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Well hello there. Yes, I know, I have been gone a very long time. Whew, have I been busy. It sure seems like that is the starting of each of my posts now, but it is true. Since the last time I posted I have painted 3 bedrooms and hallway...
Well hello there. Yes, I know, I have been gone a very long time. Whew, have I been busy. It sure seems like that is the starting of each of my posts now, but it is true. Since the last time I posted I have painted 3 bedrooms and hallway (ceilings included,) created a guest bedroom, Cleaned up my flowerbeds and tamed an overgrown courtyard, packed up a lot of my studio, hosted an out of state jewelry artist retreat, unpacked my studio (sort of), had a blog cast interview on Hydraulic Presses, hosted a 3-day workshop with Andrea Kennington and, and, and..... I know there is more, but that is a good list of what I have been up to. If you would like to hear the blogcast that Kevin Potter and I did with Cara Rae of iCreateFlix, just click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/icreateflixradio/2013/10/03/the-pressing-topic-of-hydraulic-presses-with-melissa-kevin We talk all about Hydraulic Presses. It was fun. And from now until probably Thanksgiving or so, my focus will be nothing but Hydraulic Presses as I get ready to release the first volume of my new book. Stay tuned....Today I finally made it back into the studio to do a video. Over the weekend, I had the great opportunity to host Andrea Kennington and Julie Brooks for a weekend workshop. If you ever get the opportunity to take a workshop with them, I would highly suggest it. It was fantastic. I can't wait to show you all what I have learned. It was so much fun to actually work in my studio. It was also the first workshop I have taken personally in a VERY long time. Oh it was bliss. I promise to blog about it soon, that and the retreat. One of the things that I learned in Andrea's workshop was how to adjust the rollers on my mill. I have a Durston Rolling Mill and I never knew that the rollers could be adjusted. It turns out there is a little snap ring at the base of the stem of the adjusting handle that is meant to be there for shipping only. NOBODY EVER TOLD ME!!!! Simply remove the snap ring, the handle can come out and the rollers can be adjusted. Why in the world would you adjust the rollers? Well, over time, as you use the mill, it will eventually just need an adjustment. All the pressure you put on the rollers from various metals will move them out of alignment. All rolling mills will need to be adjusted from time time. I visited my local automotive store today and picked up two sets of some really inexpensive feeler gauges ($3) so that I could be sure that each roller was precisely lined up. In this video I show you how I do it. Enjoy. Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dxYJHn8Om0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUXsx-xlz39vZaMXkeHI_6pQAll content and images on this blog are the property of Melissa Muir and use of them in any context is strictly prohibited unless written permission is first obtained. Please feel free to repin any of the pictures of pieces done by Melissa Muir only.
about 2 hours ago
Dylan is waiting this morning, the morning of Jim's 60th birthday, to go to work. In one of the photos I took he is practicing shredding--by shredding a leaf. Here is one of Jim's fav. bands in a version of their wonderful birthday son...
Dylan is waiting this morning, the morning of Jim's 60th birthday, to go to work. In one of the photos I took he is practicing shredding--by shredding a leaf. Here is one of Jim's fav. bands in a version of their wonderful birthday song. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM! I LOVE YOU! --jean xox
about 10 hours ago
I recently read that one of the main reasons why we get disorganized and overwhelmed is because we postpone making […]
I recently read that one of the main reasons why we get disorganized and overwhelmed is because we postpone making […]
1 day ago
“Music Lover Necklace” by Valorie Nygaard-Pouzar features SuperClear Resin, a Piddix image, and an Amate heart-shaped bezel. Resin jewelry is a great way to encapsulate an image; you can seal a Piddix image or even a photoc...
