Playing with Junk Jewelry

This is the third heart I've made using junk jewelry, findings, etc.  I am not very creative doing collage, but enjoy playing around with it--and I seem to get better each time I do one. I even have 2 more hearts on my work table ready to add stuff to.  I never give up!

I've had several requests for a tutorial, so read below for a mini how-to . . .   

Shrink plastic heart (I used a Sizzix Framelits Heart die, but you can use any die, or just draw your own.)
Paint Brush
Red tissue paper
Golden Matte Medium
Baroque Art Gilders Paste, Celtic Bronze
Americana DuraClear Satin Varnish
SureBonder Clear 9001 High-Strength Adhesive (or your favorite)

1. Select a heart shape about 4" (before shrinking).  Finished size of the heart I used for this one is about 2".  You want it large enough to add your jewels, etc.  Don't forget to punch a hole in it for your wirework, or jump ring.

2. Wad the tissue, and tear it in small pieces.

3. Brush on some matte medium to a small area of the heart, and place a piece of the tissue over it.  Then brush a thin coat of matte medium over that.  Repeat the process. 

Continue until you have covered the heart on both sides, including the edges.  Allow your tissue to wrinkle and overlap.  After heart is completely covered, I apply another coat of matte medium over entire piece.  Let dry.

4. I then rubbed some Celtic Bronze over the heart with a soft cloth  to accent. 

5. I then applied a coat of the DuraClear Satin Varnish over entire heart. 

6. Before adding your jewels, do your wire work -- or you can just add a jump ring.  I like doing a wrapped loop.  It is harder to do if you wait until after all your jewels are glued on.  

Your heart is now ready to add old jewelry pieces, buttons, findings--whatever you like.  I had an old piece of vintage lace I used on this one as well.  You can see a little of it when you look closely.  The sparkly heart in the center is an old clip earring that I cut the back off and used.  

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will be glad to respond. 

2015 Valentine Charm Swaps

This year  to celebrate Valentine's Day, I hosted a couple of swaps for the Art Charms Yahoo Group.  It is always fun to host for this group,  Here are some of their wondeful Valentines . . .


The Art Charms Group hosts at least two swaps a month.  If you would like to become a part of this fun group, it is easy to join in.  Just click here. We are also on Facebook here.  

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Making Hearts for Special Valentines

I cherish memories of long ago when my mother would gather boxes, pretty papers and other supplies to make a Valentine box for school.  We would then carefully write out our Valentines for each of our classmates and teacher.

I still have some of the Valentines my girls made me.  Last year I took a couple of them, scanned,  resized and printed them and made them into some very special charms to wear.

My Valentines for 2015 . . . 

If you like old Valentines like I do, perhaps you will enjoy this old poem I found in an Ideal's Magazine, Valentine issue dated 1993.

Old Fashioned Valentines
Georgia S. Adams

I like old-fashioned valentines
With lots and lots of lace,
A shy boy in blue knickers, and
A girl with doll-like face.

I like the old inscriptions, like
"Be mine, my Valentine."
I like old-fashioned valentines;
There's love in every line.

And each one has a cupid tucked
Away somewhere, you see;
They've done it for so many years,
Dates to antiquity.

I like old-fashioned valentines!
They seem so warm and true,
And anyway, I guess I am
A bit old-fashioned, too!

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Fabric and Button Charm Swaps

Recently I hosted a couple of charm swaps on the Art Charms Yahoo Group, and thought I would share the work of these very creative friends with you.

The First was a"Fabric Bead" Charm Swap.This swap was for creating fabric bead charms in fall colors.  Make 10 - get 10 back.










The second was a "Large Altered Button" Pendant Charm Swap. They were to create a large button pendant charm.  It could be altered or decorated any way they chose.  Make 6 - get 6 back.  Here are their charms.





The Art Charms Group hosts at least two swaps a month.  If you would like to become a part of this fun group, it is easy to join in.  Just click here.  We are also on Facebook here.  

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