Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hammering

On Friday I got my steel block in the mail, and I've been hammering (and probably annoying the neighbors) all weekend.


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

Blast From the Past

Last week I got the coolest thing in the mail ever


LEGOS!!!


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

I promised....

...some Halloween Jewelry, and here it is! I know it's way early, but I can't help it! It's my favorite time of the year. I can't wait for fall to come with the cooler temperatures, hot cider, leaves changing colors, and comfy comfy hoodies.


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.


A bracelet:


Both pictures are the same bracelet, I wanted to show how it's flexible and will conform to your wrist

Necklace:

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

Happy Monday!

I had a great productive weekend. I got some beautiful quartz beads in the mail on Saturday and just had to use them right away! These photos don't do justice to the colors of these babies.




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 pair

HALLOWEEN JEWELRY next post

Friday, August 20, 2010

I gave in...

I mentioned in yesterday's post how much I wanted to get into metal stamping. Well....



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

Treasury

I made a treasury!




Summer isn't quite over yet

Too many ideas

I have so many ideas of projects that I want to make. With different materials and tools and colors. One of the things I'm really dying to get into is metal stamping. But that seems like it has a fairly large upfront cost for the stamps. But I have so many ideas of necklaces that would look so cool stamped. Maybe I should just by one of the innexpensive starter sets and go from there.

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

This is new

Has everyone seen the changes to Etsy shops? I have to say, I like it. Here's what my shop looks like with the new changes


The sections are over on the left now, and the announcement section has been shortened. I like this a lot. Too often I see shops with such a long announcement that I have to scroll and scroll down to get to their items.

Also now you can have 4 featured items. this I like

In honor of these changes I'm also having a sale in my shop:

15% off featured items

and from now on I will always be offering free shipping within the US

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Fantastic weekend!

I mentioned that hubbs and I are huge geeks right?

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.

(sorry for the crappy picture)Aren't they cute! They're cupcakes with Borg faces! I made them myself out of gumpaste. Here are some close ups of some of the faces.



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

Trees

Here's a quick picture of some of the finished catnip pillows. I've actually been thinking about listing these on Etsy. I don't know if I should start a seperate shop for them or list them in my regular shop.


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 out

This 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

Sewing

At my last craft show I had thrown together a small basketfull of little catnip pillows. Just little bits of fabric sewn together stuffed with batting and catnip. And people bought them like crazy! I didn't expect that! I also didn't expect that every person who came by would pick up a pillow and smell it either LOL. So I'm making a lot more of the pillows. I got a bunch of cute fabric scraps that were cut into squares.

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

Weekend plans

From Friday evening to Sunday evening I will be minus a husband. He is going to a civil war event with his father for the whole weekend. So what does that mean....for one that means sprawling out on our king sized bed!!!! Well actually huddled in a corner while the cats sprawl out, you know how it is.

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

TUTORIALS

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!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Inspirations

Since learning that I was accepted as a vendor to The Witches Ball, I've been wanting to make a few things that lean towards the gothic side. I love the Victorian Gothic style of jewelry and clothing.

I had these beautiful deep red glass cabochons and some wonderful antique bronze settings, which I think went really well together.

The first thing I made was a bracelet with some pieces of bronze filligree, and some lovely deep red Czech glass beads


I wanted to make some things to match it, to make a really nice set that went together. The next thing I made was a pair of earrings.

As I was making the earrings I got an idea for a matching necklace.





And having just recieved them in the mail, I had to make a ring to go along with it