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1  Nugget - multiple ways... my first more complex stamp... in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: July 24, 2014 07:01:54 PM

I made this recently for legatostroke for the Craft my Pet Swap that is going on right now.  After she sent me pictures of her dogs, I looked at the one of her dog Nugget and thought he had a perfect face for making into a carved stamp.  I edited it into a a stencilized image, reversed it and printed it out on a laser printer in the size I wanted. 

I was going to try to hand draw the image of Nugget onto my stamp carving material, but then I had an idea.  I had used an orange oil to transfer images onto clothe, wood, and other things before, and thought I would try it to transfer the image onto the stamp material - and it worked!! (more about it here)

It transferred a really nice image onto the material and it made carving it out so much easier - I was able to do most of it in one evening!  I was very happy with the end result (bar a couple of little mistakes).

I stamped several times with it to try to see where I could clean the image up more, and after finishing it, I decided to use it to make two finished pieces to send to legatostroke as well, as crafted extras.

This is a 9x12 canvas that I painted with a sky-like background.  I stamped Nugget in several different colours, and trimmed them out.  I used gel medium to attach each one onto the canvas, and went over them all with another layer of gel medium to smooth it out more.  I added one of my test prints to the back as part of the title and signature - I called it Nugget - Nine Ways (+1). 

Also, I took the Nugget stamp, and inked him with a nice brown ink, and printed him several times onto a tan paper, and cut those out to make some note cards - a set of a half dozen, in tan/blue.  I loved the combination of the colours.  I added some plain beige envelopes to couple with them.

What can I say - I was thrilled how he turned out!  I was half tempted to keep him, but it would just be wrong, especially as he was not my dog!
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2  Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: July 23, 2014 09:33:29 AM
Do you ever find yourself just flinging your leg out any which way while walking down the street?  An overwhelming urge to add some extra Spam to the Spam you are serving with your eggs?  Desire to toss a holy hand grenade at the annoying colleague down the hall?  Have that one last teeny tiny wafer thin mint after the ginormous dinner (oh I can never ever watch that scene after eating)?  Does your father smell of elderberries? 

Perhaps  you are a fellow Pythonophile and would like to craft something Pythonesque?

In light of them coming back together to do a set of stage shows again, I would like to resurrect the idea of another Monty Python swap... anyone interested?

It's been awhile, but here was the first swap I did a few years ago...

Discussion post


Anyone interested in some silly fun?  I was going to have a little Python-a-thon the next time DH goes away, and I know it will leave me with a wee desire to get Python crafty...
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3  Re: Whimsical Shrine Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/11) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Onyxnox on: July 20, 2014 09:14:27 AM
I am thrilled to say that I am finished - including the last minute embellishments I decided to add. 

It helps that it is my long weekend off (yay to 12 hour shifts and shift work - it gives me the added benefit of 4-5 day weekends at times).  Also, DH went away this weekend with the dogs, to help his family reno a vacation property they bought up north - yay for no distractions.  Also that I found elements I wanted right away - yay for well stocked stores and coupons!  Also I neglected some of the housework (yay for slovenliness - ok, maybe not so much - but then again, I did do a major overhaul and mega clean of the kitchen a couple of days ago and a good scrub down of all the bathrooms.  I will never ever win the fight against the battalions of dog fur soldiers).

So yay - I am done - including my note, and the fact that my colleagues help enable my crafting and one saved a box for me months ago which is the PERFECT size for this shrine. 

However, I learned long ago that sometimes a lack of patience is my downfall... so I literally glued on the last piece 15 minutes ago and I am going to let it sit for the next couple of days so all elements cure fully and dry well before I wrap and ship.  I will ship Wednesday...

... but I can't help it... here is a teaser....

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4  Re: Pendent Swap 2014 - Gallery!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 16, 2014 02:42:06 PM
Please check the first post to make sure your status is correct - I am updating based on PMs as there is so much partnering in this swap - so if you have not PM'd me and you have received, I would not have updated your status.

Also, if you have received, please share with us by posting a pic if you can, or ask your partner to share the pic if they took one of what they made - so we can all share in the beauty!

I received a lot of pendents in the last couple of days and they are all beautiful!


I received these two from Artmomto5.  One is a coloured domino inspired by my love of fall colours, the second is a awesome steampunk inspired one - she made the ceramic feather.  Love them both, but I especially love the steampunk one - that feather is amazing!

This one is from artsycandice - she went with a design that is inspired by my love of NorthWest Pacific artwork - I am amazed by the small detailed embroidery pieces that are coming to light in this swap.  I love the blue colour of the background too.  This is a substantial feeling pendent too for it's size - what did you use as the base?

