Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Realizing What Really Is Important

Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to make us realize what really is important.  
                
Letting my everyday frustrations pile  and allowing my tendency to jump into projects that are at the far edge of my skillset caused some angst.   I made an overlay ring that went fairly well other than getting the silver too hot so the ring band is no longer symmetrical.  The good news is that it fits and if I don't let anyone see it closely it won't show and I like the texture caused by too much heat.
 

The overlay silver cuff class I took was a huge stretch for me.  I got most of the design sawed out in class but that was all.  'Ok' I said, 'I have everything at home and I can finish this there'.  When I got home I worked for 2 days to get the two pieces of silver to solder. It should have taken 15 minutes maybe.  At the end of the second day, I realized that the solder tip I was using was too small and when I changed to the next size with more heat  - the solder melted!  All I can say is that my torch and I are much better friends now!  The  piece of sterling will be a cuff one day.

Some day this will be a cuf!
My summer home project of repairing the low driveway stucco wall is taking all summer.  Today I bought the primer and the paint and I'm pretty sure I'll get it done this year!  I'm also pretty sure I won't do another stucco project.



None of these things are dramatic, catastrophic, or will be remembered in 5 years.  

When real disaster hits, everything falls back into areas of importance. That's when we realize how fortunate we are to have each other and to have our health.  It's when our hearts go out to those in need and our hands reach out to help.  I'm thinking of the victims of hurricane Harvey and the devastation to their lives.  



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vintage Clothing

Finally I have some new vintage pieces in my vintage etsy shop
https://www.etsy.com/listing/537019176/vintage-dotted-swiss-dress-dotted-swiss?ref=shop_home_feat_2

This past week, I've decided that I need to put the vintage clothing on my vintage etsy shop.  www.brittdesign.etsy.com   I've had a plastic tote with some of my favorite vintage items packed away for several years making them even older.

sneak preview
Years ago, early 2000's, my good friend Jay and I shared a booth in Tucson's Copper Country Antique Mall.  It was a huge building with many spaces and a cafe inside.  A large bull on the roof named 'Fred' kept watch.  My parents had just moved into assisted living and my brother drove a UHaul truck filled with lots of their things.  Between that and the help of some friends, there was plenty to fill our space. My partner, Jay, has amazing talent at merchandising and selling so our space was really special.

Copper Country Antique Booth
There were several items I just could not part with when we finally closed our space and I packed them in this plastic tote. My vintage hat collection sold except for one hat.  I gave the 1920's flapper dress to a family member along with some long slips my grandmother wore.  Now I'm down to vintage pieces that are not family pieces and someone needs to enjoy them.

sneak peak
I've dragged my feet getting the items on my vintage etsy shop because the process takes so much time!  I'm out of excuses and will be adding pieces one by one.   Photos of each piece of clothing are taken.  I found a willing lovely model to photograph and the clothes  fit well enough.  We spent a morning in the woods with the sun coming through the trees and had a great time enjoying the early fashions.   Then came several hours of editing and taking a few more photos, cropping and resizing them and deciding which to use.  I promised my model I would not use her face!

Next came the descriptions, the measuring and the pricing.  There is quite a bit of research that goes into all of that.   When you see the Facebook post that says, 'Finally! I'm putting some lovely vintage clothing in my vintage etsy shop!'  you know what I mean!  I hope you will take a look once in awhile and see the additions.   www.brittdesign.etsy.com   





Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A New Journal Cover






Creating a journal cover in polymer clay that has an embossed leather look was a fun project!  I've  had the  centerpiece polymer parts done for months.  Some of you might remember me asking what I should do with them.  I decided to incorporate them into the cover!  




The polymer needed to be conditioned and I made 2 colors a few shades apart so I could interchange parts of the design.  I textured the clay by using a texture plate that reminded me of embossed leather.


After placing the decorations on the polymer and texturing, I used powdered copper, bronze an gold to create color movement.  At first it looked too bright but I burnished with a cloth.  It started looking like old leather!

I baked the 8 1/2 x 11 journal cover in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Then I painted a burnt umber over everything and wiped it off.  That really helped 'age' the cover.    

The cover is sealed with PMII  and glued to the journal.  It has an old world feel with mixed media components.  I hope someone enjoys using it!  




