Etched glass is easy to do, but you could probably use the frosted spray paint, too. This is a Patron bottle. I cut the design out of contact paper using my Xyron Wishblade. Once it was applied and the edges burnished, I rubbed it with alcohol to remove any residue left on the bottle from my fingers or labels. The entire surface was covered with Armour’s Etch cream and let it set for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, I filled a bucket part way with water and rinsed the etchant from the glass and dried the bottle.
To decorate, each upper edge has a rhinestone flourish, the trim, pearls and rhinestones were dyed with alcohol inks and adhered to the bottle with E6000. A ceramic knob was glued to each corner of the bottle and inked with alcohol ink as was the cork.
Melissa gave me some dominos that she found at a garage sale. I finally got around to making something from them. These dominos have a metal stud in the middle of the number side of the domino. Here are several necklaces and a magnet. I used ribbon to go around the neck to complement the bulk of the domino.
From left to right: (left) image printed on coffee filter and trim glued around the edge, bail attached to back; (middle) spiderweb image stamped as background, skeleton image printed on coffee filter, edge inked with Staz-On black, hole drilled in top and wire ring attached; (right) rubberstamped text image, over-stamped with the butterfly and inked in with blue Sharpie, edge is trimmed with a satin ribbon and the bail is attached to the back.
From left to right: (left) magnet made same as above necklace; (middle left) image printed on coffee filter, edge is inked with Timber Staz-On ink, 3 square beads glued to top and a hole drilled into the center of the bead to attach the wire ring; (right middle) image printed on coffee filter, edge inked with black Staz-On, rickrack along top and bottom edge, a ring of silver metal squares attached at top with a hole drilled thru center with a wire ring attached; (right) image rubberstamped and inked in with pink Sharpies, tiny holeless beads adhered around the edge, a hole is drilled thru the top and a wire ring inserted.
All of the dominoes with printed images are adhered to domino and coated with Judikin’s Diamond Glaze.
The necklaces can be changed into magnets simply by tying the ribbon into bows and glueing magnets on the back. The backs are all finished with decorative paper.
A year or so ago I bought the Generation Green (G2) Bottle Cutter at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby (coupons!) but here’s the tool: http://www.delphiglass.com/mosaic-supplies/tools-supplies/generation-green-g2-bottle-cutter#4 . I tried it once right after I bought it—without reading the directions :(. It worked okay, but not great. I picked it up again last week after watching a few how-to youtube videos. There are 3 or 4 of them, here’s the first one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RU5GNZAONY .
The rings on the right have no chips or breaks. The bottle bottom is pristine, too. Here’s the result of my first try. The rings on the left have chips and breaks, but are still usable, of course.
There are a couple more bottles waiting for me. I need to hold the bottle cutter tighter against the glass. I didn’t oil the cutter, either, which will probably help considerably.
I can’t see using a ring from the bottle for a bangle, but the rings will make nice jewelry once they’re cut into pieces. The pieces will have a curve to them that fits around the wrist. Then I’ll wrap them with copper tape and solder jump rings on each end. Just need to find some clear bottles. Green’s okay, but not really what I’m looking for.
Halloween is coming up and the ArtCharm group has a Creepy Doll Charm Swap. This is what I came up with. The original form is a half-inch doll I purchased at http://www.mardigrasoutlet.com/catalog/1364.html . I removed the arms and legs with a Dremel cutting wheel and “painted” them with nail polish (red, green and black) mixed with cornstarch. Then drilled holes where the arms and legs would be and a flattened piece of rebar wire inserted in the holes and twisted. I haven’t decided on a color for the eyes, yet, but this is the first option.
The Dremel cutting wheel did fine, but drill bits get ruined when used with plastic. It melts on the bit. The nail polish can be smelled throughout the house, but it will probably be gone by morning. I’m in the process of drilling the holes; unfortunately, the drill bit is stuck in the doll, so I’ll have to hold down the doll with clamps or something so I can get it out. Safety glasses are a must with this project.
Well, I received the bracelet for July. It’s theme is Mother Nature, Goddess of the Earth. The Venus charm I had made for it doesn’t mesh well with the bracelet, so I made another one. This one is made from a rock from the river running in front of my house. Since the owner’s preferred colors are green and blue, I dyed the rock with a green alcohol ink (oregano, I believe). The metal leaves were colored with the copper mixative alcohol ink and attached with a piece of copper wire. The wire is coiled at the bottom of the rock and curves up to the top where the leaves are attached. It works much better on the bracelet!
One of the participants of the round robin dropped out early on and was replaced by someone else whose theme is “Gram’s Buttons”. I have buttons from my grandmother, my mom and my own (of course ). These 3 buttons could have come either from Mom’s stash or Grandma’s stash, couldn’t tell you for sure, but they make a nice combination. The larger off-white button reminded me of a flower, so I used a bead to make it look like a flower center. The square button is greenish, so that’s the calyx.
The next bracelet I receive should be the Mother Nature, Earth Goddess. That charm is mostly done…though I may add something to it or if it doesn’t quite work, make something else. The Martha Stewart jewelry enamel products may tempt me to do something else
I needed a good hook for my hairdryer and found this packet of 2 hooks. They’re not very pretty, so the first thought was to use some of the Vintaj Patinas on it. Then, my sister and I went shopping at Michaels and we stumbled on Martha Stewart’s Jewelry Enamel. My go-to colors seem to be blue (wild blueberry) and/or green (green olive) and I got home with a tube of each one plus a tube of activator. Of course, it didn’t occur to me to use it for this until I was sitting at my desk one afternoon. Then it fell into place.
The first thing I did was rub the metal down with alcohol. Then I mixed 1-part color to 2-parts activator for each color and applied it to the metal with a toothpick in a marbleing pattern on the hook. It had to cure for 72 hours. I nailed it to the wall over the hole made by the nail I’d been using. Here are before and after photos:
Now to see how it wears.