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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Baby octopus on: September 27, 2010 01:18:59 PM
My best friend requested a baby octopus for an (odd) earring after I was showing her the amazing work of monsterkookies (and feeling sorry for myself that I don't think I'm good).

I made this little guy for her, with glow in the dark eyes. She was thrilled with him!

(sorry for the bad phone pic)


22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Multicoloured skully goodness! & buttons. on: September 03, 2010 03:09:22 PM
I was looking online for flat back earring studs as I'd ran out and wanted to make some button earrings, and came across these fabulous multicoloured dyed turquoise skull beads. I also found these lucite flower beads which I think are perfect- I was in a mardi gras, slightly camp sort of mood! Normally I don't like skulls, but they just seem so happy, despite their handicap of being living impaired! (I have disabilities and like to make fun of the PCness around these days).

Updated with better pix taken in my homemade lightbox!

 
I had to make something just for myself, and this is it:




 
A necklace:



Bracelet:



And the button earrings:





I also made some skully earrings- the earhooks didn't show in the photo but they're at the top:



Melissa x
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Chocolates bracelet - 3rd time lucky! on: September 03, 2010 02:46:33 PM
A friend of mine requested a bracelet of chocolates for his new girlfriend, no specs other than it would be really great if it smelled like ginger, and that she likes bright colours.

This is the third attempt- he liked the brighter less realistic looking chocolates out of sample photos I sent. The first go turned out too big to wear comfortably, and upon rubbing some ginger oil (I bought candle scenting oil from ebay, I think monsterkookies mentioned it on her blog) on the finished product I discovered that it strips varnish off. The oopsies are now in my glass sweetie jar looking pretty.

So, third time lucky! After varnishing they just smelled like varnish, even with ginger scent in the clay mix, so I put a few drops on the tissue paper and left it at that. He told me that she loves it, so I'm happy!



Melissa x
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Self portrait made in Adobe Illustrator on: September 03, 2010 02:36:20 PM
I am familiar with Photoshop but have not really used Illustrator before. I read a few tutorials online, and made this by tracing over a (bad phone pic) photo of myself:





C&C welcome :-)

Melissa x
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling imitation food items- illegal in UK? on: August 07, 2010 08:11:27 AM
I have been reading here

http://forums.folksy.com/forums/6/topics/10394?page=1

Does this mean it's illegal for me to sell jewellery made from polymer clay imitation chocolates/doughnuts etc?

Also- insurance- I sell to friends and am in the process of setting up a website, so it would mostly be online. I live with my parents. Do I need any sort of insurance?

Any help appreciated!

Thanks,

Melissa.
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Having an indoor market stall for jewellery! on: February 18, 2010 01:25:20 PM
I didn't know where to put this, but all of a sudden I've got a table at an indoor market to sell my jewellery on- this is the first time I've sold anything in public.  A woman at my workplace has a baby clothes stall and put me in touch with the market manager. I make jewellery fairly often, every other day or so, but my camera eats batteries so I rarely get around to posting pics. Any comments and advice is welcome, I'm very nervous.

All that's provided is a table, so I'm thinking of taking some of my favourite teal taffeta and velvet fabric to cover the table. As it's short notice (I'm going this saturday) and I can't afford to buy displays I'm planning on laying necklaces out on the velvet, while earrings and bracelets have been stapled to a piece of card with the top folding over, where I'm going to put my initials or logo of some sort.  I also have small drawstring organza bags so I think I'll put those in a bowl and put peoples purchases inside an organza bag.  I folded decorative pieces of thick paper/card and wrote things like 'Gemstone and sterling silver pendants 25 each' to put next to the different categories. 

I will also be taking money/change, and dressing very warm as it's freezing in there!
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first try at chocolate and tentacles! on: February 09, 2010 12:33:07 PM
I haven't made anything with fimo for a long time, as I got teased a lot at my old workplace for it, and wasn't happy with the way my things turned out. I love the craft-porn that porgecreations and monsterkookies make, and I decided it was time I tried to make what I admired. 

I made chocolates and a marshmallow but even though I thought I had clean, repeatedly washed hands and smoothed over the surfaces, there's little bits of fluff and pet hair I had to remove after baking. I had a grey scrap ball I used for the insides.  Varnishing hid most of the imperfections.  I put them on a bracelet but it's rather chunky so not something I'd wear- they're about 3/4 an inch wide and 1/2 an inch high- what size do other people make theirs?

