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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Polymer Clay Owl Necklace... on: January 19, 2008 05:57:26 PM
I made the owl out of "hazelnut" polymer clay. I've never had anything I tried to "sculpt" come out so well! So, of course I had to share!

 Part of me now wishes I'd rubbed some black paint into it before baking...ohh well.....The eyes are gold-lined delicas poked in with a pin, and the findings are made by me.

Made for my "friend who is a boy" because he loves owls, and is extremely hard to shop for.

Tried to "sign" the back with a bunny...and put a little swarovski in it...turned out pretty messy...

The whole necklace...not quite finished yet bc I want to make it exactly the length he wants:

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bat shirts for my brother - Variations on a theme. on: January 06, 2008 11:39:34 AM
So, my brother ripped down this halloween decoration in his high school and casually mentioned that he wanted to make a shirt of it (and had just gotten a package of boring white undershirts for Christmas), but didn't have any iron-on transfer paper...
I told him that stuff was for sissies!

So we made these last night:


(this one is my favorite!) I used the inside of one of the cut-out stencils to make a jagged outline, then went back and filled in the inner portion free-hand to make it "splotchy" on the inside of the lines. The eyes were stenciled also, but not ironed down.

And my brother wearing the last one...we both think it looks kind of like the "Mothman" from the "Mothman Prophecies" movie. (He wasn't happy about being a model)

All the standard freezer paper stencil, Liquitex "ivory black" acrylic I have lying around from an art class I took in college, and "cadmium red" Winsor Newton which still isn't completely dry after 12+ hours.

I don't have scans of the stencils because they were traced/ edited freehand, but I can make some scans in a few days if anyone cares for them! Smiley

I kind of want to try bigger more graphical versions of these...but first I have to get more shirts! Comments/criticism is always appreciated!  Grin
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / pearl bracelets, shell & pearl necklace on: June 27, 2006 04:20:17 PM
I made the first and third one today, and finally got around to taking pictures. I think I need to get a necklace display at least, my mom's car is a good, but hardly outstanding model, LOL.

I am probably going to attempt to sell these at the store where I work, I was thinking about $15-$20 for the bracelet, and probably $25-$30 for the necklace bc that chain is semi-expensive, although I haven't done the exact math yet. What do you think?

Higher resolution & more pictures can be found in my LJ Scrapbook here: http://pics.livejournal.com/properlyjaded/gallery/000046b5

I love this necklace and it's asymmetry...I think a mermaid might wear it.

With headpins I made (sooo sooo annyoing):

With headpins I bought(I decided to keep my sanity!):
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Ancient" necklace/earrings set on: May 29, 2006 01:03:53 PM
I recently got the book "Bead on a Wire" so I could learn to be better at wire work, and was very inspired by her lovely pieces, and quite informed by her detailed instructions on even the most simple things.

So here is what I came up with: the earrings, then the necklace were made in an afternoon and an evening;  my hand hurts a lot from the pliers I borrowed from my dad bc my sister took my jewelry pliers to school, lol. They remind me of ancient jewelry I've seen in museums.

Everything except the ear wires (which i bought separately) is made from 16 gauge copper wire I had lying around for the purpose of practicing, and I used almost an entire spool, which even I find hard to believe. The beads are glass beads from a bead assortment Costco had like 6 years ago. I hammered the wire a bit flatter where I could, but it went all slinky-ish when I did that. I think it would work better with a thicker gauge, and possibly using square wire would make it easier. Note: jumprings are really tedious to make.

Enough of my babbling...what do you think?

Earrings: (modeled by my mom's van)

Necklace: (also modeled by the van)
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Loomed pink and blue seed-bead roses on: January 21, 2006 11:06:44 PM
This has been on my mind since before Thanksgiving, unfortunately being a senior in college got in the way. Now I'm a student teacher and have a little more time, and so I was able to work on this. Finished it in 3 sittings, but was working on it for over a week in all. I started it in square stitch and abandoned that after about 20 rows, I might go back, but it was taking wayy too long.

Yes, it is still on the loom, too tired to cut it off.

It is not *quite* finished, but I'm unsure as to whether it ever will be. I wanted to work the edges of the petals off the loom so they would stick out from the main band, but it may prove too frustrating for me right now, lol. I got really annoyed with the criss-cross design I started the background of the bracelet with, and it sort of disentegrated into nothingness. But that's ok, after all, it's the bottom of the bracelet that isn't for show anyway! lol...I also wanted to do 3 roses, but it is already 6 inches long, and I notoriously make bracelets too long, so I decided to quit while I was ahead.

