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41  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / decorated funkins!!!!! on: October 13, 2012 04:44:10 PM
so my neighbor bought me 3 funkins (on sale of course) in exchange for some jewelry.  I've made a couple of pieces so far and even fixed another set, but I still have more to make.  we've decided to do Halloween crafting together, so I've been going over there to decorate stuff.  so far I've done 2 of my 3 funkins.

I HAD to have this first one because it looks like a candy corn, and I'm obsessed with the stuff.  Cheesy  I just used some black puffy paint to add the swirled dots and glued some golden rhinestones on it, being careful not to take away from the candy cornness of it.  Grin


then about a week ago, she was finally able to find a couple of black pumpkins, and I made that thing sparkle!  I loved the color of the big green ones on the top, but I was running out of them and they didn't come any smaller, but I thought the blue ones worked well with them.  but then I decided I didn't want so much blue and asked for my friend's opinion.  together we agreed that adding the dark pink rhinestones would make it all pop.  I LOVE how it turned out.


I still have a little white one to decorate, but I'm stuck on it's design.  I want to cut it though.  I still have other things to decorate while I mull over some ideas.  whatcha think?
42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / more new jewelry on: October 13, 2012 04:33:56 PM
I made these for my neighbor, and she bought me funkins.  Grin  I still have more to make for her, but these are the first 2 I made.



the second one is made from paper beads I got in a swap.  she saw them and fell in love with them, so I turned them into as earring and necklace set for her.  Smiley

43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland jewelry on: September 18, 2012 01:56:13 AM
I've been on a bit of a roll!  more jewelry for you to look at.  Grin

inspired by my idea to paint my findings for this set (it's the last set.  the one with turquoise findings), and seeing that I had 2 white roses like the black one used on that ring, I got the idea in my head to make partially painted red roses for an Alice in Wonderland set!  I wasn't sure what to do for a necklace, so when I was in Hobby Lobby the other day looking for black jumprings, I came across a new line of jewelry bits and bobs called "Fairy Tale" by Bead Treasures (a Hobby Lobby brand.  and unfortunately, their website doesn't show much of the collection if you just search for "Fairy Tale").  they have so many cute things to choose from!  and I chose a Queen of Hearts card and card suit charms!!  look!!!

the necklace is on the longer side and I like choker style too, so I made a "Drink Me" bottle necklace too that's short enough to hang above the QoH one.  I filled the bottle with pretty little blue crystals since I really didn't want to put a liquid in it.

I love this set and I can't wait to wear it!  hope you like it too!!!
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / chains and beads; more necklaces and earrings! on: September 14, 2012 04:36:11 AM
I haven't been busy or anything.  Tongue

first we'll start with 2 sets that I made from some new beads I got the other day from a neat little bead store not far from me:



the last one was made with all crystal clear drops, but since I didn't have any other way to display it, it's on a red background and the beads don't look crystal clear.  and the red one looks even more red thanks to the background too.  Tongue

then we have a set that I made all from stuff I already had:

where did I get those awesome turquoise findings, you ask?  from a bottle of nail polish!  Grin  that's the cool new thing I'm seeing; bringing new life to old, ugly, or tarnished pieces, or making findings in any color you need with nail polish!  so I painted the ring (it's hard to see but it's there!), the earring drops, and the bead on the necklace.  I think it looks pretty cool if you ask me.  the black rose come from a swap a while back.  she had also sent some white roses and when I got the idea to paint those findings, I came up with a BRILLIANT idea for the white roses too!  I just don't have the color nail polish I need, but I have to go out later today, so I'll pick it up then.  Wink

what do you think of my newest creations?
45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / lucite/acrylic flower earrings and necklaces! on: September 13, 2012 01:21:48 AM
I swore I posted these, but I can't seem to find them.  Huh  so I'll post my originals first, then my new ones with their story.

first up, we have the red and black sets that I made last year after finding these pretty flowers on Etsy:



I have now become SO obsessed with flowers like this that I've pinned about a hundred different kinds from Etsy.  lol.

