messed up graphics

Watch Me Fail & Try Again: Glazed Jewelry

Failed glazed images

Failed glazed images

Dear fans,

Failure is the mother of success. In this post, you’ll have a chance to watch me fail and try again at making glazed graphic jewelry using Diamond Glaze.

1) On to my merry way with Diamond Glaze I got this little bottle from a bead store a long time ago. After seeing that my new local bead store sells the metal charm that can hold graphics, I excitedly purchased a couple hoping to make some graphic jewelry with high gloss. Note that on the bottle it says the glaze is water-based.

metal pendant, chain and diamond glaze

metal pendant, chain and diamond glaze

2) Making the graphics since color markers are my favorite medium right now, I quickly made a drawing out of water-based color markers and water-based ink pen.

a water based graphic

a water based graphic

3) Adding collage from a magazine to make the image more interesting, I cut out some words from the inner pages of a magazine, which is just paper. So far so good, no big deal.

adding collage from a magazine

adding collage from a magazine

 4) Applying the diamond glaze Here comes the real deal. Without affixing each element together first, I happily squeezed ample amount of diamond glaze onto each pendant, hoping that the glaze itself will hold everything together. And then bubbles started to form.

bubbles forming in the pendant

bubbles forming in the pendant

5) Bleeding and bubbling in a little while, the aforementioned water-based drawing started to bleed into the water-based glaze. Moreover, since I didn’t stick the graphics together and to the bottom, more and more bubbles pop up from underneath.

bleeding and bubbling

bleeding and bubbling

6) The final “blow” yes, no pun intended, but losing patience, I decided to blow dry my jewelry so the glaze can set faster. Hot air made the existing bubbles bigger and bigger. The movement of the bubbles and glaze in the pendant made the bleeding worse.

blow drying the glaze is a very bad idea

blow drying the glaze is a very bad idea

7) Look at the grand mess voila! One thing I did right though, was to carve out the mess, cleaned up the pendants so that I can try it all over again.

messed up graphics

messed up graphics

TRYING IT AGAIN

Don’t we all, sometimes, wish that we can start all over again? Well, in this case, you can!

1) Background graphic learning from my failure, I know that everything that goes underneath the glaze can NOT be water-based. Since I’ve been collecting the foil wrapping paper of Lindor chocolate balls (don’t be jealous, I’m skinny and I eat a lot of them, ok), I decided to use it as the background graphic.

Lindor chocolate balls wrappings

Lindor chocolate balls wrappings

2) Sticking the background graphic using the glaze as an adhesive, I made sure the background image is securely stuck to the bottom of the pendant.

sticking the background layer

sticking the background layer

3)  Affixing the foreground graphic this time, I cut out the graphic, not from the inner paper pages but from the cover of the magazine, which is coated in a thin plastic protective layer. Again, securely stuck it on top of the background.

finding the graphic from the cover of the magazine

finding the graphic from the cover of the magazine

sticking the graphic to the background

sticking the graphic to the background

4) Adding some bling to add a little more shininess to it, I bust out my glittery nail polish that will sure add some sparks to it, plus help sealing the graphics.

My pa glittery nail polish

My pa glittery nail polish

glitterific

glitterific

5) Applying the glaze one more time I applied the glaze. This time, I used a small water color brush to scoop out any bubbles that formed. And of course, LEAVE IT ALONE TO DRY. It took overnight.

applying the glaze

applying the glaze

6) Done! The pendant is done after the glaze dried and it dries clear.  I then put on the chain and other hardware. Shown in the image is the other pendant that I made using the same method.

putting the pendants on chains

putting the pendants on chains

successful glazed jewelry

successful glazed jewelry

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed this Watch Me Fail report and learned something about applying diamond glaze. Do you have any experience using glaze material or making graphical jewelry? I’d love to hear from you!

Book of Junk Thoughts

Book of Junk Thoughts

Book of Junk Thoughts

Book of Junk Thoughts

Dear fans,

I’m betting that while you’re reading this, there are at least about 20 other things running at the back of your mind. If you don’t think so, well, that’s because you’re not aware of it. Or, maybe you’ve achieved enlightenment, then, congratulations! What are you doing here!?

About a year ago I read this book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron on how to move pass creative blocks. I must admit, I’ve never really had any sort of creative blocks. In fact, I’m always drawn to do too many ideas that what I need is focus. However I still find some exercises in this book very interesting and helpful, one of which is the writing three pages excercise.

The idea is to write three pages in your notebook everyday. Three pages of what? Of anything in your head. Absolutely ANYTHING. The laundry you need to do, the burp that smells like last night’s dinner, the hottie you want to fuck, the check that has not arrived in your mail box. ANYTHING. Dump it all out.

After you dump three pages, close your notebook and go on with your day. Do the same thing the next day.

But there’s one rule about this exercise and it is that NOBODY READS IT. Not even yourself. Nope, you don’t go back and see what you were thinking two days ago, or correct any grammar. What’s written is written and is only fit for the shredder, the recycling bin, or the fireplace.

It feels absolutely refreshing after writing the three pages. Currently I’m not writing dutifully everyday, but whenever I feel very stressed I’d bust out what I call my Book of Junk Thoughts and start dumping my junk thoughts onto it.

When it’s full, this book will be actually dumped into a dumpster and just like any other junk that I dump into it, I’ll never see it again.

And then, hehhhhhhh. What a beautiful day and I’m ready to create all sorts of wonderful things!

The Marker Mural

Marker Mural and Other Experimentations

The Marker Mural

The Marker Mural

Dear Fans,

Happy 2012! I hope you all had a wonderful time and are just so ready to kick ass in this new year. This new year that could be the last year of all of us. “Shit, does she believe in that 2012 crap?” Nope, I don’t, really. But I do believe that you, yes you, and I, could die any time and today may be the last day of your life.

Have you any regrets? Has it been good? You should be able to answer these questions…and enjoy the day!

I’ve been trying to take the marker drawings out of the small pieces of paper and stretch them into a bigger something in my life. Hence the 4′ x 7′ Marker Mural that I recently installed in my bedroom. Work in progress.

All I Can Do sketch

All I Can Do sketch

Another thing that I’ve been experimenting is to combine the line drawings that make up a bulk of Unobtainable Sceneries with the marker drawings. Again, work in progress.

I think it will all come out great, really looking forward to it!