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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cool Find - Discounted Name Brand Mixed Media Craft Supplies Warehouse

One picture of the main part of the shop.


Whenever I stumble upon a cool find, I like to share the information with my friends in blog land. Well, this is one of those times.

One day last week, I stumbled upon a neat little find not too far from where I live in Springdale, Arkansas.  Two large signs near the street advertised a "craft supplies warehouse sale" in the adjacent set of warehouse buildings.  From the signs and the building itself - both are pretty nondescript - you wouldn't think there was anything special about what is inside...but looks can be so deceiving.


Simple street signs give the most basic information.

This is the nondescript entrance to the shop.

Once I got to the door (which was locked), I had to call a telephone number listed on the door for one of the employees to let me in.  To make a long story short, the warehouse employees work in the back, and when customers arrive, they unlock the door to allow them into the shop and adjoining warehouse.  (One of the employees informed me that they don't have enough regular foot traffic in the shop to warrant an employee being there at all times; that is why visitors have to call to be let in by a warehouse employee.)

Once I was inside, I was thrilled to find that this location manufactures name brand mixed-media and scrap-booking products for: 7 Gypsies, Tattered Angels and the Canvas Corporation.  In addition, they carry many more product lines including, but not limited to: Maya Road, Tim Holtz products (including alcohol inks), Zutter binding products and more.  Best of all - everything in the air-conditioned shop is 25% off at all times.  In the warehouse immediately adjoining the main store, there is an additional shopping area where all products are deeply discounted at a minimum of 75% off of the retail price.  In the warehouse, there is no air-conditioning or heating and you may have to dig to find some awesome things, but it is well worth it.

Here are some images from inside of the main shop:

Christmas products

Halloween products

Miscellaneous tags

Scrapbook paper and matching accessories

Fabric and paper combinations

Fabric paper and combinations (Christmas themed)

Maya Road embellishments

More Maya Road embellishments

Scrapbook paper and colored sprays/mists

A view of the back of the shop.

Burlap sheets by the basketful
Tattered Angels 4 pack of shimmer mists at 50% off
As I mentioned above, the warehouse carries many items, too, at deep discounts of at least 75% off.  Here are some photos of the goodies that can be found there:

All items in the warehouse are 75% off.
Tattered Angels paints are 3 for $1.00.

Purse book set discounted to $2.99

Canvas bags and embellishments galore can be had here.

Paper and eyelets

Zutter Bind-It-All - only 75 cents! (I bought it!) :)

Emboss paper punches - a steal at 3 for $2.50!

Aisles of goodies for sale in the warehouse.

Tags, mica pieces and other embellishments.
This is just a sampling of what can be had at this awesome shop.  In case you want to visit, the address is: 2300 S. Old Missouri Road, Springdale, AR 72764.  The shop hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   They take cash and credit/debit cards.   If you go, happy shopping!



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Embossed Metal Colorized Bracelet

Embossed, formed, riveted, dimpled metal bracelet made by me in class.





Last weekend, I attended a metal bracelet class taught by Dry Gulch Jewelry at the Tulsa Bead Market.  I have been collecting various metalsmithing tools and supplies over the past couple of years with the intent of teaching myself metalsmithing; unfortunately, time, other jewelry projects and life, in general, took precedence.  When I saw the Dry Gulch class advertised, I knew I had to attend. 

The class was taught by a wonderful woman name Catherine.  I have met Catherine and the folks at Dry Gulch Jewelry previously at other craft and bead shows.  The owners consist of three generations of jewelry makers within their family. They are super-nice people, and very helpful.  I can honestly say I have purchased many jewelry making tools and supplies from them during the various shows I have attended.

During class, we had the option of making one of three advertised metal bracelet jewelry designs (as shown below) or we could make something different to suit our own individual tastes.  The first bracelet consisted of metals colored with metal patina paint and sanded to reveal the embossed pattern; the second featured uncolored pieces of copper, nickle and brass; the third consisted of metal pieces painted with acrylic paints.

Three versions of the metal bracelet using the same technique.
I always enjoy coloring my jewelry pieces, as I have shared here, here and here in the past.  For this project, I opted to colorize my pieces with alcohol inks.  As you can see by the before and after pics of my bracelet pieces below, coloring makes a huge difference in how the pieces look.

Before - Copper and silver metal bracelet pieces before colorizing.

After - The same metal pieces after coloring them with Vintaj Patina metal paints.

After sanding the pieces, the embossed patterns were revealed, which added extra interest to them.  The sanding really made the pieces "pop."

