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1  The Vegas Showbride Bachelorette Headband in Weddings and Bridal Showers by appledainty on: February 04, 2014 07:27:24 PM
One of my co-workers had a bachelorette party in Las Vegas, so I made her this headband for the event:

She actually forgot to take it with her, so I need to figure out what to do with it now she's not going to use it. I'm sure I'll think of something. More photos:

Prep work. Lots of squares cut out for petals and bases made!

In progress.

Some close ups.

And attached to the headband with the veil.

Did I mention that it lights up? Seemed apropo for the setting.

And here's what it looks like on.
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2  Fireworks and Crane in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by appledainty on: January 20, 2014 08:50:56 PM
Another piece I did around the new year. I really wanted to do a crane; I have one in my personal collection but I haven't tried making one before. I thought it might be good for a new year's theme and added some fireworks.

I created a loop and threaded pieces of wire through the loop, then twisted the ends together to create a bunch of them from one central point.

This is what the firework looks like when it's attached to the hair prong and spread out/arranged nicely.

This is how it was attached in the back, with a stronger piece of wire. The decorative sparkly cloth wrapped wire is very thin and wouldn't be very stable on its own.

This is the wire base of the bird. I took a strong piece of wire, bent it into a bird shape, then wrapped the decorative wire around it.

And the wire base of the bird and two fireworks are attached to the hair prong.

I made a paper body for the bird, and started applying 'feathers.'

And now it's done!

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3  Red, White and Gold Kanzashi - IMAGE HEAVY! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by appledainty on: January 13, 2014 07:29:41 PM

I started this one around Christmas, but didn't finish it until after the new year. Finally getting around to posting it now. Smiley

Lots of progress shots!

Here's a shot of my color box.

Prepared base pieces.

First flower.

Second Flower.

I struggled a lot with this one; the colors were bleeding a little and the petals look messy.

Third Flower.

Fourth Flower.

Attaching the flowers to the comb.

Adding gold springy sprigs then centers.

Dyeing some ribbons green for a darker shade of leaf.

The ribbons are drying; they get put into a dye set, then dried again, ironed, and finally starched before being cut into squares.

Ta dah! All done.


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4  Orchid Kanzashi Hair Pin Set in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by appledainty on: December 15, 2013 07:46:51 PM
I've been working on new kanzashi projects each weekend. Smiley  This weekend's project is a set of three orchid hair pins.

Ta-daaah. Cheesy

This is the first one I made. I tried to put a lighter color on the interior of the large petals but the color difference wasn't great enough and it doesn't really stand out.

This is the second one I made. I was more satisfied with the color variation on this one.

This is the last one I made. It has a little more detail with a sprig of leaves and some silver cloth wrapped wire loops. I cleaned the thread up on the bottom left side of the bottom petal. It was actually a bit of excess glue.

Another shot of the last orchid.  I had to make a last minute repair with hot glue - you can see some of the strands in the picture on the leaves. I removed those last bits of course.

And one last picture of all three!

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5  Dragonfly and Flowers Kanzashi with Progress Photos in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by appledainty on: December 11, 2013 11:13:53 AM

I started the project with creating the underlying structure for my flowers. I use a circle stencil and some thin white cardboard sheeting.

I fed a wire through the bottom of the largest (base) piece of cardboard and hot glued it in place, then layered the other pieces of cardboard on top.

I started placing my round petals. They are made from silk habotai bias-cut ribbon that I cut into squares and folded one at at time. They are glued in place with rice glue. Smiley

More petals.

...and more petals!

Here is what the finished piece looks like. I didn't take progress pictures of the dragon fly or the smaller flowers. Sad Sorry. The dragonfly's body is made from jewelry wire that I bought from my local craftstore and wrapped into the appropriate shape.

I hand dye all the colored silk myself using Jaquard silk dye and dye set. Each piece of ribbon is dyed, left to dry overnight, put into a dye set bath then rinsed out and left to dry again. Once they are dry the ribbons are ironed to remove any creases or wrinkles before being cut into squares.

I add small centerpiece jewels to the flowers for just a bit of sparkle. I have a large selection of rhinestones and faux plastic pearls as well as bead caps and faux flower stamens for this use. Even if I'm using several of the same type of flowers I can make each one slightly different by changing an element of its centerpiece.

