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Working on jewellery designs in a Good Omens theme was fun. I loved making parts and finding all sorts of bits in the stash to represent the Angel, Demon and their world. I went looking through the pretty wide range of mother-of-pearl drops and pieces and found a few circles that had a very “Planet Earth” colour range to them. They were great, but small enough that all I could really fit properly on them was “Our Side”.4nwgo1

The engraved circle was so clean looking that I decided to stay as minimalist as possible and used only a pair of black and white glass bead flat circles with a smaller silver metal one to join it all together.

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I’d been having fun with making Good Omens necklaces with pairs of shell wings, but wanted to do a few that were a bit more casual. The little banners I’d engraved for a couple of the wing pairs made me really happy so I wanted to try that as the main focus. Luckily, the stash provides and there were a few different shapes of mother-of-pearl drops to choose from. This one is a bit of a free-form drop and it was a good shape to show “Our Own Side”. One of the silver snake links takes up the left (Crowley) side while a gold shield with a pair of tiny wings makes up the right (Aziraphale). Of course, a little heart joins them together!2nwgo2

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biomon3In the last couple of years I’ve gotten lucky on the hunt and scored a group of Care Bears for mutant making. Among them were a couple of the “friends”, which are other animals. When I saw that the monkey was a bright yellow, I knew right away that he needed a bio-hazard symbol on his belly! biomon5

While I prefer to use sewn details for the bellies, it wasn’t possible in this case so I went with doing it with fabric paint. Luckily, the paint is a close enough match that several people have been very surprised that it is an alter!

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I don’t do very many craft commissions. I’ll get the occasional custom stuffie request but it doesn’t come up much with the jewellery and I generally just make what I want and then offer up the finished pieces. This was one of the rare custom necklaces I’ve made.

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One of my framing clients would stop in every year or so with more pieces and she always enjoyed seeing what I was up to in the crafts and decided she needed a custom necklace that made a statement. She’d seen the large chest piece I’d done using a brass clock frame and wanted something very much on the same scale with the theme of Time.

I had a second brass frame plate and that was the base. A trio of enamelled watch faces became the main part of the design. A pretty little watch case, with a red heart inside, was set into the centre of the top and flanked by a pair of tiny brass wings. Chains of glass beads and brass decorate it and make up the support necklace.

She loved it and told me how much she enjoyed wearing it, especially to any meetings where there would be “questions” about if/when she was considering retirement!

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The jewellery supply stash has all sorts of interesting bits and bobs and one of the things was a, truthfully, slightly tacky, necklace that was made up of snakes and skulls. I’d had it for quite a while, and had used a couple of the skull links, but the snakes just hadn’t jelled with anything. That was before I’d seen “Good Omens”!

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I had been able to cut a few more pairs of shell wings and the silver snake components were perfect for the black, Crowley, side of a necklace. A silver key, with a silver feather balance it on the white, Aziraphale, side. One of the little skulls hangs between them and I made an apple drop from some red and green glass beads. While I stayed with silver toned chain for the whole thing, each side has a different style.

I loved the splash of colour from the little apple and used them in quite a few of this group.

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Some of the stuffie mutants are riffs on a theme that I’ll come back to several times but some are total one-time-only things. Sometimes that’s because I just had an idea that I wanted to try and once it’s done, I don’t need to come back or sometimes, it’s just because the salvaged parts worked out that ONE time, and they probably never will again.

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This guy was a case of getting lucky with the supplies and dye batches. I had made a large spider bear out a pair of the big Beanie Bears and, as usual, all that was left of the second bear was his head. Luckily, I also had one of the small, regular sized version of the same bear on hand AND the dye batches were close enough that I was able to give him a big head and have it look seamless!

Not something I ever expect to happen again since these “Pooh” bears have a supersoft fur that dramatically shows the slightest wear so they are pretty rare to find in usable condition.

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Last year, at the beginning of June, “Good Omens” was released on Amazon Prime. I’ve loved the book since the early 90’s and tried not get my hopes up too high about a tv adaption butI was thrilled to have been too pessimistic since it was fantastic!

Falling in love with a show very often gives me a creative burst and this was no exception. It took a bit for the making urge to clarify itself. One aspect is that I’m working on my first direct character cosplays for myself. (I’ll have pics and discussions of those as things get farther along)

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The other group that came out was a collection of shell “wing” necklaces. I wanted to represent both characters and how they join together. To do it, I handcut wing shapes from empty shells I’d found and then stained the mother-of-pearl inside of one black while keeping the other in it’s natural pale tones. The first one I did, had a small heart from the stash, joins the wings and then I hung a little skull and a mother-of-pearl banner below and etched the banner with “Our Own Side” and rubbed some paint into the cuts so it shows. The wings are held in an open position by the placement of the chain attachment points. As often happens with me, the first is the one I consider mine so I’m keeping it!

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