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After I made my doll head gun, another of the random doll parts caught my eye and imagination. I have a strong urge for puns so just had to go ahead and make an arm gun as well. Just in case anyone missed the joke, I made a display frame for it with “The Right to Bear Arms” scrawled over the background. It was part of the same show at Meet Your Maker.armgun1

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In the last big haul of “Steampunk” supplies, there were all sorts of clock and watch parts. It was from a repair shop so while there was a really random mix, there were also a few big groups of things. One was a large number of the tiny ladies watch cases. Another was a box of the matching ladies metal expanding watch bands. The bands were new so were in great condition and had the old, high quality gold plating.

I liked the look of them as well as the fact that they can give a bit of a flex to how they fit. They are also narrow enough to work in necklaces, unlike the men’s.crystalwatch4

I ended up doing a series of asymmetrical pieces combining both. I set faux stones and gems into the watch cases. (I have no idea how people read the time on them since the faces were super tiny!) The bands make up part of the chains.

For this set I was able to find a trio of cases that, while not the same, feel very close to each other. A set of faux rainbow crystal druzy stones were set into each case. Some old stock vintage aurora borealis crystal drops were hung below each of the earring cases. The necklace has three of the drops hanging from a small brass gear. Salvaged glass beads, that have a bit of the aurora borealis sheen, give the set additional flash.

It’s the only one I did with the matching earrings and I love the Steampunk glitz it has!

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Near the end of making the Bucky Barnes bears, I found a bear with a pretty different style to him. He really made me think of fugative!Bucky so I wanted to, at least once, go for the look we see him wearing in the start of “Civil War”. (this was shortly after it came out)bb1

The first thing was make him a custom robotic arm and give it the red star. Even if it would be mostly covered by the clothes, I still did the full arm since it would have bugged me to leave him incomplete.bb4

I was able to thrift a t-shirt in the right colour for his Henley and some denim in a pretty close colour. The bears unique body shape meant I had to pattern all the clothes from scratch but they came out pretty cute. I wasn’t going to do the jacket but did decide to make the black ball-cap. As well, he got a little bag of plums. I was lucky to have some perfectly coloured and sized fake fruit in the stash. (they were grapes but made great scale-sized plums) Cutting down and rebuilding the bag was way more work than I’d expected but it really sells the rest of the look.

I’d seriously considered keeping him but I did let him go and he’s got a loving permanent home. (and may make some appearances with a full-sized Steve Rogers!)

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Sometimes I just have to make things that have been called nightmare fuel. This was one. A random group of doll parts came into my hands. They were bases for more advanced doll makers and came without wigs or eyes. The empty shell of a head spoke to me and I made it into a gun.

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Not just a steampunk style weird gun, but I had to push up a notch and give it glowing red eyes as well as a glowing gem in the barrel position, out of the top of the head. Yeah, I know. *shrug* I can’t explain these things, they just happen.

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It ended up with several more of my pieces as part of a show in the Meet Your Maker Gallery, Stratford. I also made a display frame for it so it could be hung for viewing.

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In honour of it being Star Wars Day, I’m sharing a quick tutorial for how to make a bunch of basic Death Star ornaments.

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These were part of the favours for a Star Wars themed holiday party and while they didn’t come out quite as easy as I had hoped, it is a way to get a bunch of them for a reasonable price and effort.

First, you start with a package of plastic, faceted ball ornaments. (I got the box at our local thrift store) These have to be plastic or you can’t cut the weapons array hole into them. You’ll need something to make the main weapons array piece as well. The best option I found for that part was a plastic and silicon ice cube tray from the dollar store. Each cell had a good, shallow curve with a slightly raised center point. The silicon bottoms meant it was easy to cut.

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Next is to figure out a circle size that is a bit wider than the bottom of the ice cube tray sections. You need the bottom to rest slightly inside the circle. Mark the ornaments with the circle in about the middle of the top half of it’s sphere and then cut a hole out of it.

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Cut the soft bottoms off of the ice cube tray.

Run a bead of glue inside the edge of the ornament cut circle and set a ice cube bottom in it. This can get fiddly since you need to make sure the slightly raised centre of the bottom is centred in the hole. Also, be careful if you are using hot glue since it might melt and deform the ornament along the edges.

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Once the glue is dry and the “weapons array” is solidly attached, use a very sharp blade and cut away the excess tray bottom, leaving it with a slightly raised edge.

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Second last step is to paint the whole thing silver or grey. (I went with silver and using spray paint is quick) You can then draw on some fine details with a black fine point marker to dress them up but you can skip this step if you have to do a large number.

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That’s it! As you can see, they may not be fancy but you can get 12-20 for under $10 material costs, which is hard to beat!

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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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