Wow- those destash lots went fast. Sorry to those who missed them. Especially the particularly frantic Anonymous of the last comment. There'll be more at some point.

Here are some upcoming goodies: 
All of these are based on the ring-with-long-drop motif. I should come up with a better name for that motif. Any ideas?

This little focal is actually an address book. See how there's a dot on the upper right? That's a rivet bolt thing from which the pages swing out counter clockwise. 

 It says Rio on it, and I think that's an image of a stadium on there. Here it is from this post showing my original Uruguay haul.

 Also, there's a ring as a closure and the chunky nugs are mostly from my recent jansjewels hoard.
Here's some of what I got, post oxidizing.
This one has some gaea and some clbeads. The focal was a gift from Opulent Oddities I think, but I replaced the missing leaf with a clear peach one that didn't quite match and oxidized the shiny metal, which improved it beyond belief.  Goddamn it oxidizing is so essential!

Oh, here's a bracelet. While I'm at it, I'll show you what the focal originally looked like.

See? Flat. Yup.

I also prepared 3 pieces to send off to Belle Armoire Jewelry.  So here's a peek.
What else? 
[IMG_0075.JPG]Oh, here's an anecdote. So after showing pictures of my penultimate Uruguay haul, I got a note from Blood Milk pleading with me to sell her this here santo hand.

the sparrow's nest. rose gold sparrow claw earrings.Fact is, I didn't wanna sell it. But I noticed that all her items are cast in metal, so I offered to send it to her and allow her to cast it, after which she'd return it. Lemme show you some of her stunning items while I'm at it.amour fou. part ii.all of my hummingbirds have alibis....lydia and beetlejuice. sterling starling claw engagement ring.

So we convoed a little as the months went by. It mostly consisted of me saying not to sweat it and keep the thing as long as she wanted.

Over a year later, I get this in the mail:
OK, not only did I get the hand back and this amazing black piece "cast immortal in bronze and then industrially powder coated in a semi-glossy black, a finish that resembles being dipped in tar or black lava. This finish is permanent, with the paint literally baked into the metal." (quoted fromNot only did I get that, I also got all the insane briolettes you see here.
I need not tell you, this many labradorite with this level of flash and the rhutilated ritulated rutilated rhitulated ... the other ones, which are clearly of at least AA quality, if not AAA, and both being cut so perfectly.... Whoa. This whole sentence is taking waaaaaaay too much effort. Lemme just say: scoooore!

And then this happened:



(Note: in addition to the price of these lots, $5 priority shipping. 'Kay?) 

 Hi again. Here's the 2nd lot. Starts with this huge filigree square, very heavy.

Piece of rhinestone bracelet that you can disconnect the bars from and you end up w/bar connectors. Also, the piece on the lower left is a curtain clip.

Some awesome dyed fibers, some antique brass trim, plastic carved button, antique silver spoon. it has a small crack on the lower right of the head. Etched white antique buttons with broken shanks. Black fabric buttons. Faux pearls I've grunged. A big gorgeous amber round with numbers. Big rifle cartridges. A patinated star link.

A ginormous dark African disk bead, plastic turquoise hoops, intricate leather cutout. Citrine non-pierced tumbled nugget from Uruguay. A chunky black tourmaline. A verdigris enamel bead. Some gray/mauve Czech rounds, long stone pendants.

A bunch of oxidized bead caps. A vintage French beaded petal, a little shoe charm. A bunch of little whitish buttons, a tigereye tumble, some little bright kitchy flower clusters. A vintage "B" charm. Some yellow African glass and those stone pendants are really lovely! 

Crochet purple flowers. More unpierced tigereye tumbles from Uruguay. Gleaming!
A vintage clay pipe found in London's famous River Thames. A shell coil drop. A vintage flower brooch. An amazing peach blue/gold/red/teal enamel cross, large. A long wooden bead.

Some recycled golden recycled glass beads. Magenta tumble. Vintage glass and plastic buttons. Coyote fang, long bone connector, brass chain with lilac plastic links. Black and white swirl glass beads.

A strand of puffy antique celluloid sequins, though not the other stuff seen here.
Black and silver rose trim. Heavy chandelier crystals. Tiny pearly shank button set. Complete alphabet rubber stamp set. Used once. I really like the font, actually. Good for collages.

