Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge (jean's learning curve day)
Day 7 - Use a Different Metal in Your Jewelry
Some people are sterling silver purists and some people swear by antique brass - today, you are all challenged to get outside of your box and use a metal that you normally don't work with! Try silver, gold, brass, copper or gunmetal!
You'll be surprised, you might just love it!
OK, I got out of my box. Then what? That wasn't enough?
I really needed, after making my first mosaic, to stay in my box and bring a bunch of pillows and a lamp in there and read a book in my family's living room , as I used to when a kid, and they were all watching TV. It is good to have an accepting family when you are reading Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" for the fifth time in your box.
I have made things of resin before. Some have been quite good. I use directions by Cynthia Thornton--this is her bezel and I adore everything about it. Also I am really careful about glueing my print background in with the right glue and using interesting methods of curing, like Lisa Pavelka's resin and her UV lamp.
Some of the things I usd are available at Fusionbeads.com, like the bezel and the glue.
ON THE OTHER HAND... deciding to use the little deer was waaaaaay over my head.
I was hoping to dome my resin--her resin is GREAT for that!!! But the little deer had a big nose. I cropped a lot of his body off but how cruel to crop off a potential future Rudolph. I would have PETA on me in NY minute. I do not need publicity of that sort.
So I left his nose and took my punishment.
I couldn't get the darn bubbles out for the life of me.
Ergo (cool word!) ... Let's pretend it is a fantastically artistic, intentional "deer bubble" NECKLACE and keep calm and carry on. Part of why I am doing this 30 day Bead Challenge by Fusion Beads is to learn.
Well today I learned that I can use a different metal--pewter, just fine.
But I also learned that, unlike me, cramming myself in a box in my family's living room, some items just can't be crammed into other items. PERIOD.
Thanks for the fun, Fusion Beads! And it was! And I am definitely not too proud to show my oeuvre off:
back of pewter bezel by GGS
front of pewter bezel by GGS, with stunning dear bedecked in magical necklace!!! hahahahahahaha
jean!--ummmm I meant to do it! yeah, that's the ticket! :)