WOYWW: Unstuck Beads and Soldering Savvy!

I had quite a fruitful day of creative play…well…I played anyway! 😀  I decided that I desperately needed to improve my (aka acquire)  soldering skills for some jewelry I wanted to make so I decided some full immersion soldering boot camp was in order.

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I wanted to make some sea-glass pendents, earrings and bracelets and I have a very elegant vision in mind of pastel shades of translucent sea glass rimmed with silver with dainty jump rings attached…however what I created was less than elegant due to my sloppy solder job.

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I used to be a cracker-jack soldered back in the day when I worked at Radio Shack but apparently that is a skill you lose if you don’t practice. Oh, and if my awesome job at Radio shack doesn’t make me quite nerdy enough check out the Doctor Who and Sherlock microscope slide pendants I am working on…

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I’m nerdy and I know it!

And in Other News….

I got glass beads off of my mandrels!!! Not the beads I made last Saturday, I had to take a hammer to those suckers but I know what I did wrong so here are my lampworking bead tips (OK, I’ve made 17 beads, 10 of which I had to smash, you might not want tips from the likes of me, don’t say I didn’t warn you)

  1. Wash new mandrels well with soap and water to remove any oil residue from the factory. Don’t skip this step, it’s apparently important. Dry.
  2. Dip in bead release and let dry overnight.
  3. When making a bead make sure the glass is gooey hot like thick honey, not pully like taffy, so that it flows on the mandrel rather than sticking and pulling at it. Honestly, this makes no sense until you make a bead. My glass was too cool and pulled off some bead release that wasn’t stuck on too well to begin with since I did not wash the mandrels properly…
  4. After the bead is cool (after 90 minutes in fiber blanket) soak the beads/mandrels in water for 15 minutes to several hours.
  5. Grab the bead with a towel and pull and twist while holding the mandrel with pliers. I found that wrapping the mandrel with a rubber sheet first was the only way to get a good grip on it. See photo

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All that you have left to do now is make some snazzy jewelry!

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So, do you want to see other crafters desk’s of awesomeness? Well, head over to the Stamping Ground for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday and you will get an eyeful! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Curiouser and curiouser…

There is just something about Alice in Wonderland that I fine quite charming, especially the Victorian illustrations. Here I used the Alice ATC sheet to make 11 artist trading cards:

Alice ATC Images: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Accent stamps: Making Memores, Studio G, Letters JoAnns, Micheals, Other: Old Playing cards, ribbon, DYMO tape
Alice ATC Images: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Accent stamps: Making Memories, Studio G, Letters JoAnns, Michael's, Other: Old Playing cards, ribbon, DYMO tape

What a fun way to use up all of the “junk” you’ve been collecting!

And a funky necklace:

I place the tall alice between two mircoscope slides and taped it closed with stained glass tape.
I place the tall Alice between two microscope slides and taped it closed with stained glass tape.
The tag is a Colorbox style stone that I've had for a while. I stamped the playing card (another yard sale find) on both sides of the tile with staz-on and colored it with Bic Mark Its.
The tag is a Colorbox style stone that I've had for a while. I stamped the playing card (another yard sale find) on both sides of the tile with staz-on and colored it with Bic Mark Its.
This is how the necklace "hangs" when worn.
This is how the necklace "hangs" when worn.

Coloring tip: I used my Prismacolor colored pencils to color the images. I blended them with GooGone using a pointy Q-tip. I get mt Pointy generic Q-Tips from the dollar store, they work great because they don’t have as much “fluff” on them. I used 2 q-tips to blend the entire sheet and the opposite end has a wide paddle type applicator that is great for applying chalk or blending large area of pencil. I prefer the cheap q-tips to using a blending stump (and they are WAY cheaper!)

Here is a preview of the Alice ATC sheet.
Here is a preview of the Alice ATC sheet.

These images are so fun to work with! A printable sheet of 12 Alice ATC images is only $3 in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop and there is a special deal for May: Spend $5 and get a single stamp for free! When I email you your order I will ask you what you want for a freebie and send it out to you, don’t put the stamp you want for free in the shopping basket or pay-pal will charge you, just let me know what you want when I email your $5 worth of stamps. And you can get a free stamp for ever $5 you spend, spend $10 you get 2 freebies! Now lets see what the LSS Design Team has in store for you today:

Olena

Michelle H

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Lisa

Margie

Katt

Row

Melissa

Janet

Michele R

If you want to learn more about Digital Stamping and get a free stamp each week be sure to join my digital stamping yahoo group.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out the rest of the design team’s blogs and see their beautiful work (be sure to leave some love too;) Until next time happy crafting!