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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pierre, the Needle-Felted French Circus Bear & Friends (with large pictures) 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!

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Waiting for a Snowday - ink and oil pastels 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!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / An Entomologist's Dream - Insect Pendant Necklaces (Large Pictures) 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!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Storybook Pins 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?

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Storybook Pendants 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!


6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / First Project Post - Some Necklaces and Earrings 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!


7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Another One Rides the Bus on: June 22, 2007 07:20:56 PM
I mean, Another One Bites the Dust?

Anyway, I am new (surprise!).  Well, not new, really, just different?  I used to be "Dirty Mary Rackham," but I am starting up a business right now, so I wanted to create a profile that had my business's name.  My name is Sarah, I am from Michigan, US, I am twenty years old, etc.  I am mainly a jewelry maker, but I dabble in toy alteration, clothing design and reconstruction, and taxidermy.

I love this forum, and I hope to contribute something useful at some point.

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