How To Make Glass Soldered Earrings Using Scrapbook Paper

By Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria

I have to admit it, I have been bitten by the soldering bug. After taking a class on soldering with glass at the Bead and Button Show , my soldering iron has rarely been turned off. The earrings above are some of my favorites.

Here’s how to make soldered earrings

Instructions for Soldered Earrings:

1. Take a 1″glass slide and place on area of scrapbook paper you would like to have as your image. Trace around glass slide with Sharpie and cut out image with scissors.

2. Place image between two pieces of glass. Ensure there are no fingerprints on the inside of the glass. Trim any paper that may extend past the edges of the glass.

3. Cut a strip of copper tape at least 5 inches long. Wrap foil tape around the edges of the glass, keeping the glass image sandwich in the center of the tape.

4. Using fingers, press the edges of the tape down on either side of the glass. Use a finger nail to burnish the corners down. Rub the bone folder over the tape to secure it. Do not press too hard with the bone folder, as this may crack the glass!

5. Brush flux gel completely over copper tape.

6. Use your soldering iron to pick up a small amount of solder. Run the solder along the top outer edge of the copper foil. Solder will adhere. Repeat for all sides. Use tweezers to move the earring pendant around – it will get hot!

7. When you are happy with the amount of solder, insert earring pendant in a third hand to keep it steady. Use tweezers to hold jump ring in place on top of pendant. Use soldering iron to melt the solder on either side of the jump ring. You will feel the jump ring “drop” into the solder.

8. Clean pendant with Pledge Multi-Surface and paper towel. This particular brand works well, as it cleans the glass and shines the silver.

9. Repeat same process to make second earring pendant.

10. Once your earring pendants are done, use a jump ring to connect them to leverback earring findings.

If you have any questions about beading, or the glass soldered earrings using scrapbook paper, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com and Beadphoria Boutique.

To view other jewelry pieces check the links below.

necklace

charm bracelet and earrings

Egg Craft “Eggstravaganza”

On this first full day of spring, Jen Goode and I are issuing a challenge!  Join 365 Days of Crafts as we bring you projects all about eggs!  All week, our designers will be posting “eggcellent” egg crafts (and probably some more bad egg puns!) to provide inspiration for spring, and we’d like you to join in.  We’ll be giving away a prize pack worth $30  to one lucky entrant on 4/4/11!  Entries will be accepted until noon EST.

Here’s how you can enter:

  1. Comment on this post, or one of our designers’ other egg craft posts this week (one entry per person).
  2. Link your own original egg craft in your comment for an additional entry (1 per person).
  3. Link this challenge on Facebook or Twitter for an additional entry (1 per person).

*winner will be chosen by random drawing on 4/4/11, US addresses only*

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I’m starting off the egg craft challenge today with these Spring Magnet Egg Clips.  Since I can’t find much color outside my house with all the rain the midwest has been getting, I decided to break out the projects to add color to the inside.

These egg magnets are made using polymer clay, and have tiny clips on the back to hold artwork, lists, or photos in place.

egg shaped magnet clips made from polymer clay

Supplies needed:

Polymer clay in desired colors-I used Sculpey III from Polyform Products
small clothespins
strong magnets
brads and ric-rac
liquid adhesive-I used Fabri-Tac from Beacon Adhesives
small pieces of foam core (if necessary)

For complete directions for this project, please see Spring Egg Magnet Clip Instructions.

These spring egg magnet clips are a great way to use up leftover scraps from other projects, since you can really decorate them however you like.  Plus, they’re an “eggcellent” 😉 way to add some fresh spring color!

We look forward to seeing your Spring Egg Crafts!  Good luck!
Carla

Family Shadow Box

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This piece was cerated for the Designer Green Gallery at CHA.   The theme for this show was “Going Green”, and this project fits the bill.  The box is a flea market find, and there are 6 other repurposed embellishments as well.  Not to mention the bits and pieces I found so deep in my stash they might as well have been found in the garbage.

 

Sizzix ScoreBoards Blog Hop–Rectangle Box

It’s Sizzix ScoreBoards blog hopping time again, this time featuring an adorable rectangle box with a lid!  My friend and ScoreBoards designer Eileen Hull sent me this sweet little box to work with and my brain started racing with possibilities.

