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New Tutorial & Bead Kit

I’m having a fabulous time with my new “Monica’s Pop of Color” series!

My newest tutorial for “Monica’s Pop of Color in Light Teal” is now available!

Some of the beads for this design are a bit hard to find, so I’m offering a bead kit, too. A printed tutorial is included with the kit AND I include a few extra of every type of bead. Nothing is more frustrating than making something from a kit only to find one broken bead has ruined your pattern, right? That won’t happen here.

I’m offering introductory pricing for the instant download tutorial as well as the kit. Prices will change later this month.

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Back to work for me. I have two more tutorials to write and several new designs floating around in my head.

I hope you’re all having a fabulous week!

 

Creatively yours,

Monica

The Art of Teaching

I’m putting together my summer class proposals for the local community college where I teach. I feel so fortunate, so blessed, so valued when I’m invited to teach. This is what I LOVE!

Speaking of teaching… This week I had a bit of a disappointing educational experience. In this case, I was the student. (Never stop learning!) 

It was the kind of experience that made me think the focus of the lesson was on “don’t make a mistake” rather than “try and see what happens”. Once I put my emotions aside, I looked back on the situation and I realized all over again the importance of things like:

  • The value of patience
  • The power of encouragement
  • The importance of making learning FUN

I believe Albert Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

That’s my goal: to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. And I hope I don’t forget the elements of patience, encouragement and fun. They matter oh, so very much!

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.  Albert Einstein
So, my thought for today is: don’t be afraid to try something new. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Try. Learn. Repeat. That’s how we succeed, right?

Have you tried something new today?
Creatively yours,

Monica

Design Notes

With every design I think, “Oh, I’ll remember that” … and with every design I’m usually quite wrong.

It took me a while to establish a system that was a) convenient b) accurate and c) useful for me once some time had passed. I’m happy to share some of my secrets here with you.

My primary documentation tool is my smart phone. Truly, my childhood dream came true when modern technology made it simple to have a camera, calendar, computer, clock, phone, flashlight and more — all in one device that fits in a pocket.

With my phone, I photograph and video all the glorious details of learning a new braid or making a new design. I get it all: before, during and after.

My process is simple:

  1. Photograph the materials
  2. Photograph the setup
  3. Make a simple ‘reminder video’ as I braid so I remember the sequence
  4. Photograph the finished braid
  5. Write down the numbers (# of warps, # of ends in a warp, tama weight, counter weight, width of finished piece … any number that seems significant)
  6. Note anything that should be done differently the next time
  7. Put it all together in a folder
  8. Back up the data
  9. Print out the details (offline references come in handy)

I recently learned a square 8-warp Kaku Yatsu braid. My design notes look like this (click on an image to get more info) …

 

I also made a very short reminder video of the move sequence on the marudai. My reminder videos are very brief but I find them super helpful. I encourage you to document your own design journey so you can have an objective view of your growth as an artist.

Once I removed the braid from the marudai, I took some close-up photos in natural light. This photo set shows the braid detail and gives a better idea of the colors.

I have not yet turned this piece into jewelry. When I do, I’ll photograph the finished ends and any embellishments. I’ll also note details on the findings.

Ba da bing! Ba da boom! That’s all there is to it.

With these handy notes, I’ll never completely forget how to make an 8-warp Kaku Yatsu braid.

I hope you find some of this helpful as you document your own creative fun. If you have helpful tips or suggestions, please share.

 

Creatively yours,

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IT’S FINISHED!

Strike up the band! My Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet tutorial is FINISHED! Woo-hooo!

Now available in my Etsy shop: a detailed 22-page PDF digital tutorial for making Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelets.

Now available in my Etsy shop: a detailed 22-page PDF digital tutorial for making Multi-Wrap Memory Wire Beaded Kumihimo Bracelets.

I’m offering an introductory price of $8, which I think is pretty good deal for a tutorial that has:

  • 22 pages
  • detailed instructions
  • 30 instructional images
  • easy-to-read type
  • a clean, professional look

I’m also offering a special little something else. I do this for my class handouts and it’s been quite successful. Presuming I’m not breaking an Etsy policy, the special little something works like this:

  1. You have 7 days from the date of purchasing the tutorial to be the first person to report any typographical error to me via an Etsy conversation.
  2. The first person to report each error will win a reward. In this case, the reward can be a $5 refund OR a free tube of beads (winner pays shipping).
  3. If you find more than one error — and you are the first to report each error —  you earn more than one reward ($5 refund AND beads; or one tube of beads AND free shipping anywhere in the US).

Hurry and buy your copy. The price goes up a bit next week.

