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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hair and Bug Jewellery - Gross! on: March 03, 2008 09:00:50 PM
So, I've printed some hair (some people might have seen some more standard leaves and lace I posted last week...) And both experimental hair earring pairs sold at a fair on the weekend. I was somewhat surprised.
Here's one pair:

This is a print of my son's hair... I might mess about with trying to do straight lines, cross-hatching etc.

And then the other day I was walking home in the rain when I found a dead cicada half squashed onto the ground. It had intact wings, and I had an idea....

Icky, but beautiful... Might try to do some more, when my stomach has recovered. I've never been one for pulling the wings of anything. Blurgh! Undecided
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More tiny silver people, and a new tool! on: February 24, 2008 04:26:16 PM
I posted some little silver people on swings earrings last year, and said I'd post the next lot of people when I'd finished... Here they are. They are made of sterling wire, which is only 1mm wide. There's about 40 tiny soldered joins - which would normally do my head in, but when I made this it was actually fun!

Also, recently I was given a rolling mill on long term long. If a nice new mill is a porsche, this is a 1960s mini with bits falling off Undecided. Still, it seems to do the trick, more or less, and lets me print nifty things on metal. Like leaves...

And the lace from an underpants factory my Grandma worked in in the 1950s. After I printed with the lace I tucked it into the back of the pendant. This is the third one of these I've made. (All slightly different.) My mum and my friend each got one for xmas.

I'm also messing about with printing hair. Will post some of those later... Wink
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Matchstick Man Earrings.... on: November 25, 2007 10:34:35 PM
In a moment of strange insomniac inspiration I was visited by these little dudes, just asking to be made.
They were as fiddly as )#$%, but rather satisfying.... I can just imagine dudes on slides, dudes on merry-go-rounds, little dudes on a necklace all holding hands. The possibilities are endless.

They are all sterling silver, and very, very swingy...

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Any spinners in Wellington? on: November 11, 2007 04:02:21 PM
I've just inherited a spinning wheel - and have no idea how to drive it. If there's anyone out there who would be able to give me a driving lesson, I would love to learn. In exchange I can make you a cool piece of jewellery (check etsy link below) or help you make your own silver something...

Any takers?

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Screaming Green Scarf on: November 08, 2007 09:23:07 PM
I just bought my first-ever skein of handspun yarn (from hobbledehoy on etsy) and I love it. It's screaming, neon green with lots of other bits and pieces, including sparkly stuff. It turned up here (New Zealand) the same day the Daisy stitch scarf was on the Hot New Topics. That stitch was perfect for this...

It's really bright. It's just as well I live in a place with lots of oddly dressed people... I love it, and want to get some more of her yarn soon.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Heart Necklace... on: November 08, 2007 09:07:12 PM
I got stuck on a train, and used the time to actually plan my project... Usually I just sit at my desk and hack away, but unsurprisingly I suppose, planning seems to be a good thing Wink. I'm going to try to plan and draw more often...

The whole things is sterling, which has been oxidised, other than one window which is 9ct gold, and the arm and leg, which were cut off an old brass brooch. It's about 1/2 inch (7mm) deep.

I'm going to be keeping this one...
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet Felted Hat on: July 29, 2006 07:50:38 PM
Just finished this kid's hat for a friend's son's birthday... It's done around a balloon, with bits of random fabric felted in. I've always wondered what would happen if the balloon burst when you poured the water on it, and this time I found out. If you make a small hole in the wool, you can put in another uninflated balloon, and blow it up inside the wool and pantyhose. I was very relieved, and my kids didn't learn any more swear words than the ones they already know. (Always a risk with creative projects...)

My daughter is modelling... Her head isn't quite big enough to fill it up!
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felt Blanket on: June 09, 2006 02:36:49 AM
I recently had FIVE whole days without my two- and four-year olds. This meant I could lay out an enormous blanket on our living room floor, and leave it there for as long as it took. (This is of huge significance... usually I have about 2 hours, tops...) It took about one hour to lay out the white, about 2 more to do the black, and lots of spit to hold it together... I know that urine is traditional, but well, and about 3 hours of stomping, rolling and rubbing. Fantastic.

I made a blanket from black and white wool, which were the only colours I had to hand, a bit of a rip-off of a Donna Karan thing I saw on the internet. I used the biggest matchstick blind available in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and by the time it shrunk it still wasn't big enough for my bed. So I cheated and bought thick wool blanketing to add a foot on to each side. It is warm and scrummy, and just ready for a knockout winter over here.

Let me know what you think!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sterling Necklace - Leaf Me Bee on: May 15, 2006 07:16:51 PM
Hi, I've been making jewellery for about 8 months, and selling at fairs and in some shops, but this is my first post.
I made this to try to deal with a broken heart... and then I cried until my eyes were swollen shut. It's got chrysoprase, peridot, green sapphire, tourmaline and brass bits.

I think it's quite pretty, but not as beautiful as he is...

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