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1  Re: J&T Challenge 3: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Apricot_Tarts on: April 07, 2011 10:53:38 AM
Yep, the bulkiness issue was a challenge!
I first layered the three organza pieces and sewed them together along the top. I inserted the pearl and leaf chain in between the first and second organza pieces and sewed them in place. Then I sewed a jump ring so that half of it peaked over the top of the organza layers. I then sewed another strip of organza perpendicular to the earrings near the top.

(don't you love my dope paint skills?)

I wrapped the perpendicular organza piece around the top of the earrings a few times, tucked the end in and sewed it down. I slipped the jump ring through the earring hooks and ta-da!
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2  J&T Challenge 3: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Apricot_Tarts on: April 07, 2011 10:09:48 AM
I first watched the movie Labyrinth when I was a child, and I was totally enchanted. I loved the magic, the adventure, the friendships, and (in my teen years) David Bowie! I re-watched the film recently and was struck by Sarah's very 80s, but very beautiful masquerade ball getup. Her hairpiece is especially pretty and I wanted to recreate it in the form of earrings.

I bundled together silvery organza ribbon, wire wrapped pearls, rock quartz and sterling silver leaves. They're quite long and sway and sparkle very prettily.

It was really hard to get a nice photo of the earrings on Sad
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3  Pressed Flowers and Flamenco Dancer Collage Cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Apricot_Tarts on: March 04, 2011 09:23:45 AM
Hi everyone!

I made these collage cards for my friends a while back, using pressed lilac flowers, magazine cutouts, stickers and my own photos.

I'm quite new to collage making, and I used mod podge to glue and 'varnish' the images. The blank cards I affixed everything to ended up a bit wrinkled and wavy on the edges. Is there a way to avoid this, perhaps by using a different product to varnish the finished product? I like printing out photos I've taken to make the cards more personal, so I'm also worried about bleeding (I have an inkjet printer).

Card 1 Front:

Card 1 Inside (hehe sorry about the crazy looking blurred faces!):

Card 1 Back:

Card 2 Front:

Thanks for looking!

P.S. All the projects on this board are beautiful!
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4  Wire-Wrapped Gemstone Barrettes/Hair Clips in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Apricot_Tarts on: February 26, 2011 05:29:16 PM
I made a couple of jewelled barrettes by wire-wrapping peridot rondelles, garnet rounds and pearls with base-metal wire. I especially like the peridot and garnet one - it's so sparkly and it's a bit retro because of the checker-board pattern.

It was a bit difficult getting the wire around the underside of the barrettes, but it think they turned out nicely Smiley
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