The focal bracelet pieces after sanding.
Another thing I did to add extra interest to my bracelet was that I added a tiny bit of color to the insides and edges of my "flowers", which consisted of metal discs that were domed, dimpled with dimpling pliers and hole-punched.

Touches of color were added to the "flowers" for added interest.
Needless to say, I was thrilled with my completed bracelet.  It turned out beautifully!

My completed metal bracelet. 

Here is a comparison of my bracelet and another student's bracelet.  Both were made using the Patina metal paints, but they are so very different color-wise.

Bracelets made using Patina metal paints.

Another student opted to leave her bracelet as is, with the natural metal colors being the highlight of the design.

Bracelet using the natural metal colors as a basis for the design.

All in all, I really enjoyed the class and I am looking forward to using some of my newfound skills to come up with some new jewelry items made with metal.  I will share my designs here and also on my Instagram page, so please stay tuned.

My completed bracelet.






Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Jewelry Made from Coloring Books Tutorial - Part 3 - Boho Floral Earrings



On my last two blog posts, I shared jewelry tutorials with you of a necklace and charm bracelet that I made using adult coloring books as focal points of the designs.  These were made based on a challenge I participated in which was sponsored by C&T Publishing featuring one of their coloring books. 

This post features a tutorial on how to make Boho Floral Earrings.  What I love about these earrings is they are bright, cheery and fun; they are also very lightweight and won't weight down the ears.

BOHO FLORAL EARRINGS TUTORIAL

Supplies needed:

2 - round wooden disc blanks, 1" inch in diameter.
1 - Adult coloring book page.  I used Modern Elegance.
5 - Sharpie markers in complementary colors (I used yellow, orange, light orange, light pink and dark pink/fuschia.)
1 - pink acrylic paint (I used Apple Barrel Pink Eraser)
6 - 8mm pink crystal beads
8 - 6mm orange crystal beads
6 - silver seed beads
28 - filigree-style, silver-colored beads caps to fit the beads (optional)
6 - 2" inch long, silver-colored head pins
8 - 6mm silver colored jump rings
2 - silver-colored ear wire components

White glue
Diamond Glaze by Judikins
Water-based varnish  (optional - please see #4 for information.)

Tools needed:
Paintbrush
Drill
Basic jewelry tools - chain nose pliers, rosary pliers, wire cutters
1" inch round hole punch

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Paint one side of the wooden discs with pink paint.  Set aside to dry.  Repeat.



2. Color the coloring book page with Sharpies.


 3. Using the round hole punch, punch out 2 circles from the colored page, ensuring that interesting (and matching) images are captured with the range of the punch.



4. Use finger to apply a light layer of glue over the unpainted side of the wooden disc blanks.  Carefully place the coloring book piece over the top of the blanks, smoothing it out with your finger and removing any wrinkles and/or air bubbles.  Set pieces aside and let them dry.  Once they are dry, use your finger to apply a thin coating of Diamond Glaze over the tops of each piece.  The key is to use a very light touch here, so as not to smear your images.  If desired, once dried, the discs can be left as is, however, I noticed that items sealed with Diamond Glaze can be somewhat tacky.  To alleviate this, I add a coat of water-based varnish over the top.  This takes away the tackiness of the Diamond Glaze.  I do not recommend using the varnish without the Diamond Glaze, though, as it may "lift" the color off of your pendant.  The Diamond Glaze is used as a protectant.  When applied lightly, it will help to prevent the coloring from smearing or lifting off of the page.

 

5. Use drill to drill one hole near the top of each disc, and 3 holes along the bottom of each disc, ensuring the the enter hole of the bottom is evenly aligned with the hole at the top of the disc.


6. Thread 4 headpins with a silver seed bead, bead cap, one orange bead, bead cap, bead cap, one pink bead and bead cap.  Thread the remaining 2 headpins with a silver seed bead, bead cap, orange bead, bead cap, bead cap, pink bead, bead cap, bead cap, orange bead and bead cap.  See photo for placement.


7. Wire-wrap each beaded headpin into a loop and clip off excess wire.  Attach to wooden discs with jump rings.  Attach ear wires with jump rings, as shown.





 And there you have it!  Your beautiful new earrings!

Here is another version of these earrings.  (I couldn't stop at just one pair...):


They perfectly complement the cross necklace I made to go with them:



Here are some other designs I made using adult coloring book pages as my inspiration:

Adult coloring book Boho Cross Earrings

Adult Coloring book Boho mini wall cross
I hope I have offered you a little inspiration over the last several blog posts on using adult coloring books in your jewelry (and home decor) designs.  If you decide to make your own designs using this technique, please share pics of your creations with me.  I'd love to see them - and share them with other readers here on my blog.  As always - have a creative day!  See you next blog post!