Monday, May 16, 2022

Impression Obsession - Discontinued Dies

There are so many amazing dies at Impression Obsession - this special feature lets them have the spotlight. We hope you're inspired! The team is especially featuring dies that are in our clearance section - you'll see that they are marked down 50% there already!

I thought a jewelry project would be fun! I hope you like it - I'll apologize now for not taking process photos - we are having an electrical issue in the room where I create (none of the outlets work) so I had to move to another room. I'll try to explain the process, and when things get repaired I'll do a video.

Here is the die set I used - there are coordinating stamps, but I made these pieces without them - the shapes stand alone well enough, and I didn't need the stamped detail. You can still grab this die/stamp set of 4 dies for half price! 

I needed 4 cuts of each key, so it was nice to have them all on one base for easy cutting. I cut the pieces from heavy (140#) watercolor paper, and glued them together to create a sturdy stack. I painted each key with a coat of metallic brown/bronze acrylic paint. Next I added a couple of coats of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder, and then sprinkled other powders little by little until I had a vintage patina that I liked. I used a Verdigris powder, black, pearl, and gold. 

I had made these house beads from polymer clay - I'm not even sure I was done with them, but since the project has a primitive feel, I like how this looks. I created a wrapped loop with 18g copper wire and hammered it for strength, then attached the keys at varying heights using bits of chain and jump rings. The turquoise bead is another handmade one.

The keys are quite stiff and sturdy, and very lightweight! I might just wear this tonight! Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspirationsee the I.O. blog for all the details!

In other creative news - I scored this antique Hamilton drafting table on a local auction site for $10! It's 70-80 years old, and it's enormous. Needs a little care, but I think it will be a fun project. 

This is a busy week with graduation and all the activities that surround it - one day at a time! Cheers!

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  1. BEAUTIFUL WORK with the key dies, Dina! ANNND, I LOOOVE your new drafting table! A SUPER FIND!!! ;)

  2. Love your necklace, especially the keys. Hope it is a good week. Janine

  3. love the necklace.... your ideas are wonderful!