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1  Tons of new stuff (13 pics) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: May 28, 2008 10:10:59 AM
So for my and my friend's senior project at school, we collaborated and made a line of jewelry and some accessory-type things.  I'm really proud of how it all turned out, and I wanted to share. 

A different angle of the bangle

Here is a hairclip with the picture taken from the front

And from the back

This is a small fortune cookie change purse.  The fortune reads "in bed"

Here it is from the back with the zipper opened, showing the houndstooth lining

Thank you so much for looking.  Comments and criticisms are always appreciated!
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2  Red Hot Prom Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: May 05, 2008 08:30:31 AM
I don't think this dress requires a lot of explanation.  I made it with a McCall's pattern (I don't remember the pattern number) with some variations.  It was supposed to be about knee-length, but I decided that I won't have too many occasions in life where it is appropriate to wear a floor-length red silk dress, so I might as well take advantage of this one  Grin .  Also, I accidentally added a little wrinkly bit on the sash part, which I then ended up really liking, so I kept it.  Oh, and I don't have any pictures of the back, but I crossed the straps.  On to the awkward preprom pictures   Wink .

Full length shot (I'm the one in the red):

This one sort of shows a close-up of the bodice:

And just for fun...:

Comments always appreciated!
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3  a teeny-tiny brain in Needlework: Completed Projects by nomorebs on: March 24, 2008 09:12:17 PM
Because I'm a (not so) closeted nerd, I have a total fascination with the brain, how it works, etc.  So, this is an embroidery that I did that will eventually be part of a piece of jewelry.  Because it's going to be on a necklace, it had to be pretty small, which was hard for me because this is only the second real embroidery project that I've ever done, so I had some trouble with the details.  However, I am happy with the results and can't wait for my supplies to arrive in the mail to make it into a pendant.

And now, on to my one picture that I was able to take before my camera ran out of batteries.  The picture is with a dime for size reference.

Thanks for looking!
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4  fortune cookie change purse (4 pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: March 04, 2008 06:45:26 PM
So ever since I made a little fortune cookie out of Sculpey, I've been a little obsessed with the shape.  I don't know why, but I just think that they're the cutest things ever!  Anyway, I decided to branch out and try using felt to make it, originally intending to make a little plushie thing.  Instead, I decided to make a little purse.  This one doesn't really hold that much, because it's very small, but it's enough to hold a little spare change for the laundromat/parking meter/etc.  I was trying to come up with what to embroider for the end of the fortune (I was going to do lucky numbers) when I thought of that game of adding "in bed" to the end of any fortune cookie fortune.  If you've never tried it, do it sometime.  Instant comedy.  Anyway, so because I have the sense of humor of a thirteen-year old boy, I decided to embroider "in bed" onto the end of the fortune sheet.  OK, enough talk.  Here are some pictures. 

^with my hand for scale

^close-up of the fortune

^trying to show the houndstooth lining (scraps from the dress that I'm working on)

As always, any comments would be appreciated.  Thanks for looking!

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5  Check out mah bling in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: December 25, 2007 02:12:55 PM
So this is a ring that I made for a four-week jewelry-making/metal arts course that I did over the summer.  Obviously, I'm a little slow in putting up pictures.  The assignment was to make a site-specific piece, as in something that was really specific to a certain part of the body.  Well, I'd been wanting to do something like this ring for a while, so I basically did a pretty good job at bullshitting an artistic connection, saying that it was specific to the finger on which one wears an engagement ring (left hand?  I always forget.  Luckily I'm young, so it won't matter to me for a while), and that it spoke to the question of materialism vs. natural beauty.  I guess I was thinking about these things, but mostly I just wanted to make a big-ass fake diamond ring.   Wink

Anyway, you're probably tired of my long background, so here's some pictures.

Sorry that the pictures aren't that great.  I'll post more once my new photography equipment comes in the mail. 

The prongs, "diamond" backing ,and the ring itself are all made from sterling silver.  The diamond is made from a really pretty blue and white patterned plate that I got for 50 cents at a garage sale.  I took it outside and carefully smashed it with a mallet.  After drawing the outline of the shape I wanted in sharpie, I used a wet sander to shape it.  The wet sander was basically terrifying, especially as the shape got smaller and closer to my fingers.  But I was sacrificing for my art, and I was fine.  Then, to get the black lines around the outside and to create the diamond effect on the surface of the glazed ceramic, I used a sand-blaster to create texture where I wanted the lines to go.  Then, I used a black sharpie and colored over the whole piece.  When I rubbed it off with a towel, the ink disappeared very quickly from the smooth areas and clung to the textured lines.  I then attached the diamond to the ring using the exaggerated prongs.

I meant for the ring to be more just artistic and cool than truly functional, as I'm not sure that I would ever really wear something that size.  But even though I wouldn't wear it, I love it because it's my baby and I spent a ton of time and energy on it.  So, it sits on display in my house so that I can excitedly show it off to people who come over (with an air of non-chalance, of course).   Cheesy
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6  new resin pendant (2 pics) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: May 07, 2007 01:30:52 PM
Here's my newest pendant made with these really cool tiny silver spheres that I bought in the scrapbooking aisle of Michael's.  I'm planning on putting it on a pretty beaded necklace, but for now it's just on my crappy piece of black cord that I always wear Cheesy

Comments and criticisms welcomed!
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7  success! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: February 21, 2007 07:27:20 PM
So after experimenting with my new epoxy resin for a couple weeks, I finally managed to make a pendant that I'm happy with.  And I love it  Grin.  It's just a clear pendant with red seed beads suspended inside strung on two strands with different types of blue beads.  So, here are some pictures.

and to give some idea of what it looks like on

Comments appreciated!
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8  A Dress From January (slightly image heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: February 21, 2007 07:18:41 PM
So, as you may have guessed from the title, it has taken me quite a while to post this dress.  I made it originally for my a capella group's winter concert, since I have to wear black and white and I wanted something pretty Cheesy.  So, using some pattern (I don't remember which), I made this.  Unfortunately, these are not the most flattering pictures of the fit of it since I have not yet mastered the self-timer on my digital camera, resulting in some awkward poses.  Anyway, on to the pictures.

aaand spinny

Hope you like it, and comments are appreciated.
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9  raindrops keep falling on my head... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: January 19, 2007 07:42:55 PM
Alright, so technically there are just lightning bolts and umbrellas but no raindrops on this shirt, but it seemed relevant enough.  I had the idea for this shirt for a long time, and I finally made it as a birthday present for my friend.  I love it, and I was really happy because she really liked it.  Anyway, here it is.  Sorry for the not-so-great pictures.

The shirt:

Detail of some of the (purposely) messy stitching:

Comments welcome.
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10  spoooooon (necklace) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nomorebs on: October 21, 2006 04:28:12 PM
Well, the title pretty much says it all.  I was inspired to make this pendant/necklace while thrifting.  I originally wanted the spoon part to be silver-colored, but I didn't pay attention to the material of the spoon itself, so the flame made it all cool-colored, and now i love it Grin.  This picture is pretty crappy, for some reason I couldn't find good light anywhere, so I'll add more when I get around to it.  Oh, yeah, and it doesn't actually have that weird orangeish ring around the stone, I don't know why the camera did that.  Comments and criticisms welcome.
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