I Am My Fantasies

I Am My Fantasies

A self-portrait.

How I look in my dreams.

Acrylics on canvas. 60 x 80 cm

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Chloe out.

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Winged Rose Photo Pebble for Mrs Cupcake

All these roses that have been floating around recently, gave me the inspiration for a new Zendoodle… and in turn an idea for a birthday gift for Mrs Cupcake!

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I got to work making her one of my photo pebbles.

She loves huge jewellery… so I hope she’ll like this HUGE pendant!!

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All polished up and pretty, I displayed the finished necklace on a frame containing the original Zendoodle drawing. Oh and the beads of the chain are faceted carnelians.

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I do realise the back looks a little devilish, especially with the red stitching… this wasn’t my intention! but it did make her laugh!!

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Oh and the portrait inside? My parents of course! Snapped on a little campervanning holiday down in the New Forest.White (14)

What do you think?

I love these photo pebbles so much I’ve opened them up for commissions!

These pebbles can be made in any metal you want, they can feature any surface design you want, you can use any photo you want, and I can turn them into any form of jewellery you want! Prices start from £60 and all pieces come with lovely custom packaging! So, if you love them just as much as I do, pop on over to my commissions page and drop me a message at info[@]chloehenderson.co.uk and we can start our design process :)

Chloe out.

How to turn your unused tins into cute upcycled jewellery… and save the tin!!

I love blogging, and I’m always looking for ways to expand my internet-based ramblings…. so……. tutorials! I’m going to have a go at sharing some of my arts and craftyness with ya’ll! This way, I can share the bits and pieces I create when I’m distracting myself from my own project work…. ie. the times when I just need to cover myself in glitter because otherwise I’d drown inside my own work!!

Can’t wait to conjure up lots of these wee posts!!

Anyway…

How to turn your unused tins into cute upcycled jewellery… and save the tin!!

If, like me, you always keep those beautiful little tins that you get candy and odds and ends in, you’ll probably also have a pile of empty ones collecting dust somewhere!

This is the tutorial for you!!

This tutorial uses a small pink flowery tin and transforms it into a pair of earrings, but you can use any tin you want and you can turn it into any form of jewellery you want! This tutorial goes over the basic steps, but the fun bit is using your own creativity to come up with endless tin jewellery possibilities!

These make perfect gifts as they are present and packaging all in one!!

Beginner level but does require the use of a jeweller’s saw (the scissor alternative won’t save the tin but can be ued) and drill, so not recommended for young children, and with older children there should be full adult supervision when using any sharp/dangerous tools.

STUFF YOU’LL NEED

– A tin!

– Beads (small seed beads work best, but your imagination should know no bounds!)

– Chain, ribbon, findings, etc.

– Wrapping material (an organza bag, tissue paper, ribbon, gift tags, fabric, etc.)

– A jeweller’s saw and 4/0 blade(s!) or scissors (i’ll take about this in more detail later)

– Files and sandpaper

– A drill and 1mm drill bit (for beginners I would recommend the hand archimedian drill)

– Needles and threads

WHAT TO DO

1. Select your tin! This is my tin :) It used to contain yummy French rose candies! and is approx. 8.5X6cm

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2. Cut a template out of cardboard. I’m using two 3cm heart shapes that will become the earrings.

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3. Draw around your templates straight onto the tin using a non-permanent marker. Select areas of the design you like the best, but remember that you’ll be saving the tin so think about the design placement of the cut-out segments.

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4. If you are not using the jeweller’s saw, ignore these next few steps and carefully cut out your design using sharp scissors. Unfortunately, doing it this way makes t very hard/impossible to save the tin, but does make it easier to do with older children or those less experienced with jewellery techniques.

If you are using the saw, you’ll need to drill a hole in one area of your shape to thread the blade through. I would suggest using a corner as this makes it easier to clean up.

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5. Thread your blade through the drilled holes. I would suggest using a size 4/0 blade or higher.

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6. Carefully saw-out your shapes. Be careful not to press down on tin when cutting as you don’t want to bend the metal.

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7. Scissor fans you can join us again for the next steps!

Wipe away the marker lines with a littler water (or acetone/nail polish remover if the water won’t budge it, but be cautious not to damage the tin design).

File the edges of your cut out pieces and the cut out segments within the tin lid. You can use sandpaper here as well to smooth the edges further.

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8. Drill 1mm holes all around the edges of your cut out shapes and the cut out holes in the tin lid.

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9. Sand down the drilled edges on the backs of the shapes and the tin lid, until smooth.

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10. This is where you can get creative with threads and beads!

For my tin lid, I stitched over the cut out shapes to create a pink thready web! This way, nothing will fall out of my tin and it gives the piece a kitsch patchwork feel that I quite like!

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I beaded around the edges as well for a little extra bling!

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11. Again this is a creative stitching and beading session!

My cut-out shapes were made into earrings. I stitched around the edges of the hearts in the same direction to give them a visibly stitched feel.

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Then strung them from a dangle of seed beads and a silver ear hook.

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Ta-dah!!!

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a message below and I’ll get back to you asap!

Looking forward to making more of these in the future :)

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Chloe out.

Happy Birthday Daddy Cupcake :)

Over the summer I made a photo pebble brooch for my Grandma, and it was rather successful and wonderful! I really enjoyed making it, and when it came around to Daddy Cupcake’s birthday I knew I wanted to make one for him too!…. although a little more masculine than lapiz lazuli flowers!

This one is made from hand-hammered brass, drilled and stitched with a black cotton threaded tree and a little photo of our family selfie from our summer holiday. The photo pebble is hung from strands of tiny 1mm black onyx beads, and attached to a medal style brass pin fitting. I made it in mind of his English countryside gentleman suit… and for the times he is not wearing it, the pebble came hung on a hand-painted frame with a larger photo printed inside :)

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I love these photo pebbles so much I’ve opened them up for commissions!

These pebbles can be made in any metal you want, they can feature any surface design you want, you can use any photo you want, and I can turn them into any form of jewellery you want! Prices start from £60 and all pieces come with lovely custom packaging! So, if you love them just as much as I do, pop on over to my commissions page and drop me a message at info[@]chloehenderson.co.uk and we can start our design process :)

Chloe out.

Grandma’s Photo Pebble

Happy 70th Birthday Grandma.

Dance like nobody’s watching………..!

 

Grandma’s Photo Pebble 

Handmade, personalised pendant necklace with matching stud earrings displayed on a handcrafted wooden art piece with matching book.

Sterling silver, lapis lazuli, freshwater pearls, paper, glitter threads, wood, acrylic paints and ink.

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Happy to say she was really pleased with it :)

Will update you with some photos of her wearing it soon….. after she’s “got a much-need haircut” and found some “magical anti-wrinkle cream”!!

 

Fancy a handmade, personalised commission piece? Check out my commissions page and drop me a no obligation, all questions answered message!

 

Chloe out.

DJCAD Degree Show 2014

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I can’t really believe it happened.

The Degree Show.

My Degree Show.

I’ve completed four years at uni……..

I’m a jewellery graduate!

I’ve got to pretend to be an adult now….

… oh dear!

Anyway, here are some photos of my display at the Degree Show!

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And of course, thank you oh so much to all my wonderful friends and family who came out to support me! You guys rock!

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And thanks guys for the boootiful cards and flowers, oh and the sweeties too…. om nom nom!!

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Look at us sexy jewellers at the opening night!

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And our wonderful tutors!

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Wanna see the work of my fellow jewellery friends?

Of course you do!

Check it out!

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Awesome huh?

 

What did you think of the work? Where you at the show? What was your favourite piece?

Chloe out.