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1  It's only (taken) forever... [quite a few imgs] in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: August 13, 2009 02:27:42 PM
Ever have one of those projects that starts out in your head as a nice easy idea that'll only take you an evening, but rapidly grows and changes and before you know it it's spiralled out of control and it ends up taking a week?

I found these clear glass marbles on a day out with my parents. I'd watched Labyrinth the night before and when my mum went "Look, they look like bubbles!" something in my brain went PING.

I was just going to make spiral wire cages for them. Didn't like the way it turned out. Experimented with bead weaving round them. Liked it, but it wasn't what I wanted. So I went for the complicated, tricky, this-may-not-work-at-all option. Polymer clay, eyelash yarns, chain, charms and beads and eventually... this happened.

Detail shots:
It'll show you your dreams... the one in there is my dream of one day becoming a half decent photographer! They are all similarly decorated... also reinforced with wire and held in place with Araldite. The marbles are heavy.

A bunch of lovely jewels and treasures Cheesy I wanted to get a few little symbols into this as well as making it looking like a collection of stuff a young girl might cling to.

Goblins! I was trying to "channel" Froud rather than copying any specific goblin. I think the second one of the pair (on the right) works better, but I liked the first one, so I kept him anyway.

'Ello! I'm not a perfect copy of the worm but I'm not quite this ugly in real life, my close-up seems to have brought out all the little marks you can't really see because I'm so tiny.

Once again, my boyfriend thinks I'm mental, but it turned out pretty much as I imagined it... it's just a bit too warm for a necklace full of fluffy yarn at the moment Roll Eyes

What do you think? CC is always welcome Cheesy
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2  obnoxiously huge? flower necklace (pic heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: July 11, 2009 02:43:16 PM
Inspired by this post by the talented and prolific boo_zombie. I LIKED the idea of the flower being "that" big, so here's my version:

Here it is on me, for scale.

Detail shot of the flower. There's a pin on the back to help it stay put, cos the blue beads are pretty heavy and pull the necklace out of shape otherwise:

The back - thought the chain looked kind of cool left hanging with a bead on the end for sparkle.

I adapted a couple of free crochet patterns for the flower. This one is the middle curly bit and this one is the ruffly outside bit.

So. Have I gone stark raving mad? Cheesy My boyfriend thinks so, he called the flower "obnoxiously huge", although he admitted that it came out prettier than he thought it would Wink I think I've spent too long working on it to be able to judge!  What do you think? C&C is always welcome Cheesy
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3  Re: I LOVE BUTTONS SWAP 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: October 19, 2008 11:47:17 AM
I shipped overseas and am still waiting for Snaps to get her package too. I'm a tad disappointed actually, the postal service was pretty good with my last couple of swaps so I was hoping this would be nice and quick too.

She Fedexed hers to me, which is why I got it relatively quickly Cheesy Here's my lovely stuff:

Microwave warming bag in cute buttony fabric. The fabric is wicked, and with energy prices currently through the roof, should be very useful this winter!


Buttony bag! Very very cute.

Button hairbands, embellished and embroidered. I love these, they are perfect for wearing to work (retail - I can wear my hair down, but it's nice to keep it off my face) and so, so pretty!

Action shot, modelled by my boyfriend. They suit me better Cheesy

My buttons, and their groovy tin! I think there are a couple of those li'l purple buttons missing... can't think why. There are some really interesting buttons there and some super pretties too! The close-ups didn't come out *pouts* but two of them have black lace embedded in them - yummy - and there's the prettiest carved and painted shell button with flowers on too! The big metal ones have some sort of crest on - I don't know what it is but it vaguely resembles the Imperial Russian flag my boyfriend's flatmates used to have on their wall.

Thankyou Snaps, everything is soo lovely! Cheesy
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4  Re: The Gorgeous Choker Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: August 11, 2008 09:52:49 AM
^ We certainly do Cheesy

I received from Not Quite Scooter Trash this morning! She nailed my tastes, my choker is perfect - beautiful and beady and shiny and soo comfy too! It's crocheted with chiffon ribbon and a beautiful pendant and sparkly shiny beads.

