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Making Jewelry Stinks (sometimes)

20 Jul

It does, this idea does stink but, with artful results.

Today’s Club Creative Studio post is a special feature post that deals with a great idea that stems from what might seem as an unlikely place in jewelry-making, it is the location called your kitchen.   I love to discover a technique that is interesting and this one is so worth sharing.

Although we love for things to come out of our kitchen smelling wonderful, this is a kitchen/jewelry project that really stinks!  Consider yourself warned AND informed.  In this case, what stinks is also pretty cool.  If you are making jewelry and enjoy experimenting, this is something that you may be interested in trying, or at least it is nice to know.

People called “Foodies” are great fans of food.  If you are one that spends many hours in the kitchen creatively cooking, baking or eating, then you know how important that environment can be.  It can be a space of much discovery. And so today, you can combine the kitchen, food and jewelry making all in one project.

How could this be that all of those things can combine in an artful way?  Let me share a tip I came across that is helpful for those who like to experiment and find options to incorporate in their creative jewelry creations. Don’t be chicken (like me) try it and let me know about your results.  It’s and Egg-cellent idea. 

Did you know that you can use a hard-boiled egg to create the look of patina on sterling silver wire findings? You’ll need a hard-boiled egg, sterling silver item, a zip-seal plastic bag. Here is what you do for the process:  After hard boiling your eggs while they are still hot, take your peeled hard-boiled eggs and slice them in half, placing in the air-tight bag.

The yolk is the primary source of sulfur and it is the yolk that will be reacting chemically to the sterling silver item you place in a bag.  For an average-sized single piece of jewelry, two eggs will be enough, but the larger the item, the more eggs you need. To oxidize multiple pieces of jewelry, you will need to add more eggs, and use a larger bag as well.

The aim of this project is to turn sterling silver items into items with an aged and patina-look.

Waiting for the oxidation process is next, the silver will bond with oxygen.  Leave the contents in the closed zipped bag for a few days, when it oxidizes, you’ll want to brush your item with fine steel wool.  Polishing with a soft cloth afterwards will complete your project.  You hope to come out of this with a nice aged-look on your item. The longer you leave it in the bag, the darker your patina will be. Make sure to discard your eggs when done, do not consume them.

The alternative to this method in the kitchen is of course using Liver of sulfur (which actually smells the same) but, this is a natural way to avoid that chemical.

I look forward to trying this technique as I become a bit more brave with rotting egg smell.  However, if it works, in the end it doesn’t stink after all.

Do not eat the eggs after you have completed this project.

Creative Space

25 Jun

Creativity can be sparked by your surroundings and fitting that my blog topic today is about how my surroundings have changed and inspired creativity.

Recently, moving the workspace studio to a new location was a bitter and sweet experience.  I transferred my supplies to a smaller but more controlled area.  Some of my storage ideas are the same and some have been adapted to the space and needs and new shelving of the new creative space.  I find my creative space to be inviting, inspiring and functional.

Decorative floral decals add a splash of whimsy and are totally removable and replaceable.

For me and my Studio Space bigger was not necessarily better for several reasons, I need to have a focus on easy-to-reach tools and supplies in a more controlling and tidy area.

My supplies need to be close at hand to use quickly.  I have found that arranging my supplies that I  use often to be within an arms reach works out to be a more productive solution.  I don’t need much room to work. I used to have a large table/desk area for designing.  Today, I have found that I am more focused and have more control of tool use if I am limited in my desk surface.  It has also made new sense to me to try a different approach to how I go about using my supplies and beads.

I am trying very hard to keep this tidy look because it is such a functional area that works for me the way I have it arranged.

I have decided to TRY to replace all of my supplies at the end of each project to their proper storage area.  Before this type of dedicated designing, I was searching many times for something that I needed:  a tool or small findings that were often times right in front of my face which were previously over-looked due to clutter and confusion in the first place!

Being more conscious and careful of my workspace has proven to cut down on the amount of extra supplies I have out and then eventually the amount of time that is needed to clear a space for a new fresh beginning.  I think I am going to like my new-found love of organization.  What do you think of my creative space?

I have created “work zones” which help me focus on the tools that I need in one specific area with each specific art medium.

This is one view of a few separate and distinct “work zones” I have created.  The area in the photograph above is my “clay zone”.  It is where all of my supplies are arranged so that making beads with clay and clay tools are all together in one spot.  So far, I have managed to keep it a clean and productive work area.  When I sit in each zone, I know what my focus is and should be.  Being in focus is step one to productive creativity.

Other such work zones I have created are 1.  The Design Table (which is a small corner desk close to the pull-out drawers where a variety of my beads are located), 2. The Work/Display Table (small table with a cute fabric cover to serve as a flat surface for larger projects), 3. The Clay Zone (as described above) and 4. Storage zones (shelving and closet space organized to house anything I would need for both jewelry-making, painting and other arts/crafts projects.  It is surely a fun place to create. I am inspired even MORE  to use my creative energy and to

BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY!

For a look at creative items designed in my work space, please visit the Club Creative Studio link:

 http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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