearable as a piece of jewelry. I printed new papers and laid them on a heavy black garbage bag. The best way to get them coated is to mix the resin and use a piece of sponge to work the resin into the paper. This will always give you a somewhat translucent look to your paper so if you don't want that then seal it with several coats of mod podge or other sealer and let it dry well.
I ended up gluing the papers to the cuff with an epoxy glue. Epoxy glue is nearly the same formula but just has acceleorators in the hardener which is why expoxy glue is yellow. The accelorators create the yellowing.