Buying Frenzy + Experiments

Beautiful Orange Sunset Vintage Cabochons 20mm x 10mmVintage Orange Sunset OVAL Cabochons 30 MM x 21MMVintage Amber Textured Bead Findings (2)Vintage Glass Emerald Cut Cabochons in Light Rosalin 10mm x 8mmVintage Antique Gold Faceted Bead Lot 12 MMVintage  SUNSET Round Cabochons  29MM

The last thing I need is all this new stuff. Yet, when I'm tired from a long day of making, there's nothing I want more than to poke around etsy and buy pretties.

Pink Peruvian Opal 9 Stick Beads

Watermelon Tourmaline heishi gemstone beads1 full strandSmoky quartz gemstone button rondell beads WHOLE STRANDLabradorite 4mm faceted rondells with flash14" long budget strandWatermelon Tourmaline gemstone button beads full strandPetro tourmaline full strand faceted rondells autumn colorsMoonstone faceted rondells very tiny only 5 bucks for a whole 14in strandIolite heishi gemstone Very Dark blue WHOLE STRANDAquamarine faceted rondells 1 full strand
Sampler Set large hole ceramic beads (5)Mint Cream handmade stoneware beads pendant & bead caps (6)
I'm proly gonna go into a tailspin of supply panic again.

14  pieces of  beach pottery  tile 270416  pieces of terracotta beach pottery  2698

Saffron Yellow Toggle - Patinated Copper Clasp - CLP00117Ghost White Toggle - Patina Copper Clasp-CLP00121Twisted Copper Chain in Verde - CHN00135
Saffron Patina Textured Copper Chain - Large Link - CHN00144

Antique French cut metal bead strand bright gold 12 inches  trim Victorian embellishments
Antique French metal bead strand 20 inches Spring color mix blue pink purple gold

Matt finish black onyx teardrop 14x10mm, 6 pcs (item ID YWBOTS16)Hand hammered large antique brass ring aprox 20mm in diameter, 6 pcs (item ID ABX2702-0.5K)Hand hammered antique brass circle link 45mm, 6 pcs (item ID HMBCL45)Dahlia flower cabchon hot pink 12mm, 12 pcs (item ID YW07ABLP)Handmade hammered copper hoop 35x20mm, 1 pair (item ID SHCE35x20H)Hand hammered antique copper ring aprox 24mm in diameter, 8 pcs (item ID ACOR20K)Somebody please stop me.

So anyways,  today I was experimenting. I took eye pins, cheap beads, and eyeshadow that I haven't worn since the Carter administration.
 I pulled out my trusty heat gun- the kind from the hardware store not the wimpy craft store kind, and some UTEE.
And made these:
One note of warning, if you wanna try, I recommend stone of some kind. These above burned some. And here's what happened when I tried wood:

Basically, they have to handle a lot of heat and displace it evenly. I had to heat and re-heat them to get the surfaces smooth so that there wouldn't be some random glob, or at least so that the glob pointed directly downward... upward? Oh and I kept dipping them into the pink glitter over and over again, after which I had to then reheat to get it into the UTEE. I tried with some little round jaspers I'm not crazy about and they worked awesome. I'm thinking this might be a good use for all those stone chip strands folks always have lying around without any use for. Of course, then you wouldn't get the perfect rounds, but. Don't know 'til you try. 

You might end up with something really neat!


Regina said...

Great buys, and thanks for the links too.

Little Brown Sparrow said...


I love how you look outside the usual supplies and get Frankenstein with things. And I see you're just as mental for the pale pretties as I am right now! I figured it was just the return of spring gettin' me all fired up, what's your excuse? Heat exhaustion?

stregata said...

Well, a girl has to have some fun after a long day of work...
Your out-of-the-box attitude continues to delight me (although that pink eyeshadow scares me to death...)!

La Fileuse said...

Buying pretties after a busy day... I know what you mean. Well, we all know. ^^
And these pink (pink ?!) drops ! Nice experiment !

Christine Wallace said...

Great idea!!! Love your experimental energy and I love what come out of this experiment.