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Complimentary Whimsy Bucks!

Place an order starting 11:00am PT Wednesday, 3/21/12 until Sunday, 3/25/12 at 11:59pm PT at www.WholeLottaWhimsy.com, and you can use these Whimsy Bucks!

WhimsyBucks
  • $5 off any order $100+
  • $7 off any order $150+
  • $10 off any order $200+

Terms and Conditions

  • Kilns, gold products, shipping costs, tax and handling are not included in the $100 minimum
  • Only good toward orders placed after 11:00am PT Wednesday, 3/21/12 and before 11:59pm PT Sunday 3/25/12.
  • Offer is not retroactive to orders placed before the above dates mentioned. Orders placed before 11:00am PT 3/21/12 cannot be cancelled or changed.
  • You must use the promo code SPRINGBREAK in the comments section of the order form to receive these Whimsy Bucks!
  • Cannot be combined with any other offer and only one Whimsy Buck will be honored per shipment (no combining orders with multiple Whimsy Bucks redeemed from rewards or other)
  • They hold no actual cash value and cannot be used to pay for any part of an invoice, but the Whimsy Bucks are deducted from the total due before we process your invoice or credit card.


 

New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

Metalsmith Essentials: Setting Stones with Bezels Successful Jewelry: Design Idea to Wearable Art
How to Photograph Your Jewelry Metalsmith Essentials: How to Solder Jewelry V2
Easy Electroforming for Jewelry Gemstone Settings: The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles & Techniques
Enlightened Polymer Clay: Artisan Jewelry Designs Inspired by Nature Divided Storage Box
 
Raving Fan

Andrew Thornton

Whole Lotta Whimsy never fails to deliver the highest caliber shopping experience for the jewelry-maker and craft enthusiast!

They're constantly updating their site with the latest innovations at the lowest prices, useful inspirational techniques, and beautiful examples from the top professionals in the field.

- Andrew Thornton
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

 

 

 
Susan Brown

WLW is a great 'One Stop Shop' for metal clay tools and materials. The website is clear and easy to use, which is good when ordering from overseas.

I really appreciate the friendly service, excellent communication and efficient shipping.

I'm always happy to recommend WLW!

- Susan Brown
http://www.sbsilversmith.com

 

Feature Article

Changing with the times...by reverting to my childhood!

By Erin Meharg - Dragonfly Beads, LLC

Erin shares with us her fun and creatively efficient project in this guest article. Enjoy!

Many jewelry artists are feeling the squeeze of the fluxuating price of silver. We're all trying to come up with ways to make our dollar (and our clay!) stretch further. Here's a fun ring project that uses less than 16 grams of clay and incorporates that beloved childhood craft product, Shrinky Dink Plastic!

I particularly like PMC Sterling for this project, as you will be rolling the clay out very thin. However, you certainly may use your preferred brand and type of clay!


Click any of the images below to see them larger!

  1. Roll clay out to 2 cards thick. (I designed my own pattern for this ring, but a QuikArt template like puffy triangles would work as well.) Roll or press in a skeleton leaf (SP823) for texture. Cut out two identical shapes.

  2. Use TL1388 QuikArt ring sizer to cut out the ring center on each textured piece.
    Go up 3 to 4 sizes to allow for shrinkage.

  3. Let the pieces dry and then refine the edges. Stack the pieces with the un-textured back sides together. Be especially careful to align the center ring holes and sand them evenly. I LOVE the 3M sponge sanders (TL339) starting with 320 grit.

  4. Fire according to manufacturer's directions.

  5. Brass brush your pieces and use Black Max (SP088) or WLW Patina gel (SP534) to highlight the detail.

To prepare the Shrinky Dink (SD):

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Don't forget to leave a comment and get entered to win a F*R*E*E give-away from Whole Lotta Whimsy! Drawing is March 31st, 2012!

 

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Teacher, mentor, artist and founder of The Artful Success Program, Tonya Davidson helps artists take their techniques and business skills to the next level. As the CEO and founder of Whole Lotta Whimsy she has passionately empowered artists to live creatively from the inside out. Her ezine goes out to over 11,000 subscribers. Create the life you love by subscribing to her eZine at http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com/wo/content/newsletter. Be sure to check out her blog at www.tonyadavidson.com for complimentary tutorials and articles.




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