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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 96 ENTRIES / Weeping Willow Wire Wrapped Tree Scuplture on: March 07, 2014 06:22:02 PM
I made this for rockmygypsysoul in the Huge, Giant, Enormous Swap! One of the things on her list was a weeping willow tree. Everyone knows me for my wire wrapped tree of life pendants, but I have never actually done a 3D tree sculpture before. But I figured I'd apply the skills I have in wire wrapping for the trees and wing it.

Turns out that I HIGHLY underestimated the amount of time it would take to string all these branches with peridot. I used 5, 36" long strands of natural peridot gemstone or nearly 15 feet!! of it. Shocked No wonder it took me forever. Cheesy

To finish it, I bought a piece of petrified wood for the base. I thought that seemed appropriate. And here it is!








(standard size soda can for scale)

I was so happy with how it came out and she was thrilled with it. She's the one who suggested I enter it in the challenge so here it is!

I think I'll probably stick to pendants but it was fun to try something different and to create something so sculptural too. Grin
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rainbow colored Anthropologie Necklace knockoff on: February 26, 2014 01:23:27 PM
I made this for luckdragon in the OWS 101 swap. It's a knockoff Anthropologie necklace and I used this tutorial for the inspiration. It is one of those deceptively simple things that wound up being really hard to replicate due to trying to find the exact right match color beads and such.

Mine:


Inspiration:


I used 12g non-tarnish brass wire that I hand hammered. Then I had to buy this tool that let me screw a hole in the hammered wire. (Turned out that was one of the hardest parts of construction because the more you hammer wire, the harder it gets and the more difficult to punch a hole in!) I scrounged the web to find appropriately colored beads and wound up lucking out on a mixed lot of fire polished Czech glass beads that, combined with a few random beads I had in my stash, allowed me to get the appropriate range of colors. (It's a lot of specific and odd colors!!) It's 26g gold plated wire used in the wrapping of the beads themselves. I finished it off with a 14k gold plated chain and clasp.

I was quite proud of how it came out! Grin

Another shot of mine:
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Shaded purple ombre tree of life pendant on: February 26, 2014 01:10:00 PM
I previously made shaded ruby and shaded emerald trees and then I realized I also had shaded amethyst on hand so I made one in a purple ombre as well.

These are micro faceted gemstone rondelles. Pricey but pretty! And since amethyst comes in a variety of depths of tone and color purple, it worked out really well.


As always, feedback welcome! Grin

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Steampunk inspired copper full moon tree of life on: February 26, 2014 01:06:10 PM
When you make jewelry, you tend to also make your own accessories. So I made a copper version of my full moon tree of life pendant to wear with my steampunk costume at last week's Bay Area Renaissance Festival. I liked how it went so much, I thought I'd take some appropriately themed photos of the piece. Grin


It's tarnish resistant copper wire with an opalite moonstone full moon.

As always, thoughts welcome! Grin
15  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Upload doesn't work from Samsung Galaxy S4 phone? on: January 04, 2014 05:27:49 PM
I was replying to a post this evening on my cell and hit "choose a file" and selected the image from my phone's gallery and click "upload your photo" button but got an error: Error uploading file undefined It gives me a button "OK" to hit and then when I hit the OK, there's no image in the quick insert line. No matter how many times I try it, it doesn't work.

I'm using Chrome for Android if it matters on a Samsung Galaxy S4. And I can post words, just not an image.

Any tips to get it working or will it just not work? Thanks!
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Skeleton Cameo Necklace (with step-by-step how I made it) on: October 29, 2013 10:22:54 AM
I needed something skeleton/zombie themed for my OTT Halloween partner, Glamis. But I wasn't sure what to make. I wound up buying a flexible silicone mold of a lolita skeleton cameo and figured I'd try my hand at casting a pendant out of it. Turns out, it was harder than I expected and took a bunch of tries to get it right. LOL

Here's the end result though:



I started with this:



And after trying a variety of materials, I finally wound up using a white polymer clay. (I didn't get a shot of the front before I started painting but you can see the white back)



I used a combination of pearlescent white acrylic paint, red acrylic paint and a green mica powder to paint the detailed casting and give the recessed parts a hint of the green. When it was done, I put a coupe light coats of Mod Podge over it to seal it.



I adhered the finished it to a ready-made bezel, then strung hematite colored glass pearls, accent beads and red jade beads to make a complete necklace.


