We have been doing this for many years, and we all have learned a bunch from looking at his site. So, give a “new artist” a shout out by stopping by his site (or facebook pages). Let’s shower him with “likes” to get his business launched in the right direction!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
“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!
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!
“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!”
“Here are some of the goats and little donkeys I received from Meyer Imports recently and they are perfect!”