The end!
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6  Christmas Angel Pop-Up Card with Tutorial! A bit image heavy. in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by appledainty on: December 24, 2011 09:48:10 PM
Merry Christmas Everyone! Cheesy I've got something special for today - a Christmas Art Card with a tutorial on how it was made.

So let's start with the parts. Unfortunately, I don't have any patterns to provide...but it shouldn't be too hard to recreate since I did get some decent photos of all the individual parts of the card.



So  here are all the pieces of the card laid out.


Next, I finished coloring the base of the card and the little cloud pieces.


Then, I glued the angel to the turning tab, and attached the tab to the back of the card with a brad to allow for awesome turning action. I marked my turn tab and my main card piece with little x's in the places where you have to make a little hole for the brad to go through. I cut little x's over my pencil x's with a pen knife. It's much cleaner than trying to shove the brad through thick paper. You have to be careful how you position the angel on the turning tab so that it appears from behind the clouds properly. You will also need to cut a slit through the fold of the main card to allow room for the tab to swing - the tab will have to swing to the left, through the bottom of the clouds.


After that, fold the 'cloud' section of the main card up and glue it into place. Glue the popped up piece of cloud on the left side into place (to make it pop up, you can also use foam stickers that people use for photos - it gives the cloud piece just a little extra height and ads to the 3d/pop up book nature of the card), then glue the piece of cloud on the right side to the bare, angel-free end of the turning tab.  Make sure it's positioned so that the bottom of the cloud is flush with the bottom of the card when the tab is in the un-turned position (ie, the angel is hiding behind the cloud) - that way you can't really tell the tab is there before you go for the big reveal!




Add the 'Merry Xmas' banner. I used small, folded pieces of paper glued together to get the desired level of height/pop up from the back of the card. It made it easy to get exactly how much or how little height I wanted for the various pop-up elements, but it was a little irritating cutting out a billion tiny rectangles of paper and folding/gluing them all together.


Last but not least, use a white gel pen to draw little swirly clouds in the background, and voila -


the card is done!  As a finishing touch, and for the sake of having a very clean looking card, I always add a piece to the back of the card to hide the brad. I usually cut the ends of the brad a little shorter, and glue the backing just at the edges so that the brad doesn't get stuck from the glue. It makes it easier to write the title of the card and add my signature to the back of it as well!
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7  Special Message ATC in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by appledainty on: November 20, 2011 09:31:45 PM
I kinda got caught up in the whole Japan earthquakey thing earlier this year, and now that I'm home and have finally (finally) settled down, I thought I would share this ATC I actually finished ages ago, but never got around to posting. Cheesy

I'm really fascinated by pop-ups, and this was a fun experiment - though not entirely successful. Originally I was going to have one piece of the cloud be a swing tab that would move the bird over, and pull the message out.  I just couldn't get it to work, so I just made it so you pulled the bird over. there's a tab on the bottom of the bird that's underneath the clouds though, and a brad that allows the movement to happen.  I also put a layer on the back of the card so that the back of the brad doesn't show through. Smiley It just makes it neater looking all around.
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8  2/21 Update in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by appledainty on: February 21, 2011 05:24:42 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments. Smiley I might do some swaps later, but for right now I'm just trying to keep on top of my plans to move back to Florida from Japan.

Here's a card I made a few weeks ago.   Really happy with how it turned out.  There's more new cards on my blog, but nothing really special so I'm not posting them here.

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9  Re: A Year of ATCS: Pop-ups, Faerie Doors and Other Experiments (Updated 1/10) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by appledainty on: January 19, 2011 10:53:09 AM
Another Faerie and Faerie Door. Smiley

The flower is actually raised up from the background/popped up.

And another faerie door! Cheesy Open and closed.

I'm working on a magic 8 ball card, so hopefully that will be up soon. Smiley
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10  Re: A Year of ATCS: Image Heavy (Updated 1/7) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by appledainty on: January 10, 2011 07:41:09 AM
A few more from this week!  I'm doing a set of faerie-themed cards.  I really love faeries and the idea of faerie doors, so there will probably be alot of that in my work.

This is an upcoming character from one of my comic projects.  She loves faeries too, haha.

Faerie Door 1

I made two faerie doors, and this is the first one. Cheesy No faeries actually depicted, but I made some separate cards to go with the doors that depict faeries.

Faerie With a Bee

And here's the faerie that kind of goes with this first door.  I cut out each leaf of her hair one at a time and drew the veins in, haha.  It was fun!

Here's a closer picture.  The flowers are stickers.
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