Friday, September 27, 2013

Meet the team.......Jill from Kiln Fired Art

Its meet the team time on the Craft Pimp blog, today we will talk to Jill from Kiln Fired Art and ask her all those questions that we really need to know, what did she have for breakfast the day before yesterday?  Does she really have 3 sugars in her tea?
Jill creates the most beautiful glass and ceramic art, she paints, she etches, she designs and I have it on very good authority that she rather likes a nice glass of vino too!
Lets start with something beautiful from Jills Etsy shop
So Jill if you could be a muppet which one would you be and why?

Fozzie bear coz he's cuddly

What is your worse quality?

Being perfect  ;), or not  ;D

Cheese and pickle sandwich or cheese and tomato with salad cream?

Half and half

What song best describes you?

Girls just wanna have fun

How weird are you on a scale of 1-10?

Probably 6 but I'd like to be 10.5

When will pigs fly?

When Laney makes one
I am sure that Jill could make one she is just being super lazy really!

If you were a brick in the wall, which brick would you be and why?

One high up on a castle turret with the best view so I'm always inspired

If you could write your own eurlogy what would it say?

I'm gone, bet you wish you bought something sooner

How would you get an elephant into the freezer?

Take it to the Arctic

and finally question 10....

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Still learning and playing, and maybe it's time for teaching
To find out more about Jill you can visit her on the web at her Etsy shop or her website, you could even pop round and have a coffee with her, or wait until early evening when she un corks that wine, but then I would have to tell you where she lives....
you can find more of Jills beautiful pieces in her Flickr album here

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Making ear wires for jewellery from Elaine of Chatelaine Jewellery.

Elaine from Chatelaine Jewellery has written a fabulous tutorial on how to make your own ear wires for jewellery.
Thank you for sharing Elaine.

Wirework Tutorial
How to make Basic Earwires

In this tutorial I assume you know how to turn a loop in wire!  I also make earwires at the same time this helps with making them exactly alike!

So here we go then ~~~

Equipment and Materials you will need:


Half Hard Sterling Silver Wire 0.8mm
Wire Cutters
Round Nose Pliers

Mandrel - You can use a Ring Mandrel or Multi Tool but
I have used a piece of steel piping, you can also use a pen barrel (make sure it is completely round - no flat edges to it)
Silver cleaning cloth


You also need for forging the wire:


Hammer ~ a Chasing hammer is preferable but a ball pein hammer will surfice (make sure it has a nice smooth head any dents etc. will mark the wire)
Anvil or steel block

Needle file

1.  Take your wire and unravel enough to use approx 8" then to stretch/straighten the wire, run it through your thumb and forefinger a few times (this also helps to harden the wire!)


NB: You don't need to straighten the wire completely this just helps with measuring the amount your require, as the curve already in the wire can be helpful in the process of making the earwires.

Cut 2 x 4" pieces of wire.


2.  Now to make a turned loop in each wire, grasp the wire with the round nosed pliers, making sure it is right at the very tip of the wire.


Turn a loop around the blade of the pliers.


NB: If you left the natural curve of the wire make sure you turn the loop in the opposite direction to the curve (see below).


Repeat to make a loop in the other wire.

3.  Take the mandrel (piece of pipe) and place the earwire over it, making sure the loop is facing out (perpendicular to the mandrel)


Curve the ear wire around the mandrel, at this point you could do both earwires at the same time, this helps to make them to near 'exactly' the same!


Bend them around the mandrel so the ends nearly touch the loops.  They will spring back and open again.


4.  Still holding the earwires together, grasp them approx ¼" from the end with your round nose pliers, bend the wires back slightly to give them a straight end.

It is your choice how far you want to bend them.


NB: I usually tweak the earwires a little now so that they both look completely even, until I am happy with them.


5.  Trim the ends so they are equal in length, make sure that both the earwires are held in the same position


They should look something like this!!


6. Now the ends need to be filed with the needle file to remove all the rough edges.


First flatten off the end, and then work around the edges, always pulling the file down across the wire with fairly small sweeps.