Thimbles71 sent me an absolute cornucopia of pendents - three felt collage pendents and a wire and bead one - is that one crocheted?  I especially love the birds - it's hard to see in the pics, but all the felt collage ones have teeny tiny bead details, such as the eyes for the birds - adorable!

Finally, this is one I received from luckdragon - a gorgeous embroidered (tiny embroidered too!) bird with charms - I definitely get your beachy feelings from the pieces you did.  I am agog that you and artsycandice were able to do these without going blind!

Thanks everyone!

I am stunned by how different and gorgeous each swappers pieces are  - great work so far guys!
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5  A bouquet of leather flowers... necklace and pendents... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: July 11, 2014 05:08:17 PM
I am organizing the pendent swap right now and it was in the process of making my contribution for that swap that I came up with these.

This is a flower necklace I made myself.  It is made of three of the leather flower pendents strung together on aged copper chain with lobster clasps on either end of the flower piece - that way I can take it off and put it on a shorter chain for a bracelet, or as a shawl clasp, or to put in my hair - I like multi purpose.

It came about after making these...

I have some great leather scraps that I love the colour of, but are too thin for some of the other projects I like to do with leather.  I die cut them with a flower die I have, and layered the pieces together.  I felt just doing that was a bit too flat, so I cut some brass and copper discs, and dapped them to give them a bowl shape.  I punched holes through them all in the centre.  I layered the flower pieces between two pieces of dapped metal, and attached them with a teeny tiny screw and nut.  After trimming the screw post, I riveted the end a bit to make sure it is secure.  I added an eyelet on one petal to add jump rings.  Two eyelets on petals for the flower necklace.

I love the juxtaposition of the metal on the leather - the industrial on the natural (the metal/screw/nuts in a flower).

I especially love having another use for my stash of leather scraps!

Here are some of my blogs posts for some of the details and more pics...




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6  Re: Pendent Swap 2014 - Gallery!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 11, 2014 03:11:09 PM
I received from dtfba - and I love it - it is just lovely...

I love the antiqued metal look, the fairy tale theme, and hearts - perfect!

Thanks for the great pendent!
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7  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 10, 2014 07:04:19 PM
Wow - this is such a cute and awesome forum - and it is hard to remember that we are talking about such a small scale too!

I received from SonjaBoo and she went with my love of crafting theme - because I *do* ***LOVE*** crafting.  I love it - it is mounted on a bobbin of thread, and look at that teeny teeny detailed little pair of scissors... and the statement is stitched on!

It has some blingy detail on the top

Finally, the outside/back is decorated in vintage paper, and measuring tape ribbon -


Thanks Erika - it is a perfect addition to my little craft room.  Thanks for being my swap partner again!
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8  Re: Pendent Swap 2014 - Gallery!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 10, 2014 06:45:31 PM
OK - the awesome news is that everyone has sent.  Now, if the postal gods are good to all of us, we just need to sit back and wait for the miniature art to all arrive safely!

I received from SonjaBoo yesterday and opened it up this afternoon - she sent me two awesome pendents, along with something from another swap we are in, and I also love the packaging - she sent the pendents in a cute cotton bag with a feather pattern and it, and a lovely decorated tag note.  I also love the tissue paper and the kraft paper she wrapped the box in - the inside has a great dragonfly pattern.

This one is a 4 leaf clover soldered with beveled glass - I love it.  In fact, I think I may not use it as a pendent, but may put it as a charm on my stethoscope - afterall, I could use that luck at work!

The second is an adorable chickadee pendent.  It is so sweet.  I love it, but as I look at it, I think my bird watching friend may love it more.  I am contemplating being a nice person and giving it to her... I will have to think about it...  am I that generous?

Thank you, Erika - I love them both!
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9  Re: Pendent Swap 2014 - Gallery!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 03, 2014 02:03:56 PM
I received my pendents from Helena Puck the other day - I love that she incorporated her own artwork images in her pendents, and anyone who knows me craft-wise knows that I love classic John Tenniel Alice, so she sent me an Alice pendent too.  I have swapped with Helena Puck in other recent swaps and we have swapped Alice back and forth.

Thanks Robin!
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10  Re: Pendent Swap 2014 - Gallery!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: June 22, 2014 06:52:37 AM
I did finish, including the packaging!  I am just watching a bit of Ugly Betty to kill time until the local PO opens.  If the budget permits, I will send all the packages today.

I made lots of pendents, then winnowed down the pile to choose what to send to my partners. 

Just as a teaser... here are some pics of a couple of the "rejects"... what didn't make it into the envelopes!

Die cut leather butterfly riveted on textured and stamped copper.

Layered reused leather and suede, riveted between dapped copper bowls.  Unusual for me, but I quite love the deep fuschia, and I am not a pink girl at all.

polymer clay, with resin....

Hope you like these... because these were some of the "rejects"!
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