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1  Re: Pendant Swap Round 5 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 06, 2015 06:38:06 AM
I love the rectangular butterfly pendant. Are the flower and large butterfly made of leather?

Yes, the flower is made from layered leather and suede pieces and the butterfly is embossed leather.

I received from darkangelwingz...

this is a lovely bead-woven piece - I love how kinetic it is.

This is made with dagger beads wire wrapped together

My lighting sucks this morning, no matter how I tried, I could not get a good shot that shows the colours well - the first is a lovely amber colour, and the second pendent, the dagger beads are red with a lovely blue iridescence.

Thank you very much!
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2  A melange of mini mixed media boards... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Onyxnox on: August 02, 2015 08:52:38 AM
I made a group of these recently for the 4x6 art swap... I had two partners, but I had a lot of fun making them, so what I did was when I was done, closed my eyes, picked two, then pop them in the envelopes and then address them, so it was a bit of a surprise for us all.

These first two were made with homemade texture medium covering the base of canvas board, which I then stamped into to add texture.  Various inks and acrylics for colour, and elements added with gel medium.  I love how the texture paste took the colour and images, and it dried to a lovely hard, smooth finish.  More from my blog in the links below the images if anyone is interested.

wings of hope


These were done with various acrylics, inks, gel pens, stamping, and die cut chipboard for dimension, and gel medium.  I wanted to focus on words that are creatively inspirational.




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3  A melange of metal and leather.... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: August 02, 2015 08:24:11 AM

I went a bit wild with making these one weekend.  I was in the pendent swap, and this time, I kind of went about it differently.  I made a number of various types of pendents after a bit of stalking, then chose the pendents that I felt suited my partners best.  I actually ended up make a LOT of pendents in a few different styles/media, so all my partners got one or two extra. 

I love the combination of leather and metals, and once you pull out the materials to make one, you may as well make a few.  I punched out a variety of copper and brass circles - a real pain, and rather noisy, so I did it on a weekend when DH was away (he hates when I get up early on the weekend and start hammer metal).  I then die cut some shapes.  This time, I found a nice couple of scrap sheets of embossed leather at a fabric store I like to frequent - otherwise I would have embossed them myself.

I did a bit of colouring of the leather with metallic acrylics and sealed them with an acrylic sealer.  I stamped the metal blanks, and patinaed them, and sealed with Renaissance wax afterwards.  I then riveted the pieces together.  I had to make some mini washers also for some of the pieces - if the leather is behind the metal, you need a washer to hold the rivet, or the leather will work itself loose sooner or later - sadly enough, more often sooner than not.

There are more pics and info in my blog postings if anyone is interested...

Also, here is the original post I did way back when with a tutorial for the pendents...

Wild hearts...


A creative heart...




an artistic heart....
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4  A booze journal.... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: August 02, 2015 07:48:15 AM
I made this recently for emilywilde for the OMG I need a drink swap... she requested a journal for drink recipes and the like.  I was going to make one with a mini ring binder backing and recycled cardboard but when I was wandering around a craft supply store, I found these hard bamboo covered note books and they seemed perfect for the application I was thinking.

I wanted a leather-like texture, like what I had [urlhttp://onyxnox.blogspot.ca/2014/05/the-tale-of-lana.html]when I did the book base for this mini canvas for underthemountain last year[/url] and used several layers of gel medium and tissue paper to cover both covers.  After that dried, I just played around with chipboard letters and paint, stamps, tissue paper, jute, etc.  

I made the stamped panels with homemade texture paste, which dried to a great hard texture, and took a rubbed on paint application nicely.  I added the little pearl stickers to represent the bubbly cocktails and wines, and to replace the accent on the last e of salute, and take up a bit of that dead space where the e is shared with the cheers. All the elements are as well glued down as I could, with lots of matte gel medium.

More about the project here if anyone is interested...
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5  The opposite of cooking... but cold-brewed coffee is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Onyxnox on: July 26, 2015 11:11:01 PM

This is not a typically hot brewed coffee, that is then chilled or iced to bring the temperature down.  This is cold steeped coffee and I recently saw ads for it, and wondered what the fuss about.  What I read was that it was less acidic, smoother, and brings out some flavour profiles that hot water brewing doesn't allow for.  I love iced coffee in the hot summer, so I decided to give it a try.

I always buy whole beans and grind them myself, and I had this cool carafe with a filter cone in the centre for brewing iced tea, so I used the beans I usually get (Costco), and filled the filter to the top, and filled the carafe to the top.  I put the lid on and let it steep in the fridge for about 16-18 hours.  I then removed the filter and ran it through my usual metal coffee filter to remove any further grounds.  I then returned it to the carafe and returned it to the fridge.  The cool thing with the carafe is that it is leak proof so can lay on the side for saving space.

