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541  Miniature Leather Spell Book Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: February 11, 2012 08:09:10 AM
I made this for the OWS round 78. I never made a little mini book like this so I went looking for a tutorial/inspiration. Using this as a place to start, here's what I made.

(You can see larger images in my blog entry here if you want.)

It took me probably a few hours all told and was a little finicky but, I think it was pretty darn cute when it was done. Something different for me. Grin

As always, thoughts welcome!
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542  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 78 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: February 05, 2012 10:22:29 AM
I received my glasses case from klg_jlg! Love the fabric choice (brown/blue - always a great color combo!) and the inside is nice and soft which is great so it won't scratch the lenses.

Thanks! Grin
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543  Re: OWS 77 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: January 17, 2012 08:18:14 AM
Life has been so busy lately!! I received both of these late last week but just haven't had time to post.

From frosty772, she made me a surprise and it turned out to be a large, lovely tote!

It's hard to tell but it's nice and big. The panels are all browns with some blue. And the interior is a pale beige. I actually used it on Thursday to pack some snacks and my jacket and Nook for waiting in the surgery center during Love's surgery. So nicely made. Thank you, frosty772!


I also received some gems that lindyv321 had the seller send directly my way. Six gems, 20 rondelles each!

It was easier to leave them in the bag so they didn't go everywhere when photographing them. Unfortunately the seller didn't list what the gems were so I know there's garnet (dark red), amethyst (purple) and I think that's blue topaz (blue), and possibly peridot? (green) though I'm not sure if the orange is carnelian and I'm not sure if the dark green is onyx or aventurine or...? Either way, they're really pretty and it's a nice mix for my jewelry. Thank you!
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544  Experimental Wire Wrapped Peacock Feather Inspiration Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: January 05, 2012 10:22:41 AM
I normally do wire wrapping (especially my tree of life pendants) but I had a customer ask if I could make a pendant that was like a peacock feather but in the same style as my trees. I really wasn't sure how that was going to work but I gave it a go and here's what I came up with. (Haven't heard from the customer yet, waiting to hear if this is at all what she had in mind or not. LOL)

(Click either for larger)

I used 26 gauge non-tarnish sterling silver plated wire and tiny, Japanese seed beads in several colors. I tried to get the general color pattern of a peacock feather but of course, it's a little abstract. I know if it were actual seed bead work, it could be almost photo-realistic, but this is supposed to be more wire style.

I think it came out pretty good. It was a lot of work and lots of little fiddly bits due to managing all the seed beads at the same time. But I'd love some thoughts on it too since it's something different for me. Feedback, suggestions, etc. appreciated!!
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545  Re: OWS 77 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 31, 2011 02:37:52 PM
IdlersDesign is awesome. She made me handknit socks. And the socks are awesome too!

They fit perfect and I'm wearing them right now. Thank you so much!! Grin Grin
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546  Re: OWS 77 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 30, 2011 08:37:39 AM
lindyv321 asked me to post a picture of the bubble wrap necklace I made for her because in the mad holiday rush, she didn't get a pic of it before giving it to her sister. I apparently didn't take many pics of it so I just have a flat pic rather than one on the mannequin bust.

Turns out, it's harder to fuse bubble wrap than I thought! Holy cow. I spent three days doing it because I'd do it for like an hour, get tired, stop and then keep doing it the next day. LOL It took a LOT of force and pressure to get it all fused up right. It's long and I added some glass pearls to the chain like the example had as well. This was a tough one so I'm glad lindy321 sad her sister liked it! Grin
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547  Re: OWS 77 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 22, 2011 09:02:47 AM
Ok, so Averia made me something AWESOME. My guy loves Big Bang Theory. (I do too.) And awhile back he saw the Rubik's Cube tissue box cover they have in the apartment. Turns out it was handmade just for the show. It's not something you can buy. Which stunk because he REALLY wanted one.

Enter Averia and her awesomeness.

I had to sneak the pictures when he wasn't home since I've wrapped it up and put it under the tree for him. He's going to love it. Thank you!! Grin
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548  Re: Ongoing wish swap round 76 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 12, 2011 11:26:59 AM
I had a busy weekend, so I didn't get a chance to post the cool packages I received yet. So here they both are!

From mermaidcafe - two hand decorated shirts. Both are long-sleeve. One teal and one brown. Definitely my kind of colors!

The teal one has a hand embroidered cluster of red/orange on the back which she called a "phoenix firework." Wink

The brown has a cute owl with button eyes (which are iridescent)

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From Saintcady - a hand knit hat that has a cut out for a pony tail. She also included a ton of great extras; two wire magazines, strawberry candies, dark chocolate with orange bar and a beautiful lampwork focal bead.

(The purple looks too blue here, but it's really a beautiful, rich, royal purple color. Love it!)

(This focal bead is stunning. I already have an idea in mind for it!)

Sorry about the crappy action shot. Turns out, it's hard to get a shot of the back of your head. LOL I used my webcam and this was the best of the bunch.

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549  Re: Ongoing wish swap round 76 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 06, 2011 07:18:38 PM
Just posting the picture of the custom birthstone tree I made for    SMLounsbury She received back before the gallery was opened and probably just forgot to post it once it was. She already messaged me about how much she loves it. Her MIL is getting it for Christmas.

March is aquamarine but I substituted blue topaz (same look but it's what I had on hand)
July is precious ruby and that's what I used.
August is peridot and that's the gem used as well.

I think it came out lovely. Grin
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550  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 03, 2011 10:24:44 AM
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