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1  When classwork is fun to do and hard to quit... photo obese... (metal work) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pumperthedinosaur on: July 23, 2008 10:59:15 AM
I've taken a metal arts class and run with it.  I can't stop... it's bordering on obsession, it's just a shame I've got to wait to accumulate all the nifty toys I want so I can do all of this from the comfort of my own home...  These are a few of the pieces I still have in my possession, in no particular order.

This one I call "Deer in the Headlights."  Copper and sterling silver with enameled "headlights."  I love this cuff...

A copper, silver, and dinosaur bone pendant.  Cold joined with rivets, and the petals and leaves don't touch the silver part except where the edges are - you can't tell from the photo, but it's dimensional...

"Albie" cuff, named after my grandpa, Albert.  Silver and jasper.  He's got a little scar on his brow from being melted (I wasn't focused on the task at hand, boo).

"Viola" brooch, named after my grandma-the-great.  She started out as a husk from a pecan and a smashed up acorn top that I re-configured and held together with wax, cast and burned out.  Silver and amethyst.

"If Only," inspired by the idea that I'd like to emerge one day knowing who I am and what I'll be - if only it were as easy as climbing out of a cocoon...  This guy won me a spot in a Teacher and Protege show and also won me a nice little prize in my school's art show *grins* (horn tooting concluded).

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2  Red Squirrel Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pumperthedinosaur on: July 22, 2008 11:43:26 PM
This is my Leopold.  He's a hand-cut copper pendant, about 2"x2", give or take a bit of tail.  I really love the look of copper when it starts to oxidize, but these pictures are after he was freshly polished... it irks me that I can see my camera on his surface in the first picture....

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3  Re: foc swap 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pumperthedinosaur on: July 02, 2006 02:44:22 PM
ho-ly shneikies, my foc is awesome!  I came home to find a great package of stash goodness and an apron (which i needed) and some lovely kanzashi flowers!

Here's hubs being (kind of) a good sport and letting me get a picture of him in my new spiffy apron while the sun poked out for a minute and my head was covered in dye...

I wish I could properly express my giddyness at everything here - yarn's something I never really buy for myself as it's pretty much already given away as I buy it for projects, so I really appreciate it!  I've been wanting to dye my own yarn for ages and I'd recently lost an auction for some recycled silk, but no worries, my secret (and perhaps psychic?) foc saved the day!   The Sublime Stitching patterns are the "om sweet om" and "china town" along with some flour sack towels for my embroidering pleasure and kanzashi flowers with cute button centers that I adore!

Thank you, foc!!!!!!
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4  Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by pumperthedinosaur on: June 20, 2006 03:04:15 PM
well, i just clip a barrete or bobby pin a flower (almost said safety pin, which seems more appropriate sometimes...) where my hair *used* to part on the side - not really to hold any hair back, but just to sit there and be pretty.  i've just adopted a theory that if it doesn't look the way i intended for it to, i still tell myself i did it on purpose - just rock it like you mean it! 
this terrible photo was a few months ago, not even at it's shortest - but you get the idea where i'd set something.
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5  Re: foc swap 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pumperthedinosaur on: June 19, 2006 06:43:08 PM
also with the loving of the cups and that felted portrait is so sweet!

I got my second package (probably saturday, but I've been out of town, sorry FOC!), and I love flowers!!  all my stuff so far's been floral, and my FOC showed some concern, but worry not!  (and I haven't gone back to a purse since I got my wristlet!)

I got a lovely skirt in one of my favorite color combos (turquoise and brown) and a needle roll complete with a set of knitting needles with handpainted ends!
all together, my daughter took the picture, so for once i'm not to blame!!  i wasn't ready, i moved and she moved - so it's a blur, but you can see how the skirt fits (and matches my flip-flops).

the great needle roll (so pretty)

inside, with a close up of the ends of the needles

close up of the great fabric for the skirt (the less than white parts are really blue)

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6  Re: CUFF SWAP ROUND 2!!!! in The Swap Gallery by pumperthedinosaur on: June 19, 2006 06:21:24 PM
I recieved from diosaperdida this afternoon, scared the mailman - he came while I was bleaching my hair -_-.

first of all, I admire her art, she's got a wonderful talent and now I have a little piece of it!

it's a tiny painting on a crochet cuff with some beading.  I love it and it's soo soft and comfy to wear!
(sorry it's such a blurry photo - and I took a photo of the whole thing, but it was worse)
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7  Re: Fill A Coin Purse Round 5 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by pumperthedinosaur on: June 13, 2006 02:22:35 PM
oooh, that box is so lovely.  are the fish embroidered?

on a side note, here's what I sent Morning Star.

all together it's a tiny purse, a felt stuffy key ring, some kiddy-style barretes, and a polyclay penguin named Peitrovich the Purturbed.  also not pictured is a tin of lip gloss, candy, and 3 things of polyclay in penguin colors.

mice  (it's a little he-mouse courting a little she-mouse) and cupcakes

coinpurse and keyring thing.
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8  Re: Fill A Coin Purse Round 5 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by pumperthedinosaur on: June 08, 2006 08:53:17 AM
I recieved from morningstar - the package was really damaged and the guts were falling out when I pulled it out of my mailbox, boo.  but i'm soo pleased!  she spoiled me with hair goodies and now i feel bad about just filling her tiny coinpurse with a few accessories.... -_-

Inside the lovely pink coinpurse were some mints in a tiny Hello Kitty tin, some Keroppi Friendship Cards (like business cards, but cute), a chunk of the pink asian print fabric (same as the coinpurse), a macrame bracelet and keychain, and a TON of hair products - samples for me and my hubby, and a tube texture cream and a jar of texture taffy just for me! 
Actual objects are not blurry in real life:
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9  Re: Menstrual Care Package Swap #2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pumperthedinosaur on: June 06, 2006 09:46:54 AM
I recieved from laminathegreat!  first, the package that gave me the screaming munchies.

and inside it:  2 Diva Cup pouches green and PUL purple,  a plaid PUL bag that i've already put to work,  a fleece heating pad that smells sooooo good (it's filled with rice and lavender from her mom's garden!), 2 panty liners, an already opened (by me and daughter) bag of HUGS.  And a Coco flavored yerba mate blend....  what have i been thinking drinking my mate plain all this time?!?!  this stuff is wonderful!!

AAAAND, Princess Uterus!  lamina wrote, "because everyone needs an anatomically incorrect uterus plushy"  My daughter has adopted her as her own and dubbed her Princess Clover of Uterus...  they had a sleepover lastnight, boy, are those girls rowdy!

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10  Re: foc swap 3 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pumperthedinosaur on: June 05, 2006 08:45:15 PM
thank you, secret foc, for my lovely wristlet  in the lovely fabric - and my daughter carries her new jordy everywhere!  I was hoping for action shots, but i have the least cooperative camera!

i love it, it's just the right size for me not to fill up with all the gunky junk (like plastic spoons .... in case i find some pudding) i tend to fill my other bags with!

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