Saturday, March 14, 2015

assembling my ceramic jewelry bits






 I am using waxed cotton with clasps attached which means various looks can be obtained for necklace, i.e. threading only one square as pendant or threading through all three for a horizontal look, see previous post testing using ribbon, or a vertical configuration shown here. Did manage to get those ceramic links into a bracelet too.  Will experiment with different waxed cotton colors and start to color more of the ceramic bits.  The stud earrings gave me a preview of colors from earthy to brights.  The inktense blocks provide a huge range from subtle if you use watered down color to really vibrant.  Once dry colors are permanent.  Here are some of he subtle, earthy colors:



Friday, March 13, 2015

playing with more colors

Now you know those stud earrings are only about 1/2" to 3/4" in diameter.  My closeups make them look much bigger








.  Had fun trying out different color combos.  The will make pretty earrings I think.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

excited and inspired









Nothing excites me more than the discovery of new techniques especially those that use older techniques used in new ways and other tools and supplies that can be used in new ways.  For those who may have visited my blog you may have seen the results of my attempt at Indigo batik on ceramic.  See "very old" 2011 post here.  I probably have had more visits to this post than any other.  I did manage to construct a box using this technique .  This was rather difficult to produce.  I used a method similar to that used on fabric, ---silkscreened pattern in blue onto flat clay using several shades of cobalt underglaze through silkscreen.  Then dried surface but not whole clay slab with heat gun. Then applied layer of hot candle wax to whole surface.  When cool I fractured the wax using my fingers from underneath clay slab, then brushed a watery black underglaze on top of wax which caused it to seep through the cracks onto the silkscreened pattern.  Only then could I form the box.  It worked but I had to watch smearing as I constructed box as wax wanted to come off as I manipulated the clay.  OK that was then, I always have loved the look of batik,
and a watercolor look  on clay if possible.  I also am not hung up on a purist approach to my ceramics, preferring a whatever works and if easy, even better.  A while back I experimented with Inktense blocks made by Derwent bought mine here.  I posted  experiments on fabric and using the product on a foam cut as a stamp.

I blogged about using silkscreens on my clay.

Now I am ready to play with ceramic jewelry again, especially after seeing this piece
by Margit Böhmer
whose Facebook page is here  https://m.facebook.com/margit.boehmer?_rdr#!/

So I had some scrap clay some of which I had tried another experiment --wanted to see if I silkscreened on fabric with underglaze, would transfer onto clay


Then I just started cutting up into squares using smaller squares as other jewelry items.  Then continue used by stabbing out more scrap clay, impressing it with one of my texture sheets made from craft foam cut with my Cameo digitacutter.   with circle cut out for other necklace pieces.  one large square with inner square cut out, then small circle makes three pieces, two for necklace parts and the small circles for stud earrings.  Quickly bisqued whole bunch in my 8x8" test kiln.  Today I played with adding color using Inktense blocks.  Will play with more colors tomorrow.   Am excited at the nice matte finish and beautiful colors.  Would also work for larger decorative pieces (not for food, of course), but boxes and sculpted figures.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Find new and exciting ways to use patterns on Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

The fun I had in my previous posting using my pattern library to make washi tape has led me to another useful use of patterns "and" Inkjet Printable vinyl.  As you know, I have an Epson 13" wide format printer which I am loving, Workforce WF-7610.  I have not done a lot of vinyl work, just a few things made over the holidays as gifts using vinyl I had had but never used before.  I decided that if I were going to use vinyl again, and did not want to have a huge supply of all the various colors, I would look into getting Inkjet Printable vinyl which I could color anyway I wanted before cutting.  I found this 12" x 24" inkjet printable (PERMANENT) vinyl here.  So I ordered 4 sheets (if I cut in half, I have 8 12" x 12" sheets---for $15.80 plus $6.95 shipping --total $22.75  comes out to $2.84 per 12x12" sheet)  It is a lovely matte finish.  I have been having such fun adding interesting patterns to my pattern library, some are my painted papers, some are great images found here and there.

Now to put all that to work.  My smart phone is a Nexus 4 which I love,  I also love the leather case I have for it, see here.  However, I often misplace the phone in the house and because it is black, I often can't see it, so I have used my Device Manager to make it ring while I scurry from room to room looking for it.  So I tested a tiny bit of leftover vinyl from those holiday projects I made and found the vinyl sticks nicely to the leather.

So I made a template for both the front and back of the leather case, one having appropriate holes for camera and speaker openings, one which covers whole side with no openings.  Here is a screenshot of my template:
Then the fun began as I filled these templates with the various patterns I have added to my pattern library, see previous posting and video on how I fill objects with patterns.  I couldn't stop, this was so much fun.  I have to be honest, my first template was just the solid without the cutouts for the back.  I thought I could easily cut out the areas after sticking it to my case, which I did, but a much nicer job can be done if you get the placement and template working with the cutouts.  For one thing, you can "pan" or scale your design pattern in exact position where the holes won't matter.  I will, therefore share with you the printout of my vinyl showing only the full front templates as shown below and I have annotated the picture to show you another mistake I made
I also could have moved the registration marks to allow for wider print/cut area, so you can learn from my mistakes.  Well, I used the black cat ( I love my black cat named "Pepper"), and that graphic certainly makes my phone visible when I misplace it again.


What is nice, Is that I can change out the vinyl patterns when it suits me, The only thing is I keep thinking up new ideas for decorating my phone. 
 Here are some more I have been playing with.
 and here is a screenshot of some of the patterns and I have lots more that have been added to "my Patterns" .  Hope you are inspired to try some of these ideas.



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Friday, January 09, 2015

making inexpensive washi tape using printer and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

Happy NEW Year everyone  here are two videos showing new ways to use the Silhouette software with Designer Edition.  Sorry for 2 videos but I forgot a few important items covered in Part 2 and have not found good way (and the time) to edit them into one video