March 25, 2018

First it starts  with an idea in my head . This mainly comes at night while trying to drift off to sleep . If it is truly an  amazing dream night I will dream an  idea !!!

The next process is sketching the ideas down . I love tracing paper for this  but will grab anything  within  in reach, it usually  is copy paper .  Tracing paper has become   so expensive  these days . I wish I kept my sketches  and made awesome personal journal ,  but sadly I   do not  .... my sketches end up in the trash and many ideas  lost with  them ... AHH such is life ...a  new idea like an appetite is right around the corner . 


 tiny frames 

tiny easels  

Wee shrink plastic works of art.  


Part  of the  project at  my Keystone Art Retreat July 2018 . I am teaching the  SHRINKETS SAMPLER

March 22, 2018

My heartfelt look at Facebook and my thoughts on this  social platform. I hope you will read and offer your comments .

Facebook’s purpose was to provide people a means of staying in touch without users having to utilize multiple resources in order to socialize.

 The idea was if Facebook was used on a regular basis it would give users the ability to juggle many relationships with the goal of feeling socially full filled.

If this is a true analysis of Facebook’s purpose then even in its idyllic form it is a challenge for  me.

First and foremost I am a visual person. I communicate   best when I am able to see the individual with whom I am communicating. My ability to properly communicate depends on body language, eye contact and physical environment. Without those  visual senses present I feel handicapped, as if I am in the dark with only words or voices . Think of only being able to listen to a film ,  a black screen (or still images) with only sound or subtitles. This is how I feel  wh...

March 15, 2018

How to calculate  finished shrunk  shrink plastic  for Shrinkets bead and other designs.

February 10, 2018

Now on the  site my new Shrinkets Bezel mold.  This mold makes a  shrink plastic bead that has  a more open bead then the Shrinkets domed mold .It has 10 mm round flat pad in the  interior which is  prefect for  glue in cabochons  and a flat 10 mm round back base which makes it perfect for no rock applications   such as mixed media projects and pendant designs. It is my new favorite mold .  

January 31, 2018

I thought you may find it interesting to see what  I  do to make each SHRINKETS mold  I sell. This video  DOES NOT include the process I go through actually  designing  the prototype  for  each mold that is then used to make the rubber molds  so I can cast the design over and over. Designing the mold prototype  is another process.

January 11, 2018

I will be vending ,doing demos and offering   "make and takes" in my booth.  I will also be introducing a  new ONLINE classes and  kit  for sale. POCKET FULL OF POSIES

Pocket Full of Posies 

New 2018 ONLINE CLASS and KIT  

 Show location and info.  

  •  Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

  • January 11-14, 2018 10am-6pm, Thursday - Sunday

  • 30,000 ft2 of exhibit space with 300 exhibits

  • 150 workshops offered daily, 8am to 9pm

  • Admission $10 at door,  advanced tickets $8

January 6, 2018

My FAVORITE metal smith artist is Susan Chin. I own several of her pieces and one never leaves my hand,  my engagement ring from Mark . Bought for me in 2006 . I wear it flanked on both sides with my wedding bands. 

A bit about Susan 

Susans' path as a jeweler began with a handed down box of tools and a class at the "Y" in Philadelphia. The inheritance of tools included some bits of ebony and bone; materials that continue to compel Susan decades later.

Other materials she  employs are sterling and fine silver, yellow golds, shakudo (a copper and gold alloy), pearls, stones precious and not so precious , mirrors, mokume gane, glass and other unobtainium.

Visit  Susan site . 

Thanks Susans' for creating your magically work for us to enjoy  

January 2, 2018

PANTONE 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET, Is the  PANTONE® color of the  year 
 Think  Marie Schrader, Walt's sister -in  law in Breaking Bad. This is a   hard color to embrace in an  across  the  boards design sense. However  I have put together some images that show  what an impact it can make in decorating, fashion ,nature  and art . 

 SHRINKETS  shrink plastic using Archival Shades of purple  ink pads  , stencils and stamps on SHRINKETS   brand shrink plastic -opulent white and  silver  glitter.

Last but not least The Voilet Eyes Of Ms. Taylor's 

Are you inspired to use this  color in your life this year ?

November 23, 2017

New  Category in the Shrinkets shop  . MIXED  MEDIA ON LINE CLASSES AND KITS 

 My first offering is  Day Dream Believer . An  art doll with a wire wrapped  cage body .  

Class and kit $95.00  

September 18, 2017

I had a chance to watch a demo using  a new product EASY MARBLE.

My thought was, wouldn't this be fun used on cabochon shaped ( flat, smooth, round and smallish ) rocks. You would need to set your newly marbled rock in a bezel and create a one of kind "gem stone" pendant.

Next  you could design the pendant   in a way that  that you could create  Shrinkets beads that matched  the marbling  hang them off the pendant .

 I found a good price on line  at  Jerry's Artarama  

On the subject of  "Marbles " Is  Kimberly  of

A Kimberly  Design . She is a needle point artist  and this is her take on marble design ( round  ones ) .

How fun to use  these  colors and patterns on SHRINKETS beads . You could also add them  to needlepoint art. 

September 12, 2017

I was experimenting and I had no idea what I was trying to create . I printed words on print ready shrink plastic( white ) and then took it from there. I ended up with this faux raw hide looking set of charms . Next I think I will make a Shaman style necklace with the theme being women's personality traits .

August 21, 2017

In order to  further understand that my Shrinkets  molds  ar hand made by me. I thought I would do a short  video on the making of a Shrinkets  mold. Over time I have had  many trials and errors in the creations of these mold and what material glues  etc. to use .  I try my best to get each mold as  durable  as possible .  The goal   is in 2018 to have my molds  manufactured for me. With all your support and enthusiasm I see that goal  becoming attainable.  

August 11, 2017

One of my  favorite  teaching events and art retreats, Art Unraveled celebrated it 15th year this year. 

July 30, 2017

AUG 25 , 26 and 27.

I am  heading to the East coast to teach and oh how my eyes are ready to see GREEN  leafy trees. Hear blue jays  sing , see robins hop and squirrels scamper .

I will be teaching  3 of my favorite  classes  at


Jean makes make it so  very easy to sign up for a class. Just click on the links I have created and it will take you right to the class  info and paying.All on Jean's  ETSY site.How easy. Etc.. 


Jean ALSO  offers rooms for rent in her home. So you can  stay right where  the   Charmed I' m Sure Studio  is located . How easy, all in  one place bring a friend  and it  make it a gals  weekend, as jean has  rooms  for doubles too.  

Of course I will be staying there too. 

 The Charmed...

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