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11  Burger scratchboard in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by acidtrix on: January 17, 2011 01:54:40 PM
allo! i've been incredibly lazy with posting pictures recently... well, in the last year really Smiley anyway, trying to get back into the crafty groove so thought i'd post a few christmas present projects!

Clayboard scratchboard, 8x10"
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12  Re: warning: romance ahead! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: August 25, 2010 10:47:52 AM
aww, thanks everyone,  your comments are very sweet - i'll be sure to have him read them all!

ScrappySue - honestly, it was the measuring my finger in my sleep bit that brought on the little fit of hysteria. it just seemed so... unreal! we've been together for 12 years now, so the anticipation of marriage had sort of worn off, and then he goes and pulls this impossibly romantic stunt. i just kept laughing and saying "fak off, how did you DO that?! NOOO, you didn't make that. YOU DID?!" (and so on). Tongue

Knickertwist - that's hilarious Cheesy i was starting to think if i ever wanted to get married, i'd have to do the same Wink

Poosel - he WAS nervous! so much so that i thought something was wrong at first! he never gets serious and he was all worried i wouldn't like the ring. it still blows my mind that he MADE it.

Rauni - thanks!

Mandyhello and Radmom - don't worry, i wear the heart facing me! i just flipped it because it looked weird in the photos otherwise. Wink

so i feel a little (*ahem* A LOT) spoiled, but i got my other ring over the weekend! I wear the two rings together. Smiley

I'm a lucky girl (and not because of the rings...)
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13  warning: romance ahead! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: August 25, 2010 06:51:50 AM
On Wednesday August 4, 2010 at 11:59pm, while down on the dock watching Perseids, dear boy gave me a ring. yes, THAT kind of ring. Blinded momentarily from the glare of the ipad screen tracking the stars overhead, i couldnt see it and was confused about what he was asking. and then i laughed. as he professed his love and described the incredibly romantic process of making me a ring, i continued to laugh. you know, that sort of hysterical laugh you get when you cant seem to process whats going on around you. good thing he loves me.

He said he wanted me to choose my own engagement ring (apparently Im fussy *cough*), so he made something for me to wear until then. He made the ring himself, with no help or experience, somehow without me noticing. He measured my finger in my sleep with string and worked on it for weeks in the few moments before i got home in the evenings. Not even my mysteriously depleted metal stock clued me in.

Its sterling silver with a copper heart, and has the word "forever" stamped inside the ring. Talk about a surprise Smiley

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14  feather earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: May 17, 2010 08:01:04 AM
Finally attempted some feather jewelry. Buying feathers at Michaels is really not a good plan - by the time i had my test feathers trimmed to the right size, the main stalk of the feather (quill?) was too thin and weak to hold up to wire wrapping. anyway, found these black and red feathers that were a bit sturdier and it worked out well. i think i will also pick up a lighter gauge of wire for future projects- the thick wire looks nice but was tricky to wrap without snapping the delicate feathers.

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15  bunny bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: April 27, 2010 07:26:43 AM
I have this amazing, heavy solid sterling silver chain that we picked up at the gem and mineral show last year, so for moms birthday I decided to use some of it to make a Tiffany-inspired bracelet for her. We both have a bit of a bunny thing going on at the moment, so in place of the classic Return to Tiffany&Co tag, I did a silhouette of a rabbit. The tag is 1″ x 1.5″ 22 gauge sterling silver, hand pierced, cut and polished. Rather than using the tumbler, I spent a good long while buffing the silver with my flex shaft. Its very shiny! In another nod to Tiffany, the clasp attaches directly to the tag. I wasnt sure what I thought of that at first, but its grown on me Smiley

And yes, I now have a bunny of my very own - meet Ginger Smiley
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16  Challenge 1: Octopus's garden in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: February 10, 2010 12:38:56 PM
While I'm not really a Beatles fan, the tune kept popping into my head while making this so i suppose its named itself, irregardless of how I feel about it Smiley

This is my submission for the colours of the sea jewelry challenge. The pendant is hand cut, pierced and polished from silver, and the necklace has two strands - one of clear crystal Swarovski chain, and another made of sterling chain and graduated Swarovski crystals which run from an AB clear to an opaque Caribbean blue. The seaweed is made of sterling wire and green Swarovski crystals (finished with handmade sterling headpins), and the blue bubbles are sterling wire and tiny apatite rondelles. Finally, the octopuss treasure is a Tahitian coloured Swarovski pearl finished with a sterling bead cap and handmade headpin. The vintage-inspired double strand clasp is silver plated with clear crystals.

