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Spring Has Come To ChirpHop Studio – New Earrings Came With It

Spring is finally here!!

And so are the first of a new group of earrings in the ChirpHop Studio Etsy store.

Take a look at the slideshow for a taste of what's new.

Some of them were inspired by a fairy garden exhibit at a local park, some of them were inspired by chance.

All of them were influenced by the light and color of Spring (my favorite season).

Stop by the store and get a breath of the new season.

Mother's Day and graduations are right around the corner. What better gift than handmade one-of-a-kind earrings or a pendant?

Coming soon... handmade decorative paper bowls. You've seen them undecorated in other posts. Now they've got their new coats on.

New line of earrings added to the ChirpHop Studio Etsy store!

We're excited to announce that we've expanded what we have to offer at the ChirpHop Studio Etsy store, by adding a line of earrings.

There's a variety of colors and styles, from long multiple dangles to short geometrics, soft spring colors to bright ones and everything in between.

Choose from shiny and matte finishes, translucent and opaque beads, recycled vintage jewelry beads and findings and handmade polymer clay beads.

Check out the slideshow above for a sneak peek. Then drop by and give us a look. If you like what you see, feel free to pin them, favorite them or spread the word.

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Translucent Polymer Clay Hollow Bead Experiments – Part 4: Translucent Liquid Sculpey

Cornstarch and baking soda beads covered with Translucent Liquid Sculpey
Cornstarch and baking soda beads covered with Translucent Liquid Sculpey

Sad to say, the photo above is the best one to come out of the session where I tried to create translucent hollow beads with Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS).

I had read (where exactly escapes me now) about a polymer clay artist getting better translucent effects by painting liquid Sculpey. There wasn’t any further information than that, so out come all of the supplies.

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Translucent Polymer Clay Hollow Bead Experiments – Part 3: Return of the Cornstarch

Cornstarch and baking soda bead cores for polymer clay
Cornstarch and baking soda bead cores for polymer clay

After crossing paper off the list as a useful hollow bead core material, and realizing there was a crucial piece missing from an option I had come across earlier, it was time to take a second look at cornstarch as a contender.

I found a recipe for the traditional cornstarch and baking soda “play clay” of childhood. I remembered it as being heavy and cracking a lot when trying to make Christmas ornaments years ago. With any luck, neither of those factors should be an issue for this purpose.

What I’m looking for in my dream bead core is the ability to dissolve quickly and easily, so the bead won’t take forever to transform from filled to hollow.

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Translucent Polymer Clay Hollow Bead Experiments – Part 1: Core Materials

Dried papier maché clay and paper pulp patched with it (some sanded)
Dried paper, papier maché clay and paper pulp patched with it (some sanded)

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m fascinated with some of the jewelry I’ve seen online that uses translucent polymer clay, especially when it looks like sea glass or glass glass.

After a lot of poking around for answers to how people like Kathrin Neumaier, Barbara Fernald  and other clay artists, like those featured on The Blue Bottle Tree blog create their pieces, I had some idea of what to do, but was still a bit fuzzy about how to create the effects I was after. There were hints here and there, but nothing that really gave me the complete picture.

There were plenty of tutorials available for a price, but I had no way of knowing whether they would tell me what I wanted to know.

It was time to set up the la-bOr-a-tory (mwah, ha, ha!) and try some experiments.

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Using Alcohol Inks to Color Translucent Polymer Clay

Polymer clay test beads colored with alcohol inks
Polymer clay test beads colored with alcohol inks

The reason I made all of those alcohol inks from Sharpies was to color translucent polymer clay. Now it’s time to put them to work.

I had no idea how much ink to use in proportion to the clay, other than hints online that it didn’t take very much at all. The translucent clay was also new to me and I wasn’t sure how translucent it would get. So…it was time to call on my inner mad scientist.

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New Year, New Pendants

To brighten the shiny, new days of 2015, there are ten resin pendants in the Etsy shop that are just as shiny and new. Take a look at the slideshow to get a sneak peek at a few of them.

There are still some with a winter feel, but the urge for spring is definitely represented in this group.

Visit us on Etsy to see the the others. We now have over 70 pendants for you to choose from.

Here at ChirpHop Studio, we hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start and becomes filled with everything you wish for it and more!

Happy Holidays! More new pendants on the ChirpHop Etsy Store

Just in time for (really) last-minute holiday shopping or treating yourself after you've been treating everyone else, there are 7 new resin pendants in the ChirpHop Studio Etsy store.

Some of them have a holiday or winter theme, like "Celebrate" and "Where's the Partridge?".

Others can give you a taste of springtime, if the holiday rush is turning your thoughts toward warmer weather and quieter times.

The slideshow will let you take a look at all the new additions.

Stop by the shop and have a look around. You know you deserve a little something for yourself!

New resin pendants added to the ChirpHop Etsy store

There are some new additions to the Chirp Hop Studio family. As you can see in the slideshow, the three resin pendants have very different origins as well as palettes and images styles.

One comes from a set of postcards with vibrantly colored Mexican artwork, another is a photographic image from a magazine that resembles a thin, almost lacy cross and the third is from a vintage book about Art Nouveau graphics.

Visit the store to learn more about these and to browse through all our other pendants.