Friday, 5 March 2010

Dream a little dream

I read Sharilyn Miller's book Rubber stamped jewelry a few months back but got distracted by other things before trying anything out. A couple of days ago I found big bags of clear glass "pebbles" in a local £1 shop and remembered one of the projects in that book used one as an accent. Here's the result - it uses the same base materials as the one in the book but is different in just about every other way!

I made a batch of "sea washed" glass a while ago by breaking a square section bottle and tumbling in a rock tumbler. Some craft shops carry sea washed glass or the Ranger Memory glass range works well if you want a regular shaped jewellery piece. I painted the edges with Precious Metal paint and in doing so hit on the idea of wiping a thin coat of it across the back of the piece as well. I love the effect! The mica in the paint makes the glass just slightly more opaque but it still has a translucence.

The pebble was stuck onto a stamped piece of paper with Glossy Accents, trimmed and edged with copper tape then glued onto the base piece which had been stamped and embossed with detail gold powder. I added Glossy Accents to hold a little drift of seed beads. When dry, I dotted a few beads with the Precious Metal paint to deepen the colour. Stick a pin on the back (hidden by the pebble and beads on the front) and you're done. The cost of this is literally pennies - gotta love that!

I used a backgrounder in this design - one of the reasons I love them is that they're so versatile, useful for everything from a full card front to a small project like this (it's about 6cm/2.5" tall). Backgrounders and their bigger cousins the Scrapblocks are on sale this Friday/Saturday at CHF - buy one and get a second of the same value at half price. You can see the details on the store's home page {here} if you fancy stocking up.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Inchie Style (Rummage Bin line)
Spanish Script backgrounder

Versmark by Tsukineko
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)

Simply Smooth

"Sea washed" glass
Glass pebble (the sort used to put in vases)
Detail gold embossing powder
Seed baeds
Precious Metal pint by Viva Decor (Blue Azure)
Glossy Accents
Copper Tape

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a lovely weekend!


Gez Butterworth said...

Absolutely stunning Joanne. The colours are beautiful.

tracy said...

thats fabulous joanne :)

Heavenly Anarchist said...

Oh, I love this. I do love stamping and collaging on glass, it has such depth.
Think I need to get my tumbler to work more quickly!

Kathy said...

Stunning! I love what you're making atm Joanne - the piece in the post below is fabulous too. I'm loving the look of those precious metal paints and I really think I need some!

Thanks for the temptation....

Karen said...

ooo another piece of jewellery!!! This is gorgeous and really reminds me of the sea, XXX

Kaz said...

Oh wow I love this, the colour and the glass are so beautiful xx

Dan said...

The colours and all those tiny beads make this look like the "dream" is rising up from the bottom of the sea, surrounded by tiny bubbles. Love it!

Sue said...

Beautiful! Those tiny beads finish it off so well and the colours are lovely.
Sue x

Hearts Turned said...

So gorgeous, Joanne! You keep showing me new products that I'm just going to have to find! You keep creating the most beautiful things--keep it up!

Hope you're having a wonderful day today!

Hels Sheridan said...

Totally is a really serene it loads x

Janice said...

How clever, it may not have cost many pennies, but you put a lot of time and effort into this piece so it is worth quite a lot, I would say.

Carol Plume said...

wow Joanne totally it all.

have a fab weekend. xx

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness- it is absolutely stunning

Marcy said...

I have to say it, Joanne, this project is in fact very dreamy. I love the gold text background and the drift of beads.

Caroline said...

Wow Joanne, that is really beautiful! Love it...x

Claireabelle said...

Wow, this is just a stunning piece of work!

Unknown said...

A simply gorgeous and stunning piece of art X

Anonymous said...

An exquisite piece of art Joanne! Love it! x