Monday, March 2, 2015

How to Make a Crystal Ring

 I love crystals. I use them in the garden, in the home, as jewelry and just to collect.
In Pala CA, there is a working mine where you can go dig to your hearts content. Ocean View Mines.
I have buckets and buckets of raw crystals to prove it!
When we travel through Nevada or other gem worthy states, I always make sure to stop off at quartz museums and shops. There is just something so magical and mysterious when you gaze into crystals.
This ring tutorial shows how you can make your own with the real deal or faux crystals as I did here.

Materials:
  1. Tinted or clear crystals. These were purchased from the Bead Gallery @ Michaels Craft stores.
  2. Adjustable rings with a deep bezel.  You can find these at any craft or bead store.
  3. E6000.
  4. Fine colored glitter.
  5. Paper plate or work mat.
  6. Styrofoam or Floralfoam- to set ring in while working.
  7. Small dry paint brush.
 *Begin by filling your bezel  ¾ with the E6000.- If you fill it too much, glue will bulge out while adding crystals and make a mess. 



* Begin to add your crystals.  Imagine how they would look on your finger. 
*They will fall at first but as the glue starts to set, you'll be able to place them better.
* It takes approximately 9-11 crystals to fill a ring, depending on their size. 
* When you can fit no more, sprinkle exposed glue areas with your glitter. 
 * Position ring firmly in foam so it sits upright.
* Let the ring set undisturbed for 8-12 hours or overnight before wearing.
*Use the dry paint brush to remove any excess glitter from the ring and crystals. 

 When I made the above ring, I think I was channeling  The Fortress of Solitude from Superman movies. Remember all those crystals? Doesn't this ring remind you of it?
Well, faux or not, crystals just make me feel good. So I'm giving away this ring. Its made with a mixture of both crystals in the materials photo. The ring is easily adjustable and will fit any adult finger, male or female.

Leave a comment here by March 15th, 2015 for a chance to win!
(Make sure I have a way to contact you. Leave your email or follow me on FB.-
 - I have a group for my Blog Updates and a group for my Charms and Faerie Garden swaps)

Giveaway is open to anyone anywhere but if you live outside of the U.S., you'll be responsible for the shipping cost- which is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

While you are here, Feel free to Vote for Best Blogger Craft!


 This is my project, - a Chicken Wire Crystal Chandelier.
 You can see it here.
You have until March 10th to pick your favorite :)
See, I told you I love crystals!
 If you would love to see more crafts made with crystals, join me here on March 12th, 2015 for a Connie Crystal Blog Hop!

See you then!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How to Make a Chicken Wire Crystal Chandelier



At the beginning of 2015, I along with other craft bloggers attended a Blogger Networking Event at the Craft and Hobby Association Show in January.
Bloggers received a sample of new products from participating sponsors of that party.
Everyone who participated created fantastic projects!
These are the newest, hottest  items to hit the craft industry.

We need your help determining which project to crown Best Blogger Craft of 2015!


Voting ends March 10th, 2015 midnight CST.

 You can only vote once, so have fun looking!
From a desk top, you can vote here. 
Or from your wireless device, scroll to the bottom of the page and select 'mobile' .

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  I made this Chicken Wire Crystal Chandelier.
On the website, I was limited to one photo for my submission. Here are a few  extra to better explain my tutorial.
Enjoy!
  Materials List
  • MD Chicken Wire
  • MD metal working gloves
  • MD Brass Metal Sheet Roll
  • Prima Swarovski Crystals
  • Sizzix branch die
  • Sizzix Flower die
  • Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Die cutting machine
  • Red and green alcohol pens
  • 25 Heart shaped crystals
  • Gold floral wire
  • e-6000 glue
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Scissors
  • Gold spray paint
Instructions
-Working carefully with the gloves on, roll out the chicken wire and cut a 12" X 12" piece with the jewelry pliers.
-Shape chicken wire into a cylinder shape.
-Carefully interlock wire ends together with your gloved fingers and pliers. 
-Pinch the top of the cylinder closed and push down until the cylinder measures 6".
* The reason I pushed the top down, was to give the metal branches a 'shelf' to hang onto. *
-Spray completely with gold paint and let dry.
-Cut and emboss 4 flowers from the brass sheet.
 
 
-Cut 4 branches from the brass sheet.
-Use the edge of your scissors or a bone folder to make indents into the leaves.