I stuck with clear beads and silver at the top of the necklace to represent the surf/bubbles, then used progressively darker/more opaque blues to give the impression of water depth, added the green accents for seaweed, and finished with the dark green/blue pearl to represent deep waters. At the centre of it all is the octopus, just hanging out and doing its thing  Smiley

I had a terrible time with photos- didn't get a chance to take some proper shots in my lightbox so I took some beside a window this morning. Anyway, at least I got some photos, and my lovely coworker P lent me her neck for an action shot Smiley

I hope you like it!
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17  Re: Necklace- how would I... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by acidtrix on: February 01, 2010 06:49:36 PM
hey, I've made this before! Cheesy
Here's mine: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299932.msg3422008#msg3422008

I used Super Sculpey III. The pendent in the movie was smooth, so I used a wet bone folder to smooth out the clay nicely for an even finish. It was then painted with gold, bronze and silver acrylics, sealed, and hung from a leather thong.

If you wanted to make a more 2D version out of metal, that wouldn't be too hard, and you could theoretically do it with minimal tools, but you'd still need to pick up a few, like a jeweler's hand saw and some files. I have a tut on my blog explaining how to do basic hand cut pendants (no soldering) - basically follow that but cut out two pieces, the silver background and a gold foreground, with a pierced design in the foreground. if you want to keep the dimpled look on the background, you could hammer it a bit with a ball peen hammer. then get some silver solder (i like the paste kind that comes in a tube, silver and flux combined), add some between the layers, and heat it with a torch on a brick till its red hot and the metal gets an almost liquid sheen. you can do this with a regular old propane blowtorch - its not at all precise, but it'll work for a simple sweat solder like this (my boyfriend won't let my have a proper torch until i get some safety lessons, so that's what I use). carefully quench in water (it'll be horribly hot so don't touch!) and then polish away. this is a pretty unrefined process, but it'll work  Smiley If you go to a jewelry supply place you can pick up a sheet of nickel silver and of dix gold - they're much cheaper than sterling or gold, but will shine up just as nice with some elbow grease, and its good to practice with.
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18  Cherry blossom family pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: February 01, 2010 01:55:35 PM
Nven really liked the family pendent I made for my guys mom, so I decided to do something similar for her xmas gift this year, with the names of her own new family. The cherry blossom is about 1.25″ wide, and is hand cut from sterling silver. I forgot to lubricate my bit before starting the holes and the damn thing seized in the silver, nearly taking my fingernail off. Wont make that mistake again! I added a small green Swarovski crystal to the babys leaf, just to help emphasize that theyre leaves, not petals. Overall I think the design turned out quite well, and it hangs very nicely. Its not the most flattering shot of the leaves - youll just have to trust me that they are shiny Smiley
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19  New acrylic and resin paintings! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by acidtrix on: February 01, 2010 01:50:46 PM
Allo allo!

This is a series of paintings I made as Christmas gifts for some of the girls. The cherry blossom branch and goldfish were drawn on printed paper (apparently a Japanese childrens story), then inked, painted with acrylics and cut out with an exacto knife. The wood canvases (6″x6″) were treated with acrylic washes and different textures, then the images were sealed on with gel medium and finished with a thick coat of resin. The moon was painted on a sheet of Nick Cave lyrics (whom the recipients are huuuge fans of), then cut out and sealed onto the canvas with gel medium. The tree, owl, rabbit and hill silhouettes were painted with black acrylics (each of the recipients associate with one of the animals). The canvas (8″x10″) is finished with a thick coat of resin.

Pretty happy with how they all turned out - just enough of the text shows through the paintings that I think it adds a neat texture to it. I also added a touch of metallic paint to each (gold on the fishs scales, bronze on the cherry blossom branch, and sliver highlights on the tree) that Im really happy still show through the resin. I really love how the resin makes all the colours seem to pop more Cheesy
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20  lots of jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by acidtrix on: January 18, 2010 08:44:42 AM
It's been a while since I've posted anything here - my fall was a complete blur, as was December! I had a jewelry sale back in November that I made lots of stuff for, so I thought I'd share a few of those things, plus some of the Christmas jewelry I made this year. There's quite a bit so I'll try to keep this reasonable, but please check out my website if you'd like to see all of it! There are descriptions of each on my site so I won't bother reiterating it all, but the gist of it is all pieces were hand cut, forged, hammered, polished, stamped, wired or what have you, all headpins and ear wires are hand made, and everything is sterling silver. The bamboo pendants, and steampunk themed ring are sealed with resin.

Also, I got a flex shaft for Christmas from my guy!! omg so happy!! The dog tags were the first thing I used it on (for polishing) Smiley

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