Archives for September 2010

Polymer Clay Day 90: Trust Pendant

Back to clay after a bottle cap pendant adventure. Still playing with paper on clay. I think this effect is adorable.

On the topic of trust, the Bible tells us much…
Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
Isaiah 26:4
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
Luke 16:10-12
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

John 14:1
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
Romans 9:33
As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Revelation 21:5
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

I highlighted the verse that stands out to me the most right now, although they all remind me that I could benefit from trusting God with complete abandon. There are several areas of my life where I kinda suck at doing so.

The Luke verse reminds me why the little things are so important. I may not think a white lie is such a big deal, but how can I expect God to entrust me with all He planned for me long ago, if I am careless with the seemingly insignificant? He is looking down on us with Love, and I want to make Him smile.

Inspired Bottle Cap Pendants


Ok. I have seen these around on various websites and at craft shows and have wanted to take a go at my own for awhile. I love the repurposed aspect of this project. Who new bottle caps could be so freaking adorable and inspiring.

These are simple to make.
1. With a hammer and nail, I made a hole in the bottle cap and stuck in a jump ring for the chain.
2. I used a one inch circle punch to cut out my paper, which fit perfectly. This made me happy since I can’t cut free hand to save a life, and doing this with cricut would have involved more paper/mat switching then I care to tackle. I used a thin layer of glossy accents by Ranger to adhere the paper circles to the inside of the bottlecaps.
3. For the words, I printed from photoshop onto cardstock, and ripped them out for a torn effect.
4. I used glossy accents for the clear hard coating, letting it dry overnight.
That is it. There are 5 million tutorials online that cover this. I used glitter in a few of them. Try stamping, shimmer mist, jewels… go nuts. Have a good ol’ time.


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Polymer Clay Day 89: Create Pendant

Loving paper + clay!! I am making several pendants for a convention Saturday, where I will be selling my handmade treasures. This one is coated with Krylon Triple Thick. I love it’s hard, shiny glass-like effect. There are several candidates that work well for producing the same look, but I am thinking this is my favorite. I like to spray. Paint brushes leave strokes, at least when used by me.

Giveaway coming soon. Meant to do one at 200 posts, but I am a busy, distracted bee. Blessings and love…

Polymer Clay Day 88: Believe Some More

More delicious paper and clay. This time I used origami paper I had from that phase. I am much better at adorning clay beads with it than I am folding it into intricate forms. WAY better. My niece Ashlyn literally thinks in origami. She can fold anything into anything. My favorite thing is to go to a restaurant with her where the tablecloth is paper. Amazing things happen, and waitstaff stand in awe. I love you, Ashlyn ๐Ÿ™‚

To-the-TOP Tuesday
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Polymer Clay Day 87: Paper Embellished Wire Wrap "BELIEVE" Pendant

This is a piece I did for Sarah! She wanted me to incorporate “Believe” into a pendant, and wanted it a similar style to the “Imagine” pendant from a couple of posts ago. I placed three beads and three wire wraps in symbolism of the trinity. Ok, now some things on belief…

John 20:27-29 “Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!’ ‘My Lord and my God!’ Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.'” NLT

Ephesians 2:8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. -This one is a favorite of mine. It was huge in my coming to Christ, as it was the first time I realized I couldn’t earn eternal life through my own good works. In other words, that being a good person, while nice, wouldn’t save me. Christ’s death on the cross was the missing piece. I don’t have to earn it (in fact I can’t earn it), and I can’t lose it.

I get like this on Sundays when I have been to an excellent worship service. Found my new church home today! Sherwood Oaks in Bloomington.

TUTORIAL: Altered Vintage Pendant; Dimensional Dream

I found this charm with a big wanna be diamond filling the entire oval. I removed the shiny plastic jewel with pliers leaving the oval frame. Then I just cut scrapbook paper to size, put a dab of “Glossy Accents” by ranger on the back to adhere the paper to the oval.

I tore a piece of cream colored card stock, place a transparent “dream” sticker on it, and again used a thin layer of glossy accents to adhere it to the oval cut scrapbook paper (mod podge for paper would work well here too – I like glossy accents cause it dries super fast, and has a precision applicator which makes it less messy). I placed transparent red flower stickers above “dream”, and filled in the piece with glossy accents for the domed, clear, glass like clear cover. I let that dry for 24 hours and place the pendant on an 18 inch black cord. You could use resin or 2 part epoxy for this clear hard cover, but I think glossy accents is far less fussy and just as lovely. Just my 2 cents. I hear diamond glaze is another option, but have not used it yet, so cannot comment as to its effectiveness.

Polymer Clay Day 86: Paper Embellished Wire Wrap Pendant

More clay wrapped in paper! Loving this. Gotta go. More to come. Creation mode, not much for describing at this moment ๐Ÿ™‚ You know I will share my techniques freely with joy. Have a wonderful Friday…

Polymer Clay Day 85: Imagine What You Would if You Knew God Held You

I am having fun with paper in my clay projects this week. I have been a bad little blogger about tutorials. I just got kinda… distracted. Tomorrow we will have fun creating a lovely piece from paper scraps and polymer clay. Until then, be well!

Thursday Blog Hops…

The Two Savvy Sisters

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Polymer Clay Day 84: This is Me Being Good

I am wordless. Sweet Dreams.

Recipe Box; Busted to Beautiful

Here is what I did today. I got this tin recipe box for $1 at a garage sale. I went at it with embossing powder, scrapbook paper and a rocking drawer pull to give it a grungy retro look. Goes great with my kitchen, if you remember the table and chairs a few posts back. Painting the walls now, pics to come!!