Monday, June 29, 2009

Second Tim Holtz Class

The second class we took was titled "Idea-ology Intrigue". It was a jewelry making class. This first piece was made using an Ornate Plate for the base. We had pre-cut ovals of cardboard in our kits. We covered the cardboard with a dictionary page and glued the oval in the back of the Ornate Plate. We used Glossy Accents for the glue. The flowers/leaves are the Foliage flowers/leaves. We painted them whatever color we wanted. While the paint was wet, we dabbed it off with a paper towel. This gave the metal a great shabby finish. I used at least two colors on all of my Foliage pieces. We used the Long Fasteners to attach the Foliage wherever we liked. We put the Mini Fasteners in the holes at the ends of the ornate plates.
I turned my piece 90 degrees and added the jump rings to attach the Link Chain. It's really a very pretty piece. You could wear it with the link chain. If you wanted you could leave off the link chain and attach the piece to a journal or book cover.

We glued a picture to the back of the Keyhole. We used a Hitch Fastener as a hanger for the Word Key. There's a Washer with a Jump Ring behind the Long Fastener (on the back) at the top of the Keyhole. I think the keys are too big for this project and things look a little out of proportion and heavy.

Here's the first step for project 3. We used the 1 x 1" Ranger Memory Glass and Frames. We were given some sheet music for the background, some little license plates and words to collage on the 1 x 1" square. We sandwiched the collage between a piece of clear and frosted Memory Glass. Then we inserted the collage sandwich into the frame. I painted on my collage a little too to add more color.

Next we affixed a Corner using red line tape. I'm not so sure how good the red line tape will be over a long period of time. We attached the charm wings using the same red line tape. We used two Sprocket Gears, two Game Spinners and a Long Fastener to make the hanging thing. It was attached with the Jump Rings.

This photo is washed out, but it shows the completed project. Before we put the Corner on the Memory Frame, we attached a Jump Ring to the top link of the Memory Frame. We put the Swivel Clasp through the Jump Ring and then hooked a Trinket Pin to the top. I really like the look of this, but I don't know how sturdy it is. I wouldn't wear it - maybe attach part of it to a book or journal cover.

This is a bracelet using the Bead Chain, two sizes of Link Chain and Ball Chain. We were supposed to twist up the chains or braid them. We used a jump ring through the fastener on the ball chain and attached the two link chains on the same jump ring. Then we closed the jump ring around the steel between two of the beads on the bead chain. We did sort of the same thing on the other end and added a Muse Token. To make this pretty, you'd need to take more time to braid the chain, add more charms etc.

This is the final project. We used Charm Fragments. We put Glossy Accents on the back of the Charm Fragment and kind of smooshed the fragment around on the picture to spread the Glossy Accents and get rid of air bubbles. We cut around the charms as close as we could. Then we flipped them over and used the Sanding Block to sand off the parts of the pictures that were still sticking out of the charm. This worked pretty well. In real life, I would probably seal the backs with Glossy Accents.

This is a photo of the completed necklace. We attached the Charm Fragments and other charms provided in the kit to the Link Chain using Jump Rings.

Here's a close-up of one side.
Here's a close up of the other side.
My favorite projects were the first and the last. I really liked the Foliage painted. It really looked old and shabby chic. I really liked using the Charm Fragments to make custom charms! This class was about 4 hours and the time flew by!
More later!


  1. Oh, wow! These are incredible! I am jealous!!!! Hope you had a wonderful time!

  2. You are making some wonderful pieces in your classes. I would so love to take one of his classes. I am sure there is a wait list a mile long. I would so love to be paid to make things like he is:)

    Enjoy your time there!