Thankfully, she loved it which was a great relief since it was my first time making something like that and I after all the failed attempts to get it right, I was really pleased with how it came out! Cheesy
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Emeralds and rubies - oh my! on: October 23, 2013 11:21:05 AM
I don't get a chance to work with luxe precious gems terribly often so when I do, it's such a treat! I had a custom order come in that required ordering some precious gems (oh darn!) and took the opportunity to order some extra gems. So here's what I made with my extras.


The ruby was shaded ranging from pink, to raspberry to deep red. So I hand selected each stone to make an ombre effect going from the pink through to the deeper reds and back. I love how you get a cascading effect of color! (Ruby is July's birthstone.)



And I tend to be biased because emerald is my birthstone (May) but how can you NOT love it when it's just so darn pretty? Wink Again, I had a range of shaded emeralds so I did a softer ombre effect where the more intense color is in the center of the tree.

I was very pleased with how they both came out! Grin
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Halloween In Wonderland on: October 15, 2013 04:42:25 PM
I thought I'd show off the "Halloween in Wonderland" board I made as part of the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap for my partner, michelleandbean.


First, off, this image was pinned on her pinterest that I used as the inspiration. Seemed like it would be fun! Turns out, it was quite a process. Smiley

At Micheal's, I found a "memory tray" by brand, "Recollections" but....it only had 6 compartments. Like this:

But I bought it anyway plus some thin strips of balsa wood from the model isle and brought it home.

Next I went about looking for the info on the paper. Turns out it was called, "Halloween in Wonderland" by company "Graphic 45" but it was discontinued in 2011 and people are now selling it for like $75 on ebay and over $100 on etsy.  Shocked Woah. That was SO not going to work for some 12x12 scrapbook paper!! I spent like 2 days scrounging through google, trying to find SOMEWHERE to buy it without it being so much, but had very little luck. Just lots of other people wanting it too. This was one hard-to-find set of paper!

But then, I hit gold. While doing an image search (hoping to find places to buy it that way) I came across a site that had large scan images of the pages. Even though the pages themselves were out of stock on their websites, they still had images of the sheets. I was able to download them and then use my laser printer to print the pages I needed to complete the project. Huzzah! Grin

I planned out where I wanted things to go and painted the balsa wood black and cut to shape and glued it down. And filled in all the boxes with paper. I scrounged through my jewelry findings, etsy, ebay and the craft store for various accessories to add as accents to each of the boxes.

From modifying the tray with my own slats to make more box divisions, to overcoming paper that was discontinued two years ago, to finding a bunch of accessories to get the look of the inspiration piece, it was a lot of work. Wink But I was really happy with how it came out.


See the rest of the step-by-step process (including many LARGE photos) here: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2013/10/halloween-in-wonderland-memory-tray/
19  Florida / Florida: Central / Shopapalooza Downtown St. Pete Saturday November 23rd on: August 23, 2013 10:56:38 AM
I will be a vendor at this event! Meet me and have a chance to view and purchase my PhoenixFire Designs jewelry including my world famous Tree of Life pendants! The Saturday before Thanksgiving, this is the PERFECT time to get a great jump start on your holiday shopping! Grin



Shopapalooza returns to South Straub Park in downtown St. Pete! Shopapalooza, also known as the local alternative to Black Friday, last year attracted 100+ vendors and 5,000+shoppers. This year it's going to be even bigger!

What: The Local Alternative to Black Friday. Expect a ton of raffles, prizes, huge sales, entertainment, kids' area, and more!

When: 10-4 Saturday, Nov. 23

Where: South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive NE, downtown St. Pete

Admission: Free!

Vendors: Artists, nonprofits and local businesses are welcomed.

More event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/604395872945619/
20  UNITED STATES / Florida / Shopapalooza Downtown St. Pete Saturday November 23rd on: August 23, 2013 10:56:05 AM
I will be a vendor at this event! Meet me and have a chance to view and purchase my PhoenixFire Designs jewelry including my world famous Tree of Life pendants! The Saturday before Thanksgiving, this is the PERFECT time to get a great jump start on your holiday shopping! Grin



Shopapalooza returns to South Straub Park in downtown St. Pete! Shopapalooza, also known as the local alternative to Black Friday, last year attracted 100+ vendors and 5,000+shoppers. This year it's going to be even bigger!

What: The Local Alternative to Black Friday. Expect a ton of raffles, prizes, huge sales, entertainment, kids' area, and more!

When: 10-4 Saturday, Nov. 23

Where: South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive NE, downtown St. Pete

Admission: Free!

Vendors: Artists, nonprofits and local businesses are welcomed.

More event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/604395872945619/
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