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31  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

32  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
33  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!
34  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
35  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
36  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/
37  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/
38  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/
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Collection of Sci Fi/Fantasy Full Moon Trees (Vampires, Faeries Aliens oh my!) on: June 12, 2013 01:00:06 PM
I work so much in the realistic, I decided instead to make a collection of whimsical, Sci Fi/Fantasy-inspired full moon trees instead. I wanted pieces that were dream-like, or could be found on another planet, or maybe in some deep corner of Faerie. All of them use bright, bold, vivid colors.





This one I made because I was thinking about True Blood coming back. The popularity of the modern, dark and romantic vampire was my inspiration, celebrating the night sky.




This one I thought of a mermaid and this crowning jewel in her underwater treasure chest, reflecting the Caribbean blue seas of her home.



For this one I dreamed of some Faerie noble woman, resplendent in her gown of gossamer, wearing the royal colors at the gala ball.




For this, I envisioned some far, alien world with magenta skies ablaze with a pink moon.




And lastly, this one was closer to home; a piece of midnight sky encircling a blue moon.


*chuckles* As you can see, I let my imagination roam with these pieces! Grin It was fun to do something so outside the box and colorful and fantastic just for the sake of being wonderous and different.

What kind of fantasy or sci fi things would you create? What do you see when you see these pieces? I told you my inspiration but the wonderful thing about dreamscapes is that they can be anything! What imaginary setting did I forget to include and what should I do next? I'm having great fun with them!

As always, thoughts welcome!
40  UNITED STATES / Florida / 2013 Etsy Craft Party - June 20th 2013 Downtown St. Pete! on: June 07, 2013 09:17:10 AM
The 2013 Etsy Craft Party will be held on Thursday, June 20th 5pm - 9pm



St Pete Shuffle
559 Mirror Lake Dr N
Saint Petersburg, FL


Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Gt70c

Food Trucks:
Destination Grill
American Wiener

Adult Beverages:
Cycle Brewery
The Bends

In a nutshell, the Etsy Craft Party is a celebration of meeting and making, of creativity and community. Its a time to meet your neighbors and share a creative skill. Its a time to have fun and party down with your favorite craft supply in hand.

We'll have free DIY demo stations, awesome swag bags for the first 100 through the gates, live music, food trucks, local vendors, Etsy shop owners, raffles benefiting St Pete Shuffle, adult beverages, and tons more!

Although the Official-Official RSVP location for this awesome party is over on Eventbrite (please do RSVP there!!) we'd love for you to discuss your ideas, invite others, and join in on the general merry-making and planning discussions that will happen here on this Facebook Event Page.


Not in the Tampa Bay Area? Find a Craft Party near you:
www.etsy.com/craft-party


On a personal note, I will be a vendor at the Party so it will be a chance to see and purchase PhoenixFire Designs items such as my famous Tree of Life Pendants, bird nests and more!

I hope all Tampa Bay Area locals will come and support the event. It's free, fun and there will be food, beer and crafts! What better way to spend an evening? Grin
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