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« 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.

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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

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009 02:37:14 PM »

mental in a very good way Grin  I love this, all the texture is amazing as are those marbles!  Would you mind sharing your fantastic marble construction?  My favourite projects are the ones that evolve in to something spectacular and totally different than your starting idea. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009 02:39:17 PM »

Okay now that is a really neat! I am a huge laby fan anyway hehe, and i love what you did with the marbles!

Great job!

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009 03:00:01 PM »

This is so dang creative! We just watched Labyrinth the other night too!

I love this...I would wear this!!!  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009 04:11:32 PM »

that's awesome! Shocked  worth every moment you spent.

« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009 05:25:16 PM »

Oh wow, this is really cool.

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2009 06:30:14 PM »

i really like it! all the detail encorporated,
the little hidden treasures throughout :]
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2009 06:58:21 PM »

It's kind of perfect, having something as simple as a clear glass marble in amongst a lot of random other stuff.

You might think that they'd get lost in the chaos, but that's not the case at all!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2009 07:47:30 PM »

this is awesome!!!!!!! Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2009 03:15:09 AM »

Love this! Especially the way all the details are nestled in the eyelash yarn. Really impressed with the way you've used the marbles, and the worm and the goblins are really cool!

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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2009 07:32:30 AM »

Can really see the 'Labyrinth' inspiration to the final look (don't you love bowie's hair? lol), very cool. It does look at bit warm but at least when its chilly out your necklace can double as a scarf!

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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2009 09:29:24 AM »

It might have taken forever, but it looks completely worth it.  This is one of the most original pieces of jewelry I have seen in a long time. 

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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2009 01:37:21 PM »

Thanks for the super kind words everybody Cheesy It's nice to know I'm mental in a good way Grin And Bowie's hair... hadn't thought of that but the spiky eyelash fuzz works on that level too lol. Then again I get the feeling it doesn't take much of a reminder to get some of you thinking about Bowie. Especially Bowie in those tights. Shocked Roll Eyes Wink Tongue Grin

Alteredmommy, to make the marble caps I made a spiral out of thick wire that fitted the top of the marble, cut two circles of rolled out polymer clay about the size of the spiral, stuck one to the marble, stuck the spiral into that (not too hard, just enough to flatten it into the clay) and then made a hole in the second circle and fitted it over the top of the spiral. I smooshed the two layers together and decorated the top, then propped up the marble (on mini cookie cutters, actually) and baked the whole lot. Once the clay was cool I knocked the cap off (carefully!), painted them, varnished them, and then glued them back onto the marbles with Araldite.

That works in my head, is it clear enough to you? I could make a random marble charm and take pics, I guess (I discovered a little hoard of marbles the other day... we've started packing up to move and I've been discovering micro-stashes of craft supplies I forgot I had. You know you're a craftster when...?)

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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2009 08:02:10 AM »

I tried to hit 'this rocks' but it totally crashed my computer!  But it does!  I was looking at the little thumbnail under hot projects and debating if it was just me having Labyrinth on the brain or what, so of course I had to click!!  Awesome job!
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2009 08:30:04 AM »

Put it on! Take more pics! It's awesome! Action shots are needed!

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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2009 05:22:15 PM »

This is extraordinary!  You completely captured The Labyrinth in this piece. I bet you can't wait until it gets cooler so you can wear this! I know that I would be dying to wear it if somehow I could create something so awesome!

And, btw, yes. David bowie in tights.  Shocked  -sigh-

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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2009 03:30:38 AM »

Mental? HECK NO. Bloody awesome more like. I recently re-watched the Labyrinth, and had my childhood fond memories of it ruined by my adult self going "Holy moly, the crotch! I CAN'T UNSEE IT!"
But the music was rad, and the bubbles were sparkly, as was Mr Bowie.
So I must confess I'm rather impressed! Your solution for holding the marbles is elegant as it is fairy-like. And the goblin faces are adorable! I see what you did there with the Sarah's teddy  Wink
The yarn you've used gives it a rather soft, otherworldly feel to it too. Pity there are no upside down stairs in the marbles Grin
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2009 08:00:10 AM »

Awww Cheesy

lbbshell- sorry for crashing your computer, I didn't think it was THAT img heavy Shocked
Mimzy - you do make me giggle sometimes!
sdanorth - I'll see what I can do but I'm really not photogenic. Maybe my boyfriend will agree to model it... Grin

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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2009 02:46:16 PM »

Wow, this is absolutely stunning! I love the level of detail and difference in textures. It's so unique, and busy without looking remotely over the top Smiley Very well done - you have an amazing talent ^^
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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2009 03:00:54 PM »

Love this! As a long time Labyrinth fan your subject title caught my eye and I had to read.  Cheesy

I see the teddy charm (cute) but what about a polymer Lancelot? For some reason I remembered him being clothed, but I rechecked myself and I guess it was just a bow around his neck, hmph.

Ooo, or what about an owl charm to represent Jareth?

Sorry, it really is quite lovely the way it is, just seeing it brought about more ideas to add to it or maybe a complimenting piece!
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2009 05:44:52 AM »

This is so cool!!  I love it!!
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« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2009 11:53:17 AM »

Thanks guys Smiley You're all so sweet!

ntrebleagain - There is an owl charm, a teensy brass one, hanging underneath that bundle of treasures. Not a detail I could really leave out, the owl. He is very small though. I fear my sculpting skills fail at the point of creating a realistic-ish barn owl. Personally, I am a little sad that Ludo and Sir Didymus lack proper representation but it's heavy and crowded enough as it is, and if I tried to include every great character from that film it'd just get silly. Thanks for the thoughts though Cheesy
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