Beginner Guide: How to Make Earrings

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Having a quick look at your craft supplies, you can always find something more to make than papercrafts. Jewelry is one of the best things and you can make them any day and according to your fashion requirements each time.

These Wind Charm earrings are very easy to make and you can follow the same steps to make a necklace just by replacing the earring hooks with a jump ring and passing a cord to it. You only need basic supplies and no special techniques.

StazOn Pigment
in Peacock Feathers

Inkblushers

Sheet Metal
in Diamond 1.25 in

GlazOn


Jewelry Kit 

Rinea Foil Paper

Tear It Tape

Jewelry Punch

Glue Gun

Jewelry Pliers

Directions

Cut 2 x 1 ½ inch pieces of the Rinea Turquoise starstruck paper, 5 for each earring or more if you are planning to make a necklace too. An alternative can be to use two matching color papers and have a result that goes with more outfits. When you have the papers cut, place Tear It Tape at one of the long edges and use a bamboo skewer starting from the opposite edge tightly roll the paper. Secure with the pre-set Tear It! Tape to create the pipes. Using the double-sided tape is easy and does not create a mess.

Place a drop of hot glue on one of the pipes ends and set a small jump ring inside. Continue with all of the small pipes and only at one side. If you do not have a glue gun then a strong liquid adhesive glue such as On Point Glue should work as well.

Punch small holes on two sides of the SHEET Metal in a diamond shape. You can use a hole punch or a piercing tool, but make sure that the openings allow the jump rings to pass. Then, remove the protective film and just press them on the StazOn Pigment in Peacock Feathers ink pad. Allow a few minutes the ink to dry. You can seal the result with GlazOn. This liquid sealant is formulated to work with StazOn inks.

Add a bit larger jump rings to set the pipes on the SHEET Metal diamond shapes and finish by adding an earring hook.

Learn How To Make A 3D Cube Jewelry Element Using StazOn Pigment

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How To Make A 3D Cube Jewelry Element Using Stazon Pigment

“In geometry, a cube is a three-dimensional solid object”, according to Wikipedia, and that’s exactly what I was aiming for in creating a unique jewelry piece. The perfectly flat and square Sheet metal pieces were the best option to build a cube that would make a modern, out of the ordinary, piece of jewelry. The shiny surface of the Sheet metal was slightly moderated by pressing the metal pieces on the StazOn Pigment ink pad surface that gave a patterned result. Adding stamped designs using VersaMark and black Mboss embossing powder to the sides of the cube created a lovely contrast between the silver, white and black colors in the piece.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1.5 hours

Directions


Step 1

Press the Sheet Metal shapes on the StazOn Pigment Inkpad in Snowflake and remove carefully to avoid sliding on the surface. Let them dry (it really doesn’t take long).


Step 2

Align the Sheet Metal shapes on a stamping platform with the butterfly stamp. Make sure the corners with holes meet. Cover with the VersaMark Watermark inkpad and press.


Step 3

Cover with the Mboss Embossing Powder in Black and heat set. Let cool before touching.


Step 4

Align the metal pieces with the stamped side downwards and apply hot glue on the joint edges. Quickly fold to create an L shape.


Step 5

Continue adding metal pieces by gluing on the un-decorated side of them. There should be corners with 3 holes lined up together on opposing corners of the cube.


Step 6

Cut 16 inches long pieces of the cord and pass them through the holes.


Step 7

Add beads on both sides.


Step 8

Set jewelry clasps and align length.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Waxed cord
  • Jewelry beads
  • Jewelry peices – clasps, jump rings, caps
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Heat tool
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Stamping platform (optional)
  • Kaiserkraft – Tigerlily stamps

Learn How to Color Metal for a Jewelry Making Project

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Color Metal for a Jewelry Making Project

The sun turned into a square! Capture the colors of the sun on faux enamel jewelry piece with a marbled pattern. Decorate the Imagine’s Sheet Metal in the squares shapes with a mix of irRESISTible colors and create a marble design that is covered with clear Mboss embossing powder to protect and give the impression of enamel.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cover the square Sheet Metal shapes with the irRESISTible in Gold, mixing the gel with a bamboo skewer or toothpick.


Step 2

Add drops of the irRESISTible in Tangelo and mix in circular motions with a bamboo skewer. Let the paint dry well.


Step 3

Press the square shapes on the VersaMark inkpad, cover with Mboss embossing powder and heat set.


Step 4

Turn over to the other side of the Sheet Metal shapes, cover with StazOn Sunflower Yellow.


Step 5

Cover with GlazOn Vintage to secure the color. This is very important to use GlazOn in between uses because StazOn solvent qualities react with other layers of StazOn. In other words, you will erase or lift the color you just laid down.


Step 6

Cut 20-inch long cord pieces, pass it through a jump ring and inside the Sheet Metal shape hole. Add a gold colored bead.


Step 7

Continue with the rest of the pieces and secure all the cords together with a jump ring creating a stop.


Step 8

Cut 20-inch long cord pieces, pass them between the shapes and the previous stop jump ring. Braid the cords and secure all the edges with jewelry caps and clasps.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Heat tool
  • Black waxed cord
  • Jewelry clasps, jump rings, lobster locks

Learn How To Color Jewelry Charms With Embossing Powder

by Kyriakos Pachadirolgou

Learn How To Color Jewelry Charms With Embossing Powder

With summer being just around the corner, be ready by making a sea-themed bracelet for your vacation swag. Use the Mboss embossing powders to cover metallic charms, such as starfish, seahorses, and anchors, to add color to them. This tecnique is simple and not too demanding to make; match it to your color palette of choice and add even more Mboss-ed charms.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Press the metallic sea-themed charms on the VersaMark watermark ink pad, cover with the different colors of Mboss embossing powders and heat set. The VersaMark is a tacky ink and will stick to the metal charms long enough to receive the embossing powder.