About the pattern: I got it from this site http://www.beaddancing.com, although I did modify it a little bit, I did not really make the pattern...I wish I could design a pattern like that!

And now its time for bed! What do you think?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Freshwater & glass pearl bracelets for Xmas presents on: January 04, 2006 07:07:58 PM
So I had to come up with some unexpected presents:

This one is for my best friend's mom, she started it all. Since it was the first one I made I had plenty of all 6 colors I started with, so I guess hers is the "deluxe" one...She says she hopes the pearls bring her luck in Atlantic City!

I think it's my favorite, I like that fading back and forth between the light and dark shades the best...It is done in one row of right-angle weave, and I need to get a pearl reamer, those holes were so small it was hard even to get the thread in twice on some of them...On this one I used a magnetic clasp, and I think I made it a little bit too long, which I always seem to do on bracelets.
 The darkest shade is dyed, the rest are natural colors ranging from mauve to very light peach.

And these are the rest (in no particular order):

I'm basically out of pearls now, unfortunately, so I had to branch out into the glass pearls & other stuff I happened to have. The ones with wire are done on sterling silver wire, almost five feet of it total. The one to the farthest right has a glass pearl for the clasp, the rest are larger freshwater pearls. I did these all by hand, It took almost 3 days total between interruptions, and that stupid having to go to work thing.

I've only given 2 of these to their intendeds so far...this break is just whizzing by and I am sooo not looking forward to student teaching next semester!!! my coop teacher is kinda being a bitch..! Anyway, I hope you like them! I hope to soon try multi-row ones, but that requires more money for more pearls, lol!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Green net necklace on: August 19, 2005 09:03:42 PM
This is a netted neclace, I got the instructions from this site: http://www.homestead.com/EagleSpiritUK/BeadWorkTutorials.html

There is a single 8mm freshwater pearl in the center of this necklace. I made it as a present for my friend's wedding that I did not get to attend, I still haven't given it to her, she's vegan, are pearls vegan?

Detail of the pearl:
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Red Milifiori glass & Freshwater Pearl Bracelet on: August 19, 2005 08:48:00 PM
 I got the red beads in the $1 section at Target earlier this summer, I got the freshwater pearls from Michaels, and the sterling silver wire from Fire Mountain. I made the bracelet this afternoon before work and then came home and made the ring to go with it....I'm really obsessed with pearls lately...

And an action shot! (my hand looks really weird, huh?)

Comments are always very appreciated!! Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Lavender Beaded Necklace on: May 19, 2005 09:14:55 AM
I made this necklace & earrings set as a wedding present of sorts for my friend Diane who is getting married this Saturday! (I can't go because I have to work). Made mostly with size 10 seed beads. I haven't given it to her yet...I hope she likes it!!

(Displayed on the sushi plate I use as a tray for beads, hehe)

I got the base instructions for a Chevron chain from a book I have, and added the flower drop embellishments as a variation. I'm not sure if I really like the earrings, but I think they at least match pretty well. I'm also exceedingly pleased that it came out as well as it did-because I have no money to buy beads at the moment, I ended up using those Darice beads that aren't very uniformly sized, and always need the paint poked out of the middle, which was really annoying, it's particularly bad with that color for some reason.

I was getting really frustrated while beading it, I just put on acrylic tips because I am a serial nail biter and even though they're very short as tips go, I was having the worst time holding the beadwork and keeping a good thread tension. I ended up having to go back through with more thread and reinforce it. Maybe I just need more practice, most of my beading has been loom or peyote.

What do you guys think? Wink
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Leather Jacket for a G3 "My Little Pony" on: April 02, 2005 06:59:08 PM
I wasn't sure which forum to post this in...However I think it fits "clothing" the best...

I sewed this Jacket to go with my custom pony "Firebird II" because it makes her look much more like a badass. Smiley For more of an authentic look I embroidered zippers on the "front" and on the sleeves with silver embroidery thread which is incredibly annoying, and kept fraying. I made the jacket out of actual leather from a very very old glove inherited from my Aunt. The whole leather-sewing experience was quite eye-opening, it was a lot harder to work with than I originally thought it'd be....I'm sorry the picture isn't very good, I gave this pony to a friend as a gift, and I don't have her anymore.

I think she looks very very happy with her jacket. And quite stylish too.
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