Day 7 Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams Blog Tour

I have been eagerly waiting for today because today is ICE Resin day on our happy little tour.  As do many artists, I adore this resin.  It is absolutely wonderful to use!  One thing I love most about it is how consistent it turns out.  Have you ever had a resin disaster because it didn’t cure properly?!?!?  Talk about a mess to clean up!

And as far as the clay and resin together as Jen Cushman said so very well, they go together like peanut butter and chocolate!  Before I say any more about today’s host I should let you know that they are having a technical challenge with comments.  But no worries it is being addressed and you will be able to register for all the wonderful prizes on the ICE Resin blog very soon!  In the meantime please leave a comment on their Facebook page to register for their drawing.

I could have easily done many more ICE Resin projects in my book– all of them completely unique using just these two art supplies.  But of course space was very limited as I was trying to show the broadest range possible of what could be done.

I think one of the most widely used ways these will be used together is by making bezels with the clay and then filling it with the resin.  If you missed Lesley Venable’s post the other day she shows some gorgeous examples of this.  I’m sure there are so many things I haven’t thought of yet in Jen’s new book and also Susan’s new paperback edition!  Both of these are available on the ICE Resin site.

Jen Cushman, jewelry, new book, ICE resin

What is really impressive is these are both self-published!  You’d never suspect though.  Aren’t they both just beautiful.  And Jen has even won an award for her book already!  Here is the scoop on that!!

Susan Lenart Kazmer, ICE Resin, new book, jewelry

Jen has done a fantastic job in building the fabulous new ICE Resin web site.  It is just bursting with information and inspiration not the least of which is the necklace she made especially for today’s post.  Yeah so is anybody still here reading this?  I’m sure you’re already over at the ICE Resin site right?  Hello?  Anyone?  hehehe

I’m also doing back flips because not only are they participating in the tour but are sponsoring it with prizes for the individual giveaways as well as the grand prize drawing as well

TODAY’S FEATURE ~ FOUND OBJECT JEWELRY

One of the most helpful things I’ve used the epoxy clay for is connecting all the odd little objects I find together in a secure way.  So here are just some of the many things we’ve made in which epoxy clay made possible

epoxy clay, found object, assemblage, art jewelry, charley slaughter

Charley made this piece and it is featured in the book “500 Pendants and Lockets” along with another fabulous piece he made.  We both submitted 3 pieces and all of mine were rejected so what is up with THAT!!!  : )  At least I get photo credit so I’m in the book anyway!  : )  So the way he made this was he sawed off part of the long screw that was part of the pulley.  Then he filled the shell with the freshly mixed epoxy clay and pressed the screw down into the shell.  Some of the clay came out the top which he cleaned off.  He then set it upside and carefully supported while the clay hardened and Viola!  A fabulous pendant that is very sturdy and cool.

found object, 1,000 steampunk inspirations, steampunk, time travel, clockworks, assemblage, epoxy clay

The Time Travel Instrumentation Device did actually make it into a book (a girl can only handle so much rejection ya know!).  The book “1,000 Steampunk Objects” looks really cool and lots of great artists are in like Erin Keck who I am lucky enough to be friends with!   Erin makes the absolutely most amazing steampunk clocks among other great things.  Love those!!!    In addition there are many more fav artists in there but more on that later!  I must focus!!!

found object, epoxy clay, jewelry, polymer, aged, pitted, optical lens,

StarFishh features a typewriter bale end cap, optical lenses all around the sides and yet another lens in the bottom to let in light from below (kind of works like an uplight when it’s being worn).  Christopher Lowell would approve!

The “shell” was made from epoxy clay and then a faux bone technique with polymer clay was applied over the top.  Once it was baked the outside was further distressed.  You can see more images of it here.

teeth, epoxy clay, found object, assemblage, jewelry, taxidermy

Dentition Relic is yet another example of something I’d be hard pressed to make without the epoxy clay.  You can see more of this and other examples in our etsy shop.  And many more still on this site.  I’d say probably about 80% of everything that is currently listed and has been sold is made with the clay.

more new stuff

Oh before I forget there is a new group on Facebook for epoxy clay.  There are so many cool things I’m learning!  Fantastic things that I never thought were possible even!  And since I wrote “the book” on epoxy clay I’m pretty sure you’ll learn some things also! Check it here!  We’d love to have you

Recent additions to etsy shop . . .

Mariners Site Instrument neckpiece

Dentition Relic neckpiece

The back features dental definitions from a decaying dictionary dahling!

It takes a few seconds longer to take on and off because the clasp is an old machine screw assembly

Mourning Dove and book news

A while back I noticed that my book Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams kept hovering in the top 100 in Jewelry category on amazon.  I wondered why oh WHY wasn’t it showing up in the Mixed Media category.  The answer is that is because it simply wasn’t there.  It was only in the Jewelry category.

