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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Colorful Chainmaille Explosion! (Pic Heavy) on: October 21, 2012 09:42:11 AM
Having recently found a ton of colored jump rings on clearance at my local Michael's, it seemed like a good time to try a few chainmaille weaves that I haven't tried before.  I'm pretty pleased with the way everything turned out, but unfortunately I'm out of rainbow jump rings!  ><  Here are my creations:


Japanese weave style pendant.  Quick and easy, but I like the way it turned out.


Rainbow "wave" necklace.  This was the last piece I made, mostly to use up the remaining colored jump rings but I think it may be my favorite of the group.


Rainbow celtic flowers bracelet.  I <3 Helm!


Rainbow pathway bracelet.  This one took for-ev-er.


Rainbow dangle earrings with crystals.  These were supposed to be something else, and ended up as an unholy combo of Euro 4 in 1 (the knots) and Japanese 2 in 2 (the connectors).  Still, I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out.


Colorful Beadmaille earrings.  Simple but cute!

Thanks so much for looking!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bullet Casing Pendants on: August 13, 2012 07:30:21 PM
Hello!  I received a GINORMOUS bucket of spent bullet casings from my sweet baby sister & brother in-law.  They both thought I could maybe do something with them.  I'd never worked with bullet casings as a medium before, so I tried out a few different styles of decorating them and this is what I came up with:













It was quite an adventure for me because it got me to actually use the soldering iron that I picked up awhile back to add the rings to the top of the casings for hanging.  I also finally had some raw brass on hand and got to try the ammonia & salt fume patina technique, which is how the one blue bullet got so blue.  I'm a huge fan of the result, but the smell is something to be reckoned with. I really like the one casing with the butterfly wings, but that's mostly because I'm from the 90s.  I'm also quite fond of the shells that I painted with nail polish, but I can't quite figure out what to do with them to actually make them jewelry.  Suggestions are always welcome, and thanks so much for taking the time to look!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Washer Madness! (pic heavy-ish) on: June 28, 2012 04:36:32 PM
Washers seem to be a staple of the recycling conscious jewelry crafter's arsenal.  I managed to somehow have stashed an unholy amount of washers when they remodeled the break room in my office building, and I decided to toss my hat into the ring so to speak and see how many different ways I could use washers to create jewelry pieces.


I <3 epoxy glue.  This has a pin back, you just can't see it.  : )  I blinged up the washer with a cameo and glued some wire curlys to the back.  Washers make great cheap bases for the "gluing things to other things" style of jewelry making.  : )


Another washer based cameo pin.  This one with additional bling, and a ruffled lace back.


Twine wrapped for a more rustic look.  It was kind of difficult to photograph, but I think you can kind of get the gist.  It was heck on the fingers, but it looks pretty cute without the lighting issues I was having.


Rainbow obmre ribbon wrapped washer.  I like the general effect, but I want to try it with a slightly less chaotic ribbon colors to see what that looks like.


Basic wire wrapped washer.  I think I want to try adding beads or something next time.


Added some patina to this one and glued a finding to it because I <3 epoxy glue  : )


I think this one is my favorite of the batch.  it came out the closest to what I had imagined in my brain.  I just wrapped the washer with four different colors of embroidery floss, but I think the effect turned out really well.  I can't wait to try this with other color combinations!


The ever popular "paper on washer" mod, but with manga!


I painted this washer with gesso and then colored it with colored pencil.  I sealed it with clear nail polish.  The effect is interesting but I can't quite figure out what to do with it.


And finally, itsy bitsy brass washers for earrings.  Wire wrapped to give them something to hang from, and of course with something glued to them because that's how I roll.

Anyway, if anyone has any more ideas as to how I can use up the remainder of my washers that would be awesome.  Thanks for looking!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Industrialish Key Pendants (photo heavy-ish) on: June 16, 2012 06:05:30 AM
Inspired by the amazing altered key post by craftster Serenthia (craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=399612.0) I decided to make use of some of my hoarded metal bits and charms and try out this "steampunk / industrial" thing that seems to be so popular with the kids these days.  : )  Fortunately my lovely grandmother sent me a huge stash of old house keys when the moved, so I had more than enough keys to alter.









I think the butterfly might be my favorite, just because of the way that the keyhole perfectly layered with the butterfly's body.  Happy accident!  Thanks so much for looking!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Monster Mash! (Halloween Neclkaces, Pic Heavy) on: November 05, 2011 08:05:42 AM
Sooo... I didn't get a chance to make an "understated" costume for work this year.  Instead, I went for a variety of Halloween inspired accessories!  I love classic horror (from the B&W era), and I've been meaning to make some old horror inspired pieces for awhile.  Yay Halloween motivation!


First up is Bela.  I'm also a stupid huge Bauhaus fan and couldn't resist the reference.  Halloween makes me weak!


Next we have Boris!  I painted the glass heart charm with green nail polish and added the stitches with a toothpick as I lack a fine brush.  The holographic glitter surrounding his portrait didn't really come out well in any of the photographs... boo.


Finally we have my all time fave, Vinny.


