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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Most recent Jewelry and cabs on: December 14, 2008 12:42:24 PM
A few months worth of jewelry project Smiley  

These (necklace and bracelet) are made with 5mm czech glass beads in black and silver plated beads and a few spacers made by Tierracast.  All the metal is silver.  I got to practice my pearl knotting.  It's a pain, but I like the end result a lot!  Of course, on my first project, I discovered that the holes in the silver beads were too big, so my knots just slipped through.  The spacers took care of the problem , though.  I don't have a picture of the matching earrings for some reason?

This necklace and matching bracelet are made with peridot chips and silver spacers and beads.  It ended up longer than I expected (about 22 inches) so it hangs lower than I'd like, but I like how it ended up.  This one also has matching earrings not shown here because I couldn't find my wire cutters and haven't finished them yet.

I joined a rock club last year and they've taught me how to grind cabs.  These are a LOT of fun to make.  From slab to cab, it usually takes about 4 hours.  I can't remember what kind of rock this is, though.  I'll have to look it up.

This one is Montana Agate.  These are both set in silver plated cabochon settings and have a silver bail.  They are 20mm by 16mm, if I remember correctly.
32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first jointed doll on: December 08, 2008 10:07:39 AM

He's only a little over 6" tall Smiley  His arms and legs move, but I couldn't figure out how to get his head to do it too.

I also made him a little pair of gray overalls and the scarf.

I modified a teddybear pattern from a Japanese craft book that I have.  I made him skinnier, changed his head shape and ear shape and improvised the tail.

I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out.  Now, I just need to get my fabric pen off of him.  His seams look awful Tongue
33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / How do I know what gauge silk I need? on: September 21, 2008 08:15:33 PM
I plan on stringing a czech bead necklace and knotting in between each bead.  The bead holes are about 1mm.  How do I choose the right size silk for the project?  I can't seem to find any information easily on the net.  I'd prefer to get the stuff on the cards, if I can.  I can find fine, medium and heavy.  Does anyone have suggestions?
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Leaf Necklace and Owl Earrings on: March 11, 2008 01:54:11 PM
I really love the necklace and I wear it all the time.  The owls I found at the store and I knew I had to make earrings out of them Smiley

Owl earrings Smiley  Wire wrapped and on sterling wires

Leaf necklace
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Robots on: March 11, 2008 01:52:09 PM
My son has a science fair in a couple of weeks and asked me to make some plush for prizes Smiley  His theme is robots

36  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How to make tags? on: December 18, 2007 02:15:55 PM
I've been doing a lot of felt projects lately and I thought it would give a nice feeling to them if I had tags for them.

Any suggestions on how to do that?  I love to have "pixidance" on the tag so that everyone knows who did it.

Thanks Smiley
37  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / looking for a penguin pattern on: December 02, 2007 10:52:59 AM
I like to work with felt Smiley

My son has been begging for a penguin, but he likes his stuffies a bit more 3D than the traditional felt guys.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?

thanks Smiley
38  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Nintendo charms on: November 27, 2007 05:12:01 PM
These little guys are about 1/2 inch in diameter. They are made from Sculpey, but it was too brittle, and one of the Bomb-omb's hangers has already broken off. I'll be repainting him and leaving him without the hanger.

They're so small that you can see more detail in these pictures than you can with your eyes. I didn't realize how many fingerprints and paintbrush jiggles there were until these photos were taken.  I will definitely be sanding next time.

39  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Little Pony Felt on: October 23, 2007 10:10:44 AM
This was inspired by my Japanese Felt Mascot book, I altered the pattern just a little bit, and I redid the mane.  Then I embroidered a face and a symbol.  She's about 8 inches long, including her tail.  Her face is a bit off, but I was a ding dong and forgot to embroider BEFORE I sewed her together Tongue

It's Cotton Candy!

You can see a bigger picture here
40  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Super Sculpey octopus on: October 17, 2007 12:03:41 PM
This is my 4th attempt with sculpy.  I like the way he turned out, but would like some tips on how to improve for next time Smiley

My first actual Super Sculpey sculpture. He is about 2 inches in diameter, painted and sealed. He's not supposed to represent any particular species of octopus, I just picked some colors and painted him.

I started out using Sculpey, but I found it too brittle, so this guy is made from Super Sculpey.

I noticed that you can see every flaw in these macros! Wow, swear, I can't see fingerprints even when I hold him really close. It's amazing how much detail these photos pick up.

Any ideas for getting better seams next time?  This is the first time I've made anything this small, and when I attached his legs I got some really chunky seams.  His legs are only about 1/4 thick, so I couldn't do a lot of blending before he was cured.  After he came out, I did a lot of sanding, but the seams are still there.

I made his head first, then the skirt, and then I attached his legs.  I can't see any other way to do it?

edit:  Sorry, I forgot to mention that this is my first post here.  :waves:  Hello everybody Smiley
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