For centuries sailors and landlovers alike have been inspired by the stories of mystical beauties living beneath the waves. Now you can entice just like the sirens of the sea with your very own mermaid inspred Chloe and Rose bangle. Sold usually for approximately $22 it will be swimming away to one lucky fan. Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered. The winner will be chosen at random from the entries below and announced on the 28th of June.
May 28, 2012 by Chloe and RoseDont forget to show us some love on Facebook… We will be eternally greatful!!
May 2, 2012 by Chloe and Rose
I am just crazy about pink at the moment! Just cant get enough!
Here are my favourite pink things on ETSY right now!!
March 2, 2012 by Chloe and Rose
I have found myself thinking a lot about my processes and the quality of my finished products recently. While I have found selling my current handmade goods on etsy (and through friends) rewarding i have also found it to be really nerve wracking putting something out there for all to see and to be judged.
As a purchaser of all things handmade I “get it” handmade is different, its supposed to be different and therefore slight imperfections that make it handmade should be celebrated.
But what about those people who dont “get it” I often find myself wondering what people who recieve my jewellery really think of it and whether they are over critical of the little bumps or bubbles that occur (like i am sometimes) or whether they love the fact that they have recieved something which noone else owns.
When I ran market stalls it was easy to get feedback on what I was producing, at that time what i was creating WAS different and unique but it was also priced very differently and i had convinced myself that people didnt mind buying imperfect at just a few bucks here and there.
To date i have had very few complaints about the resin jewellery (or any of the polymer clay i had sold in a previous crafty life) but that fear still remains that at some point someone might turn around and say “Hey! This isnt unique and quirky! this is crap!”
I imagine that i am not alone in these fears, and that many a crafter has secretly stashed away their handmade goods in shame or fear of not being good enough to sell. And how often do we witness people bashfully dismissing the enthusiastic compliments and suggestions of their friends after they have created something fabulous.
Perhaps when it comes down to it, inside all of us who create is still that little kid bringing home the finger painting hoping mum will put it up on the fridge.
February 14, 2012 by Chloe and Rose
chloeandrose.com is up and running! And to celebrate we are giving one lucky person the chance to win a one of a kind handcrafted resin bangle!
To enter all you need to do is show us some love! Share our facebook page and website on your wall to share the word with your friends. Leave us a comment to let us know when you have done this and you will be entered into the draw to win this one of a kind, handcrafted bangle in beautiful pink and grey tones (it is valentines day today afterall!) The “in love” bangle is part of our New Romantics collection and is usually sold for $22.
The winner will be drawn at random in two weeks time and you will get one entry everytime you share so you have plenty of oppurtunities to get your name in the draw!
February 5, 2012 by Chloe and Rose
Let me start this post by stating the obvious; I am by no means an expert at mould making or silicone in general. However, i have found it easy to work with and fairly affordable, all you need is a little patience and care when preparing for the pour to guarantee great results. I use a pourable “skin safe” silicone which is easily available online. If you are intending to use your mould to make personalised icecubes, chocolates or even as a baking mould you will need to buy food safe silicone. I buy all my supplies from either Aldax or directly from Barnes
What you will need.
- A protected workspace (there will be spills)
- Pourable silicone of your choice. I regularly use Barnes Pinkysil.
- 3 small measuring cups*
- At least 1 large plastic cup*
- A container big enough to hold your mould
- a craft knife
- oil based clay
- mixing stick
- the original object you want to mould.
*You may need larger or smaller cups depending on your method.
In this instance I am creating a mould to replicate a bangle that i have sculpted from oil based clay. This clay is easy to use, does NOT air dry and does not crumble. Preparation is key here. You must make sure that the item is as close to perfect as possible, any marks, dents and fingerprints will be replicated by the silicone. The picture of the bangle above was actually taken after i had removed it from the mould (guess who got so caught up in making the mould she forgot to take some pictures) and so it has a few marks on it from being pulled out of the silicone. I cant stress enough how important this step is. If your original isnt perfect neither will your cast be.
Step 1 - Preparation
Make a clay base to rest the item you want to mould on to. This clay base will form the top of the mould (we are working upside down here) and should be made as flat as possible. Once you have flattened it with your fingers (see picture) use a rolling pin covered in cling wrap to make it smoother. If there are small indentations in the clay you will need to remove them as it may let out some of the unset silicone.
