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Mixed Media Earrings Tutorial with Many Tips

Artisans do use paper for jewelry designs. The trick is to seal the paper to make it more durable.  So I thought the Ephemera mixed media earrings tutorial by Luthien Thye was unfairly named.  Ephemer a means "things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time."   But with the care in preparing the paper portion, the design can be enjoyed for a long time.

mixed media earrings tutorial

There are several tips covered in the tutorial. The paper started out as the plain white variety which is then stained with coffee.  After the design is printed out on the prepared paper, the edges are singed. Cool tip is to use an incense stick for this task. With my luck, using a candle flame will probably result complete ashes!

The designer suggested using a spray fixative for inkjet images before sealing with a water based varnish and resin to prevent the inks from running.

Another cool tip was to use a gas stove to anneal the 16 G wire for the U shape design elements.  Annealing will soften this thick wire enough to make it easier to manipulate.

Did I miss any tips?

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  1. Love these earrings and the use of paper in them. There are so many beautiful scrapbooking papers out there that are too beautiful not to be on view for everyone to see. Also love the 'harp' look by Luthien.

    1. Agreed! Don't forget other specialty papers like the Japaneses ones.

  2. Interesting tutorial with great tips thanks

  3. If you didn't want to use resin - or for those who don't know how to use resin - to cover the paper and preserve it - you could also use UTEE. Just melt it with a heat gun.....

    1. That's a good tip. Also consider Diamond glaze and similar glazes.

  4. Sweet idea. Plus I learned that wire could be annealed by using the flame of a gas stove, that's good to know.

    When I first saw the photo of Luthien's earrings, they reminded me of tiny violins. :)

  5. Yes- this design will surely appeal to musicians !

  6. Great tips, indeed! And beautiful earrings!


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