Monday, January 31, 2011

How to Make a Jeweled Photo Frame

This is a fun and simple project!  If you have a bunch of old vintage jewelry, beads and buttons just arrange them how you want,  then use your hot glue gun  and glue everything in place. (I put a thick piece of paper over the glass inside the frame so I wouldn't get glue on it.) Try this with found objects or seashells! You can also find "lots" of vintage jewelry on ebay and I have seen bags of vintage like ornaments at craft stores.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own Glass Tile Photo Pendants, Earrings and Magnets!

 Glass tile pendants, earrings and magnets are so fun and easy to make!
 For a great how-to video and tutorials please see:
TUTORIALS : Make your own glass bubble and tile pendants - The Beading Gem's Journal
art magnets, glass tile magnets
hot pink magnets, glass tile magnets

russian blue cat, flower pendant
 For supplies I get all of the items needed here: 

My tips:
1) Use  50 lb or heavier matte photo or presentation paper
2) Let ink dry overnight; test with one tile to see if your ink runs, if it does try Krylon clear matte acrylic spray to seal (I do not recommend Micro Glaze; this is a wax so the water based Diamond or Sun & Moon Glaze will not stick well.) You can also try baking at 250ยบ for 15 minutes to seal the ink.
3) Press lightly or the glaze will squish out and you will get a silvery crazing.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Simple DIY Jewelry Organizer; Get Your Jewelry Organized This Year!

I kept putting off making a jewelry organizer  because I didn't want to buy a bunch of screen or chicken wire which is used in a lot of the organizers I have seen.    I found some cheap utility mesh at a fabric store and just used my staple gun to attach the mesh to the back my old wood frame.  Then I just screwed in a few brass hooks and a picture hanger and 10 minutes later I was organized!

Check out my  modern earring holder made from a metal frame.