Monday, 17 September 2012

Feeling Floral

Sandra in the office made some pretty flower jewellery, and I wanted to show you just how effective it is, made with just a few bits (just add some strong glue!)

Resin flowers, ear wires & small tags 

Resin flowers, bail, chain & earstud blanks

In fact, we had some bezel earstuds left over, and they work well here!

Simple bobby pins & resin flowers

Friday, 14 September 2012

Glass Tile Necklace in Blue

Blue and white imagery has long been a favourite here, not sure if it stems from a love of all things Nordic, or the quiet influence of my mother's crockery, but I do find myself using blue and white in a number of pieces I make.  Here I will share a recent piece I made, using scalloped trays measuring 15mm, glass cabochons to fit, and a lovely paper from a scrapbooking set I have.  The only other findings you will need are the jump rings and a necklace chain.

I made the glass tiles first in the usual way and a day later, glued them into the trays.

One lovely thing about the scalloped trays is that you can push the edges down onto the glass, or pull them out as I have done here so that a jump ring can be attached easily.  For this piece I have not pushed them down onto the glass, but I have pulled out those in the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions so that the necklace hangs down correctly - if you are making a bracelet, feel free to pull the 9 and 3 o'clock rings, but for a necklace, attaching the rings through the very middle of the piece can result in the trays flipping over, whereas we want to ensure that they remain with the image facing outwards as much as possible!  11 and 1 work too for necklaces, and that way you get the effect more of a row of pendants than chain links.

 Join with matching jumprings and attach the chain at the ends.

And there you have it!  a really pretty piece that has received lots of compliments.

This would look great with any inserts - you could use the same print for each tray, or complementary colours in similar patterns, or even bright clashing colours for a riotous pop piece.  Add beads in between the trays for yet another look, or consider using ribbon instead of chain.  Too many ideas, too little time!

We would love to see your pieces - do show us your work by posting pictures on our Facebook page @jasminstudiocrafts.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Easy Wooden Letter Tile Pendants

Not sure if we ever showed you how easy it is to make a lovely wooden tile pendant.  All you need is:
- A wooden letter tile or Scrabble tile
- ModPodge glue
- E6000 or superglue
- Epoxy Sticker to fit the tile
- A bail
- A toothpick
- A pretty image

First gather your materials:

Then apply the sticker onto your chosen image - laser prints and professional prints on good thick paper work best.  Felt tip and inkjet inks may run, so try to avoid using those if you can.

Once the sticker is on, press all over the surface to ensure no air pockets remain, and carefully cut around the edge of the sticker.

Apply ModPodge to the back of the Scrabble tile and lay your image over the top.

Give it a few moments to 'grab', and then you can work on the bail right away. E6000 is very viscous and can leave trails of glue all over your work - the best way to apply it is to squeeze a drop of glue onto a piece of plastic,

and then using a toothpick, just grab a bit of the glue on the end (and if it trails you can wind it around the toothpick, like spaghetti!)

And apply it carefully over the middle of the bail, you won't need to use too much.

And immediately set it onto the centre of the tile.  Leave a couple of hours to dry completely.


All tiles, stickers, bails and glues used in this project are available to buy from our shop - try it for yourself, and see how easy it is to make gorgeous personalised jewellery!