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301  Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 27, 2009 10:25:17 AM
OK, here are pics from the package I got from Sarahbug.  Lots of pics......


First off, the necklace and earring set she made me.  I really like this - it's various beads wrapped on wire.  Unusual, eclectic, and quite delicate looking.  I may steal this idea Cheesy  So very pretty!  A great way to use odd or small amounts of beads that would not be enough to make a bigger project too. 



And my soup:


Lots of really neat little bits and bobs in there caught my eye right away:

I love that little leather birdy - I saw part of that sticking out of the soup and wondered what the hect that was.  He's adorable!  Love the little metal filigree pieces, and that cute little Buddha.  The paint embellished glass beads are really pretty too.




Am loving the little charms, and other goodies.  LOVE that big silver floral pendent, and the copper leaf/flower, and those cute cafe charms too!

Thank you so much sarahbug, and to jennieingram for organizing this swap.  It was a nice, quick, fun one to make and receive for.  My only regret was that I limited myself to one partner.  Now I really wish I signed up for two!
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302  A super quicky etched project - owl votives in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: August 21, 2009 04:04:22 AM
Usually I wait for the paint to dry fully in case I want to cut away or make any adjustments, and to make sure that it has adhered fully to the glass.  This time I waited only until it was touch dry.  Just because I was impatient.  What I SHOULD have done was make sure the taped sides adhered fully before applying the compound, otherwise, I am pleased with it.  I thought the owls look cute.

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303  mini beaded irises in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: August 21, 2009 03:57:39 AM
I was fiddling around with these recently, just for the sake of making them.  I haven't fully decided what I am going to do with them yet.  If I get ambitious, it would be neat to make a picture of irises in flat peyote and have a few of these sticking out for some dimension.  Especially as a good friend of mine loves irises too.

They are only about an inch high.


Please ignore any dog fur that may appear in the picture.
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304  Re: Bead Soup Swap - Round 2 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: August 19, 2009 03:21:16 PM
OK, you guys have motivated me to get my butt in gear.  I have communicated with my receiver, peihan17, and already told her I would be sending a few little extras, and I have cooked up my soup, and started on her beaded craft, and the extras.

Here is a little teaser pic.  Her package will contain everything in this teaser and a little bit more Cheesy
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305  Re: Really stupid question: What are delicas used for? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: August 07, 2009 05:36:18 AM
I just started using Delicas this past year or two and really love their precision and consistency.  The large hole allows for multiple passes of needle and thread too.  Previously I used a lot of czech seed beads for off loom weaving, and I probably will continue to use them, but for things where there is a more open weave, like netted projects, or stringing, or where the roundness of the beads doesn't detract from the project, such as a weaving a spiral stitch, right angle weave, etc.  But for when there is a need for a tight fabric of beads, or some dimensional work, I would continue to use delicas (or would like to try Toho brand cylinder beads too, if I could get more selection in my neck of the woods).

Here are two things I have done that show the difference between the two.

A star sphere I did with regular seed beads.  Note the gaps and and irregularities.


A smaller sized sphere (but with bigger stars) I did with delicas.  They fit together like bricks, so it looks more cohesive, and the structure was stronger too.
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306  Re: Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ - A Gallery of Hardcore Craftiness in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 23, 2009 03:11:53 PM
Oooooooh - metal socks - love that idea!  Great packages!  I got mine from aada the other day and took pics last night.  Warning, it is pic heavy!

Here is a group shot of my package:



KISS face pictures that I will be putting up on the wall of our office when the renos are finished.


Gorgeous metal magnets for our fridge - KISS, Iron Maiden, GnR, Judas Priest - I love them


A Judas Priest necklace, I wish that the detail was better, but again, that balancing on a cane thing while holding camera still thing wasn't working out well for me


A gorgeous altered book - aada said it was her first attempt at one, and I totally love what she did - I would never have guessed it was a first attempt.

Inside, lyrics from some of my favourite bands/songs:


KISS - Gold Gin


Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks


Whitesnake - Fool For Your Love


Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell

Gorgeous work.

Thank you so much aada, this has been a great swap!



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307  Re: Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ - A Gallery of Hardcore Craftiness in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 21, 2009 04:12:23 AM
I LOVE all the detail on the DIO doll, will have to wist that too, and show DH later - he's a huge fan of the man.  That shirt and vest are fantastic.

AADA - SKIP THIS POST IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED
I am sending out today, and aada is not at home right now, and won't be able to open the package until her vacation's over, so she gave me permission to post some pics. 

Here is the wrapped package and a montage of the crafted stuff I sent her:


Hopefully wrapped well enough that everything arrives safely.


So the package has Type O Negative glasses with lyrics on one side, and their profiles etched on the other, an Ozzy apron, a personalized water bottle with Cradle of Filth lyrics, and some Opeth shrink plastic stuff, a cuff, a pendent, and a bookmark.  For non-metal crafted stuff, I included beaded stuff - necklace, hair doodads, and a bracelet, and chainmaille stitch markers.  I also did some KISS coasters, but somehow, in the span of 5 minutes, DH lost them when I asked him to carry them up the stairs for me.  We still haven't found them  Cry
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308  Re: Summer is for... \../ METAL \../ - A Gallery of Hardcore Craftiness in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 18, 2009 10:07:18 AM
In case aada is still around and hasn't left on vacation yet, here is a teaser pic of some of what I am sending her:

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309  Floral hair barrettes - I'm really loving these little flowers in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: July 18, 2009 10:02:24 AM
I made a few sets of these little hair doodads, some to give away, one set so far for me Cheesy

I just love the contrast of that bright red bead and the black beads, especially as the black beads have a nice irridescent shimmer to them too.

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310  Re: I <3 Coffee/Tea Round 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 13, 2009 06:22:24 PM
I got my angel package today!!!!!!  What a wonderful surprise it was, especially considering I was feeling pretty sad sack (fell recently and reinjured a previous injury, hobbling around on a cane, missed a concert I had tickets too - wahwahwah).

Thank you Katcal for being my angel - I love you for it, and I love my package.  Thank you Dharma_rebel and jca1982 for organizing this swap and arranging for my angel.  Thank you all for helping turn my first swap into a positive experience  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Anyways, here are my pics of my package.

The whole shebang - a lovely assortment of teas, a coffee, chocolate covered coffee beans (droooooool), a lovely necklace, a tea wallet filled with teas, and a lovely note from my angel, plus a brochure from the company she got the teas/coffee from.


The assortment she got me - the smell when I ripped into the package was amazing.


The necklace with the lovely pendent - what kind of wood is that?  I love the texture of it.


My tea wallet - I have been so envious of the lovely wallets I have seen.  Now I have my own, and my teas can be transported in the style they deserve ;P 


I love the fabrics Katcal used - the pictures don't do it justice, but the colours are very rich and there was a lovely pattern in the black fabric that just doesn't show in the pictures.


Thank you so much Katcal, you really really really are an angel beyond words! XOX
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