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41  I don't know what I'm doing.... first clay post! (DROWNING IN PICS) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: November 07, 2009 06:34:36 AM
SO, yesterday I was in a big home decoration/craft/garden store and I found myself looking at these tiny packest which read "Fimo".. and I exclaimed "but it is that stuff they use on craftster!" and promptly bought a couple of packets.... without a real project in my mind. So at home I sat down and started playing arounf, doing tiny little things because I was afraid to waste the tiiiiiny portions of material.
These are the results of my first attempts, almost all pendants. C&C welcome, suggestions even more!
some of the bits are really wonky because I seriously have not tools and I totally improvised.... but I gave them names, just for fun

This is an overall view, after baking,

"My name is...."

the white pearly fimo, in a simple teardrop name tag with my name drawn in and some white beads embedded

"My heart has been run over"
a white round base with a purple flat heart, a chain was used to stamp the wheel tracks on the heart

"The heart flies away"
I tried going 3D... in this as well as the previous one, the purple is not pure but mixed in with some white

"On a purple cloud"

this is the purple straight on, the pics are a little dark - IRL it's a very vibrant color

I also tried mixing up the colours a little, and got this set

"Going 'round and 'round"

I am still undecided on how to string the pendant, if on a chain, a string, a ribbon... HuhHuh

Then I got a lovely pale lilac, almost pink pearly color that called to become a flower...

unfortunately at first I thought I'd match it with pearly earrings, now I'd definitely prefer to have matching earrings so I'll have to try to mix up a matching color.... I have some more clay left and I'm wondering what I might try to do now...
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42  Experimenting with a shoebox turned loom... in Beads: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: October 25, 2009 03:23:55 AM
I am way too clumsy with tiny beads to attempt anything similar to JAM4ever's gorgeous cuffs, I almost feel ashamed in posting my experiments near her post which I totally adore... so I decided ti experiment with something which sounded wayyyy simpler and more to my reach, which is a little "loom" made out of the lid of a shoebox, and a little pattern which I improvised as I went.
I had fun, so now I'm thinking about finding the right kind of beads (I used what I had on hand, but these are not really constant in the shape/size, and building a little loom of my own (I've got all of my dad's tools... why not use 'em?)

So, here it is:

the "pattern" was not really studied, so forgive it's a bit a mess...

weird lighting: you see the white beads are not transparent at all, while the two pinks are a little bit clear. Love the shadows, though.

now I'm off to the internet to search for "what to do now?Huh??", or better "how to finish it!". One vid I saw finished it off by sealing the ends underneath and stitching the beaded thing over a felt cuff... but I'm not too sure about that. Any suggestion?
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43  Knitted beaded cuff... of course it's purple, what else could it be?? in Beads: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: October 25, 2009 03:12:53 AM
I saw this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=325375.0 by Mishimon and said... "hmmm, I want the purple one!" and I decided to give it a try. Knit ? Hmmmm... I had this big roll of wire I use for putting up the xmas decorations... I have knitting needles... let's try! So, here is what came out:

I like these colors soo much!! The only problem is that I don't have many big beads left!

I decided not to go all the way around and leave the back mainly made up by the clasps & chains, because I plan on wearing this on my right wrist if I want to cover up my tattoo, so I wanted the back to be thin not to annoy be when typing, writing, etc....

once more!
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44  my take on the yo-yo necklace... obviously it had to be purple! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by alhrayth on: October 08, 2009 10:22:55 AM
I fell in love with this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322706.0 and then I found this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=323223.0 and I knew I had to give it a try with the scraps of fabrics I had lying around....

it's a little chunkier than the other two, and I can wear a bit lower (there's more chain behind) but overall it's both fun and quite dramatic... I like it.
It's not something you see on the street every day, but I'm really liking the idea right now!

C&C welcome!
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45  Purple polka dotted top from skirt scraps in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alhrayth on: October 03, 2009 02:35:38 AM
So one day I was walking through some shops and spotted a lovely, loooooong skirt in a soft, strange polka dotted fabric with satin details... marked down 70%... mine!! I was not really planning on fitting into the skirt, but when I tried it on... it did! well, it would have, if I were 15 cm taller! but since the waist was ok, I proceeded in hacking off the bottom tier to have a wearable skirt and a pile of scraps...
But I liked the polka dotted fabric... so I went and found a more or less matching fabric because the polka dots would cover my front only and I was not going to go around half naked... and totally winged my way to a wearable top:

sorry for the craptastic pics, I don't know what was wrong with my camera... these are the only ones I saved!

