New Collection!

I’ve been working with jumprings…again. XD I did some tweaks to an older design and wound up making a new collection of orbital earrings!


These were inspired by chainmaille. I love the dimension of the orbital weave, and so I paired it with glass beads to make some pretty awesome, sparkly earrings. 🙂

Behold!







There are all for sale in the Etsy shop!
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The Triumph of the Denim(aka Epic Repurposed Jeans)

I was perusing though my local Goodwill last week and I found a nice little gem: jeans in my size!!! 
This rarely happens. I’m tall, with long legs, and apparently these are proportions of death in the fashion industry. Anywho, they fit, which is good, because my jeans have pretty much had it, and I was in desperate need of a new pair. I’m also too stubborn at this point to drop $30 on one pair. The money is needed elsewhere, like my gas tank. XD 
The jeans…
At first glance they look fine, but if you flip them over there’s some wear…
…but totally fixable. 
I cut off the hems of the jeans. 
I cut them open, measured them, and added seam allowance, in this case 1/2″ on all sides. I wanted to make sure they were long enough so I wanted wiggle room to let them out if need be. I drafted a VERY basic pattern out of some tissue paper I had on hand. Ignore the wrinkles. 
I had some scrap denim left over from a cosplay project, and I liked the added contrast of the crossgrain on these scraps. So…I cut them out and serged the edges so they wouldn’t fray.
I sewed up the side seams and pressed them open, and went back and serged the cut part of the jeans so they wouldn’t fray. 
I hemmed the bottoms of the new pieces first, which made things much easier. I chose matching thread and a wide double needle for a clean, bound hem. 
And now, a digression…
If you can’t afford a cover stitcher a double needle is your best friend. You can use them on any sewing machine, you just need an extra spool of thread. I use serger thread with my machine since I work with so many colors/garments, as opposed to spools, so the extra spool isn’t a problem. I have my machine very creatively threaded, but cone stands really are the way to go. You can find them in almost any shop that sells sergers and sewing machines. But the double needle gives you a nice bound hem, similar to that of a cover stitcher, and it works much better and looks nicer than just using a straight stitch or a zigzag. They come in especially handy when working with knits, as they sew in such a way that the threads won’t break with stretching. Double needles are cheap, less than five dollars most of the time, and can be found at sewing, fabric, and craft stores like JoAnn or Hancock Fabrics. Thread them like a normal sewing needle, except you’re threading two needles, and use the straight stitch setting on your machine. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT use the zigzag setting. Bad things will happen. Trust me. 
And now, back to our regularly scheduled blog entry…
 The new pieces with the hem…
All that’s left is to attach them to the jeans and press the seams open…
and ta-daaaaaaaaaa!!!! XD 
(Ignore my foot. I was in a mad rush to shoot the pic and wear them). 
I love them. They are me new favorite pants. The $7 and hour of time I spent on these was so worth it! They’re so comfy and they look awesome. Pics of me wearing the pants will follow at some point. ^_^
So…if I have inspired you to salvage some jeans of your own that is fabulous. 🙂 I’m looking forward to the next pair I find, and when I find them I’ll probably post it here. 🙂

New rings!

I’ve been experimenting a lot with rings and focusing on more metalwork. While my repertoire still needs a massive expansion I wanted to include what I knew, which is mainly hammering. XD

I also wanted to include more of my fused glass and try to mix metals and textures. This is what I came up with.

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This is a mix of 14g sterling silver wire and 20g silver plated copper wire. The base/ring shank is sterling, and I hammered the ends flat and sort of shaped them around the glass. I used the plated wire to anchor it further. I really like the mix of wires. The glass itself is a small sliver of blue foil CBS 90COE dichroic glass, capped with 90coe green Bullseye and fired to a medium fuse.

Etsy listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/89617835/fused-dichroic-glass-and-sterling-silver

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This ring is has a base of 14g brass wire, hammered in the same way I did the sterling silver. I used gold-plated copper wire to wrap the glass in the same fashion. I was worried the brass and gold colors might clash, but in the end they went together beautifully. The glass is a base of yellow 90coe Bullseye, with a strip of CBS 90coe iridescent dichro, capped with a piece of orange scrap I had on hand and fired to a medium fuse.

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/91548091/solar-candy-dichroic-fused-glass

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I know the last one doesn’t have hammered ends but I wanted to include it anyway. I got the piece of glass from my former metalworking professor and I really like how it turned out. Sterling silver ring shank with silver plated copper wirework and anchoring.

Etsy:http://www.etsy.com/listing/91528377/evening-colors-fused-dichroic-glass

There will be more, when I can get more of the sterling wire. 🙂

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