A big brass bass or maybe viola? A few bamboo tiles, a brass stamping of 3 monkeys. A variety of vintage acrylic sew-ons. 2 white tooth beads. 4 clear glass drops w/red bits. A big glass lens from Uruguay from the estate of an ophthalmologist. They are of the greatest magnification I could find, I don't know if you can tell. Thick green coral bead. Tiny quartz crystal nuggets.

Two long black ancient fossils. These are real, from the era before animals existed, from before even flowers had evolved. A petrified piece of wood. A length of plastic beads on wire in orange and yellow. Gray/mauve Czech rounds.

Muskrat skull. Pristine. Dyed ribbons.

Hand-carved bone pendants. Nugget silvery beads, teal tulips. Little bullet casings. Black woven leather cord.
But wait! There's more!

Here's some nugget beads and some fibers, including a hand-dyed vintage glove with the fingers cut off.


Giant round metal found object with top of a vintage spool affixed to it. And a couple strands of some kind of stone drops finished with African glass ribbed beads. Giant brass brad. Glass link on ripped silk with metal drop.

Here's a coin pendant showing some Masonic imagery.

Old grungy scapular. Little rhinestone piece.

Here's the weirdest part of this lot. A length of vintage bandages on which I have glued flattened, rusty found bottle caps. On those, little images from very old school books and a picture dictionary. Over that, utee. Oh yeah, my love affair with this stuff goes waaaaay back.

Here, a couple Tim Holtz pins, a gorgeous blue glass dangle, pink aluminum chain, brass and lilac plastic chain. Also, I totally fucked up this photo. As much as these pieces are nuts and maybe not so great, they're a hell of a lot greater than this.
Also, I wanted to thank you guys. Your funny comments are making my mom actually read this blog! She's all, "Your fans are smart ladies!" Except read that in a cute hispanic accent.  Her favorite comment was Regina's "We need earrings!" Which I didn't even get til she said it. Then I was like goddamn! How'd I miss that?

Of course, my fave was from ChelseaGenerally, first comments from a long-time lurker should be some sort of praise for the created theeengs, but what I really felt compelled to say was "I refuse to believe that we need the mosquitoes!" Also, of course, I'm as usual awed and impressed by the way you continue to be able to make earrings interesting. You inspire me.
I didn't hear anything after "lurker." I was wandering around my house with my chest all puffed out saying "I have lurkers! My blog's so big, it has lurkers!" My hubs is all, "But you knew that for however many followers, there's several times more viewers or whatever."
"Yeah, but... I have LURKERS! Long-time lurkers! Just never thought of it that way, you know?"
"Yeah, honey. I'm very proud of you."
"She even used my lingo! She said 'theeengs'!"
"You're a trend setter! A harbinger!"
"Yeah! I'm an enigma wrapped inside an enema!"
Totally not true. My husband wouldn't know a word like harbinger if it came up and tongue kissed his brain.

(But now I'm left wondering- Do we need mosquitos? What the hell roll do they play in the circle of life? But under that criteria we certainly don't need humans. It's an enigma wrapped inside my ass!)

lots of lots

So I'mna show you the grungy goodness I got in the mail yesterday from my etsy-besty Sparrow. Here's just a few images of the lot:
This piece of etched measuring tape is connected to a hinged link- ready to be made right into a bracelet. Right after I curved it as you see.

Giant crystal things, including a bottle stopper, if you can make it out. Also stained glass!

Theengs. A hammered piece of Indian bangle w/bead happened to land on this big link and right away a light clicked- toggle! Also, 3 all-white cord chains!

More white goodies. More frosting tips for giant bead caps!

I'm crazy over these fat square African dangles. And look at those mercury glass icicles- squeeeee! Beyond that there are 2 gorgeous dangles.  Also thick cord already capped for my convenience. And these giraffe stones that I actually had sent to her ages ago! And I didn't have any left and so needed gray things! And the little carved guy is actually a buddha bent down cradling his face in his hands.

Grungy primitive goodness. Hyperventilation time. These stones are ancient, and right next to them are these awesome polymer grungies! I love mixing things like this. And this brooch is inscribed with '1942'. Hey, that's when WWII started. I really like these big wooden guys, too.

These peacock tail bits in the upper corner. Little sewn pieces.

A tiny vial of awesome pearls but you cant tell they're awesome through the vial... But then an intricate something behind that, lots of cool mesh chain, I don't know what.

