Finger and Ear candy rock!

So, it’s been pretty busy around here, and while I haven’t been in here, I haven’t forgotten either. It’s been in the back of my head to get back, upload things to the website, and generally do little bits as often as I can.

Today’s job was…. actually I’m not sure what I had planned for today (that was bad planning wasn’t it?). Despite my distinct lack of planning I have done a couple of things.

The website now boasts a group of my felted ‘ball & chain’ necklaces under the Limited Edition banner. I wont be making any more of these, and once they’re gone, that’s it. All over. At $18 each they’re pretty good value and easy. There are only 9 available.

Another item I have uploaded are the Friendly Plastic pieces. At $15 each for either a ring or pair of stud earrings, these are great value and make buying multiples for last minute presents a breeze.
They are both available in all the colours which I have posted pictures of in the ‘Collections’ section. There is no way to add a drop down box for colour selection so I’m relying on people to write it down and add it to their cart details.

As I said before, theses are both items I am happy to mass produce, as they are not a definite individual item like most of my jewellery.

The next item to put up, not sure yet. I have a short story to write later tonight, a half day at both home and work tomorrow, so maybe I’ll look through the photos and check what I have ready to go, I’m thinking more everyday necklaces as compared to asymmetrical.
And lastly, I need to get my vague routine under way to allow for all the usual house/family obligations and making new items. This point wil take the longest. I tend to get very distracted when hubby is home, but if I don’t work while he is here, then I lose track and don’t work when he is not (which is when I should be the most productive).

Til next time, tomorrow maybe, be sure to check out the website, give me feedback please and don’t forget to share around.

Marcato Designs or check out the funky link on the right hand side. I am so happy to have been able to make a cool link like that.

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Friendly Plastic, a mini tutorial.

Ok, it’s not really a tutorial, but more of a pictorial show of what I what do when I make my earrings, rings and hair clips.
I read quite a few articles before i started to figure out what I should and shouldn’t do and while it is still a little hit and miss I have got it about right.

So I took the time while making earrings yesterday to get pictures of my process.
The finished product. I got these out to see what colours I needed to make. I have one of each at the moment.
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These are the colours I’ve picked out for earrings.IMG_2415

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Plastic cut and ready to melt
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Ring bases pushed gently into softened plastic to make the shape, and all pieces cooling ready to cut.IMG_2421

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After cutting them carefully and rounding out any sharp bits, the scraps go into a bag to reuse later. So long as you can melt it again, it can be used. Nothing is wasted.
Glued onto earring bases and the final product.
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stud earrings

stud earrings

adjustable rings

adjustable rings

pair of hair slides

pair of hair slides

And there you have it. For simple product like I’m making it is super easy to do with quick results. I like this also because it reminds me of working glass, shiny and the end result can be different to that which you imagine. Speaking of which I need to buy some more, and then show you what you can do with it.

Have a good weekend, market roundup tomorrow evening.
Jen 🙂

New Market

After replying to an email yesterday and saying No to a market this weekend, (for my own personal reasons) I have just received another email from a new market I applied for, knowing I would be going on their waiting list for this one (late application automatically goes onto a waiting list). I immediately rang a friend. She sells honey so is pretty well guaranteed a spot for any markets she applies for, and has said if I get in we can share the car. And because you have to take your own table, she has several foldable ones so I can borrow one of hers.
I know all markets are different, so am not expecting much. But it is in the city, and only runs quarterly so hopefully that aspect will mean more people. Which means more chances of sales. I’m not going to talk numbers but any market I attend all I hope for is my stall fee + $20 to cover petrol/food (ie: coffee). Which is not much to ask for, and anything over that is a bonus.

I was heading into my craft room this afternoon anyway to unpack from this weekend and sort my things. This gives me the incentive to actually get it done.
It’s a relatively new market and is in the city. Now I just have to wonder what I will take. I’m erring on the side of simply taking the same things I had at Woodbridge.

Let’s see, so some brooches and earrings in friendly plastic, earrings and bracelets, and which necklaces? Maybe it’s time to set up another mock stall? Tonight’s job. Take a bit of everything, but make it quick and easy at both ends.

Do I take a selection asymetrical necklaces, and have a tall display…..20131020-113249.jpg

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or a smaller one with the ‘regular’ necklaces…IMG_7567

Looking at these pictures, I may work on a combination of all three. Maybe one tall lady, several small and a basket of bags. Although I have yet to hear back which particular stall size I have. Which means different fees, but maybe more space. A corner stall will give me the room to have more than a single stall size.

In the meantime I will unpack and sort my things, and wait to get my confirmation email.

Catch you later 🙂

Time to get (shrinky) plastic!

Omg! This stuff is amazing.
Ok, I’ll back track a little. I’ve just got back to my craft room and decided to test out the new shrink plastic I got delivered this week.
It had instructions included and I decided to try the heat gun as it was readily available. Cutting a piece half as big again as one of my new green clay pendants I punched a hole on the top corners, and drew a couple of flowers with a permanent pen.
Heat gun test. Carefully firing up the gun the plastic shrivelled like you would think any plastic would – remember those chip packets we used to shrink in the oven – Eeek!!! whats happened to my cute little plastic – then turned it over and waved the heat gun over it, and by all manner of miracles, it unravelled and is now a cute little flat plastic with flowers on it.
The holes need to be bigger as they closed up in the shrinking, but I am going to love this!!!
The picture shows the after size. The plastic before was bigger than the green clay.

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Toaster oven test. The next instruction on the list was toaster oven (I’m declining to use the normal oven for health purposes ( the frying pan in the last post is an exception, but yes, the food utensil rule still applies).
Cutting another piece around the same size and drawing squiggles on it I used the full size hole punch and put holes in the top corners. Into the oven and when it was all curled up, pulled it out and flipped it over, and back in again. Flattening out – golly this stuff is so cool, folds up like a scrunch of paper and then unfolds itself again as though its changed its mind – and looking rather neat.
The holes are useable (big hole punch definitely recommended) and the pattern actually looks better smaller.
I am so happy with this. I can see all sorts of fun stuff happening. Especially when I start adding a decent traced picture, and colour, as the colour is supposed to intensify on baking. It has been mentioned that if it curls up on itself then to place baking paper on the top to stop it sticking and I may try that next time. All in all a lovely afternoon of quick craftiness. A couple of easy things to make, prepare earlier and then bake when I have the time. Although two minutes of baking is nothing at all.
Part of the instructions also say to sand the plastic before drawing on it, maybe the spots will go the, or maybe they’re something else. I didn’t sand it either this time.

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Have fun 🙂
Jen

Time to get (friendly) plastic

It’s that time again. Today, in between unexpected taxi jobs, I am playing with the new plastic I got recently. There are two types and after today I will be able to decided which I prefer or it may even be both.
First cab off the rank is friendly plastic. There are two ways to heat it. In a water bath or a heat gun. I have loan of a heat gun, so we’re going there first.
A little googling to see how long to leave it to cool and then I’ll be right into it. Ok. I need to leave it to cool completely before removing it from the paper. So while I am waiting for that I can have a look a the shrinky plastic.

Friendly plastic before cutting and heating.

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The first cuts broke it, which disappointed me, but there after it cut neatly, phew.

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And my first and second attempts.

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Aft seeing how soft they go under the heat gun I may try the water bath to make a cuff, as I only need to soften the plastic not meld it together. I’d like to try the pink one as a cuff first.
The second one does look vaguely better in the flesh, and with more practice they will look 100% better. I am liking this, it’s kind of like working with dichroic glass, except the results are almost instant, instead of having to wait 12 hours. I can definitely see me doing more of this down the track.

Jen 🙂