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Soldered Photo Frame

Posted by Taffy Talk on January 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I received some glass photo coasters over the holidays. Not really needing more coasters, I realized that I could turn them into a photo wall frame. Lately I have been fascinated with solder.  Attempting to blend the two ideas together, here is what I came up with!

First I applied copper electrician tape to the edges of the glass coaster.

Next I burnished it on all sides (using the edge of a smooth pencil but any smooth tool would work), folding in the corners like wrapping a present.  Make sure all areas are smooth and pressed firmly against glass surface.

Then I used my simply swank brand brush on flux and covered all of the tape surfaces evenly. using a pre-heated soldering iron I slowly melted solder onto all sides and smoothed it all out. I had these little sterling charms with loops at the tops which I then soldered onto the corners which I planned to use as my "hangers". You could use simple jump rings as well, or embellish the corners later with glued on buttons or metal findings.

The pictures slide out from the back and can be changed. Final project measures about 4 inches square.

Your Special Day!

Posted by Taffy Talk on October 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This month marks 3 years since my doctor said those fateful words...

"You have cancer".

For some, this event marks an end. The end of life as they once knew it. For others, it marks the beginning of a life filled with purpose! This calendar necklace marks my fellow survivor and friend, D's 4 year cancerversary - 4 years of being free from breast cancer and fighting to live life to its fullest! On October 17th we celebrate in her honor, just as we did for me October 1st this year!

What's your special day!  Wear it! Share it! Celebrate it!


Life Happens...

Posted by Taffy Talk on October 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay. I know. I am getting a little carried away now with porcelain paint crafts! Every time I find myself in a store I am on the hunt for things that can be painted and baked! Here is something else that inspres me! COFFEE!  Remember, these are dishwasher and microwave SAFE once you have fired them! I'm having w-a-y too much fun! (And I probably ought to get back to working in my jewelry studio but this is a fun diversion!)



Custom Coasters

Posted by Taffy Talk on October 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

What a cute idea for a wedding shower gift! Personalized drink coasters!

I found these glass tiles in the bathroom section at the local hardware mega-store (the depot kind ;)) and then painted them using a porcelain pen from Michael's. I taped off the lines with masking tape as I wrote out the names.You could write music lyrics or  a poem, or whatever you like!

Let the paint dry overnight, then bake in a 300*F oven for 25 minutes. They will be water safe and wet washcloth wipeable.  I used felt circles as padding on the bottom edge corners to protect tabletop.

You could include a set of 4 coasters with a pair of matching coffee mugs and some gourmet coffee in a facy basket, wrapped in cellophane for a pretty and thoughtful shower gift!

Inspiration

Posted by Taffy Talk on September 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 I have a childhood friend who has started her own business up in Canada called Lola's Mommy. What Lola wants, Lola gets! 



This Southern Girl, turned Nothern Woman, has developed a jewelry line of vintage inspired pendants and accessories that are out of this world! She recently shared photos of her work space on her blog, and I was absoultely mezmerized! You really must scroll down the whole page of

this post about work space! I am enthralled with her creativity, using antique items for storage pieces, and hanging everything she loves around her to create what must be a very fun and happy place to work!  Share your work space with me! Comment below! Happy creating! Here's mine:

 

New Digs

Posted by Taffy Talk on May 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

After 3 years, I have finally moved into my own "space" where I have set up my studio and created a haven to work in! When I first began this business three years ago, all 4 of my children were living at home and there was literally NO room for me to work. I was stamping at my kitchen counter most days, and hiding it all in my dining room when I finished. From there, I actually moved IN to that dining room, but that wasn't practical either (and hubby wasn't thrilled with no dining room table to eat at!). Then I moved into the basement family room, and finally

I was crammed into our tiny water heater closet with a loud water boiler at my side, and while the business had grown larger, my work space had grown smaller. That's backwards!

This week I took the plunge and moved into my eldest son's old bedroom in the basement (he lives and works in another city now that he graduated from college), and have set up work tables, a work bench, closets full of all my supplies, and room to move around.

What a great feeling it is to love going to work each morning! It is bright and cheerful and I can work side by side with my assistant and not be on top of one another! She is the super organized one, so hopefully this will make everything more productive and efficient for the both of us. My husband teases that the only place left to go is a store front in the mall, but I am not ready for that yet! This is one shop I can shut the door to when I want, go on vacation any time, and the best part is I can work in my pajamas if I feel like it!


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