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Earrings for a birthday

9 Jan

I recently made this pair of earrings for a friend’s birthday. I really like this style and I may think to make a whole collection out of it…. 

Again, this is hammered brass, which this time I decorated piercing some holes, with cultivated pearls.

I also made good use (or at least I think so), of the brand new stamp I recently carved. I’m quite proud of the whole thing. 😄

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Stamp my name

4 Jan

My second craft of the year is this cute little stamp. 

I remember, as a child, I once made a stamp out of an eraser and that’s how I did this new one too. Basically because I don’t have the slightest idea of which is the proper raw material to use and where I can get it and also because, being an experiment, I didn’t want to spend much (only 1€ for 3 big erasers). 😁

Anyway, I wrote my name reversed on the eraser, carved it with a precision knife then glued the back on a scrap piece of wood molding.

I definitely have to refine my technique, but I think the result is cute anyway.

Earrings for the new year

2 Jan

Here is a brand new pair of earrings I made for the new year.

 I hammered flat some brass wire, then I made two holes with my cute little hand-drill and added some small iolite rondelles.

I like my earrings light with simple lines and these are just perfect for me.

Solitary Christmas gift

27 Dec

In the past few years, for Christmas, I was used to make myself most of the presents for my friends, but this year I decided otherwise.

Actually, the only gift I decided to make for 2016 is this necklace for my friend Simona….

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It’s simple to make but it has quite a visual impact. 😉

It is made with a cultivated pearl, two crystals, an amazonite stone and a decorated brass connector.

2016 Christmas Tree ornament

19 Dec

Every year I try to make a new ornament for my ‘alternative’ Xmas tree. This year I have played with beads….

Here it is…

And here is my Tree… 

Alternative Xmas tree: space-saver and cat-safe

Sparkling bracelet

1 Feb

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I have been thinking for a while to make something like this bracelet and the chance came when I found the right size of chain at my local market last Friday.

So I made 9 strings using a silver coloured chain adding in between randomly few cultured freshwater pearls from an old damaged necklace of my Grandmother, amethyst beads and tinted jade beads and few matte white glass beads of different sizes.

I really like the result and I think I might add some other strings to make it even richer.

I am also thinking about how to develop it into a larger project……. We will see.

Winter hat

19 Jan
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Knitted hat for a Winter day

Today I am very happy to introduce you to my new Winter hat. Why am I so happy? Because it is my first real knitting project ever.

I have always found crochet easier than knitting so I never really gave it a try. My mother was very good at both actually, but I was able only to learn a bit of crochet from her.

So, with a little help from a friend who shew me the basic stitches I came up with this hat. I didn’t follow any particular pattern. Actually I followed my instinct, and I think it came out quite nice, and right in time with the first below zero temperatures of this otherwise mild Winter….

 

May Totoro be with you

18 Jan

Today I am posting two other attempts at “nail enameling” 😁.
I made these two  Ghibli themed pendants for two beautiful and very special fans of Totoro: my friend Michela’s daugthers Viola & Ester.

So now they can take the Spirit of the Forest always with them….

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Ghibli pendants

15 Jan
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Totoro & Ji-Ji

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately. These two pendants, inspired by Studio Ghibi characters Totoro and Ji-Ji, are the results. Actually the process was quite easy: I have only printed the pictures, cut into shape and pasted on two oval cameo cabochon base pendants, and, since I didn’t have any suitable glass cabochon, I decided to coat them with… transparent nail varnish. I applied it several times. The result is quite nice. 🙂

(more to follow….)

 

Christmas purchase order 2

31 Dec

Here is another “made to order” gift. I have been asked to make it to match with a necklace that I made before….

As for the necklace I used blue crystal, Korean Jasper, amethyst, red crystal and red/orange agate.

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