*I used the blank space of the die for a cushioned surface when adding the indents to the leaves.*
 
 
-Color the leaves and flowers with alcohol pens.
-Attach crystals with e-6000.
 
* If you make a mistake with the coloring, a little rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover works great to remove unwanted color!*
-Use colored floral wire to attach branches to top of the cylinder.
-Glue the flowers to the branches.
 *The hearts came on a strand with the large jump rings. I simply bent the jump rings with the pliers into a "S" shape to hand on the chicken wire.*
-Hang hearts, prism side out, in the chicken wire holes.
-Attach a wire hook and hang in a sunny spot, indoors or out in the garden for all to enjoy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Craft Room- Decorative Wall Plaque

Welcome to a blog hop and giveaway hosted by Adornit!

Every blog participating has a "clue"- a letter for you to spell a phrase.
Instructions on how to start the hop or submit your phrase are on the Adornit blog.

The giveaway is a complete set of the Art Play Printables collection and a original piece by the artist  who created the collection, Lindsay Ostrom!


I'm in the never-ending process of cleaning and organizing my studio.
So when I saw this quote from Adornit, I just knew I needed this in my craft room.

Materials used:
  1. Punch holes at top of plaque.
  2. Trace onto mint paper, mark holes with pen and cut shape out.
  3. Adhere paper to wood plaque aligning with holes. 
  4. Ink edges of  plaque .
  5. Cut wording and banners from Craft Room print
  6. Edge all with ink. 
  7. Adhere first banner at top of plaque, cutting the banner so the sides tilt up. Add second banner layer with foam tape.
  8.  Cut and ink red paper, then adhere to plaque with foam tape. 
  9. Add Craft Room wording.
  10. Use flower die or hand cut spirals from mustard paper. Start curling the paper strips from outside-in to create little roses. Secure with double stick tape and glue in place on plaque.
  11. Measure and cut 1.5 yards x 2.5" of the fabric with pinking shears. Sew a basting stitch at the top of the fabric. Pull thread to create just enough ruffle for bottom of plaque.
  12. Adhere fabric to plaque with the strong double stick tape. Layer the tape in between the various lace and trims.
  13. Tie trim at the top for hanging.
  14. Finish plaque by adding colored glitter glue and rhinestones.
Thanks for coming by!
Your giveaway clue for this post is the letter "L".
Please continue onto Sue Eldreds blog for your next clue and more Adornit Inspiration!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Owl Always Love You Tag-Mini book

 Hi Everyone!
I wanted to share my latest creation playing with my new rubber stamp line, and with Valentines Day coming up, I thought I'd make a cute tag mini-book!

 
 I used these Flexible Pouches from Deflecto Craft Solutions. The pouches measure 3"x5" and have so many other uses! Luggage tags, Banners, Pattern swatches, Photo protectors and ATC holders!
 
 I cut the assorted craft paper to just under 3"x5".
 I stamped some of the "Hoot Owls" directly onto the tags.
For the background,  I stamped both "Medallions" and  "Petals".


 Some of the owls, I stamped onto patterned paper, cut them out and attached them with foam tape.
I colored everything in with assorted markers and embellished with Valentine themed decorations/ribbon and border punched paper. 
 I really love how  this tag book turned out.
 The Owls make everything so Happy!
Don't you agree?
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Easy Sew Felt i-Phone/camera Pouch

 My last i-phone pouch I made was super cute but also so close to the  size of the actual phone that it  hardly left room for anything else. So in making this pouch, I designed it to have a extra pocket to store money, credit cards and what-nots. I also put this a cute puffy heart on the front for added protection and to make it easier to find/feel in my purse. 
 Materials:
Flip over outer felt and place your inner felt  inside folded as shown.
Fold over remaining felt so the cut window and sides align nicely.


 When sewing the sides, remember you are going through 4 layers of felt, use a hard surface or a thimble to help push the needle through. First use a running stitch along the sides, then a blanket stitch to finish.
Use your pinking shears to cut the corners of the top flap as shown.


 Sew your velcro in place.

 Cut your leftover felt scraps into little bits and use to stuff your heart.
I learned this idea from friend Jennifer Priest.
Super fantastic! No more waste. 

 Here you can see I have a slot for my phone and a slot for my 'extra's.

 The pink felt shows you the actual size of my phone. This pouch is also perfect for a little camera too!

 All I have left is to add a wrist strap, but I can't decide.
Ribbon, felt, cord, elastic....what would you do?

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