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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Feather and lace... collar? statement necklace? neck...thingie? on: January 15, 2013 07:05:09 AM
I'm not really sure what to call this  Grin

It a sort of... asymmetric necklace, maybe. The base was made using my soluvlies technique - I used soft tulle, wool and lace scraps for it. Then I decorated one side of it with feathers, lace/chiffon ruffles and some black beads.

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Polymer Clay Cabochons on: December 22, 2012 08:58:09 AM
Making jewelry with polymer clay cabochons might be one of my favorite crafts at the moment ^^

This time I made some quite large brooches, decorated with fleur de lis and bee stampings. I love how they turned out =)

And yet another brooch: a handmade anatomical heart cameo. I sculpted the heart and painted it afterwards. And of course I had to make a mold for future use ^^
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lolita Skirts and queen of hearts <3 on: December 22, 2012 08:53:14 AM
I usually sew a lot of things for other people and too few for myself, but in the last few months I managed to make some lolita skirts for myself.

My favorire piece is a black/white striped skirt with a polka dot tulle ruffle. I wore it for our last meetup.

It was really windy, that's why the skir looks so messy (and my hair xD)... so I took a better photo of it on my dress form.

I used the same skirt as part of a queen of hearts costume that I made for a friend's birthday party. I made a red underskirt with some black lace...

... a collar with more lace and a black heart...

... and some heart pins to decorate the striped skirt

Considering that all the red parts were done in one day I love how it turned out. There are some major mistakes in the collar, but nobody noticed xD
Sadly I didn't take a proper photo of me wearing the costume, but I want to wear it again... maybe next time I'll remember ^^

The next skirts were made of chiffon and a beautiful sheer fabric with roses. They're two seperate skirts again because I love to combine skirts with different underskirts ^^

Aaaand the oldest one of this lot: the fabric screamed "Buy me!" at the market where I found them. I couldn't resist...

The bows are detachable and I made some small bows to decorate my hat and shoes as well:

A detail shot of the fabric because I love the patterns and how well they match:
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Handmade supplies - cameos/cabochons - prizes? colours? on: June 19, 2012 10:10:27 AM
I've decided to sell some of my handmade supplies - along with a few charms and watch parts, but I'm mainly concerned about the handmade items here.

Shop: http://en.dawanda.com/shop/khaos-supplies

The cameos and bird skulls are made of polyer clay, ready to ship in blackxgrey or grey only. I offer them in higher quantities (usually there's only one item listed) and other colours.

First question: do you think it would be a good idea to make the cameos / bird skulls in other colours and make special listings for them? This would mean:
+ more options to chose from
+ customers would see the colour options in the shop
+ other colour options than blackxgrey would be ready to ship, too
- the shop would be more cluttered
- I'd have to pay more listing fee for options that could easily be covered in one listing

When looking for supplies, do you search for the colours you like? Would you even view a listing if you'd rather have the item in other colours than shown?

My other concern is the prices... I've been told that they're too cheap for handmade items, but then again I think they're quite high when it comes to supplies in general.
What do you think?

The shop is mostly aimed at crafters who make jewelry for themselves (or their families, friends...) instead of for sale, that's why I sell everything in small quantities.
When I started to make jewelry I had quite a hard time finding nice supplies that I didn't have to buy in larger sets.
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Victorian and Gothic Chokers on: June 19, 2012 12:12:20 AM
Lately I've spent some time on making chokers / necklaces again... I haven't made any pretty chokers for a while and felt it was time to try my hand on these again.

The first one looks a bit victorian I think..

And the rest is made in the usual Gothic jewelry colourway: can you ever go wrong with black and silver?

16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bird Skull Cameos on: June 19, 2012 12:04:54 AM
I'm not much of a polymer clay artist, but for some projects I simply need it... bird skull jewelry was one of them. I don't want to use real skulls, but I don't want to pay a lot of money for plastic skulls either, so I decided to make some myself.
The smallest skulls were used to create cameo molds with them, so now I can use different sized polymer clay bird skulls and bird skull cameos for my jewelry. Fun!

The cameos first:

The single skulls:

The largest skull is 5cm long, the smaller ones 2.5cm.

Here's an example of the small skulls used as brooches:

I've made molds for all of those, so I can make them in different colours and play with paint effects ^^
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Earring Board and Mirror on: April 28, 2012 03:21:20 PM
I made a display for my earrings (or ear studs, actually) using a picture frame, some black and metallic colour, jewelry findings (the cabochon and wings are made of polymer clay) and scrap lace.
The back is black cardboard.

This is one of those projects that I didn't plan, I actually wanted to use the plain, wood-coloured frame for the display, then started to paint it black, then added some metallic colour and after that I decided to go wild with some decoration.
I love how it turned out =)

Because the board was so much fun the make I also decorated a plain black mirror... I used metallic paint again and added a polymer clay cameo that I painted in the same colour

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Cameo skirt on: April 27, 2012 12:25:40 AM
A while ago I posted photos of a skeleton cameo skirt - in the last two weeks I made two altered versions of this for customers =)

The first one is a bit shorter than the original, and features a black/white striped front panel. I love the colours on this one ^^

The secound one is more loosely based on the original: the sides are much shorter so you can see the hoop skirt that's worn underneath it. In Instead of the cameo I made a lace applique because the customer wanted something all black that she can combine with different corsets.
You can hardly see the lace on the photo, it's very subtle but so pretty when you see it up close <3

I hardly ever show any commissions because usually it's just the same skirt in different sizes, maybe with slightly altered colours... but those were really fun the make and I think it's interesting how a simple design can look different if you change some details =)
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk / Clockwork brooches on: April 02, 2012 07:37:04 AM
I made some new brooches using clockwork parts and some jewelry finding. Hope you like them =)


20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "I'll just sew a quick corset.." - "You... what? O_o" on: April 02, 2012 07:33:43 AM
Long story (as) short (as possible): I wanted to sew a dress for a party and the pattern I picked/altered looked like crap when I made the bodice. That's why I decided to finish the skirt part as an actual skirt and simply wear it with a cute blouse and one of my corsets. And then I decided to make the corset myself - I had not quite two days to finish it and I actually made it  Grin

It was both fun and stressful. I couldn't bother about seams that weren't pefect, I burned a hole in the half-finished corset when pressing it (... and covered it with a lace applique xD), my boyfriend had to help me with the steel boning and eyelets and I made the last few stitches a few minutes before we went to the party.

I'm so proud that I made it! Or actually that WE made it, without my boyfriend helping me and cheering me up I probably wouldn't.

Here's a photo of me wearing the corset and matching skirt - with my boyfriend, my sister and her girlfriend:

And some photos on my dressform. Of course the corset isn't tightly laced there, but at least you can see some details:

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