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3471  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Continuing obsession w/Tree of Life Pendants and Bird Nest Necklaces (pic fa on: August 21, 2008 11:35:49 AM
wow these are so beautiful! would you post a tutorial at all? and what guage wire do u use?
Like most people, I started by using this tutorial: http://www.beadstudio.com/info.php?a=613

But after a few months of practice, you kinda find your own rhythm of what works best. As for wire, it depends on the look I'm going for. Generally 16 gauge outside and 24-28 gauge for the branches. It's really a trial-and-error thing because it took me a dozen or so before I really felt more comfortable with the process.

As for the nests...? No tutorial just because I don't have a real "set" way of doing them. I'm still perfecting them (I've made about seven total so far so I'm still learning how to do it.) I didn't use any tutorial, I just kinda made it up as I went along. Wink As for gauge, again, it varies. I'm using anywhere from 20-28 gauge depending on the look I'm going for.

Hope that helps somewhat!
3472  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Halloween swap on: August 21, 2008 07:10:50 AM
We can wait until signups for the vintage Halloween swap are over to start a signup for a Things That Go Bump In The Night Halloween swap.  Wink That way, we could run the signup into say the first week of September as well for people to finish up their current swaps. I'd still like to get sendouts to be at the beginning of October so people can enjoy their items.

Any thoughts on quantity? Standard 1 large/1 medium/1 small sound about right?
3473  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: OWS 37 discussion thread on: August 21, 2008 07:08:28 AM
Those little gnomes are adorable, summertimerolls! No wonder you were sad to see them go!

I've just been doing a lot of jewelry lately - I can't help but be insanely flattered when I see someone list one of my Tree pendants for example on their wist and so I have to claim it - so it's not terribly hard to let it go as generally, I can make more. Wink I can say though that I'm eager for a few things to arrive because I was happy with how they came out and can't wait to see what their recipients think of their items. Waiting is always the hardest part!
3474  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Continuing obsession w/Tree of Life Pendants and Bird Nest Necklaces (pic fa on: August 20, 2008 08:20:48 PM
OHHHH!!!! the birds nests are beautiful! do you do personal swaps? Cheesy
I haven't thus far but I might consider it. Thanks for the compliment!
3475  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Continuing obsession w/Tree of Life Pendants and Bird Nest Necklaces (pic fa on: August 20, 2008 09:01:13 AM
Once again amazing!! I wanted to tell you that I tought it would be cool if you did four mini tree of life pendants in each season, for spring it would be a bright green one with red/pink 'blossoms', in the summer it would be a darker green, fall would be orange re and brown and winter would be white (for the snow covering the bare branches.) I thought with the mini pendants it would make a cute bracelet, interchangable necklace, or a multi-pendant necklace. YOu could see it at your store, I think it would sell! Anyway happy crafting!
It might be hard to get smaller but I could certainly try. Make them like charms on a bracelet? Hrm.... *ponders* The Howlite one looks very Winter to me and the Pink Jade makes me think of Cherry Blossoms and Spring. Wink

I'll have to try some more seasonal ones and see how it works out.

Thanks for the compliments!
3476  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Continuing obsession w/Tree of Life Pendants and Bird Nest Necklaces (pic fat) on: August 20, 2008 07:41:00 AM
Yes, I AM a junkie for making Tree of Life pendants. It's true. I can't pretend any longer. Cheesy Nah, seriously, I just decided to make a few yesterday with stone I hadn't used before. While I was at it, I also made  a few more Bird Nest Necklaces also. I had off work yesterday for Tropical Storm Fay (that never arrived here because it took a sharp right and went diagonally across Florida instead) so I had plenty of jewelry fun time.

Trees

Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Picture Jasper Gemstone Leaves



Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Pink Jade Gemstone Leaves



"Winter" Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Howlite Gemstone Leaves



Tree of Life Pendant Featuring Blue Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Leaves



Bird Nest Necklaces

Brown Wire Bird Nest Necklace with Genuine Agate Gemstone "Eggs"



Bird Nest Necklace with Beautiful Jasper "Eggs" On Figaro Chain



Copper Wire Bird Nest Pendant with Light Blue Sapphire "Eggs"



So yeah...like I said. Obsessed. Grin As always, thoughts welcome!
3477  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R2 (FOCR R2) Shades of Blue Gallery on: August 19, 2008 09:57:10 AM
I received today....from.....p hoenixfiredesigns!  I LOVE the pendant, she sent the dark blue 'night' version that I liked so much Smiley  Just took a ton of pics for my Etsy and of this wonderful pendant!  Will post it soon.  I love it so much, thank you!
Yay! I'm glad you received it. I have to admit, I figured out it was you by the Florida part so I made sure to send the one you said you preferred. *sneaky* Please enjoy! Grin
3478  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OWS 37 Gallery on: August 18, 2008 07:56:12 PM
Phoenix Fire's package has been sitting on my desk ready to mail since last week, but I haven't been able to get to the post office between meetings and doctor's appointments.
Good to know. I wasn't sure if the post office was happily eating packages or if you hadn't been able to send yet. Hope all is well.
3479  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OWS 37 Gallery on: August 18, 2008 02:24:34 PM
Yay! There was a box waiting for me today. Inside were fabrics from purpleone!


Top: green fabric with blackbirds (I think this one's my favorite), roses, sewing themed, bananas, country/farm
Bottom: stripes, animal print, fish, and kitty cats

It's a really fun assortment and I can't wait to try my hand at some projects with them! I'm just barely able to use my machine still, but fun fabrics definitely encourage me to try and make some more stuff. Grin

Thanks, purpleone!
3480  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Halloween swap on: August 18, 2008 02:20:32 PM
There is a vintage Halloween swap currently in sign up

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263415.0
Yeah I've debated that one but...I'm not sure I want just vintage limitations in what I make. I know at least for me, I was thinking perhaps something more open where we could request things of more variation - perhaps someone likes spooky or more horror or less Halloween and more Autumny - that sort of thing.
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