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11  Re: Feminists are Awesome Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: April 14, 2008 09:56:48 AM
WOW, such great packages all round! I've been so bad at checking back here...

(Incidentally, for those that were wondering, it's all mould. Stuff that gets mould spores in it goes mouldy and moulded things are shaped in moulds. We don't have mold or molds.)

Anyway, I received... technically on Saturday but I wasn't here, so I picked everything up today. Pic overload alert - pixie5 is an amazing swap partner, she really spoilt me!

I got a Rosie sketchbook and a notebook with an amusing pic of Jo Brand (fab feminist comedian) on the front:

Cutest crochet (or knit? I'm a dunce... can't tell) bag and a matching sewing kit:

Feminist compliation CD and sticker (which I've just realised is upside down in the pic, oops!). On the right is the CD itself, which looks like a vinyl record. HOW cool? I'm playing the CD as I type Cheesy

Magnets! Doesn't the pink Caddy remind you of FAB 1 - Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds' car? Both are now on my fridge.

And finally, this stunner of an apron. Such beautiful fabric and the colours are so me!

Thanks again pixie5!
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12  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 8 (SignUps 3/31- 4/14;SendOuts April 19 & June 21) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by talyra on: April 02, 2008 10:14:43 AM
So, everybody, this is Andie. She's my first ever try at a sock doll. She lives on our sofa, likes going barefoot and her hair has a life of its own. She says hi, she's not really a klepto (see later) and her face isn't as fat as it looks here. Roll Eyes What is it with us girls and whining about how we look in photographs? Wink

She made me tidy her hair up because she wanted to look "all cute and sweet, like" for her picture...

...but I snapped this when she thought I wasn't paying attention. She's not huge, by the way, that's just a big Toblerone. Some things are just way better when they are chunky Wink 

Actually, she was just messing about - the pieces are nearly as big as her head, she'd have trouble pinching them. Watch out if you've got Skittles lying around though, the colourings are like crack to a person this small...
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13  Re: Because we miss Harry Potter Swap! in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: March 26, 2008 01:01:34 PM
My turn to receive!!!!!! Lots of pics, because everything was cool and I'm trigger happy with the camera...

The package as removed from the envelope. Complete with groovy green ribbon, which is whispering to me to use it for something...

Slytherin pride earrings, oh yeah! I almost forgot to photograph these as they've been in my ears all day Embarrassed

House Crest cross stitches! jrain sent aperture cards in case I wanted to use them for note cards... but they are way too nice to give away Wink Tongue I shall have to sew them to something, I think...

Dragon bookmark! Way too cute Cheesy

Owl feathers Cheesy and some HP pencils, to go with...

...my absolute favourite, the Monster Book of Monsters! It has a quote from the book in the front, it's furry, it has four eyes and it's pretty much just as I pictured it! I love it! Cheesy

Thankyou so much for everything, jrain! Cheesy
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14  Antique bird brooch revamp *long img* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: March 05, 2008 06:37:02 AM
So, I saw this pretty little brooch being sold "as found" in an antique shop and just knew I had to do something with it. It has no pin, so I put it on a chain and added the dangly chains and a single Swarovski bicone for a bit of sparkle. Not a complicated make at all - the hardest part was working out how big to make the jump rings - but I love the result so much I had to show it off Wink

The image is rather big... sorry, I forgot how to do clickable thumbnails, and you won't see the detail if I resize it Roll Eyes

Opinions welcome!
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15  Re: Steampunk swap goodies in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: February 26, 2008 12:28:20 PM
That scarf/ruff (rarf? scruff?) is great - warm and cozy yet stylish and mysterious. Not a combination you find every day Wink

*bad cockernee accent* Ladies an' Gennulmen, roll up an' take a ganders at the package I received from goldfishhead and Chibi_evil!

See the shininess! Necklace with pretty brass pendant (goldfishhead, did this used to be some sort of hardware fitting in a former life? It's so much heavier and more solid than any filigree jewellery finding I've ever seen...)

Next up, a much "lighter" necklace (didjaseewotididthere? Roll Eyes) - three little dinky bulbs wired together into a cute little pendant.

ANNNNND finally, Ladies an' Gennulmen, gasp in astonishment as you witness the astounding artistic skills of goldfishhead! She drew this awe-inspiringly beautiful scene, which I must race out and find an appropriate frame for very soon:

Pic is a little dark, I'm afraid, but you wouldn't be able to see the marvellous detail anyway.
The "border" is pen tests and was supposed to be cut off, but Chibi_evil forgot and sent it intact! I'm kind of glad - I like it like this. Not only is it kind of an interesting border, but the pen tests are a bit like a fingerprint on a polymer clay bead - they are a little insight into the creative process, reminding you that there's a person behind this piece of art. 