(No action shots cos I suck at taking them, but it looks even more gorgeous "on"!)

I got some extras too - a couple of fun knitting needle bangles and a roll of aluminium wire for chainmaille experiments. I was complaining about the lack of availability of anything other than galvy steel in most of the hardware stores round here, so Scooter was kind enough to send me some!

Aren't I lucky! Thanks Scooter, you're such a wicked swap partner!
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5  Re: OTT Shrinkie Swap part deux Gallery in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: June 15, 2008 01:45:28 PM

It's a hand bound mini journal with THREE DIMENSIONAL Art Nouveau style roses on the front. Photo is rubbish, forgive me, it's so reflective and glassy and I had to use a lamp Sad I love roses, I love little notebooks, I love stained glass, I love Art Nouveau...

Here are some of the pretty papers inside (every second pair of pages is plain white to write on).

Pardon the picture enormousness but it's gooorgeous! I had to show it off properly Cheesy Oh my God is the swap anxiety kicking in now. I really hope you like your OTT as much as I like mine, Imagine!
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6  Hopping on the shrinky fusion bandwagon! *update with new shinies, now img fat!* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: June 06, 2008 01:21:24 PM
Wheee! So as soon as I heard about shrinky dink fusing I knew I had to try it. I did these a couple of days ago for the Shrinky Dink OTT Swap. One of those pieces is on its way to Imagine, so it's not here, but these are my first experiments, which is why they are pretty basic. Nice enough, I think, but basic.

Then I was looking at loves2experiment's thread and an idea hit me like a sixteen ton weight in a Monty Python sketch. I just had to run and grab the pens and warm up the oven straight away.
Remember those melted CD necklaces? Well, the shrinky on the left has shards of CD melted into it. That's what all the shiny sparkle is about. The flash actually showed this off really well for once! (The other one is just normal glitter. I liked it enough to post it alongside.)

They aren't yet perfect: I've concluded that it's not worth using the purple pen - at best, it goes grey: at worst, it goes... icky, and it usually just disappears. And I like the "crowded" ones - the second ones - better than the first ones. But hey, that's what experiments are all about, right? Smiley


OMG I think I'm hooked on the fumes or something. Made some more today, all including bits of CD. Can't get enough of the shininess.

The dragonfly stayed in for a bit too long and warped, but oh well Cheesy The black and silver stuff turned out classy, but the hole in the big pendant closed up during melting so I'm going to have to fix that! The two little pieces on the bottom I love and are very soon to be made into a pair of earrings.

Comments and critique always welcome!
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7  Re: OTT Shrinkie Swap part deux (sign ups CLOSED) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by talyra on: June 02, 2008 01:53:54 PM
Well, I was feeling experimental the other day, so I had a go at making yoghurt pot shrinkies.


But I found a Poundland ceramic dish in the cupboard that I realised I could ruin without raising hell, and my fusion experiments were a success. The flatback rhinestones work really well! I had a go with accent beads (those little teensy round things that are halfway between seed beads and glitter) too, some fell off but most stayed put.

One of those will probably fall into Imagine's envelope, but I haven't decided which yet. So no pictures of those. I just wanted to share my disaster so you could all have a giggle.

SunflowerSmiles, I think if you find something to tap the beads with and gently push them into the melted plastic - a fork would probably do the job - they might stay better. Do it as soon as they come out of the oven, so don't use your fingers Shocked
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8  Re: Crafty Detective Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: May 19, 2008 11:44:39 AM
I received from Tanza! This lot has come halfway across the world... how amazing?

Aussie foodstuffs! We get a couple of these things here too (I love Vegemite!) but the eucalyptus sweets, the Wonka bar and the butter-menthol/eucalyptus sweets were all new to me. The SO has a cold at the moment and therefore one pack of eucalyptus sweets is missing from the piccie - they seem to be doing his throat some good!

