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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Under a Tree in the Moonlight on: March 03, 2014 10:04:10 PM
One of the first assignments for the jewelry class I am currently taking was a cold connection self-portrait. I ended up making a pin for the little caplet that was given to me at my menarche ceremony (the maker forgot to add a clasp to mine).

Here's an action shot:


And a closeup of the little vixen:


And the pin back:


The pin back was the most frustrating part of making this pin, I just about danced when I got it right (after the fourth or fifth try). I also had a hard time getting the holes for the rivets to line up, but that wasn't as frustrating as the pin back.

Oh, explanations of how it is a self-portrait, the tree represents the tree of life and the world tree which is a nod to my work with the Valkyries, the moon is a nod to my fair lady Artemis, and the fox is my inner animal.

Credit for the basic design of the tree goes to the lovely IvyNightwind on deviantART, I pulled her tree of life tattoo design on my computer and drew out something very similar in my sketchbook.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Has anyone fed the goats yet? on: February 04, 2014 09:27:43 AM
I live on a little urban farm with my mom, sister, and brother. We have goats, rabbits, and chickens (we also have a pet cat, dog, Guinea pig, and some fish). One of the hardest things lately has been figuring out which farm chores have already been done (especially when I sleep in and everyone is gone when I wake up). So, to make a long story somewhat shorter my mom asked me to make her a farm chore chart. We went to Hobby Lobby and got two wooden wooden coat racks (these ones) and some painted wood cut outs. The result was this chore chart

The top row is for chores that need to be done and the bottom row is for chores to be done. We couldn't find any goat cut outs so the goats chores are represented by a cow, and the pig represents the Guinea pig chores. Now I don't have to annoy my siblings by asking them if the goats have been fed every morning.

I really hope this is the right place for this project...
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Triple Goddess and Mother Mary Shrines on: January 30, 2014 09:40:10 AM
I made these shrines for the most recent WWP swap. My partner requested a shrine to the Tripe Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone) and then we also agreed to do an extra. She asked for a shrine to the Mother Mary for her boss.

I made the Triple Goddess Shrine out of an old Jasmine Tea tin. First I cut out the front panel with some snips and then I spray painted the outside black and the inside silver. The front of the shrine is a triple panel made out of cards from The Tarot of the Princesses. The panel on the left is the Knight of Cups card, the center panel is the 10 of Pentacles is XIV Temperance. The image on the back is X The Wheel from the same deck.
 
 
 
I painted moons on the top and sides of the shrine. A full moon on the top and waxing and waning crescents on the side. The top also has four pressed flowers to represent the four elements (white for air, red for fire, blue for water, and the fern for earth)
 

Here are the descriptions of the tarot cards I used from the little book that came with the deck:
Knight of Cups: The Maiden and the Unicorn (from a legend) The unicorn represent purity. The knight indicates a person with refined manners and an impulsive character who tends to get lost in daydreams.
10 of Pentacles: Rixa and Luidgarda The Princess Rixa followed the suggestions of the deceased Queen Luidgarda, who appeared to her in the form of a butterfly, thereby saving the life of her son. The ten indicates a person who has reached maturity and wisdom, but also indicates the home and family.
XIV, Temperance: from "Fairy Tales' by Perrault The Arcana indicates the balance of natural forces, from and alchemic point of view it symbolizes the purification of metals.
X, The Wheel: Allegory of Life The eternal flow of like in its carouse phases to gain self-relicastion and regenerate oneself. THe aArcana is related to the concept represented my the alchemical figure of the serpent Ouroboros.

This is the shrine I made to the Mother Mary. The box was originally for a watch and as such it had some holes in the back. The first thing I did was to paint the entire box grey. I found the picture on a website for wallpapers with images of Mother Mary on them. The green paper came from my stash and the little verse/prayer is something I wrote because I couldn't find anything suitable online.
 
I covered the outside edge of the shrine with pink and green polka-dots. I also used wire and the holes already in the box to make it so the shrine could hang on a wall, but I forgot to take a picture of the back before I sent it off.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Monster Book of Monsters (pic heavy) on: October 16, 2013 04:24:44 PM
This book started its life as a nursing textbook. I cut out the inside and covered it with pages from a paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I made the teeth out of homemade salt dough, and then painted them with watercolors. I printed the title on a piece of scrapbooking paper and glued it down after covering the outside of the book with parchment paper. Once it was all prepped, I glued the scraps of fur down, fitting them together as best I could.
I found the belt and belt buckle at a thrift store (I had to punch new holes in the belt)
The finished product got sent to my partner in the Back to Hogwarts 4 swap.










5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Slytherin Bracelets on: June 21, 2013 09:42:29 AM
This is a set of three bracelets that I made in the Slytherin colors. The bracelet on the far left was made out of a hospital identification band that I filled with silver and green fine glitter. My grandmother died almost a month ago and prior to her death she had been in and out of the hospital with some regularity (she joked that she was a "frequent flyer" at the hospital), she gave this identification bracelet to my mother thinking that I might want to use in in a project. It sat around for some time until I removed the paper from it but until recently I still didn't know what I wanted to do with it. I decided to turn the bracelet into a tribute to my house that I could wear while remembering my grandmother. The middle bracelet is a chainmaille bracelet made using the dragonscale weave. The green rings were individually wrapped with green yarn. The maille weave reminds me of the emblem of the Slytherin house, the snake. The final bracelet is made with a lighter green than the other two, to remind everyone that Slytherins are not evil by definition. The bracelet was made by braiding silver and green wires together. The three bracelets may be worn together or separately.

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