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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Better Shrinky Earrings on: April 11, 2008 11:31:21 AM
I love posting things here.  It is kind of like brainstorming and you get to tweak and improve ideas and thoughts.

These two earrings are from two 'surreal' computer illustrations I drew.  I also did resin pendants (which I hadn't posted) with the illustrations printed out.

But I have a show tomorrow and I'm trying to make sure I have earrings for necklaces.  Thanks to everyone's comments and suggestions for me yesterday.

Thanks for your input.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Grrrrr...Shrinky on: April 10, 2008 02:17:30 PM
Haven't initiated a post in a while...and there isn't any recent shrinky.  So I decided to post my leopard 'skin' pendant.  And to ask the question.  When I make circles, especially the large ones - nothing stays circular after heating.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I try to 'file' them round, but that gets frustrating and I end up with anything but a smaller oval.

Suggestions and/or comments are welcome.  Constructive criticism also welcome.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My latest resin on: March 17, 2008 11:25:46 AM
I had purchased some suspcious China lead dinosaurs.  I did not want to throw them out...but I didn't want to brain damage any children either.

The other day, while playing with resin, I came up with this idea.  Alot of ideas never work.  But I am pretty happy with this one.  I like to have jewelry for kids at my shows.

It is VERY humid here, so I haven't put any clasps on yet.  I'll probably just string them on some cord.

I drew the background on illustrator/photoshop and printed out on photo paper.

Comments, suggestions welcome. Smiley

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I'm Showing off Grand-daughter's Chain Maille on: March 17, 2008 11:18:31 AM
This is chain maille which my 14 year old grand-daughter did.  No I'm not old - she is.   Cheesy  She has been my protege since she was old enough to hold a pair of pliers. Grin

She prefers working with wire, as opposed to stringing beads.  She does chain maille and other wire work.  As I said, I am VERY proud of her.

Earring and necklace set

Hematite and wire wrap

close up

We used a proven pattern for the chain maille, but the hematite wire wrap - she was just sitting at my work bench messing with wire and came up with the design.

Thanks for giving me some bragging time.  Happy St. Pat's day! Shocked
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin - craftser has created a monster in me on: March 13, 2008 01:35:30 PM
Well...you all did this.  You have infused me with resin, and there's no turning back.  So now you have to tolerate constant badgering with my new projects. Roll Eyes

Hope everyone likes.  Comments/Suggestions welcome.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Never enough resin? on: March 12, 2008 12:36:40 PM
Just thought I'd show a finished project.  I showed my 'initial' resin pieces yesterday.  Well, here is the floral photograph strung on a cord & ribbon necklace.  I also made the polymer beads.

Opinions and helpful suggestions are more than welcome!  Especially since it was all you who started this!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin - My 100th Attempt on: March 11, 2008 08:45:39 AM
First - Thank you Manifest Content!  You had answered my resin bubble question back under one of ammamma's posts.  You said you used your lizard's heat lamp, but you had heard of people using heat guns.  Since I am not fortunate enough to have a lizard, or heat lamp - I got a heat gun from Joann's.

Viola!  You answered my question!  There's no way I would be brave enough to post my first 99 photos  Grin.  But here are the first one's using a heat gun:

One of my floral photographs imbedded.  I had yellow from my 'faux amber' attempt left over, so I tried it on this.

I know this one isn't 'girly' and cute.  Sorry.  www.eti-usa.com (Castin' Craft's web site) had instructions on the faux amber.  The black specks are polymer.  I need to make them smaller next time.  A fossil shark tooth and crinoid stem are imbedded.

I would have rather used clear with the photograph, but I had yellow left over.  So I tried, just to see if I could do it or not.  Actually the flower in the photo is yellow, anyway.  I haven't cleaned up any edges on the pieces.

So thank you once again, manifest content!  And for all you newbies - heat guns work!
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