Step 2

Cut 3 x 10 inch long pieces of the wax cord (you will adjust the length of the bracelet later) and secure them at one edge.


Step 3

Add just a small drop of On Point Glue to the other edge of the cords to keep them from fringing.


Step 4

Start adding beads and the charms you covered with Mboss Embossing Powder in step one to each of the three cords.


Step 5

When you have about 2 inches of the cords filled with beads and charms, place all cords through a large hole bead. This will give your bracelet some nice structure, but it is an optional step. Repeat steps four and five until you have around 7 inches of bracelet.


Step 6

Continue adding beads and charms and at 7 inches long secure the edges and add the closing caps. Adding a chain to once cap will make the the length of the bracelet adjustable. Add the hook to the other cap.

Never made jewelry before? Click here to see a post about some basics of jewelry making.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heat tool
  • Glass and metallic beads
  • Sea themed metallic charms
  • Jewelry clasps, hooks, lobster locks, chain
  • Waxed purple cord
  • Pliers

May Color of the Month is Hologram

May Color of the Month is Hologram

We are excited to announce that our Color of the Month is Hologram. This intriguing color is actually several colors that refract from a 3-D object, but for the papercrafting world we love seeing it in embossing powders, ink blending techniques, foil papers, premade items, and shimmer inks. Some of the inks we suggest in our catalog include blending Delicata Silvery Shimmer, Delicata Pink Shimmer, and Sapphire Blue.

The month of May is also bringing a new product release that we are teasing you with today but will release very soon! So stay tuned for an announcement.

Otherwise here is a sneak peek of our projects for this month.

Holographic Unicorn by Arjita Sepaha Singh

You are a Lucky Star by Kassy Tousignant

Floral Card Design by Melissa Andrew

Learn How to Create Wedding Ring Clay Bowls

by Iris Rodriguez

Learn How to Create Wedding Ring Clay Bowls and color with All purpose ink in rose gold

Spring is here, the weather is getting nicer and the wedding season is upon us. One of the smallest details that has the biggest meaning in a wedding, is the ring. In this post, I will demonstrate how to make two different DIY ring bowls using air dry clay and All-Purpose inks. Using Imagine’s newest stunning Rose Gold All-Purpose ink, I demonstrate how to make a Rose Gold flower ring bowl. I will also show you how to add shading and depth by making use of the All-Purpose ink Vintage Wine, a dark burgundy color.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour to make the bowls, 2 days total for bowls to air dry

Directions


Step 1

For this project, I used Activa Plus clay. This clay is fine, moist, malleable, firm, but not hard. It is an air dry clay. Keep the clay moist by spraying a little water. Adding water also makes it softer. When the clay is wet, it is beige like color, and when dry it turns off white color. The rate that it dries will depend on the thickness of the project and room temperature. The drier the room, the faster it dries.


Step 2

Roll out a sheet of clay. You can use a roller normally used roll out dough or use a clay roller.


Step 3

The clay is usually very smooth when it’s rolled out. If it is not, then smooth out the clay with your fingers, rib tool or wet sponge.


Step 4

Using a stylus, draw out the desired shape. Use can also a template or other items you can place over the clay and trace. If you change your mind, remove the line by smoothing out the clay.


Step 5

Using a clay needle tool or knife, cut out the shape.


Step 6

Smooth out the edges with your fingers or tools. Draw the petal’s ridges with a hard-edged tool. Sculpt the stamen by using a stylus or the pointy end of a paintbrush.


Step 7

Place the clay bowl into a real bowl or other object and allow it dry for one to two days. It will take on the shape of the object. To determine if it’s dry, take a look at the natural clay color; it will turn an off-white when dry. Also, if the clay feels cold then it’s still wet.


Step 8

Paint the clay with the Vintage Wine All-Purpose ink with a paint brush. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to air dry more than half hour. Allow the ink to dry completely before proceeding.


Step 9

Using the Inkblusher, sponge on the Rose Gold All-Purpose ink. Tap gently in an up and down motion, ensuring that it does not get into recessed areas. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to dry for about 10 minutes. Because it is sponged on, the ink dries fairly quickly. The color intensity will be determined by the number of layers used. I used four thin layers for my bowls. Allow each layer to dry before proceeding.


Step 10

Following steps 2-6 to make the heart shaped bowl. For this bowl, I made heart templates out of cardstock paper and added the texture by making indentations with a clay stylus tool or you can use the pointy end of a paintbrush.


Step 11

Paint the heart bowl with Red Delicious All-Purpose ink. Heat set the ink with a heating tool or allow the ink to dry for more than a half hour.


Step 12

Paint one layer of the Vintage Wine All-Purpose ink.


Step 13

Wipe off the ink from the raised areas with a baby wipe or cotton cloth. Do not use a paper towel. It will stick to the clay and ink, as they are porous surfaces. It is very important to seal the bowls. It protects the ink and clay from liquids and dust. Best of all, it looks purposely finished. You can use a spray sealant like 3M/Krylon or brush on a water-based varnish or polyurethane.

Supplies

Imagine

Craft Mat
All-Purpose Ink – Vintage Wine, Rose Gold, Red Delicious

Other

• Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay – White
• Modeling clay tools
• Sealer (spray, or polyurethane)