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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Button bib necklace on: November 13, 2009 08:28:17 AM
I've been spending way too much time on fashion and creative blogs, and I'm doing some more chunky and extravagant pieces lately.
I confess taking a shortcut here - I sewed the base shape from a random piece of cotton and attached the ribbon for closure, but the stitching stopped there: all the buttons and pearls are attached thanks to lots of hot glue...

on slightly blurry and overexposed


close-up


complete


C&C welcome!
32  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Swirly black necklace on: November 13, 2009 08:21:44 AM
While browsing these boards to see what the great craftsters here have made with this new medium I've just discovered, I saw this post
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303679.0
and loved the blue octopus a lot - mainly the idea of the swirly tentacles moving away from the body.

Problem is that as much as I liked the necklace itself, octopi are not exactly my favourite animals, so it wouldn't make much sense for me to make one! So I tried to base my design on the idea I liked, making into an abstract design:

instead of the octopus' head I went with a cookie cutter star:


on me:


random close-ups:


I think I'm liking it quite a lot! I'm not sure how fragile it is.... only time will tell, I guess!

C&C welcome!
33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Clay mummy copy of my missing doll... on: November 13, 2009 08:12:22 AM
So last year at a fair I bought this cute little doll http://www.dayuvoodoodolls.com/products/Voodoo_dolls_VD021_The_Mummy.htmand carried it around like a good luck charm. Unfortunately I must have lost it at my old job, and since I quit on not so great terms with my psycho boss I can't go around asking if it's been seen or expect someone to return it... so one of the first things I thought of making was a little more compact substitute for it!
C&C welcome!

Here it is: front



see the head pins in the glittery heart? (the little dots in the heart are glitter - the only red clay I found at the shop had glitter inside)


back:


one side
34  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / I don't know what I'm doing.... first clay post! (DROWNING IN PICS) 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...
35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Experimenting with a shoebox turned loom... 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?
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Knitted beaded cuff... of course it's purple, what else could it be?? 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!
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / my take on the yo-yo necklace... obviously it had to be purple! 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!
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purple polka dotted top from skirt scraps 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...


39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / a bracelet/cuff... I'm not sure what went wrong, but i like it anyway! 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...
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / another beaded bangle 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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