The first of my designs with butterfly wings– well, in this case, Sunset Moth wings– are live in the shop. I’d been experimenting with wings since about January on methods to seal the wings properly for resin applications. Mod Podge turned brilliant blue morpho wings velvety green. Diamond Glaze rendered them mottled brown. Direct resin application stole away all color. But after seeing Jen Cushman’s designs with wings in her new book Explore, Create, Resinate, I knew it could be done SOMEHOW, and so I redoubled my efforts. With success!
And, as luck would have it, I had the good fortune to bump into Jane Wynn of Wynn Studio at our local metal shop, and she related to me the sealing method she’d devised for sealing wings in her book, Alterered Curiosities. I will definitely have to experiment with that, as well!
In any case, a new update of 50 items is live in the shop– wings, wirework, resin, the works!
I’m so excited! My flower reliquaries were recently featured on Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Ice Queen Zine!
Here’s what the Ice Queen herself had to say:
“Today’s Flickr Friday are a couple of gorgeous necklaces from Sihaya Designs Jewelry. She creates her own backless bezels from PMC clay and then uses delicate dried flowers and ICE Resin in these pieces, which she calls her Reliquary Flower series. We think they are breathtaking.“
Amas– to draw love – vanilla cream, tea rose, and sweet lemon. Ambrosia – the food of the Gods– mouth watering fruits in coconut vanilla cream. Astarte – deep, sexy, and powerful– deep resins, spices, myrrh, vanilla, and a touch of vetiver. Beltane 2011 – plumeria, honeysuckle, ginger, and lots of green grass. Invocation – amber, sandalwood, copal, and a touch of vanilla.
Thing #1: New update at the shop! This month, I have been exploring possibilities in resin, which has culminated with the launch of my Effervescence line. Brightly colored jewelry, perfect for the warmer months, at a totally affordable price. Also, I have some pressed flower reliquaries for you– some of which were hand-sculpted from .999 recycled fine silver (PMC).
Thing 2: One of my Etsy Teams, TeamBPAL, is having a sale to donate money to relief efforts for the people of Japan. We have chosen Doctors Without Borders as our recipient, and you can see the wonderful donations at our team shop. I donated these Japanese Washi Flower earrings:
Thing #3: Congratulations to Carmen C! The random number generator has decreed that you are the winner of our Customer Appreciation drawing! 🙂