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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: When classwork is fun to do and hard to quit... photo obese... on: July 24, 2008 07:12:27 AM
Thank you all so much for the lovely comments!

I am similarly inspired by all things natural, but have never played with metal.

You know, it never did occur to me that all my pieces are inspired by nature... odd how it takes another pair of eyes to point that out to me... but I DO recommend playing with metal if you're able, it's too much of a good thing.


I have to say when i first saw this picture "A copper, silver, and dinosaur bone pendant"...I thought to myself thats looks like a hungry baby bird with its beak wide open!

I see what you're talking about!  Now I'm inspired to make a baby bird on purpose!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Orange/Blue Oodles of Buttons Necklace on: July 23, 2008 02:03:50 PM
i love this - i love buttons as beads!  the colors are so.... sherbet... (can't think of another way to put it)
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin: Learn from my mistakes! on: July 23, 2008 11:18:10 AM
Oh, thank you for being willing to share your mistakes!  That's what my pieces look like... I've been reluctant to try the squeeze bottle for clean-up reasons, but now I see it's going to be a necessary evil... that and the waiting I somehow believed I'd be exempt from...  Thank you!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / When classwork is fun to do and hard to quit... photo obese... (metal work) on: July 23, 2008 10:59:15 AM
I've taken a metal arts class and run with it.  I can't stop... it's bordering on obsession, it's just a shame I've got to wait to accumulate all the nifty toys I want so I can do all of this from the comfort of my own home...  These are a few of the pieces I still have in my possession, in no particular order.



This one I call "Deer in the Headlights."  Copper and sterling silver with enameled "headlights."  I love this cuff...


A copper, silver, and dinosaur bone pendant.  Cold joined with rivets, and the petals and leaves don't touch the silver part except where the edges are - you can't tell from the photo, but it's dimensional...


"Albie" cuff, named after my grandpa, Albert.  Silver and jasper.  He's got a little scar on his brow from being melted (I wasn't focused on the task at hand, boo).


"Viola" brooch, named after my grandma-the-great.  She started out as a husk from a pecan and a smashed up acorn top that I re-configured and held together with wax, cast and burned out.  Silver and amethyst.


"If Only," inspired by the idea that I'd like to emerge one day knowing who I am and what I'll be - if only it were as easy as climbing out of a cocoon...  This guy won me a spot in a Teacher and Protege show and also won me a nice little prize in my school's art show *grins* (horn tooting concluded).



5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Squirrel Pendant on: July 23, 2008 10:36:42 AM
Thank you!

I tend to gravitate towards the sterling, myself, it's just so easy to work with.  Copper has its challenges, but you're right, the warm earthiness of it has such a charm...

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Red Squirrel Pendant on: July 22, 2008 11:43:26 PM
This is my Leopold.  He's a hand-cut copper pendant, about 2"x2", give or take a bit of tail.  I really love the look of copper when it starts to oxidize, but these pictures are after he was freshly polished... it irks me that I can see my camera on his surface in the first picture....





7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Re: Duck Hunt NES zapper lamp on: May 02, 2008 10:13:57 PM
I totally "this rocks!"-ed this...


"I just had to go with Duck Hunt, being the only game I remembered *ever* using the Zapper for"

I was unaware that any other games existed for the zapper gun other than that damned Duck Hunt with the taunting dog.... fantastic...

What did you use to make the pixelated bits on the lamp shade?  Again, fantastic!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: steel skeleton holding it's skin! on: April 25, 2008 03:27:05 PM
I'm glad you all like it^^
As for the casting, I used lost wax, too! it was fun indeed^^ the problem is that once the casting is done, you can't cast another copy unless re-sculpting and molding the piece.

Very nice...  I particularly like the face on the skin.
I love lost wax casting.  you can make a copy if you make a latex mold of your skull (or whatever) and then pour the melted wax into the mold.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: foc swap 3 gallery! on: July 02, 2006 02:44:22 PM
ho-ly shneikies, my foc is awesome!  I came home to find a great package of stash goodness and an apron (which i needed) and some lovely kanzashi flowers!

Here's hubs being (kind of) a good sport and letting me get a picture of him in my new spiffy apron while the sun poked out for a minute and my head was covered in dye...




I wish I could properly express my giddyness at everything here - yarn's something I never really buy for myself as it's pretty much already given away as I buy it for projects, so I really appreciate it!  I've been wanting to dye my own yarn for ages and I'd recently lost an auction for some recycled silk, but no worries, my secret (and perhaps psychic?) foc saved the day!   The Sublime Stitching patterns are the "om sweet om" and "china town" along with some flour sack towels for my embroidering pleasure and kanzashi flowers with cute button centers that I adore!

Thank you, foc!!!!!!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! on: June 20, 2006 03:04:15 PM
well, i just clip a barrete or bobby pin a flower (almost said safety pin, which seems more appropriate sometimes...) where my hair *used* to part on the side - not really to hold any hair back, but just to sit there and be pretty.  i've just adopted a theory that if it doesn't look the way i intended for it to, i still tell myself i did it on purpose - just rock it like you mean it! 
this terrible photo was a few months ago, not even at it's shortest - but you get the idea where i'd set something.
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