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21  Re: Make Me Jewelry Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: December 04, 2007 01:56:53 PM
I received from Sasserdesas this morning! Prepare for a serious overload of CUTE!
(Overload of pictures too. I had to photograph everything, it was all too wonderful to leave anything out!)

This was the pouch it arrived in! HAND SEWN! Covered in little Dutch icons: tulips, windmills etc.. AWWWW!

Everything together!

Pink ribbon necklace with polymer clay 'buttons' that remind me of cookies Cheesy

Pendant/earring set, based on one from my wists Cheesy Gorgeous!

Sparkly ring with stars in!

Birdie pendant, also based on my wists. It's wire wrapped in lovely contrasting copper and goldtone wire, and the wire work on the back is abstract and pretty enough to make the pendant reversible. Gorshdernit, I didn't photograph the back.

Beady bracelet with rose, bell and adorable origami crane charm! I'm wearing this right now - the bell jangles as I type! And I've been obsessed with Heroes lately, so the origami crane is perfect!

So much so that I had to take a close-up:

Even the little notes she sent were cute!

Thankyou so much, Sass!!!!
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22  Re: OTT 16 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: December 04, 2007 12:57:19 PM
My partner Feline2001's camera is playing up, so she asked me to upload pics of what I sent her:

It's a mini magic wand/needle tool, for detail work with polymer clay. It's made of polymer clay and a giant pin (I think they are normally used for dollmaking). The top half of the wand comes off to reveal the needle, as in the picture. It's actually a wee bit over four inches long with the top on, but it's not very wide so hopefully that will make up for it! Grin

I hope she finds it as useful as I find my needle tools!
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23  Cute, different Halloween necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by talyra on: October 31, 2007 11:42:03 AM
Well, my mother found these cute shocked-face lampworked beads on ebay. No-one else wanted them, so she decided I could do something with them.

I made the polymer clay lace cane beads as a failed attempt to do something black and white and classy. They came out more spiderwebby, so I put them with the faces and made this. I wore it to work today.

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24  I've been a busy bunny! - 5 imgs in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by talyra on: October 17, 2007 10:53:21 AM
So I was offline for a while, and while I was off I decided I wanted to try out some of those very cool microwaved/melted CD ideas I've seen on the recons board:

I am not sure whether the one with the crystal should be in the centre or whether it's best left asymmetrical like this. Whaddya think?
"Seventies Low-Budget Space Opera"

Big orange "gem" is acrylic and was glued on, the rest are Swarovski. I'm not 100% sure about this one.

Beads! And chain! Yay!
Assorted Earrings:

L-R: poly clay canes by raynbow/Swarovski bicones; pretty carved roses (bone? vegetable ivory? plastic?) and assorted beads (unusually muted tones for me, but pretty); and some of my own poly clay swirlies.

The danglies are longer and... danglier in reality. they scrunched up in the picture. Chain is handmade, about 20in long, and has an extender of a couple of inches. I thought 20in of byzy in 3mm jump rings was punishing, but then I did this:
"Ice Blues"

These elasticated chain/charm bracelets are all over the place at the moment. I love the look of the chain on the elastic, but of course I wasn't gonna buy something I can do so easily by myself, right?
So easily...
I didn't realise just how much chain it would take - and I used 1mm wire (18ga, I think), which is considerably thicker and tougher than my usual 0.6mm (22ga?). Plus I had chewed off most of my thumbnail.
Worked though. I think it was worth three days of whimpers and yelps. Love this one. Soooo much loverly sparkle Cheesy

Comments, critique, love and hate all welcome, particularly on the CD necklaces Grin
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25  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by talyra on: July 24, 2007 10:32:48 AM
kaleesi, that cracked me up! Your ATC is cute too.

I was feeling crafty so I made a couple of quickie ATCs.

