Sunday, September 30, 2012

WATCHING EYE - A Charmed Halloween Tutorial

Just as I promised, I'm sharing the first tutorial in my


Supplies and Tools Needed:
Mike's Hard Lemonade bottle cap
Eyeball and skull images (I found mine at The Graphics Fairy)
Resin (I used ICE Resin)
24 gauge dark annealed steel wire
Round-nose pliers
Flat-nose pliers
Wire cutters
Modge Podge
Paint brush
Jeweler's saw
Small file

1. Size the graphics to fit the bottle cap and print. I added a tiny eye and the words "Watching You" to the skull graphic.

2. Drill a hole in the middle of the cap and use the jeweler's saw to cut out the lemon shape. File to smooth the edges.

3. Drill a tiny hole in the rim of the bottle cap at the center top. Make a swirl at one end of a wire. Insert the straight end of the wire through the hole and make a wrapped loop. (Find out how to make a wrapped loop here)

4. Cut the images to fit inside the cap. (Only one is shown in the photo below) Brush Modge Podge onto both of the images and let dry.  It's important to completely cover the front, back and even the sides of the paper so that the resin will not seep into the paper causing it to become transparent.

5. Use the Modge Podge to glue the images back to back into place with the eye at the front of the cap and the skull at the back. Use pliers to start bending the rim down at the back of the cap and then hammer it flat and file to smooth the edges.

6. Mix the resin according to manufacturer's instructions and carefully pour over the image at the back. Let cure.


7. Repeat with a layer of resin to cover the eye opening on the front.

For the Tag:

Remove the string from a small mailing tag. Use Modge Podge to glue an image collage to one side of it. Let dry. Repeat for the other side. Once dried, rub with brown Staz-On ink to age the images. Use the string to tie the charm onto the tag.

Front of Tag


Back of Tag


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Be sure to return in a couple of days for the next tutorial
in my "Charmed Halloween" series!

More tutorials from the Charmed Halloween series:

This project was featured on the Graphics Fairy Brag Monday.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Charmed Halloween!

I'm taking part in a fun Halloween Charm exchange hosted by Thespa at Vintiquities Workshop. This is my first time ever to participate in any swap so I'm super excited to see how it goes!

I've been busy creating these spooky little guys!

 There are five different styles.
A magic potion, spider, mummy, caged skeleton and a watching eye!

If you like them, please check back as I will be sharing tutorials on how to make each one over the next several days.

And best of all, I'll be sharing the charms I get in return as soon as I get my anxious little fingers on them! How fun it's going to be to receive a box of scary creations in the mail!

There's still plenty of time to enter my
***Mixed Media Jewelry E-Book GIVEAWAY!***
Enter here.

Update: The following tutorials are now posted.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mixed Media Jewelry E-Book GIVEAWAY

I'm excited to say that the first e-book including mixed media jewelry designs from the 2011-2012 ICE Resin Creative Team members is finished and available for purchase.

 Cover for 'Imagine Create Explore Volume 1: Mixed Media Jewelry'

It includes fifteen fabulous mixed media jewelry projects from seven designers and has easy to follow instructions for each project.

These are my projects that are featured in the e-book.

Faux Tortoise Shell Necklace

Upcycled Coffee Filter Earrings

Popcorn Popper Ring

You can preview the e-book here.

I will be giving away a free downloadable copy
of the e-book to three people. You have two chances to enter.

1. Leave a comment on this blog post.

2. Share the link to this giveaway anywhere you wish...Facebook, Twitter, your blog... and leave an additional comment saying you did.
Katalina Jewelry Mixed Media Jewelry E-Book Giveaway

Thanks for entering.
You can find the winners here.

My good friend Tina is also giving away a couple of copies on her blog. Her drawing is on October 20th.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Vintage Tin Jewelry

The Autumn issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry is out and a couple of my vintage tin necklaces were included in the Gallery section.

 You can find out how to make the Heart necklace here.

This issue is loaded full of amazing and creative jewelry.
I'm lovin' those earrings!

 Included are these fun and fabulous
Wool Felted Pendants from my talented friend, Cat Kerr.

And these gorgeous rhinestone pendants
that my sweet friend, Kristen Robinson, created.

 Yep! This issue will not disappoint!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Shabby Chic Cuff - video tutorial

I created this Shabby Chic Cuff using ICE Resin, fabric and very thin copper sheet cut from a Spellbinder's die.

My video tutorial will give you step-by-step instructions for the creative process. You can also get the written instructions and supply list here on my tutorial page.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Thanks for stopping by!

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