Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Heather created a variety of altered scrabble tiles which she transformed into cute charms.
Each charm is presented in a plastic bag with a handmade header card.


The following images represent the 2 sets of charms that Gina has submitted for the 42 for 40 swap.
Each charm is made by setting an image in a bezel and embellished with beads.


The following images show a representation of the charms that Clarissa has submitted for the 42 for 40 charms swap.
These are soldered glass hemispheres with an image or word glazed beneath.
Each charm is presented in a plastic bag with a bit of decorative paper and title.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


The following images show examples of the 2 sets of charms that Teresa sent in for the 42 for 40 swap. Each charm is nested in it's own fabric pouch and tucked inside of a small coin envelope which she hand stamped.
The hand made fabric drawstring pouches/"Yo-Yos" are made from vintage cloth, and tied with a simple string. Teresa designed the first charm, using antique sterling forks, which she cut, then added a tiny glass bead with wire at the top.

Next, Teresa made a set of dramatic glass fused charms. The black glass is topped with dichroic glass bits. The glass was fused with metal wire inside of it, forming the loop from which the jumpring is attached. These are also nested within a hand made Yo-Yo drawstring style pouch and tucked within a stamped coin envelope.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Response to coating question-

Hi may I inquire what types of sealants you suggest would be good to use on the shrink plastic and metal for that matter that would make them waterproof? Thank You J.Myers
Sat Jan 13, 10:35:00 PM PST

RESPONSE- By, Amber Dawn
I suggest Diamond Glaze, for most metals other than brass (I have not yet tried it on copper)
Brass will turn the Diamond Glaze a greenish blue, and everything that it is adhering to the metal will become blue green as well.
For Brass, I use triple thick glaze from Krylon and Delta.
They both work well. Most spray glosses work well with metals.
Shrink plastic does not need a sealer if you use alcohol based inks and solvent inks on it. YOU MUST USE AMPLE VENTILATION!!!! When baking solvent and alcohol inks in the toaster oven!
Do NOT use your home food oven for this EVER!
If you are using INK jet shrink plastic sheets, you will need to seal the printed side of the plastic so that the image does not run as it will not be water proof once baked.
*I* reverse my images so that the printed side becomes the back side, and then my image can be seen through the smooth plastic. It is almost like looking at glass!
Depending on your printer/ink-
I use BRUSH ON glosses, and PAINT to seal it.
Use light coats and build up gradually. do not rub the brush too hard on the inked side.
It will distort it, causing the ink to run, or seperate from the sheet of plastic.
If you Spray it with a gloss, use a little bit at a time to make sure it does not cause the ink to run.
Do it in layers, allowing each later to dry WELL.
ALWAYS TEST a piece before doing a whole batch!
Make a test scrap piece for each type of coating so that you can see which one you prefer, and which one hold up to your testing!