Saturday, January 31, 2009

round robin necklace travel case

I finally finished sewing the case for my necklace to travel in! I used some vintage velvet drapery fabric from my stash to create the case and used more of my old metal buttons for part of my closures. I also used up the left over odd beads I had from making the necklace.
As you open it..........
then just a peek....................
and finally the necklace is revealed.
This little tied up bundle travels with the necklace too.
I made ATCs for my fellow participants to embellish and to indicate at what location on the necklace their particular charm hangs. These are my "artist sign in" pages where I've asked each person to attach a photo of their charm and sign their names.
Here is a glimpse of my own ATC showing the pendant part I created.
I can't wait to see all the lovely artwork that will be coming my way as these necklaces start to arrive!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

natures bounty ~ Dolores' round robin book

This is the page spread I just finished for Dolores' round robin book. Her theme was "Natures Bounty".

Monday, January 26, 2009

handfull of hearts

Quick little Valentie Heart Inchie Swap out the door today. Made tiny little transparencies of a portion of the artwork I did for Tejae's book...then embeded them in white acrylic paint that had been stamped with text...painted that with pink and bordered with crimson...touch of bling in the center. Done.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

round robin necklace

Sometimes I wonder what I get myself into! In this case it was making a necklace for a round robin exchange...I have never really made a neclace before so it was a good thing I started early and didn't wait till the last minute! The part that gave/is giving me the most trouble is where I've tried to put tiny eyelets into the mica and wire it to my button. Two of the eyelets separated from the mica and I ended up using liquid nails to try and glue them back much for "cold connections". The necklace is probably going to be a fragile piece during its travels and will most likely need further repair when it returns home, but I'm sending it on anyway.

For this round robin I created the necklace itself and the main focal piece pendant. There will be 8 other players working on my necklace as it goes along. Each person will add an element (Charm) designed to my theme which is ~All things vintage and sepia~. I've added little jump rings (you can see them below) where they can attach their creations to my necklace at the proper place. In 9 months my necklace will return home to me all finished.
Detail of the vintage metal buttons for my pendant dangle.
Beading deatils.

Close-up of the necklace clasp and dangle.
All in all I'm pleased with how it turned out. I loved getting to use some of the vintage treasures from my button jar, especially the beautiful sepia brown velvet hand covered button. The velvet button measures 1 1/4 inches across, to give you a little perspective, since all the photos are close up to show detail.
Now that the necklace is finished I'm off to make some sort of carrying case to put it in for safe keeping during its travels.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

cocoon beads

Finally got these pictures posted from my last project of 2008. Cocoon Beads for my Charm group. I decided they were not my most favorite thing to do...or maybe it was just because I waited till the last minute and had to make 36 of them!