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81  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More jewelry covered mirrors-pic heavy! on: August 22, 2013 01:17:38 PM
I picked up three matching mirrors from Goodwill for three dollars each. These had a very narrow space to fill in with shinies,so it was...interesting to work on! Odd earrings, small pins, rhinestones, loose beads, random shinies. Glued down with good old E600. It needed a little clear sealer, so I carefully brushed on some Ailene's Jewelry Pendant Gel, which was perfect. They can hang vertically or horizontally. Which reminds me-next time affix picture hangers to the back *before* I start work. These are for a December art fair.
Group shot-

Detail shots-

Yay  Goodwill and scrounging junk jewelry from my family!
82  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Christmas/Winter Holiday in July Stash Buster swap? on: June 28, 2013 02:47:01 PM
This one was way back in '08! Basically, what you make for your partner can be presents for people on their list, home decor, or something just for them. It's nice to give handmade, and I know that what I can make doesn't always correspond to what the folks I gift to can use. This should be Winter Holiday swap, really, and open to all. I can't run it, but I'd love to see it happen!
83  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Two more raygun shadowboxes on: April 14, 2013 10:17:47 AM
Okay, not the best pic because of the glare, but here's one.

Both painted in shades of blue, copper, brown, and green, both doodaded up with small extras-metal bits, jewelry bits, ect. Painted the background ivory, and used a piece of reproduction wallpaper that went with the frame. I lucked into a coffee table book of wallpaper patterns, that was going to be discarded due to damage. Normally I wouldn't cut up a book, but again-damaged and saved from being discarded. The frame was from the Goodwill, and I have a matching one awaiting its turn. I took it apart, removed and discarded the inside (ugly paper mache type flower), and moved the picture hanger so it would hang horizontally instead of vertically.
Here's the other.

Had to buy a craft store shadowbox to have something deep enough to hold this water pistol. Blue and brass, metal bits-found pieces and part of a broken watch. Metal frame has the usual message of 'in case of space pirates, break glass.' Background from my paper stash. I used to work at a bookstore, and sometimes publishers sent us advance copies, posters, ect. Picture books we sometimes got just some folded pages, not the whole book. These were usually thrown away, but I rescued some! I like to just paint backgrounds, too, but this one went so well with the colors I painted the gun
I wish I had a picture of the other one I did! I thought I'd taken pics of everything before I set up at the scifi con, but of course the one I missed is one I sold. I used three tiny keyring sized guns. Ah, well!
84  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chokers and a display for the craft show on: April 08, 2013 07:22:46 PM
Display and chokers! The green one is an older one, the others new. Bought the white crochet from the craft store-they were too big for bracelets and too small for chokers. They came with the fabric ends encased in ribbon clips, and a little bit of silver chain and a clasp. I added more chain to make them choker size, and put pendants on each one. Fan, heart, mother of pearl bead with dangle, odd fancy silver dangly earrings. At the last minute I realized I had no display. Took an old stretch velvet pullover, cut off the sleeve. Pulled it over a roll of paper towels. Knotted each end, stuffed them inside. Had a couple of ceramic drawer pulls I bought on clearance for 50 cents, pushed those in to make sure the sleeve ends stayed tucked inside and to make it look neater. I didn't even have to use pins to hold the chokers in place-the paper towel roll compressed a bit when I fastened the chokers, and uncompressed after, if that makes sense.

85  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / geeky circuit board jewelry on: March 30, 2013 12:20:49 PM
Not the best pics, my camera is dying! Probably need to replace it soon.
Bought a few baggies of the rings at the thrift store. Circuit board from dead electronics my nephew gave me. The coppery foil printed circuit board had to be used! Only a little of that, sigh. Long brass piece was from a key ring, the black/green/brass beads don't show up well in this pic. The big pendant has a wash of gold on it-I made a similar one earlier.
Three pins from transistors. Or capacitors? Something!

Blurry picture of pins/brooches. Beads, rhinestones, brass flowers, ect.

Another pendant shot. Still need to put them on chains, cord, or ribbon.

86  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 31 key brooches, used up my stash! Pic heavy on: March 17, 2013 04:42:27 PM
I have used up all my keys, had to buy pin backs and more e6000, and even some charm embellishments on sale from the craft store because my supply of suitable ones got low. Old keys, new embellishments, old jewelry, dollar  jewelry for filigree, bead stash. For my sale table at the con in a couple of weeks.

and obligatory group shot.
87  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 17 key pins/brooches on: March 12, 2013 06:40:39 PM
So I went through my stash of keys and my stash of junk jewelry and made some pins. Still have a lot more to make! Most of the keys were ordinary old housekeys, or big clunky car keys-they'd been in the lost and found at work for several months and were going to be thrown away. So, I felt free to experiment. I still need to put pin backs on them, hitting the craft store after work tomorrow.

Obligatory group shot

I'm not crazy about the big one on the far left, with the red/gold fabric top and gold beads. Or the orange one in the middle, but I was determined to try and use the clunky odd orange earring!

88  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2.00 desk clock steampunked up on: March 07, 2013 10:32:26 AM
So I found a plain black desk clock at the Goodwill this week. The cover over the battery compartment was missing, but hey, 2.00.
The front, back, top and bottom I used Old Brass color. The narrow sides are metallic gold, metallic copper, and the last wider side piece in metallic rust. Put a couple of layers of triple thick glaze over it. Took four lock washers and painted them gold, then glued them on the corners and glazed them. For the back, I cut out a circle of black plastic from a broken dvd case, painted and glazed it to match, and attached tiny strips of velcro to keep it in place, yet still have it removable for battery access. Not an ideal fix, but it'll do.

side view.


with cover

by Mr.Bookstorebabe's glasses for size comparison.
89  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Circuit Board necklace on: January 15, 2013 02:23:28 PM
Just having fun. This piece was a little too big for a brooch, so I thought I'd make a pendant. It conveniently already had a hole in each corner! A thin wash of gold paint, a few beads, a few tiny stars, and some clear sealer, plus the tassel from a broken necklace.
and a close up.
90  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry covered mirror! on: December 13, 2012 11:55:10 AM
I'm proud of this. It's a present for my younger sister, who's wanted one ever since seeing them on pintrist.
I decided to make a smallish one.  I had a hard time finding a mirror with a frame I could cover so-the base is a seven dollar ceiling medallion from the home improvement store. The mirror is a makeup mirror from the dollar store-I heated an old knife in a candle flame to cut off the handle. E6000 glue. Paint the mirror frame white, glue on a string of blue beads to cover the edge, glue a string of pearls around the outside edge of the medallion, glue a plain white string of pearls between the mirror edge and the frame to fill in  abit-that one is mostly hidden by the jewelry.
Cue old broken jewelry from my stash, from my mom and another sister, from the Goodwill, from other craftsers, ect. Add in fancy buttons. Fill in with glass gems, and tiny beads and pearls. The back is cut to size cardboard-and some insulation foam I had to fill in and make a flat surface. Painted and a hanger added.
I'd do this different next time. The medallion I chose had a curved surface, which was challenging to cover at times.
I still like how it came out!

Detail shots.

If you look closely, it's circle of blue beads, pearl circle (that matches the outside edge), and a plain pearl string filling in the valley-that third strand is mostly hidden by shinies.

The back.

I can't wait to see her face when she opens the box!
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