In 2011, I want to work with more mixed-media jewelry. I know, I know, January is the month for writing resolutions and I’m sure I’ll be working on them then as well, but sometimes new projects need a little pre-planning.And, for the same reasons that I like to carve my own stamps and make my own screens, I want to make my own jewelry findings. This is going to necessitate my learning about PMC (polymer metal clay).
A copy of The Jewelry Architect landed on my desk here at the office just last week and, well, I’m in love. I’ve flipped through a number of PMC books in the past, but none of them were really suited to me. This one is. It should really be titled The Jewelry Architect Especially Written for Jenn.
While I’m waiting to start working with PMC until January, I just couldn’t resist these lovely felted flowers and beads by author Kate McKinnon. I thought I’d make a go at creating a little mixed-media acorn art for Studios Editor Cate Prato who just brought in the most beautiful basket of festive fabric pumpkins for our desks. One good creative turn deserves another—don’t you think?
This project was super easy and can be completed in one sitting—if you sit long enough for glue to dry!
- Bead caps (These should be big enough to look like acorn tops.)
- Quick-Dry Adhesive (One with a fine-tip nozzle will be really helpful here.)
- Glitter, brown
- Wire (I used a heavy gauge—probably around 18 or 19.)
- Needle-nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Vintage paper (I like to use paper appropriate to the theme of my project.)
- Beads, 2 of each: felt, crystal, faux pearl
- Needle (This should be small enough to fit through your beads.)
For now, I’m off to watch the instruction DVD that comes included with The Jewelry Architect. I need to put together my holiday wish list for my shopping-challenged husband and I’m sure I see lots of new things I want to try.