Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. - Oscar Wilde

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Be my Valentine Earrings Week 6

With Valentines day falling in week 6 of the 52 earring project, it was not hard at all to come up with the theme.

I started out the week working with translucent clay, so made a few translucent hearts. I tried adding a red glitter to the clay, and red ink to the clay.  The red washed out.  Not too bad, but didn't ring my chimes.

I then thought I might try for a faux ceramic heart look.  My thought was to make a kinda banner across the heart.  My first try, the banner is too thick for my liking. Back to the pasta machine... this one I like better. With the first heart I used Watermelon ink to color the LPC.  The color was not red enough without putting on several layers.  It lost it's ceramic look.  So the next time, I used Pepper Red ink thinking it would be darker. Surprising, it was lighter than the watermelon. I only used one layer of colored LPC to keep it more ceramic.
Used a waterproof pen to highlight the stamped letters.

These I liked enough to make into earrings. But I was on a roll and did not stop here.  I was not happy being unable to get a good red color using ink, so I thought I would try using the PanPastel Chalk red - it is really vibrant.

I made a basic heart shape and used a needle tool to outline the stamped letters to make the banner. I then colored the bead with chalks and baked.  After baking, I used LPC colored with black ink to antique.  With the first pair, I did not realize that I was making marks that would look like a strawberry when colored in.  Opps... so the second pair, when they come out of the oven, looked a bit like wood. To keep this theme, I antiqued with dark paint and used a satin sealer.
Shortcake anyone?

 I added a little bling to spark these up.

I am really enjoying this challenge. Coming up with a new idea every week AND blogging about it. Keeps my creative juices flowing.


  1. These all look great Julee, I don't mind the strawberry ones at all, very cute. I might challenge myself through March to make a pair of earrings every day. So much going on here at the moment I think 30 days of earring making is about all I can cope with at the moment. Remind me at the beginning of March that I've challenged myself, I'm likely to forget!

  2. They are all beautiful. I love that ceramic look. Well done!!

    1. What is LPC? I am just starting to use inks and there is quite the learning curve it seems. Did you seal these?

  3. These are beautiful!!
    What fun.

    I am so looking forward to seeing you!! Thank you for signing up!!
    We are going to have a blast!