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3351  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brass & Faux Enamel Necklace & Earring Sets - Vintaj on: March 16, 2013 09:21:18 AM
Thank you ladies!
3352  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet/ A 12 Point Star on: March 16, 2013 09:00:01 AM
Beautiful!
3353  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: March 15, 2013 07:27:23 PM
@tiamatfire: Your Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Biscuits look lovely, and I'm sure Pinkleo will be adding them to her "GF Recipes" List!

@patty_o: You Pi Pies are adorable.  Smiley

@travelgirl: Welcome to Hogwarts!  What a way to jump in!  The placemats are so much fun.  I love how colorful they are.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here, or via Private Message to myself (Deputy Headmistress), our fearless Headmistress pinkleo (away on vacation this week), or the Slytherin Head of House, Ant Bee.

@pottermouth: Congrats on an amazing NEWT!!!  Shocked  (I'm guessing you get why I don't quilt as often as I might like to!  It can be such an ordeal.) 

3354  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: March 15, 2013 07:10:38 PM
Wow, it has been a heck of a few days!  In the last 24 hours I managed to complete 18 in-progress charm bracelets, make 18 TARDIS necklaces, 10 TARDIS keychains, and 3 of the following 4 projects!   

Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Black Deco Necklace & Earrings

Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421573.0
Brief Description: A few weeks ago I posted about getting a new Vintaj BigKick Machine to make etched & embossed jewelry pieces.  After collecting lots of bits and bobs to use with it, including lots of paints and glazes, I finally dove into making an entire project with my new toy.  Sunday was DH's 30th Birthday, and I planned a party at his favorite restaurant with all his friends.  I even got a cute new top to wear to it.  Sadly, I had no matching accessories, so I whipped up this necklace and earrings set that morning.  The brass pieces are embossed with the Deco pattern, and then filled in with a black patina.  I sanded & buffed away the raised edges, and sealed the pieces so they won't discolor.  I was thrilled with how they came out, and got lots of compliments on it that night.  No one believed me when I explained how I embossed the metal, and when we went back to our place for drinks after dinner, I had to do a demonstration for our friends with the embossing machine!
Project Picture:





Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Bacon
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Purple Night Necklace & Earrings

Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421573.0
Brief Description: This coming week is the United States Institute of Theatre Technology Conference.  It's a big deal for tech & design folks like me. I'll be driving up to Milwaukee with a friend on Monday, spend Tuesday in a Master Class on 19th Century Corset Making, and then Wednesday through Saturday at the actual conference.  (I'm really looking forward to the presentation on Katherine Hepburn's movie costumes!)  Usually I'm a pretty casual dresser, but since there will be so many costumers there, I usually try to step up my game when I'm there, with nice accessories and makeup, which I don't normally wear at work.  I got a beautiful new purple kimono top, but sadly I had no really impressive accessories to wear with it.  So back to the embossed jewelry!  The pendant is embossed with the Moonlit Night folder, and the earrings were embossed with the Distressed Textures folder (I think they look like falling stars).  The colors of the Patina paints are Ruby, Opalite, Amethst, Cobalt & Onyx.  I used a brass chain, and some vitriol crystal beads to pick up the purple/pink/ruby sparkle.
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Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Starry Night Earrings

Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421574.0
Brief Description: These earrings were inspired by Van Gogh's painting Starry Night Over the Rhone.  Instead of brass, they were made with the Vintaj Arte Metal, which is black when purchased, but is silver after sanding.  They were embossed with swirling bits of clouds from the Moonlit Night folder, and painted with Cobalt, Onyx & Sapphire before being glazed.  The beads are golden Swarovski crystals.
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Class: Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC)
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Elven Earrings

Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421574.0
Brief Description: These earrings were inspired by the Wand Trees inhabited by Bowtruckles.  It should be noted that Elves also guard the trees of their realms, and use the colors of the trees in the clothing.  These were made with Vintaj Arte Metal, coated with Emerald patina, and sanded & distressed to create age.  They hang from long gunmetal hooks.
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3355  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Starry Night & Elven Earrings - Vintaj Arte Metal on: March 15, 2013 07:08:19 PM
After making some Embossed Necklace & Earring sets, I was still having so much fun with my new toy, that I decided to make some earrings too...

