All posts by Lacie Gracelyn

Artist Spotlight: Allesio Gila

In this business we have been so fortunate to meet and build relationships with amazing artists. Among those is the inspired Alessio Gila, creator of Yargo Creations. Alessia has many talents, but his specialty lies in Polymer Clay artwork. You can read an earlier blog we featured in May, introducing Yargo Creations.

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Being a loyal customer, Alessio recently tested some of our glitters on a new project he was working on, and came up with some wonderful findings!

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When dealing with Polymer Clay, it is best to start by following the strict directions for oven temperature and maximum bake time. Alessio found that with a temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit for only 30 minutes, most of the glitters came out perfect!

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There is some slight color change with the lighter or pastel glitters (such as green), and blues and reds tend to shift colors entirely when in the oven for longer periods of time in a higher degree of heat. For some, this may be a desired effect and can look very neat when mixed with other colors!

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For work with Resin, there is no baking involved, it hardens at ambient temperatures. Even though no heat is applied, there was still some color change as with the polymer clay. Alessio stressed the importance of using a cured resin rather than an uncured epoxy resin. He also found that it made a difference to use a water based paint to coat the piece after the resin hardens.

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No matter what the result in color, the shimmer and beauty of the glitters was not at all lost in the process. One of the major appeals of Polymer Clay and Resin, is that you can shape them in any way that you want, and make them any size that suits your needs.

Alessio has an eye for jewelry and noted that the pieces he made would be wonderful on a necklace or bracelet. This is just one of the many great projects you can use our German Glass Glitter for. Let us know how your latest project is going, and how you used our glitters (or other products) to bring your imagination to life!

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Spotlight: Deb Collins Kidwell

It is with great honor that we introduce Deb Collins Kidwell. A woman of great depth, Deb is a breeder of American Mammoth Jackstock, which is the donkey breed started by George Washington.

Kidwell Blog Deb“American Mammoth Jackstocks are the biggest donkeys in the world….that is me with one of my 2 year olds….and I am 5’7″ tall in my bare feet!” – Deb Collins Kidwell

Along with owning and running Lake Nowhere Mule and Donkey Farm, she writes a monthly article for Western Mule Magazine and was on a NPR radio show about donkeys and mules for several years.

In her spare time (I’m not sure how she has any!), Deb creates imaginative Retablos that bring these endangered animals (there are only 2,000 left in the world) into the spotlight.

Her pieces of art tell a story with a sense of humor and display wonderful workmanship!

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“This Mount Vernon retablos was created with terra textures for a ‘path’, ‘grass’ and I used lots of glass glitter as well. The piece is only 4″ X 6″.”

Deb starts by repurposing a 1940’s-1960’s vintage cedar box (meant for jewelry or some other small items).

She then uses Meyer Miniatures, Terra Textures and glass glitter to create a scene.

Many of her boxes include phrases or writings that allow her to incorporate a message for the viewer to read.

With so much factory production in today’s world, it is refreshing to see such lovely hand-made pieces.

These are truly inspirational and remind the world that Donkeys are an important part of our history and of the earth.

We are so happy that we can provide Deb with the supplies to make these inventive creations, and hope to see more!

If you have a project you’d like to share, send us a message so we can get to know you and your crafting passions.

Thanks Deb for sharing your designs with us!

 

Kidwell Blog Moon“This little Donkey Jumped Over the Moon retablos is 3″ X 5″ and is part of a line of little Mexican silver donkey Milagros Retablos. Each one has a donkey in it somewhere and in this case, it’s the one jumping over the moon!”

Kidwell Blog supplies“Here are some of the goats and little donkeys I received from Meyer Imports recently and they are perfect!”

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Take an Interest in our Pinterest!

Pinterest-PIXWe have recently taken more time to build our Pinterest account, and you have to check out our many great Pins! Most of our Boards have original content right from our website! So when you find something on our site that you really like, Pin it!

We have 9 different types of Glitter and beads, each with their own Board for easy organizing. We also feature Boards from our Miniature Shoppe including Railroad, Dollhouse, Fairy Garden, Gnome Home, Flowers, Hearts and many more!

Our pins are labeled with the title and part number of the item so it couldn’t be easier for you to find exactly what you’re looking for on our website.

Not only do we have hundreds of pins from our own inventory, but we have Boards with great ideas for crafts with glitter, Fairy Garden and Gnome Home projects and even ways to make Dollhouse pieces!

It’s not all business though. We like to share an appreciation for great Art, cute animals and clever little ditties about Glitter! Take a look, browse through our many Boards and Pins and most of all, Enjoy!

On special: American Girl Shoes

gold shoesruby shoes We recently opened a special “Outlet Store” on our site to offer closeout pricing on select items from our collections. This is one of those specials and we have very limited quantities, but new items are added all the time!

Whether you’re a doll lover or have family and friends that love dolls, there is no depink and blacknying their miniature appeal.

The unlimited amount of tiny accessories out there can be a bit overwhelming.

 While wee can not help you will all the items you might need for your American Girl Dolls, we can help with their Shoes! On top of that, the closeout prices for our doll shoes (American Girl sized dolls) cannot be beat.

 Not only are they very inexpensive, but the styles of shoes and boots we carry are fashion forward.

 Click here to see all of our SALE shoes. On this page we also have several other doll accessories that might suit your fancy!

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