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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Photo of my kitty Ginger is a finalist! on: June 29, 2014 07:23:35 PM
So obviously, I'm most known for my jewelry. But I am an avid shutterbug in my spare time. A photo of my fluffy kitty, Ginger, was recently selected as a finalist to be used as ax example image in the sample and calibration kit sent with orders from iPrintfromHome! I'm really excited because not only is it my adorable kitty, but I've never had a photo of mine be recognized for anything. (Not that I've ever entered any photography contests but you know what I mean.)



More info on the contest here: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2014/06/ginger-is-a-finalist

What's funny is this shot is her "helping" me take jewelry photos. I set up my studio lights and she stuck her face in them and after rubbing the bulb a bit, sat down and I caught this quick shot. Believe it or not, this is just my living room but the brightness of the lights made for the background going all blacked out. This photo isn't even edited; it was just one of those perfect moments right out of the camera!

(Ginger was found abandoned in a canal on the side of a busy street when she was about 6 weeks old. I was originally going to foster her but wound up falling in love and she wound up joining the family. Cheesy Now, she's just over a year old and has turned into the most beautiful, long haired cat and it's hard to imagine her very humble origins!)

I love my kitty and I always thought this was a great shot of her, so it's even more exciting that it was selected as a finalist! I'm proud too that I'm growing as a photographer when I get a shot like this. Grin
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Owl Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant on: June 14, 2014 08:25:39 AM


For this tree, I added a little copper owl sitting in the copper branches in front of a full moon!



I'm pretty famous for my opalite moonstone full moon trees and this is just a fun take on the basic concept. It's like a little bit of nighttime in wearable, wire wrapped form! Grin

Larger pics/more info in my blog: http://www.treeoflifependants.com/owl-full-moon-tree-of-life-pendant/
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Four Season (Wheel of the Year) Tree of Life Miniature Earrings on: June 14, 2014 08:21:23 AM


These wee little tree of life earrings celebrate the four seasons. I used natural gemstone chips in peridot for Spring, dark green aventurine for Summer, carnelian for Autumn and rainbow moonstone for Winter.


The miniature pendants are just slightly smaller than a US Quarter or a little less than 1 inch/24mm in diameter. It takes a lot of fussy finessing to make them look right! Wink (This is where being obsessed with a theme and making trees for so many years pays off! LOL)


These of course also match the Four Seasons Tree I've made for years too - just a lot smaller! Grin


Larger pics/more info in my blog: http://www.treeoflifependants.com/four-season-tree-of-life-earrings/
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Chakra Tree of Life Pendant on: June 14, 2014 08:13:05 AM


I made this with the traditional seven chakra colors of the subtle body in mind. It also happens to be a pretty rainbow! Cheesy



I used all natural gemstones: amethyst, tanzanite, blue topaz, peridot, citrine, (orange) carnelian, and garnet.

See larger pic/more info in my blog: http://www.treeoflifependants.com/rainbow-chakra-tree-of-life-pendant/
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / It's a Girl! / It's a Boy! little baby bird nests on: June 14, 2014 08:02:52 AM


I've made bird nests for awhile now but those almost always had multiple eggs. (Sometimes I'll do ones with birthstones and such.) But then I was inspired to make simple, one-egg bird nests with a single blue or pink glass pearl egg. I was thinking of new moms who would want to have something to help announce and celebrate the new addition to the family. Grin





You can see larger pics in my blog: http://www.treeoflifependants.com/new-baby-birds-nest/
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Dexter "Slice of Life" Charter Boat Tour Shirt (with blood splatter!) on: June 13, 2014 12:37:15 PM
I made this for spikefan in the Movie/TV swap!



Inspired by Dexter and this pinned shirt, I made a reverse version on white so I could add blood splatter. (It only seemed fitting!)



I made with a freezer paper stencil I cut out by hand with an X-acto knife. This is only the 2nd stencil shirt I've ever done and much more detailed than the first one I made. I was really happy with how it came out!

