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I realize that it has been a long time since I have done any posting.  I hope to catch you up with the new creations that I have been working on.

First off, JustBarrettes.com is no longer just barrettes.  I still make barrettes and enjoy doing so greatly but I have gotten into doing other pieces of jewelry.  I have added pins, earrings and necklaces to my site.  Please take the time to look at them.

I got into doing necklaces because of all of the wonderful rocks my husband collected for me last December when he was in Nevada.  He and his Dad went out into the desert near Scotty’s Junction and collected 25 pounds of Apache Tears.  After spending at least 6 months figuring out the best way to polish them, I succeeded and had to find ways to show case these unique stones.  The Apache Tears are really volcanic glass, which makes most of them translucent.  Like many stones, no two are alike.   

I have been learning new techniques for wire-wrapping and mounting the stone.  I have started to use those techniques to create some really stunning barrettes that will be posted soon.

I have been in my craft room creating something other the a bigger mess!  I have learned how to make puffy hearts for necklaces.  Thank you Debbie of Artistic Ambitions for teaching me.  I took it one step further and cut them in half to make some really cute barrettes.  I have two baking and when they are cooled I will have them pose for pictures.

I have been working on ideas for mini-masks.  I joined a swap where I send in 10 masks for each group that I sign up for and get 10 different masks back.  The mask are to be no larger the 3 inches by 3 inches, which are perfect for  barrettes.  I have ideas for the two groups that I have signed up for.  I have the canes done for one group.  I haven’t figured out yet but I think that that group will be fairy masks.  I will be doing a group of Comedia Del Arte masks as well.  I am not sure which characters that I will use but I am thinking of doing Harlequin.  But who knows,  El Doctore and Pantalone may show up.

Well I should go check the oven and make sure nothing is over cooking!

Both of these barrettes are from the same combination of alcohol inks.  The first one I decided not to trim with copper clay.  I like how it looks.  The leaves seem to blend together with just a little bit of white to separate them.

This barrette has the copper clay trim.  I think that it looks more finished then the first.  You see both of the leaves and they don’t seem to blend together.

This is one of the new fall leaves barrettes that I made.  I colored the white clay with three different colors of alcohol inks and added a copper additive (also alcohol ink).  The texture is done by pressing some of the leaves that mother nature drops in my back yard at this time of the year.

I am thinking of doing other barrettes with different colors of alcohol inks.  I can even add different additives like pearl, gold or silver.  I might even do some and add snow flakes to them.

Well, I have it all done and ready to wear.  The glass beads add a dimension to the barrette that just the flowers does not.

I like that the flowers still show through very well.  The glass beads create a muted look, like you where looking through a rain covered window.  I am thinking of other designs that I can use the glass beads one to create other effects.


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