Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Dalmatian Jasper is a cream colored stone with black markings that is easily replicated using UTEE.  I start with half a pot of clear UTEE.  I always start with clear.  To that I add enough white and mix so the whole pot looks white.  Let that heat until the stark white color turns to a nice cream.  Sprinkle on some black UTEE but don't mix, just let it melt.  Pour into your molds and you get whatever design markings you get.  I finished by gluing a black jewel in the center, dropping on some Diamond Glaze and spreading with my finger and gluing a jewelry bail to the back.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


I bought an unfinished heart shaped wood box at a craft store for $1.00.  I painted the box red.  When dry, I stamped the Asian writing with black permanent ink on the left side of the box.  On the upper right, I stamped a  butterfly in gold pigment ink and heat set.  I then sponged the sides and edges of the top of the box with the gold pigment ink and heat set.  I sprayed the box with a matte sealer.  Next I scoured my yard until I found a small twig that I liked and glued that to the left side of the box.  I glued small pink paper flowers to the twig so that it looked like a cherry blossom branch.  I finished the box by gluing a carved stone piece under the dragonfly.  These boxes make pretty and inexpensive gifts.  You can also use it as a gift box for handmade jewelry.