Anyways, the end result is wonderful.  It *IS* less acidic and flavours come through with the cold brewed coffee that are not present with the hot brewed - it is smooth, rich, and has flavours of vanilla and chocolate that I do not taste in a hot cup.  It is also sweeter, just through cold brewing, without any addition of sweetener.  It makes a perfect glass of iced coffee IMO, or a base for a mixed coffee drink.  I am having it black, no sugar, because that is my preference, but I bet it would be super tasty with a flavoured simple syrup, irish cream, chocolate syrup, or something like Sheridan's or the Godiva white chocolate liqueur.

There are specialty brewers for cold brew, but why bother - my little carafe seemed to do the job just fine.  Or right now, I have another batch brewing in the fridge in a Ziploc container, and an old PB jar - I just need to run them through the filter in the morning!

More about it on my blog....

So if you haven't tried it, love your java, but want something cold and refreshing in the heat and humidity of summer, give this a try!!!! 
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6  Re: Pendant Swap Round 5 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 24, 2015 07:39:12 AM
I received from Feywalker...

This is a lovely polymer clay piece which nicely represents my love of the woods and nature.

I love the leaf shape of this piece, and the use of beads.

Thank you, Feywalker Smiley
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7  A triad of resin bar pendents... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: July 18, 2015 11:42:31 AM

I made these recently while making some note cards.  I had some punched out paper pieces that were leftover from those and other projects and they were small little bits.  So I decided to embed them in resin to make some pendents.  I used some plastic packaging that I had saved, likely from packages of extra x-acto blades, and layered thin layers of resin and the bits of cut paper shapes.  As a backing, I embedded washi paper on the back, with the second to last pour of resin.  The final pour was after I unmolded the pieces and trimmed away the edges, and sanded the edges down.

This one is done with mini die cut gears, cut from kraft paper.  I painted some of them with metallic acrylic paint.  A couple I left bare paper, and they darkened as they absorbed the resin, and were set in the back, so they actually look rusty/old/oxidized.  The backing paper is a textured charcoal paper with some specks.  I thought it made nice contrast to the metal

This one is done with some teeny die cut stars, cut from yellow paper, some of which were painted gold.  I backed it with a wee scrap of star patterned washi paper on a light blue background.  The paper, being such a light colour, became very translucent and made a great pale, almost luminous background.

This last one is done with some die cut red hearts that were leftover from when I made an anniversary card for DH.  I left them the bare paper, and the resin made them a nice deeper red.  I thought a dark contrast would be nice with the red.  There were some tiny dot die cuts that came from the same die, and added that as a bit of confetti detail.  I added the same textured charcoal paper which I thought was a nice contrast with the red.

I was happy to make these three - I basically use scrap washi paper and scrap die cuts, and some left over mixed resin from another project I was making - would have hated to toss it away...
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8  Re: 4x6 Art Swap - June 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 16, 2015 08:52:23 AM
I just received from Smmarrt... it is a colourful mixed medial piece that I really like - I think it may be going up on my locker at work - I think it suits the group myself and the group I work with very well - they may appreciate it too! 

Thank you very much Smmarrt, it is wonderful!
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9  Re: OMG - I need a drink swap GALLERY (send outs July 10) in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 10, 2015 07:04:00 AM
I received from emilywilde... such a cute and creative package.  If it wasn't 9 in the morning, I would have been tempted to crack open a can to christen it.... but really, I have not sunk that far yet...

First a mitten drink cozy - it looks like something a Canadian should have for the winter - mittens to keep your hand warm, while you hold your beer... my only complaint is that mittens come in pairs... if I had two, I could double fist the drinks! Smiley

It's a perfect fit for my summer time go to commercial drink, Palm Bay

An Eat Me decorated jar - unfortunately the shipping caused the "wrapping" to be broken at the rim - I will try to see if I can fix it.

A cocktail stamp - will have to make some summer notecards with this!

Some great cocktail straws (am thinking mango bellinis now), and "Drink Me" wine charms - I love the connection to my love of Alice in Wonderland.

Thank you very much!  I sent my package to you yesterday, I hope it gets there safely and you like it!

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10  Re: Pendant Swap Round 5 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 10, 2015 06:50:45 AM
I did not know there was a gallery already!

I received from scarlet_nights too - I received a package earlier in the week, but wanted to motivate myself to finish and send my current swap packages so did not allow myself to open until I sent.

This is what she sent me - lovely colourful glass pendents:

A lovely peacock eye pendent

and a dichroic look pendent that is in lovely colours!

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