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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: J&T Challenge 3: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball Earrings on: April 14, 2011 07:52:55 AM
I posted a tutorial on making these earrings on my blog: http://apricottarts.blogspot.com/2011/04/labyrinth-masquerade-ball-earrings.html  Smiley Grin
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: J&T Challenge 3: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball Earrings on: April 07, 2011 10:53:38 AM
Yep, the bulkiness issue was a challenge!
I first layered the three organza pieces and sewed them together along the top. I inserted the pearl and leaf chain in between the first and second organza pieces and sewed them in place. Then I sewed a jump ring so that half of it peaked over the top of the organza layers. I then sewed another strip of organza perpendicular to the earrings near the top.


(don't you love my dope paint skills?)

I wrapped the perpendicular organza piece around the top of the earrings a few times, tucked the end in and sewed it down. I slipped the jump ring through the earring hooks and ta-da!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / J&T Challenge 3: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball Earrings on: April 07, 2011 10:09:48 AM
I first watched the movie Labyrinth when I was a child, and I was totally enchanted. I loved the magic, the adventure, the friendships, and (in my teen years) David Bowie! I re-watched the film recently and was struck by Sarah's very 80s, but very beautiful masquerade ball getup. Her hairpiece is especially pretty and I wanted to recreate it in the form of earrings.



I bundled together silvery organza ribbon, wire wrapped pearls, rock quartz and sterling silver leaves. They're quite long and sway and sparkle very prettily.


It was really hard to get a nice photo of the earrings on Sad
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pressed Flowers and Flamenco Dancer Collage Cards on: March 06, 2011 11:29:25 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone!

I think I'll give spray adhesive a try, and do 2 thin mod podge coats on top.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pressed Flowers and Flamenco Dancer Collage Cards on: March 04, 2011 09:23:45 AM
Hi everyone!

I made these collage cards for my friends a while back, using pressed lilac flowers, magazine cutouts, stickers and my own photos.

I'm quite new to collage making, and I used mod podge to glue and 'varnish' the images. The blank cards I affixed everything to ended up a bit wrinkled and wavy on the edges. Is there a way to avoid this, perhaps by using a different product to varnish the finished product? I like printing out photos I've taken to make the cards more personal, so I'm also worried about bleeding (I have an inkjet printer).

Card 1 Front:


Card 1 Inside (hehe sorry about the crazy looking blurred faces!):


Card 1 Back:


Card 2 Front:


Thanks for looking!

P.S. All the projects on this board are beautiful!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Supernatural and War Eagle stamped necklaces on: March 04, 2011 09:10:01 AM
The Supernatural one looks so cool, I bet it'll be a conversation starter!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wire-Wrapped Gemstone Barrettes/Hair Clips on: February 28, 2011 03:51:08 PM
Thanks everyone! I wish I wore them more often, but I'm just so lazy with my hair..Once winter's over, I'll swap my hat for the sparkly clips!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire-Wrapped Gemstone Barrettes/Hair Clips on: February 26, 2011 05:29:16 PM
I made a couple of jewelled barrettes by wire-wrapping peridot rondelles, garnet rounds and pearls with base-metal wire. I especially like the peridot and garnet one - it's so sparkly and it's a bit retro because of the checker-board pattern.







It was a bit difficult getting the wire around the underside of the barrettes, but it think they turned out nicely Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of skirts and dresses on: February 25, 2011 07:32:41 PM
The floral pattern on the first skirt is so pretty!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Half Hard Silver Wire for French Hooks? on: February 21, 2011 08:14:42 PM
Use 20 or 22 gauge wire for your French Hooks. Though you will work harden the ear wires, use half-hard wire anyway.
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