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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Legend of Zelda Hyrule Crest Bracelet on: June 14, 2016 10:14:36 PM
Excellent job!  I recognized the Zelda design motifs (Tri-force, etc.), even from the small thumbnail image on Craftster's main page.  Do you do something to the leather to make it retain a cylindrical, bracelet shape, or is that just a function of the two ends being attached to one another via Velcro/clasp/etc.?
Thanks Cheesy I dampened the leather on the reverse side and let it dry on a bracelet mandrel to reinforce the shape. But, it should hold shape by itself.

Ah, I couldn't help but squee when I saw this! Thanks for the pattern - I'll have to cut it by hand but I definitely want to give this a try. I second the idea of trying it in some sort of metal too. That's what I thought it was based on the thumbnail.

If I had a dremel and jewelry saw I probably could make it from brass sheeting. Most of my tools are still in my parents' house, but we're probably going to move the rest of my stuff to our new house soon. Maybe then. :3

Ooh I love it!


It looks so cool! I really want to try this but I've never had to much luck cutting leather in the past.

It's not so bad. Just have to test your machine a few times to see how it works.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Thumbelina Paper Doll Set on: May 07, 2016 05:14:50 AM
Just finished up my second paper doll set. Cheesy

I made this folder/background combo, like I did for my first Swan Lake set.

And two dolls - a swallow and Thumbelina herself.

I think I want to do a Red Riding Hood set next. Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / More Kanzashi Projects on: April 29, 2016 07:05:15 AM
I finished up more boxes and a hair pin using some flowers I made as part of a wedding project. I posted the first two boxes in my last thread with some progress photos so I'm not including any progress photos on this one. XD

A circle shaped box.

A heart shaped box.

And a square shaped box with a little art nouveau frame. Haven't decided what to write in the middle yet. I might give it away as a gift, so I might just leave it blank.

And this last one is a hair pin. That should just about finish up all my pre-made flowers. I'm going to work on new flowers and try out new folding techniques soon, just waiting for more supplies to arrive. Woohoo!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Kanzashi Trinket/Ring Boxes on: April 22, 2016 02:56:04 PM
Oh, these are gorgeous.  I assume these are your wedding colors, too?  Stunning.

Yup! Our wedding colors were mint green, pale aqua, silver and white. And thanks! Cheesy

Oh! This is lovely! I can't imagine how long it took to make all those flowers! I'm glad you found a use for them.

It didn't take too long, actually. It was a concerted effort over roughly two weeks to get all the flowers done. :3 But, if it would have made a very small bouquet. For a larger bouquet, probably a month or two.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kanzashi Trinket/Ring Boxes on: April 20, 2016 10:32:14 PM
So, I was going to make my entire wedding bouquet from kanzashi. I got pretty close to finishing, but then I decided I really did want fresh flowers instead. So, I ended up with a ton of flowers that had nothing to do. I recently recovered the majority of my art supplies from my parent's house in Florida (though I still haven't been able to move everything up to my new home in Canada yet), and decided I'd better use these flowers for something.

I also had a set of variously shaped miniature cardboard boxes I'd bought years ago with the intention of decorating. So, I set about kanzashi-ing up the boxes.

Here's the first two I did, plus some progress pictures.  I'll be making more soon. Cheesy

Cheap craft acrylics are pretty thin, so I had to do several coats just for coverage (about 3). Also, the texture of the cardboard was slightly lumpy, so I did 3/4 more coats so I could sand the paint down to a smoother surface.

Here's how the box looked after painting.

I added a bit of pale aqua silk ribbon to the edge of the box top, just to give it a hint of contrast.  I used bias cut silk habotai that I dyed myself and cut into squares for the flowers. The ribbon for the edging was the same type of ribbon.

Here's the finished piece. Smiley

And here's the oval shaped one I made next (no ribbon edging on this box top though).

There's a few more photos on my blog, but I feel like these are the best ones, haha.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flora & Fauna Leather Jewelry on: March 31, 2016 12:31:41 AM
Unique and beautiful pieces.  I especially like the peacock.
Thank you so much! The peacock is my favorite too! Cheesy
sensational - well done
Thank you! Cheesy
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Legend of Zelda Hyrule Crest Bracelet on: March 28, 2016 01:28:57 PM
I just finished up this bracelet. I like it, but I don't really wear bracelets. XD I decided to do a giveaway for it on my blog instead of just letting it collect dust.

I tried to do a companion cube one with little wings, but it turned out really poorly. My Silhouette Curio doesn't seem to like cutting leather with right angles, does better with curves.

I put a tutorial and pattern up for the bracelet here if you want to make one yourself:http://www.appledainty.com/creative-process/making-a-leather-hyrule-crest-bracelet/
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Luna Artemis Diana - Sailor Moon Cats on: March 18, 2016 04:52:16 PM
These are amazing! So cute! Cheesy
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tea Time Kitten Cards on: March 18, 2016 04:12:13 PM
I just finished up this set of card designs :3

Animals and tea, both things that I love.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flora & Fauna Leather Jewelry on: March 15, 2016 01:09:43 PM
Whoa! I love these. I don't know if it's just me/my own eyesight, but I love that it takes a brief little moment to discern the design in the negative space of the leather. It's like, at first I thought these were just beautiful nature-inspired abstract designs and then, poof!, there's a squirrel sitting there looking at me!!

I love the Gilded Lily of the Valley earrings. They're beautiful.

These are just fantastic, really. I love them all, but I especially want to steal the bracelets. Smiley

That trick of the eyes is intentional! Cheesy It happens to me too, and I designed the bracelets LOL  Thanks so much! :3 I eventually want to open an etsy shop, thinking about doing some local craft/trade shows later this year, and I've got a kickstarter going on right now, so it's always good to hear that people like my designs and want them. Gives me some hope. XD Creating can be so nerve wracking!

Cool assortment of jewelry! I was surprised that these are actually leather--from the photos, I assumed that they were metal.

Nope, definitely leather! haha.  I've worked in metal before but I don't have the tools for it right now.  Leather is easier.

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