NB: NEVER file backwards and forwards across the wire ONLY downward sweeps!!


Repeat for the other earwire.


Depending on what, the loop end of the earwire, seems like you may want to file these too. Either before you make the loop or you could twist the loop out slightly so you can get the file in to smooth the ends, don't forget to straighten again afterwards! Or do this before turning your loop in the initial first step.


7. Now to help strengthen the earwires you need to do a little forging of the front part of the wires.  Place the earwire onto the anvil or steel block


With the chasing hammer now lightly hammer only the front part of the earwire, making sure not to hammer the loop,


turn the earwire over and do the same to the other side.


Repeat for the other earwire.


NB:  The forging process can distort the earwires sometimes so they will need a little tweaking to help straighten them again.


8.  Well, all that is needed now is to clean the earwires to give them a lovely shine and remove any dust particles.  I generally use a silver cleaning cloth as they are quite small but if you have a tumbler this can help strengthen them or you can use a Dremel like power tool too (being very careful).


There now your very first pair of earwires!!! All made by your own fair hand!!
Elaine is running a Wirework for Beginners Workshop on November 2nd 2013 for more details visit her Facebook page
 You can find out more about Elaine and see more of her work in her Etsy shop where you will also find a selection of handmade lampwork glass beads. 
You can also follow her fabulous blog Wire and Fire

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Market Place 23.09.13

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Meet the team.

Most groups tend to do a meet the team blog once in a while and so why not meet those behind the fabulous team that is Craft Pimp? why not indeed.  Now, rather than the usual questions, how did you start in your chosen craft etc., I thought it would be fun to ask really important questions like how often do you change your socks, those questions that you really really need to know when thinking about team members, and lets be honest all of us on the Craft Pimp team and forum are slightly bonkers...ok a little more slightly than most bonkers!
First up on Meet the Craft Pimp Team, is our lovely Lynn from Nemeton.  Lynn has been designing and making the most beautiful seed bead work for a long time and is a valued member of the CPTeam, her fabulous sense of humour, her way with colour and the way she manages to convince the rest of us that we can all do the seed beads, for me the 'doing' bit is flicking the things across the room and trying to cover the dog, darn things are just so fiddly and small, but, Lynn effortlessly makes the most elegant pieces. 

So Lynn,

If you could be a muppet which one would you be and why?

Bert. Or Ernie. Because either way I'd have the perfect partner.
What is your worse quality?

So I'm only allowed two qualities? OK... my better one is having a sense of humour. My worse one is being unable not to nitpick over minor points of grammar  :P

If you'll let me have more than two, my WORST one is my tendency to procrastinate. I could procrastinate for Britain, me... if I ever got round to it.
Cheese and pickle sandwich or cheese and tomato with salad cream?

The latter, but I'd swap the cheese for butter and the salad cream for black pepper. And it has to be white bread.

What song best describes you?

Probably this: Leon Redbone Lazy Bones
Great song!

How weird are you on a scale of 1-10?

At least a 9.5 most days... depends on how recently I have had chocolate  ;D

When will pigs fly?

When someone perfects the pig cannon  :P

If you were a brick in the wall, which brick would you be and why?

The slightly wonky, moss-covered one near the bottom that makes all the other bricks around it slightly wonky too and thus destabilises the whole wall :P

Write your own eulogy.

Her beading ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, sometimes both at once.

How would you get an elephant into the freezer?
extremely important question this one!

In handy portion-sized chunks  >:D

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Ruler of the beading universe, bwahahahahaaaa....  >:D >:D >:D
(Probably still with bits of elephant in my freezer. Because I'd never have got round to finishing it  :P
Now you know everything there is to know about our lovely Lynn go and see her Etsy shop Nemeton  buy one of her tutorials and make yourself a fabulous Lynn beaded piece.
Here are my favourites just to help you out!
...and for when your mojo is no go, treat yourself to this gorgeous calorie free chocolate inspired mojo box, just perfect with tea!


All sorted now, sorry Lynn love the  Pimp Boss!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Market Place - 16.09.13

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Market Place - 8/9/13