Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Button Earrings

I've made some simple button earrings and pendant necklaces. They were so much fun to make. Hard to know when to stop! Thought I'd share the process for any of you who have some clay kicking around.

I gathered together some supplies that inspired me. I love these clear flexible stamps. They are meant to be used with a clear rigid stamp base, but they work very well without it on the polymer clay. I mixed up a batch of a pleasing colour and flattened it out to a 3mm thickness.

I dusted the stamps with cornstarch and stamped right onto the rolled out clay. I cut around the stamped images with a craft knife and tried to pair everything off. Some of the images I used a tiny round cutter on. These are my favorite pieces. Random patterns chosen without looking too closely. I really just tried to make sure I had two of each kind of pattern.

I dusted each piece with gold metal pigment powder before I baked them. After I baked and cooled the pieces I used a nail buffer to remove the gold powder from the high points of each design. I super glued earring backs right onto the back of each piece and poked them into apiece of cardboard to hold them still. I used some water based glossy varnish to shine them up and make sure the gold powder stayed put.

After the pieces dried I used my drill to make a small hole in the bottom of each piece so I could hang a bead or bead cluster from each earring. I also drilled into the top of each necklace piece to glue eye pins for hanging.

I had a bit of clay left over and decided some beads were in order. Now to figure out exactly what I'm going to do with these!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

So Many Nails

So many nails!!!!
It's been a fantastic month. Heaps of new clients all with new nail art ideas. Here are a few of them. Too many to post them all. 

This was a transparent blue builder gel over top of some holographic glitter that was applied over a base of opaque blue gel. Love the depth this technique gives.

Some matte burgundy gels with a 3D gel brush sculpted rose.

A hand painted snowman with a few accent nails. Loads of snowy glitter and a sweater nail in grey.

Great set! Love doing marble! and who can resist matte black?

A hand painted feather with an embedded crystal.

These are some embedded shards of mica flake. Soooooo pretty!!!

A simple double stamped snowflake with holo glitter accents.

Chilly blue and silver with some 3D swirls in snowy matte.

Lovely sweaters.

3D swirls with blizzard glitter. Brrrrrrrrrr.....

Sweet pink set.

Natural nail polish mani. I love doing these.

A faded chrome over white with a 3D ring finger for textrue.

I was calling these ones Canadian winter. We did a glitter fade and a plaid with chrome tape.

These were my Holiday nails. a mauve ombre with snowy stamps.

More sweaters. This time with a metallic denim accent.

Black gel overlays with some rainbow glitter.

Some natural looking french extensions.

My glittery New Year Nails. Matte nudes over a glitter base edged in 3D white powder.

More pretty pink festive nails.
Hope these are a bit inspiring.
I'm tired now.....

Maybe I'll relax by painting more nails.

HAPPY 2018