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Silkscreens and Chameleon Pens!

Working with Chameleon Pens and Silkscreens

 A cool black and white tribal pendant with pops of color from Chameleon pens!

A cool black and white tribal pendant with pops of color from Chameleon pens!

I have really enjoyed exploring with Tonja's silkscreens in the studio lately!  I thought I would show you are very simple and eye catching way to create a "coloring book" style pendant.  I used Chameleon Pens (which are pricey) but I really like the way I can apply control in tiny spaces and still get that great translucence of alcohol inks!  

  1. Create a white pendant of your choice and use a silkscreen from Tonja's Treasures using black paint.
  2. Bake your pendant on the clay's recommended setting and allow to cool.
  3. The Chameleon pens are alcohol ink based pens with a small nib and a large nib on each pen.  
  4. Use the small nib for coloring in little details and the large nib for the larger spaces.  
  5. You can color in as much as you like- or leave a bit of white to give some great contrast.

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Workshop demo! Silkscreens from Tonja's Treasures!

Learn how I used Tonja's silkscreens and some alcohol inks to make this beautiful Window Pendant!

SUPPLY LIST

  1. Small amount of black clay for the little bail and some white clay for the rest of the pendant- I use Premo
  2. Alcohol inks in your choice of colors- no more than 4 so it doesn't get muddy
  3. Silkscreen from Tonja's Treasures    ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/tonjastreasures )
  4. Ink Pads and Ink Stamper tool made by Tim Holtz- you can use others if you like
  5. Black Acrylic Paint
  6. Clay cutter in your choice of shape.  I used a large oval.

***I am making a different color than the one pictured above***

  1.  Condition white clay and run through your pasta machine to remove bubbles.  Thin it down to level four.
  2. Place ink pads on stamper and carefully dab colors onto the pad in a random fashion.
  3. Apply this all over your white clay sheet until covered as you desire.  
  4. Allow at least one or two hours to dry.
  5. Once dry place your silkscreen over the inked clay sheet- be sure to smooth out any air bubbles
  6. Apply a small amount of acrylic paints- smooth the paint over the entire silkscreen.  I use my fingers but you may also an old credit card.  
  7. Clear off all excess paint on silkscreen and then remove the silkscreen.
  8. Allow to dry.
  9. Use your cutter to punch out your pendant shape and then mount onto a thicker sheet of clay.  
  10. Attach your little black or white bail and voila!

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Behind the Scenes with Charleston Clay Jewelry and Studio!

A Glimpse of How I Create My Designs!

One of the many things I love about what I do is that I get to inspire others to create as well.  It's not often that artists share how they come up with their exclusive designs but I hope to give you a look into my brain......warning- this could get scary!  Most of my designs come to me in a dream, yes I know this sounds weirdly prophetic, but it's true!  I don't always sketch before I begin the actual creation process, many times I sketch as I go and the design just begins to appear!

  So it usually begins with an idea and some simple sketches (very simple).  Right now I'm working on a geometric design neck piece.  I decide on varying sized triangles.  This particular design I am dreaming up as I go....

So it usually begins with an idea and some simple sketches (very simple).  Right now I'm working on a geometric design neck piece.  I decide on varying sized triangles.  This particular design I am dreaming up as I go....

  Here you see the clay in the beginning of "bone building" I call it!  These little slabs will be the back of my finished piece.

Here you see the clay in the beginning of "bone building" I call it!  These little slabs will be the back of my finished piece.

  At this point I'm adding some long tube beads and I'm deciding to go with a soft color pallete and a pottery like finish- definitely need to add some earrings too!

At this point I'm adding some long tube beads and I'm deciding to go with a soft color pallete and a pottery like finish- definitely need to add some earrings too!

  A little closer view of the texturing on the back.

A little closer view of the texturing on the back.

  So here it's starting to look like a real necklace.  Added some cool geometric earrings and proper measurements for my finished piece.  Hmmmm.... still not sure about the clasp.

So here it's starting to look like a real necklace.  Added some cool geometric earrings and proper measurements for my finished piece.  Hmmmm.... still not sure about the clasp.

  Here are the fired and bathed pieces- I decided to make some textured beads as well.  I think I'm going to need them for the overall length.  I went with a stone gray, a periwinkle blue, some soft peach and white.  I hand blended to achieve my colors.

Here are the fired and bathed pieces- I decided to make some textured beads as well.  I think I'm going to need them for the overall length.  I went with a stone gray, a periwinkle blue, some soft peach and white.  I hand blended to achieve my colors.

  I thought a little carving on the tube beads would add some interest!  Then I went over them with gilders paste to really showcase the texture.  

I thought a little carving on the tube beads would add some interest!  Then I went over them with gilders paste to really showcase the texture.  

  Woohoo!  Now we are getting somewhere! I gave these a pop of creamy white to showcase the textures.  I also added some interest with little pearls on each bead- you can see the earrings now too!

Woohoo!  Now we are getting somewhere! I gave these a pop of creamy white to showcase the textures.  I also added some interest with little pearls on each bead- you can see the earrings now too!

  So here is the finished set.  Complete with silver spacer beads and the earrings are hung on sterling plated silver hoops!  I went with a silver toggle clasp to complete it.

So here is the finished set.  Complete with silver spacer beads and the earrings are hung on sterling plated silver hoops!  I went with a silver toggle clasp to complete it.

  An up close of the little textured beads and the hand carved tube beads.  Such a fun wearable art set.  I hope you enjoyed watching me build the bones of my design!  Perhaps it sparked a new passion in you!

An up close of the little textured beads and the hand carved tube beads.  Such a fun wearable art set.  I hope you enjoyed watching me build the bones of my design!  Perhaps it sparked a new passion in you!

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