Saturday, June 11, 2011

Epoxy Clay

Hi all! Just wanted to show you my latest project. I recently got a great book called Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams that has tons of great ideas for how to use epoxy clay. I decided to give it a shot and here's the results of my first attempt using it. I have to say I love how flexible the clay is and how well it holds it's shape.

Brooch made from epoxy clay and pewter.

From Projects

From Projects

Saturday, March 26, 2011

What Inspires Me: Ellicott City

From Main Street, reminiscent of a quaint European village, filled with countless, beautiful antique shops, to the haunting silos and abandoned metal hospital, to the flowing streams and overflowing greenery, it is downright impossible to not be inspired by all that Ellicott City has to offer.

From Ellicott City

From Ellicott City

It is my number one place to go when gathering supplies for Dreampop Designs , with such great places to chose from like The Antique Depot, Taylor's Antique Mall , both of which have 3 floors of amazing antique finds at great prices, and the drool-worthy art nouveau items at Retropolitan . Finish the day with a fancy tea brunch at Tea on the Tiber followed by exploring and taking photos of the natural beauty of Ellicott City and that just about describes my perfect day.

And come on, how can you not find a place inspiring where you get to be the work of art!

From Ellicott City

Written by Nicole of Dreampop Designs

Friday, August 20, 2010

Each project is a new learning experience.

Tonight I completed my latest commissioned piece, a simple aged bird necklace. Or so I thought it would be simple. I started creating jewelry about a year and a half ago and it has been an interesting journey thus far. I've been amazed at how quickly I've picked up new techniques and have been incredibly frustrated when encountering road blocks over a technique that upon first glance seems exceptionally easy.

With this piece I have learned that plastic is brittle if not drilled through a thick piece. Even using something as small as a needle to drill through will break plastic if the piece is not thick enough. I've learned that primer and sealer are important. I've learned that the projects I think will be simple take the longest, and sometimes the more complex ideas flow together much quicker.

Let's see what tomorrow will bring!