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Realizing What Really Is Important

Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to make us realize what really is important.  
                
Letting my everyday frustrations pile  and allowing my tendency to jump into projects that are at the far edge of my skillset caused some angst.   I made an overlay ring that went fairly well other than getting the silver too hot so the ring band is no longer symmetrical.  The good news is that it fits and if I don't let anyone see it closely it won't show and I like the texture caused by too much heat.
 

The overlay silver cuff class I took was a huge stretch for me.  I got most of the design sawed out in class but that was all.  'Ok' I said, 'I have everything at home and I can finish this there'.  When I got home I worked for 2 days to get the two pieces of silver to solder. It should have taken 15 minutes maybe.  At the end of the second day, I realized that the solder tip I was using was too small and when I changed to the next size with more heat  - the solder melted!  All I can say is that my torch and I are much better friends now!  The  piece of sterling will be a cuff one day.

Some day this will be a cuf!
My summer home project of repairing the low driveway stucco wall is taking all summer.  Today I bought the primer and the paint and I'm pretty sure I'll get it done this year!  I'm also pretty sure I won't do another stucco project.



None of these things are dramatic, catastrophic, or will be remembered in 5 years.  

When real disaster hits, everything falls back into areas of importance. That's when we realize how fortunate we are to have each other and to have our health.  It's when our hearts go out to those in need and our hands reach out to help.  I'm thinking of the victims of hurricane Harvey and the devastation to their lives.  



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vintage Clothing

Finally I have some new vintage pieces in my vintage etsy shop
https://www.etsy.com/listing/537019176/vintage-dotted-swiss-dress-dotted-swiss?ref=shop_home_feat_2

This past week, I've decided that I need to put the vintage clothing on my vintage etsy shop.  www.brittdesign.etsy.com   I've had a plastic tote with some of my favorite vintage items packed away for several years making them even older.

sneak preview
Years ago, early 2000's, my good friend Jay and I shared a booth in Tucson's Copper Country Antique Mall.  It was a huge building with many spaces and a cafe inside.  A large bull on the roof named 'Fred' kept watch.  My parents had just moved into assisted living and my brother drove a UHaul truck filled with lots of their things.  Between that and the help of some friends, there was plenty to fill our space. My partner, Jay, has amazing talent at merchandising and selling so our space was really special.

Copper Country Antique Booth
There were several items I just could not part with when we finally closed our space and I packed them in this plastic tote. My vintage hat collection sold except for one hat.  I gave the 1920's flapper dress to a family member along with some long slips my grandmother wore.  Now I'm down to vintage pieces that are not family pieces and someone needs to enjoy them.

sneak peak
I've dragged my feet getting the items on my vintage etsy shop because the process takes so much time!  I'm out of excuses and will be adding pieces one by one.   Photos of each piece of clothing are taken.  I found a willing lovely model to photograph and the clothes  fit well enough.  We spent a morning in the woods with the sun coming through the trees and had a great time enjoying the early fashions.   Then came several hours of editing and taking a few more photos, cropping and resizing them and deciding which to use.  I promised my model I would not use her face!

Next came the descriptions, the measuring and the pricing.  There is quite a bit of research that goes into all of that.   When you see the Facebook post that says, 'Finally! I'm putting some lovely vintage clothing in my vintage etsy shop!'  you know what I mean!  I hope you will take a look once in awhile and see the additions.   www.brittdesign.etsy.com   





Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A New Journal Cover






Creating a journal cover in polymer clay that has an embossed leather look was a fun project!  I've  had the  centerpiece polymer parts done for months.  Some of you might remember me asking what I should do with them.  I decided to incorporate them into the cover!  




The polymer needed to be conditioned and I made 2 colors a few shades apart so I could interchange parts of the design.  I textured the clay by using a texture plate that reminded me of embossed leather.


After placing the decorations on the polymer and texturing, I used powdered copper, bronze an gold to create color movement.  At first it looked too bright but I burnished with a cloth.  It started looking like old leather!

I baked the 8 1/2 x 11 journal cover in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Then I painted a burnt umber over everything and wiped it off.  That really helped 'age' the cover.    

The cover is sealed with PMII  and glued to the journal.  It has an old world feel with mixed media components.  I hope someone enjoys using it!