Happy New Year, Resolutions and Thoughts

Happy New Year !!!!

I can not believe it’s 2011 already. Where the heck did 2010 go? It was pretty good to me and I’ll miss it. 🙂 My clear stamp business has become a smashing success. At least by my standards. It keeps me busy and fills my PayPal account with money to resupply my polymer clay habit.

I also discovered a new passion for covering little colored glass balls with cane slices and calling them Christmas ornaments. 🙂 I drove to the city this morning and hit the Michael’s clearance sale. (That 25% off entire purchase coupon was handy) Came back with a dozen boxes of those little glass ball in assorted yummy colors. I’ve already decided our tree next Christmas will be hot pink, white and lime green. Much to my husbands dismay. LOL Guess I better start stocking up on canes now (or learning to make my own) so I can decorate said new ornaments. If I start tomorrow I may be done in 357 days.

And for those of you who have asked, I will be selling the ornaments again next year. They were a huge hit with the recipients this year so I have a good feeling they will sell like hotcakes next year, too. 🙂

Resolutions

#1 I have decided I need to stop letting all the little things stress me out. I have anxiety issues already and if I can learn to tell myself “Nope, ain’t going there. I can’t control this and I’m not going to let it freak me out” I’ll lead a much healthier life.

#2 I am going to make more time for my jewelry making. It somehow got put on the back burner last year. (LOL Last year 🙂 That sounds weird) I am going to try to make sure I set aside most of the weekends to devote to my jewelry. Even if I have to barricade the door and tell hubby to fend for himself.

I already have 2 finished projects for 2011. Yeah me !! It’s something I have been wanting to try for ages. Actually 2 somethings. I’ve been seeing all these wonderful findings on Etsy. I finally bought some and they arrived New Years Eve. I topped the projects off with UV Resin, which I bought nearly a year ago and never tried. So here are pictures of my projects.

Polymer clay inset into metal pendant finding & covered with UV resin.

Polymer clay inset into metal pendant finding & covered with UV resin.

More polymer clay inset in metal earring findings, coated wit UV resin

More polymer clay inset in metal earring findings, coated wit UV resin

Some random thoughts
I wanted to say to all my Facebook Friends, PCC Family, ArtFire Smooshers and devoted readers, thank you for making my life fuller and more interesting. 🙂 Blogging wasn’t something I thought I could get into, but it’s been fun sharing and reading all your comments. Hope 2011 finds you all happy, healthy and prosperous.

A recent post on Facebook by one of my new friends got me thinking. It was about the infamous “giving credit” subject. While I think giving credit for someone’s techniques you may have used in your own projects in a nice thing, I don’t feel it’s mandatory. I sure don’t expect it of anyone who buys my tutorials or clear stamps. In my opinion, people who write tutorials or teach classes or make video lessons do this hoping you will use the technique and yes, perhaps even sell the things you make. I’m pretty sure they do not expect people to add a thank you note to ever item they show pictures of or list in a selling venue. That’s just silly and unnecessary. Of course, this is just my opinion, yours may very and you are entitled.

That’s it for my first post of 2011. Hope to see you here again 🙂
Tonja

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Book Review: Enchanted Adornments by Cynthia Thornton

I finally received my copy of Enchanted Adornments by Cynthia Thornton. What a wonderfully inspiring book 🙂 The projects are fun, whimsical and I want to try them all. LOL I sure wish I still worked with silver clay. There are several projects that really caught my eye. Especially Mirabelle’s Locket which is on the cover of the book.
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Don’t fret my polymer clay loving pals 🙂 There are many projects for you too. My favorites are The Window of the Heart pendant and the Sculptural Scrimshaw Collar.
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I know a lot of you are getting into using resin in your jewelry designs. The book has some fun projects to cover that addiction, too. Take a look at these adorable Woodland Wings !!
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These pictures are just as teaser. The book has so much more to offer. You can get the book on Amazon.com for $16.47. That’s more than 30% off the suggested retail price of $24.95.

New Pendant Blanks In Stock

Shiny silver pewter and they are gorgeous ! I have round and rectangle shapes. Perfect for filling with polymer clay and/or resin. List price is $2.59 each. $1.50 shipping + .50 for each additional (Not to exceed $5) inside the USA. International shipping quote upon request.

Rectangle shape
Dimensions including bail: 42X21mm
Inside tray: 31X19mm
Depth: 2mm
Bail hole 3mm
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Circle shape
Dimensions including bail: 42X33mm
Inside tray: 30.5X30.5mm
Depth: 1.5mm
Bail hole 3mm
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Have them listed in my Facebook Storefront or you can email me with your order. They are going fast so don’t delay.

Polymer Clay and Resin

Using resin with polymer clay has become very popular. Everyone seems to be trying it. I bought some 2-part mix, but have to yet to attempt using it.

Like me, maybe you are hesitant and need to do some research first to feel more confident. I decided to Google “resin & polymer clay” to see if I could find some pointers from people with experience using resin.

I wasn’t wrong when I said everyone is using resin these days 🙂 I got 167,000 hits from said search. OMG ! This is going to take a while.

One of the first links I landed on was at the Objects and Elements blog. Barb St John has some really great info to share on her experience using resins. She recommends a brand called Ice Resin.

Barb says “I’ve tried LOTS of different resins, some with better results than others. I have loved and endorsed ICE resin from the first time I used it. Some resins I can not get to fully cure in San Francisco, others turn yellow after a few months. I don’t have either of those problems with ICE resin. ”

In my search I was also reminded that there is more than one type of resin. Some are self hardening, some are UV hardening. Self hardening are 2-part which need to be carefully mixed. While the UV resin is a single bottle of resin that needs no mixing and means you can do a single piece of jewelry without the hassle of mixing this and that.

I own a bottle (or 2) of Lisa Pavelka’s Magic Gloss UV Resin. I had a hard time with it because as it was setting up it pulled away from the edges of my pendants. I thought they were ruined so I tossed them. Only to learn later I could have put a second coat on. Live and learn.

I did order a sample size bottle of the Ultradome mentioned in an article at Beads and Beading blog It was only $6 including shipping for a 1oz bottle. Hopefully the UV light setup I use to make my clear stamps will work on the resin.

Tina Holden has a preference to the UV resin too. She mentions on facebook a product called Deco-Coat

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