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11  Tons of Resin Pendants (a lil pic chubby) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by CohesiveChaos on: July 24, 2009 07:53:43 PM
It's been a while since I sat down and played with resin.  I love it as an art form as there is so much space in such a little space to express creativity.  

A miriad of stuff went into each pendant to give them the look they have, I hope you'll enjoy viewing them.  Comments and such appreciated (they feed the creative monster inside, lol)

Probably one of my favorites I love the stark contrasts present.

Words to live by we should all try this I think Smiley

Wish you were here postage style cancellation in heart.  

Believe in the Dragonfly I love the colors here especially.

These were liberating pieces I took my poetry and cut it up and divided it between a number of different hearts.

Time for love I like how this one appears to be melting up Smiley

Additional pendants (I liked the lighting I got better in the pre finished stages) can be seen in this blog post:  Fresh from the molds

I have a few more pieces I'm working on now that are inspired by collage pages I've seen over the years will post them possibly after they are done Smiley
Thanks for looking!
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12  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by CohesiveChaos on: July 17, 2009 11:53:21 PM
I received from my wonderful partner seamlessgem she went with my organic/fluid shapes. I wish you could see it in person it's absolutely stunning the contrast between the crazy quilting and the organic fluidity of the black swirls, and the beautiful textures and variations in colors here.  She amply named it "HeadSpin".

I put additional photos on my blog http://aprilsjunk.com/?p=279 (I think there are 7 of them there)  but a few are shown below as well.  Thank you so much gem!

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13  Skull Punk Applique purse and 2 wallets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CohesiveChaos on: July 13, 2009 07:26:06 PM
I am trying hard to bust my stash down to a more reasonable level (so that I can justify buying new stash lol)

here is one purse I've finished and 2 little wallets

Two wallets loosely based off a tutorial I saw on here though I decided to use piping and turn them rather than bind them and use snaps instead of velcro.  also did my own size but essentially the shape of the flap is based off the video tute I saw (is in spanish I'll add a link in a bit)  did these to use up other bits of random fabric scraps I had laying on the table and some iron on appliques I've had for ages

and a little zippered pouch I made with the remaining scraps after making the wallets trying hard to make them zero waste projects so it's asymetrical to fit the pieces I had

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14  A few reversible aprons in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by CohesiveChaos on: July 13, 2009 07:16:55 PM
I wanted to use up some of my stash, here is the start of that endeavor.  they are all reversible with a message on the back (or front if you prefer)

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15  the anti-suit corset in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by CohesiveChaos on: July 13, 2009 07:11:46 PM
my homage to living outside the 9 to 5 box

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16  Patchy Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CohesiveChaos on: July 12, 2009 05:16:08 PM
I decided yesterday that I wanted to challenge myself to make something I wouldn't normally make.  I became very inspired by a bag of scraps from a number of projects I've worked on lately.  I typically have a very difficult time making things in the "DIY" style.

Comments appreciated you can read more about the purse and see additional photos on my blog Scrappy Purse Blog post

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17  Re: DeStash-Along 2009 in Craftalongs by CohesiveChaos on: July 11, 2009 02:20:47 AM
I've been doing my own private 'stashbuster' here lately, but I'm so freaking proud of myself I can't help but share lol.  This is like 2 weeks of work so far.  I know I'm 7 months late into 2009 to start but it counts right Wink lol

Up first we have the destashing of 20 yards of flannel (only counting what I got sewn up)  This stack has 40 burpcloths and 110 washrags (still need to deal with the 'tails')  Actually did about 2 1/2 times this many but gifted a ton of them away as soon as I finished them

Next we have the destash wallets (about 5 yards here of random misc. small pieces left over from other projects)  Picture shows 20 I think the open ones still need pressed, and I have a stack of about 40 more not shown that I need to turn and press

and the current project which I'm hoping to finish up this weekend 50 aprons yeah that's 50.  The first pic is one of the pile of cut out aprons (above you can see some straps that were just turned waiting to be ironed by the sewing machine lol) Oh and they are all reversible aprons too lol

and the finished look of them

When I finish the aprons I'll be at a total of 80 yards cleared from the fabric stash, which embarassingly enough isn't really even a dent :S
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18  two wooden skull decorations in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by CohesiveChaos on: July 09, 2009 03:11:31 PM
Just a pic of each.

The first was sketched, woodburned and then stained Its Day of the Dead (dia de los muertos)  I had to use the flash so it's a little washed out

and the second is from a wood cut out I did a while back that I kept waiting to tell me what it was meant to become, and it finally did.  Handpainted aged and mounted to a mirror.  The flash images were too intense (with bright light coming out of the eyes and nose from reflection on the mirror so this one is a little dark Tongue

ETA:  The flash photo of the other is cool so adding it in

Opinions and such greatly appreciated Smiley
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19  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by CohesiveChaos on: July 07, 2009 08:57:02 PM
here is my Janome 11000 the most recent one i've added to my family of machines (I also have a Janome 9000, a montgomery ward machine, and a vintage straight stitch that needs a cabinet, a necci serger and a Janome serger)

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20  not for the faint of heart - Creepiest thing I've ever done in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by CohesiveChaos on: July 07, 2009 02:02:23 AM
we're talking heebie jeebies here.  For 2 years we've had a wheelchair access ramp to our front door, hubby finally got around to removing it the other day and below it there was an entire culture of various bugs living there, the creepiest being a nest of black widows, particularly the western black widow.  I had to kill them so that he could safely haul the ramp away (I've been bit by a black widow and that is the one of the most awful experiences of my life).  

So after spraying and killing everything under there (milipedes, centipedes, black widows, etc...) I noticed a few that were rather pretty hanging there all dead.  I had a fleeting thought to turn one into a piece of jewelry.  Hubby immediately said YES DO IT, I'LL WEAR IT AROUND MY NECK.  

The inherent difference between me and my husband - I hate spiders he is completely creeped out by them.  So upon his exclamation of needing the spider jewelry I knew I had to make it.  I carefully collected them with tweezers and a cup and called my sister for emotional support to pull of turning them into jewelry (THANK YOU SAM!)  there was more than one instance of screams and hair standing straight up on my neck.  

The disappointment comes in here:  I've worked with natural materials and resin before and had discoloration/reaction with the resin, and the black widows are no longer so black.  but the reaction is a neat one, the spider actually floated up slightly in the resin too so you can literally feel the spider through the back of the pendant.  You can see where the reaction caused the skin around the 'butt' to go clear so you actually can see the internal aspects of the butt of the spider (maybe not in the photos)  If you look closely you can see the clear halo around the 'butt' and where the legs slightly protrude from it (they are completely coated but you can feel them)

So without talking anymore I'll show you the photos Smiley  I regret I don't have any 'befores' I put them in the resin simply because of the discoloration but I don't think I could mentally have stomached it lol

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