I then made tentacles, I can't remember who but a craftster posted some the other day which inspired me.  The suckers were SO time consuming, rolling really small balls and poking a hole in them with a pin. 

I am happy with my new pretty things, it showed me I'm not as bad at fimo as I think I am. I have some more in the post- liquid, translucent, chocolate colour and various sparkly ones, as I noticed when people make canes they seem to use 3 times the amount of fimo I actually possess, in one cane.

Excuse the bad photos- I was using my phone camera.



28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gemstone, glass and silver jewellery- many many pics! on: December 28, 2009 08:23:39 AM
I read craftster every day, but hardly ever post. As I'm 'between jobs' at the moment, lately I've been improving my IT skills by setting up a website for the jewellery I make. Of course, I needed enough to put on the website..so Santa (aka my overdraft!) got me lots of bits and bobs and I made the following. I love using gemstones, there's something primal about it.

C&C welcome- do you think I should get crimp covers, or something like that to cover the tigertail? At the moment I'm not happy with the way my wire cutters and brand-new end cutters finish the metal, and I'm sure it shows in my jewellery.

Earrings
I started out making earrings as they are the quickest for me to make.

Amber- I need a better camera.


I was using up some 'miracle beads'- coated plastic which changes colour depending on the light.


Pearls and crystal (I think, or czech glass).


Stripey glass, makes me think of rock, and Swarovski crystals.

Bracelets

I love this one, I have a photo somewhere showing the clasp. I found the pink beads strung on elastic in a charity shop for 50 pence. I think they're glass.


I used almost the last of my blue Indian glass beads on this one. I like the clasp.



Necklaces
I love putting together gemstone pendants, maybe because I always wear one so I'm more likely to make what I like.


I love this one so much- turquoise, hammered sterling silver and Swarovski crystals at the bottom.


This is also one of my favourites, but I bought the pendant and put it onto a chain so it doesn't feel like I made it myself.


There's another set of 3 beads further up the necklace. It took me over an hour to string alternate coloured beads on, and made my shoulders hurt.  I tried to do a style I wouldn't usually consider- a beaded chain- and I really like it.


I had the glass heart for years and didn't know what to do with it. I love the heart-shaped chain links.
29  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Lazy 6-can chili! on: December 28, 2009 07:29:05 AM
I love spicy food, and I wanted chili but didn't feel like doing much cooking. I found the following cans in the cupboard:

1. Tomatoes
2. Roasted red pepper and tomato soup
3. Baked beans
4. Butterbeans
5. Mixed beans
6. Baby corn

In the fridge I found 1.5 onions and some bell peppers. There were no chilies left so I added ground and dried chilies. I chopped and fried the veg in olive oil, and added all the cans with cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder and paprika.

It made a wok-ful; I had 3 and a bit ladles of it with rice and I'm full, and there's lots left. I think the red pepper soup made it too sweet for me, and in future I'd cut the baby corn much smaller.






My uncle who is a cook says that chili should never have paprika in, but I like it.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded felt cupcake on: October 31, 2009 01:49:51 PM
This is a bit of a mix so I wasn't sure where to put it.

It's a cupcake, the base is some faux-leather fabric which used to belong to my late granddad, the top is felt and I have embroidered the base and hand-sewn glass and plastic beads on.  The button is a fabric-covered vintage one which is from my late grandmother's button collection.

The story is- this weekend while out with my parents I came across a great little knitting/ceramics shop called Fibre and Clay- unfortunately as I can't drive it takes 2 hours on the bus, but is only about 10 miles away! It sells ceramics, wool, knitted shawls/tops and various trinkets- everything is handmade. I think the owners are husband and wife- one knits, and the other makes the ceramics. I also kept seeing Gisella Graham cupcake pincushions in every other shop I went into. I love pink, and cupcakes, and the gorgeous felted items in the shop merged together into my head so I wanted to make a felt cupcake.

I'm not sure yet what to actually do with it. I would love to approach this shop with various things I've made, so it would need to be something fairly quick and simple. I'm also easily frustrated, so the easier and quicker something is to make, the more my self-esteem gets a little boost, versus the 10000 complicated things I've given up on.





Melissa.

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