The Dandelion Pendant

©Shireen Nadir 2014

The second bonus project in Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition is definitely the project I get asked about the most, and that’s how to preserve an entire dandelion head in resin without disturbing the shape, or the fluff.

The good news is, it’s not hard! There are a few tricks that will help get you the best results possible, and they’re all covered in the new book, release date September 15th.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

~ Obligatory Book stuff below ~

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

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The Queen Anne’s Lace Pendant

First off, I wanted to thank all the folks who have sent kind words my way, either via the blog or email, to encourage me and express enthusiasm for the new book. For a fledgling author like myself, this means the world! Here’s one of the ones that literally made me jump for joy:

“Your book is one of the best tutorials I’ve ever seen, so I can’t express enough how happy I am to see there’s a second edition coming. More breathtaking pictures and more mind blowing tips, hurray!”- Karolina

You people are the best. Thank you.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

Today I wanted to talk about one of the new chapters in the book – bonus projects. These projects are located at the end of the main teaching section, and contain some of the jewellery ideas that I’ve been asked about the most. One of them is how to use Queen Anne’s Lace in a spherical pendant.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

These delicate little pendants are easier than they look, but there are definitely a few tricks that help get you there and the project covers everything you need to know! This is not the only one, there are a few more and I can’t wait to show them off in the following weeks.

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

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Busy Bee, and Upgrades for Folks Who Own V1

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I have been busy.  I am also loving every second of the experimenting, shooting, writing and innovating that I’ve done for Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition. Every time I think I’m done, more inspiration comes my way. Clearly, the muse is working overtime.

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

Etsy

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I will try to repeat this message a few times over the next month here on the blog, in the hopes of reaching as many of you as possible so no one gets stuck tuning in after the 14th. In the meantime, write to me and let me know if you want guest list!

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition

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September 18th will mark the 1 year anniversary of my book ‘Resin Jewelry’. In that time I have learned so much, about writing, about resin and about how much farther this versatile medium can be taken.

I have also had a year to interact with the lovely people who not only purchased the book, but offered me feedback and input on the things they’d like covered, resin brands they were curious about and techniques that are not discussed in V1 of the book.

This September, I am happy to announce that Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be ready! This book has all the same how-to material as the original, updated and expanded to contain such fascinating stuff as:

  • How to use a vacuum chamber to pour perfect, bubble-free castings
  • 5 Different ways of attaching a bail to pieces that were done using a mold, and which shapes lend themselves best to each method.

Several new, step-by-step projects that include:

  • How to use pigment in your resin to enhance your flowers, or even change their colour
  • How to use pigment and other inclusions to create faux-opal effects in the resin
  • How to pour, sand and finish a resin bangle
  • How to create jewellery using printed transparencies

I also include 2 bonus projects to cover the questions I get asked the most:

  • How to preserve a full dandelion head
  • How to create a spherical, Queen Anne’s Lace pendant

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

Etsy

craftsy

I am sure the list of new things will expand as the month continues. I keep thinking ‘this is it!’ and then a new idea or inspiration comes to me and I find myself up at 3 am adding new chapters to the book (luckily I have an amazing editor who can fix my 3am ramblings). For the next month I’ll try to show off some of the new projects covered in Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition stay tuned!

Dyeing Roving, a Quasi-Tutorial

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One of the treats that I brought home from Pearl Fibre Arts was 3 bags of luxury, roving, for me to try my hand at dyeing roving myself. That would be the ultimate for me – spinning my own hand dyed yarn and then weaving/knitting with it! If I could raise the sheep in the living room, I would.

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I know that some folks have had trouble with the wool felting, or failing to fluff up when dry. I’ve had pretty good results, and here’s what I did. All three of these were dyed using Jaquard Acid Dyes.

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1) Superwash Panda

I knew I could be a bit more rough with this one, so it’s the only one that made it into the microwave. I wanted to try getting a colour shift across the length of the braid.

