I wanted to upgrade my beach stone jewellery with some silver plated wire. It looks so easy when others do it, but I had quite an experience with different sorts of wires. Some were too thin, others just didn’t go into shape I wanted them to. Not to talk about working with cutters and round nose pliers (yes, I had to buy those first)… But here are some final results I would like to share.
Not exactly round, but I like them anyway…
I even tried inlaying a smaller stone into the larger one. To make the smaller white stone pop out, I glued a piece of gold leaf in the recess prior to putting the smaller stone in.
I guess I have some more practice to do, but first products aren’t that bad either.
Happy crafting to you all!
Handmade DIY wall clocks made out of natural or recycled materials.
The wooden farmhouse clock is Pinterest inspired. I found out it was originally designed by AveryStDesignCo – a small business that makes furniture and clocks out of reclaimed wood. I liked it so much that I tried to do one for myself. I used reclaimed wood, cut and sand it and aged it with steel wool and vinegar solution. I painted the outer circle with white chalk paint and finally draw the numbers with black acrylic paint.
Back side of the clock was treated with vinegar solution as well. My husband cut the recess to hold the clock mechanism.
This clock is made out of beach stones, that were painted with acrylic paint – green and grey ones. Some stones were covered with gold leaf that was glued on their surface.
Finally I simply hot-glued stones and clock mechanism to the wall, since we do not plan to remove this clock in near future and wanted them to really stick tight. I am not sure if hot-glue will leave any residue to the wall though.
I had an old stack of number stickers that I used to indicate hours. This clock is in the kids room so to make it more playful I used different fonts.
A really old project. The central part of the clock is made out of an old piece of aluminium. My husband drilled holes in it so the wooden sticks and spheres could be fixed in. On the back side there is a recess for clock mechanism. I painted the wooden parts and pointers on the clock with high gloss paint in different colours.
With some imagination a lot of different natural or recycled materials can be used, making the projects friendly to environment and our pockets.
Simple beach stones turned to jewellery.
Nice small beach stones, mainly from the local beach called “white rocks”, have been used for this project. The beach is situated under steep cliff and exposed to strong winter winds, so the limestone stones are pretty rounded and smooth. It is quite easy to find the right sized and shaped stones, but they are not rock-solid, so due care is needed during processing, especially when drilling holes.
I made holes with Dremel, using diamond drills and drilling under water. Stones are connected with silver plated wire (6 mm) and swarovski stones have been put to add some glimmery touch. The texture of stones is smooth, so no surface grinding or warnishing is neccessary.
The right earring is made out of sea glass. Shape of both earrings is similar, but different material has been used to make the set more interesting. To match them together the swarovski stone is added to the stone earring.
Stones can be used to make pendants and rings as well. For pendants I used larger stones, so combination with various materials is possible: I inserted smaller stones, pieces of wood and even metal.
And here is my treasure hunting site, the “white rocks” beach.
A simple one afternoon project to do for kids.
During the summer we collected interesting small beach stones and brought them home. It is such an interesting material to work with. For this project I chose flat stones with smooth surface. Painting stones is pretty simple: you will need small brushes and plain acrylic paint. I used the Rayher Decoart paints. They come in various colours but will easily mix together to create different shades.
This time I created two-in-one kids games.
- Story telling game. On one side of the stones there are pictures of fairy tales characters or fantasy drawings. Players pick stones randomly and tell the story including the character or object from the picture. The story might go on like this: Once upon a time there was a martian living on a lonely planet. One day a space craft landed on his planet. Out it came a very strange astronaut, from far far away planet…
- Tic-tac-toe game. The other side of the stones is coloured. One playing set consists of 4 stones in one colour and 5 stones in another, so tic-tac-toe game can be played.
Games are designed for young children, so the drawings are pretty simple and mostly basic colours were chosen. Here are the sketches and doodling versions of the drawings, that were used on singular stone according to its shape: smaller stones are fit for simple small pictures and larger stones for larger ones: a house, a castle, a cave (each story should have it, right?).
One set is composed of 9 stones (number needed for tic-tac-toe game), but for storytelling game the sets can be merged or mixed, so the stories can become even more interesting. Each set has a theme.
On the backyard
To ensure durability of pictures the surface was warnished with high resistant warnish, so the stones can even be washed with water and so far no bruises appeared.
And here is my ever-present crafting assistant.