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4 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro jewelry

    • 2. Fun jewelry project #1 -Part 1

    • 3. Fun jewelry project #1 -Part 2

    • 4. Fun jewelry with acrylics #2

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Make your own jewelry for fun or for an occacion.  This course shows you how to make your own jewelry using simple and easy techniques with acrylic paint and medium.  There are two ways to create your own jewelry and both are shown here.  You end up with beautiful, unique jewelry that no one else has.  All you need is a few materials and some time. 


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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Intro jewelry: Hi. Welcome to making your own jewelry using acrylic. This is really easy. I show you two different ways and they're both fun and super easy. All you need is a little time, a little bit of acrylic and a little bit of creativity. I give you a step by step process that you conduce you in. Ah, couple evenings. This is so easy. And the end product is beautiful. You can even make presents for your friends or your family. So come join me in making jewelry using acrylic, so see you soon. 2. Fun jewelry project #1 -Part 1: make fun jewelry with acrylic paint by door shut. This is so fun and easy that you will have just a fun time doing it. It's a little bit abstract, and it looks great. So what you need is acrylic flow medium your favorite acrylic colors. At least three. A small sheet of four millimeter plastic. A small brush plastic to attach the pins to the back of the jewelry and gel medium. So now let's watch the video for the first step. So here's what you need. Acrylic flow medium. A few little plastic containers. I've speeded up the process because it's kind of boring watching somebody poor paint and mix paint, so you need at least three colors. So here I'm putting in black, and then in the other one, I'm going to add a little beige brown, and then you should take the lid and you just shake it. And that's how you mix the colors. That's about it. So just shake the paint and it mixes together just like that. Now you could make us many or as few colors as you like. If you notice the surface, I've got some four mill plastic on there and I actually mix the quite a few other colors. So while you do is poor, so at least that's all I'm doing. And then you add a little bit of other color with a brush just like that, and then the paint kind off does it itself. And then I had more color, and it mixes all by itself as a drive, so I'd like a little bit of yellow. So here's a few drops. You can actually play with this and that Make anything you like any kind of shape. So there it is. I want a little more black on the edge, so I just add it. So I have a little bit of black like that on a big spot at the end and when there and one there. So it just is anything you like. So I'll mix another just to make sure you understand the pros half and then you add more colors and then you get some more colors. And when it comes to small details, I like to use a brush to add the information or other other color, and they're ago were the line little dot and I change color and I'm going to add just something more. Keep in mind that the design changes, so just make sure that everything you like it may not be there were. By the time it dries, the paint seems to ab and flow and change. You concede in the bottom how the bottom one is changing already. This flow medium is meant to be very liquidy and flow and be on a very flat surface. When you're setting up your paints, make sure you leave them there for a while and make sure it's very flat, so you'll need to leave. Thes paints dry overnight, so keep adding and just do whenever you like. Whenever seems to look good for you and see how easy it issue. Just add a little drops of paint and then let it flow together. It just does whatever it wants, and it's really fun. So last one, we have a little bit of blue, a little bit of black, maybe a little more blue. And be careful not to put too much at a time because it does tend to flow and move, and by the time it dries, it may have flowed into a larger shape. to, So keep that in mind. So here we are, adding a few lines. She will happen there. You can actually see the once that were created before changing before your eyes if they're drying and doesn't take that long to drive, but to make sure that works really well, make a point of leaving your paints. Overnight I said I would be the last one, but I lied. I'm gonna make a couple more just so you can see. So here a goal. Just been a pink and see how he see that ISS and how it flows together really quickly and a few drops. You never know what will happen as it dries. It'll just changing. Look at the blue one. We just finished. It's changing just right before our eyes. And this one will change too. So the more paint color you add to the main blob um, the main shape. Ah, the more it will flow, the mori will expand and grow. What this paint wants to do is just make everything level and equals. Will just keep going until it's flatten to about the same thickness. See how the pink one has dried. And now that's the first step. So first, make some shapes and make sure that you the dry for 24 hours, see you in the next up. 3. Fun jewelry project #1 -Part 2: now, here are some of the final steps to creating your jewelry. Now, in this video you'll see how easy it ISS. All you need is name tags, the little plastic ones. They're quite inexpensive, and then you find that you can just glue them, glue the actual piece of plastic, the jewelry part to the plastic pin. So here we are. You just cut to the shape off the jewelry piece, so you just take scissors and trim them just like that. So it's very easy, not hard at all to do. While that's happening. While I'm cutting, you can examine all the other pieces off plastic and how the paint blended together. Sometimes you blended quite a bit, and other times not so if you just never know what to expect. And it's always fun creating this type of jewelry. So once everything was trimmed, you put some gel in the little, um, holder and then make sure you get the little flap and then put some jail right on top off the holder and then match it to your piece of jewelry. And there you go, and now you let that dry for 24 hours and then that's ready to