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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Opalite full moon tree in copper with garnets and pink tourmaline on: March 18, 2013 09:46:16 AM
This was actually inspired by a custom request. I liked the color combination so much I made another.

Non-tarnish silver plated wire makes the outer circle and then non-tarnish copper wire is used as the roots, trunk and branches. An opalite moon (opalite is a manmade rainbow moonstone simulant) nestles in the bare branches while a scattering of garnet and pink tourmaline rondelles are found within the tree.

Approximately 1.5" in diameter or around 37mm or so.

As always, thoughts and feedback welcome! Grin
32  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Moon and Stars Tree of Life Pendant on: March 18, 2013 08:52:46 AM
I'm always trying to keep my pieces fresh and new. And so I made this one recently as an experiment to try out a little something different.

Set in gunmetal wire, I have a black lip shell crescent moon with a scattering of hematite stars against the bare branches of the tree.

Measures approximately 1.5" in diameter or about 36mm. As always, thoughts welcome!
33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Recent custom made Tree of Life pendants on: February 10, 2013 03:08:01 PM
Of course, I'm most known for my tree of life pendants and given that I make so many of them, it's not uncommon I get custom requests. Different wire color, different gemstones, different patterns, etc. It's always fun to see what people come up with and request and it's always enjoyable to make unique, one-of-a-kind pieces too. (Something different for me as well!)

Here's a few of my more recent custom works I made for people.

For this one, my customer requested the Opalite Moonstone Full Moon style to be in silver outer circle
with copper wire branch and also a small scattering of a mix of pink tourmaline and garnet rondelles within the branches.
I really love the color combo of the copper and the pinks and burgundy colors of the gems!

10mm Natural Rainbow Moonstone set in 14k gold fill wire.
I normally offer this in silver but the customer wanted gold.
She also requested I use a moonstone with more green flash to off set the gold wire so I hand selected just the right gem.

This request had many specific details with personal symbolism.
A mix of non-tarnish silver and copper wires blended together, with a natural 6mm moonstone moon,
plus a natural peridot rondelle on the left near the trunk and a single natural tanzinite on the right up in the branches.
I enjoyed the challenge of incorporating all the different elements together in the right order and positioning for this one!

This piece is a custom birthstone piece in 14k gold fill wire and featuring Chrome Diopside for May (Emerald),
Imperial Yellow Topaz for November and Freshwater Pearl for June. I love how rich and luxe this one looks! So rich and expensive in style. Wink

On this one, the customer had specific request of colors to represent birthstones and family members.
Garnet for January; Dark Green Aventurine for Mays traditional Emerald; Peridot for August; Citrine for November and Amethyst for February.
I think these colors all look so lovely together too!

Larger pics (and more examples) on my blog here: http://www.treeoflifependants.com/custom-orders/

As always, thoughts welcome! Grin
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / where to find vintage photos to alter/print for altoid shrine? on: January 31, 2013 03:17:13 PM
I'm trying to make a project and I need a photo. Something like the lady in this: http://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/5500039/il_fullxfull.293913845.jpg would be perfect. I'm googling things like "vintage photos" and "old time photos" and "vintage photos girl" and all sorts of things but I can't find any images like this to print.

Doesn't have to be a huge file but I am making an altoid shrine and I need a base image of a lady like this. It's not my normal thing so I'm hoping someone will have some links and/or keywords to help.

Thanks in advance!
35  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Help making (a replica) body spray? on: January 29, 2013 02:50:14 PM
Ok, so here's the thing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the scent of pineapple. But I equally LOATHE the scent of coconut. Finding something that smells ONLY like pineapple and isn't tainted with coconut is nearly impossible. I've been enjoying and loving the "Pineapple Slices" scent body mist that Coconut Hut sells.

Problem is, at $18/bottle now plus like $6 in shipping, paying $24 for one bottle of the stuff is getting to be outside my comfort zone of pricing. So I thought maybe it would be cheaper just to make some for myself. (And ONLY for myself. I'm not looking at selling it, just trying to get my "signature scent" a little cheaper.) Which is where you guys come in.

I googled "how to make body spray" and I'm seeing a wide variety of formulations. A lot of them include things like distilled water. But when I look at the ingredients of my bottle, it doesn't list water. Here's what it says:

SD40B Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Alcohol and Fragrance/Essential Oil

And in the product description it says, "Made with over 55% pure fragrance oil and perfumer's alcohol..."

I really don't know what to make of all this and of course, I'd like to replicate it as closely as possible but googling these ingredients is not clear-cut. For example, I can't seem to find "SD40B Alcohol" except for a few spam sites and a few OLD message board topics of people asking about where to buy it and defunct links. Hrm. So this isn't starting off so well.

