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571  Pink Agate Geode Slice Tree of Life Pendant (Custom request) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 29, 2010 11:37:59 AM
I received a message a few weeks ago from someone asking about a custom piece. She really liked the look of the Agate Slice and Moss Agate Stone Tree of Life Pendant but wanted something in all silver wire and all white beads. Here's the finished result:




It's always fun turning someone's vision into a real piece that's completely personalized just for them. It's often combinations I wouldn't have thought of and is always a fun challenge turning their idea into reality.

As always, thoughts welcome!
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572  Japanese Chiyogami Paper Glass Tile Pendants (Another new project for me!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 27, 2010 03:25:56 PM
I know a lot of people have made these but I'm just trying my hand at them and having fun! I picked up this amazing Chiyogami paper in the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan Pavilion in Epcot. Everything in the store is actually from Japan. They are an actual department store in Japan as well. The paper has such lovely metallic accents; like a pure gold glitter.

Here's the first two I just finished.

The first features an adorable Geisha girl in a pink flowered robe. It is 3/4" square with a silver-plated Aanraku bail.




The second features a Moon Rabbit with a red flower. It is 7/8" square also with a silver-plated Aanraku bail.


The paper was just so beautiful that when I saw it in Japan, I had to buy it and make some pendants.

As always, feedback welcome!
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573  Helm Chain Mail Bracelet in Gold and Silver - my first chain mail! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 27, 2010 02:24:38 PM
I recently learned a new technique - chain mail!

My first pattern is known as the "Helm Chain" or "Parallel Chain." This deceptively simple pattern features interlocked silver-plated and gold-plated rings into a classic, elegant pattern. The bracelet is 7.5" in length and is finished with an antique goldtone toggle clasp.




As always, thoughts welcome! Grin
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574  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 64 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 18, 2010 07:48:18 PM
I received two of my items this week; one two days ago and the other today!

First up, from Arachnea. She made me a phoenix-inspired surprise. It was a hand painted box with the Potter Puffs "Fawkes" image I love so much. There's also fire and flames to go with the theme.





Thank you so much! It's super cute. Grin



The other item I received today was from JessySihk. She made me a shawl pin with phoenix feathers on it.





It's kind of hard to get a true photo of the color but it's very neat. Thank you, Jessy - it'll go great with the few shawls I've received so far in other OWS rounds! Grin
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575  Brown Agate Slice Tree of Life with Hessonite Garnet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 17, 2010 02:16:49 PM
Well, everyone liked the Blue Agate with Amethyst and Topaz so much, I thought I'd do a follow-up! Grin I always have to keep experimenting so here's the latest I made last night.

A natural slice of variegated brown agate is the base for this unique Tree of Life pendant. Genuine Hessonite Garnet gemstones and sterling silver wire form the leaves and branches of the piece. Hessonite Garnet is known as "Cinnamon Stone" because of the lovely variation in color ranging from honey-yellow through red-brown and various shades in between.






Measuring right around 2" height (not including bail) and about 1.75" width at the widest part. It is a bold piece that will be noticed, but not so large as to make it unwearable. Keep in mind that this is a natural stone and has rough edges and is not a perfect oval. Part of the charm of this piece is that it is truly one-of-a-kind by Nature. Grin

As always, feedback welcome!  Cheesy



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576  Re: Secret Santa Swap Party Round 2 (Signup closed; Sendout Nov. 27) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 15, 2010 06:18:49 PM
...and I got the troublesome project to work! Finally, it's done and it's awesome!! Grin
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577  Re: Secret Santa Swap Party Round 2 (Signup closed; Sendout Nov. 27) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 13, 2010 04:48:57 PM
Spent about 90 minutes working on _____ and getting SUPER frustrated not being able to figure out the directions (it's something I've never done before) only to give up, check the web, find another how-to that includes A VERY VITAL STEP that was missing from the first instructions. Here I am thinking I'm stupid, getting mad at myself for not being able to figure it out...and it was the directions all along!!
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578  Re: MINI 12 Days of Christmas 2010 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 10, 2010 08:18:30 AM
December 7, 2010 - My package arrived!!  Grin Grin

Here's a shot of all the wrapped gifts together. (With one of my cats, Gracie, "helping" me set up for a shot.)



And here they are all tucked safely under my tree!



On the twelfth day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
Slipper socks and wrist warmers!





