Friday, October 03, 2014

Mermaid Bracelet from InArtStudio2 Six Mermaid Bracelet Designs

Mermaid Bracelet Collection

Each mermaid is from a different geographic location. And, what makes this mermaid bracelet collection so much fun, is that each mermaid comes with her own story. My daughter Marjory, is now making and selling a new collection of Mermaid Bracelets in her store, InArtStudio2. She calls her new collection "The World of Mermaids Collection". There are 6 different designs in this mermaid bracelet collection. Such cute and fanciful mermaid stories, some funny, some sad, but each story is entertaining. There is the Arctic Ocean mermaid and her adopted baby Orca Whale. The Maui Island mermaid who loves to tease the tourists. The Galapagos Island mermaid and Darwin. And while you are there, check out the matching mermaid headbands, they are so pretty. I love her designs. I think they will be a hit with mermaids of all ages. You can see all her mermaid bracelets for sale here:
Mermaid Bracelet Collection by In Art studio2 on Etsy

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mermaid Headband Collection Hair Accesories for Mermaids of All Ages

Mermaid Headbands Collection
Here are my daughter, Marjory's new Mermaid Headbands, from her "World of Mermaids Collection". Marjory's mermaid headbands are so feminine and fun to wear, for any occasion.

Silky soft, they have plenty of white satin ribbon to tie in a bow. These mermaid hair accessories are perfectly suited for big mermaids and little mermaids, of all ages.

Marjory's mermaid headbands starts with an exclusive mermaid design, custom printed on silky polyester fabric. For the back of her mermaid headband, she choose a white faux suede, so buttery soft against the skin. Then she added white satin ribbon for a beautiful bow, making it adjustable to any head size. These mermaid headband measures 7 inches long, and 2 1/4 inches wide.

See all 6 of Marjory's mermaid headbands and matching mermaid bracelets from her World of Mermaids Collection, in her store and only at InArtStudio2
You can see all of Marjory's mermaid items for sale here: Mermaid Headband Collection by In Art studio2 on Etsy

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dragon Bracelet Turquoise Dragon Jewelry Cuff Bracelet- 3D Dragon Jewellery

My new dragon bracelet in turquoise is a stunning, sexy, 3-D beastie, that would capture the heart of any dragon jewelry collector. Resilient and f-l-e-x-i-b-l-e, my Turquoise Dragon Cuff bracelet is highly detailed, down to his spiky horns and tiny scales on his magnificent leathery wings. This turquoise dragon bracelet bares his fierce fangs and glares with eyes of fiery golden yellow Swarovski rhinestones. No one will believe my dragon bracelet is not real turquoise, until they touch him. My Turquoise dragon bracelet cuff feels like soft leather. Stunning!

The brass cuff base allows the dragon to be custom fitted by the wearer for a snugger or looser fit. This dragon cuff is tough! He can take lots of action, in any kind of weather, and still look great. Totally water proof, heat proof, and chemical resistant, he's made for the long haul.

BUY my Dragon Bracelet here: Dragon Bracelet in turquoise by In Art studio on Etsy

Dragon Bracelet in Turquoise Dragon Jewelry
Dragon Bracelet Jewelry Turquoise

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mermaid Earrings Silver and Blue Mermaid Jewelry

These silver mermaid earrings have tails that are hand painted a shimmering blue. Each mermaid holds a glistening Swarovski crystal that hi-lights the blue of her tail. My mermaid earrings measure 1 inch wide and just 2-1/2 inches long, including the lever backs. My mermaid earrings are just big enough to capture attention, but not so long that they are awkward to wear. One of my design criteria was super light weight. I love earrings that are so comfortable, that I forget I have them on.The mermaids together weigh just 5 grams, that is about the weight of a credit card. My little mermaid earrings are individually and lovingly handcrafted. Each pair of Mermaid Earrings I make is a unique work of art, no two exactly alike. Part Sculpture, part Art, part Jewelry. This is sculpture you wear. Pure Fun and Fantasy.

Mermaid Jewelry Earrings in silver and blue

You can see all my mermaid jewelry for sale here: Mermaid Jewelry by In Art studio on Etsy

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mermaid Earrings White Pearl Mermaid Jewelry

After numerous requests for mermaid earrings, I finally came up with a design that I love. And I think you will too. I created these tiny mermaid sculptures in clay. Then used the clay mermaid sculptures to create the molds. One of my design criteria was super light weight. I love earrings that are so comfortable, that I forget I have them on.The mermaids together weigh just 5 grams, that is about the weight of a credit card. These mermaid earrings measure 1 inch wide and just 2-1/2 inches long, including the gold lever backs. My mermaid earrings are just long enough to capture attention, but not so long that they are awkward to wear.