wear, and you can wear it to your next event. So see the variety that you can have. It's amazing what you can do with just a little paint and a bit of color, and these air, all exceptional jewelry pieces. You can choose whatever side you like and you never know. Sometimes you can even put two pieces together. If you don't like one, two together may make a better one, and you can pick so red and black or blues you comptel. I like blues, and some of them are little stickier than others. And then you match them to the holder, and then you can even trim some of them. And then it doesn't even show when you trim them. And then your piece looks like it was meant to be that way, and you put them on the holder. Make sure you trim them before you go. And here's another version. There's lots you can do. There's a great variety. It's never the same every time. So here's some more close ups of the pieces of jewelry. You can see how the paint spreads differently every time some of the paints will flow together more than others and you never know what you're going to get. And these air beautiful pieces you can use as gifts or an L A where to your next art event . So thank you for joining me for fun jewelry by door Sharia, and we hope to see you in the next video. 4. Fun jewelry with acrylics #2 : Welcome back to fund jewelry with acrylic. This is the second video by door shut. The materials you'll need are acrylic flow, medium beads, small rocks one or two basil's and the vessel is just a holder for the beach and the rocks . Let's watch the video to see how it's done. It's really, really easy. So here's my collection of beads and rocks. I have lots, and I spread them all out just to be able to find them. And I've started by putting just a few in and see how I liked it. So I sort of have a plan before we start. My plan may change, but so be it. So here we go. Ah, the first step. You can do it one or two ways. You can feel the container with beads and then add acrylic flow medium. Or you can put the flow medium first and then, and the beads both work really well. So here's an example of how I put the beads first, and then I adjusted and added to be the flow medium. And here's another little version and one more. What we're going to do is something very similar, and here's another is a few beads, rock system square and circular being. So now we're going to start in the 1st 1 We're going to put a little acrylic, um, flow medium and then add the beans. But let's put the flow medium, and I'm using colored flow medium for this one, and then you make sure that it's you make sure that it spread out. You just have to move it around a little bit to make sure that the whole bottom is covered so that each of the rocks or beats that you put in there are well and truly glued down. The acrylic flow medium acts like a glue, and if the bead is not touching it, it will fall off. So here I start with the one bead, and then I'll keep adding to it, and I feel with it, and I play just to make sure that I like what I'm doing. And then I just keep adding beads until I'm happy. Now, the base color for this one, naturally, will be blue, and they'll be bits of blue that peak in between the beads and the rocks. I'm just going to put a bigger beat underneath to make it level. My table isn't quite level, and I want create a pleasing pattern so I can play with it as much as I like and just play with it. Take the time. The acrylic flow medium does not set for at least 15 minutes, so you have about 15 minutes to play with it. I've sort of speeded it up a bit so that you can see how it's done more. And you don't have to wait as I make my decisions to see which I like better. So I just keep piling in the beads in the rocks and until the whole basil is full. Now these basil's yuk unbiased at any art supply store or craft supply store, they sell them in the jewelry section, or you can order him on the Internet. On the other one, I pile the beads and I add them until I'm happy. Noticed. There's no acrylic flow medium on that side yet. I don't do that yet, and then I add the pieces. I want to balance it out so I add a little another long, skinny piece, and then I pile real tiny rocks beside it and we'll make believe I'm happy with this arrangement. Let's say I'm happy with that. Well, then I just leave it. And then I take a bottle of acrylic flow medium and I pour a little flow medium right on the top. And then I make sure that the flow medium just gets in every little nook and cranny, and it will naturally, just by leaving it. Remember, it has to be level that really helps. And I want add a little bead or something right on top, off the beat so I don't see a little hole time. So I'm just looking for something that will work and something to put on the top. A little black piece like that. Do I like that? No, I don't. So I take it off. I know that I like I like that more with maybe another beat in the middle now that I like. So we were going to make sure that is there. I'm going to put a bead and just add the circle after, so I'm having trouble. The acrylic flow medium is very sticky, and it's really hard, and it sticks to your fingers. You might have toe wash your fingers once in a while. So now, thinking about a copper piece there. So if that copper gonna work and I'm playing with that from trying to decide which one I like better, the one with the copper or the one with the circle. And I've like the copper. So I add a little bit of that acrylic flow medium and I leave it, and that's it for now. We'll see you in the next section. Welcome back. You're not done yet. Finishing the products to finish the pieces, you need to add a chain or necklace to hang your beds along. Then you'll be ready to wear the necklace now chains and necklaces air available at any craft supply store in the jewelry section. Here are some examples of what the pieces looked like that I worked with, So I have one with a dragon fly, and that's just a piece of an old hearing. And then the rest is beads and small rocks. The copper piece on the right and the one on the bottom with the blue you saw. Those are the ones we made. Here are some more examples. Ah, stick our just some plain beads on the right and just plain beads look great to now. The bottom right One has a white base so the acrylic flow medium was colored white. So have fun with this And I hope to see you again. Look for me door shall a dot c A. See you soon.