I put the roving into a soak of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and left it there for 30 minutes.

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I filled 5 plastic cups with water and red dye, and then added 1 drop of black in the first cup, 2 in the second and so on, with 5 drops of black in the final cup.

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I arranged my braid across the 5 cups, put the whole thing on a plate and popped that plate in the microwave. I kept nuking it (30 seconds at a time) until the dye bath was ‘exhausted’ (which means the water is coming out clear).

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Here is my result, drying in the balcony.

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… And back in a braid.

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The colour is pretty, but the gradient effect is not really there. I might overdye it at one end just to get more contrast.

2) Camel/Silk

This was my first non-superwash braid, and I was really worried I’d ruin it so I did what I could to minimize handling.

First, I put it in the vinegar soak for 30 minutes. I placed a sieve over my crock pot and poured the yarn, and the soak, gently into the sieve.

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With the yarn in the sieve, and the vinegar soak in the pot, I topped off the vinegar soak with enough water and vinegar that it could cover my roving, and then added dye directly to the crock pot.

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When I had a colour I liked, I gently poured the yarn from the sieve into the crock pot.

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To get a very slight variegation, I filled a plastic syringe with more dye and injected it directly into the wool in different areas.

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I left the crock pot on until the dye bath was exhausted, and then turned it off. I let the yarn cool down on its own, and didn’t touch it.

When it was cool, I poured the entire crock pot into the sieve again, and let the yarn drain in the sink for a while (if your dye bath was exhausted, no rinsing should be needed here).

Finally, I lay it out on my balcony to finish drying.

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Here is the final, dried piece, back in a braid.

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3) Merino Silk

This one was done exactly as above, except that I was a little more confident with injecting extra dyes into the pot, so I was able to create a much more variegated colour. Here it is drying out:

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And here it is back in a braid.

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In all three cases, I lay the yarn flat to dry on my sunny, slightly windy balcony. I think this almost certainly helped it to dry faster and ‘fluff up’ a bit, rather than, say, hanging it in my bathroom.

With the 2 non-superwash braids I did my best to handle the yarn as little as possible (when I needed to turn the yarn in the dye bath I would use a silicone spatula and limit my movement to one flip of the fibre) and, just as importantly, I did not subject the yarn to any dramatic changes in temperature.

I’m very happy with the results, can’t wait to try this again! Even more… I can’t wait to actually spin one up :)

Palindrom Prism Weave

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One of the first TFA palindrome skeins I managed to snag off Ravelry destash was a skein of ‘Prism’. It turned out that the colour runs on Prism were too short to line up easily, so after a few frustrating attempts I just warped as usual and let the colours do their thing. The result is interesting, the darker purple bands seem to ‘change frequency’ partway through the scarf. I don’t think they’re my colours exactly, but it’s bright and fun and I like it a lot more than I expected to!

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San Francisco and Fibre Stop 4 – Imagiknit

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San Francisco is very awesome. We were sorry that we only had one day to explore it – and we decided (we’re not sorry about this bit) to leave the big cameras checked at the hotel rather than carry them with us.

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I couldn’t resist having a bit of fun with the hills. Everything we wanted to see felt like it was all uphill, both ways.

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We spent part of the morning on a walk though (up?) Chinatown.

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These shots are so cheesy, but I get a kick out of them every time.

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The houses are the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I love them even more than I love jellybean homes in St John’s, and that’s saying something!

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Finally, we achieved the final stop on the fibre tour – Imagiknit. Holy selection, and it’s all good.

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I had a really tough time narrowing it down, but ended up settling on 100% tencel, hand dyed. This is where I got the weft for my latest palindrome scarf. The tencel adds strength and shine, but still has fabulous drape.

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If you look closely, you can see a tired Tito in the ‘man check’ area ;)

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We loved San Francisco so much that we’re planning a return trip, just to spend a few more days in the city. It was a great place to unwind from our road trip!


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