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PolyClay Appliqué, and Beaded Bezels

The folks at Art Bead Scene Studio feature awesome artwork every month, and challenge their readers to create art beads, and art-bead-incorporating jewelry, inspired by the artwork. March’s inspiration is a piece, Red Water Lily of Southern India, by Marianne North. Now here's a piece of art that captured me in more ways than one.… Continue reading PolyClay Appliqué, and Beaded Bezels

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More Mokume-Gane

Continuing with my trials and experiments, I thought of giving mokume-gane another go, making sure I don't accidentally use Sculpey III like last time. 🙂 I also thought I'd work in some foil with the clay. I layered sheets of green and black Premo clay, interspersed with a couple of sheets of silver foil, and pressed… Continue reading More Mokume-Gane

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Finishing and Machines – DIY Sanding Drum

Encouraged by the success of my DIY buffing wheel, I've now made a DIY sanding drum, with sanding attachments! Okay, it's not exactly a drum proper, but it gets the sanding done. And that's what matters, right? At first, I tried to find stuff that could substitute as drums on drill bits, but without much… Continue reading Finishing and Machines – DIY Sanding Drum

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Crackled Effect Cabochon (or DIY Buffing Wheel Results Part 2)

The gloss! Woah, the incredible gloss! I can almost see my reflection in here. 😛 You can't tell (or maybe you can), but I'm dancing a little jig right now. My DIY buffing wheel is definitely a superstar, isn't it? One of the items I'd made from the crackled effect veneer is this hollow cabochon,… Continue reading Crackled Effect Cabochon (or DIY Buffing Wheel Results Part 2)

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DIY Buffing Wheel Results

I used the little slices from my earlier mokume gane attempt to make a veneer, and sat down for a session of testing my buffing wheel with pieces made from the veneer. Attempt #1 I made a hollow earring pair. Then I buffed and I buffed and I buffed for what seemed like ages, and...… Continue reading DIY Buffing Wheel Results