Michelle Mach is a B'sue Boutiques Design Team Member. But I must tell you: that's just a little hat among the many she wears!
Michelle has been published over 100 times in our favorite beading and jewelry making magazines..... and has many rich creative experiences to write about in her blog: Beads and Books
I'm happy to report on her results with a small package of raw brass components I recently sent her as a design challenge:
Here is what she received:
Michelle likes to take a package like this, and see how many projects she can get out of the mix! SO....for starters....this pretty necklace:
She hole-punched the little leaf findings so that they might become connectors...and then strung them along with some pearls from her own stash, to create the neckline.
The filigree is from our website, and the patina is done with the Weathered Copper set of inks from Ranger/Vintaj. Michelle says that changing up the *order* in which you use the colors can yield amazingly different results.
Here is that same filigree in our luscious Chocolate Kiss brass! Distress it and add that same set of patinas....or just the teal-colored one....and WOW!
Here is a cute pair of earrings Michelle made with those little leaves, and the squashed melon beads:
Love that little pop of color....again, the Ranger/Vintaj inks: http://www.bsueboutiques.com/inks_utee_accessories.shtml
Find brass leaves of all sorts here:
Here is that squashed melon bead:
One last project she did with her package are these trendy, Boho-style earrings:
She used the salt-vinegar-potato chip patina recipe from Linda and Opie O'Brien's METALCRAFT DISCOVERY WORKSHOP book. (This book is a classic among jewelry makers!)
You could also get this look with Swellegant traditional patinas and/or dye oxides.....or Gilder's paste thinned down, and made into a paint.
Many thanks to Michelle for participating in the challenge and for the three projects she made for me to share with you.
Perhaps you'll find them---or others like them!--in her Etsy store: