9/10/14

Ten Trillion Things

I just listed ten trillion things. Must be all the exercise. So here's a quick recap.
Here's the stuff I listed in my new vintage curios section:
Dragon. Vintage Tibetan cast bronze pendant.Foldable Handheld SpectaclesVintage miniature hand mirror.
Dragon.                                                    Foldable Handheld Spectacles          Vintage mini hand mirror.
Tibetan reliquary prayer box pendant.Shell pendant ornament with solder in silver color.Seascape large double sided copper locket.
Tibetan reliquary prayer box pendant.          Shell pendant.                                  Seascape.
I know I'm going full-on sellerofvintagestuff. 
And here's what I've listed in my brand spankin' new makes-much-more-sense-as-a-section-name handmade elements section:
OK, but now I just realized there's a million things in that section- should I divide it into beads and pendant/charms? Anyone?

Here's some stuff I'll list later:
Couple more pairs of these guys. So I'm gearing up to sometime in the nearish future make a tute about these. What the hell should I call these damned things? Can anyone think of a concise descriptive name? Please?
I'm in love with these. Didn't think I could pull off the big buttons but they're just so friggin' SQUEEEE! It's the texture of the wood I think. Something about it, and the perfection of the handpainted cherries... They're too much... can't even...
Some simple cuties with garnet and lampwork.
I dig the design on these. Simple but each bit is sort of special- like how the lampworks are part of the ear wires or that the garnet are hung on thread instead of wire. So they're minimal but engaging, ya know?
OK, a while back I had these that I remade. They're celluloid buttons, very unusual.
I removed the labradorite and dangled a buncha stuff that reflected the colors of the buttons. Much better.
I had these gorgeous prayer cards from uruguay. These pendants are all cut from the same card. 
The detail is amazing. 
Originally the card was pristine but when I dunked these in water/baking soda to clean off the flux and then the oxidizer, of course this happened.
And being me, I was like yeah sure whatevs. Including when the high soldering heat cracked two of the little shrine-shaped glass pieces. I can't find it in me to be upset by that. 
 This is from a confirmation card. I used some of the faux-mercury-glass technique I told y'all about ages ago. Of course with the water damage deal, most of the southwest quadrant silver wandered off. 
And again, cracked glass. And again, I don't care. Nanny nanny boo boo. Stick my head in doo doo.

I meant to share ages ago this finished piece by etsy's mamaanna1 using my large faux ancients:
Is that bad-ass or what? Man I go nuts seeing what people use my beads and bits on. It makes me SOOO stupid happy.

And finally, for those who were freaked out by last post's sponge-lady video, lets admire the most majestically backdrop-ed llama yawn in recorded history:
 
Das all. Feel free to go about your business.

9/5/14

Woo-Hoo!!!


