I know it's been awhile... I got side tracked .. again. Sorry. Before I do anything else Anita posted the 2nd half of her "Favorite tools + gadgets + glues" list on her blog.... Melody O'Beau Designs. Go check it out, it is a very useful list!
This should really be two posts but I am combining... I might get side tracked again. This would be Favorite Tools # 11 and #12. I think,
I like creating my own textures. I purchased a set of Penni Jo's tools and used a couple of them to make this fun textured Mokume Gane. You can find the tools on her site Best Flexible Molds .... she really does make the "best" molds, and I love this tool set. I'm sure I use it differently than she intended but that's okay. They come in a cool case to keep them organized.
Each tool has it's own space... see
I used one of the little haft circle thingies and one of the picks to make the design and texture in this Mokume Gane sheet.
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The resulting beads.
Another of my favorite "texture tools" is buttons. The designs are endless and the search for buttons with interesting designs is fun.
Here are a few of the beads I made using vintage glass buttons with art deco designs. I highlighted with PearlEx metallic powders.
This large black plastic button has a bold design. I used a round Kemper cutter to make the hole in the center.
I used another large plastic button for the design on this one.
These complimentary beads were made using a vintage glass button.... this is a work in progress.... First I used the button to make a mold and then I used the mold to make the beads. I'd show you the button and the mold but I sat them down somewhere.... yip, you guessed... can't find'em... I "m sure I put them in a "safe place" .... oh dear!
and I also played with wire while watching all my favorite Sunday night shows.... most of my favorite shows... Amazing Race, The Good Wife, Dexter, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire and Hell on Wheels are all on Sunday night.... my butt gets numb from all that sitting!! However it's a good time to sand, buff and play with wire.
I think I will use that bird on a Journal Cover. I finished and mailed the Journal Cover I made for the swap. It's on it way to Canada, I'll show you a photo as soon as Tina lets me know she got it.
Okay, I'm done. If you have any questions or comments I would love hearing from you.
Thanks for stopping by.