A few weeks ago, I posted about my participation in the weekly Jewelry Making Mojo Challenge over at Humblebeads . While I wasn't trying to find my mojo, I was looking forward to embracing a weekly challenge that would not only allow me to challenge myself but would let me work at focusing to get things done. Alas, I am a little late turning in my week 3 post but that was a delay in shipping, not me putting things off.
Several weeks ago, I aquired a Vintaj BIGkick machine (it is actually a Sizzix machine, but this is the Vintaj limited edition) and I have been wanting to experiment with it.
|Sizzix Vintaj BIGkick|
The machine is very easy to use, all it takes is a little muscle to crank the plates through and a bit of trial and error to line the pieces up. First, I embossed two round blanks. Here is how they came out:
One thing I love about the Vintaj site is that there are tons of tutorials, project ideas and videos on the site. By studying them I learned to sand and buff the piece of metal after it came through the machine to put the embossing in relief. (I used a multi-sided finger nail file, I need to get a Vintaj block to keep from raiding my manicure supplies) I do like how they came out for my first attempt! I can see them both on a black chain, highlighted with some pretty sparkly beads. They will fit right in with my love of mourning jewelry.
Next, I tried a DecoEtch die on some arte metal earring blanks. Here is how they turned out:
Well, I went back to school and started learning all about working with metals, how to emboss and etch. Now I have to go further and learn to use inks and patinas to make my work come to life. Week 4 of the Jewelry Making Mojo challenge is all about making my own findings. Eeeek!!!! I've never made any so that will be a challenge!! See you soon!