Welcome to Lady K's Cyber Studio!
My name is Karen and I love the bling! I love the challenge of working with affordable materials. I especially like repurposing forgotten pieces of costume jewelry and giving them life in a new design. Its just the right thing to do. Here in my cyber studio is where I will share my techniques and creative inspirations with you.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Those who remember the 60's may recall their hippie days when thin was in a glam was out. My all time favorite girl group of the time was the Supremes. I LOVED their look with the big hair, feather boas and sequin evening gowns. As a musical group they had their ups and downs but they were the picture of glam.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I was blessed to take a weekend class in southern New Hampshire with the devine Christi in September, 2008. Darleen Bellan of Darbella Designs: http://www.darbelladesigns.com/ was our gracious hostess. Loved her rhinestone skull in the bathroom, LOL!! Darleen is an amazing clay artist in her own right.
I was a little overwhelmed being the newbie surrounded by so many talented artists but learned a lot and a pleasant time was had by all. Here in mid winter I have fond memories of that warm fall weekend.
Here is my own design in the style of Friesen! I have all of her books and her newest publication "Polymer Clay and Mixed Media" on order. All of Christi's books can be ordered from her site: http://www.cforiginals.net/
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I use a lot of jump rings in my designs. If you run out you don't have to go out and buy more. Just take a chain link necklace and separate each link using the back and forth method of separating each ring (not opening in/out right?). Oval jump rings seem to hold my pieces more securely on my charm necklaces.
The necklace started with a "Lucky 7" charm bracelet that had rhinestone lucky charms in keeping with the theme of the necklace. I added more chain to make the piece necklace length. I added more caged pearls for a more vintage look.
Charm necklaces are popular now and I wanted to share a necklace I made with vintage bakelite dice. According to Wiki: " Bakelite (pronounced /ˈbеɪkɨlaɪt/) is a material based on the thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin developed in 1907–1909 by Belgian Dr. Leo Baekeland. The retro appeal of old Bakelite products and labor intensive manufacturing has made them quite collectible in recent years." There are many methods for testing the validity of genuine bakelite and I am satisfied that my dice are genuine. The translucence is very pretty when the light shines through.