Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Falling Leaves Bracelet

A couple of weeks ago I got to take a class from Dana James, and learn her "Falling Leaves" design. The class was a lot of fun, and Dana sure knows her stuff! I finally finished this up the other day.  : )
Falling Leaves Bracelet
It's all copper, hand-made by me out of .22 gage wire, with little white and cranberry colored stone beads...  I forget what they are. The chain is the same one I made for my tutorial. I expect the copper will patina to match the beads very nicely by Autumn, when I will want to wear it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fun with Photoshop

This is a little paste-up and layout  ...graphics  project that I and my husband, Alex, did for a friend who is releasing this e-book.  Here is the website, if you'd like to find out more about her book. : ) http://www.releasingrelationships.com/


Alex, being a technically capable person, has taken to Photoshop like a duck to water. For this, I am extremely grateful, as I am somewhat tech challanged. I do however, have a background in graphic arts, and other graphics programs, so between the two of us we're having fun. I should also really credit Alex with most of the lovely photography in this blog, as well. He went from complete beginner, to shooting some of the most difficult subjects ( shiny glass beads ) almost overnight. His support has been invaluable.   : ) 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Zen Tangle Beads

This was a fun swap! 
"New .005"  - Zen Tangle Charms, by Kia Dallons

I made these by first doodling open swirls until I had covered a sheet of card stock. I used a 3/4" paper punch to cut out discs at interesting looking convergences of lines. I filled in the random shapes on each disc with "Zen Tangles".   A new .005 tech pen was in need of testing...   *grin* 

The beads are made by sandwiching and glueing four layers of card stock together. The two outer layers are the Zen Tangle disks, and the inner layers have a small channel cut through for a bead-hole. ( They are really two half moons, glued on side by side. ) Glossy Accents dimensional embellishment gives them a shiny, hard, slightly-domed finish. 

These are made from scans, because I fell in love with the originals. I think I'm going to mount them in a shadowbox.