Thursday, August 9, 2012

Glued Ego

Religion: illusion
Nationality: illusion
Tools striving for earthly godliness
Painting credos of tangible unreality
Scarred innocents
Chopped from divinity
Innocents gutted by obscene crossfire
War loses for us

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Antique Necklace and Fire Pit

necklace circa 1930s

Mary Louise Rueff necklace my mother-in-law saved for my daughter

Based upon research, it seems many ball tassels may be missing

unsigned piece, is reminiscent of Miriam Haskell; clasp is not reminiscent of designer's work

nice patina going on the brass

Cliff's project fire pit, taking repurposing to an all new level

Sunday, June 10, 2012

New Gothic Bracelets Complete

This custom order was so fun.  I love trying out new ideas.  I especially appreciate that my client gave me the freedom with creativity.  The order was for a custom bracelet with direction including bats, skulls, raven, real rules.  So I started with polymer bats and birds and squarish beads with painted little honey bees and flowers.  When I began constructing the bracelet, the raven cracked on the hand dyed hemp.  WTH!  Ok, well it just chipped...sanded and glazed to fix.  Then I added the bat.  The bat just didn't look right.  This bracelet was made for an adult and the rest of the materials I was using were pretty sophisticated.  The bat was just awkward.  Plus since the crow cracked (this black clay I was using seems to be somewhat brittle), I didn't really trust bat wings on a bracelet that gets more hazardous wear and tear than a necklace.  So I busted the bat off the piece.  So I went from using all the suggested elements to eliminating 2 of them.

Earlier last week, I finished painting some Mexican sugar skulls while watching Frank Zappa's The Torture Never Stops with my husband.

Sugar Skulls polymer clay and acrylic paint

bats and birds and bees in background

Roses on the back of their heads

Well, I originally planned on stitching the honey bee beads to the macrame hemp bracelet, but I just had too many elements; they just didn't fit.  So, plan B was to just make another bracelet.  Below are the results.

Hand dyed hemp macrame bracelet

Velveteen flower made from Eileen's upcycled jeggings floss and beads

Blue gothic bracelet

Bohemian charm

very cool all the way around

So since I couldn't figure out how to keep the flow together and uncluttered, I made a second bracelet.  Here is the 2nd additional bracelet:

silver wire wrapped tigerwire bracelet with moonstones

hand painted little bee beads

iridescent seed beed with labradorite, rainbow flourite, and amethyst chips

Bohemian elegance

star and colors add a touch of gothic romance

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Gothic Bracelet Commission W.I.P~~Honey Bees, Birds, and Bats

Here is a work in progress for a commission:

Little hand painted polymer beads

Honey bees and flowers in progress

Beaded velveteen flowers for clasp made from my daughter's upcycled  pants

Hand dyed hemp rope, beaded flowers, polymer clay finished crows and blue bee beads
These are for 2 bracelets, one a commission and one to list in my Etsy shop.  I will post the finished project when I am done....almost there.  I am in process of painting sugar skull beads and glazing bats, both made from polymer clay.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Breast Cancer Survivor Gifts Awaiting Shipment

I've finally finished this project.  All the items are ready to ship home tomorrow.  I really enjoyed making everything.  I had a few minor set backs with  polymer clay, but what is life without a few bumps?  

Here are two sister dolls.  They are constructed out of 100% natural cotton from a pattern I drew.  They are lightly filled with poly/cotton quilt batting and bits of scraps from the body fabric and batting.  I needle worked their faces using high quality embroidery floss.  I've delicately sewed their hair, which is soft acrylic blend yarn my mother-in-law had cut to make tassels, to their heads under their little scarves.  Their scarves and matching shift dresses are made from 100% cotton rose printed fabric embellished with pink rick rack and lace.  Each sister also wears matching lace girdle shorts. 

Here are all the gifts together.  They are photoed on a small quilt I made a couple years ago.  The quilt is not part of the care package.  In this photo are sets of rag dolls, watercolor painted journals, prayer boxes, necklaces, bracelets, earrings.
God boxes have the Serenity Prayer scripted running along the sides of the boxes.  The box is constructed out of cereal boxes, covered in recycled school homework paper, acrylic paint, watercolor paper painted butterfly appliques, and mod podge.

