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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Simply Pretty Stuff Workshop In The News In Ligonier, PA

Stone Infusion Gem and Jewelry Workshop In The News At Allegory Gallery, Ligonier, PA

A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to hold one of my workshops at The Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA.  Students learned how to make, or replicate, mineral and gem pieces, and create costume jewelry pieces in some wonderful texture and color combinations. By using Amazing Crafting Products, the group made molds, colored and used special resins and paint with pearly mica powders, like alumidust, to make pieces like these.

While we were busy working, we had a visit from the local newspaper photographer.  That was tons of fun.  You can see the article and picture at the following link...

Here are a few pictures of the students and their awesome work!

The Altered Doll Meet Up

Altered Dolls: The Firefly Girls
A Meet and Greet, So To Speak

This has been a meeting in the making for quite some time now, where East girls drive West, and Northern girls drive South to connect in a Pennsylvania town, rich with both history and art, at the foothills of the Laurel Mountains.

I met up with my two art sisters, Kat Stromecki and Deb Petronio from the East Aurora area of NY in Ligonier, PA, for a weekend of catch up and to share a project that we all had been working on.

Deb generally enjoys the art of altering object,s giving them a bit of Steampunk flair.  Kat enjoys collage and journaling, with a personal interest in creating one's life stories on paper.  Here are some samples of their work...



Several months ago, Kat sent us Ebay "Donna Dolls" so that we could have at it for giving them a new home and personality.  The challenge was to complete our makeovers and meet up for the unveiling of our three altered girls, The Firefly Girls, for the very first time. Here they are!

The girls were all very different and, as far as we could tell, all had a very good time.  So did the grown up art girls for sure : -)  Here are a few more candid shots of the weekend in Ligonier, PA!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Filling Shotgun Shells with AMAZING Colors and Resin Layers

Filling Shotgun Shells with AMAZING Colors and Resin Layers

Hi everyone! Here with another fun tutorial as part of the Amazing Crafting Product Design Team– this time using Amazing Crafting Products casting resins. I recycle and use shotgun shells in some of my creative mixed media designs, which make perfect bezels for this project.

I thought I would add a bit of colored Amazing Casting Resin, followed with a doming layer of Amazing Clear Cast Resin, to sandwich a pretty little heart between the layers in a bezel. I love how the colored resin provides a beautiful background for my brass charms and rhinestone pieces. Take a look at a few of these samples, then watch the video below for complete instructions for making the shotgun shell heart ring.

Layering and Filling Shotgun Shell Bezels with
Amazing Casting Resins and Colorant... a video tutorial.

Trouble viewing the video???
Please CLICK HERE to jump and view on YouTube.

Things you will need to make this project include: Amazing Clear Cast Resin (clear doming resin); Amazing Casting Resin (fast setting opaque resin); Alumilite Dye (your choice of colors); ring or pendant bezel; wooden jig or clothes pins (2); and a small charm to fit the bezel.

What items would you embed
and a recycled shotgun bezel?

I look forward to creating other precious gems using Amazing Crafting Products, and would love if you would let us know how this technique works for you too! Please share what you make with Amazing Crafting Products on our website in the User Gallery.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Shared "Heart For Art" Project Between Pennsylvania's Allegory Gallery and Simply Pretty Stuff

Shared Heart For Art

I really enjoy my art journey which has connected me with so many others, outside of my already EXTRAORDINARY universe of family and friends.

One cherished friendship, forged since this awesome art journey of mine began, was with artist, writer, and the mojo behind The Allegory Gallery, in Ligonier, PA, Andrew Thornton.

Do you know how it is sometimes, when you think that somewhere, somehow, you already know a person, but yet you've just met?  That has happened with several art friends, and to this list add Andrew, and later, his partner Will.  

A couple years ago Andrew hosted artist Gail Crossman Moore in his studio for some workshops and show.  I had always admired her enamel work and thought I would sign up.  I did, met Andrew, and took the class with Gail.  Everything clicked.  Gail and I are now treasured art sisters, and because of that workshop day, I also met another kindred art soul who lives in my own back yard, Carol Dee Wingfield Myers.  

My universe has grown oh, so much, and such wonderful, fabulous, and exciting new ways.

So far, this little story has been heartfelt and heartastic.  However, there is a real artful heart piece here too.  During one of our visits, Andrew gifted me a handheld polymer heart.  It was sculpted and painted, and I knew it would come to have a greater artful purpose.  

We plotted exchange!  Alter the heart, then give it back.  Alter it again and return it.  Volley the heart and create, create, create.  How fun is that? 

So far, we began with a painted polymer sculpture, cold connected a simple piece, played with more polymer clay and a taxidermy style eye, added a hand, molded with Amazing Mold Rubber, colorants and Casting Resin, accented with a 20 gauge shotgun shell, and attached a few blonde ringlets.  

 And I can't wait to see what happens when we meet again.

How are you connected to the people in YOUR universe?  Maybe share a heartful, artful, project of your own... :-)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

AMAZING Fabulous Faux's

Fabulous Faux Gem's Using Amazing Mold Putty and Casting Resin

Hello everyone! Lynne Suprock here, loving life with my new Amazing Casting Resin and Amazing Mold Putty from Amazing Crafting Products

With all the choices of additives to create shimmer, like the Alumidust powders, Alumilite Dyes and Metallic Powders from Amazing Crafting Products – I just can't seem to make up my mind as to what combinations to use... so I lost control! That said, I just decided to have brilliant fun, making all of these in a few evenings.

Can you spot the REAL gem jewelry
pieces in each of the rows?

Happy Crafting! 

Please visit my blog "Simply Pretty Stuff" to see more of my creations. Lynne
CLICK HERE to view my upcoming workshop schedule where you can join me in person.
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