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301  Our little treasure... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: July 27, 2012 04:42:00 PM
This was a microscope slide pendant that I made recently for the Pendant Swap. 

It is a double-sided pendant made with Japanese washi paper, vintage sheet music, soldered between two sheets of microscope slides, with hand-coiled metal hangers soldered on.

I just liked how the lyrics worked out for a two-sided pendant

Here is a little blurb about it on my blog
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302  Resin collage pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: July 27, 2012 04:18:14 PM
I have been in a pendant making frenzy since I started the pendant swap over a month ago and still am going. 

These are paper collages laid in metal bezels that I embedded in resin.  I made a couple of batches of these, one for the swap and another because I thought I may need to send a replacement package - and also the fact that I just enjoyed making them.

I used ICE resin.  I had tried several other brands in the past, and this has been one of the best ones I have used so far.  It dries very nice and clear, with minimal bubbles.

Here is a group shot of my second batch

Some close ups of my favourites

This one had a boo boo - the glazing on the paper was obviously not completely covering the paper either above or below, and the resin seeped at some point, but I still like how it looks

Here is a bit more about them in my blog

First batch of resin goodies

Second batch of resin goodies

They are made with a variety of scrapbook paper, japanese washi papers, vintage sheet music, transferred images printed on tissue paper, metal charms/bits and bobs, glazes, mica powders, and ink.
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303  Forget-me-not wreath in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: July 27, 2012 03:59:34 PM
This has been on my mind to make for a few years, and as a way to keep my hands busy last week while my dog was sick, I started punching out and curling the flowers.  It is hard to see, but they are also lightly misted with mica powder colouring, and each pinned with pearl headed pins, or beads and pins onto a curved foam pool noodle wrapped with tissue paper.

I call it the forget-me-not wreath not just because they are tiny blue flowers that make me think of forget me nots, but because my sick dog passed away on Monday.  I tucked a little heart in the flowers in memory of him, and I will change that over to a little picture of Toby (he is my avatar too) when I find one I like.


Here is a little bit more about it on my blog
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304  Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap Send out Friday July 27 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: July 12, 2012 02:21:12 PM
Woohoo - I got the last of my planned 4 crafted items done today, and everything is all packaged and ready to ship out.

A few teasers.....

All wrapped, addressed and ready to send out....

The inside box - a pretty box my mom gave me when she packaged some home made buns the last time we visited her...

... and inside that box....

I hope my partner likes what I made, and the extras I sent.  If the morning is not too hot and humd, I should ship tomorrow.  Otherwise I may do it after work sometime next week.  This was a fun swap to craft for.  Now I am off to make a copy of at least one of the crafts for just me Cheesy
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305  Re: Pendant Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 12, 2012 02:07:30 PM
I received two more packages the other day too.  One from gala_apples, and the other from sweetyetevil.  I was having trouble uploading on the Craftster tool, so I used photobucket instead.

Thank you both!

The first two are two pieces of heart and glass goodness from sweetyevil - I love the colours on the both of them.  This one has such a lovely sheen and the glass compliments the fairy charm perfectly.  The shaping is perfect.

The colours on this one are just plain mesmerizing - I love dichroic glass

These are a generous three from gala_apples, all in such scrumptious colours - they look like candy!  I love the presentation too, all of them are on playing cards.

This one is stamped and the visual and physical texturing is lovely.  Very light, and I love leather

The second is also with stars - we were in the Jar of Stars swap together too, weren't we?  Or was it the Jar of Hearts one I was thinking of?

This one is a lovely green, and it is hard to tell from the picture, but it has a lovely sheen and glitter to it

I have wholly enjoyed this swap so far, but I am worried that one or more of my packages went astray.
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306  Re: Pendant Swap 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 06, 2012 06:53:04 AM
I received from kriSmith and SkyWookiee yesterday.  What a great little surprise in the day!