Y'all I'm so energized by my new discovery of this thing called eks-ur-saizuh it's not to be believed. I've only been four times and I already feel better than I have in like a decade. I already knew I had to be doing this ages ago, I'm a moron.
Master Passion. Victorian tribal assemblage dangle brooch with porcelain rose plate, rough agate and salvaged tin.
Master Passion.
Fade and Remain asked, "What kind of music do they play at Zumba?? I'm scared, I want to, but reggaeton. RAGGAETON... Your audience needs to know."
Springtime. 3 earring pair sets, speckled polymer beads in mustard, coral and light blue pastels. 11mm.
Springtime.
LOLOLOL.  My gym has hip hop dance classes as well which I might focus on. As for Zumba, yeah the movements are all based around the basic Salsa step and the music's all like house-ified beaner toonage. I prefer hip hop cuz I'm no good at being hispanic in general.
Springtime. 5 speckled polymer beads in mustard, coral and light blue pastels. 10mm.
Springtime.
And you have to accept that you'll look like a fool for the first many times, maybe forever. But no one cares. There's like old Chinese ladies twerking it out...
Easter. 6 speckled polymer beads in white, coral and pastel spotted. 10mm.
Easter.
One of the things I like is this ethnic mix where white folks are for sure the minority. On the other hand seeing myself looking so white in the mirror is a bit scary. I'm so pale I look yellow, y'all.
Bit o' Glam. 5 white polymer beads links with gold glitter speckles and oxidized brass mini caps.
Bit o' Glam.
But we got mostly black and Mexican then a slew of Chinese and Indian with a sprinkling of white. Why does that make me so happy though? Any of y'all uncomfortable when you're in a place with only all white people?
Concrete. 4 pale green polymer clay artisan doughnut bead links with pitted speckles and dark brass caps.
Concrete.
ANYWAYSES, as you can see I've been experimenting with beads and finishes. Some that came out a bit boring I decided to offer capped, as that adds a nice touch. I love simple caps without any extraneous filigree crap.Crusty Glam. 3 dark polymer clay artisan bead links with gold and black speckles and oxidized brass cone caps.
Crusty Glam.
Oh and I finally got me a pack of black cardstock and never has been photo-ing and editing so fast and easy.  I'm friggin' high over it I'm so stoked. I was using one same sheet before and that crap got so filthy, I seem to spread lint and spots wherever I go. And that led to hours on Photoshop blurring out little flecks of whoknowswhat. Yeah. It only took me 5 years to figure out my etsy photos, it's cool.
Crusty Glam. 4 dark polymer clay artisan bead links with gold and black speckles and antiqued bronze caps.
Crusty Glam.
So I edited and listed these in such a happy rush, I'm pretty sure I've made some horrible mistake. Like mislabel a bead as 'nipple ring' level mistake.
Crusty Crackle Pins. 4 lollipop polymer clay artisan head pins in blue with gold glitter shards.
Crusty Crackle Pins.
So if you hop over to the shop and see anything about nipple rings, please let me know won't you?
Crusty Crackle Pins. 6 teardrop polymer clay artisan head pins in blue with gold glitter shards.
Crusty Crackle Pins.
So y'all remember when I had all these beads:

I had made, the pink and grey ones? They were ok but not that exciting?Stone Path. Polymer clay jewelry elements with striated, faceted texture. 4 beads and 3 head pins. 9-11mm.
Stone Path. Polymer clay jewelry elements with striated, faceted textu...
I gave up on them suddenly and magically seducing me, so I took my knife and faceted them all up. Stone Path. 3 earring pair sets. Polymer clay art beads with striated, faceted texture. 9-11mm.
Stone Path. 3 earring pair sets. Polymer clay art beads with striated,...
I was worried not knowing what I'd find under there, thinking it was just one plain color.Stone Path. Polymer clay jewelry elements with striated, faceted texture. 4 beads and 2 head pins. 9-11mm.
Stone Path. Polymer clay jewelry elements with striated, faceted textu...
Pretty pleasantly surprised.
Stone Path. 5 mix and match grey polymer clay art beads. Striated, faceted and pitted textures. 12-14mm.
Stone Path. 5 mix and match grey polymer clay art beads. Striated, fac...
Accentuated the facet edges with some black dry-brushing, as per Shipwreckdandy's tute.
Stone Path. 6 polymer clay head pins with striated, faceted texture. 9-11mm.
Stone Path. 6 polymer clay head pins with striated, faceted texture. 9...
None too shabby. Offering them in small batches. Now watch them sit forever and never sell.
Stone Path. 4 polymer clay head pins with striated, faceted texture. 9-11mm.
Stone Path. 4 polymer clay head pins with striated, faceted texture. 9...
Ok so from the file of lost listings, I found this necklace that I must've clicked Edit instead of Copy when listing something else and it disappeared:
Circle of Compassion. Rustic assemblage choker with amethyst, rose quartz, labradorite and recycled elements.
Circle of Compassion.

From the file of Damn-Where'd-This-Come-From, I found this guy:
Light of Being. Thick, chunky colorful rustic tribal bollywood choker.
Light of Being.
I made this a few years ago, back when I was experimenting with bright crazy colors. It has nothing to do with anything I make now. It's not expensive. *shrugs* ... I think it's cute.
Vintage pocket watch case train medallion pendant.
Vintage pocket watch case train medallion pendant.
So finally, I've been considering adding a vintage randoms section in the shop. A lot of you guys keep a separate shop where you sell destash and vintage... I personally can't keep track of two different shops... And my shop already has all kinds of random things... So yeah I guess I'm doing this. I'm offering vintage bits that I feel like I couldn't really add to by making it into a finished piece. Like this one above. Throw a thick leather cord on it, make it long, and bam, you got a cool-ass piece.

Finally I'mma leave you with a little video of me making jewelry:
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(About 2 thirds in she starts having multiple orgasms it's inspiring.)