Thanks to each and every one of you who have waited patiently for this labor of love. I truly enjoy writing tutorials, even though my persnickety self edits and re-edits until even I am annoyed.

Creatively yours,

Monica

Final Prototypes

I fiddle. I modify. I tweak.

I delay.

Delays aren’t always bad.

I wasn’t procrastinating. I know this because I can procrastinate very well and this just wasn’t one of those times.

I just wasn’t done. I knew it could be better. And face it, I’m persnickety. (It’s ok. I know I am.)

Beaded kumihimo memory wire bracelet by Monica K Campbell, EdM.

I was nearly finished with the technique tutorial and what did I do? I made a major modification.

Major.

Ah, now it’s good. Now I really like it.

And I’m nearly done re-photographing and re-writing the tutorial. Again. I’m not ready to tell you how many times I’ve done this.

Persnickety can be annoying (ask my family). But it can also be good.

Beaded kumihimo memory wire bracelet in "Lavender & More Mix #3" by Monica K Campbell, EdM.

So, what do you think?

 

Creatively yours,

monicaKcampbell

Tutorial: DIY Printed Art Nunn Design® Bangle Bracelet ~ Monica’s 10-Minute Method ~ Waterproof

I’m not always fast. I may be persnickety … detail-oriented … analytical … creative … organized (ha!) … but face it, oftentimes my techniques for making surprisingly durable jewelry are NOT fast. Until now.

I’m happy to share my 10-Minute Method of making a bangle in this free tutorial…

 

Step 1. Gather Materials

 

Step 2: Print image on durable jewelry paper.

Step 2: Print your digital image with a laser printer onto Monica’s Matte Jewelry Paper.

Note: Is my Matte Jewelry Paper really necessary? That depends. It is necessary if you want your bangle to be waterproof. But if you choose other paper (scrapbook paper or inkjet prints), you’ll need to seal your paper. The paper and sealer you choose will make all the difference. See my “Variations” notes at the end of this post for more info.

 

Step 3: Trim your printed art to 7.5mm wide and approximately 220mm long.

  • Test the fit of your trimmed paper by wrapping it around the bangle.
  • The trimmed paper should fit in the channel.
  • The ends of the printed paper should overlap a bit, which makes adhering the paper a bit easier to do. The true circumference of the bangle is 216mm, so I usually add about 4mm for overlap.

 

Step 4 Apply E-6000

Step 4: Apply E-6000 adhesive to the back of the trimmed paper.

Tips:

  • I prefer the mini .18-fluid-ounce E-6000 tubes. They are an easier size for me to use and I can easily squeeze a narrow line of glue on the trimmed strip. Your mileage may vary.
  • A single, solid narrow line of adhesive will be sufficient. You’ll spread it in the next step.
  • Follow all E-6000 safety precautions, such as “wear gloves” and “work in a well ventilated area”.

 

Step 5 Spread E-6000

Step 5: Spread the E-6000 with a plastic card.

One swipe of the plastic down the length of the paper, in a squeegee type of motion, will give you a smooth layer of E-6000 on the back of the paper without any dry spots or lumps.

Tips:

  • Hold the paper in place as you spread the E-6000. Don’t let the E-6000 get on the printed side of your paper. It would smear the ink and leave gummy lumps. Not an attractive look.
  • This is messy. Expect the E-6000 to smoosh off the edges of the paper and smear onto your work surface. You’ll also have a lump of adhesive under your plastic card. My favorite work surface for this is an oven liner. Seriously. In fact, I use oven liners during oodles of crafty techniques. I’ll blog about that another day.

 

Step 6: Apply the paper to the bangle.

Start by aligning one edge of the paper in the channel then use a finger to push the paper onto/around the bangle. You’ll be burnishing and applying all in one step, which ensures a smooth, bubble-free fit.

 

Step 7: Apply a non-stick clip or two where the edges of the paper overlap. Set aside to dry.

I can’t say exactly how long it will take the E-6000 to dry. I know temperature and humidity are important factors. According to the manufacturer, though, 24 – 72 hours is considered a “full dry time” for the product to be considered truly waterproof.

I tend to make bangles in the evening and usually wear them the next day (I’m so patient). The E-6000 has consistently held the paper together well enough for me. However, if you intend to immerse the bangle in water, I recommend you follow the manufacturer’s guide and wait a day or three.

 

Step 8: Congratulations! Your new bangle is finished. Enjoy!

 

If you sell jewelry at craft fairs and the like, this technique can be an easy table-filler for you. One printed sheet can yield 17 – 25 trimmed strips, depending on the art you choose and the efficiency of your trimming. I can trim and assemble 25 in an hour. That’s a fantastic creation timeframe for a hand-made product that looks amazing.

