Copper Pendant Saga

I love these copper bezels but getting something to work hasn't been easy. I tried polymer resin a few times with varying degrees of limited success. First I hadn't sealed the images well enough before filling the bezels with the resin and the images discolored. Bubbles were a problem too–lots of them! Then there's the smell of the resin and the worry about what it was doing to my brain cells. Lord knows I can't afford to lose any more of those.

Yesterday I got a new product in the mail, Amazing Glaze. I've tried it out a couple of times this morning, and think I've finally found the way to go. It comes in a powder that melts in a toaster oven. Got bubbles? Simply reheat with a heat gun and watch the bubbles pop. Not enough powder? Sprinkle on some more and stick it back in the oven. After only about 10 minutes to cool and set it's ready to wear!

I suppose it isn't as indestructible as the polymer resin, but these pendants aren't worth losing sleep, or brain cells, over! Now if the supplier could get more of those bezels back in stock I'd really be in business.

The first one is already listed in my Etsy shop. More on the way.

A New Line of Pendants: Virtue Garden

I'm designing a new line of pendants called "Virtue Garden." Each pendant has a graphic, botanical image on the front and a virtue to "grow" on the reverse. The pendants designs are encased between two pieces of glass and are framed with Silvergleem lead-free solder. Here's a sneak peak at a few of the designs coming.

Once the designs are listed in my Etsy shop, I will be happy to create just the right combination of words, colors and designs to suit your taste and needs.

Grow some virtues!

Celebrating Etsy Jewish Art and Artists

EtsyChai is the newest street team being developed and I am so excited to be a member! My painting "Peace Rising" is featured in a post today. JillHannah is the "take charge" shop owner who's made this all happen so fast! She's started a blog where currently the Statement of Purpose is being discussed.

Our team purpose is to promote Jewish community, Jewish art, and things for the Jewish holidays on Etsy. We will work to bring current Etsians into our shops as well as encouraging the greater Jewish community to shop on Etsy.

This street team will be open to anyone who has an interest in Judaism or in Jewish culture, art, or crafts, whether or not they themselves are Jewish. It will also be open to people who are Jewish or have an interest in being part of a Jewish crafting community regardless of whether or not the items in their Etsy shop would be classified as Judaica.

We've almost been certified kosher!