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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Shadowbox Ring How-to on: June 02, 2007 05:17:34 PM
Hello Smiley,
I am trying to make sort of shadowbox ring, but I am having trouble finding an appropriate base upon which to build it (I'd be flattering myself to call myself a beginner.)  I was wondering if any of you talented Craftsters would know where I could get one (or have one made, for not much money Lips sealed.) The type I am looking for (and these could really be two separate items that I'll attach together when I'm making the ring) is, well, a simple ring base, and a sort of convex, clear lensy-thing. I am also a little stumped as how to attach the thing I am putting inside.(I can't tell what it is, that would ruin the suprise!)  I think it probably needs to be pinned on, but that is a bit of a problem, in a ring. The object to be inside the ring is about 3/4" long, but I'd like to have some space around it and the edge of the ring. It is very brittle and fragile. I would prefer to make the frame of the ring myself, perhaps out of polymer clay. It would be ornate and Victorian-esque. I am so sorry to be so vague. I know you are most likely busy, and will understand completely if you don't reply to this thread, but I would be oh-so-happy if you did. Thank you so much for your time and patience. I appreciate it very much!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Making broken hair barettes wearable again on: April 30, 2007 02:02:39 PM
I have a problem...
I have just recieved an amazing hair barrette and I love it so much! However, unfortunately, the barette broke  Cry The little piece hanging off that makes it click shut fell off. I am heart broken. Is there any way to fix the barette, or better yet transfer the ornament part to a sturdier barette base? The decorations on the barette are wrapped and glued onto the base (not including the piece that fell off) and it would be impossible to remove them and rearrange them on a different barette base. I'm thinking about just glueing the barrette base to another base, but I am not sure if it would make it too heavy (it is quite elaborate). If this could work, would anyone reccomend a certain glue that would stick, or a type of barrette that is sturdy and durable and can hold up some weight? Any other ideas will be greatly appreciated as well. Thank you so much for your help!
-Magpie Queen
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: First screen~~Mary Pickford on: March 20, 2007 07:02:50 PM
Oooh, I am not alone in my love for Mary Pickford  Grin Have you seen Stella Maris?
(Lovely shirt by the way.)
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to obtain antique human hair?....this may cross the line for me... on: March 16, 2007 08:47:48 PM
Thank you, kd. Nothing is written in stone yet, but I am very optimistic about it. And I will post pictures when I am done (if I ever am done. I'm notorious for never finishing anything.)  To Taloola, I wish I had a hair wreath too! (Don't worry, I wouldn't cut it up to make doll hair  Wink)
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mutant caterpillar? Sea Anemone on steriods? on: March 16, 2007 08:43:04 PM
Thank you so much for your comments everyone. I have enjoyed reading them very much, and it is very kind of you to post them. The bracelet is made out of sculpey "beads" with wire armatures in the spiky parts, which were then painted and and strung on elastic. Yep, its very weird  Grin I was trying to play with the boundaries between beauftiful and grotesque; attraction and revulsion... Funny you should mention Beetlejuice, Crazydoc, that's one of my favorite movies! And Leahseraph, I really like your avatar. Alice in Wonderland is my favorite book ever. In fact, I was debating on making the title 'Advice from a Caterpillar', but used a different one instead. Thank you again!
-Magpie_Queen
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to obtain antique human hair?....this may cross the line for me... on: March 12, 2007 06:49:05 PM
Thank you everyone for your responses, I have enjoyed reading them. I The purpose of antique hair is not for for authenticity, as my doll is not a replica. In fact (contrary to the silly, frivolous tone of my first post), it is more of spiritual and personal bridge to a time long gone. Because I am so fascinated by the Victorian and Edwardian eras (and spend a great portion of my time researching them), I have longed to bring a material connection to those eras in my artwork. I think it is beautiful to have old hair that once grew from someone who had their own thoughts, dreams, and hopes such a long, long time ago. I like to wonder what their lives were like, and whatsort of people they were.  I actually do plan to use hair from a friend or family member in a different doll, but for now I think I'm going to try to go with my original plan.