Next place the item to mould on your base. If you want only a very thin opening in the top of your mold then place the item lightly on the clay. If your mould is for a flat backed object then you might like to press the item into the clay slightly, this will give you a cleaner edge and prevent the need to trim much later. When moulding for bangles i often put a small measuring cup in the middle to create a void. this will make my mould donut shaped but will save you money as you are not wasting silicone in the middle.
Place a container around the item to be moulded. Make sure the container leaves at least a centimetre in between the edge and the item to be moulded (if not the silicone will be too thin and will be more likely to split) Once you have measured that it is correct you will need use your craft knife to cut a hole in the container to allow the silicone to be poured into it.
Place the container back onto the item and push it into the clay slightly to seal the edges then wrap the excess clay over the the lip of the container to make it watertight. This step is very important, if you miss this you will find that the silicone will seep through and be wasted.
For larger items takeaway containers are great, for tiny items tealight candle foil containers work well.
Step 2 – Mixing
The silicone will most likely come in two parts, in two different colours. You can guess why this one is called Pinkysil. Measure equal parts of the silicone in your small measuring cups (these are disposable shot glasses)
At this point i will mention that you shouldnt worry about how much silicone you will need for your project too much. I always start with this amount. It will create at least two ring moulds and is usually enough for a small to medium bangle. The reason for this is that you can always mix up another batch of silicone after you have poured and found that you need more. Dont worry, unset silicone will stick to other silicone. It is better to do it this way than to waste excess product.
Pour both parts into a third (larger) cup and mix well. If you can see parts that are darker than others keep mixing, you want it to be a uniform colour to allow it to set properly. You will need to mix quickly, this stuff starts to set after a few minutes.
Step 3 – Pouring
Pour your silicone in an even thin stream into the mould making sure to get into as many spaces as possible. You may need to turn and tilt to get into all those spaces. Make sure that the silicone completely covers the item by at least a centimetre. If there are parts of your item peeking through mix up some additional silicone.
Once your container is filled with enough silicone you will need to wait patiently for a few minutes. You may see some bubbles come to the surface. You can blow on these gently and they will pop and form an even surface. You may need to use a drinking straw to get rid of bubbles in tight spaces.
Most silicones will not take long to set. I removed this mould from the container only half an hour after i poured it.
Step 4 – demoulding
After some time ( see the directions on your silicone) you will be able to remove the mould from the container. Start by removing the clay at the bottom. If you embedded the item into the clay it may pop out at this time, if you did not embed the object you have a couple more steps.
Use your craft knife to gently cut away at the little bits of silicone that have set around the lip of the container. Also gently cut the thin membrane of silicone that has formed over the surface of the object inside.
and out she comes.
Next you will need to remove the original item from inside the mould. Hard objects should pop right out. Clay objects need a little more care so that you dont leave half of it behind in there.
Tadah! here is your original one of a kind mould! It needs to be washed with warm soapy water to get out any clay residue and then trimmed of any excess silicone. .
Now its ready to be used over and over again to create replicas in different colours and patterns.
January 10, 2012 by Chloe and Rose
It’s better to give than receive! Right?
But how good does it feel when you excitedly rip open that wrapping paper ( im not patient enough to gently unwrap) to find something you love nestled in that paper!
Women have perfected the art of dropping hints. You know what i mean! Pointing out and complimenting particular items in shop windows, catalogues and on other people.
And just as women have perfected hinting, men have perfected the art of MISSING THE POINT COMPLETELY. Lets face it, often subtlety just doesnt work!
Thats why i love the Treasury feature on etsy. Treasury lists allow users to “curate” a list of items they like or are interested in. For a seller it is yet another tool to allow potential customers to your items whether it be via a customer clicking on your profile because they like your list or if you are lucky enough to have one of your items featured on someone elses list.
The real potential of this feature for buyers is an easily accessible and changeable wish list to share with loved ones (almost like a registry) before an important date or to keep to yourself for future reference.
Many of these wishlists can be based on a particular event, colour or even emotion. At this very moment Treasury lists based on Valentines day, romance, love, hearts and the colour red are trending world wide.
If you find that you have a knack for curating lists you might find that one of your lists is used by etsy on their homepage. It goes without saying the amount of traffic this could generate for your business if your treasury is listed or better yet your product is featured.
Treasury lists i have created
A goddess’ afternoon on Bondi Beach - A list based on what you might dream of having with you on your summer holiday
The ultimate list for cat lovers - Jewellery and vintage inspired clothing all featuring kittens and cats.
Maybe if im lucky he will find my wishlist - a rainbow of a wishlist inspired by shiny, pretty objects.