Watercolor painted journals made from watercolor paper that has been cut to size, wash painted, and sewn together with pink embroidery floss.  The cover has been embellished with pink foiled seed beads and decoupaged butterflies and sealed with mod podge.

These are the necklaces.  Butterflies are constructed from cereal box cardboard, acrylic paint, lace, and mod podge with watercolor painted butterfly appliques decoupaged to the top surfaces.  Butterflies are connected with copper jump rings.  The rest of the necklace I made by stringing composition groupings of rose quartz round beads, amethyst chip beads, turquoise colored seed beads, and hand painted clay robin egg squared beads on nylon coated stainless bead wire.  Beads are floating on the wire and held in place with silver crimps.  The necklaces close with hand made copper hook clasps and jump rings. 
Here is the rose quartz, amethyst, and butterfly jewelry set grouped together.
Bracelets made from rose quartz, handmade clay beads, turquoise color seed beads, rose wood flower beads, and amethyst chips strung on stretch string. 
I assembled these earrings from the same beads used in the other jewelry pieces.  The beads are strung on handmade copper ball head pins, dangling from copper ear hooks and jump rings.  I purchased these copper findings from Rocki's Metalwork, found on Etsy.

Closer look at sweet face embroidery.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Work in Progress Breast Cancer Survivor Care Package...coming along

Well, this project is getting closer to the end.  Yesterday, I had a minor set back.  I was originally thinking I could make beads for a statement necklace, earring, bracelet set with pink and black polymer clay and paper butterflies.  Well, ixnay on the polymer clay bead backing.  I did have that lurking notion that the material just was not going to be appropriate...luckily it broke immediately during glue up.  So I found a different solution and threw the beads in the trash.  Kind of a bummer because the cane was pretty wicked.  Seems this project is going to utilize more cereal boxes.  Yay for going green!  This is turning out better than I imagined and I am able to tie more of the individual pieces together to make a whole composition, as I am also incorporating the lace that I am using as foo foo for the dolls' dresses and scarves/hats (we'll see what comes out of the hand through the spirit when I begin to pull the needle and thread).

The little God boxes are turning out really sweet.  Yep, I think I am definitely going to be making more of these for the Etsy shop and a few of my friends.  I like that they are constructed out of cereal boxes and the magic of decoupage and paint.  Around the boxes I hand scripted the Serenity Prayer.  Let's take a moment for that now.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to know the difference.

The journals are probably the least far along.  I planned on having the dolls finished yesterday.  I worked on the boxes instead and completed the facial embroidery on the dolls.  I guess I'm kind of saving them to work on in bits and pieces because hand stitching is easier in my mind and soothing.

Below are some new photos of current progress.
lace paint and cardboard for butterfly beads

Serenity Prayer God Boxes

God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot

change, courage to change

the things I can & the wisdom to know the difference

Journals in progress atop lace bead support

sisters waiting for clothes and finishing touches

Friday, May 11, 2012

Breast Cancer Survivor Commission in Progress

Prayer boxes made out of cereal boxes and paper decoupage and paint

Butterfly watercolor for polymer clay/paper beads

Sisters, awaiting more embroider detail, hair, and clothing

kiss kiss
 Journals are not shown in this post;  they are coming along, too.  First stage of watercolor painting on 1/2 of the pages complete.  God boxes are awaiting further embellishment and detailing.  Boxes are about 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches by about 2 inches tall.  Little rag dolls will have brown hair and cotton rose printed scarves that match their dresses.  Their mini dresses and scarves will have pink ric rac and cream antique lace frill.  The jewelry seems to be my slowest in progress, but once I am satisfied that the butterflies are detailed enough, I will cut them out and make the polymer clay trays for them. 

This project has been so fun.  It is nice to make some new items.  I haven't actually made dolls before, just stuffed animals.  I love embroidering and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to revisit those skills.  We'll see how I do with the clothing.  I used to make Barbie doll dresses all the time.  That was when I was 10 and lived in Iowa.  Once I moved to Indiana right before entering the 6th grade, I didn't do as much sewing, unless it was to embroider dragons and rock and roll what not onto my jean jacket or pants. 

Thanks for checking out my stuff! Peace out~