Wednesday, December 31, 2008
It was great to see all of my family this Christmas. Its so hard being so far away from them. We had a lot of fun and hopefully I will see them again this Spring. Santa brought me my tumbler and my torch, so I have now all the tools I need to make my latest ideas. I can't believe December is coming to a close. October, November and December flew by this year. The year 2008 was a good year for me. I finally got my EIT certification, I found a new passion in jewelry, my husband and myself have our health and happiness. Let hope 2009 is just as good as 2008. Have a happy and safe New Year!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Its been a good week. An extremely busy week but a good week. I made the Front page of Etsy today! Karena of kaleprimitifs put my Tumble Rough Good Luck Charm in in her treasury! I am also featured in the Etsy Metal Clay blog this week. Catherine was nice enough to post my interview on the team blog. Check out my interview here. I sold a few items this week and I am currently make a few custom orders. Hopefully by the end of this week my pirate ship pendant will be back in my Etsy shop again.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My Silver Leaf Pendant was featured on angeldamico blog yesterday. She was kind enough to send me a convo to tell me about it. She has great taste in fashion and I really love her t-shirts. Check out her Etsy Store http://www.angeldamico.etsy.com, below are some of my favorites from her store:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Scallop Shell and Starfish
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Quit Your Day Job: Chocolate and Steel
Friday, October 10, 2008
Karena's Fennel Feather Leaf Pendant
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Teresa Swanson, a talented member of the Etsy Metalclay Team has created a collection of watches. With the sale of each watch, 50% of of the proceeds will go to the San Diego Affilliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Kara Medsker McCain, a good friend of Teresa, is a twice over survivor of breast cancer. You can purchase Teresa watches and read Kara inspiring story at the following website Time For A Cure.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I was so excited back in July when I heard a new precious metal clay was about to come on the market. Precious Metal Silver Clay is a lot of fun to work with but the cost of silver clay will make anyone hesitate before undertaking a large, complicated project.
Bronzclay is composed of 11% tin, 89% copper, water and non-toxic binding materials. Bronzclay pieces can be molded, carved and then placed in a kiln where the binders burn off, leaving a piece that is composed of casted bronze, a process similar to silver clay. The difference in price though is extreme. This summer the average price for 10 grams of silver clay was $20, but currently I can by 100 grams of Bronzclay for $20. At $0.20 a gram, I have been experimenting a lot more with Bronzclay.
There is another large difference between Bronzclay and silver clay. This main difference is the method to fire the material. With Silver Clay a beginner could utilize a torch to fire their jewelry pieces but Bronzclay requires a kiln. The Bronzclay must be fired at such a high temperature and at such a long period of time (think 5 hours) that torch firing would be impossible. A kiln is not the only other piece of equipment that is required, a stainless steel container and activated carbon is also necessary. While sliver has to be fired in environment with oxygen, Bronzclay requires the opposite. No oxygen can be introduced to the Bronzclay during the firing process and this is why it must be buried in a layer of activated carbon.
So about three weeks ago, I am in my basement playing mad scientist. I got the kiln, the Bronzclay, the activated carbon and the Bronzclay directions in my hand. I follow the firing directions that came with the clay to the letter. So after about 5 hours of waiting I rushed to my kiln and after carefully extracting my pieces out I found them to covered in raised bumps. So a word to the wise do not follow the directions that come with the clay. These temperature are too hot and will simply cause the piece to blister. Cooltools has a learning section on their website that has been super helpful when it comes to figuring out firing times for jewelry pieces of different thickness.
I am currently working on a King Arthur Pendant and a Koi Fish Pendant. One of the aspects of Bronzclay I do like is the ability to easily carve into the dried clay. I am carving some cool scales onto my Koi Fish Pendant. But above is a picture of my first successful bronzclay piece, my Pirate Ship Pendant.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Storque Article on Etsy MetalClay Team