12/31/12

So much stuuuuuff.

OK, thank you guys so much for all the supportive comments. This is why I love the online crafty community, so much awesomesauce.


 Second, let me apologize for three pix of the same thing, but I honestly felt each one gave a different piece of necessary info. Assuming anything related to necklaces can be considered necessary.
(The top half of this prayer vessel is treated with fine emblozzling powder. You can almost see it!)

 Here three slightly graduated memory wires have been wrapped in banana fiber and just coated in a zillion tiny stitches. And I used white rub-n-buff on the metals. Wait, lemme show you the other end. Which brings me to Sharon Driscoll's request, "How about listing a few ways us more anal retentive people can "grime" up our work. I need some guck and cant get it." OK, unless anal means actually rubbing it in your... I mean, you gotta get grimy... Like here I rubbed the fibers with paste wax mixed with dirt (straight from outside, not sifted or nuthin'.) Then that wasn't enough so I also rubbed a very grimy paintbrush I'd been using to oxidize a million things. It was still wet and covered in rust particles. Since I oxidize so very much, the stuff gets everywhere and I really like the effect on fabrics and leather.
Here's a crazy bright piece. I still have a mini boner for crazy bright things. There are TWO pieces of body piercing jewelry in this baby. And these electric chartreuse gems from the gemshow- no idea what they are.
Yeah, another prayer vessel with the bottom half in variegated coppery leaf! I swear, if I had a nickel for every time I've seen one of those...
But this one has these dots on top. I haven't taken the close ups yet, but it's pretty cool. What the hell kinda paint is it you ask? It's Japanese gel for that miniature food, meant to look like raspberry drizzle stuff.
Here's this. A geode with pigment powder.
Here's from my faux mercury glass series.
Sheeeemery.
Oh and some more with the teardrop findings that turned out to be ten times more trouble than they were worth.
Don't know if you can tell, but I'm always looking for shortcuts because I'm so impatient. 
The colorful polymers here under the leafed star findings, as well as the bottom dangles on the red ones above and the dangle bead in the crazy bright necklace way above, those are all from the awesome and totally unique Grubbi. I won them in a giveaway! And I couldn't stop myself from writing "I never win these things." Just like all y'all do when I tell you you've won a giveaway. Circle of life.
These were a tiny star flower cookie cutter for fondant that I sliced into 2 and opened up, oxidized, leafed, etc. Coin and medal from Uruguay.
Oh! I fixed these. Reshaped the findings, re-oxidized and lengthened the link to the whistles so the beads no longer obscure them.
These just needed more oxidizing. And I just needed to slow down and breathe.
Check out these babies. Started with two tiny fondant cookie cutters, then continued it with some brass strips from the hardware store.
What am I forgetting? Oh! this guy:

Huge ass cuff. And I showed it to you before but now the leafing makes it all better.  Didn't expect this new leaf to be so coppery but it's quite gorgeously bright.
So wait what else  is going on? Oh yeah! It's New Years Eve. I should proly be doing something else with myself.... 
Happy New Years you awesome bitches.

15 comments:

alteredarcheology said...

Well, you are blogging on new years and I'm reading it so who is more pathetic? Lol!! Just kiddin'. Love all the new goodies, especially the brights and btw, meant to comment on your last post which was so heartwarming. I'm so happy for you to have an amazing life affirming realization. Little juicy nuggets of life....cheers my Fanci. Best to all in 2013.

Regina said...

Awesome! Happy New Year!

Lela said...

Okay, those eyes are not earrings. Those are a work of art. Those look like contour drawings. Extremely cool. I only wish I wore big earrings. Sending you a question/convo on Etsy.

OH. And Happy*New*2013*

Juliette Williams said...

holycrap I want those eye earrings. They are fantastic. Girl, I hope you don't mind if I explore that idea a bit with wire? Please? Cause it's right up my Calderesque alley.

Okay, Happy New Year LOVES, I'm off to the party (across the garden) with a little bubbly. :)

xoxo Juliette

Alice said...

I can't believe I'm saying this but its 11:24 PM and I'm still awake!

You are the queen of grime. Wait that didn't sound right. Thanks for your tips on making things grimy!

I love all the piece you showed. The fondant cookie cutters look like eyes with tear drops. Cool!


Happy New Year, and I'm looking forward to another year of reading your blog and being inspired!

Sharon Driscoll said...

It's the whistle earrings that tripp my trigger. I love the colors and the little toys. DH was a toymaker for 27 years.- he has broken spine issues now...they just seem to bring that twinkle back. Thanks for the lesson on the grime...I'll work with wax and dirt some and see what I can come up with. I'll send pics in acouple of days.

Sparrow said...

You...what have you done?! AMAING THINGS THAT'S WHAT. Those eyes are just... I'm like this:

http://static.quickmeme.com/media/social/qm.gif

Cause I can't fathom how someone could have such a galaxy of ideas in their head. I mean Japanese gel?! For fake food?!?! COME ON. And here I am bein' proud of the cap I made on a leather cord...

Sparrow said...

Motherfuc--- that damn image was supposed to be:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/69374750@N04/7300291662/

that's what I look like everytime I come here.

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martinisfor2 said...

ooooooooooooHHHHHHH! I love the latest batch of designs! You never cease to amaze me with your repurposing ideas. My two absolute favs are the 'cookie cutter eyes' and the 'bright ball and whistle earrings'! That sounded a bit weird!?!? Whenever I see anything headed for the trash now I always think... 'WWFD'? My hubbie even does it now too.

That you for the grunge tute... I'll have to give it a try. Dirt...who knew?

Anyways... A Happy and prosperous New Year to all!

Star of the East said...

The eye earrings...perfection.

fancylinda said...

Happy 2013! I look forward to seeing all the pieces you are going to create this year!

Beatnheart said...

I am celebrating “our” first year anniversary. It was at this time last year that I found you, fell in love with you and have been reading your blog and falling over ever word you say, every piece you make, every bond you break... I have met some of my best friends through this blog and you...the most awesome of ladies who I have grown to love and cherish in good times and bad throughout the year...each and every one of you has something to bring to the table and to share ...this
is the coolest club to belong to...love you and all the bitches that follow and comment and support us hard working gals who sweat at our work benches to make the unique and beautiful....thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here...cynthia

Tribalis said...

What a gorgeous necklaces Marina! Wow..
Happy "New Year" to you!

Turtle Grass Body (Laura) said...

I LOVE the prayer boxes. I swear, your art amazes me. I feel like I'm not just buying jewelry, but something that is infused with a little bit of soul. You are so cool. :)