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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Great White Trillium and Cherry Blossoms Kanzashi on: May 14, 2019 12:03:19 PM
I decided, a bit at the last minute, to do a piece for a charity auction being held at a convention I'm attending next weekend. I am happy because I managed to finish this all in one weekend. Cheesy Granted, I already made the cherry blossoms a while back - but still, making the wire frames and getting a smooth finish on the resin is time consuming! I feel like it counts as a one weekend project.

This piece features a great white trillium, the provincial flower of Ontario, and cherry blossoms - kind of an east meets west theme since the convention celebrates Japanese culture and animation.

I'm really proud of this piece, and I hope the auction goes well - it benefits the sick children's hospital. I must give credit to my husband for keeping me on task this weekend, and suggesting that I make a white trillium. Smiley Smart man, he is.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: April 16, 2019 08:43:45 AM
storerboughtcreations: That tail and sand dollar top are precious! How exciting to have another niece. Cheesy
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Intoxication Station on: April 15, 2019 10:08:45 AM
EDIT: I posted this in the wrong section; it should be in interior design. ;o; If a mod could move it, I would be grateful. I can't seen to figure out how to do it myself.

I finally finished this little bit of our house; the intoxication station. XD The bar cart's been done for a while, but I finally finished the shelf for the glasses, and now consider the space relatively complete.

The wine glasses I picked up at a rummage sale - $10 for all 8 glasses new in the box. We later saw them new in the fancy high end home goods store for something like $15 - $20 a glass, so I felt like a winner. XD

Our family friend Lauree died a few years ago, and she left me the antique cabinet we used to make the bar cart. So, I put this picture I draw of her and her dog for her celebration of life on the shelf above it. I've got a picture of her and my Mom that I want to get printed and framed as well, so eventually that will go up there. Smiley

And just a few detail pictures from the bar cart:

Iron handles/towel rack

Decorative corners

D&D Tray that I made with our hexagon wine rack.

Overall pretty pleased with how everything turned out. Once our kitchen cabinets are done I'm going to refurbish an old baker's rack and turn it into a caffeination station. Cheesy
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Clematis & Chrysanthemum Hairpins on: April 15, 2019 10:01:45 AM
Here are some new finished maiko calendar kanzashi hairpins Smiley Traditional motifs for seasons/holidays.

They are normally larger, but I made these smaller so they are easier to wear.

This one is new. I like making dragon flies, but I don't do them as often as butterflies.

This one is based on a Gion festival design, which actually change a little every year.

I've done this design before, but they always turn out a little different.

I originally made this one as a christmas ornament, but it's been repurposed into a hairpin. Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Re: Winter Kushi (Comb) - Plum Blossoms, Pine & Chrysanthemum on: April 09, 2019 08:27:20 PM
Excellent work! I have a huge collection of tsumami kanzashi from my time living in Japan, and this measures up to them! You've done a brilliant job making all the folded shapes very neat and equal in size/tightness. Your overall design is wonderfully balanced, as well. Would love to see a picture of someone wearing it. Cheesy

Also, I'm curious what kind of glue you are using for the petals? Do you use traditional rice paste, or something else?

Thank you Cheesy I do use traditional rice glue. Nori by Yasutomo is the brand I normally use.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: April 08, 2019 10:25:52 PM
Prompt: Big Time
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Winter Kushi (Comb)
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457965.0
Brief Description: It took me about a week and a half to complete this piece. Few hours every day until it was done. Smiley
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7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Winter Kushi (Comb) - Plum Blossoms, Pine & Chrysanthemum on: April 08, 2019 10:25:17 PM
I've had a set of wooden combs in my supply basket for ages. Making a kanzashi comb (kushi) has been on my kanzashi bucket list for a while, and I've just never gotten around to it.

I started with a plain brown wooden comb, painted it black, then added the flowers and pine foliage.

Once those bits were in place, I filled in around them with white petals, varnished the comb's teeth a bit, added a nylon cord liner around the design, and then the details - mizuhiki, beadcaps and rhinestones.

I'm pleased with how it turned out and I've been brainstorming some ideas for new kushi. Smiley

Here's one more photo. The back also has one plum blossom but I forgot to get a photo of it.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: April 08, 2019 11:11:18 AM
Prompt: April Challenges - Poliwog/Translucent Tadpoles
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Timely
Project Name: Burgundy Swirl Hairclip
Brief Description: Silk tsumami craft kiku (chrysanthemum). It has a definite swirly pattern! Smiley
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: March 13, 2019 01:16:42 PM
Prompt: February Console Wars - X-Box vs GameCube (X-Box)
Team: Randomizer
Project Name: Butterfly Hydrangea Clip
Brief Description: I learned how to make kanzashi from internet tutorials and a few youtube videos. That was a long time ago now! I chose x-box because I like x-box better than GameCube, haha.
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: March 05, 2019 06:37:22 AM
Prompt: Big Time
Team: Randomizer
Project Name: Dark Lilac Comb
Brief Description: This took about 11.5 hours over two weeks to finish. I'm really proud of how it turned out. It's going to be the basis for a larger project later on. Smiley
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