“Music Lover Necklace” by Valorie Nygaard-Pouzar features SuperClear Resin, a Piddix image, and an Amate heart-shaped bezel. Resin jewelry is a great way to encapsulate an image; you can seal a Piddix image or even a photocopy of a cherished family photo under SuperClear resin.  To get started just follow these step-by-step instructions. Why we love SuperClear Resin: non-toxic formula crystal clear jewelry-grade formula with UV protectant to prevent yellowing bubbles easily dissipate low to no odor 20 minute working time 6-8 hour cure time at room temperature no shipping restrictions — This resin can be shipped worldwide! Step 1: Gather the tools and supplies necessary to make your SuperClear Resin pendant. You will need these tools and supplies: 24mm heart-shaped bezel 3.2mm ball chain 3.2mm ball chain clasp Piddix collage sheet Mixing cups Stir sticks SuperClear Resin Disposable plastic cup Lighter (use flame to draw out the bubbles) Fine-point scissors Optional paper sealer like Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! adhesive  (Piddix collage sheets are printed with a specialty ink, papers do not need to be pre-sealed or treated to resist bleeding) Step 2:  Cut out the image to match the size of the bezel’s interior opening. Step 3: Place the image into the bezel, it should fit snugly. If desired, you can glue the image in place with a water-based adhesive such as “The Ultimate!” glue; the same glue can be used to seal the image by painting a thin layer over the image. Allow to dry thoroughly. Step 4: Use the calibrated cups to measure the resin and hardener according to the manufacturer’s instructions: mix 2 parts of resin (part A) to 1 part of hardener (part B). Step 5: Gradually combine the hardener and resin in a disposable plastic cup. Step 6: Mix by “folding” the resin and hardener together for two minutes; scrape the sides of the cup as you mix. Step 7: Let the mixed resin “rest” for five minutes. Step 8: Pour the resin slowly into your prepared bezel. Add resin until the bezel is full and is gently domed. Working on a small elevated work surface makes it easy to pivot and move the piece. Step 9: To aid in the dissipation of air bubbles, carefully hold a lit lighter above the surface of the resin; bubbles will quickly rise to the surface and burst. Once the resin is clear, set the pendant aside on a level surface and cover with an inverted container to prevent dust from settling on the resin. Allow to dry for approximately eight hours at room temperature. If you would like to make the “Music Lover” Necklace, a list of the exact parts used can be found in the Rings & Things Design Gallery.  For other resin jewelry tutorials, check out the Design Gallery’s “Resin Jewelry Projects”. Make things! Mollie
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GIVEAWAY FOR KRISTAL WICK'S WONDERFUL BOOK! METAL CLAY 101 for BEADERS CREATE CUSTOM FINDINGS, BEADS, EMBELLISHMENTS & CHARMS HERE IS MY REVIEW: http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/...
GIVEAWAY FOR KRISTAL WICK'S WONDERFUL BOOK! METAL CLAY 101 for BEADERS CREATE CUSTOM FINDINGS, BEADS, EMBELLISHMENTS & CHARMS HERE IS MY REVIEW: http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-by-jean-yates-of-jewelry-design.html in case you didn't read it. This will give you an idea of how fun and wonderful it is--definitely a winner and you will be, too if you are the one to win this great book by Ms. Wick! Comment below THIS POST, HERE, TO get the opportunity to win! This giveaway is limited to the United States, please. The winner will be announced on TUESDAY, Oct. 15th!!! --jean xox
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This photo was taken today, on a pretty cloudy day here in New York--just the kind of October day to enjoy a cup of tea with a friend. This custom was made for me by Cindy Sowers, and she has a pierced nose, like I do, now! I had no ide...
This photo was taken today, on a pretty cloudy day here in New York--just the kind of October day to enjoy a cup of tea with a friend. This custom was made for me by Cindy Sowers, and she has a pierced nose, like I do, now! I had no idea when I got her that I would be getting a pierced nose. STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED, but hey, that's all I got for you today, except that I think Wolvy ( or Wolverine--her full name) is very pretty and I love her forward facing clear eyes, which are sooooo cool! Wolvy is a mohair custom and her dress is made by Cindy as well, who has a shop on Etsy! Here is the link to Cindy's great Etsy shop! --have a nice day! jean xox Beadbloggers Sunday--quite a round up this week! Art Bead SceneCheck out our October monthly challenge colour palette! Spooky! The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton To celebrate the launch of our latest porcelain pendant design, we're hosting a giveaway! Find out how you can enter to win! A Bead A Day It's time for the big reveal at A Bead A Day! Lisa's sharing her sparkly winter necklace! Resin Crafts Blog This fall Resin Crafts is looking for crafters/jewellers who want to show off their resin work. We are shipping a wonderful bezel to anyone who wants to participate! Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!Jean reviews the great artist and author Jamie Cloud Eakin's most recent book, Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects, Design and Construction, Ideas and Inspiration, and does indeed find it to be VERY inspiring! Beading Arts Cyndi enjoyed taking part in her friend's Sequintastic September blog hop. Come see what she made, and find links to all the rest of the gang!http://www.beading-
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Not only do you learn to work with metal clay, you learn how to incorporate it beautifully into your jewelry designs!--jean yates Metal Clay 101 for Beaders, Create Custom Findings, Beads, Embellishme...
