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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / bunny bracelet 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
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Challenge 1: Octopus's garden 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!
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cherry blossom family pendant 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
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New acrylic and resin paintings! 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
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / lots of jewelry 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

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tear off dress shirt - need suggestions! on: November 16, 2009 08:55:47 AM
Hello crafty folk of the clothing community! I require your assistance!

I need to create a tear-away dress shirt for an upcoming burlesque act that my boyfriend is in. His character is sort of a silent film era villain. He'll be wearing california pants and suspenders, bowtie and a top hat (and maybe some other details - still hashing out the concept). Towards the end of the act, one of the other performers needs to rip off his shirt. Its probably worth noting that he's a juggler, so he needs to be able to move around in the shirt without it being too obvious that its rigged to tear off. I'm assuming the solution is strategically placed velcro, but I'm not really sure how to cut up the shirt and place the velcro. I'm no seamstress, so I'm hoping to find a white shirt and modify it. I was thinking maybe i just need to cut the shirt along all the seams (arms where they join the shoulders, sides, collar) and then reattach with lots of little bits of velcro? then when she tears off the shirt, the collar and sleeves will still be there but the front and back panel of the shirt would fall away. does that sounds like a good plan? will the velcro hold well enough to keep the seams together while he's juggling?

thank you in advance for you help! Cheesy
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Totoros! on: October 19, 2009 12:32:15 PM
I made these three paintings for fellow craftster Nven's nursery (she's due any day now! woo!)
They're done in acrylics and sealed with a thick coat of resin. O Totoro is on a 1620″ canvas, Chu Totoro is on a 1010″ canvas and Chibi Totoro is on an 88″ canvas. Theyre super glossy and bright in person, but the gloss makes them pretty tricky to photograph and makes the colours look a little streaky in places.

This is probably the biggest painting project Ive taken on to date - O Totoro took me around 30 hours alone. O Totoro is much larger than Ive ever done too (dearest boy picked the canvases as his contribution to the project and would accept no compromise to his artistic vision!) It takes an unreasonable number of coats to get a good solid colour, and painting all the black line work my hands are rather shaky Smiley Oh and mixing the colours all in all it was quite the learning experience. The resin on O Totoro didn't come out well either after the first coat but luckily it came out perfect once I added a second thicker coat.

I love how they came out and am a little sad to see them gone. Here they are, hung on the nursery wall - hopefully the baby will think theyre cute and not scary Wink
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Arsenic and Old Lace on: September 23, 2009 12:38:30 PM
Hello Smiley

I have a jewelry show fast approaching so last night I made this piece for it.

Lots of pretty things on this beauty. The necklace is made of two 24″ strands of large, mixed sterling silver chains and rhodium-plated Swarovski crystal chain, and is dotted with Swarovski pearls. It closes in the front with a sterling silver toggle clasp, from which hangs an antique chandelier crystal, accented with a sterling bead cap, and a carved bone skull. More Swarovski pearls and sterling silver beads, hung from hand-made head pins, compliment the two larger pieces.
Its fairly heavy and is nice and long (though not so long that it catches on things). Ive had the carved skull for about a year now so Im happy that Ive finally come up with a design that suits it. In fact, a lot of the materials in this are from the magical save for something special box. Ive come to realize that this hoarding thing Ive got going is in no way productive so I figured, what the hell, lets put everything in one necklace (well not really, but you get my meaning). I quite like the messy vintage look its got going on, and its definitely an attention grabber!

(hehe oops, I just realized its not hanging straight Tongue)
Thoughts? Smiley
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / without the rain, there'd be no rainbow on: September 10, 2009 09:50:10 AM
Hey Smiley Haven't posted any jewelry in a while so I thought i'd share this commission piece I finished up yesterday.
The chain is absolutely killer - solid sterling silver, its got some serious weight to it. I just want to fondle it, its so beautiful. mmm silver.
All 22 headpins are handmade from sterling, and it fastens with a sterling lobster clasp (bracelet is 7.5″ long). The beads are amethyst, fresh water pearl, Swarovski crystal, lapis lazuli, glass, Swarovski pearl, jade, citrine, amber (Baltic and Russian), fire agate, chalcedony, dyed coral, and garnet.

hehe part of me really wants to keep this, but I'll be a good girl and send it off to its new owner Smiley
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bzz bzz i like bees! on: September 08, 2009 12:08:56 PM
This was a little experiment to see how resin works on acrylic paint. It works very well, in fact Smiley

(acrylics on 2" x 2.75" canvas)

There are still a few things I need to tinker with - because of the weight of the resin, it causes the canvas to bow so its much thicker at the center than the edges. This isn't awful, but I am a little worried about what will happen when I'm working with, say, a 16" x20" canvas. I'm going to try putting in a board on the back of the canvas to support the resin while it dries next round. Or perhaps I should be working with wood canvas...

Anywho, its exactly the effect I was looking for, so yay!
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