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1  mixed media inspirational piece - crafted with soul and passion... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Onyxnox on: April 12, 2014 05:28:46 AM
I have had a phrase running through my head for awhile, that I found very inspirational.  I read it in an editorial piece in a ClothPaperScissors issue from earlier in the year.  It is a Thomas Moore quote that really resonated with me and I knew I had to make it into an inspiration piece for my craft room.  I got around to that last month and this is what I came up with.

I used three 5"x7" canvases, and made them in my favourite colours, using inks and acrylics.  I used vintage sheet music, made some glittered embellishments.

I added some texture with some glass bead gel, which I left clear - it really catches the light.

I added the lettering with a sepia brush tip Micron marker, and highlighted it with copper paint.

I added antiqued copper eyelets and chain to attach the pieces and hang it, and some mini alligator clips to the bottom edge, because I am using it to hang some of the art tags I have been making, so it can be a continually changing piece as well.  It hangs just to my side and it helps me to reflect on it as I work.

Oh yes, the phrase is (and it is paraphrased)

Everyone is an artist, when their work is crafted with soul and passion.

Here is a bit more about it on my blog
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2  No unicorn... needlework nonsense in Needlework: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: April 12, 2014 05:07:23 AM
I made this for the recent Complete Nonsense swap, for Helena Puck.  She listed a part of a Shel Silverstein poem as a favourite quote and when I first read it, it seemed awfully familiar.  Then I realized it was a lyric from a favourite Irish Rovers song that my grandfather in law would love to sing around the fire when we used to visit them at their retirement property.  He passed on a couple of years ago and I loved that man dearly, especially since he reminded me so much of my one of my own grandparents, all of whom passed on when I was quite younger.

Anyways, I knew then that I *had* to make something for that quote and I came up with this little guy - he is just so plump and cute, and I swear I was smiling every time I worked on him - for one thing, the song kept running through my head.  Oh yes, the design for the unicorn came from Urban Threads.

I am also proud to say that it was all made from stash materials - a friend gave me a bunch of leftover floss from her mother who loves to cross stitch, and all the colours came from that.

After mounting it on the hoop, and finishing the back, I took the outer hoop and wood burned the quote onto it, then stained it in a light finish.

I posted more pics on my blog, and also the full poem if anyone is interested
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3  Re: Use What You Have Swap (Sign-Ups CLOSED - FULL) Send By 5/17/14 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Onyxnox on: April 12, 2014 04:52:00 AM
OK, I finally took some pictures of the sex bunny fabric last night - I was wrong, it is pink and turquoise, but don't be disappointed, it IS glow in the dark (which is hard to take a picture of).

I posted a few more pics on my blog if you wanted to look at some more... I don't think that the bunnies will come out for this swap - but I am liking the PJ pants idea.  If I was brave enough, it would become a scrub top - but I am pretty sure my manager would NOT approve and the lecture on professionalism and standards of practice would just not be worth it
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4  Flamingo Croquet... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: April 11, 2014 05:05:01 PM
This was another piece I made for Helena Puck as part of the Complete Nonsense swap - she listed anything related to flamingo crochet as a favourite and I love the John Tenniel art work for Alice in Wonderland, so I wanted to make a pendant piece from his flamingo croquet art...

Using a new resist method I was experimenting with, I came up with this - a simple square pendant etched with the image.  I punched holes in the corners to hang jump rings on, so I could hang it on a leather cord, and used a chasing hammer to add some texture to the edges.

Flamingo Croquet
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5  Resin and clay pendants... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: April 11, 2014 04:51:43 PM
I have been playing around with some ideas lately and recently made a batch of polymer clay tile pendants which I decorated with stampings, mica powder, and acrylics, before glazing them with resin.  I quite like how most of them turned out.

These are probably my favourites

Dainty little flowers

Cute little puppers - this is probably my fave - I love dogs!

A little spring wish

I love the shimmer the mica powder gives them, and the resin really adds a nice glaze.
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6  I'm all of love... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: April 11, 2014 04:42:15 PM

This is a cuff I made recently for the Complete Nonsense swap, and this was part of what I sent my partner, Helena Puck.  She listed this Shel Siverstein poem and image as some of the nonsense that she liked and it inspired me to make a jewelry piece for her.

I also came up with a different resist method to make this.

It is made from a copper piece that I scribed the Silverstein art on, and then metal etched.  Before etching, I stamped part of the poem onto the other side.

I made two embossed leather pieces to go on either side, added eyelets and jump rings to attach them to the copper piece, and added snap closure clasps to secure it.

Some more details on my blog.
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7  Re: Complete Nonsense Swap - Gallery (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: April 03, 2014 04:21:57 AM
I LOVE the mostly harmless pin set! 

I am seriously glad I waited before opening my package - my day was #$%@ yesterday and needed something to remind me that there is fun nonsense in the world...

First off - let me show you my new ring!

C'est Frommage!  My favourite Monty Python bit is the Cheese Shop - to this day, I snicker as I pass one by or go in one, and laugh if I hear bazouki music.

There was also an Alice in Wonderland Pendant - I love Alice - for the nonsense and John Tenniel's classic images.

And two rainbow Alice canvasses...

Because sometimes things just are curiouser - head-smackingly so sometimes... in fact, head bashing into the wall nonsense - like yesterday ...

thank you Helena Puck - you definitely lifted my spirits and made me smile and laugh today Cheesy

Bring on the rest of the nonsense!
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8  Re: Complete Nonsense Swap - Gallery (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 30, 2014 02:33:26 PM
I am glad you like everything!  I was seriously worried that the Scarecrow piece may be a bit creepy.  I did not have a picture of the drawing set... I thought it was cute as heck and just wish they had another, but the one I got you was the last one there.  I will try to write out a detailed tutorial for the specific method of etching that I did for the cuff and the necklace for you too and let you know when I do it.  The cuff is copper and the blue material is leather that I embossed.  The unicorn was a combination of satin stitch and long/short stitch to fill it - and it make me seriously happy to work on it because it was just such a happy looking unicorn.

As for another picture of the pendant, I just posted it on my blog today, but here is the picture I have of it...

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9  Complete Nonsense Swap - Gallery (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 22, 2014 05:09:35 AM

Welcome to the completely nonsensical gallery... display your wonderful nonsense for everyone to see, as you receive it please!

Nonsense swappers...

bold = shipped/received
orange = late, with communication
red = contact me immediately
strike out = feedback provided

[sent/received] Onyxnox
[sent/received] Knickertwist
[sent/received] whenindoubtsew
[sent/received] Helena Puck
[sent/received] fancybutch
[sent/received] Ludi
[sent/received] tapestrymlp
[sent/received] crazyda79
[sent/received] gala_apples
[sent/received pjr107
[sent/received] WeeFreeRhie
[sent/received] dontneedaclassroom

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10  Re: Box of Color Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 07, 2014 01:44:48 PM
Everything looks great in the gallery - all the colourful boxes make me happy.  Especially love the beachy art and the mermaid embroidery in the last batch.

I received from dfabbric too - it's funny how we both focused on the blues Smiley

A lovely piece of butterfly art in various shades of blue.

A beautiful thread piece in purples and blues.

A lovely variegated blue thread doily - I love it

and a crocheted bracelet - it's so light and comfortable

A beautiful and large quilted wall organizer- I think this will go on the wall in our office

Thank you - this was a fun swap to be in!
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