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3461  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTT 19 (Signups 6/30/08 - 07/20/08 Mail by 08/09/08) on: July 22, 2008 09:21:14 PM
Ok, I ordered something for the OTT and hopefully it'll be here by the time I get home.  Grin
3462  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: First attempt carving and creating a wood wand on: July 22, 2008 06:21:51 PM
Thanks!  Cheesy

very pretty. did you just nail the beads onto the end or something?
I used a head pin to hold the beads in place and have something to drive into the wood. I also used glue between the beads and on the pin itself to help secure it. It was pretty solid when it dried.
3463  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / First attempt carving and creating a wood wand on: July 22, 2008 04:45:00 PM
I'm part of a Pagan/Tree-Hugger swap community on Livejournal called, "Full Moon Swaps." My partner for this swap really likes ritual tools. So I decided to make my very first wand.

I started with some downed twigs and branches I collected from the park next to my apartment complex. (No trees were harmed! These were all already fallen off the tree.)

Then I used Love's wood carving tools and started to it. I took the bark off and whittled it into shape.

The raw stick and the shaped wand:

After some further shaping and sanding, I twisted a big piece of copper wire, and then wrapped it along the top. I also took some glass beads in green and blue and glued them into the end.

And detail:

It looks better in person. Turns out it's hard to photograph a wand. It's nicely tapered at the end and I'm really proud of how it came out. I think I'm going to try making some more. The only thing I'd have liked to have done on it was stain it but the stain we had had gone bad and I didn't have the cash to pick up more. Still, the natural wood (Oak) is very pretty in a delicate sorta way. There is some grain to it though again, you can't really see it in the picture.

Thoughts welcome!  Cheesy
3464  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTT 19 (Signups 6/30/08 - 07/20/08 Mail by 08/09/08) on: July 22, 2008 04:38:18 PM
Jeez...gonna make the rest of us look bad. I have a valid excuse though. I'm driving from FL to NC Thursday (24th) through Sunday (27th) so yesterday, today and tomorrow are kinda tied up with pre-trip stuff. Then I'm gone and I'll have to craft when I get back.

S'ok, I'm still brainstorming ideas anyway. It's going to be hard if I get the crafty itch while I'm gone. Three whole days - no crafts?!  Shocked
3465  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Giant Multi-Theme Swap Gallery on: July 20, 2008 08:22:52 PM
I'm so glad you like everything. Grin I think the garnet Tree of Life pendant has to be one of my favorites so I'm happy to hear you love it too.

And yup! It's a banyan tree. It's a type of fig tree but Florida is the only state in the lower 48 that it can grow in. We've got a lovely one in Downtown St. Petersburg. It looks like this amazing colony of trees. (See some more shots here if curious.) I printed one of my banyan tree pics because I thought it'd be a cool thing to include.  Cheesy

Please enjoy! I had a lot of fun making it. Trees are a great subject!
3466  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Garnet, Hematite, Rainbow Moonstone and Pearl Tree of Life Pendants on: July 20, 2008 08:09:54 PM
wow.  I can't even begin to tell you how awesome these are.  you did a wonderful job!
Aw, I'm going to blush. Thank you!  Cheesy
3467  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Garnet, Hematite, Rainbow Moonstone and Pearl Tree of Life Pendants on: July 19, 2008 11:00:55 AM
I love these! Do you have a tutorial?
Like most people, I started with this one: http://www.beadstudio.com/info.php?a=613

But it takes practice as well as trial-and-error to get them the way you want them to be. I use less branches typically because I don't like it so crowded. But it's all personal preference really.  Wink
3468  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 35 Gallery on: July 17, 2008 08:13:08 PM
Very cute! The strawberries are super fun.  Cheesy
3469  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Garnet, Hematite, Rainbow Moonstone and Pearl Tree of Life Pendants on: July 16, 2008 01:10:19 PM
What gauge of wire do you use for the tree if you dont mind me asking? It looks thick. Everything is very pretty. garnet is my birthstone so thats my fave Wink
No, I don't mind! It's been a learning process for me and I started with a tute on the web. I use a 16 gauge for the frame. Nice and sturdy. For the tree itself, I use anywhere from a 24 - 28 gauge. It depends on the look I'm going for. I think the garnet one used about a 24 gauge. Less branches, but thicker branches. Other times I use a thinner gauge, but more branches. (Does that make sense?)