The box measures 3 3/8″ x 1 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ when it is assembled, which makes it a great size for all sorts of things.  While I could have filled it with candies or other treats as a favor box, or kept it for the doodads that collect on my dresser (I was tempted!), I decided it would become an extra-special gift box for the earrings I made for a friend’s birthday.

I wanted to give the box a metallic look with a little bit of texture, so I used Watermark ink, a stamping wheel and clear embossing powder from Clearsnap to emboss a circle design onto the box.   After heat setting, I used a paintbrush to rub in Antique Silver Pearl-Ex powder and give the metallic sheen.  What I failed to consider, however, is how the metallic would photograph.  Whoops!  It looks fantastic, trust me!   The feet are beads, attached with glue to each corner, and the sentiment is stamped and embossed.

I was super-happy with the dry embossing on the lid that I did using the Sizzix Dots embossing folder and my Big Shot. I’ve never tried dry embossing mat board before, and the results were fantastic.  I love it when that happens!  A quick embellishment cluster of a printed sentiment, a glittered bookplate and leaf, and a Prima flower finished off the top of the box perfectly.  I used a small velcro dot to secure the lid closed.   Voila!  A special gift box for a special friend!

Upcycled Bath Salt Gift Basket

Upcycled Bath Salt Gift Basket

Perfect for a cute, casual gift, bath salts are fun to personalize.  Many bath salt recipes can be found online, or can be created from a premixed jar found in large hobby stores.  There are countless combinations of colors and scents and additives that can be used depending on the recipient’s tastes.  For instance, these salts were created using a few drops of a friend’s favorite colors and no scent at all (she is sensitive to scents).

I have many of these small embellishment jars left from reorganizing my craft flower stash, and they are perfect for giving this type of gift.  I mix the salts, colors and scents in a small plastic bowl, allow them to dry, then add to a thoroughly washed jar.  Wrapped with hemp cord, they make great upcycled containers!

To add a little more pizazz to the gift, I tied a long piece of scrap fabric around the outside of a kraft-colored, take-out-style container, securing with a few dots of Beacon’s Fabri-Tac Glue.

The tag was fashioned from a thin wood veneer (Midwest Products), cut with the Tags #3  die and my trusty Sizzix Big Shot Machine, and inked with Clearsnap Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.  I then die-cut a scalloped hole in the tag with the Big Shot and a “Movers and Shapers” die and backed it with a yellow patterned paper scrap.  A few cut-out stamps and a hemp tie added the final touch to my personalized gift!

Until next time…
C.

Peace Banner

My project this week was one of those projects that morphs along the way into something that ends up very different than how it started looking in my head.  First one of the colors change, then another, add a little embossing, take away a little leafing…   Until the traditional red/green/gold vertical banner becomes a pink/aqua/lime horizontal banner with 4 extra pieces.   What can I say.  I’ve never really been a traditional kind of girl anyway.

handmade peace banner sizzix blog hop

After I changed my mind a hundred times, I decided on an embossed brushed metal look.  The pieces of the album arrived cut out of heavy white cardstock, so I embossed each piece with my Big Shot and the dotted embossing folder, then brushed them with a matte silver acrylic paint.

**Tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock–amuse myself by watching paint dry.**

handmade banner sizzix blog hop

Then, the rest of the project went together pretty quickly.  I added aqua cardstock behind the open end album pages, and layered the silver and fabric brackets (from Brenda’s Coulour Vie fabric line from Henry Glass &Co).  The thin center bracket frame was hand cut from one of the open album pages and colored using aqua chalk ink.

One of the best things I’ve learned from Brenda is to never be afraid to add bold color, so I chose a bright citron green paint to tie the mismatched chipboard letters together.   I used this paint drying time to ink and back the chipboard words I found while rummaging around for my letters, and add an extra hole in the brackets to match the one that came punched in the die-cuts.

handmade banner sizzix blog hop

An aqua ribbon laced through the brackets for hanging and an embossed paper tree finished the project.  I added the tree using a removable adhesive dot so I can take it off after the holidays and hang the banner in my craft cave.  With our family schedule, I could use a little peace year-round!

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep hopping using the graphic in the sidebar or check out the main list on the Sizzix blog, and don’t forget to hop with us next week as we finish up the hop with some great treat topper Scoreboards by Eileen Hull.

Until next time…wishing you

homemade peace banner sizzix blog hop

C.