(sorry for the weird angle I'm standing, t does in real life fit quite well and the zip can be done up to the top, I noticed it wasn't only after I'd already changed into something else and was too lazy to re-take the pics)

I like the neckline...

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46  a bracelet/cuff... I'm not sure what went wrong, but i like it anyway! in Beads: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: September 21, 2009 10:34:07 AM
I have never attempted any particular beading technique, but I keep seeing all these gorgeous cuffs and I am very much tempted to try... though I have to get the right kind of beads first. Most of mines are so tiny that I would never be able to pass a wire more than once...

And yest, I watched some vids, and took some mental notes. Just for fun, I played around with these big beads I had lying around - way too big and chunky for my taste, but it was just an experiment!). Something must have gone wrong somewhere as I found myself with a weird shape at the ends -  a pointy triangle if it makes sense - and I hade to figure out how to fill in the space to get the shape I wanted, and then I totally winged the closure system... but in the end I actually like what I came up with!!

(I was too lazy to untie it to wear it properly... but it fits quite large on my wrist, I can slide it down to cover my wrist tattoo...)

don't be too harsh please, it's my first time trying something like this!

ah, and just because I had them lying around while taking the other pics, I'm adding a photo of two small flower brooches I made ages ago with more beads...
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47  another beaded bangle in Beads: Completed Projects by alhrayth on: September 21, 2009 10:22:21 AM
I saw this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=174661.0 and I immediately thought of some bangles I was no longer really wearing because the silver coating had worn off and it left marks on my skin....

I had a  bit of trouble (I think because my bangle had a round section, so the beads had a tendency to move around) but in the end came up with this:

I haven't really worn it around yet so I don't know how comfortable it is... but so far, I like looking at it! I have two more bangles... maybe I can experiment in other colors!
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48  Chunky beads short necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by alhrayth on: August 26, 2009 05:21:18 AM
Very easy because all the credit goes to the gorgeous beads that I found in a shop - but I like the shorter length and I am happy to have found just the right smaller beads to put in between the big ones: here's what I am wearing today:

I actually have matching earrings but the glass beads are heavy and I was not really feeling up to them, so just imagine the round beads on a simple hook.

close up of the beads - aren't they gorgeous?

I must have already posted a similar necklace, only longer, in red - which I gave to a friend. I also have a long one in purple/mauve-ish which of course I kept, as anything purple is my color!
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49  flowers and leaves in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by alhrayth on: August 26, 2009 05:12:42 AM
My favorite bead shop is closed, and until I find another one, I am not buying much because most of the places I know are simply too expensive. So I've been "shopping my stash and closet", and I took apart several pieces that I was never wearing to see if I could come up with something new.
Apart from staying up till 3am sorting all the beads that had fallen in the bottom of one of the bead storage boxes (I ended up with several new bags of beads, sorted by style and color which will now be usable!), I started on the former pieces too... much more my style!

This was originally a quite full bracelet, which sat unused for ages.... I must have worn it once! So it became an earring and necklace set...

I love these little beads

the necklace

the earrings

the whole set

Now I'm looking forward wearing it!
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50  A completely random silver wire pendant and a pair of earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by alhrayth on: August 24, 2009 06:36:50 AM
The other day I was getting ready to go out, and I noticed that I was wearing only stuff I had made or reconstructed as jewelry myself... I was proud of myself, and snapped some pics:

Earrings + pendant

(I was also wearing this bracelet http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318396.0 but I didn't get it in the same photo!)

Close up of the pendant. I love it very much, though it's far from perfect and the curves don't really match, I was just playing around with wire and this came out... I liked it, so I strung it on a chain!

close up of one of the earrings - clear silver lined beads and hand curved wire, and findings I had around...

C&C welcome, esp regarding how to bend the wire better without buying pricey tools which I can't afford!
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