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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire Wrapped Autumn Leaf Necklace on: October 16, 2014 06:07:10 PM
I made this for beeker in the OTT October Holidays rd6 swap.


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One of her themes was "leaves" and I just got inspired to try and make a leaf pendant. Obviously, I've been making tree of life pendants for years and year (and years!!) but I've never made a leaf before. I wasn't sure exactly how to do it, so I just kinda used my years of wire experience and made it up as I went along. I really love how it came out!



It took like three hours to wrap the whole thing and add in the "veins" of the leaf. Then I gathered up a random assortment of round beads in several sizes all in autumn colors and put them on headpins and filled in the top with dangles. I finished it on a textured copper chain.



It was one of those things that I had an idea in mind when I started but I love how it worked out even more. Grin
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Edgar Allen Poe Raven Book Pages Wreath on: October 04, 2014 03:40:36 PM
Made this for the 13 days of Halloween swap.



I was inspired by a pinterest pin for this piece:


(Which I tracked down the source - because the original pin didn't link to it - and found these instructions.)

Basically, what I did was start with a 10" white foam wreath from Michael's. Then I used a trade paperback copy of Twilight and tore about 300 pages out of it. (I know! Destroying books is unnatural. But I figured it was the single best use for that book ever.  Wink ) I covered the front and back in stacked, flat-rolled layers. Then I covered in the inside "ring" of the wreath with pages. Then I rolled up a ton of pages, tied them with a beige yarn and glued those on top. Then I filled in even MORE flat-folded pages to cover any gaps.



After that, I glued in some moss. The raven came with it's feet wired together to "stand" so I cut it and used the wire to poke into the wreath. That worked great and it anchored nicely.



Like I said, it took about 300 or so pages of the book. And so many sticks of hot glue I lost count. I'd work on it in patches because there's only so much you can hot glue things at a time without burning yourself.  Grin Plus, I found it best to make up a big batch of paper rolls at once because I used WAY more than I thought I would each time and when the hot glue was flowing, it was hard to pause to make more after each piece.



There's some more details and larger versions of the pics here in my blog: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2014/10/the-raven-book-pages-halloween-wreath/ Unfortunately, I really didn't think to get in progress shots though.

It was a TON of work but I was so happy with how it came out! Grin
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Edgar Allen Poe decoupaged Masquerade Mask on: October 03, 2014 11:17:56 AM
I made this for the Mini 13 days of Halloween swap.

I bought a really generic mask at Michael's and used pages from an older Edgar Allen Poe book to decoupage and cover the leopard skin print (yes, really!!) that it was originally covered with. I also used these neat handwriting motif paper flowers, butteries and then wire wrapped in a couple crystal drops too.


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This was inspired by some masks on Pinterest:

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It was really tricky working with the book pages because they were very fragile. Also, the paper did NOT want to stick to the leopard print fabric of the the mask and I couldn't get it off without doing a lot of damage to it. So it was really tricky. I wish I thought to take a before since it was really a dramatic change!! Grin

I think it came out so neat though!! Spooky but classy and Victorian all in one.

(If you want to see more of my Halloween crafts, I blogged about it here: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2014/10/halloween-crafts/ )
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Vintage Bingo Halloween Sign on: October 03, 2014 11:10:51 AM
I made this for the mini 13 days of Halloween swap.

I found some vintage heavy cardboard Bingo cards on ebay and got a rosette die to make the paper rosette that I added a vintage owl drawing. I used dimensional stickers spelling "TRICK" to cover the original "Bingo" letters. I got these neat pennant letters to spell out "TREAT" along the bottom. Finished it with some ribbon to hang.


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It was inspired by an item on pinterest:

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This was a challenge to try and recreate the look and style since it's not something I'd ever done before! I didn't even know how to make a rosette when I started but thank goodness for my Cuttlebug and finding a rosette die online! Made the process SO much easier! Cheesy

I was also really proud that I was able to track down the same style owl image online. Took some work but it was definitely a HUZZAH! moment. Cheesy

I liked that the Bingo card was a heavy, thick cardstock too. Gave it some substance and it even had that slight "old book" smell that really adds to the vintage feel. Overall, I was very happy with the finished piece!

I blogged about my Halloween crafting here if you want to see more of what I made: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2014/10/halloween-crafts/
5  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
6  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/
7  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/
8  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/
9  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/
10  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/
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