Big-ass Hamsa hand. This piece of tekk... I can't remember how you say it- It's a METEORITE! 


 Oh, tons of fibers, but here's just my faves. You can't tell but the black velvet is totally worn off, which actually made me start making noises that had my husband yelling up to me "What is it? What's wrong?" Big-ass crystal that is proly too huge to be of any use. Triangular tart tin. Say that 5 times fast. More stones and things.

Oh, and an almost complete cuff that I already cut up before even taking pictures because I was so in love with the strip part. 

And a gorgeous opalescent buckle that I've already connected to some wrapped cord.
Well, there's lots more but I'm too overwhelmed.

So you know what happens now- oversupplypanic! 
So it's massive destash time.
The following pictures will heretofore be referred to as LOT A and will be available to whoever fancies it for $40. Just cuz I can't handle it doesn't mean it aint good stuff.

Here we see some dyed vintage crochet and rags. New crochet flowers, tiny French beaded flowers, metal vintage wreath, uruguayan coin, pearlized drops, luster leaves, rustic golden yellow beads, some kind of drops of some sort, ceramic grey and white beads, buttons and tiny chandelier crystals, bone piece, thick copper chain, rhinestone piece, scapular.

Eight thin acrylic squares that you can use instead of glass to make pendants. They're how I cheat! A grungy oxidized hoop etched w/flowers, black shank rhinestone button, fat faux pearl in setting, natural, tumbled hematite nugget from Uruguay, not pierced. Blue epoxy drops. African spotted glass bead.

Some crazy colorful bits including MOP daggers, plastic buttons in pink shimmer, faux amber, turquoise nugget, glass somethings. More un-pierced nuggets- gleaming tigereye, amethyst. Chandelier crystal, red beaded bead.

 Black/brown vintage plastic beads. Pearlized ivory strawberries. Oxidized vintage chain. Plastic pearly 6-ball star things. A variety of bullets.

Coral chips, round foil-back piece. Grungy shell piece, fuzzy pink Japanese beads. Filigree corner, thick rusty found coil. MOP buckle. Teal acrylic tulips. This super heavy piece of antique hardware from Uruguay.

Teal hoops, tiny light bulbs.

 Wait. I think I mentioned these already. The mint buttons I painted them with nailpolish!

Antique ribbon w. green velvet. Gorgeous found turtle shell.

This stuff. Including antique scapular and leather cut-out.

Single hand-dyed cut vintage glove. Heavy African glass tubes. Acrylic crystals, 'sugared' some kind of fruit. A lovely stone pendant. A length of grey/mauve Czech rounds.

More African beauties, found rhinestone pieces, a ring that I've oxidized and set with a vintage leather button. 

Some colorful bits.

Antique puffy sequins made of cellulose. 

A big fat swivel clasp and bone.

A bunch of oxidized bead caps, white freshwater potato pearls, hand made wrapped paper beads. 2 round settings, 2 plastic cameo ladies. Red glass drops, metal red beads, tiny coral rounds. Faux pearls hand-grunged using my secret method. (That being acrylic paint and water.)

A coyote fang, a collection of oxidized cord chain lengths, buttons, glow-y white Victorian bugle beads. Tiny blue guys, purple and pink connector and drop with acrylic stones. Black Czeck leaves.

Big primitive black rounds, African yellow glass, 4 plastic white tooth-like beads. A white ear piece thing. 2 cobalt 3-leaf Czech drops. A blue heart thing.

A roll of non-tarnish copper wire, 4 bamboo tiles, 2 more chandelier crystals, a stuffed heart. Then the thing on top is a round piece with three pierces. You can put something in it that is special but you don't know how to connect it, put it in there, affix a round piece of mica or acrylic sheet (some of you scrapbookers might have one) over it and you have a bezel! 

A variety of drops and sew-ons.

5 pretty rhinestone bar connectors, a little thimble charm. Several big black vintage buttons. And also some more textiles which are beautiful but you'll just have to take my word on that, I'm not taking any more pictures. 

I can't handle listing the second lot quite yet. I'm burnt out! I think I'll list it later tonight. I know any of you looking for destash lots will wanna see what's in both before saying you want one. But it's also 1st come 1st serve, so there's that. Is this going to end up the longest blog post ever?