Tuesday 29 December 2009

Copper Pendant

I have been trying very hard over the past couple of days to make some pendants.

I think it must have been a case of 'beginners luck' at the workshop I attended, or else it was because I had everything I needed to hand which made it easier.  But at home it has been a lot more difficult.

The above is a copper pendant.  It is hard to get a decent photo of it.  It's a stylised butterfly and leaves, debossed into copper.  The background has been blackened with paint, and the raised copper has been rubbed with sandpaper to make it shiny.

This is the other side, with a black painted 'photo picture frame' around it.
The loop I made with copper wire, and it is hung on a length of soft leather.

Getting ready for Christmas.

Well it's only 361 days to go - and I will need all of those to be ready time.  I want to make all my Christmas cards, and as many presents as I can - so I started today with a couple of tags.

There is a blog giveaway which I posted here on The Artistic Stamper - so I am doing two things at once as only us ladies can!

I have made these tags as entries for the blog candy draw, and also for parcels for next Christmas.

I started off with plain chipboard tags from The Artistic Stamper shop.  I like these because they are thick and easy to work on.

The tags are made 'in the style of' Tim Holtz as I didn't have all the stamps etc he used.
This one was made by inking the tag in pale blue, then stamping it with snowflakes, and embossing with a matt type embossing powder.  The swirls were stamped on next, and the green border sponged on.
The image which is part of a TH stamp which I used to stamp onto acetate as he did, then  it cut out and glued onto the tag with glossy accents, then coloured it with red alcohol ink.
I am actually pleased with this tag - took me ages to do, and looks so much nicer in real life.

I had to improvise again for this tag.
Background technique as above, then the TH swirls stamped on in layers, and he famous 'bird on a branch' stamp, which I have turned into a robin by inking his chest red. The fibres on the tags are Christmas red with lots of gold strands in it.