Monday, March 19, 2018

Etched Wind Chime


It's almost spring and time for some new yard décor.  Today, I'm going to etch a wind chime with etchall® dip 'n etch.

I bought a small glass lampshade at my local hardware store.  You might be able to find one in a re-use store or in your own stash from a remodel.  This is the size you might find on a fan or bathroom vanity light.

Since I'm going to dip it into the etching solution, I found a plastic container that would fit the shade.
I put the shade into the container and poured the etchall® dip 'n etch over it.  I let it sit 15 minutes and poured the remaining etching solution back in the bottle.  (It's reusable!)

Here's how it turned out:
I like it just like that, but a little color would be nice in the garden.  I used a diluted solution of alcohol ink to paint the inside and out.  I've had good results with this before on other projects like this teacup votive and this angel.  The color holds up very well.
Now, I need to hang this in order to make a wind chime out of it.  I used a canning ring and  a metal flange from the plumbing department to create the cap.  
I glued the flange inside the canning ring and to the top of the glass shade.  I dabbed alcohol ink on the cap to match the shade.  When it was dry, I knotted beads on both sides of the cap with cotton cord to create the clapper and to hang it.  When the wind blows, the wooden bead hits the side of the bell to chime.

Here it is hanging among the rosemary in my herb garden.
I love to make decorations for the garden.  Next, I'd like to try one of those big dish flowers!  I hope you'll try it.  It's so easy with etchall® dip 'n etch!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Etchall/Stencil Girl Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm participating in a blog hop using etchall® products and a Stencil Girl stencil.

Here's the stencil that I chose from Stencil Girl.  It's Birds & Bunnies.  It's perfect for spring and Easter.

Since these stencils don't have an adhesive backing, you have to apply one.  Etchall® stencil spray works great for this.
Follow the directions on the spray to create the adhesive backing, then adhere it to the surface.  I decided to create a stenciled glass jar that I can use to hold flowers, candies or a candle.
I applied the stencil spray rather heavily to insure a good seal, then I smoothed the stencil down with the squeegee.  This stencil has finely cut pieces that have to be adhered to give the detail.

Here's how it turned out:
All the details in the stencil showed up well, but I wanted to add a little color to this bunny.  I used Rub 'n Buff in Pewter to add some color.
Bunny Jar
Here's another photo to show the bunny a little better.

And, here's a close-up:

I decided to use the small bird stencil, too.  I had a maple syrup bottle that I thought would be perfect to upcycle.
Here is the small bird stencil affixed to the bottle with etchall® stencil spray.  I used the squeegee to press the stencil down to the glass.  Then, I added masking tape around the stencil to protect the glass from stray crème.
Then, I applied the etchall® etching crème.
I waited 15 minutes, then scraped the extra crème back in the bottle to use again later.  I rinsed off the remaining crème and removed the tape and stencil.  After etching, I used Rub 'n Buff in Patina to color the etching.  Then, I tied some string around the top and added some beads.

Bird Bottle
I love how these two pieces came out.  Now, I'll be looking around for more glass - or slate, ceramic or mirror - to use the remaining stencils.  What a great combination - etchall® products and Stencil Girl stencils! 

And, there's a giveaway!  Each time you leave a comment on a blog, you get a chance to win!  Leave a comment on each blog for 23 chances (only one comment per blog).

One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,
reposition/reuse stencil spray
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21.

Blog Hop Order:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pretty Palettes for February

Hi there!

This is the inspiration for this February's Pretty Palettes challenge - recycled plastic mosaic tiles by BOPE.

Above is the palette and below are the beads Molly Schaller chose.

I love these.  I've used some of these in previous designs - particularly the turquoise windowpanes.  In fact, I used pretty much the same selection of colors in this necklace, which was in the Fall issue of Stringing, 2014.

Here's the selection of beads I picked up at Michaels:

Molly says this collection is like a sunset beach celebration.  Having just come back from Hawaii, I'm ready to go back!  So, I'll use these to get ready for more summer celebrations.

Here's what I created.  I ended up substituting some coral chips and flat rounds instead of using the dyed imperial jasper I bought.  And, the lava sea stars and white howlite rounds will be another fun summer necklace!

I'm ready for a summer fiesta now!

See the Pretty Palettes inspiration here and stop by the Halcraft Facebook page to see what other beaders have made.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Etch a St. Patrick's Day Necklace

Hi all,
It's almost time to wear some green, so I thought I'd create a new necklace in time for St. Patrick's Day.  I'm using etchall® dip 'n etch to create some soft, muted green beads to mix in with the others that I have.

Here are the beads that I will etch.  I have strung them to make them easier to get in and out of the etchall® dip 'n etch.