I found this pineapple scent which is what got me started thinking maybe I could make some but now...ugh, I feel like I'm entering Wonderland or something. I have no idea what to think about it and I just want a high-quality, super pineapple scented body spray. Is that so much to ask??

Any help, advice, direction, etc. is greatly appreciated!
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Multicolored sapphire tree of life pendant in 14kgf gold wire on: January 11, 2013 11:06:18 AM
Of course I'm known for my tree of life pendants, so that's nothing new. Wink But this one is soooo pretty because it's extra luxe.

I used 14kgf wire and precious sapphire rondelles in a mix of colors. Most people think of "blue" when they think sapphire, but it really comes in every color under the rainbow. So this one has dark blue, cornflower blue, pink, red (technically "red sapphire" is known as "ruby!"), yellow and even a near-colorless white.

Sapphires are one of only four precious gemstones in the world (along with ruby, emerald and diamond) making them rare, expensive and cherished. The sapphire was called the "Stone of Destiny". Sapphires are said to contribute to mental clarity and perception and can promote financial rewards. It is the birthstone of September.

I love when I get to work with such high-quality materials! Grin As always, thoughts welcome!
37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Handbook for the Recently Deceased (It reads like stero instructions) on: October 23, 2012 08:59:58 AM

I made this for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap. I loved how it came out and I've been anxiously waiting for my partner to open it so I could show it off. She has, so I am! Cheesy

First off, for those who don't know, this is from the movie, Beetlejuice. Here's a screenshot of what the one in the film looks like:

I made it by using one of those ready-to-finish cardboard book forms you can get at any craft store:

I painted it inside and out in a mix of dark red, purple and two shades of brown:

And I did a faux page texture on the edges:

The image itself I found through a Google search and printed it on my color laser printer and Mod Podged it on:

And Voila!

There are more step-by-step directions on my blog as well as larger photos: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2012/10/handbook-for-the-recently-deceased/

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out. It was my absolute favorite thing to make for this swap. My partner loves it which is awesome too. Grin
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Recent customized Full Moon Tree of Life Pendants on: September 11, 2012 01:12:53 PM
For as many years as Ive been at this and as many variations as Ive made, Im always amazed at the creativity of my customers in coming up with even more variations then I imagined! People come up with ideas I dont think of! Heres a collection of some of the recent custom full moon trees Ive made lately by customer request.

Left: My standard moonstone in silver / Right: A customized one in brown wire

Using the same moonstone but this time in gunmetal wire. Gives it a different feel but I quite like it.

Playing on the popular brown/blue color combo, this one is a dyed aqua blue shell set in brown wire.

Using my fire crackle agate in green, this customer was able to give her mom a full moon pendant featuring her favorite color.

See larger images in my blog here: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2012/09/custom-full-moon-tree-of-life-pendants/

I really love making things I wouldn't have thought of myself. Grin As always, thoughts welcome!
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My Halloween Moon is the Jewelry Design Star Winner (Squeeee!!!) on: August 02, 2012 09:18:19 AM
I'm SO excited guys!! My Halloween Moon Tree of Life pendant won the Artbeads Jewelry Design Star Contest!! My feature as the winning designer went live on their website today: http://www.artbeads.com/jewelry-design-star-winner4.html  Grin Grin

Screenshot of my feature:

The winning design:

You can see more info (and screenshots) on my blog too: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2012/08/jewelry-design-star-winner/

I've never won a contest like this before. I'm like a big ball of hyper right now!!  Grin
40  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bookmarks and More Bookmarks! on: July 26, 2012 12:02:26 PM
Recently, I made a claim for bookmarks in the Ongoing Wish Swap. Of course, everyone knows me for my jewelry but I enjoy a variety of crafty projects so I thought it would be fun to do something different.

At first, I wasnt sure how to go about it. I tried a few different types and didnt like any of them. Then I wound up hitting on a great style; simple but with a wonderful result. I used my Cuttlebug, an assortment of embossing folders, a brayer (rolled brush for stamping), an assortment of rubber stamp inks and some assorted ribbon.

First, I ran the pre-cut bookmarks through various embossing folders to create a pattern and design. Next, I inked up my brayer with ink and rolled over the embossed image. Because its raised texture, you get interesting levels of color intensity. I repeated this process with different colors on the same bookmark until I liked the layered look of the colors. Finally, I punched a hole in the top and looped an coordinating ribbon to finish it off.

Close ups:

I think they came out so fun. This is one of those easy, summer afternoon projects that you can really get creative with with very little in supplies. (Presuming of course, you have an embossing machine of some sort, but this IS the paper crafting forum after all! Wink ) I found it best to do them assembly-line style; emboss all bookmarks, then ink all bookmarks, etc.

Larger pics in my blog: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2012/07/bookmarks/

As always, thoughts welcome!
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