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The Girl Blows Soul for Japanese Jewelry

Rarely does a woman say no to jewelry. In the frivolous world, there are women who make their own jewelry to satisfy their passion for beauty for themselves and for their friends.

Having studied jewelry design with Miwaka (living in Tokyo), expressing her ideas in the latest products. So it is no wonder that Miwaka has launched the line of branded jewelry products Lajew Adinfashion. There are silver rings that are designed in combination with very fine natural stones.

In addition to dropping the creativity with silver rings, Miwaka also showcases talents through natural stone sculpture designs … If you love the gentle style, you will love the Labradorite stone ring engraved. The girls are pursuing the style of rock – chic will certainly be fascinated by Miwaka’s charm of skull shape.
Asking the reason why step into this path, Miwaka said: “The hardest thing is finding the idea. Ideas come from many places and come very suddenly. It may come from the customer, from the stone itself or from online sources. Sometimes I sit up and there is no idea but sometimes the idea comes across by itself.”
“Once you have the idea, the next step is to sketch the paper. Since then, I have re-modeled in hard wax with a ratio of 1: 1. This wax is dark green or turquoise. Since it’s a separate design, the waxes are made entirely by hand, not by machine, as in some other places. Finally, the plaster molding and the new molding of metal,” She added.
The process of making a piece of clay jewelry has many different stages. First, use a roller for clay loosening the cake. Next, use a pen shaped product. Last, use a knife to cut off excess soil to form the most standard shape of the product.
Those who have learned how to make pottery know that it is not easy to get the color of the glaze in the process of burning ceramics. But if you are passionate about spending time with pottery as you do, you will find pottery, the color of the baking sometimes differs from the original color that you paint. But by the hand, I can watch the color that I want. One point to keep in mind when making ceramic jewelry is that clay will shrink when heated at high temperatures.
The process of making a jewelry is not easy. If you know the techniques that make sure all girls will cherish the ring, earrings or pendants that they own.

Reconstruct Timeworn Silverware

Old silverware that has sentimental value could look a bit banged, or just a tad boring, yet it is something you want to keep, so the best way to make these fit in with your modern kitchen is to give it a facelift. Reusing and recycling is a great way to give new life to timeworn pieces while it is also a fun project that costs next to nothing. What you want is an easy project that offers a dramatic change, and the great news is that you get to choose the style, colour and overall look for the recycled silverware. The simplest way is to use stamps you might have previously used for other art projects or maybe it is time to invest in one you really like.

Let the Reconstructing Fun Begin

It is exciting to plan the colour, pattern and make the new look fit in with your current décor style, for the handles you could make your own clay or purchase some from most art shops. The list of materials required is short and affordable:

Clay: basalt, sienna or granite and the colour can be tinted in a variety of colours, to make the clay you need to mix one part of granite with ¼ part of the desired colour.
Invest in a clay blade, select all your timeworn silverware and get yourself some Neapaque acrylic paint in the colour of your choice. In shaping the artwork on the handles, you could use a stamp, shells or other shapes, while a rolling pin or pasta machine comes in handy. Apart from an old used towel, you will also need a ¾” stencil brush.

Clear Your Schedule Its Recycling Time

Once the clay is ready, roll it out on the third thickest setting, which means just short of 1/8” thick, remove on end of the sheet of clay and use for the straight edge. Once done the handle of the silverware can be placed on the clay and you can trim the edges around the silverware’s handle. The rest of the clay sheet then gets folded over the handle, then trimmed and the edges get pressed together until you are sure it tightly fits around the handle while you try and get most bubbles removed. Trim the edges and grab your stamps or other shapes to start making your individual mark on the silverware.

While pressing the stamp or another pattern it is best to hold the silverware on their working ends, and it makes it easy should you wish to use different stamps pressed over each other, one at a time, while it is important to also remember stamping on the sides.Preheat the oven to around 275-degrees and bake the silverware for half an hour, let it rest in the over to cool down, and once it is hard and cooled down, you get to start using the stencil brush. Get the paint in all the deeper pattern lines left by the stamp and to give it an antiquing look a damp cloth can be used to remove some of the paint.