Now I *know* this is an assumption on my part that a book that has *some* jewelry pieces only and is subtitled

“Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay”

should have been put in the Mixed Media category perhaps in addition to the jewelry category.  So here is some good news if you are an author.  You can actually speak to someone (yes on the phone!  a real live person!) and they will add or change categories for you.  The man was very sweet and helpful to add both “Mixed Media” and “Pottery and Ceramics” categories.

Well that was a few weeks ago.  So how glad am I today that I was able to add them because now the book is at #24 and #3 respectively on sales for the biggest bookseller in the world.  Yay!

amazon sales ranking, jewelry, mixed media, pottery and ceramics, top 100

The sales of the Kindle books are separate for some reason so it is still up there in the Jewelry category for the Kindle version.  Yay!

amazon sales ranking, jewelry, mixed media, pottery and ceramics, top 100

Oh by the way way I’m offering signed copies in my shop here and a killer deal with the Resin Clay Pendants online workshop AND the book for only $35.  Well at least I think it’s a killer deal anyway! That is available here

After a kazillion stitches it is finally finished

bird, black, etsy, gothic, jewelry, mourning, taxidermy, victorian, white, tattered, steampunk

It has a long tie attached which makes it versatile to wear different ways and in different lengths.

bird, black, etsy, gothic, jewelry, mourning, taxidermy, victorian, white, tattered, steampunk

bird, black, etsy, gothic, jewelry, mourning, taxidermy, victorian, white, tattered, steampunk

bird, black, etsy, gothic, jewelry, mourning, taxidermy, victorian, white, tattered, steampunk

Now available in our etsy shop here

Here is a little ditty that makes me so happy I may not sell ‘er.  It is called Life Of The Party and kind of reminds me of the old story of the drunken office worker who wears the lampshade hat whilst dancing on the table.  : )

Charley carefully drilled all those tiny little holes AFTER I put it together ala a permanent attachment (yes Alicia is was with epoxy clay!).  I knew better and he was so sweet and patient to get them all centered just perfect so the little happy danglies could be attached.  This one is almost finished along with several others so I’ll share those soon.

work in progress, art jewelry, mixed media, assemblage

The Sparrow King

At long last!  I have been so busy doing other things yet have longed to be in the studio making things and all that goes with it.  Especially pieces like this.  It was challenging and a lot of new techniques and strategies were called for not the least of which was a new level of patience.

rex mortuus est, vivat rex

the king is dead long live the king

I started this piece long ago and finally it was ready to test drive this weekend.  Jenny and I took it out on Saturday and we both felt it was quite comfortable, not too heavy and definitely a show stopper.  Jenny was walking around the grocery store and people were (not so slyly) trying to catch a second (sometimes third) look without coming right up to her and asking to see.

When I worked at large places like Washington State and Hewlett Packard it was fun to try out new pieces because I’d get immediate feedback. Some people knew about what I did and would come all the way across the office to see what kind of things I put together this time.  Mostly the response was good but sometimes they would cringe or not feel comfortable with them but that was fine too.   Just interesting to see their reactions.

Now living in such a small town and still very much an “outsider” I don’t really have very much feedback.   I’ve heard it takes at least 15 years before you are considered a local.

–> back to The Sparrow King.

He lives in a sequestered reliquary nearly hidden from view.  The Sparrow peers out through the thick glass evermore but an ornate filigree shutters the window to obscure the curious glance of any casual onlookers.  Further exploration will reveal that he can be openly viewed and even removed.  It is merely a matter of knowing how.

And yes, Curious Ones, that will be shown to you now.

The filigree shutter can be swung out to the left to view him through the window  (or even to the right if the key closure is removed so we’ll get to that next!).

Opening the key closure is a two step process.  First pull the royal pin on the Holy Hand Grenade– oh crap that’s so Monty Python.  Let me try again . . . pull the royal pin up through the hole in the shaft of the key.

Then gently wiggle the key from the two round supports on the side (as you can see one holds the window in place and the other secures the key to the other section).  Do you wish you had some Ikea style instructions about now?  It only sounds complex because I’m a former geek.  But really it’s quite simple.  Here are the photos . . .

So here’s another way of saying it– yank that puppy in the back straight up.  Then pull the key towards you.  Wallah!   It’s unlocked and ready to open.  ; )

Now just pull the silver thingie in the back UP

Then pull the key out

Now that the key closure is removed, the glass window can now be moved from side to side.

I didn’t have the heart to permanently attach him inside and he is quite grateful for that.  It’s good to be king.

Other views

The ornate back is fit for a king.

Such a beautiful bird.

I sincerely hope I didn’t offend with too much detail in how to open it.   Did I go overboard with the instructions or were those helpful?

Here is the etsy listing and here is some of the work in progress from a previous post.

Coming soon:  Illuminant ~ a light bulb moment.

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