Not pictured is the pen nib that worked itself into the package accidentally. I am now trying to figure out how to incorporate it into a bit of jewellery Cheesy

Thankyou so much, both of you!
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16  Steam gypsy/Mortal Engines-inspired set (one large pic) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: February 06, 2008 02:19:39 PM
I've been madly inspired by the recent Steampunk Swap, so I decided to make myself a piece of jewellery based on one of my favourite novels, or rather quartet of novels, in that vein - the Hungry Cities books by Philip Reeve (in order: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain, more info here). They are set in the future, after we've utterly destroyed the world as we know it, and the world's cities have become totally mechanised and run around on caterpillar tracks or huge wheels, scavenging from the rubbish dumps we left behind - and devouring one another.
I wanted to create something that looked like it could have been partly assembled from scavengings from one of these scrapheaps of the "ancients"/shrines to the Great Gods of Commercialism, Pluto and Mickey Wink. Originally it was just going to be the charm bracelet, but then I saw this post by McBoo. Her  gorgeous "gypsy necklace" (bottom of the post) was precisely the kind of found-object organised chaos I wanted to go for. So, with her permission, I borrowed the look, changed it a little and incorporated it into a steam gypsy necklace of my own. Then I figured I might as well make a pair of earrings too...
So we have: various bits of Old-Tech (circuit board, gears, random hardware), beads, charms, Stalker eyes* and seedy fragments**. Plus lots of brass wire, tiger tail, random vintage chain, a springy coil of crappy old beading wire that I've had for years and some weird fuzzy ribbon stuff that I think is trying for faux suede but doesn't quite make it. Lots of that to make the necklace very adjustable. You can see two "modelled" views of the necklace in the collage - "sensible", and about as long as it goes. I can pretty much have it any length in between - it just ties up with the ribbon at the back. 
Enough of this gay banter! Let's see a lovely picture. Yay.

Click here for a bigger view because I've forgotten how to make the picture a link...

Comments, opinions, critique all welcome. I adore the necklace but I'm iffy about the earrings. They just seem to be missing... something. Any suggestions?

*Copper wrapped green marbles. Stalkers are part mechanical soldier things.
**Seedy...CD... Microwaved and baked/nuked during the Sixty Minute War Wink

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17  Solar system necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: January 27, 2008 02:00:43 PM
Not to scale, I'm sorry to say. Rolling a 1mm lentil bead for Mercury didn't sound do-able.

Inspired by looking at lots of people's lampwork beads and going "ooooh, they look like little planets!" I knew I was able to get a swirly-cloudy effect in polymer clay, so I went for it. Each bead is inspired by one of the eight planets of the solar system. I was in two minds about including Pluto, which is now technically a "dwarf planet", but since I wasn't doing any of the other stuff floating about in the system I decided to stick to the planets proper.

Plus I'm lazy.

Anyway - picture! Not a great picture - Neptune is camera shy. I just couldn't get rid of that damn reflection (although perhaps taking my own advice and shooting in daylight would have helped Roll Eyes).

That's blue goldstone and Swarovski crystal for the rest of the universe necklace. Mercury is smaller than Mars - the perspective is slightly weird. Jupiter has a crack in it just next to the red spot. They happen sometimes, especially when you don't quite smoosh the clay together properly after adding bits. You can't really see it in the pic and it's not too noticeable in real life unless you look closely. I wish it hadn't but I kind of didn't want to do the bead all over again, cos otherwise it turned out kind of nice.

Opinions and critique welcome! You can tell me off about colours, but I still won't do it to scale - I actually want to be able to wear the damn thing Cheesy
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18  Re: Dragon Lover's swap! in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: January 11, 2008 01:35:42 PM
My package arrived today. Excellent timing, as I was told earlier that all the temporary staff at work were being laid off early. So basically I have a week left in employment. Anyway, I got home to a package of marvellousness and my worries were forgotten for the evening Cheesy

Inside was lots of purple tissue paper. Under the tissue paper was this bag, which I think is crocheted? Forgive me, I am neither knitter nor crocheter so I find it hard to tell:

an awesome magnetic haematite, labradorite, onyx and quartz... wraparound thing, and matching labradorite earrings. Ronda thought the flash in the labradorite looked like glittering dragon scales. It's much flashier in reality Cheesy

Currently being worn as a bracelet. I've had this on since I opened the package, and it's only come off to do the dishes and take this picture Cheesy

... a set of gorgeous, gorgeous blue goldstone and silver jewellery made to match a dragon pendant I already owned.

Not sure the pic shows it very well but it all matches the dragon perfectly! Blue goldstone is one of my faves so imagine my amazement when I saw...

Leftovers! Wink Ronda sent me some of the beautiful beads she used, for my own projects.

Under the bag of lovely shinies was a pair of pillowcases embroidered with firelizard queens playing among the flowers! The pics just don't do these justice:

Close up of the dragon:

She also sent a pair of shells for my boyfriend, who collects such things. They are being guarded by some of the creatures that live on the shelf above the fireplace, and I didn't get a picture because the demented rubber chicken finger puppet has rather taken to them and growled at me when I got too close.

Aren't I a lucky spoilt swap partner? Cheesy
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19  No more Heroes any more... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: December 14, 2007 02:07:42 PM
...at least till January.

So, Heroes season one has just finished here in the UK, and I marked what felt like the first Wednesday night for aeons without it by making these. The "huge shrink plastic logo" jewellery isn't really my scene, so I tried for something a bit different:

The helix symbol and rather splodgy eclipse beads are made from polymer clay. The eclipse was a result of possibly the world's shortest cane experiment - I got all of three beads out of it, and not just as a result of bad reducing Tongue The "corona" was gold, but sanding appears to have removed all the glitter Huh

Not quite 4" long.

Comments, critique, all welcome!
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20  Re: OTT 16 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: December 08, 2007 11:56:09 AM
Lovely tiny things! The button tin is especially cute!

Here's my OTT from Feline2001, received a few days ago, but life got busy:

Such pretty, pretty colours! I think I will hang him from my mirror or in my window so he can flutter prettily and be seen Cheesy
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