Jewelry is one of the ways that we express our indivuiduality and uniqueness. How much more unique and individual can it get than when it is created by you specifically for yourself or a special person? It can be as easy or intricate as you want and perfectly reflect the personality of the person intended to wear it.
For the pieces I made tonight I pulled a large pile of goodies into reach. I liked working with a lot of options at hand and actually was able to complete a lot of pieces in a short time because it was all handy.
While that was getting to the proper temperature I prepared my Memory Frames by trimming all of the backing paper to the size of the frames that I used. These are the 1" x 1" in Black Patina that have paper from the 8'" x 8" Graphic 45 Steampunk paper pad. Make sure to have the Melt Art Kooltoolz handy, they are very useful and non-sick. When you have your frames prepared on top of your Non-stick Craft Mat, carefully pour the melted UTEE into the frame. Try to fill in the corners and not have any air bubbles, but don't stress too much if it is a little uneven.
Here you can see that one of my pours was uneven and had air bubbles. I set it on my Non-Stick Craft Sheet and used my Heat It tool to get the UTEE hot enough to settle evenly and let the air bubbles escape. Please be very aware that you CANNOT touch this piece while in this process with your hands. It is very hot and can cause serious burns or injury. That is what the Kooltollz are for :o)
In this image you can see how much more even it is. I am very pleased with the result, and love the dimension that was achieved. The pieces are from Tim Holtz Washers, and the Sprockets and Gears, and the Copper 2" x 2" Memory Frames.
For a bracelet I attached a couple of appropriate lengths of Tim Holtz Lace Chain with the clasp on one of the sides so that it can use the jump ring that is already attached to hook onto.
I used more of the Lace Chain in different lengths to attach the different sized Memory Frames together and I also included a couple of Making Memories Vintage Groove Charms and another Sprocket to bring the steampunk feel from the art into the chain.
This is what the finished pieces look like next to each other. Very fun and funky, and they are 100% unique to me, never to be duplicated exactly the same way ever again! These pieces would be just as interesting if they were alone on their own chains and worn seperately or together. That is the fun of jewelry is accessorizing with it to match your outfit or your mood :o)
It's time to start humming again :-D ...
On the Second Day of Christmas my goodie box could be...
- Melting Pot
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