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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / exousia's kitschy jewelry post UPDATED NOV25th! on: October 05, 2009 10:46:25 AM

I'll be updating this post regularily as I make more jewerly <3

November 25th.

I have a lot to update but I only have time to share my most favorite new piece!

I made this bubble gum machine tonight and I'm just thrilled with how it turned out <3

November 11th

More pictures of my messy work space!

November 3rd

October 23rd.

New charm bracelets - a custom order <3

October 19th.
I seriously think this is the best necklace that I've ever made!

Hoping to update some more soon!  I just HAD to show you this necklace <3

october 7th

It's been a long time since I've posted finished jewelry here, I'd like to show you all some of the things I've been up to.

I've always been more appreciative of jewelry that had a kitschy connection to our daily lives instead of simple stones, or just beads.  Now that I've made jewerly so long I have a hard time just simply wearing formal jewelry anymore!

Onto the jewelry! I plan on updating this post every so often with new jewelries.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Blue Diaper Cake For a Baby Boy on: October 05, 2009 10:16:32 AM
Okay, SO I had a blast making a diaper cake. It still needs a little tweaking, like evening out the ribbon etc. But here it is.  It's for my friend Rachel's baby who is due to be born on October 25th - 3 days before my birthday.  He is extra special to me because Jason and Adam (the daddies) are such great buddies, I have a feeling Evan (my son) and Edward (boy to be born!) will be such great buddies too.

How to make a diaper cake!

What you will need: 
Small and large light coloured elasticbands
A box of diapers (preferably around a size 2 so that mom can enjoy the diaper cake for a little while before having to dismantle it)
Ribbons to cover up unsightly rubber bands
Lots of gifts and toys and accessories for baby and to decorate your cake with!
Such as: Bath toys, socks, mittens, hats, spoons, teether, toys, washcloths, stuffed toys, bottlebrush...
1 Dowel
Round baking pan, or cake stand, or cardboard cut in a circular shape!

First you want the pattern of the diaper to be on the inside so face it this way in front of yourself.  P.S Excuse my gross dry hands.

Roll the diaper up tightly, pattern facing inside.  P.S Someone suggested wrapping up little bottles of booze inside the diapers for the mom!  Really depends on them mom but you can always wrap up little gifts for mom too.  Doesn't have to be booze, maybe if around Christmas time you can wrap inside there individually wrapped chocolates, or even a bottle of hand cream or something, or a new lipstick for mom!  Won't she be suprised opening a diaper for a poopy bum and getting a sweet lipstick out of the deal!?

Slip the rubber band over and make sure it's as centered as you can get it. This will come in handy later when you're trying to hide all the bands under your ribbon.  You use rubber bands so that the diapers can all be used later and so that they do not get destroyed by glue.

To make a tier for the cake (this one is a 3 tiered cake) have one diaper in the center and 7 around it.  Use a larger but tight elastic band around all of them to hold them together.

The rest of the cake you just have to extrapolate.  In the middle tier you'll have 1 diaper in the center, 7 around it, and then 12 around the 7. So 20 all together in the second tier.  In the 3rd tier you make it even larger.  Make a duplicate of the second tier but add even more diapers around the 20 this time to make a large base. 

Decoration. I used ribbon to carefully cover all my elastic bands. I stuffed in the toys and things all around the cake too.  You can use a piece of dowel to go down through the center of the cake to hold all the tiers together. Or you can do like I did with this particular cake. I bought a bottle brush and used it down the middle of the cake to hold it all together. Hiding things INSIDE the cake is a nice suprise too.

Here is your finished product.  Still needs a little tweaking with the ribbon. I always like to go a bit overboard!!!  Also to make it easier to carry you can get a round aluminum covered cake board to put under the cake.  I believe they carry them at cake stores and at Michaels. But if you're on a budget you could probably make your own out of foam core or cardboard.

Little plastic babies! For mommy not baby!  The measuring tape is so that mommy can measure how long her child grows <3

Most of the things I took out of the packaging but for things that are going into babies mouth I tried to leave them wrapped for sanitary reasons.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My obsession with rhinestones. on: November 30, 2007 01:43:06 AM
HI all, haven't posted in a very long time.  Just wanted to share the things I've put together in the last few days. Hope you like!

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Name that finding? on: December 16, 2006 07:26:33 PM
Ever get totally frustrated when you can't name the finding you want, thus not being able to order it?

I'm looking for a jewelry finding to make flat items in to charms. It has a metal ring at the top and a flat metal base to glue your item to.  Does anyone have any idea what the name of this might be?

I've tried everything I can think of. I looked on firemountaingems.com and couldn't find a finding that looked anything like it. HELP!

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded Pearl Kitty Necklace on: December 03, 2006 05:36:33 PM

Made a beaded necklace for my cat.  I made it out of glass pearls, and she seems to like it.  It's strung on very loose stretchy cord.  It was hard to get a good picture of her with it because her fur is so long.  These glass beads are great because the hole in the beads is very tiny, nothing gets caught in her fur.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / formulaexo TOY BOX CHARM BRACELETS by exo on: November 17, 2005 07:06:03 PM
I thought I'd post a few of my new charm bracelets here to see what people think!

I quite often get asked where I get my endless charms from. I collect them from ALL over.  Ebay, thriftstores, garage sales, some are hand made, dollarstores, wholesale, imported, from friends, craftstores!  Just keep your eye out for fun little trinkets.  A drill press comes in hand for drilling holes too.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Handpainted Sailor Jerry Cigar Box Purse on: October 22, 2005 04:43:12 PM
Sailor Jerry Replica Cigar Box Purse
Hand painted by exo in Acrylics on wood
6.5" wide and 6" tall. Almost 2.5" thick.

Front - Stewed Screwed Tattooed Sailor Jerry Replica

Inside - Painted red lined with black silky cording

Back Image on Purse - White Nautical Star
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Time Jewelry on: August 31, 2005 01:40:50 PM
Here are some new pieces I've made over the last few days for my TIME collection. The first piece has been donated to charity for the hurricane katrina red cross fund


9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / CANDY/Potato Chip Bag bracelet CUFF TUTORIAL! on: August 18, 2005 09:42:03 PM

Old Dutch Potato Chip Cuff


This is a real potato chip bag shrunken down to fit as a bracelet. Its been melted to the point where it feels like thicker plastic in the oven.  You take 2 chip bags and lay them flat on an OLD cooking pan, you take another pan and lay it on top so it creates a bit of a dome around the chips.  If you have your oven on 350 degrees it should take about 5-8 minutes to shrink the bags right down. BE CAREFUL, and check them every 3-4 minutes.  After they're shrunken down to the size you want them just take them out, and to quick cool them you can pour water on the hot pan carefully. This makes the chip bag EASY to peel off the pan.

I figure that this is an excellent way to recycle.

The back of the first bracelet.  I may come up wtih a better way of making it into a cuff. I just like the X over style of the leather cording.

On my wrist.

Hopefully I will be able to make handmade candy wrapper earrings in the near future too!

Here are some others just waiting to be made into bracelets.

Hope you enjoyed this.  I get excited over garbage!

Tell me what you think!?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Adorably tacky HELICOPTER EARRINGS! on: June 09, 2005 10:15:16 PM
I introduce to you, the helicopter earrings.

Thank you for putting up with my tackyness.
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