I always wanted to make moulds from plaster but I never quite knew how to. At craftster I found now a tutorial on how to make positive plaster moulds.
I’d like to begin casting the stone, so that I eventually have something to wrap, paint or bead.
Or I try it first with half a cork, I think that could be a nice pendant.
Making Positive Plaster Moulds
Here at unikatissima: Wrap a Rock (with lace or poymer clay or paint, embroider, felt, crochet, bead)
Sometimes I don’t want to simply string the beads but create some ‘ears’ on both sides like at the bead on the photo.
How to do this shows the bead wrapping technique tutorial where she does those ‘ears’.
Something else for my ever growing just-try-it-sometimes-list ;-)
Bead Wrapping Technique
I found at craftster a tutorial on how to make DIY Shrinky Dinks. I liked this (I don’t like to buy new materials, especially when I haven’t tried the technique yet).
Additionally I made a little research and found more (very similar) tutorials (see also Links below).
I really must try this, although I will wait until summer when I can easily ventilate the kitchen, because I’m always afraid of toxic gases.
Until then I can find out perhaps which of the odd plastic dishes I can use ;-)
At craftster: shrinky dinks made from old packaging!
At curbly: DIY Shrinky Dinks
I always like to browse art-e-zine. There I found the tutorial for the wire frame bracelet.
I find it beautiful!
On the same site further down is a tutorial for very expressive pendants – I really must try them one day!
At art-e-zine: Wire Frame Bracelet
Once more a tutorial from craftster: how to make a beautiful necklace from laminated stamps.
I find it looks great and you can making matching necklaces for all purposes.
I’m amazed (as I am so often when browsing craftster :))
At craftster: Laminated Stamps Necklace (Interchangable Stamp/Trinket Necklace)
A Wire Jig is a kind of board with pins where you can wind the wire. It is used for making jewelry.
And now I know how to make my own wire jig.
As you can see on the photo I gathered the pins already, I only have to find a wooden plate ;-)
And when you gathered all the elements of the wire jig, you can begin to make beautiful wire jewelry.
Make your own Wire Jig
WigJig University of Making Jewelry with Wire and Beads
While surfing I found again a tutorial on how to make a freeform trinket. I like it very much (I love Freeform ;-))
And doesn’t it look great?
I must rummage again through my beads ;-))
Note: I’m getting always a timeout when I want to see the heart pendant tutorial. If you have the same problem, try the webarchive version.
I heard lots about working with resin but up until now I always was kind of reluctant to start with.
When I found the tutorial on making resin pendants I felt a certain urge to begin with ;-)
I hope that I will have the time soon.
At craftster.org: Making Resin Pendants
One day I wanted to have a pendant-to-be-embellished and decided to create it myself.
On the photo you see both sides of a charm of about 1,5 cm (appr. 0.6 inches) which I embellished with self-dyed fabric and some metallic yarn embroidery.
The embellishment isn’t quite what I dreamed of, but the core pendant worked well.
This is how I did it:
- some cardboard (the thickness of the middle piece must be about the same as the wire)
- some wire
img 1: Cut 3 equal pieces of your cardboard.
img 2: Wrap the wire round a dowel to form the eye. Then turn a couple of times to form the peg and then form a bigger eye which will be hidden in the pendant.
Note: I prefer the hidden part of the wire to be an eye because then the wire can’t be dragged out by accident.
img 3: Take the cardboard piece which will sit in the middle and trace your hanger.
img 4: Cut out the place you will need for the hanger.
img 5: Glue the hanger and the middle cardboard pieces onto one outer cardboard piece.
Note: I glue on also the cardboard piece in the eye to prevent having a hollow.
img 6: Glue the other outer cardboard piece onto. Your pendant-to-be-embellished is finished and you may begin with the embellishments.
img 7 & 8: This is a solution for a 2-eyed pendant.
There are so many ways to embellish your self-made pendant (mini collages, painted, beaded, stamped etc), I’d love to see them.
Please feel free to comment here to show your trinkets.