so on to the story.  after moving to Arizona about 2 months ago, my aunt became friends with a woman who works at a bead store.  she asked if the store was hiring and was given information on who to contact.  my aunt then sent me the info and I have been e-mailing back and forth with the owner of the store.  I was hoping to meet with her today since I was going to be in the area, but no such luck.  oh well.  I did get to meet the manager on duty as well as my aunt's friend.  we all talked (and it seems like a great place to work since all you do is play with beads all day and talk to people about beads) and they invited me to have a look around the store.  I found 2 deadly (for my wallet) tubs full of beads I HAD to have.  $10 later I wound up with some turquoise size 15/0 Miyuki seed beads (the tiniest they make), a little zip baggie of Czech glass drops, daggers and leaves, 2 adorable Mahjong red dragon tile beads (I needed one more but I couldn't find another), and 4 lucite/acrylic turquoise flowers.  since these were bigger, I only used 3 of them rather than 4, so I'll have to buy a few more next time I'm there so I can make something else.  here's what I came up with:


oh, and the drops on these ones are some frosted clear ones I got from the store.  Grin

I still have to talk to the owner, but hopefully I can get some work there.  wish me luck!
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / more Harry Potter goodness! snitch earrings!!! on: September 13, 2012 12:55:24 AM
so about a week ago, I went out to lunch with my friend and neighbor, and I wanted to wear some HP jewelry since she's also a fan (though not as much as I am Wink).  I chose my winged key necklace, but then I realized I didn't really have any earrings that would really go with it.  so I whipped up these little cuties!



they're made out of tiny bells and feather charms.  I just love them!  I hope you do too!
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dia de los Muertos earrings! on: September 13, 2012 12:46:30 AM
as you may remember, some months ago I made 2 Dia de los Muertos bracelets; one for my cousin who wanted a colorful bracelet and one for myself in turquoise and red.  if you don't remember or you didn't see the bracelets, you can find them here.  I have also made a matching necklace that you can see here!

I only made a bracelet, and it was driving me crazy that I didn't have matching earrings (or a necklace, but I need to get a hold of another rose before I can make it), so I made some from a couple of turquoise roses I got in a swap as well as some smaller skull beads I bought when I picked up the larger ones.



hope you enjoy!
48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Coraline earrings on: August 09, 2012 04:53:18 AM
maybe a year ago, I made a little sketch of a pair of Coraline earrings and necklace.  I was determined to make them...at the time.  I of course forgot about them, so they never got made.  well, some strange part of me has been wanting to try my hand at drawing again, so I grabbed my sketch pad, opened it and there was the Coraline earring and necklace set.  I was inspired.  so, I sat down and finally made the earrings.  Grin  unfortunately I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the necklace yet.  Undecided


you've got the black buttons, the needle and thread, plus the stone Coraline used to find the ghost children's eyes.  I know it was green in the movie, but I like red more.  and the lighting is bad, so you can't see the real color of the "stone" (it's actually a Swarovski cosmic triangle in crystal red magma).

I'm so happy with how they turned out.  Smiley
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter Winged Key necklace on: June 13, 2012 11:01:30 PM
I bought these pretty wings at Michael's a few weeks ago having NO idea what to do with them, but I just HAD to have them.  when my order from Fire Mountain Gems came today, I was bitten by a small crafting bug and started making jewelry again after a few month's break.  as I was sorting the rest of my loot into its proper compartments, I picked up the wings and my brain screamed, "you have a key...somewhere!!!"  I found it and knew I had to combine the parts.  I'm very happy with the result.  Grin

50  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Dia de los Muertos bracelets on: February 23, 2012 12:36:09 PM
I know I've been MIA, but with a move in process, some health issues, and just an overall feeling of blah, I haven't been in the mood to craft.  but about 2 weeks ago, my cousin asked me if I could make her a sugar skull-type of bracelet.  I had an idea in mind using lampwork sugar skull beads, but 3 problems arose; I couldn't find the beads now that I needed to buy them, when I did find the beads they were already part of jewelry pieces and I didn't want to spend $30+ to take something apart, and the more I looked at the beads the less I really liked them (I'm not a huge fan of lampwork beads).  so upon looking around for ideas, I stumbled across this simple, GORGEOUS design and had to copy it for my cousin (and myself Grin).  here's the finished product:



the turquoise/red one is mine, and the colorful one is my cousin's.  I am VERY happy with how these turned out.  I still have a turquoise skull in the pack I bought, so I'll be making another one for myself.  just need to get another red rose.  and some more round turquoise beads.  or maybe I have some I can use on hand.  guess I'll have to wait to find out once we unpack...in April...

whatcha' think?

EDIT:  I totally forgot to link my matching earrings when I made them in September!!!  go check them out!  and now there's a necklace to go with it!
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