Not only do you learn to work with metal clay, you learn how to incorporate it beautifully into your jewelry designs!--jean yates Metal Clay 101 for Beaders, Create Custom Findings, Beads, Embellishments & Charms, by the fun and brilliant Kristal Wick, is a great addition to anyone's beading library! I enjoy Ms. Wick's style immensely. She has a special quality when she writes. This quality consistently conveys great charm and a degree of trendiness but always in the best of ways. Because of this, every project is brimming with energy and style. If you are looking for a good starter book to get to know metal clay, you have found your book. Furthermore, if you want to try out something even cooler than just "Metal Clay 101"--guess what! This great book has you covered that way, as well. You won't believe it until you see it (and get it)for yourself! It isn't just the old metal clay. You know what I mean if you were into Precious Metal Clay ten years ago. That was a great time to be exploring but this is a whole new ball game! Start over and learn anew! I am doing just that with this book! Indeed, it truly is a brand new game for metal clay. Therefore, even if you are an old pro, check this book out. You have so much to enjoy here! Take it from me! I was dazzled when I opened this book! You will be thrilled to see that all the clays are worked with, to start. Copper, silver and bronze clays of all sorts are covered. Additionally, you will learn to apply patina to color the clays. You will learn to condition and sculpt the clay. You will, ready for this???--it is a must!!! Learn to properly fire your clay. All of this taught to you by an expert whose intention is to take you beyond all those basics, even if you are totally new to this, in order to employ what you make incorporated into her (and your!) fantastic designs. The author begins her introduction like this: "Beaders & Jewelry Makers, meet your new BFF (Best Friend Forever)--Metal Clay!" That is hard to say no to, don't you agree? Especially when you see the projects, which are wonderfully varied and have a myriad of design factors to appeal to all sorts of jewelry makers. Just as Ms. Wick assures you, you will be inspired. There is diversity, integrity in design, and particularly a delightfully instructive way color is worked with which is very worth your while. In the section called The Basics, the reader gets an introduction to metal clay and even the author's favorite ones. The Basics is also where you will find the Tools and Materials associated with clay, and what else is needed when working with it. There is a handy list called "The Metal Clay Toolbox". That will later be referred to in various projects. I have noticed lists like this cropping up in a number of jewelry design books and think they are really useful and sensible. The person who thought of it first gets a GOLD star ! There are very clear and excellent photos in this section as well. Metal Clay Fundamentals follows, including "Creating a Clay Solarium" which has some useful tips. Firing Metal Clay comes up next. After that you have creating Patinas, and then Embellishments. Following that comes Jewelry Components and Tools, Bead Stringing and Stitches, Basic Wire Techniques, and you are all set! Ta Da! Ready to rock the projects! Now, thanks to the great section I just discussed, leave any expectations of struggles at the doorstep. You are going to learn to incorporate metal clay, as well as "conquer" it. Along with that you are going to have a ball making pretty. pretty jewelry! I cannot stress that enough! The author knows how to guide you right smack into the middle of a situation where you cannot help but enjoy yourself! For example, the first project is called "birdhouse necklace". This project enables the reader to string a necklace in the traditional manner, with lots of crystals. Then he or she c
3 days ago
I've been working toward my Holiday Shows and made some Jelly Spoons and Scoops. Aren't they adorable. So fun! ;-D
I've been working toward my Holiday Shows and made some Jelly Spoons and Scoops. Aren't they adorable. So fun! ;-D
4 days ago
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Why do the truly stupid rule our world?: Why do the truly stupid rule our world? NASA celebrated its 55th anniversary by shuttering websites and furloughing most of its 18... No I am not sayi...
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: Why do the truly stupid rule our world?: Why do the truly stupid rule our world? NASA celebrated its 55th anniversary by shuttering websites and furloughing most of its 18... No I am not saying you should agree with this: I am simply saying it is very timely and interesting. --jean
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