From SkyWookie - two polymer clay (I think) and wire pendants

I love the shimmer of this one:

and who doesn't love stars?

kriSmith sent me three pendants.  But the first could count as two - it is two sided polymer clay and I have to admit I love both sides.

A beaded wire worked star (hmmmm, wonder if both ladies were stalking my pinterest Cheesy )

Also an adorable set of hearts on  a chunky silver chain - love the hearts because they are in a teal very very close to the wall colour I chose for my new craft room - a colour I am totally in love with

Thank you both, and I am loving this swap - both the creative process, and seeing what everyone has made, as well as the receiving, of course  Grin
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307  Pearl baubles - a necklace and earring set in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: June 24, 2012 05:01:29 AM
I made these recently for the Bead Soup swap for my recipient.  It is a set made with clustered hand wrapped freshwater pearls hanging on a hand forged hanger.  A smaller cluster was used for each earring.

A close up of one of the earrings

A close up of the spiral making the hanger for the necklace

I was pretty happy how it turned out, even though it kills my hands to wrap each of those beads - also I had to ream each and every pearl to fit the wire of the headpins through.  I like the spiky look the ball ended headpins give too, rather than the flat ones.

A bit more on my blog post.

~Pearl Baubles blog post~
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308  Butterfly's touch - my first miniature book pendant (pic heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: June 24, 2012 04:48:52 AM
I have been really wanting to make some mini books for some reason and recently was in the pendant swap so these were two that I made while in that process.  They actually did not make it in the pendant swap so I am keeping one, and giving one away to a friend at work if she wants it.

The coveres are made from patina-ed brass pieces that were hand cut and sanded, then embossed.  Atsuko sent me some charms in the last bead soup swap, so I used a couple of them for the cover, riveting them on after the embossing.

Inside are various "pages"

and the back cover etched with a slightly different image

I put some more detail in my blog post, hopefully you don't have any problems seeing it, but my antivirus was giving everyone trouble with Blogger last night - I assure you it is not a fraudulent, phishing site - I don't even allow ads on it, it is just a straight up blog.

~butterfly's touch miniature book pendants~

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309  Re: Pendant Swap 3 (SU June 5th or until full. SO: July 2) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: June 19, 2012 12:48:29 PM
While I am at it, I thought I would post a teaser - here are the packaged pendants I have ready to divvy up amongst my partners, they are attached to tags that have a wee blurb of what they are made with ...

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310  Re: Matchbox Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: June 14, 2012 04:40:54 PM
I received my matchboxes yesterday from both my partners.  This was a fun swap and it was great seeing how they were all so creatively decorated.  I can see how this could be addictive!

First, I received from isaacmom01.  She is an army medic and I am a nurse, which was a neat coincidence.  She made my box with a healthcare theme, using a caduceus that would be on a dress uniform.  I thought that was so cool.  I love it.  I did edit my last name off for privacy.

She included a Gandhi quote inside:

Here is the whole shebang...

Did anyone notice my new pet???  He is a teeeeeeeeeny tiiiiiiiny wee little owl and I think I need to make him a teeny tiny tree or nest to roost in. 

Here are a few other cool things that really caught my fancy too, a luck pig, and a cow (I have a thing for cows) and a Korean coin from when she was stationed in Korea.

I loved all the thought put into the box and package - thank you very much Catalina, it is beautiful.

I also received from rainfallingonatinroof too, who went with a gardening theme.  First off, I was blown away by the packaging.  It was sent in a lovely envelope, and then I opened that up to find another pretty handmade envelope - so lovely - it made it feel like my birthday!

Here is the pretty treasure inside and the lovely card that accompanied it.  I think I have a quilt with this theme pinned.

Here is the side, very cute

Here is the insides all spread all out - I love the stamps and mini cards, they will be fun to turn into collage pendants.

Here is a wire ring she made me - it is so pretty, comfortable and a perfect fit!

... and a close up of the stamps...

Thank you Kat, I love the entire package, and can't wait to use the treasures inside.

This was such a fun swap!  I loved seeing everyone's matchboxes and would love to do another one!
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