I found a small plastic container in my stash and taped the bead strands to the sides.
Add the etchall® dip 'n etch to cover the beads and time for 15 minutes.  Lift the beads out and rinse. Pour the dip 'n etch back in the bottle.  You can use it over and over!
I rinsed them off and noticed that only half the beads etched.
The top beads have a nice muted etched surface, but the harder dark green crystals did not etch.  There is some hard glass that will not etch with dip 'n etch.  But, I like a mix of etched and unetched glass beads in my designs.  (See this necklace where I combined etched and unetched glass beads.)

Here's the necklace I created:
Wearing 'o the Green

Etching the beads adds another dimension to this necklace with the contrast of the etched beads against the sparkling facets of the originals.  And, it's so easy with etchall® dip 'n etch!

Monday, February 19, 2018

We're All Ears - Chandelier Earrings

Hi all,

Having a little fun today with the February challenge on the Earrings Everyday site.  This month's challenge on We're All Ears was chandeliers.

To find out what kind of chandelier style appeals to me, I took the short quiz from Hudson Valley Lighting.  You should take it - it's quick and fun.  I got Classic Heritage, which suits me perfectly.  Choices that appealed to me included a country farmhouse kitchen, wingback chair, footed bathtub and an airy white bedroom.  It said I like Neoclassic, Gustavian and Victorian styles.  (I had to look up Gustavian; it's a restrained version of the Louis XV and XVI styles.)  And, if I were a city, I would be Williamsburg, Virginia.  It also said I liked finding a good antique.  Pretty accurate, all around!

So, I decided to delve into my stash of Victorian-style components and create some chandeliers from those.  Easy enough, since I still have lots from the book I designed a few years ago.

Here's what I created:

Regal Chandeliers

I think that I can wear these to the opera!  Check out all the other fabulous ideas on the Earrings Everyday post.  Thanks for the inspiration, Erin!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sharing the Love!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's a little canvas that I did for JOY Iron-on letters.  You can find the all the details on the Creating with Joy blog.

You can hang it up:

Or, place it in a stand:

Or, arrange it among the pillows:

It's so quick and easy to make and you can choose among many fonts and sizes to personalize your own canvas.  Joy letters can be found at most large craft stores.

(I am a member of the JOY design team and receive compensation and materials from them as a member of the team.)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Creativation Inspiration!

Hi everyone!

I got back from the Creativation trade show last Tuesday, and I finally have a chance to unpack and sort through my experiences and new goodies.  As usual, the show always brings about some unexpected connections and opportunities.

I did not take very many photos, unfortunately.  So, if you are looking for an overview of the show, I highly recommend Julie McGuffee's posts.  They are on her website but are also posted on the Designer Crafts Connection site, where you can see posts of the show by other designers.

Some of the highlights of my show experience were:

I helped out in the etchall class taught by Joe Rotella and Barbee Bosler.  Joe has been on Make It Artsy demonstrating etchall®.  It was fun to see a whole class learning about etching.

I connected with a company new to me - Spellbinders - and got to see all their amazing new products up close at their Media and Blogger breakfast.  If you like scrapbooking and card making, stay tuned in the next few months for some new dies and new ways to use them.
Here's some of the new products I received:

I worked for a new vendor in the craft industry:  Kit xChange.  I got to show the amazing new organizational pocketbooks and binders developed by Alicia Klein.  Everyone loved them at the show and they were easy to promote because they work so well for organizing on the go.  Try them for scrapbooking, beads, embroidery floss, or any small craft supplies.  Alicia is now off to Tuscon to show beaders and jewelry makers her wares.

Here is one of the travel organizer folders from kit xchange:
And, here it is open:
Now, I can fill baggies with my beads, attach them to the hook-and-loop surface, stick my tools in the bottom pouch, and I'm ready to go!

One of my new connections was an artist that I am sure will be a friend for many years:  Carol Foldvary-Anderson.  She was a contestant in the "Shark Tank"-style competition sponsored by Michaels.  She made it into the top ten!

I also had the chance to take another class from Seth Apter.  This one was "Radiant Rust" and we got to play with a lot of his new materials.  See his post on The Altered Page about his show experience and new products.  Here's what I produced in his class.  I had a lot of fun playing with new paint colors, stamps, sprays and ink.

In a quick tour of the show floor, I happened upon a new section by Tim Holtz.  He's got a new line of jewelry components that I love already.  They're in that vintage style that I love to add to my designs.  Here's a board with some of his new items:
Tim Holtz's new line of jewelry components
And, of course, I got to connect with all the designers from our section in AFCI (formerly CHA).  What a warm, sharing and talented group!  I am so blessed to be a part of them!

So there's a bit of what I saw at the show.  Come back for more inspiration!