So, everybody, this is Andie. She's my first ever try at a sock doll. She lives on our sofa, likes going barefoot and her hair has a life of its own. She says hi, she's not really a klepto (see later) and her face isn't as fat as it looks here. What is it with us girls and whining about how we look in photographs?
She made me tidy her hair up because she wanted to look "all cute and sweet, like" for her picture...
...but I snapped this when she thought I wasn't paying attention. She's not huge, by the way, that's just a big Toblerone. Some things are just way better when they are chunky
Actually, she was just messing about - the pieces are nearly as big as her head, she'd have trouble pinching them. Watch out if you've got Skittles lying around though, the colourings are like crack to a person this small...
So, I saw this pretty little brooch being sold "as found" in an antique shop and just knew I had to do something with it. It has no pin, so I put it on a chain and added the dangly chains and a single Swarovski bicone for a bit of sparkle. Not a complicated make at all - the hardest part was working out how big to make the jump rings - but I love the result so much I had to show it off
The image is rather big... sorry, I forgot how to do clickable thumbnails, and you won't see the detail if I resize it
That scarf/ruff (rarf? scruff?) is great - warm and cozy yet stylish and mysterious. Not a combination you find every day
*bad cockernee accent* Ladies an' Gennulmen, roll up an' take a ganders at the package I received from goldfishhead and Chibi_evil!
See the shininess! Necklace with pretty brass pendant (goldfishhead, did this used to be some sort of hardware fitting in a former life? It's so much heavier and more solid than any filigree jewellery finding I've ever seen...)
Next up, a much "lighter" necklace (didjaseewotididthere? ) - three little dinky bulbs wired together into a cute little pendant.
ANNNNND finally, Ladies an' Gennulmen, gasp in astonishment as you witness the astounding artistic skills of goldfishhead! She drew this awe-inspiringly beautiful scene, which I must race out and find an appropriate frame for very soon:
Pic is a little dark, I'm afraid, but you wouldn't be able to see the marvellous detail anyway. The "border" is pen tests and was supposed to be cut off, but Chibi_evil forgot and sent it intact! I'm kind of glad - I like it like this. Not only is it kind of an interesting border, but the pen tests are a bit like a fingerprint on a polymer clay bead - they are a little insight into the creative process, reminding you that there's a person behind this piece of art.
Not pictured is the pen nib that worked itself into the package accidentally. I am now trying to figure out how to incorporate it into a bit of jewellery
I've been madly inspired by the recent Steampunk Swap, so I decided to make myself a piece of jewellery based on one of my favourite novels, or rather quartet of novels, in that vein - the Hungry Cities books by Philip Reeve (in order: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain, more info here). They are set in the future, after we've utterly destroyed the world as we know it, and the world's cities have become totally mechanised and run around on caterpillar tracks or huge wheels, scavenging from the rubbish dumps we left behind - and devouring one another. I wanted to create something that looked like it could have been partly assembled from scavengings from one of these scrapheaps of the "ancients"/shrines to the Great Gods of Commercialism, Pluto and Mickey . Originally it was just going to be the charm bracelet, but then I saw this post by McBoo. Her gorgeous "gypsy necklace" (bottom of the post) was precisely the kind of found-object organised chaos I wanted to go for. So, with her permission, I borrowed the look, changed it a little and incorporated it into a steam gypsy necklace of my own. Then I figured I might as well make a pair of earrings too... So we have: various bits of Old-Tech (circuit board, gears, random hardware), beads, charms, Stalker eyes* and seedy fragments**. Plus lots of brass wire, tiger tail, random vintage chain, a springy coil of crappy old beading wire that I've had for years and some weird fuzzy ribbon stuff that I think is trying for faux suede but doesn't quite make it. Lots of that to make the necklace very adjustable. You can see two "modelled" views of the necklace in the collage - "sensible", and about as long as it goes. I can pretty much have it any length in between - it just ties up with the ribbon at the back. Enough of this gay banter! Let's see a lovely picture. Yay.
Not to scale, I'm sorry to say. Rolling a 1mm lentil bead for Mercury didn't sound do-able.
Inspired by looking at lots of people's lampwork beads and going "ooooh, they look like little planets!" I knew I was able to get a swirly-cloudy effect in polymer clay, so I went for it. Each bead is inspired by one of the eight planets of the solar system. I was in two minds about including Pluto, which is now technically a "dwarf planet", but since I wasn't doing any of the other stuff floating about in the system I decided to stick to the planets proper.
Plus I'm lazy.
Anyway - picture! Not a great picture - Neptune is camera shy. I just couldn't get rid of that damn reflection (although perhaps taking my own advice and shooting in daylight would have helped ).
That's blue goldstone and Swarovski crystal for the rest of the universe necklace. Mercury is smaller than Mars - the perspective is slightly weird. Jupiter has a crack in it just next to the red spot. They happen sometimes, especially when you don't quite smoosh the clay together properly after adding bits. You can't really see it in the pic and it's not too noticeable in real life unless you look closely. I wish it hadn't but I kind of didn't want to do the bead all over again, cos otherwise it turned out kind of nice.
Opinions and critique welcome! You can tell me off about colours, but I still won't do it to scale - I actually want to be able to wear the damn thing
My package arrived today. Excellent timing, as I was told earlier that all the temporary staff at work were being laid off early. So basically I have a week left in employment. Anyway, I got home to a package of marvellousness and my worries were forgotten for the evening
Inside was lots of purple tissue paper. Under the tissue paper was this bag, which I think is crocheted? Forgive me, I am neither knitter nor crocheter so I find it hard to tell:
Inside... an awesome magnetic haematite, labradorite, onyx and quartz... wraparound thing, and matching labradorite earrings. Ronda thought the flash in the labradorite looked like glittering dragon scales. It's much flashier in reality
Currently being worn as a bracelet. I've had this on since I opened the package, and it's only come off to do the dishes and take this picture
... a set of gorgeous, gorgeous blue goldstone and silver jewellery made to match a dragon pendant I already owned.
Not sure the pic shows it very well but it all matches the dragon perfectly! Blue goldstone is one of my faves so imagine my amazement when I saw...
Leftovers! Ronda sent me some of the beautiful beads she used, for my own projects.
Under the bag of lovely shinies was a pair of pillowcases embroidered with firelizard queens playing among the flowers! The pics just don't do these justice:
Close up of the dragon:
She also sent a pair of shells for my boyfriend, who collects such things. They are being guarded by some of the creatures that live on the shelf above the fireplace, and I didn't get a picture because the demented rubber chicken finger puppet has rather taken to them and growled at me when I got too close.
So, Heroes season one has just finished here in the UK, and I marked what felt like the first Wednesday night for aeons without it by making these. The "huge shrink plastic logo" jewellery isn't really my scene, so I tried for something a bit different:
The helix symbol and rather splodgy eclipse beads are made from polymer clay. The eclipse was a result of possibly the world's shortest cane experiment - I got all of three beads out of it, and not just as a result of bad reducing The "corona" was gold, but sanding appears to have removed all the glitter