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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Two new necklaces :) on: June 17, 2016 02:42:00 AM
Hey there everyone  Cheesy
I have been a bit quiet lately, having had some medical/physical issues which caused me to slow down the scissor run, to a slow careful walk with my scissors. (I love that little joke here, on top of the page, lol, I always have an internal visual of frantically running people with scissors).

At the moment, because of great help, I am feeling a bit more energetic and started making things again.
A Peridot/Amethyst necklace, because I really love that combination of stones. Such a fresh green of peridot, and then the warm purple of this amethyst stone. It reminds me of springtime, fresh leaves forming and flowerbuds. Springtime makes me happy because I love to warch everything grow and change.
So here is my happy springtime necklace Smiley

I also made this labradorite one, I have been searching for this shape (stone) for a while because I think its awesome Smiley. It reminds me of fantasy fairy tales, Lord of the Rings like movies. To me its a bit fairy like, slightly reminds me of magical stories and magical personalities inside the stories.

Just wanted to share these with you Smiley sorry for the overly personal note in this topic, but I am soaking in a cheerful and hopeful mood and just needed to share some of that.  Cheesy
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Purple amethyst on: April 16, 2016 07:59:43 AM
I just finished this necklace, its simple (I know Smiley), but I loved the stone so much that I wanted to show it. Its a purple amethyst, but a much deeper color then what I usually find. It was love at first sight Tongue  Cheesy

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Olive wood and Onyx on: March 09, 2016 11:02:22 PM
I have been playing with the idea to combine gemstones with wood. I love woodworking and had this really nice piece of olivewood that I found, ready to be shaped into something.
Wood has a soft look, and usually a warm color, gemstones are hard and have some shine. I decided it would be interesting to combine a cool colored gemstone (as in a color that is not warm), with the warmth of the wood. Maybe grey/blue-ish.

So I cut my olive wood into a drop, and shaped a hole into it that I sanded for ages Tongue, until it all had rounded and smooth edges. And then even further, first with a 120 grid, then finer and finer until 800 and 1000.
When that was done I drilled a tiny angled hole from the top to the hole in the wood where the gemstone was going to be.
Before placing the silver and gemstone, I used a special type of oil to rub the wood with. It gives a silky glow and makes the colors brighter. It also protects the wood from water.
When you wait long enough (couple of weeks) the oil will harden and will not stain clothes etc anymore. Like oil in oil paints, those harden as well if you wait long enough.

When the oil had hardened I fastened the gemstone into the wood, I had forgotten that I wanted a cool color  Cheesy so I placed an Onyx (next time a cool color!  Grin). I thought the black looked beautiful with the silver. The silver is coated with a special type of coating that is made for this, so that the oxidation process will not happen so horribly fast. Wood can cause silver to oxidize more quickly. So that is why it had to be protected a bit.

And here is the result, a lot of work! But I enjoy working with wood so who cares.  Cheesy
Its 3 cm x 2 cm.

I just noticed a little dust dot on it, should have taken the time to blow it off before photographing it  Cheesy
I wonder if a moonstone would be nice, or a labradorite cabochon.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / The best flush cutter on: March 04, 2016 05:38:40 AM
Hey there,
I am out to look for a new flush cutter as my old one is not as precise anymore.
I would like to find one that cuts really nicely, very flush so to say Tongue (English is not my first language, so I hope people understand what I mean).
The more precise the flush side is, the better, because its easier for soldering when the cut is really straight.

So, to other jewelry makers out here, which flush cutter do you like best? What would you recommend?

A big thank you in advance!  Wink
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting (tiny) on: March 02, 2016 08:20:19 AM
I recently made this aceo sized miniature. I painted it with oil paints.
I do not paint a lot anymore, but every once in a while I have the guts to start something small.
I painted the oak leave in this one because of its symbolism, maybe I will use an oak as inspiration next time as well. Smiley

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Moonstone and labradorite jewelry on: March 02, 2016 06:50:40 AM
I am in love with making jewelry out of moonstones and labradorites. I guess its cheesy, because so many people love them. But the colors that they have just stick in my head and when I am doing random every day things they pop up and make me wonder what next I want to make. lol Smiley I guess its addictive. Even when I am painting, I am looking for ways to create this color shimmer in the painting. It reminds me of the northern lights a bit, and of magic.
These two where the last two I made.

I found three new stones that are like these, so I am thinking about how to use them. They are nice and long so I was wondering if it would be nice to make a teardrop shape out of silver, and fit/set the stone into it.
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Problems with drilling a hole into glass (breaks after a couple of days) on: April 22, 2015 03:44:56 AM
Hey there,
I am hoping that there is someone here that can tell me more about how to solve the following problem.

I have been drilling holes into my glass pendants (microwave kiln) with my new small rotary tool and diamond bits.
I put it in some water and drill very gently and take a long time to do it right.
It works very well and holes look clean and I think it looks lovely and natural when I finish the piece with cord.
But, even though it looks good at first, after a few days suddenly a big crack appears and  the pieces break in two.

So right after drilling everything seems fine and whole, and after a couple of days it suddenly breaks. It has happened to 3 of the 6 pieces I have drilled so far Sad which is a lot.
This dolphin one for example broke without a clear reason (it was just sitting on the table) after 4 days:

Before, there was no crack visible in any way, and it just looked sturdy and whole. I was very happy with it.

I would be so happy if anyone can tell me what it is that I am doing wrong, I just love to use cord instead of a stick on bail. So can I drill holes without having the pieces break? If yes, how can I improve my ways? Smiley (a big thank you in advance Smiley)
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / painted pendant (wood and oils) on: April 15, 2015 11:23:58 PM
Recently I made this new pendant with oil paints. I thought it would be fun to start making tiny garden/spring scenes.
This time I added a slightly bigger bail then I usually do, because I wanted a thick cotton cord in it. I do not want to use leather or silk, so I had to search a bit for something nice, but cotton cord proves to be very pretty Smiley so thats great! I was thinking about searching for a green cord, to make it remind even more of spring and nature.

Next one might be one with spring flowers. Smiley

I am doing all of these tiny oil painting pieces because I want to push myself to start painting again, I got nervous about it and stopped. So I am hoping that making it small and showing it to people will help to have the guts again to make bigger paintings. (also doing ATC's lol Smiley)
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Fused glass and painted tree on: April 01, 2015 02:23:44 AM

Hey there everyone ^_^
I just finished a new pendant yesterday. I still make trees a lot, so again a tree (sorry, just have this fascination for them Smiley)
Its size is 5 cm x 2.5 cm and I was wondering if that is too big? What do you guys think?
I myself wear smaller jewelry usually, but I do know people that like it bigger. So I am hoping that its just right Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Recycled wine box on: February 16, 2015 04:34:04 AM

Hey there!
A while ago I came to the conclusion that we had a lot of old wine boxes in the garage, and that the wood looked kind of interesting. So I took one, destroyed it Sad, but then sanded all the wood smooth and silky ^_^, coated it with linseed oil (because it is a non-toxic way of sealing wood). I had the thought of painting a tree on the old wood, because  Cheesy, then at least people will remember what it used to be. I used oil paints and more linseed oil.

"The memory of wood" Smiley
What do you think? I did not paint a bark structure because I wanted the natural wood lines to stay visible.
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