Anyway, I've decided that most likely the best way to obtain this hair is to purchase an antique doll wig, or antique doll hair (preferably in imperfect condition) I will then use the hair from the wig to  cover my doll's head. I've written to some doll hospitals, and have gotten nice responses. One hospital thought they might have some hair for me, but then realized that they didn't. I just got an email from another hospital saying that they have the type of hair I need, and might be able to sell me some. Thank you so much everyone for your time and patience!
-Magpie Queen
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to obtain antique human hair?....this may cross the line for me... on: March 06, 2007 01:23:22 PM
I'm the director of a museum, this summer we aquired a hair picture that I had to come up with a value on.  If you google hair pictures, hair art, you can find them and links leading to people selling their hair.  That might be a start.  The pictures are very rare, since the hair doesn't keep all that well.  That could be a problem.  You could also run into paying for authentic 19th century hair and having it be modern hair, cut just before it was mailed to you.  It's a neat idea though.... good luck!

In the 1800's people didn't have photographs to remember loved ones so they made art pictures and jewelry from their hair.  It was so popular they even made little containers to collect the hair from your brushes.  Our museum has a very ornate crown of hair collected from several generations and framed with a wedding picture from 1888 of a woman wearing it.  The other we have is less intricate, but much larger and made by a woman from North Dakota.  She was artistic but in North Dakota it was hard to come by paints and suck so this was her creative outlet.  The wire she used was unwoven from an old window screen.

I'm so glad that you mentioned that! Ever since I was very small, I have loved and admired the beautiful hairwork that history has produced. To quote an 1850's magazine,
"Hair is at once the most delicate and last of our materials and survives us like love. It is so light, so gentle, so escaping from the idea of death, that, with a lock of hair belonging to a child or friend we may almost look up to heaven and compare notes with angelic nature, may almost say, I have a piece of thee here, not unworthy of thy being now."

http://victorianhairjewelry.com/symbols.html-symbolism in hairwork
http://www.victorianhairartists.com/HairworkTechniques.html
Hairwork Techniques
http://www.hairwork.com/remember.htm A great article.

Oh, and I too would love to see (if possible) a picture of the crown. It sounds beautiful!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Where to obtain antique human hair?....this may cross the line for me... on: March 05, 2007 07:38:28 PM
Okay, at the risk of sounding completely insane, I was wondering if anyone knew of a cheap way to obtain human hair dating from the 1800's. (Yes, I know that this is very creepy, and I apologize for those with weaker stomachs.) Anyway, I love antique dolls, and have been intrigued by the ones with human hair. It's nice to think that some doll somewhere has a part of a person from so long ago, a person whose thoughts have all but faded to oblivion. Anyway, I'm making myself a little Victorian doll, and I have thought it would be very interesting to use actual Victorian hair, and thus bring a part of history and a life long gone to my doll. Anyway, I'm trying to think of a cheap way to get my hands on some 100+ year old locks. The best thing I could think of so far was to find an antique human hair doll wig, but that can still get expensive. Does anyone have any suggestions?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mutant caterpillar? Sea Anemone on steriods? on: February 14, 2007 10:21:47 AM
                           Curioser and curioser
I have just finished this bracelet, and have become quite fond of it, in all of its bizarrity. I've been on a vacation from ninth grade through an internship, so I've had time to do what I liked. This is the horrifying result Wink


Pictures (They don't really do it justice, and are a little blurry. Sorry about that.)




10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Real Live (sort of) Squirrel Skeleton! on: February 14, 2007 06:32:26 AM
Oh, I love this!
I have always adored skeletons, especially animal skeletons. They are so intricate and beautiful! It is wonderful that no animal was harmed as well. I always want to make stuff out of animal bones, but I feel guilty about them getting harmed. Is there any way to disinfect the bones? I've resorted to ordering owl pellets, but the skeletons inside of them are incomplete and shattered.  This is a wonderful solution! Keep up the great work!
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