Larger pics and supplies used found on my blog: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2014/06/dexter-blood-splatter-slice-of-life-shirt/
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Dead Man's Chest from Pirates of the Caribbean on: June 13, 2014 12:16:53 PM
I made this spikefan for the Movie/TV swap. It's inspired by the Dead Man's Chest belonging to Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.


(You can see the key I purchased at the PotC attraction at Walt Disney World to go along with it.)

I was working off this pinned inspiration piece: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Dead-Man-s-Chest-FINAL-79994029

What I did was start with a plain, unfinished wooden box from Joann in a pirate chest style. I didn't want to use polymer clay because I didn't want to have to put a wooden box in the oven. (Seemed like a risky idea. Google said some people do it but there can be shrinkage and issues with water being released from the wood which can cause the polymer clay to come off.) I needed something air dry so I looked into options.

After some experimenting, I wound up with LaDoll Air Dry Stone Clay to add all the embellishments and details. I had never used it before but it was just like real clay and I was able to slightly wet it to blend, push and smooth it out as I sculpted it on the box.





I put it up on a shelf for about 4-5 days to cure. When it was done, it was hard and perfect. La Doll can be painted with just about anything, so I used several colors of regular acrylic paint to give it aging and weathering. Accents with a gold metallic Sharpie finished it off.





Even though I had never done anything like it before, it worked out really well. I quite liked the product and I was really pleased with how it turned out too!

Larger photos and more details can be seen here in my blog: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2014/06/dead-mans-chest-from-pirates-of-the-caribbean/
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Moonstone Faerie Dreamcatchers on: May 28, 2014 02:32:21 PM
I got an email with a request for a custom piece for an author. In her book, a character has a pendant in silver with a rainbow moonstone that's transformed by fairy magic. She had a rough sketch for me to use as inspiration so I just grabbed some wire and set about to see what I could make.

I wound up making two versions for her; first one with a more dense web and the other a more open web. Both use a 10mm natural rainbow moonstone at the heart.



She loved them both and ultimately went with the more open weave version. She found me because of my rainbow moonstone tree of life pendant.

(click for larger)

I made these using the same wire wrapping techniques I use in my trees. I didn't have a pattern or a plan; I just sorta grabbed some wire and went where it took me. In honor of the source of inspiration, I'm calling them "Faerie Dreamcatchers" since they have a bit of Native American dreamcatcher style to them, but also a little bit of a fairy star/spiral as well.

This is an entirely new design for me and I like it! I think I'll try some more.

Which do you like better? The more densely woven one or the more open one? I'm torn so I wonder what the consensus would be! Cheesy
9  UNITED STATES / Florida / PFD at Bay Area Renaissance Festival AGAIN! (April 4, 5, 6th) on: March 31, 2014 10:37:51 AM
After a great weekend at the High Seas Adventure weekend at the 36th Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival this past weekend,
I'm excited to announce PhoenixFire Designs was invited BACK to be a vendor again for the final weekend of the festival for the year, Huzzah to the King! THIS COMING WEEKEND! Grin

And, the final weekend is actually open THREE DAYS: Friday April 4th, Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th 10am-6pm!





PhoenixFire Designs will be in the Special Events field. Just up the hill and over the Troll Bridge is where you find select, guest vendors.
And where on Friday April 4th, Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th 10am-6pm! you will also find me! Grin

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI is located at:
11315 North 46th Street, Tampa, FL 33617
Rain or Shine 10am - 6pm

Tickets available online or discounted at local area Walgreens, Circle K and Subway!

Hope to see you there!! Grin
10  UNITED STATES / Florida / PFD at Bay Area Renaissance Festival - March 29th & 30th! on: March 10, 2014 01:36:08 PM
I just officially confirmed my guest vendor spot for the High Seas Adventure weekend at the 36th Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival Saturday March 29th and Sunday March 30th!


PhoenixFire Designs will be in the Special Events field. Just up the hill and over the Troll Bridge is where you find select, guest vendors. And where on Saturday March 29th & Sunday March 30th you will also find me! Grin

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI is located at:
11315 North 46th Street, Tampa, FL 33617
Rain or Shine 10am - 6pm

Tickets available online or discounted at local area Walgreens, Circle K and Subway!

Hope to see you there!! Grin
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