I added some chandelier crystals to add to his necklace to make it extra special.


Not monster related, but I had fun painting the square glass bead and flower bead on this necklace with nail polish to make them more "goth-y" before I added the anatomical heart to the charm.


And another heart pendant, just because.  Glitter is a pain to photograph!

I've got several more movie monster pendants in the works; a Margret Hamilton, Elsa Lanchester, and some more Vinny and Bela of course.  It's so addictive!  Thanks for looking!  : )
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Button Jewelry! on: September 06, 2011 11:37:53 AM
I have seen so many fresh, cute button-jewelry pieces on Craftster.  You gals and guys rock!  I just had to join the fun and post some of my own creations.


Derby-themed button necklace I made for a friend during one of those facebook swap thingies.  Sorry for the low photo quality, I could NOT get the metal element to stop glowing like a nuclear reaction when the flash went off.


Family of monster button rings.  These went off to some friends for the facebook swap thingie.  I'm going to have to make another batch for myself now that Halloween is coming up!


Stego button ring and T-rex earrings.  I made these (also for a FB swap) for a dino-crazy friend of mine.  I think these are my faves out of the batch.  Something about the green on pink makes them extra cute to me!

Thanks so much for looking!  <3
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First Experiments in Wire Wrapping (Pic Heavy) on: August 11, 2011 10:58:07 AM
So I finally decided to delve into the world of wire wrapping, after enviously eyeing the coils of craft wire in my local JoAnn's.  It seemed like the best way to start making statement pieces of my embarrassingly large collection of real stone beads.  Here are pics of some of the results of my experimentation:


My first attempt at a herringbone weave.  Jade focal bead with jasper accent.


Vertical wrap with crystal accents on an opaline focal bead.


This is my favorite of the bunch.  I used my trusty punch to put holes in a prefab leaf component I had broken the bail off of.  Then wrapped crystals and a pearl through the additional holes.


Basic wrapped hoops with amethyst chips.  This was my first attempt at making my own hoop earrings, and I was surprised at how messy my house became when I tore it apart looking for a round object to use as a mandrel for consistency!


Zoisite is one of my favorite stones, and I'm so glad I finally got a chance to start using some of my stash!  I didn't make these ear hooks, though.  You can tell because they're the same size!


Another zoisite wrap, this time on a necklace with fluorite and hematite accent beads.

If any of you lovely craftsters has some suggestions on where to go next for a wire-wrapping newbie that would be fantastic!  I am completely addicted, so any suggestions on some good beginner projects (or helpful hints from you more experienced types) would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much for looking!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Headbands (pic heavyish) on: May 14, 2011 08:09:06 AM
So it's about that time of year again... one or two crisp spring mornings make me all pine-y for fall and my favorite holiday.  Even though I can't fully costume-up on the job for Halloween, I am allowed to accessorize.  So I decided to make some super-cute headbands to expand my Halloween accessories collection:

Glittery black spider web:




Sugar Skull:




Purple spider web (w/ rhinestone and wire spider, who was pain to make but now has about a dozen friends all over my house)


Spooky moon and trees:


Only about five more months before I can use them....  Oh, who am I kidding.  I already wore the skull grocery shopping.  : )  Thanks so much for looking! 
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Purse Charms / Keychains on: February 26, 2011 07:47:49 AM
So I had to come up with a quick and dirty present for a friend whose birthday I almost forgot.  She loves Coraline, so I thought I'd start there.  (Please forgive the pics, they were taken with the old, always slightly blurry camera)



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The pictures were line drawings that I colored in.  I printed the images off a web site that I unfortunately no longer have bookmarked.  If you recognize the pictures, please let me know the site because I'd love to give them a shout out!

She also loves PJ Harvey, and it is impossible to find any merch for her anymore.  Also, Yuri-G is her favorite song.  I made her a key-chain...



And used a hand-drawn image of PJ off the cover of Four Track Demos.  Now you can see why I printed the Coraline pictures...



I wanted to make them both a little fancier, but I had to get them both together in about two hours, and that included drying time for the glues and sealant.  I like the Coraline purse charm a lot better than I like the PJ one.  But I still want to try my hand at making more PJ Harvey crafts!  : )
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Bloody Mess Fascinator and Bib on: October 20, 2010 09:39:21 PM
So I was told quite firmly by my rather professional job that Halloween costumes are a no-go in our office.  Total bummer (Halloween is by far my favorite holiday) but there is a slight upside; I am allowed to accessorize!  As long as it's cute.  Well, I found a bag of felt eyeballs at Michael's the other day, and they're about the cutest things I ever did see, so I decided to make a little eyeball soup fascinator and bib set to wear to work.

Bib Necklace:


Fascinator:


Action shot!  (seriously, I have no idea how you guys manage these by-yourself action shots.  Muy difficult!)


The red felt backing has shiny tinsel woven into it, but that didn't come across well in the photos.  I'm pretty sure this is not remotely what my boss had in mind when he was thinking "cute", but cute is subjective, right?  : )  I may not get to wear it to work but all in all I'm pretty pleased with the set.  Thanks for looking!
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