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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Zentangle and Jewellery

As you can surmise from the title, I'm still thinking about Zentangle's, and more specifically how to incorporate Zentangles into jewellery. I've made a little rule for myself - mainly to keep me in check. I will only invest time into a new craft if I can possibly incorporate it into my jewellery somehow.

Yes, lots of ideas we're floating around my head last night preventing me from getting a decent nights sleep!

First we have the obvious (at least to me, and anyone who works with polymer, or metal clay). Zentangles are line drawings. They would translate very well into stamps, or texture tiles.

You could also draw your tangles directly onto an object, and then seal it.

Using an image transfer medium you could transfer it onto metal, or polymer.

You could draw out Zentangles, then scan and reduce the image to use with the glass tiles! In the same vein, shrink your images down to fit in bezels, and pour resin on top.

A great one for the kids - have them draw directly on shrinky dink paper, punch holes, and string them up as a pendant. Kids will have an easier time drawing on a larger scale in any case.

Now, I haven't had time to play with any of these ideas yet...maybe in the new year! I'd love to hear about any ideas you may have - feel free to share if you like :-)


Jem said...

Since your post yesterday I can't stop thinking either. I do henna art as well as metal clay, chainmaille, and general beading. The ideas are tumbling at a scary pace into my mind. Hopefully I'll have some time soon to ponder them. Thanks for the link to Zentangle.

Genevieve said...

Hi Jen... A couple of months ago, I went to Whitinsville Massachusetts to take the Certified Zentangle Teacher workshop. So far, there are only four of us in Ontario.

Since I always try to apply everything I learn to jewelry making, I too have been thinking about using Zentangle in jewelry. I like your ideas!

I took some wood shapes, painted them with metallic paint, and then added a Zentangle design. You can see some of them here. I also thought I could scan some larger designs, print them at a reduced size, and collage them on a wood shape to make a pin or pendant.

So many ideas... So little time...