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Sometimes I come across things that might not be standard jewellery components,

crochet rose necklace

crochet rose necklace

but I can’t resist using them. (okay, so I’m honest enough to admit that a good chunk of what I use didn’t start out as jewellery supplies but some things are a bit more of a stretch than others) A vintage crochet doily had these fine roses along the edges. While I don’t do crochet, I appreciate the work and was able to tell that the roses were done as separate pieces that could be removed. They were small and delicate enough to be made into a necklace. Their centres were accented with rhinestones in a deep, co-coordinating pink. Some salvaged glass beads link them together. I went with greens on the links, because it reminded me of flower stems/branches. The centre drop is also salvaged rhinestones, in a pale green to match the links. There were also enough of the roses that I could make a matching pair of earrings. As I typically try to do, the clasp has a variable length closure so it will fit a range of neck sizes as well as hanging at different heights.

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In the heat of summer, sometimes it’s nice to be able to just sit in the path of the fan

watch case necklace

watch case necklace

and work on something small and fiddly, like the jewellery. There are times when a design will almost make itself and then there are times when part of an idea sits, unfinished for a frustrating length of time. I’d had part of this necklace in the “incomplete concept” point for longer than I want to admit to, but pulling it out for this round let me finally figure out what it should be. It was so tempting, with the vintage ladies watches to make delicate little pieces, since they are so small, but I wanted something with a bit more impact. Having the pair of cases accented by the glass eyes gave a great look, but still felt like it didn’t have enough strength to stand on their own. What worked, in the end, was adding more of them. A total of five make up the neckline as well there is the draped “beak”, that falls below, so it has a great deal of presence without much weight. It’s not a piece for the unassuming but also not so dramatic it won’t work with a range of styles/outfits.

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The Etsy shop has always been a bit of a melange, considering how many different

red gold gilded leather necklace

red gold gilded leather necklace

things we’re into. It’s main focus has always been the masks but some vintage and supplies were always there and now, the stuffies are part of the mix as well. When I recently started with a new line of gilded leather jewellery, I realized that I just didn’t want to throw it in there too, so I’ve opened a new shop, just for it. I’ve called it Gilty Hearts, since most of the pieces are gilded hearts. It’s been fun to actually use the some of the sterling silver leaf I’ve had around as well as some of the variegated leafs. This tiny heart is one of the red ones. The metal sheets are apparently heat treated to cause the colour changes. I’ve found that it’s hard to predict exactly what they will look like until they are fully finished since most of the sealants that are needed to preserve the finish, can cause some random colour changes. This one turned out really well, with a strong pink/red range.

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While hunting stuffed animals for the making of mutants, I’ve come across quite a number of

miniature mutant frog stuffed animal

miniature mutant frog stuffed animal

miniature stuffies as well. They are too small for much in the way of cuddling but they are the right scale to be worn as pins. (or in the hair, as was suggested to me) Now that enough have been collecting for me to get properly creative with the mixing and matching, a number have been finished. One of the first to get done was this frog. I was surprised to find out that I’d managed to find three of the same, but the bodies were too small to support a Cerberus-like trio of heads so instead, one two-headed frog was made and the other one got the extra limbs. I’m showing him off today since the finished shape is almost a shamrock. (nothing says “St. Paddy’s Day” like a tiny, green stuffed toy mutant, right? ) The plan with these is to keep the pins, hair clips and ponytail elastics on hand and any can be be attached, depending on how the client wants to wear them, since it only takes a couple of minutes to sew them on. Of course, they can stay as plain mini-mutants, if that’s what’s preferred.

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In the various batches of watch faces, there were a couple that

cuff with vintage watch face, leather, lace and silk

cuff with vintage watch face, leather, lace and silk

were a bit different from the standard, enamelled faces. I decided to use one as part of a wrist cuff. They have a very Art Deco look to them that makes me think they are probably from the 20’s or 30’s but the faces are paint over metal. They may have been war-time production since the metal is fairly thin. They also, instead of having the usual round edge, have four little tabs. The tabs are how I was able to attach it to a piece of salvaged leather. Slits were cut into the leather and then the tabs were inserted and clamped closed. I then trimmed the leather to make the bow and left an edge for attaching it to the cuff. The holes on the face were both filled with two Victorian black glass buttons. The base of the cuff is some salvaged lace covered with a piece of duponi silk, with it’s edges pulled, both in a soft off-white. The clock piece was attached to the cuff base by beaded details around the edges. Since I have trouble getting bracelets to fit properly, I never want to limit any of mine so it ties on with two pairs of black satin ribbons. (I had a friend point out that it’s actually possible, as a result of the ties, for it also to be worn as a choker)

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I had a fun time away and took part in some group crafting. "Radiohead" fascinator In Vegas a bunch of us got together, dumped a ton of random craft supplies on a few tables and called it “Iron Regretsy”. I brought the mystery ingredient, which was vintage vacuum tubes. My theme for the day was terrible haberdashery, and I didn’t intend to take part in the actual “competition” round, since I had the unfair advantage of knowing the secret ingredient in advance, but couldn’t resist when I found a deformed doll body in among the piles of stuff. It turned out to be a perfect fit for one of the larger tubes. Some green fleece-like fabric made a patch of grass from him to sit on and a vintage mushroom and glass beads completed the vignette. The whole thing was then attached to a headband to make it a fascinator. It stayed behind, to have further adventures in Sin city, but I made sure to take a few pictures!

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While I’m prone to going off on odd little tangents all on my own,

Bacon crown

Bacon crown

sometimes I get pushed down the path of strange. A while ago I’d made a mask that looked like it was covered in strips of bacon. It has been up in the Etsy store, but I can’t say that I had high expectations of it finding a home. However, it seemed a good way to help show the range of oddities I’m capable of making. So it was a bit of a surprise when it was sold a while ago. The gentleman who bought it asked if I was interested in making a matching crown. Was I, of course I was! We talked a bit about some possible styles and I ended up making it with graduated vertical strips. Both the strips and the band are salvaged leather that has been painted. Wire supports keep the high, centre strips vertical, while felt and ribbon lining on the inside protect the wearer. I’m really hoping to get some pictures of the complete outfit since the mask and crown will be the finishing touches on a bacon suit and cape for Mardi Gras. (and I also have to say what a joy it was to work with someone who was so organized about their planning and got this underway with plenty of time for both the creation and shipping)

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