Are you curious about the art I used for the tutorial bangle? It’s one of my favorite bangles and it features part of a chromolithograph from the 1850’s. I adore the bright colors and intricate patterns. It’s from one of my favorite artists, Corinna of Piddix. You can read more about her art and why I prefer it in my Wanna Know a Secret post.

Variations:

  • My technique in this tutorial is pretty flexible. I’ve used liquid resin instead of E-6000 (still using my Matte Jewelry Paper). The resin gave the bracelet a very nice glossy effect because I coated both sides of the paper with the resin before applying it to the bangle.
  • In a previous free tutorial, I showed you how to wallpaper a Nunn Design® Bangle with liquid resin. You can modify the wallpaper technique by using E-6000 instead of liquid resin. I’ve made a few wallpapered bangles with E-6000 and so far I’m pleased with the durability.
  • One of my favorite adhesives is Glamour Glaze from Annie Howes. It’s a water-based adhesive that dries crystal clear. Soon, I’ll be experimenting with Glamour Glaze as a bangle adhesive. If you beat me to it, though, please share your experience. I love learning.
  • If you use an InkJet printer and want to try modifying my technique to make bangles from inkjet-printed art, I suggest trying Glamour Seal (another Annie Howes product). I haven’t personally tried Glamour Seal but I trust Annie. If she says it seals well, I’m sure it does.

 

Go have fun!

 

 

Creatively yours,

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Tutorial: Wallpaper a Nunn Design® Bangle Bracelet ~ Monica’s Waterproof Method

Let’s talk about vintage home decor. Specifically, wallpaper. What do you do with vintage wallpaper?  I wear mine.

It’s true. I wear wallpaper. And I love it!

What do you do with your vintage wallpaper? I wear mine.

What do you do with your vintage wallpaper? I wear mine.

As you can see from the above photo, I wallpaper a lot of bangles.

Would you like to make your own? Then this free tutorial is for you.

Here is Monica’s Waterproof Method of Making a Wallpapered Nunn Design® Bangle…

 

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Step 1. Gather Supplies:

 

Step 2: Trim Wallpaper

Step 2: Trim Wallpaper to 7.5mm wide and 216mm long.

  • Test the fit of your trimmed wallpaper by wrapping it around the bangle. Trim again as necessary.
  • The wallpaper should fit in the channel.
  • The ends of the wallpaper should touch but not overlap. Why? Because overlapped wallpaper will probably be thicker than the depth of the bangle channel.

 

Step 3: Apply Liquid Resin

Step 3: Mix liquid resin according to directions. Drip resin onto wallpaper.

Note: A pipette is optional, but is my preferred tool for applying liquid resin.
If you don’t have pipettes, I carry them here.

 

Step 4: Coat Wallpaper

Step 4: Using nitrile gloves, smear the resin all over the wallpaper until the wallpaper is completely coated.

You want the wallpaper coated, not dripping.

Note: Changing gloves after this step is a really good idea. 

 

Step 5: Align on Bangle

Step 5: Align one edge of the wallpaper on the bangle.

 

Step 6: Smooth Around Bangle

Step 6: Wrap the wallpaper around the bangle.

Starting at the first edge you aligned, use a finger to push the wallpaper onto (around) the bangle. This is really burnishing and applying all in one step, which ensures a smooth, bubble-free fit.

 

Step 7: Clip Until Dry

Step 7: Apply a non-stick clip where the edges of the wallpaper meet.Set aside to cure according to resin directions.

Note: Almost any small clip will do as long as the edge is smooth. Don’t worry about the clip leaving a dimple in the resin. You’ll touch it up in the next step.

 

Step 8: Touch Up

Step 8: Touching up can involve two stages.

A) Remove any excess dried resin from the outer surface of the bangle by gently gliding a sharp craft knife along the metal.

B) If necessary, apply fresh resin to smooth along the wallpaper seam. A cosmetic sponge can be a good applicator. Or use your finger, since you’re wearing gloves. Set aside to cure.

 

Step 9: Enjoy!

Step 9: All done! If you sealed the wallpaper thoroughly, your bangle will be waterproof. Enjoy!

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. I enjoy making and wearing the wallpapered bangles, probably because the texture of the wallpaper adds an interesting element to the bangles. Plus, they’re super fun to make.

Printable tutorials are available. Click the version you wish to use:

All the details.

Quick photo reference.

Wallpapered bangles by Monica K Campbell.

Wallpapered bangles by Monica K Campbell.

If you like this concept but don’t have any wallpaper handy, be sure to check out my next post. I’ll show you how to use printed art in your bangles. I also offer some variations to this technique that you may find helpful.

 

Creatively yours,

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