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By Michal Rainsbarger
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By Susan Johnson
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Tissue Clay Blade
Pasta Machine dedicated to clay
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Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator by Ranger
Tempus Fugit – Time Flies
By Patty Barnes
Cuff links come and go as items of adornment for both men and women. In this fast paced world with I-Pods, Blackberries and Evos, an old fashioned watch or time piece is nearly an anachronism. Our computers, cell phones and automobiles all have a clock telling us how far behind we are. I have chosen to incorporate the White Rabbit’s lost cause of “I’m late, I’m late” into a pair of cuff links which indicate the concept of shattered time and that it has flown – far beyond repair. And whoever wears these can enjoy the very fact that the demanding clock is dead and has become simply a talisman of days gone by and life can now afford a bit of whimsy because time has flown!
Amate Studios Silver Cuff Links
Printed copy of an old watch (face and inside back),
Clear packing tape
Miscellaneous watch parts (Steampunk items)
Holeless micro beads
Silver butterfly and firefly spacer
Sepia toned chalk,ink or colored pencils
Lisa Pavelka’s Magic Glos.
Printer or copier
UV light box
Scraps of packing foam/cardboard
1. I chose to scan an image of an old fashioned pocket watch from an old (1897 Sears & Roebuck) catalog which showed both the face and inside mechanism and reduced them to the size I needed. However, similar images can be found from various online sources as well as from copy right free books such as Dover.
2. Once the images were reduced in size to only slightly larger than the circumference of the Amate St cuff link, they were tinted with chalk pastels.
3. The images were then sealed between two strips of clear packing tape.
4. Using the circle template at a 1” size, I cut around the inside to obtain an image that would fit into the cuff link. Any trimming needed was done with the scissors.
5. I used the craft knife to make a hole in the packing foam scrap and cardboard to support the cuff links so they would be stable and level while curing the resin.
6. The cuff links were pushed into the foam/cardboard support and the images placed into them being sure they fit snugly.
7. A thin layer of Magic Glos was poured over the images and spread to the sides with the toothpick.
Curing with UV lamp:
8. After the first curing, I applied another thin layer of the resin and placed various watch parts and micro beads over the surface and then cured again.
9. I repeated the applications of layers of resin and the insertion of watch parts and beads using the tweezers plus the addition of one half of a butterfly and firefly spacer bead (one for each cuff link). Using a pair of wire cutters the butterfly and firefly were cut along the side seams so only one half was used so they would not be so thick. (Note: the firefly spacer looks more like a dragonfly.)
10. The cuff links were completed with additional layers of Magic Glos until it formed a dome over each link.
How Time Flew while I created these cuff links which are appropriate for either a woman or man to wear proudly as they hurry through their day! Tempus Fugit, but not for long!!