Can you believe it’s 2018? Happy New Year, everyone!
Who doesn’t need more sparkle in their life? I found a box with some left over chandelier parts on my workbench the other day. Hmm… Thought they’d make some pretty awesome hangers. Start playing around with sparkly crystals and colorful beads. Et, voila! They look great on a Christmas tree, but would also had some bling-bling to a window or hanging from a rear-view mirror in the car. I’m definitely going to make more next year for Holiday Markets and personal gift giving.
You can easily purchase a box of 12 crystal chandelier parts from Amazon for less than $10. They have lots of sizes, styles, and even colors. I used 18 gauge silver plated wire to add pretty beads and hangers. Ready to gift in a jiff. The one on the right has silver solder tinned around the edges for a more antique look.
IMO, these would make great gifts all year round…
Who couldn’t use a little bedazzling in their life?
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day…We just finished the last of the leftovers for dinner last night.
I also got the itch to cut up and play with another used thrift store belt for embellishing cuffs. This $3 belt will make four bracelets. While three are done, there’s still one more in my head to make.
Using varying combos of embossing, painting, and ink stamping, these all received different embellishments. Each one also has a different closure. And all were treated to a couple of coats of Ren Wax to protect the finishes.
This first one has a large agate slice wired on with a button and leather loop closure.
Next has a lovely statement that kind of makes me a little teary. A great encouragement for women, I think. Used a leather lace with bead for an adjustable closure.
This last one might be for men or women?? I do like the large toggle clasp with the pewter painted finish on the leather. Not sure…unisex? What do you think?
One last look at my new trio of up-cycled leather bracelets. Still plenty of belt for another one!
So, my few holiday markets are going well. Two more to go, both the second weekend in December…one all day Friday and one Saturday afternoon.
I did find out that people love buying the leather bracelets, so I’ve ordered more materials to make some more for these events. One group is has been sunbathing outside during the daylight hours to deepen their color before I run them through the rolling mill to emboss them. Good thing we’re still sunny in Southern California this week!
Don’t think I’ve ever shared my packaging for jewelry…probably because it’s nothing super special. As I’ve been making up a new batch for these last two markets, I’ll let you know what I do…Simple, simple. But I like them.
I purchase 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inch glassine bags on Amazon. One hundred in a pack. They are used in bakeries for those small cookie purchases.
Using StazOn ink and some large stamps, I add a pretty design to one side of the bag. Done! As I said, Simple. I do put my earrings or a delicate sterling silver necklace into a small clear ziplock bag first.
This size is large enough for earrings, bracelets, and most of my necklaces. And in my humble opinion, these will do for a gift bag in a pinch. I can also slip in a sale receipt and business card.
The permanent ink and stamps are from Michaels…these can be pricey, so alway use a coupon or purchase when there is a 40% sale. These stamps are used and abused! I use them with polymer clay designs, stamping packaging and signage, and stamping copper for etching metal. Besides the ink colors shown, I also have black, red, and blue.
More experiments with leather yesterday. I’m having too much fun when I should really be giving full attention to inventory for some holiday markets. Hoping these add some new interest for those returning shoppers.
This first one was dabbed with acrylic paints in lilac, turquoise, and old gold. Then stamped all over with StazOn ink.
And this, embellished with a gorgeous Vintaj Dragonfly and a carnelian nugget.
This bracelet was embossed, then painted with a mix of acrylic paint and antiquing medium. Rubbed with a paper towel when almost dry.
With more Vintaj beauties.
This last one, is a piece of one of my husband’s old leather belts. And you guessed it!
Another Vintaj pretty.
Two more cuffs made from pieces of the old belt…giving it a new life!
Thinking I need to hit the thrift stores for some more leather belts!
The first of three Holiday Markets is coming in a couple of weeks…time to get a move on! I’m trying to add some new things to my offerings…the leather pieces I’ve recently shown you and this week I’ve created some embossed and textured sterling silver components from sheet metal. Cut, shaped, embossed or hammered, pickled, oxidized, sanded, tumbled, polished, and wired up. Oh, and forgot, domed!
They’ve been through a lot to get to this…
Love these! But I’m going to need to order more sheet metal soon.
Hi, My name is Lynda.
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