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1  Pierre, the Needle-Felted French Circus Bear & Friends (with large pictures) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Strange Bird on: October 15, 2007 06:37:12 PM
I just started needle felting two nights ago, and now I can't stop!  I've even sold two creations already!  How crazy is that?!

Anyway, Pierre was my second attempt at needle felting (the first was negligible, to say the least).

Pierre, the French Circus Bear:

Next, we have Merle, the Hatless, Lop-Eared Bunny (I wanted him to wear a hat, but he didn't want to, so we quarrelled):

Finally, we have their pal Winifred, who was recently startled by the revelation that he is, in fact, an albino:

So, what do you think?  I am quite fond of Pierre and Winifred, but I am not so very partial to Merle (perhaps it is because of our disagreement, though)?

I appreciate you taking the time to look, and I would love to hear any comments or criticisms.  Thank you!

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2  Waiting for a Snowday - ink and oil pastels in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Strange Bird on: October 06, 2007 07:56:36 AM

I love drawing, but I am no artist.  So, when my boyfriend let me borrow his oil pastels, I was intimidated.  You see, I am terrified of painting - because my hands are so shaky, I can never make the brush do as I command (that's why the outlines of my drawings are all wiggly-looking).

However, I love the oil pastels!  They are so easy to use and so forgiving - just what I require.

I drew the outline with a regular ballpoint pen on heavy sketch paper, then colored with the oil pastels.  As I was coloring this, my mom came in the room to look on, and asked why he was so sad.  The truth is, he just came out that way.  But, I think that the real reason he's sad is that he was so wishing for a snow day, but there is only one measly flake in the air.  So, no snow day for Henry (that's his name).

Here he is:

What do you think?  I'm looking for honest criticism.  Should I give up now, or do you think that maybe I could incorporate this kind of thing into my regular crafts?

Thank you so much for looking, I always love hearing from all you lovely people!

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3  Strange Bird in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by Strange Bird on: September 21, 2007 01:24:34 PM
Hello, my lovely, crafty ladies (and gents!).

My name is Sarah, and I am the proprietess of Strange Bird, the online home of my quirky, sundry art and handmade goods.  I have just recently started selling on Etsy, and I would greatly appreciate some feedback.

Here are a few of my items that I am offering or have offered:

Fish Dreams Storybook Collage (sold at $20):

Aragonite Beetle Insect Necklace ($25):

Storybook Necklaces ($9 each):

Do you think these prices are reasonable?  Do you think my products look professional enough? 

Everyone here at Craftster is so nice and helpful - I hold you all in such high regard, and I would so appreciate your feedback.

Also, my Etsy shop is www.Strangebirdhandmade.etsy.com, if you would be willing to give feedback on my actual shop as well.

Thank you so much, in advance - I am forever grateful!

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4  An Entomologist's Dream - Insect Pendant Necklaces (Large Pictures) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Strange Bird on: September 13, 2007 02:47:56 PM
I've been away from Craftster for a little while, but I missed you all too much to stay away for long.

You may or may not remember my fervor in the creation of my Storybook Jewelry (here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183586.msg1913593#msg1913593), but now I'm back with a new frenzy.

My latest obsession: Insect Necklaces.

Here are the two I have completed so far.

Sagra Beetle and Honey-Colored Glass:

On me:

Praying Mantis with Olive Jade:

And on me:

What do you think?  I have more bugs coming my way in the mail now, so you can expect to see more, whether you want to or not.

Please send all comments and criticisms my way - I love hearing everyone's opinions!
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5  Storybook Pins in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Strange Bird on: July 31, 2007 06:28:24 PM
Are you sick of the Storybook Jewelry yet?  I am...almost...not really.  Nevermind.  I'll never get sick of making these things!  It's like therapy for me - quick and satisfying.

Anyway, on to the goods.

Altogether, now:

Back detail:

And this one is a particular favorite of mine.  She's my crafty gal:

Anyway, that's what the Storybook Pins are.  What do you think?

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6  Re: Storybook Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Strange Bird on: July 17, 2007 08:43:52 AM
Wow, what a response!

I just use regular glossy Mod Podge brand.  Here's a picture of it (to allay any confusion) with some new pendants I just did:

The trick with the Mod Podge is to put it on in exceedingly thin coats.  I use my finger, and I swirl a little bit all over the surface that I'm covering, then I pat it with my fingertip all over to give it a bit of a matte look (wow, this is hard to describe).  Does that make sense?

If you want a topcoat that's more permanent, I've used spray-on polyurethane with great success.  You can get it at any hardware store.  I use the semi-gloss kind.  It's weather-resistant, so it's a little better for longterm wear, but the Mod Podge actually does just fine, as long as you don't go swimming in it, or anything.

purple fishnets - jenna rose posted the link to the pendants I use, and also some others that would work.  They are pre-drilled, and it's about six dollars for a 50-pack (but that includes all different sizes).

jenna rose - yep, those are the ones!  I think the oval ones would work, but I've never decoupaged on anything with a wax coating, so I can't say for sure.  I just like the front-to-back drilled pendants, instead of the side-drilled beads, but it's a matter of preference.  I haven't used decoupage glue either - if you try, be sure to let us know how it works out! 

There are so many different kinds of things you can do with this idea, doesn't it just get your creative juices flowing?

Thank you, everyone, for all the amazing comments (I'm blushing)!  If you have any more questions, I'll be happy to answer them as best I can.

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7  Storybook Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Strange Bird on: July 16, 2007 02:22:18 PM
Hello there!

These are some of my storybook pendants.  I use images and text from old children's storybooks to create these.  Children's books are my favorite things to re-purpose - the images and words from them are often so meaningful and beautiful, and the older books are even better!

Here's a group shot of all of my recently completed pendants:

Some individual shots:

What do you think?  These are probably my favorite kind of jewelry to make, so I plan on making tons more no matter what, but do you think they are any good?

My favorite is the one that says "hurrah for a rainy day".  I'm keeping it for myself! Wink

Any comments or suggestions or criticisms are much appreciated.  Thank you for looking!


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8  First Project Post - Some Necklaces and Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Strange Bird on: July 11, 2007 05:33:33 PM
Hello, everyone!  My name is Sarah, and this is my first project post (redundant much?).

I am a jewelry maker and I wanted to show off a few of my current favorite pieces.  I just got a huge supply order in, and I went crazy these past two days (I've made about thirty pieces since yesterday morning).

First is this turquoise chip wire-wrapped bracelet (stabilized turquoise chips and sterling-plated 20 ga jewelry wire with a self-closing sterling-plated clasp):

Then, a pottery shard necklace (olive serpentine, red coral, and wooden beads on sterling-plated chain with porcelain pottery shard pendant, self-closing sterling-plated clasp):

Here are some earrings (Jade pebbles with sterling leaf drops, wrapped with sterling-plated 20 ga jewelry wire, steel leverback earwires):

Lastly, I'll leave you with this monster.  I'm not sure if I like it or not.  I think the focal piece belongs on a different necklace?  Anyway, the Maple Leaf necklace (wood, acrylic, and olive serpentine beads on sterling-plated chain with self-closing sterling-plated clasp.  Focal is a real leaf encased in resin and painted in irridescent colors):

That's all for now.  I have tons more pieces, about half of them I've yet to take pictures of, so you'll probably be seeing a lot of me around this board.  

I'd love to hear any suggestions or criticisms or comments of any kind that you may have, and I really appreciate you looking!


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