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September/October 2006 - Issue 57
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The classic method for making a charm is by sandwiching a collage or
image between glass, wrapping the "sandwich" together with
copper tape, and then using stained glass solder to finish. Don't forget
to solder in a jump ring for hanging.
This technique is perfected by Sally Jean Alexander, so I won't even show you mine. I made one before I took a class with Sally Jean and, well, it's just too embarrassing to bring it out in public! If you ever get to take a class with Sally Jean, run to sign up.
Here is her new book, Pretty Little Things, which is now available. I don't know if she tells you her soldering methods, as my copy is still on its way! Here are the Amazon links.
If you can't get to one of Sally Jean's classes, I highly recommend you take a class with someone who knows how to solder. It'll save you a lot of time and aggravation!
Here is the Easy Peasey version of a charm. Take two Microscope Slides and sandwich a transparency or other artwork between the slides. Edge the charm with 3/8" Copper Tape. To add a hanger to the charm, use a Leaf Bail bent over the top and glue it on with E6000 (which will make a neater job than the one I did on the charm above!!). I always apply my E6000 with my handy dandy Spatula, which wipes clean after gluing!
I just love this charm and wear it a lot. (It's
my Mom as a little girl in the photo) This is one of the smaller
Top Frames onto which I have jewellery-soldered a pair
of the Wing
Charms. Using E6000
glue, I glued the frame shut and added the "A"
Alphabet Charm. There is a loop at the tops of these frames,
but it wasn't large enough for the Chain
to pass through, so I used a Brass
Split Ring to attach the charm to the chain.
You can have different artwork in each side of these Flip Top Frames. They have a bit of depth, so you can use 3D elements inside the frame. I use small pieces of Mica for the "glass" and a small piece of bookboard to fill the space in the middle, if necessary. (There is photo of my Dad as a little boy on the back side of this charm.)
If you don't have any Mica to use as "glass" for your frame, you can use Transparencies.
Okay, so you have a bunch of these Microscope slides and you don't know what to do with them? Ranger is now producing their Memory Frames which are little metal frames which open easily and allow you to pop in a transparency or flat piece of artwork. There is already a jump ring attached so you don't even need to think about that! What could be easier? Just note that you can't have a lot of thick embellishments on your artwork, as you can with the Flip Top Frames. You can substitute Mica, which is thinner than glass. This will allow you a bit more room for bulkier artwork. If you don't have Mica, try using Transparencies as glass.
Since you can't fit a lot on the artwork, add the embellishments to the frame!
Well, if you're like me, you just can't resist the classic square. This is another of Ranger's Memory Frames - except they're square. They work just like the rectangular, but you need the square glass, too.
I first learned this foil and gluestick technique from
Rose Davidson. Love it! For a really wonderful background (I especially
like it in altered books) try the following:
* Transfer foil is a metallic foil adhered to mylar or clear plastic. The mylar side is the shiny metallic side. The back side is not metallic - this is the side that is glued down. When gluing down your foil, place the shiny side face up on the glue and rub.
Another fun tip:
Working with Alcohol Inks
A lot of you have been playing with Alcohol Inks for forever, but I'm new to them. And I haven't had so much fun since the pigs ate Grandma!
Essentially, you take glossy
white cardstock, drop a few different colours of Adirondack
Alcohol Inks onto the page and smoosh! The great thing about these
colours is that any combination seems to work!
Dropping the colour randomly on the surface of the paper and allowing the inks to blend by tipping the paper is one method, but here are a few more ideas:
Once you've created your background, you may stamp or letter on it. Or leave it alone, it's a piece of artwork all by itself! Cut out pieces of your Alcohol Inked backgrounds and mount them on cardstock ( I love putting them on Black Cardstock). Then I use Gel Extremes to write on the inside. Yummy!
Before you get started with these, make sure you have lots of glossy cardstock -
you start playing with these things, you won't be able to stop
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It's the End of the Rainbow Metallics ATC swap
Beth Ann concludes her ongoing 3
for 3 swap of Artist Trading Cards! Our recent challenges were Red, Orange
and Yellow, Green, Blue and Indigo and Violet (and you can see those ATCs
in the previous issues of byhand).
Thanks Beth Ann for being a wonderful hostess - and thanks to everyone who played.
(ATCs are Artist Trading Cards which measure 3 1/2" x 2 1/2")
Click on each on to see the larger version.
Next month you can see Past the Rainbow as Yogi hosts a Black and White ATC swap!
We loved the results of the Hand Mingle so much (see byhand Newsletter May 2006) that we wanted to do this as a "Fat Book" Swap. We adjusted the "rules" for a fat book swap to accommodate fewer players! But we have just as many doodads and embellishments!
A huge thanks to Mary-Beth for hostessing - or should I say a round of applause!
Click on each hand below to see it larger!
Here are my hands which I bound with my Rubicoil!
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2006 Suzanne Cannon
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