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11  Black & Mint beaded jewelry set in Beads: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 30, 2013 02:28:37 AM
my fingers hurt SO much from making this stuff.  I sliced my middle finger open a couple of times and even though I've showered 3 times since then and washed my hands at least 20 times, I still have two grey marks (I used smoke FireLine for my stringing material).  but I opened up the first knuckle on my ring finger pretty good.  it freaking HURTS!  Sad  but it was all worth it.

if the bracelet (which closes with 3 snaps) looks a little wonky, it's because I used Ming Tree rounds which aren't uniform in size or shape.  but I like it.  it gives it some texture.
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12  Steampunk necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 30, 2013 02:21:27 AM
this idea just popped into my head late late late last night.  and I'm so happy with the outcome.  Grin

and a closeup of the watch face:

I had bought the watch new, but it was on sale for like $5.  Grin  I got it and another one just for this reason.  I was having a tough time trying to figure out what to put inside since I only have access to what I have on hand (which isn't a whole lot since I'm getting into mixed media and stuff pretty late.  I mean, I've only been collecting stuff for this style for not even 2 years.  and I'm being picky with what I'm collecting).  the watch movement didn't fit in there very well since it's smaller than the backing, but I used some antique bronze beads and glued them around the edge.  now it fits in there perfectly.  you can kinda see them in the upper right hand corner of the face.  I also added some crystals to holes and spaces where tiny gears and whatnot used to be.  the dangles are a crystal drop (that I actually do have more of.  I'm just stupid), a key, and a piece of real quartz.
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13  Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: October 29, 2013 12:56:13 AM
Battle/Challenge: October Sighting
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: blue
Project Name: turquoise and silver threader earrings
Brief Description: these are the threader earrings I had been planning to make FOREVER.  I had bought the supplies forever ago but I didn't get around to making them until a couple of weeks ago (I promise, I did them during the month of October).  the beads are, of course, Swarovski turquoise crystals.
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14  Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: October 27, 2013 04:53:21 PM
I can finally post my first project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Battle/Challenge: October - Let's Celebrate
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: End of the Trail necklace
Project Page Link: End of the Trail necklace
Brief Description: I chose to submit this under the Let's Celebrate challenge because as I found out, the fourth Friday of every September is Native American Day.  I've grown even more in love with their culture ever since I moved to Arizona (even though I hate it here).  one of my favorite pieces of art is the sculpture "End of the Trail" by James Earle Fraser.  I was so excited when I found this pendant and I just HAD to make a special necklace for it.  I used faceted silver beads and two [pricey] Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads to hang the pendant from.  if you would like to know more about "End of the Trail", click this link (or click the link in the main project post listed above).
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15  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: October 27, 2013 02:27:46 AM
ok.  I have the items I forgot to take pictures of last time plus some new items.

please click on the pictures for more information:

no link on this last one.
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16  Starburst(?) necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 27, 2013 02:25:42 AM
I don't know what else to call it, so I'm going with a starburst.  Grin

I found a beautiful version of this necklace in a Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog and I knew I had to make my own version.  the original had a very southwest name...but I don't know it and the website doesn't say it.  Undecided  oh well.  you can see the original one here.
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17  Lego Lightsaber jewelry set in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Krafty_Karasu on: October 27, 2013 02:19:02 AM
I had originally made this for the Summer Nerd Games battle royale: Star Wars vs. Star Trek.  I am no Trekkie, but I'm also not much of a Star Wars person either, but I'll take SW over ST any day.  Tongue

Lego lightsabers as a necklace and earrings.  Grin
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18  End of the Trail necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 27, 2013 02:12:49 AM
so there's this sculpture I absolutely love called "End of the Trail".  I thought I had seen this little pewter figure glued to a glass marble once when I was in this neat store in Sedona.  well, we went back to Sedona on Saturday to get some rocks and so I could find that figure.  I couldn't find it, so I just looked around the store at other things, thinking that maybe I might find something else with the sculpture on it.  I found the jewelry rack, and when I came to the very last side, there it was; a sterling silver "End of the Trail" pendant.  so I got it.  it was just a pendant, so I needed a matching chain (which of course they didn't have.  great idea, right?  "hey!  let's sell these pendants but nothing to put them on!").  there's a tiny, tiny bead store on the way out of Sedona, so we stopped there so I could look for a chain.  I ended up getting the silver beads and the Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads to make this necklace.  I wish SB turquoise wasn't so expensive.  I would have got these pretty little ones I found so I could have more for other projects.  oh well.

I love it!  oh, and here's a link to a picture of the actual sculpture and its history.
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19  SEP-OCT 2013 Challenge Entry Included!!! in Craftalongs by Krafty_Karasu on: October 20, 2013 02:20:31 AM

I finally decided to upload the projects I've finished recently (crap.  I forgot one.  but I really don't care right now.  I had a VERY bad day yesterday, and I just want to get these posted.  I'll worry about the other one later.  I just saw another one.  and another one.  it was a bad, bad day).

so here they are:

this set is a present for my cousin's little girl.  I didn't mark it as such before because I forgot that gifts were eligible for the challenge.  Roll Eyes
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20  Beaded Steer Skull in Completed Projects by Krafty_Karasu on: October 20, 2013 02:17:42 AM
if you were ever curious as to why I'm looking for ceramic steer skulls, you're about to get your answer.

I make beaded masks to go over them.  I've posted others in the past, but they were a bit smaller than this.  also, I received this skull from fellow Craftsterer, mieljolie.  I don't think she's online anymore though.  Sad  but thanks to her trade, I was [eventually] able to make another one of these masks.  Grin  oh!  and I only broke one bead!  Cheesy
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