Stuffies!!! Dragon, inspired by one on my wists (from somewhere here on Craftster, though quite where I can't be bothered to check) and a seahorse. I have a sliiight obsession with seahorses.

Coasters with fun inserts themed around my favourite things (and a duck!); and a rubber duck for my boyfriend (long standing very silly in joke between him and me). The duckie squirts water Cheesy


Dark Mark pouch, into which I have bunged my MP3 player. The danged thing is black and so small it gets lost in my bag, so I requested a nice bright case for it so I could FIND it, lol. There's lots of space in here for the headphones too, so it'll keep the wires under control, which is great Cheesy

Marauder's Map... scarf? Inspired by a bag I wisted from the HP swap. I love the embroidery even though I'm not actually sure what this is for Embarrassed

Some extra piccies - click if you want to go larger Wink
The stuffies meet my Little Visitor, Aria (she's going to find out their names for me):

And the Squirty Duck settles in with all the other ducks:

Ooh, there was also a little notebook which Tanza's note came in, which I've forgotten to take a photo of. Thanks for the thoughtful and marvellous package, Tanza! What I'm really curious about is... how did you know my boyfriend would need cough sweets just as your package arrived? Genius! Wink
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9  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: April 18, 2008 01:56:55 PM
23/07/08: Andie arrived home today! She bounded out of the box to tell me about her trip, all full of excitement and dying to show off everything she'd brought back with her!

Scrapbook pages! Wildfyre's scrapbooking skills truly put mine to shame, this was a beautiful bit of work with so much thought put into it.

I'd never have thought of this, for example - the backing paper on this page about offroading is textured to look like mud!

These shots made me want to visit Washington myself. So beautiful. Wish the colours of the second page had come out better in this pic, they're goorgeous.

All the souvenirs together! You can't quite see everything, buried in the pile of maps and pamphlets is a "licence plate" sticker and a cuuuute otter fridge magnet. There are yummy beads from Shipwreck (see later) and a squished penny on the right (I love squished pennies!) and a pretty T-shirt from Mt Rainer on the left. Andie is sitting on the scrapbook and the other books are a collection of weird history, legends and sights from Washington and sparkly porn the catalogue from Shipwreck Beads, possibly the world's biggest bead shop. And at the back is this beauty...

I think the other stuffies found him a bit intimidating at first, he's so beautiful. So well-made, so detailed, such gorgeous fabrics, and shiny to boot! He hasn't told me his name yet, but I think it's going to have to be something impressive-sounding. I've had difficulty doing him justice in my photos but I might have another go...

Annd some photos that didn't make it into the scrapbook. There were loads of 'em, these were just a few I picked out!

Thanks for everything, Wildfyre, you've been such a great host to Andie and such an ace swap partner!
27/05/08: Tiverton

24/05/08: Eurovision!

17/05/08-19/05/08: Wales!

14/05/08: Paignton Zoo

13/05/08: Exeter town centre

12/05/08: Sending off Arnold, the football-headed dog:

08/05/08: Exeter Riverfront!

02/05/08: Long day out in Torquay!

29/04/08: Aria arrives!

Andie leaves:

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10  Loosely Egyptian influenced necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: April 14, 2008 12:57:48 PM
So, neither of these were created with the intention of looking Egyptian-inspired, but the style (particularly the early 20th century Egyptian Revival stuff) is one of my favourites so I guess it's bound to pop up from time to time.

With the first one, it's the dangly greenish pyramid-shaped beads that do it. They are some sort of stone but goodness knows what. They hang from Romanov chainmaille with blue goldstone beads. This is the first time I've really got this weave right and I can't tell you how pleased I was with this.

This second one didn't really say "Egyptian" to me until my boyfriend pointed it out. He actually said that "if Star Trek went to an Egyptian planet that's what they'd be wearing" but he's a bit strange sometimes Wink The colours were actually inspired by the cover feature of the April issue of Beads and Beyond magazine, though my version turned out somewhat different to their dainty, girlygirly design Cheesy Not sure my picture does this one justice at all, I have to say.

Concrit and opinions welcome!
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