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101  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / cherry blossom jewelry on: April 23, 2009 03:54:26 PM
I guess jewelry with cherry blossoms will have to do until my tree blooms.

just a simple pendant on black cord.

I made 2 pairs of earrings thinking that one matched each necklace, then I realized they both matched this one.  oh well.  as soon as I saw the shell with cherry blossoms on it, the pink flower, and the tiny pink drop flowers, this necklace came to mind.  I love it.   Grin

what do you think?
102  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / earrings for a swap on: April 23, 2009 02:32:50 PM
I made these all for an earring swap I was in.  all of my partners loved them.  Grin

103  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Twilight inspired Edward's eyes cuff on: April 03, 2009 12:19:19 PM
ok.  I'm keeping beading sessions small until my shoulder is completely healed.  I hurt.   Sad

but on the bright side, doing a biggish beading session today resulted in this:

I tried like crazy to glue the cabochon to the cuff, but each time it peeled right off.  I used fabric cement, regular hypo cement, and I even tried gorilla glue.  nothing held.  I FINALLY got the bright idea to just trace around the cab then embroider with beads.  it fits in there nice and snug and the beaded bezel will keep it in there.  the bottom stitched line is a little crooked, but that's what you get for trying to sew lamb skin.  it's so soft and stretchy...and a royal pain.  I imagine that spandex is worse, but this was bad enough.

and to make up this cuff, I used black lamb skin leather for the cuff itself, a...I forget the size onyx cabochon, and topaz 11/0 Delicas.  I'm pretty happy with it.   Smiley

what do you think?
104  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklace fit for Vampire royalty on: March 12, 2009 06:55:54 PM
or at least I'd like to think so.  I had ordered the red drops with 3 loops on a whim, thinking I could come up with something to do with them.  so I sat down today at my little table with my millions (maybe billions) of beads, and finally came up with this.  I love this necklace so much.  it's not just because it does remind me of maybe something Lillie from Kindred: The Embraced would wear, but because it's sparkly and red.  2 of my favorite things.   Grin

I made the picture much bigger than just the necklace because I also wanted to show off that I FINALLY bought a display, so my pictures will look a little more professional from now on.   Wink
105  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall on: March 02, 2009 10:13:58 AM
I'm sure you have at least a slight idea of what I've crafted going by the title alone.   Wink

shouldn't be hard to forget: a black horse and a cherry tree...kinda.  my original pattern had the horse standing in front of the tree's trunk, but my brown is called dark chocolate and the shade was too close to the black that it would have all just created one dark mess.  so I just used the tree branches.

this is a combination of the Little Mermaid wall hanging I did a while back and an idea I had for a necklace I needed to make to go with a pair of earrings I already made.

I loved this song from the minute I heard it.  no real meaning, I just loved the beat and the sound.

video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK8rHqddU4w
lyrics: http://music.yahoo.com/KT-Tunstall/Black-Horse-And-The-Cherry-Tree/lyrics/29109066

I hope you like it.   Smiley
106  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / gemstones and other decorations with polyclay on: February 02, 2009 11:25:55 AM
so I was wondering...

my first polyclay project included the use of gemstones.  the instructions I was using said to place the gemstones in the clay, then bake.  I don't see this being a problem.  but here's where my question comes in...why do other projects using (for example) chatons tell you to press them into the clay, then pop them out before baking.  could something happen to the crystal?  or would it be safe?
107  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Twilight inspired stuff *image hefty* updated on: January 18, 2009 08:36:07 AM
finally here it all is.  the pictures aren't the greatest, but I just can't help moving when I take pictures.   Undecided

first we have an E for Edward necklace and earring set.  the tiny seed beads on the jumprings are topaz and black for the colors of his eyes (they were a serious pain to use).

then we have my stretchy Edward Cullen bracelet.  nothing fancy, just his name and beads in the color of his hungry eyes.

next, tear drop-shaped crystals in the colors of Edwards eyes.  my first necklace using a toggle clasp as the focal point.  I'd been wanting to use those locks and keys.

another necklace of Edward's eye colors.  all of the other necklaces use Swarovski crystals.  this one uses Czech glass beads with Swarovski as the earrings.

I had made a topic just for the next item, but I'm throwing it in here too.
a Twilight inspired bookmark

then a New Moon inspired bookmark.  it's not really pink, it's a reflection off my blinds.

Eclipse bookmark

Breaking Dawn bookmark.  yes, that's even a tiny pink bow on the key.

if vampires could cry (like they do in Kindred: The Embraced), then I think they'd cry tears of blood.  modeled after the Phoenix Tears necklace I made for a Harry Potter swap, here's Vampire's Tears

and last we have Blood Drops

hope you like.   Smiley
108  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Twilight inspired bookmark on: January 08, 2009 11:20:21 PM
I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of this!!!

I just got Twilight for Christmas (and am going through withdrawals because I'm done with it and can't find any of the others.  stupid Christmas craze...) and while picking through my beads looking to see what I had for no reason in particular, I found the seed bead (it really is a seed drilled through to make a bead) and some of the other random red beads (that pink looking one really is red) and it dawned on me.  I have seen others use keys in their Twilight pieces and I remembered that I had some key charms.  I threw it all together (in a jumbled mess that left me wanting to change it) and this is what I came up with!  I absolutely LOVE this bookmark!

the only white thing I had laying around was a 9 1/2" x 6" notebook.  I couldn't exactly take a picture of this thing against my red walls or my red carpet.  Tongue

it's a little less than 5" tall.  notice the tiny "blood drop" on the end of the key.  I love that the most.   Grin
109  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Gryffindor/Phoenix picture frame on: December 08, 2008 09:08:05 PM
so this is the final product.  I made the phoenix from polyclay and posted it here in the correct topic since the phoenix was finished and made from clay.  since the finished piece is something you'd use to decorate a room, it's here.   Smiley

so, what do you think?
110  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / HP swap item - polyclay phoenix *updated!* on: December 02, 2008 12:04:20 AM
my partner received her package, so I can now show off this item.   Grin

this is my first real attempt at working with polyclay...whether you want to believe it or not after looking at this.

my Harry Potter swap partner likes phoenixes, and it just so happens that I had found this really pretty project in one of my jewelry making magazines.  it's called "Two Turtle Doves" by polyclay artist Christi Friesen (http://www.cforiginals.net/)

I thought this would make a great opportunity to make a phoenix for my partner.  so...I did.

this is pre-varnish, so it's not as bright of a red in this pic as it is in real life (and the top of the wing doesn't look so weird).  plus, it's kinda hard to see the sparkles.  I used cherry red and red effects Fimo.  this thing measures about 6"x3".

tell me what you think   Smiley

now you can see the finished product here!
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