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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Polymer Clay and Resin Pendants on: November 21, 2008 03:10:36 PM
I wanted to try resin, but the molds available just didn't do it for me.  After reading the art of resin by Sherri Haab I decided to make my own bezels with polymer clay.  The sides ended up being paper thin and weak, but after adding the resin you'd never know!  I put a layer of black glitter in the bottom of the bezels to make the gears stand up, I also used a lot of random things I had laying around.  After the resin cured I drilled them and add the eye screws.









I am pleased with how they came out, especially for my first try.  I have made some more bezels with thicker edges that I will have to try soon.
Thanks for looking, comments always appreciated Grin.
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tree of Life Ornament on: October 14, 2008 09:08:17 PM
Okay, I officially jumped on the bandwagon and made a tree of life ornament.  I was inspired by the may craftsters I've seen making the tree of life pendants, but since I'm new to wire wrapping I wanted to do something a little larger (less difficult) Wink.



I used a bangle bracelet, base metal craft wire, and two colors of glass pearls.  I really like how it turned out and I can't wait to make more.

Thanks for looking, and as always comments always appreciated Cheesy.
23  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Excessive fiber dye/supplies on: September 30, 2008 09:01:13 PM
I am relocating to a smaller house and that means eliminating some excess supplies, would anyone be interested in trading?  I would like to just pack all this stuff up in one flat rate box and send it to someone who would appreciate it as opposed to dumping it at my local thrift store where it would probably just be thrown out.  I love knitted and crocheted wearables, like hats, armwarmers, baby things, and anything Halloween.

The list:
PROfab textile ink(all 8oz. and used) - gold yellow 12, Blue 46, scarlet 30, and jet black 60
Procion MX dye(all 2/3oz. and new) - 030 fire engine red, 079 midnight blue, 050 deep purple, 086 forest green
RIT dye(new) - sunshine orange(1), rose pink(1), golden yellow(4), dark green(2), and color remover(4)
Arty's Silk color kit and 1 silk hanky
Jacquard Synthrapol
Soda ash
kosher salt
table salt
measuring spoons(used with dye)
Plastic spoons(used with dye)
5ml. plastic syringes

If anyone is interested or has any questions reply here or PM me.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Polymer Clay Pendants on: September 02, 2008 02:40:20 PM
Here are some mokume gane pendants that I've made.  I've just finished sanding these, I have a lot more left to sand and buff.  The purple and gold ones are my favorite.

These are made with bullseye canes(automatically wrapped canes) I made with my clay gun.  I really like the retro feel of these.

Here are the backs, I just use the left overs to make a marbled sheet for the backs.  (I like some of them better than others.) This way the pendants can be reversed.

If anyone is interested in Mokume Gane I have a tutorial on my blog here and there is also a lot of information at the glass attic.

Comments and critiques always welcome Grin
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Balinese Filigree Ornament on: August 31, 2008 08:39:46 PM
I just finished this Balinese filigree polymer clay ornament today.  It was a little time consuming, but I am really proud of the results.

Here's a close up of the filigree.


I learn the technique at the glassattic.  (Look under uses for clay guns.)
Comments and Critiques always appreciated.
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fused Plastic Tote Bag with Gears on: August 01, 2008 11:23:00 AM
I love fusing plastic.  This bag took four large black trash bags (reclaimed from my local clothing donation center) and two dollar general bags.  I was inspired by the shape of the LaRue bag from the Devil Wears Prada movie, but I wanted something bigger and without that annoying strap and tassel.  I made my own pattern for this, it's basically just a big rectangle with a hole for the handle. 

Here it is flat.  The appliques are are fused and then sewn on.

An action shot.  I will be able to fit my sketchbook and pencil case in here plus all the other miscellaneous crap that I like to carry with me.

And here's my favorite part, the bright yellow lining with coordinating gears stenciled on it.  There's a large zippered pocket on one side and on the other side there is a divided pocket with room for a cell phone and notebook.
This is my prototype and I'll be carrying it for a few weeks to see how it holds up and how functional the design is.
Let me know what you guys think Grin
27  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Instant Cemetery Decoration or is it time for halloween yet??? on: July 27, 2008 04:01:05 PM
I have been making these for a few years, they started out as a decoration for my halloween wedding and I've just kept making them, drawing a couple new tombstones each year.  I made copies of the original drawings and then applied them to foam core, cut them out and add triangle easels on the backs.







I also make a matching tin to store everything.  I used to be able to fit them into a round tin, but with the newly added ones I've had to switch to a larger rectangle tin (this one is 8"X10" and packed full).
Comments always welcomed and appreciated Smiley.
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fiery Red Mokume Gane Ornament on: July 09, 2008 11:24:30 AM
I really love making mokume gane, but it is soooooooo time consuming.  Here's my latest ornament:

The other side:

And a detail of the ornament:

The sanding is really tedious, but the result is worth it.  I have a detailed post about the process on my blog for anyone who is interested in try this technique.
Thanks for looking, comments always appreciated Smiley
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jayne's AP Bag(felted) on: May 31, 2008 05:22:34 PM
While shopping for my partner in the swap for knitters I bought 3 skeins of lambs pride wool with the intent of knitting a felted purse.  When I found this pattern on See Jayne Knit's blog I knew it would be perfect.  This is the finished bag, I can't decide if I should felt it some more or leave it alone.  I think that I may make a lining for it with a pocket and a stiff bottom to make it hang and stand better.

Her pattern uses four colors and I only had three, but I did have enough yarn to finish the project.  I made the bottom of the purse olive green and then I used orange for color A and color C.  Here's what I had left.

I really liked this pattern and it was easy for me to understand the only pain was weaving in the ends from all those stripes Grin.  I also messed up the stripe pattern on the flap(but I like it that way).
Thanks for looking, comments always welcome.
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Gear Head Messenger Bag(fused plastic) on: May 22, 2008 05:14:29 PM
I have been seeing so may great bags made from fused plastic bags that I thought I would give it a try myself.  I was particularly inspired by this video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB1mE8e35UY.  I am lucky enough to know someone who works at a clothing donation center and most of their donations come in black trash bags which they throw away.  Since they have only been used to store clean clothes they are perfect(and free) for this project. 


I used some yellow dollar store bags for the appliques.



Here's my husband modeling the bag.  It has a flat pocket across the front of the bag and then a zipper across the top to get into the main part of the bag.  I really liked the texture of this bag, it's like elephant skin.

Comments always appreciated Smiley
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