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  • puppychick  labratbecky
    On September 25, 2013 puppychick labratbecky said:

    Hi Jess! I have Sculpey III clay. It has been around my house since my girls played with it 15 years ago and it is still good and works beautifully. We store it in Ziploc bags to keep it moist. It bakes at 275 degrees for 15 minutes or more depending on the size of the piece. It is very easy to use, just work it in your hands to warm it up and form things. You use it like clay meaning you have better luck ”pulling” it or attaching things by sliding clay together by rubbing over it with your fingers. Think of it as lining up the clay fibers. You have to work pieces together by shoving clay over clay to get them to attach and stick. I wish I could take a pic but play with the clay and you will understand what I mean. Go to Michaels or almost any craft store and you will find it. There are also now a whole line of molds for texturing and shaping the clay but I prefer to be my own master. :)

  • Elis Mom
    On August 13, 2012 Elis Mom said:

    Hi Jess! It’s been a while! I am getting ready for a wrap bracelet. I have some pretty gray large hole pearls with some lavendar leather. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!

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    On July 14, 2012 Mary S - Sweet Chick said:

    One more thing…. Unlike Lynn, I make my bail LAST so I can tighten up the wires to form a nice, snug fit around the stone. I’m not as confident in making my frame as she is! ;-)

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    On July 14, 2012 Mary S - Sweet Chick said:

    OK. I found the tute!
    If you go to the Design Gallery and then go to the section called ’other’. On page 16 of that section, Lynn G. posted one called ”Tutorial for my girls”. What I did for the Impression jasper is pretty similar to what she instructs. The stone will tell you what it needs. Some may need a little more support in other areas so you might have to get creative with the direction of the wire. I do my bails a little differently than Lynn, but for the most part the process is the same. I just make sure there is enough wire remaining on the top to create the bail, wrap it and make coils/spirals for decoration (or hiding flaws!) ;-)
    On that same page there is a post from Little Chick/Nicole, called HELP?!. There are also links in that post to other wirewrapping tips. Sorry if I’m taking the easy way out, but my instructional skills across the computer waves are pretty slim. I am more than happy to answer any other questions though! Hope this helps.
    I’m going to check out one of my books and see what it says about wrapping pebbles and such. There is another technique for that too.
    Happy wrapping!

  • Elis Mom
    On July 13, 2012 Elis Mom said:

    Well, I have no plans for the weekend other than chores(boo!)and beading(yay!). So I think I WILL hit the stores downtown. I’ll let you know what I find! Oh Ya! I just got a stash of vintage Moonglow Lucite beads! Haven’t decided how to use them yet. I’m thinking charm bracelet….

  • Elis Mom
    On July 12, 2012 Elis Mom said:

    Hi Jess! You’re Hootie necklace is so fab, I’m inspired to go to the local trading post and pick up some stuff. They have lots of vintage jewelry!

  • Elis Mom
    On June 28, 2012 Elis Mom said:

    Hi Jess! Ya. I used up all of our AA batteries taking pictures of jewelry with my digital camera. Didn’t have enough to use in my lantern! Good thing we had lots of candles! Gonna stock up this weekend!

  • Elis Mom
    On June 25, 2012 Elis Mom said:

    Well, the GOOD thing about tropical storms is that you know in advance it’s coming, so you can prepare. Bad thing is, you don’t know how bad it could be. We had over 8 inches of rain on Sunday alon, with lots of wind. Tonight is dry so far, but the
    wind is blowing a steady 25-40MPH with gusts to 60. It’s kinda weird(and loud). Some streets are flooded, too. At least the lights are on! Gonna try the wrap this weekend!

  • Elis Mom
    On June 25, 2012 Elis Mom said:

    Jess, I didn’t get to try one yet! We got pounded by a tropical storm all weekend….power going on and off
    all weekend made it kinda hard, as we were sitting in the dark alot!Gonna try this weekend coming up. I hope I have enough thread!

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    On June 22, 2012 Mary S - Sweet Chick said:

    Thank you so much Jess! That means a lot. :-)
    Let me say the same about your pieces. I realized I have most of your creations in my Favs. You sure get a lot accomplished with two little men running around AND home schooling! You must be super Mom! ;-)

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