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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Baby Turtle! aww on: July 08, 2008 04:11:40 PM
I'm cranking out the work lately,8) and I just finished a baby turtle pendant.  He is cloisonne enamel (glass) fused to fine silver and set in a fabricated silver bezel.
Here he is!

When he was half finished:

and the back:

Hurrah for turtles!
~m
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cloisonne enamel sea critters earrings-image heavy on: July 01, 2008 04:11:21 PM
I finished some new enamels! Yay!
I finished my sea critter earrings today!  They turned out prety schwank, IMHO. I'm having a helluva time photographing the glass though... Guess I'd better see if I can sweet talk someone into borrowing their cloud dome.
 




Initially, the shark was my least favourite, but after many layers I feel the simple colors really pop and he's just, well, neat!  The other two darkened quite a bit in the orangey tones due to the many more times they went into the kiln. (I should have known better, as oranges and reds never hold up, but I thought this color was yellow enough to withstand the heat)  The starfish got so dark that I had to add yellow and orange mica powder to brighten them up! oy!  I think it saved them though.  Here's a fes pics with less reflection.
The backs have small pierced out images of a shark fin in waves, starfish, and bubbles respectively.
   






It's been a while since I've had time to make new pieces.  To see some older stuff check out this previous post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214193.msg2303046#msg2303046

Thanks for looking! Have a grand day and watch out for sharks!
~margarita
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / White Lies Krista Lace T on: April 27, 2008 08:33:11 PM
I decided to take on some lace for my sister's birthday project.  I used Cascade Pima Tencel.  I love the pattern and plan to make it again for myself. Yum!

I hope it fits her!  (It's pretty stretchy so I'm not too worried, but she is a bit more endowed than I:)
~margarita
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tomato based sweater on: February 03, 2008 06:40:57 PM
I bought a bunch of wool yarn a while back intending to make a funky striped sweater for myself.  I had no real pattern in the plan, but thought a top down raglan might be neat to try (yay for no seams!)

Starting with Wendy Bernard's Tomato as a pattern base, I got this:


 
I used Lion wool and various other similar sized yarns, added bust darts, and made it long sleeved.  The stripe pattern was a make it up as you go sort of thing.  I would have done it a bit differently if I had a plan, but I sure do like how it came out just the same:)

Whatcha think?
~m

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Tam and basketweave scarf on: January 05, 2008 10:03:39 AM
I wanted mom to get things to keep her warm for xmas, so she got a tam, basketweave scarf (idea from lanina, thanks!), and booze:)


~margarita

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Scoodies for wee ones on: January 05, 2008 09:46:33 AM
I made a couple of scoodies using Vegbee's tutorial for my bosses kids.  They are 3 (girl) and 4 (boy).   
I did flannel monkeys with a pink fleece lining for her:


And flannel robots with blue fleece lining for him.  Sadly I could not find Transformers flannel.  That would have made him really happy.



I was out of town, so they won't get them until today.  They're super warm:)  I hope they like 'em!
~margarita
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Two months of cloisonne on: December 15, 2007 09:22:39 PM
For the last two months I've been focusing my jewelry making energies on cloisonne enamels and setting said enamels in silver and gold.  Here are the fruits of my labor Cheesy
First there's Flora:

Bellydancers:

And last my "Everybody Has a Dream" series, in which penguins fly, bat have glasses, a vegetarian otter snacks on oyster crackers, and bunnies concerned with overpopulation have prophylactics Grin:

Enjoy!
~margarita

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Men In Knits- Aran Sweater for me pa on: August 14, 2007 08:27:28 AM
I finished a pretty schwank sweater for Da. He'll get it for his birthday or x-mas.  He's a big guy and I took detailed measurements, so it should fit him great!
But it's a surprise so you get to see it on more compact people.
Modeled by the hubby:
 
and the back on me:

It was 65 hours of knitting total. (I took a tally since folks always seem to ask.
The pattern is from Men in Knits.  I made a few adjustments along the way, but it's pretty close to "as played."
I hope he likes it! I still want to block the edging around the buttons so it lays better, but besides that it's done!

~margarita
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Beach Boys Skirt on: June 29, 2007 11:29:01 AM
I bought this fabulous fabric ages ago with scantily clad menfolk, long boards, lobsters, and pretty flowers and finally got around to doing something with it!

I used McCalls M5431 as a base and put in my first machine sewn zipper! w00t!
Now....
Where's the luau?

~margarita
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Mariah on: June 19, 2007 09:03:58 AM
Just in time for insane summer drought weather, I finished my warm wooly sweater! Undecided
Ah well, old man winter will hit us again some day:)




The second photo is really close to being color correct.
I used Cascade 220 color number 8885.
I totally forgot to do the increases on the first sleeve and had to frog a bunch of it.  It was very sad.  I decided to do only increases from the elbow up so I wouldn't have to frog as much and because the sleeves seemed HUGE.  I'm glad I did.  They would have been unruly.
I hated the way the hood was all lumpy from the short rows and nix it.  Instead it's mock turtle neck with the zipper all the way up.
I think I'll start some light cotton socks next.  Maybe they'll be done for x-mas Roll Eyes
I love the knots on this sweater and I'm glad I took on the challenge Cool
~margarita
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