Yay!! Grin



On the eleventh day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A crocheted belt in Bordeaux lace in a lovely purple color and a Mickey mini snowglobe!





Thanks! Cheesy


On the tenth day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A cute snowman on a sleigh decoration.



I like the blues and whites, plus he's cute!


On the ninth day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
Two crochet hanging decorations: old-fashion ribbon candy and a snowman!



The ribbon candy made me think of being a kid!


On the eighth day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A santa oven mitt, dish towel and coaster set in a holder!





On the seventh day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A very earthy wreath hanging, a porcelain "Noel" hanging decoration and a cute little snowman pin!





I love how nature-inspired the wreath is. Thanks! Cheesy


On the sixth day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A crochet knit (my bad!) kerchief and cowl. (Though I have to admit, it took me a little pondering to realize what they were! Grin )





They're kinda Phoenix-y in color especially when worn all together. Wink


On the fifth day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
Four mini grow kits. (A mini Christmas tree, flowers called "blanket of snow" and two grasses)



Have to watch the kitties - they're going to want to munch on the grass!


On the fourth day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A festive, handmade apron!



Perfect for wearing when baking cookies. Wink


On the third day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A dozen little "candied" apple ornaments.





I like the sparkle. I bought similar "candied" fruits for my wreath for my door actually.


On the second day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A handmade oval rug. (Crochet I believe.)



It's phoenix-inspired colors. Plus to show scale, those are my feet in a pair of holiday socks I couldn't resist and had to buy myself. Wink


On the first day of Christmas my partner gave to me....
A Yule cross stitch!



Very cool since I celebrate Yule/Solstice as well as a non-religious Christmas.  Grin (Ignore the reflection of my ceiling fan blade in the picture!)


I had so much fun having a pile-o-gifts under the tree and it was great having something to open up every day! Grin
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579  Rich Autumn Inspired Hessonite Garnet Tree of Life in Copper and Brown Wire in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 01, 2010 03:11:54 PM
The warm, rich colors of Autumn are celebrated in this one-of-a-kind Hessonite Garnet gemstone Tree of Life pendant. Set in a chocolate brown square frame, copper wire is used as the roots, trunk and branches of the piece.




Garnet is a natural, semi-precious gemstone associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aquarius and the birthstone of the month of January. Considered the stone of good luck in business, it's also said to increase your self-esteem when worn as jewelry.

 Garnet comes in various color groups. This piece uses Hessonite Garnet which is in the grossularite group. It ranges from honey-yellow, through orange-brown and into brown-red at it's deepest colors. Hessonite Garnet is nicknamed, "Cinnamon Stone" due to this lovely color variety.




I love the variety of colors in the Hessonite. It reminds me so much of the Autumns I remember as a girl in Pennsylvania. Since Florida doesn't have color-changing leaves, I have to make my own! Grin These lovely, dainty rondelles are so pretty and just gave that certain "Fall" look I wanted with this piece.

As always, thoughts welcome!!
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580  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 63 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: October 29, 2010 07:52:13 PM
I've had such a crazy week and I'm still getting over this darn sore throat/laryngitis/flu thing so I'm sorry to be tardy in my posting. I received two awesome packages in the last few days that I want to quickly share. I'll be in-and-out and partially out of town this weekend so darn it!, now's the time to get the posted. Cheesy

First off, I got a surprise from lindyv321. Turns out she made me the "bat tie" shirt from my wists!! It's SO cute. And I love the green color of the shirt. (I've lately been bemoaning the fact I don't have enough green in my wardrobe believe it or not!)



SUPER cute. Thank you so much lindyv321!!


Next up, I got a great package from NatACT. She made me a super cool "pineapple" shawl straight off my wist. And, because the darn thing was apparently a fraction of weight over the shipping limit, she sent some awesome extras as well. Here's everything:



And here's a closer shot of the extras. There's a cool round stone focal pendant, an intricate metal center focal point jewelry piece, a cool boomerang magnet, a little travel sewing kit (for re-attaching a button or such on the go), and an amazing agate slice that's awesome and huge. It's got a hole drill so I could be a base of a wire-wrapped pendant or something too. Oh and her really pretty handmade card. edit: Oops! There was also chocolates in there too. They were melted sadly from our 90F/32C heatwave so I put 'em in the fridge.)



And just to show how pretty the agate is since you can't tell in the other photo:



Thank you so much, NatACT!  Grin
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