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!

A new batch is ready to go

These are going faster now, but if I go too fast I mess things up. The pendant on the lower right is one example–I put the top of the front and back images facing different directions. I guess that means I get to keep that one. :-)

When I brought the two previous pendants over to CBT yesterday, everyone really liked the beads. So I've put beads on all of these but one. If anyone out there in blog land reads this silly blog, let me know your preferences. Also, ball chains vs. black satin cord anyone?

Is this really work?

Pendant fronts

...and the backs.

It's too fun to be work! I'm really enjoying making these. It's so cool to watch the numbers of pendants growing and the soldering technique improving, and doing something totally new is very exciting. The Silvergleem solder arrived today and it's so pretty and shiny.

I've even designed some different images, rather than just using reproductions of the paintings. And, I'm hoping the hand lettering lends a little bit of whimsy to the pieces. Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

I'll get them posted on Etsy tomorrow!

Red Dress Pendant Charm-Benefits American Heart Association

Looking to support the heart disease awareness cause for women? I've got the perfect thing!

February 1st is National Wear Red Day! Support Go Red For Women and raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, by wearing red! It is the first day of "Heart Month" during which time the goal is to raise funds for research and education and pass along information about heart disease and stroke.

Show your support for the cause by wearing this Red Dress pendant!

As a recent heart attack survivor and a young women trying to get the word out about women's heart disease, I will be donating a percentage of the proceeds from this sale to the American Heart Association.

The back side of the charm reads "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23"

Pomegranate Mosaic Soldered Pendant Charm

Originally uploaded by lbolter

I've been playing with some jewelry techniques in an attempt to find a way to put my painting reproductions on jewelry. This pendant is a reproduction sandwiched between two thin pieces of glass and layered over a pretty handmade paper. I've soldered the edges to create a nice, shiny frame.

I'm pleased with the results and am planning to try more of these once my glass shipment arrives. I thought these would also make nice tallit clips. And, I'd also like to try soldering larger prints framed this way to make small wall hangings.