Mermaid Jewelry Earrings in Pearl

You can see all my mermaid jewelry for sale here: Mermaid Jewelry by In Art studio on Etsy

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Mermaid Jewelry Necklace in White Pearls

My newest mermaid necklace is dripping with white freshwater pearls. A tiny mermaid lies sleeping in a shell and surrounded by an elaborate collection of sea life. With white pearl corals and starfish, and sea horses and sea shells, my mermaid necklace is highly detailed and 3-dimensional. I sculpted and hand cast all the pieces in glowing white pearl resin and then assembled them to 3 strands of gorgeous freshwater pearls. A extraordinary new mermaid necklace design, from my Iridescent Sea Series. Imagine how romantic this mermaid necklace would look on a bride. Stunning!

Mermaid Jewelry Necklace in Pearl

You can see all my mermaid jewelry for sale here: Mermaid Jewelry by In Art studio on Etsy

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to make Realistic Faux Moss DIY Recipe

Here is my DIY recipe for faux moss, that looks realistic, is weather-proof, and is cheap and easy. This fake moss recipe sticks to concrete, rocks and tree bark. I find that applying the mix thick, makes it look like moss. Smearing it thin, makes it look like lichen. I plan to use this faux moss recipe on many of my garden sculptures. I think it would help age my concrete Japanese garden pagodas, and help blend them in with the natural surroundings.

I love to create garden sculptures in the summer months. This summer, I have been working on a large faux bonsai tree for my Xeriscape Japanese garden project. The base of my faux bonsai dish is 3 feet in diameter, and is poured in concrete, to keep it from blowing over in our high mountain winds. I wanted something that would hide the concrete and look like soft green moss. I needed a moss that required zero watering, would stand up to our high mountain weather extremes, and most of all, would look realistic. After hours searching the Internet, I came up with nothing that fit my criteria. Real moss would die in the full sun. Preserved moss would never handle our Colorado winter weather extremes. One faux moss recipe, called for dryer lint. I do not use a clothes dryer, and I doubt that the stuff that collects in my shop-vac would make a good substitute. After a few days of scratching my head, I came up with a faux moss recipe that I think will fit all of my requirements.

Here is the concrete bonsai tree base almost completely covered.

Here is my faux moss stuck to rock

Here is my faux moss stuck to tree bark

Faux Moss Recipe:
1/4 cup white Elmer's Glue
1/4 cup green acrylic paint (water based)
1/4 cup water
sphagnum peat moss (the kind you use to amend your garden soil)
disposable latex gloves
a spray bottle of water (helps to dampen concrete, especially if you are working in the hot sun)

Start with a large plastic container, I used an old 16 ounce cottage cheese container. Pour in the paint, glue and water, and stir well. Then add the sphagnum peat moss, a handful at a time. Stir until mixed. Keep adding more sphagnum peat moss, until your mixture is the consistency of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Assuming that you have already put on the disposable gloves, just take your faux moss mixture and start applying with your fingers. I tried a paint brush and a trowel and found that using my fingers gave me the best look and control. The mix will be sticky, so using your hands you can apply this faux moss to horizontal or vertical surfaces. The mix will be dry to the touch in a couple of hours, and fully dry in a couple of days. If it looks like you are in for a hard rain, I would throw a tarp over your project, just until the mix is fully dry. Play with different application methods. If you find an application method that works better, please, let me know.

I never measure my glue, paint and water. I just pour what looks like 1/4 cup of each liquid into the mixing container. If the paint proportion is a little more or less, than the last batch, the color will be a little different. Since natural moss is never one solid color, I find that this enhances the realistic look. If you are the kind of person that likes to be exact, all your batches might look exactly the same color. You could then dry brush your faux moss, with different colors of green acrylic paint. This could look even better. I might have to give this a try.

The green paint I used, was a porch and deck, latex acrylic exterior paint. I had half a quart left over from another project. The color was at neon bright, yellow-green. At first, I thought it might be too bright a color. But, the dark brown color of the sphagnum peat moss, toned the color down to a lovely green.

The true test, will be to see how my faux moss stands up to next winter's weather. My faux bonsai concrete base has some dips and hollows that I know will hold ice. I am hoping, the worst case scenario will be, some faux moss patching next spring.

If you try my faux moss technique, I would love to hear about your results.