A lenient twist on the "item a day" craft challenge

The "item a day" craft challenge has always intrigued me. But it's a huge commitment! Lots of crafters have work, families, and other obligations that may prevent them from crafting every single day. So I decided to see if I could make 7 things a week. Let's see how long I can keep this up.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Week 19: Skull Invasion!

I thought I was going to be able to resist the lure of Halloween crafting until at least September, but I am weak!  All the stores have their Halloween merchandise out, just waiting to be picked up and altered.  Let alone the Halloween goodies I have in my own stash!  It's my favorite of the major holidays; I bet you'd have never guessed.  : )  That said, I'm trying to keep to a theme within a theme; all my crafts this week include skulls!

A choker made with various skull charms and some other Halloween bits I had around.

Skeleton Key Medallion Necklace.  The medallion is made from mostly scrap-booking supplies; a dimensional sticker key and some paper flowers.

Peter Pan-style collar necklace with skull.  The skull pendant piece is made from a washer and a button.  I added rhinestones and some dimensional glaze to the eyes.

Poison Skull Crystal Necklace.  Made from a flat backed crystal.  I adhered the image to the crystal and then painted the back of the pendant with glitter nail polish.
Skull and Spine Earrings with Glass "Blood" Drops.  I filled in the eyes on these bad boys with red glitter puffy fabric paint.  Fun!
My favorite of the batch.  A sugar skull bracelet for Dia de los Muertos!  I had painted all the little skulls myself. 
Skull and spike earrings.  I hand painted the skulls and added pearlescent puffy paint to the eye sockets.
A lot of the skull bits I already had on hand, but I did end up buying and customizing a $1.99 bag of tiny plastic skulls for the sugar skull bracelet and skulls with spike earrings.  A little nail polish will go a long way! I still have a bunch more of the little plastic skull beads so plan to see some more of those in the future.   Here's till next time!  <3

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Week 18: All That Glitters

THIS is what happens when Michael's has a 50% off bead sale.  I went with the intention of just getting another organizer for some homeless beads, and ended up buying out their stock of hematite and pyrite beads.  I'm loving the combination of gunmetal and black!  Then of course once I was home the guilt set in, so I had to make good use of what I picked up.  Fortunately, there were enough beads in the batch for it to last through a themed week of hematite and pyrite jewelry crafting.  Check it out:

Hematite and Pyrite Handmade Earrings

Hematite and Tourmalated Quartz Earrings

Pyrite Nugget and Hematite Cube Earrings

Earrings with Pyrite Ovals and Nuggets, with Hematite Accents

Gunmetal Pyrite Cube Necklace with Hematite Spacers

Gunmetal and Gold-tone necklace with Pyrite Cubes and Raw Black Quartz 

Gunmetal and Gold Woven Chain Necklace With Pyrite Cubes and Black Quartz
Although I used very similar materials for the entire batch of jewelry I feel like I got some nicely varied results.  Hurray for pyrite jewelry!  It's so shiny.  : )  Thanks for looking, and catch you next week!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Week 17: Feathered Friends

This week I decided to give in a fully play around with feathers as a jewelry making medium.  They seem to be pretty darn popular right now, and as much as I hate birds themselves I do enjoy the different kinds and colors of feathers that have been popping up in our local craft stores.  I've used feathers a bit before, but mostly peacock feathers.  So I grabbed some bags of feathers and some stems from the floral department, where there are also super cool feathers, and got to work.  This is what I came up with:

Nothing special here, just feathers and beads.

More feathers and beads, this time with bead caps!  Ooooh.

This is where I feel like I really started to hit my stride.  Multiple feathers, bead cones, and crystals.  Now we're talking!

Just feathers and bead cones for this one, but I went with a black and white theme that I thought was pretty fun.

Again, just feathers and cones but this time with some color.  I had a great time picking out most of the feathers on these earrings from a variety of $1 floral stems I got on clearance.  Yay cheap!

These are without a doubt my favorite of the bunch.  The chains and rhinestones really did me in.  I can already tell I'm going to make about a million pairs of these for myself in different colors.  These feathers were also from the cheap-o floral stems. So hurray again!

Peacock feathers with accent feathers, bead cones, and a single crystal.  These earrings are HUGE.    I like big earrings and they're big for me; they dip past my collar bone. 
That's all for this time, but expect to see some more feathers in the future.  I didn't set out intending for all the pieces to be earrings, but once I got started I just kept going down that path.  I had so much fun with this "new to me" medium that I may try feather hair accessories or necklaces some other week.  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Week 16: Memory Wires

This week's blog is sadder than most.  This past Thursday (the 26th) my family and I lost our good friend, Stephen Tong.  Stephen was an amazing person and a hugely creative soul.  One of the things I enjoyed most about him was his passion for semiprecious stones and wire wrapping.  His wire-wrapping technique was out of this world.  In order to cope with my grief (keeping busy always helps with that), and to honor Stephen's memory I decided to do all new wire wrapping projects for this week.  I didn't try to replicate Stephen's style (I need a few more years of practice before I can hit that level of skill), but I did enjoy taking on projects that I normally would have been too hesitant to try.  Thanks for inspiring and continuing to inspire me, Stephen.  We will miss you so much.

Wire wrapped brass earrings with glass stones.
Copper wire shape with matte polished crackle quartz accents.
Black Onyx beads in a brass frame with chain.
Silver "heart" flower with fancy jasper central stone.
Wire woven leaf with wire wrapped & seed bead bail on leather.
Shell set in spiral wire bezel.
Amethyst teardrop in silver wire frame with spiral accents.