Clearance Chic

Though my mixed media art mostly involves paint on a canvas in some way I have started exploring the world of mixed media jewelry, especially with the use of Ice Resin. I have fallen in love! I have so many new creations to share with you. However I decided for this to be the first one.

One of my favorite things is to recycle found objects and to give new life to things that otherwise would end up in the trash. So naturally the clearance section in most stores appeals to me, as if it calls my name the minute I walk through the front door. There they sit, with the bright yellow or red stickers marking down their value because they’re broken or simply sat on the shelf too long. I personally think these things can become even more beautiful, they just need a little TLC, almost like that last scraggly mut waiting to get adopted.

So this project started off in front of the Clearance Wall at Hobby Lobby. I found this sparkling silver pendant that originally had rhinestones in it but a couple of them were missing. So for only $ .75 (yes 75 cents) I knew I needed to give it a new purpose. I paid its adoption fee and set it free from its clearance tag. 

I found that heating the metal pendant with my heat tool made it very easy to pop out the remaining rhinestones with the help of a very small flat head screwdriver and a simple tap with the hammer. Freedom! I now had a great bezel for my Ice Resin. I mixed some Opal Shattered Inclusions into my resin and poured into the bezel. Voila! A fab new pendant to add to a necklace.

Book Page Background & Modeling Paste

I often end up working on more than one project at a time for several different reasons. One being that when I get a chance to work in my studio for any extended amount of time I try to get as much done as possible, this means while I’m waiting for one layer to dry I work on another project.

Here are a couple of projects that I am currently working on.

Engineering bkgrnd

This first one is just the beginning stage, the all important book page background layer. This one is special though because rather than just words, it features the most interesting drawings. I found this awesome book on one of my garage sale expeditions, a Tool Engineers Handbook from 1949.  The pages are so thin that when I glued them down you could see the type from the other side of the page show through giving it another visual layer.

Modeling Paste

This one shows a close-up of modeling paste used with some letter stencils.  I have been watching videos and reading some great things from other artists using modeling paste and decided I wanted to try it. I do believe I am in love with it and will definitely be using it more in my work. I love the dimension that it adds.