Saturday, February 21, 2015

I have FINALLY got my creative space organized enough to actually CREATE something!!

Hi Everyone~

I have been away for a long time.... Well sorta...I have a Type A personality, with a touch of OCD, so if my surroundings and mind aren't clear I have a terrible time creating anything! I have kept up with the latest trends and joined a few groups on Facebook even made a few beads from tutorials I subscribe to.

 My problem has been coming up with my own original designs. So when I read a recent blog post by Lori Anderson from Pretty Things  Announcing the Art of Awareness Blog Hop  I knew immediately I wanted to participate. All you do is buy a customized Awareness bead from Swoondimples and post on your blog or facebook what you made.... You can click the link above for COMPLETE instructions and to SIGN UP by February 24th..

The Blog Hop is presented by:

 Lori Anderson of Pretty Things
                                   &
Heather Millican of  Swoondimples


Come back for the reveal on MAY 16th 2015

I hope this will be just what I need to get my creative Mojo flowing again!
Have a great day! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Craftsy..... Are YOU a Member?????



Good Morning~ Today I want to share a few projects that I have posted on Craftsy! Are You a member ? It is a GREAT Place to find inspiration and take classes, post projects that you have
 made and meet like minded people.

 Click the LINKS below to see some more Projects from A Family Affare....

Cynthia Necklace
A Best Friends Tears
Wrapped in Wire
Pearls with a TWIST
Autumn Sunset
Dipped in GOLD
Flower Power


And remember LEAVE A COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE!!!!

   Thanks for taking time to read my Blog ~ Kelli





Sunday, September 29, 2013

And NOW FOR SOME PICTURES..........


 
Polymer Clay Rose and Sari Silk Bracelet
 
 These are not the most recent pieces I
 made, but they do show a couple of
roses I made out of polymer clay. I made
these for a friend that wanted something
a little different than she usually wore and
the colors she wanted were a Granny Smith
Apple Green and a Teal/Turqouise color. 
She liked the Roses I made in different 
colors with polymer clay, so I knew what
I was making but those colors together 
made me a bit unsure. I started by making
a blend of the two colors and added a pearl
clay,to give it a little SPARKLE . I sculpted
the roses and thought " I hope the colors are
not SO NEON bright when they are finished
baking!!!" Well they did turn out a little on
the bright side but overall looked good .
 
 
Playing with Polymer Clay.........









 
My next step was to figure out how I was
going to turn these Roses into usable jewelry
components.... It was a good thing I made
EXTRA . I ruined the first two trying to cut
the backs so they were flat and would lay
right as focals. That is when I found a piece
of filligree that used to be the base of a pair
of clip on earrings I had taken apart and I
knew how I would make the focal for the
bracelet . I attached the rose to the filigree
using Bake and Bond (a liquid clay
bonding agent) after re-baking to cure the
Bake and Bond, I had my focal ready to
attach to my bracelet... I had the perfect
piece of Sari Silk from NorthcottWilson on
Etsy. I attached the filigree rose focal and
sari silk using a bezel I made from
Argentium Silver wire along with the
hook which is part of the hook and
eye closure. The eye of the closure is a
loop i made with the sari silk. I was
so excited to finish that bracelet but I
still had the necklace to design...
Polymer Clay and Czech Fire Polished Crystal Necklace

 
  At least I had drilled a STRAIGHT hole thru one of the Roses to use for the focal of the necklace. The only guideline had to follow was to make it a three strand necklace, I thought that wouldn't be to tough. But I thought WRONG!!!! Before I was finished I took all SIX strands (three on each side) apart THREE times!
 
I attached a three strand connector with a wrapped loop and put it thru the hole I drilled thru the rose, attached another three strand connector and finished with another wrapped loop. That was the easy part. Next I attached Soft Flex Sterling Silver 19 Strand medium wire to the three strand connectors. I used different shaped crystals ~ rounds and rondels in 6-8mm size, It looked GREAT, so i finished with two more three strand connectors and attached the lobster clasp and was FINISHED!!! Not so lucky, since it was the first time I had made a three strand necklace, I didn't take in to consideration the size or shape of the beads, or that the strands had to get a bit longer as I worked towards the outside strand!!!! WOW it took a whole night of beading those strands and re-beading until FINALLY I worked out the design FLAWS and was really DONE!!! After ALL that work I wanted to keep both pieces, but I also knew I had to start making a little money to keep funding my bead addiction...
 
  Come back SOON for MORE BEADY JOURNIES and MORE PICTURES INTO MY STUDIO
 LEAVE A COMMENT ONE LUCKY PERSON WILL WIN A PRIZE!!!!!
 
 

 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

  I have joined bloglovin !!! I have added a lot of the blogs that I read already!! I am new to blogging so I am hoping this will be an easier way for me to keep things a little more organized!!! I like the idea of Social Media/Networking but it takes a little time to get acclimated with all the different sites and tools out there. I can't wait to get to the FUN Blogging instead of the learning stage!!!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I HAVE A BLOG!!!!!

This has been a long, long time coming for me and the next step for A Family Affare!!! Please bare with me while I test the waters in the blogger world!!! I FINALLY set up a blog so I can participate in the Beads of Courage Extravaganza and Art Charm Swap Hosted by Jen Cameron at GlassAddictions.com!!!! I am super excited and cant wait to get started!!! Lets HOPE I can navagate this blogger site!!!

  I will TRY and post Pictures of some of my work later today!!! I have heard blogger is a little harder than word press to use so I am crossing my fingers that I am able to figure it out!!!

 Off to go "picking" for old rusty,wooden,metal,iron treasures!!!This is my other passion finding a treasure amongst the trash at garage sales, Flea Markets, or old barns and abandoned houses!!!