I LOVE the garnet one too. It was my favorite so far. It went off to a friend of mine in Norway.  Cheesy
3470  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 36 on: July 16, 2008 11:51:43 AM
I want to claim UntouchableFace for something from her Wist! (I'm glad she came around again. I missed claiming her earlier. Wink )

This is my second claim (0 sent/0 received)

I'm a 31 year old woman who lives in Florida (USA) with my guy and two cats. My favorite colors are jewel tones like amethyst purple, emerald green, ruby red, sapphire blue, turquoise, and amber. I like silver but not really gold. (Copper's ok too.) My favorite color combination is a deep teal blue and chocolate brown together. It makes me happy. My favorite animals are cats, owls, penguins and bats.

I suffer from migraines so please NOTHING musk/amber/patchoulli/dragon's blood or floral scented. Unless it smells like you can eat it, it will give me a migraine. I LOVE fruit and dessert scents greatly though. Also, please no bar soaps (skin is sensitive to glycerin) and nothing with NutraSweet (aspartame) or Splenda (sucralose) as I'm allergic to both.

There are two cats in my home but it's non-smoking. I mention it because it's pretty impossible to keep some level of cat fur from going along in packages. (Sorry)

~ * ~ Crafts ~ * ~
- Something with a phoenix. It's my favorite mythological creature and hard to come by.

- Something from my Wist

- A handmade rubber stamp. (Extra bonus for something that I can use when shipping out orders, so if it has my PhoenixFire Designs logo - like my avatar - or related to my site in some way is a plus.)

- Something with pretty faeries. (Think Stephanie Law, Amy Brown, etc.)

- Something incorporating owls, penguins or bats.

- Fused glass, glass slide or resin pendant.

- Wire-wrapped jewelry. I keep trying to make it myself but I suck. I'd love to see what someone who's good at it can do! (Inspiration:this or this among many others!)

- Something that's in my favorite color combo of teal blue and chocolate brown.

- Something for my apartment. You know, home decor type accessory or item. (Bonus if it's in teal blue and chocolate brown because my living room is in those colors!)

- *BIG WISH* An apron like this or this especially if it were in teal blue and chocolate brown colors.

- *BIG WISH* Something stained glass. I just love stained glass and wouldn't even know where to begin making it myself.

- Something ceramic like hand thrown pottery or vase or whatever. Again, a skill I don't have but love.

- Hand knit socks. Something warm and soft (but preferably not wool.) I've got small feet so like a 6.5 size foot or girl's sized large socks for reference.

- A wristlet or small purse of some sort. I'm open to your inspiration. I'd just like to have something cool and handmade!

- A pair of knitted "knucks" like these.

- Something Disney themed. Be it park themed, or Mickey, or another movie character, or historical (like Walt or something), etc. I love all things Disney (and Pixar!) and regularly go to Walt Disney World!

- Something plush or soft stuffed that's an animal or critter (but not a doll please.)

~ * ~ Craft Supplies ~ * ~
- Starter resin kit/supplies

- Pendants, charms and/or centerpiece items for use in jewelry making.

- Gemstone beads, chips or similar for beading.

- Beading wire especially if it's heavy gauge (I'd love to find more 16 gauge in various colors.)

- Basic, getting started supplies for sewing. (Seam ripper, thread, etc.) I just bought a machine and I have nothing for it.

- *BIG WISH* Supplies/kit to make microscope slide pendants

- Starter kit to carve my own rubber stamps

- Polymer clay tools (like molds or cutters, etc.)

~ * ~ Extras ~ * ~
- I'd love to try some international candies and/or chocolate. Bonus for things that are pineapple flavored. Nothing coconut or coffee flavored though please.

- Pocky. I've had chocolate and strawberry, but I'd love to try other flavors.

- Teas (herbal/fruity are my favorite)

- Beading magazines (I don't have any and it seems like it'd be fun to browse through at projects and ideas.)

THANKS!!  Grin
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