Sunday, August 29, 2010
I've always loved the way hammered wire looks but I didn't have a block before so I couldn't do it myself. Now I just want to hammer everything in sight.
Of course I made a bunch of earrings
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Not many, just a few small bricks in a few different colors. But they brought back so many memories. As a kid I was never really into Baries or dolls, I was always more into Legos. My brother and I had giant buckets of them.
But what do I do with Legos now....make jewelry out of them of course!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Ok, this isn't really jewelry, but it's in the Halloween theme. I normally hate spiders but how cute is this guy
This necklace is very dainty and simple, but I think it's my favorite...the VAMPIRE BITE NECKLACE. It's a thin silver chain with two deep red Czech glass beads on the side. I will be wearing one just like this myself this Halloween.
These next items were something new to me. It was my first time working with and baking clay. I don't know why but I've always been afraid to bake clay. I guess I've been afraid of overcooking it, or not cooking it enough. But I like how these came out.
The first set I made is in the theme of dripping blood made from dark red clay.
Both pictures are the same bracelet, I wanted to show how it's flexible and will conform to your wrist
This was surprisingly tricky. I drew by hand several stencils for the drippy blood but some of them were way to big for a necklace, and some of them were way too small. Once I got the size of it right, my next challenge was to figure out how to make it curve. I didn't have anything round that I could safely put in the oven. So when the clay came out, I immediately put it over a round bottle (did you know that clay right out of the oven is really hot?)
and a different version of the necklace:
Once I get a model (hopefully tonight) these will be going in the shop
Monday, August 23, 2010
While going through my bead stash, I found a single earring, and the frame for it's mate that never got made. So they finally got to be a finished pairHALLOWEEN JEWELRY next post
Friday, August 20, 2010
I've been drooling over them for a while but I finally gave in and bought the starter stamp set! It's the alphabet and the numbers. Don't t hey look pretty? I can't wait to get them. I already have a hammer, and some blank discs, and I have a steel block on the way (thanks again ShoelessJane). I can't wait to get whacking! So many ideas are swirling around in my brain. I've seen so many more beautiful stamps that I would love to get, like some of these from BenchMarks
Or some of these cool stamps from theurbanbeader
They're all so cool! But I'm going to have to wait until I make several more sales in my shop before I buy any more stamps
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I also just bought some materials to make some silly and fun "nostalgic" necklaces. I can't wait until they get here
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
This past weekend we went to a Star Trek convention! *pause for laughter* It was so much fun. We haven't been in a few years. I missed the experience so much.
We got a lot of autographs, saw some of our favorite actors, and spent time with some friends. Unfortunately the weekend went by way too quickly.
Here's the centerpiece I made for the Gold Dessert Party.
I really love going to the conventions. Asside from the chance to get some autographs, meet the actors, hear what they have to say about their time on the show, the best part of the weekend is connecting with friends. You can't help but make friends at these conventions.
One of the best things about the conventions is the fans. It's truly a place where it doesn't matter who you are, what your religion is, what color your skin is, where you are from, how much money you make....we're all there for one thing, because we're all trekkies. It's really an amazing experience.
I'll make another post later with all the autographs that we got
(pics from the convention are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hearttohearts/)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Another thing that's kept me busy the past few days is a few more tree of life pendants. I love making these, they're so much fun. And no two are ever exactly the same. I'm thinking about creating a tutorial for these too.
This is one of my favorites. Peridot chips and tiny garnet beads. It looks like an apple tree. I actually had a similar one of these already in my shop but it sold recently so I got to make another one. I wasn't sure how this one would come out. I wasn't too sure how the dark red garnet chips would look against the dark wire. But I like how it came outThis one was really fun. When I showed my husband I said "look, spooky Halloween tree". And I guess that's what it is. Spooky Halloween tree....oh by they way, Halloween jewelry coming soon
Friday, August 6, 2010
And I've been sewing...and sewing and sewing them all into little pillows.
I do all my sewing by hand, and my sewing skills are far from perfect. AND I've only stuck myself with the needle 6 or 7 times!
Once I have them all sewn up, the stuffing process begins. This is quite dangerous. It involves an open container of catnip and two kitties watching me work. More than once one of them has pulled a finished pillow out of my basket. They have excellent team work. One of them distracts me with something cute, the other snags some catnip goodness while I'm not looking.
I sewed about a dozen of these little guys last night.....only a few hundred more to go before my next show
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
It also means SEAFOOD. Hubbs hates most seafood (besides sushi) so the only real time I make any for myself is when he's away. So I've been spending today at work browsing various recipes.
It also means I will have time to work on something I've been planning and secretly working on for a long long time
I have a bunch that I'm planning to make, from basic techniques, to more complex wire wrapping, to specific pendant and earring tutorials.
Possibly one of the first tutorials I might make will be this clover necklace
So look for them soon!