Seashore Batts

This is a photo of Bandon Beach, OR:

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And these are some of the goodies that Rayna and I pulled from a friends de-stash last spring. 4 identical batts (a little over 100g each) by an Etsy shop called Zauberzeug (45% Merino, 30%Silk, 20% nylon, 5% firestar). Here is the link to their original post. They don’t have a lot up there right now, but trolling through their past sales I found a batt called ‘Mint Chocolate’–if they ever make those again I definitely want one!

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This was my first time spinning from a batt, and also my first gradient skein. I started by pulling off strips, one from each batt, and working my way down each one, a colour band at a time. I definitely had an adjustment period, at first I hated spinning from a batt but it got smoother as I went along.

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When it was done I had 3 bobbins of singles, each one in the right sequence so that when I plied them back I would recreate the gradient. I feel like the bobbins look progressively better, top to bottom, as I got used to spinning from a batt.

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My clumsy navajo plying (really need to practice that!).

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My finished yarn, all wound up! 288 yards of a wildly inconsistent yarn, ranging from worsted to sport.

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After much angst and Ravelry-searching, I settled on a pattern called the ‘Quaker stretch’ which is intended to be forgiving of inconsistent handspun, and also helps max our your yardage because the pattern calls for large needles and is designed to let you knit until you run out of yarn.

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The pattern shows off the gradient beautifully!

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A mindless, easy knit, mostly accomplished in the car on the way to NYC over the Labour Day weekend, I would definitely make another one. Ravelry project page here.

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Book Launch! Rebrand! ZZzzzz…..

The Blue Brick has been overdue for an overhaul, and what better time to do it than on the day that I launch the book?

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It’s got a new logo, a new look and a new focus; trying to bring some of the things I am the most passionate about to the forefront of the design.

You will notice that the photography link just goes to the ‘About Me’ page. Bear with me; I’m trying to figure out exactly what I want to say here, and since photography is such a huge part of my life, I want to say it right.

If you ordered an upgrade, or a pre-sale, you will get your book in your inbox today :) I promise to everyone before 5pm EST.

Thank you everyone for all the kind words of support as I inundated you with book related stuff. Thank you to everyone who couldn’t give a hoot less about resin and wondered what I was knitting or weaving… there are some very fun things to share in the next few days.

It’s 1am…. time for ZZZzzzz…..

PS – Contest! It was so hard to pick one, all the entries were so inspiring and beautiful! At the end I had to choose one, and I have chosen this beautiful entry from Candi:

The cover is gorgeous! I absolutely adore your first book and can’t wait for this 2nd edition. I was actually thinking lately of something meaningful I could preserve forever in resin in a beautiful piece of jewelry and realized I had the perfect thing… my husband is Jewish and during our wedding we had the traditional breaking of glass, I have many tiny shards of gorgeous jewel toned glass and I think some would look wonderful in a resin pendant or ring.

Wouldn’t jewel-toned glass be stunning in resin? Candi, please contact me to claim your prize, and if you do end up making jewellery from your wedding I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to see it!

Last Day of Pre-Sales, Upgrades and Contest!!

The book is out tomorrow! If you have already contacted me re: an upgrade, or purchased a presage, you will get your book in your inbox tomorrow morning. Today is the last day for you to exercise your upgrade option (for owners of the book) or the pre-sale option (at the discounted price) before the book launches tomorrow! Today I wanted to share an email that just made my little artist heart sing–

Shireen,
I wanted to thank you again for all of the help your first book provided me with. I’m selling my jewelry now! A local winery has my jewelry in their gift shop on consignment and has sold several pieces already! Also, me Etsy shop is set up and I had my first sell last night! I’m still on a happy high!
I’ll be scrambling this weekend to find the last remaining flowers of the season. It’s already getting chilly in Virginia!
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
Amanda

That email gave me the warm fuzzies for sure! You can check out Amanda’s gorgeous work on her Etsy site.

Here are some of the other great things artists have had to say about the book:

“I must say that I am blown away at the detail you go into for understanding the processes and the beautifully colorful step by step instructions for how to attain an amazing finished result. You answer my immediate questions within the first five pages and then “wow” me with the projects and finesse my mind around all of those mysterious nuances that left me in the dark before looking at your book. This is more than a book; it is a work of art. Two thumbs up. Thank you very much!!
~Susan

“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

“The only book on resin I have seen that covers how to prepare organic material for incorporating into resin jewellery. A great resource.”
~Rosemary

“I love the pics you have posted and am so eager to see this 2nd edition! I am waiting eagerly – knowing there are some really good things to come!! It’s like Christmas in September!!”
~Aims

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful book, I absolutely love it!!!!”
~TP

Ok, and I promise this is the LAST time you will have to look at Obligatory Books stuff.
PS – Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a free printed copy!

~ 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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Off to the Press!

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

The book went to print last night, so I’m pretty stoked =D I’m excited to be through all the stages of writing, pouring resin, editing, photography and processing – this definitely feels like it’s been a huge task. I would have never gotten there without my brilliant editor Leslie Ordal and my generous proof reader Rayna (psst! Head on over to Rayna’s new blog to check out her awesome, free sock pattern!).

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Today I wanted to show off another project from the book that was inspired by my work in polymer clay. For those of you who are familiar, this is very similar to the ‘sutton slice technique’ and allows you to get a very fine resin detail that you can then  incorporate into pendants, rings, whatever you like!

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

It’s a little more time-intensive than some of the other projects, but the results are so unique, and absolutely worth it.

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

PS – Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a free printed copy!

~ 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:

Etsy

craftsy

 

Faux Enamel Jewelry

Resin Jewellery, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

One of the things that really differentiates my new book from its predecessor is the focus on using pigments. I included several projects that cover how to use resin dyes, resin pigments, acrylic inks, and inclusions (such as my faux opal effect).

Resin Jewellery, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

This project has nothing by dyed resin, no flowers, no inclusions. It just uses dye, resin and open rings to create a faux enamel look. Out of all the new material, I think this was the one I was proudest of because it’s so fun, so versatile and produces such bright, colourful results.

Resin Jewellery, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

The jewelry you can create with this technique ranges from playful….

Resin Jewellery, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

To classy.

Resin Jewellery, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

It can be subtle…

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Or crazy!

Resin Jewellery, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Definitely one of the most fun projects to create and shoot!

PS – Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a free printed copy!

~ 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:

Etsy

craftsy

The Perfect Dandelion

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Just a photo today of my latest dandelion pendant, made in a 25mm spherical mold so it’s not like hanging a golfball off your neck–it’s quite wearable.

I saw this dandelion, tiny and perfect, while Tito and I were visiting my parents. I had to run back to the car for a tupperware container (good thing I had one!) to protect it on the way home. It always pays to keep tupperware in the car!

Using Transparencies in Resin

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition ©Shireen Nadir 2014

One of the new projects covered in my updated resin book is how to use printed elements in your resin, not only regular xerox prints, but prints on transparent sheets (such as film, or acetate). The advantage of transparent prints is that you can really play with colour, either by adding it to the original print, or by using dyes in the resin (another project that I also cover!).

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I’ve even used my own instagram images with resin to create photo-jewellery…

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…as well as clipart

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…and my own photographs

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This particular project is done on a bangle mold, so it also covers how to pour, sand and finish a bangle for a perfect result, as well as where to buy bangle molds and the sellers that I’ve gotten the best results from.

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As of today there is only one week left to take advantage of either my upgrade option, for folks who own a book, or my pre-sale option, which gives you the e-book at a discounted price, read on!

PS – Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a free printed copy!

~ 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:

Etsy

craftsy

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