#79, "Starvation". This was VERY quick. Embarrassed I did think about putting pictures of food onto the card, but I liked it blank better. You can interpret it however you want that way Wink

And #97, "Safety First". There's meant to be some sarcasm in this: I think the whole "blame culture" thing has led to us wanting to wrap EVERYTHING in bubblewrap, but particularly kids.
Anyway, I'll stop ranting before I start. Here's the card. That's actual bubblewrap Cheesy

Concrit welcome etc etc etc.
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26  Re: Swap the Shop Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by talyra on: July 17, 2007 07:05:54 AM
Thought I'd actually write a post of what I've done with some of my STS3 stuff Cheesy

This is the necklace I assembled for the pendant LaughingLark made. It's nicer on Smiley

These are some beads made with the roving from knitwit's felting kit. I've made one or two other things incorporating it which are posted elsewhere.
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27  What's that coming over the hill? [img heavyish] in Felting: Completed Projects by talyra on: July 12, 2007 07:12:48 AM

It IS a monster!

A very small (around 2.5in with hair) monster, and that's more of a cushion than a hill. Yeah, I'm bored right now...

He's needle felted. I was inspired by all the cute, fluffy, creatures you guys dream up, and decided to make one of my own. I got to putting the hair on and realised that he was starting to look like one of Angry Angel's adorable Snorks with a bit of added Jim Henson, so I stopped at the "mane" rather than making him entirely fluffy.

He needs a name! I'm just calling him "monster" at the moment. Any ideas?
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28  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by talyra on: July 12, 2007 06:09:01 AM
OMG I finished it! I finished it! *jumps up and down*

Why so long? Mixed media (acrylic, watercolour, pen and pencil), other things taking over my life, and generally wanting to get it *right*.

#23, "Mother Nature". Inspired by somebody else's "Mother Nature" way way back, when they said "She ain't always pretty!" I approve of that. Some of the symbolism is pretty obvious, other bits are more open to interpretation, I guess. Generally, though, I wanted to show both aspects of her: the happy lady that brings spring and warmth and life and the cold-hearted b*tch that rains down destruction and death and misery.

Sometimes my ideas seriously outstrip my talent, LOL Cheesy The colours are actually a bit brighter than this - either that or my laptop screen needs a poke.

Anyway, I've rambled enough. Hope you guys like Smiley
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29  First needle felting efforts :D in Felting: Completed Projects by talyra on: July 09, 2007 10:31:09 AM
I know you guys are probably sick to the back teeth of people going "o look i made felt beeds arent I clever?", but I'm posting them anyway Cheesy

The necklace has glass beads in between the felted beads. The earrings were the first things I ever felted, and this is sort of a double post cos I originally posted them on the jewellery board, but I've re-designed them since so they aren't exactly the same.

I also made some needle felted ATCs, but I posted those on the ATC board, so to avoid properly double posting I will link to them.

Concrit is very very welcome, particularly on the flat things. How on earth do you stop the backs going fluffy without wrecking the front design?
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30  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by talyra on: July 09, 2007 07:09:14 AM
yberry, that card is the sweetest! How appropriate for the theme!

hardys, I like your "Hero" Smiley How about making those images clickable so we can see the detail properly?

And MrsG, your drawings are beautiful! "Serenity" and "Stripes" are my faves Cheesy

Well, I feel like I've fallen off the ATC bandwagon a bit. First Swap The Shop 3 stole my soul, then I took up needle felting, which has proved a bit dangerous because at the moment if my fingers aren't stabbing something they start to itch. To get back on board, I decided to needle felt a couple of ATCs!

So here's #23, "Cat". Pretty self-explanatory. I used wool yarn left over from my mother's rug making for the lines.

And here's #30, "Under the Rain", though it's more like "Above the Rain" really! We have lots of ominous clouds looming at the moment - it's been the wettest summer for a long time over here. I was trying to capture the look of them without using any black or grey roving (cos I don't have any!).

Neither of them are perfect, both are a bit fluffy at the edges cos if I needled them any more they'd be too small! The cloud one is a bit short as it is, even with the sticky-outy bit (and I just realised that the cloud itself looks a bit like a Cornish pasty!). I need more practice at getting them to shrink to just the right size.
Concrit is welcome, as ever Smiley
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