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211  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hogwarts Charm Bracelet on: January 14, 2013 07:00:10 AM
I'm on a Harry Potter crafting kick again.  This is a Hogwarts themed charm bracelet I made as a custom order for a friend.  The charms include a lightning bolt for Harry, Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, the Golden Snitch, Fawkes the phoenix, Chess Knight for Ron Weasley, Hogwarts Castle, the Deathly Hallows, the Tales of Beadle the Bard, otter for Hermoine's Patronus, Slytherin's Snake, the Goblet of Fire, wolf for Prof. Lupin, Prof. Moody's magical spinning eye, and a wand from Ollivander's.  The beads are Preciosa Czech glass.

212  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Ornaments - Floo Powder & Polyjuice Potion (with printable label!) on: November 25, 2012 08:25:01 AM

(Image shamelessly stolen from patty_o_furniture.)

Both of these ornaments were created for patty_o_furniture & AugustBell in the Harry Potter Holiday Swap.  They were created with glass bottles I found while poking around at the craft store, waiting to be inspired.  The Floo Powder is filled with a mix of mostly black and some green glitter.  The words were put on with a black paint pen that works on glass.  Since the filling was (mostly) black too, I decided to add some highlight to the words with a silver scrapbooking gel pen to make them more legible.  The corks on both are glued in with E6000 (love that stuff!), and to give it a little extra sparkle, I added a pewter charm of a fire on the side.

The Polyjuice Potion ornament is a glass bottle filled with resin.  My initial idea had been to create Veritaserum bottles, but when I pulled out my resin, I found it had turned a bit yellow.  To hide the fact, I colored the resin with a mix of copper mineral makeup and a bit of gold Martha Stewart glitter.  The labels were created in Photoshop, and after trying and failing to attach them with Mod Podge, I finally gave in and used crystal clear "HD" packing tape.  They are finished with hemp twine, and a deep blue skull bead dangling from the side.  

And in case anyone wants to make one for themselves, here's the label!  Please feel free to use it to make ornaments for yourself and friends/family, but please do not use to create items you intend to sell.
213  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I Am Sherlocked Charm Bracelet on: November 25, 2012 06:53:43 AM
I have a confession to make...  Sigh....  I'm... Sherlocked.  I admit it.  Completely addicted to the  BBC show.  (Seriously, what would we do in the States without BBC America?)  So, in my very own grand tradition of turning all my loves and obsessions into charm bracelets, I give you my Sherlocked bracelet!

The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, crystal, and river shell in shades of jet black, smokey grey, clear, and slate blue.

The charms include a smiley face, Union Jack, laptop, scarf, 10 pence coin, microscope, Big Ben, bullet, violin, London cab, service pistol for John, umbrella, telephone booth, newspaper, mobile phone, skull, teapot & cup for Mrs. Hudson.

214  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dreaming of a White Christmas Charm Bracelet on: November 07, 2012 06:25:09 AM
Perhaps it's the Harry Potter Holiday Swap I just joined, but I'm already dreaming of Christmas this year.  I've been itching to decorate the house, make ornaments, and wrap presents.  (Most of which I finished crafting in July & August!)  So, in order to get more into the spirit, I whipped up a Christmas charm bracelet!

The charms include Christmas trees, snowflakes, Santa in his sleigh, trumpeting angel, bells, stockings, holly, December 25th calendar page, candy canes, Hope disk, reindeer, guardian angel, Santa and a present, and are surrounded by a mix of glass and crystal beads.


Hmm...  Maybe I'll need to create a Yule themed one too....
215  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / HP Bookmarks - Owl Post & Sorting Hat on: November 05, 2012 09:54:14 AM
I bought these lovely Hedwig & Sorting Hat charms a few weeks ago, but never got around to doing something with them.  They've been sitting on my craft table just mocking me since then, so yesterday I finally put together some fun bookmarks!  I really love how they turned out.  Especially the Owl Post one, with the Montana blue Swarovski crystals against the antiqued bronze metal.

Owl Post

Sorting Hat

216  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Quick & Easy Rainbow Scarf on: October 24, 2012 09:41:59 AM
The wonderful pinkleo kindly sent me a beautiful skein of yarn as an extra in the Back to Hogwarts 3 Swap, along with a lovely new wooden crochet hook.  I knew I wanted to make a scarf out of it.  Something that would work up quickly and easily (I just finished an afghan that took 2 months, so I wanted some instant gratification!).  It took just one lazy Saturday to complete.  I simply kept crocheting until I went through the rainbow twice.  Cheesy

The yarn is Bernat Mosaic in Psychadelic.  The pattern is free, and you can find it here:  http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Scarves/Easy-Fashion-Scarf#  The link includes both written instructions, as well as a video tutorial.  

217  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ancient Runes Bracelet with Semi-Precious Stones on: October 20, 2012 08:22:55 PM
It's no secret that I love to make charm bracelets.  Sometimes though, I make one that I am really pleased with.  This is one of those.  It was made for the very lovely pinkleo in the Back to Hogwarts Swap.  It was inspired by the subject of Ancient Runes taught at Hogwarts, but I wanted it to be really subtle and something she could wear with everyday clothing.

The charms include the runes for Happiness, Humanity, Inner Peace, Courage, Victory, Knowledge, Lifeforce, Luck, Strength, and Success.  The beads are all semi-precious stones including moonstone for passion, lapis lazuli for healing, garnet for success, rose quartz for love, cherry quartz, blueberry quartz for stress-relief, and amethyst for protection and wisdom.

And because I always like to make matching earrings whenever I can, I made a pair with cherry quartz and lapis.  Enjoy.  Smiley

218  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gryffin-ghan! on: October 20, 2012 07:42:13 PM
This is my first large-scale crochet project.  I've made scarves and dishcloths before, but never anything as big as an afghan.  It was a swap gift for the ever-wonderful pinkleo in the Back to Hogwarts Swap.  Despite the fact that she is a happy hooker with mad-crazy skills, I knew being the wonderful friend that she is, that she'd love it.  Thankfully she did, and I'm thrilled that's it has gone to such a good home. Cheesy 

The pattern is called the Cozy Man-ghan and is available free on the Caron website.  It is made of Caron Simply Soft in Black, Garnet & Maize.

219  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Longing for the Atlantic Charm Bracelet on: October 15, 2012 07:09:42 AM
Another charm bracelet to share with you today!  This one is themed around the ocean, and living off the ocean.  It features 18 nautical charms, including a treasure map, small ships wheel, fish hook, compass rose, row boat, captain at the wheel, seahorse, large anchor, sailing ship, life preserver, mermaid, large wheel, spyglass, anchor with rope, lighthouse, pirate ship, octopus, and an anchor disk. The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, jade, banded agate, river shell, and freshwater pearl disks, in shades of blue, sky, cyan, teal, turquoise, green, clear, and white.

220  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Few of Her Favorite Things Charm Bracelet on: October 15, 2012 07:05:16 AM
I've been making ever more charm bracelets in preparation for the holiday season.  This one is a bit different for me, in that it doesn't have a single theme.  It was made for a young woman who requested it include "all of her favorite things".  There are 16 mixed gold and silver charms, including two golden owls, two silver hearts, silver fangs, bottles of blue & white glitter, a silver wolf, a golden Ravenclaw eagle, a silver angel wing, Police Box, Eiffel Tower, dragon, mustache, golden book, and silver letter L. The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, turquoise, quartz, and crystal, in shades of night blue, violet, royal purple, light yellow, amber, and soft pink.  She wanted the colors to be reminiscent of the boat & lanterns scene from Tangled. 

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