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1  Re: Handmade Bird Swap, Sweat Shoppe Style! -- SEND OUT 4/30 in The Swap Gallery by Vanyel on: May 06, 2009 07:11:07 PM
I have two lovely birds so far. The first is a beautiful fabric bird from Colorfuldayz. I am totally in awe of the patience and skill which went into this. There must be about a hundred french knots, a technique which I was never able to master. So sorry I failed to rotate the photo.

The next item I received was this gorgeous scarf from KungPow, which was both hand dyed and silkscreened. It's almost too beautiful to wear. Almost.

Thanks so much, guys.  I love both of these. Kungpow, I hope you like what I'm sending just as much.
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2  Mokume Gane Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Vanyel on: January 23, 2009 05:45:41 PM
Mokume Gane, for those of you who don't know, is a material made of layers of copper and silver sheet, which is then fused together, hammered, patterned (this is just one of many, many patterns), and rolled down into sheet metal (or rods). It essentially translates to wood grain metal, from japanese. I, unfortunately, have not yet learned how to make Mokume, but was able to buy some 'scraps' from Phil Baldwin, the owner of Shining Wave Metals, who does make it.
Anyways, I designed these simple earrings to highlight the mokume, then spent a great deal of time cursing myself for coming up with the soldering job from hell. Anyways, the earrings were lightly sanded for a matte finish, and patina'd with dormant spray. Apologies for the crappy pics- for some reason, my photographer friend was having shit luck getting a decent photo of these darn things. I'll shut up now.

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3  Fat quarter animal bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Vanyel on: January 23, 2009 02:15:10 PM
Ok, so I know I've posted at least one of these bags before, but now I actually have pictures. And I'm too lazy to just change the old post. Yes, I'm a bad person. All of these are made from a single fat quarter, lined with cheap cotton solids, with grosgrain ribbon for the handles.

Umm, that's a deer, in case you can't tell. Machine stitched felt deer.

Bird stitched by hand with blanket stitch.

And a couple more of the same animal
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4  Embroidered baby booties in Needlework: Completed Projects by Vanyel on: January 23, 2009 02:07:11 PM
Okay, so I admit, I don't actually have anybody to make baby booties for right now, but everything looks cuter in miniature, and these little bees were buzzing around my head. And yes, I realize that they don't seem to have any wings. We'll just pretend that they're there/invisible. Feedback welcome:)

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5  1st semester jewelry pics (severely image obese) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Vanyel on: January 11, 2009 11:23:40 PM
Alright, so i just finished up second quarter jewelry classes at the local community college, and am just starting my third quarter class. This is a sampling of some of the stuff I made the first two quarters. I'd love to hear any comments and constructive criticism that you might have.

pierced bird pendant-brass, copper, and nickel silver, hanging from a leather cord. Riveted together, with tack soldering where the annoying branch thingy started to spring up.

sterling silver, copper enameled disk. hanging from a rubber cord. satin finish

Same materials as above, mirrored finish.

Sterling silver and picture jasper. The stone was cut by a student in my class.

Sterling, Chinese Flower Jasper, Turqouise, nickel ball chain.

Sterling silver, black onyx

Sterling silver, swarovski crystal

Sterling silver pendant

Phew. Well, I hope craftster doesn't explode from too many pics. Let me know if you think I oughta split this post

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6  Re: Out of the Sewing Machine and into the Forge in Completed Projects by Vanyel on: May 12, 2008 08:40:57 PM
well, apologies for the extremely shitty photos, but it's the best i could do with no light, no tripod, and extremely shaky hands. If he needs better pics, I'll get some later.
one small ladle, one med. ladle, one large spoon

detail shot of spoon:

detail shot of handle/ twisting:
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7  Fat quarter tote with dino applique in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Vanyel on: May 07, 2008 06:59:57 PM
So, this is another fabric in the same fat quarter pack. I totally had a mini freak out when I saw this exact same fabric on grey's anatomy. Anyways, here's a less exciting tote. I swear the stitching looks better in real life. The bag has stuff in it, so if it looks lumpy, that is why. To give you an idea of size, it's large enough to hold a 1" textbook and a bunch of papers (oh joy).

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8  chandelier tote with felt applique in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Vanyel on: May 05, 2008 07:47:28 PM
Ok, so I got half a yard of this awesome chandelier fabric (I swear it doesn't look as much like the contents of a toilet in real life), and decided to applique a chandelier onto it. Hour later, I finished, cursing myself for handsewing rather than fusing. sigh. Anyways, here's my gigantic new school tote:

I'll try to post decent pics later.
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9  Fat quarter tote with felt owl applique in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Vanyel on: May 05, 2008 07:23:56 PM
So, I had this super cute green fat quarter, and a new obssesion with making bags, so I decided to see if I could make a bag of respectable size. I think I managed all right. I also decided to hand applique a felt owl because they're pretty much the most adorable felt animals ever. I lined the inside with brown cotton that matches the owl and the grosgrain ribbon trim/handles.

detail shot:

and the full bag:
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10  felt monster ipod case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Vanyel on: April 23, 2008 05:53:01 PM
So, I was at joanns when I happened to spy that felt sheets were 5 for a dollar, and I could not resist. So, I give you Moe, the misunderstood monster.

Apologies on the sideways picture, my computer is being a poo.
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