Starry Night Earrings

These earrings were inspired by Van Gogh's painting Starry Night Over the Rhone.  They were made with the Vintaj Arte Metal, which is black when purchased, but is silver after sanding.  They were embossed with swirling bits of clouds from the Moonlit Night folder, and painted with Cobalt, Onyx & Sapphire patina before being glazed.  The beads are golden Swarovski crystals.  I love how they came out, and was really surprised at how lightweight they are.  Even though they are about 2" long, I actually forgot I was wearing them!





Elven Earrings
These earrings were inspired by the Elven Brooches in the Lord of the Rings films.  These were made with Vintaj Arte Metal, coated with Emerald patina, and sanded & distressed to create age.  They hang from long gunmetal hooks.  They hang about 2.25" long total.

3356  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Brass & Faux Enamel Necklace & Earring Sets - Vintaj on: March 15, 2013 07:03:54 PM
A few weeks ago I got a Vintaj BigKick Machine to make etched & embossed jewelry pieces.  After weeks of collecting lots of supplies & tools to use with it, I finally dove into making some entire projects with my new toy.  

Purple Night Necklace & Earrings
This coming week there is a big Theatre Design & Technology conference up in Milwaukee that I'll be going to.  Usually I'm a pretty casual dresser, but since there will be so many costumers there, I usually try to step up my game when I'm there, with nice accessories and makeup, which I don't normally wear at work.  I got a beautiful new purple kimono top, but sadly I had no really impressive accessories to wear with it.  So back to the embossed jewelry!  The brass pendant is embossed with the Moonlit Night folder, and the earrings were embossed with the Distressed Textures folder (I think they look like falling stars).  The colors of the Patina paints are Ruby, Opalite, Amethst, Cobalt & Onyx.  I used a brass chain, and some vitriol crystal beads to pick up the purple/pink/ruby sparkle.








Sunday was DH's 30th Birthday, and I planned a party at his favorite restaurant with all his friends.  I even got a cute new top to wear to it.  Sadly, I had no matching accessories, so I whipped up this necklace and earrings set that morning.  The brass pieces are embossed with the Deco pattern folder, and then filled in with a black patina.  I sanded & buffed away the raised edges, and sealed the pieces so they won't discolor.  I was thrilled with how they came out, and got lots of compliments on it that night.  No one believed me when I explained how I embossed the metal, and when we went back to our place for drinks after dinner, I had to do a demonstration for our friends with the embossing machine!

Black Deco & Brass Necklace & Earrings






I hope you enjoy them!
3357  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: March 15, 2013 05:56:41 AM
It's...

~*Advanced Studies Friday*~

Be sure to post updates on your OWL's & NEWT's so we can all cheer you on!
 
3358  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Barn Owl - needle felt on: March 15, 2013 05:50:59 AM
Beautiful!
3359  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OAHPT on: March 14, 2013 07:52:47 PM
Awesome job pottermouth!
3360  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: March 13, 2013 09:01:07 AM
@Audania1: Your feast looks delicious!  I'll have to pull out my copy of that cookbook.  Dear pinks gave it to me a few years ago, but I haven't tried many of the recipes yet.  

@Abbeeroad: Way to be an awesome HoH!  Your new badges look awesome.  Cheesy

@MamanTattoo: Get some rest Momma.  I'm certain you both need it, and deserve it.  And don't worry about not participating as much this week, or worry about such a thing over the next several weeks & months.  That's what the friends in your House and in the rest of the HPC are here for, to help and encourage one another.  Hermoine & our dear Hufflepuff friends would remind you that friendship can always be counted on when one feels tired or alone.


Ok, now your Deputy Headmistress is off to work some crafty magic of her own.  I'm trying to complete 15 Doctor Who bracelets today.  (They are in-progress already. Finishing bead pins now, then have to assemble the bead pins & charms with the bracelets.) Wish me luck!
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