Make Your Own Unique Polymer Clay Jewellery

The latest trend in food, furniture and even clothing are moving back towards more natural products and that gives you all the more reason to create your own Polymer Clay necklace, bracelets, and even earrings. Once you get it down to a fine art you can make exclusive pieces to match your every outfit and searching gifts will be something of the past. Hand-made jewellery makes brilliant gifts, and you can style it to suit the birthday girl or a family member perfectly, well that also takes care of quite a few Christmas gifts. So, there is a method in the madness of having too much fun, as that is exactly what making your own jewellery with Polymer clay is all about.

Let’s Go Shopping for Supplies!

First, on the affordable list of things you’ll need is the Polymer clay available at most art shops in a variety of different colours, add a craft knife, oven tray, skewer, baking paper, and twine or letter, and the only other thing you require is a working oven.

Get Comfortable – You’ll Love Creating Your Very First Necklace

The first step is to cover your work surface with a piece of baking paper and then choose your favourite or planned colour as well as white Polymer clay. Start by cutting a few pieces of about half an inch in size of both the white and your selected colour. Put one of each aside and continue to cut the remaining pieces into smaller squares. The sizes should differ as that provides different shades of let’s say green or pink (depending on the colour you selected). By adding more white clay, the shade will be lighter, and with less white clay the colour will be darker. Blend the different size clay blocks together, one white one green for example and roll these into beads, continue rolling until the colours are seamlessly and completely mixed.

Once all colours are rolled into beads, cut each in half, and then flatten each of the halves by placing them between sheets of baking paper. It is easy to roll them with your finger or with a class. The aim is to create discs or about 3 mm and just short of a 1/8”. The flat end of the skewer can then be used to poke each of the disks through the centre, and the disks can then be transferred to the baking tray, while the oven and baking instructions provided on the packaging should be followed. While the disks are in the oven, you can measure and cut the desired length of leather or twine so that it is ready for when the disks are cooled down and ready to leave the oven.
Now that you have the knowledge you can play and try different things, like creating your own beads, and tons of other things.

Claire Heye’s Magpie Gallery Exhibition – “Clay Then and Now”

With a shop located in Arroy Seco, named Claireworks, most would know her work with fine jewelry, which might be her main focus, but back in the 1970s when Haye started out, she quickly made a name for herself with clay.

Clay Then and Now is her new showing at the Overland Ranch Compound, bringing back memories for those who knew her early work. However, with the extradentary designs and fine detail, even those who’ve never heard of her are bound to be inspired by the work. The exhibition took place on the 6th of Oct 2018 where she featured new pieces, all of which were created by clay. As described by the press release, her work is just as skillfully executed and whimsical as we’ve had the pleaser of seeing in the finer details she includes with metal.

Viewers Given A Glimpse into Artists Life

The Press release featured many other details about the artist, giving new viewers a history of the exciting works and where she began. It tells readers about the first ten years of her studio live, which were devoted to working with clay as she would roll out sheets of terra cotta and turn them into interesting, intricate sculptures, which was only some of her first work to get her noticed. Not long after, Haye became known as the queen when it came to construction with slabs, especially with the bigger, brighter and more complex designs, some of which stand as tall as 7’. Of course, this is a major achievement for the artist, especially when considering her work began with smaller items such as table tops.

With the creation of the larger sculptures, Haye found a world of new challenges, which doesn’t only relate to the work and creating these magnificent works of art, but also transporting them, especially the larger ceramics, which became one of her most popular categories. During the 1980s, many of her sculptures were acquired by both private and public collectors, including Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza who acquired some of her work and had it flown over to Paris by private jet.

Late in the 1980s, Haye decided to discover new opportunities and widen her abilities within the art world. She didn’t want to become known just for her work in clay but rather wanted to be known as an artist, including poetry, painting and sculptures of other materials. She found herself creating work that involved painting, creating sculptures from bronze and even a few other avenues of art.

From the work she’s done with bronze, Jim Wagner who’s an artist and fellow friend of Haye introduced her to the possibilities of jewellery. She also had the help of Kit Schuetze to get started within the industry.

As we all know by now, Haye went with the jewellery opportunity and actually started off with just pins of silver, which reflected a lot of her earlier work of whimsical figures. In 1997, she opened Claireworks, which remains her primary focus to this day.