September 14, 2009 at 11:31 pm (Art, Fun) (, , , , , )

I have conquered the crimp tool. I can now employ crimps, the tool itself and wire in order to make more jewelry.

I have no life.


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Week Two

September 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm (Art) (, , , , )

Life has been going well. I’m getting used to early mornings because it saves me money. I am more social and, as it turns out, have a much better ear than I thought I did. (Ear Training, Sight Singing class, that is.) I have a project on Karita Mattila, a Finnish soprano, to do. But for the sake of catharsis, I sat down in companionable silence with my landlady and we both made jewelry. PICTURES! I apologize for the awful quality. The lighting outside would have been even worse, though.

IMG_7485 I originally made this in England before I came back to the States for school. The magnet clasp, however, turned out to be fairly weak. It’s not necessarily a hefty necklace, but it certainly isn’t light, either, constructed of winter jasper and mother of pearl and God knows what else for the pendant. C. had a bunch of magnetic clasps so strong they require a warning for people with pacemakers. It did the trick, but I had to restring it while evading a cat who decided my supplies were his toys.

IMG_7484 I had winter jasper left as well as mother of pearl. It is the sister necklace to the other one; I’d prefer it found a home with a friend, so anyone reading this who thinks they might wear a fairly long rose/mauve/greenish tinted necklace with a brown pendant knows how to contact me. Made last night.

IMG_7483 Onyx and lava stone. It seemed like a good idea to my sleep-addled brain; I’m not sure I would wear it, but Lord knows people seem to wear much bigger costume jewelry these days.

IMG_7486 Blue lace agate with silver spacers, some leftover mother of pearl and GOD knows what the focus stones might be. Also done last night.

IMG_7487 The colors on this are so much nicer in person, I swear. The bad lighting and flash leaked all the gold tones out of it. This was also strung in England; gold jade with silver spacers.

IMG_7488I have a bunch of hematyte. Let me tell you, it is HARD to pair that up with anything else. It’s a black, extremely shiny stone that looks good with hardly anything. I paired it with some green jade beads I had. The green is a little brighter than can be seen here; I’m not sure I like the texture it has. I couldn’t add a focal point on this because there would have been too much going on. I figure it can be worn at Halloween or something.

IMG_7489 Blue-themed, again. I forgot what the stones were. I made this in England and made sure to close all the knots properly and glue everything off last night. So. Yeah.

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Shiny Time

June 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm (Art, Fun) (, , , , , )

So, in order to kill some time this week, my aunt and I stopped by Michael’s because they were having a huge-ass sale yesterday. My aunt’s been making a lot of jewelry lately, so I thought I might try my hand at it as well. I am not particularly good or talented at it, but the results are pleasing enough and now I actually have, you know, shit to wear and gifts to give. Onwards!







Update! Adding these two that I made earlier today.



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At the OK Corel

June 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm (Art) (, , )

Oh ho ho ho. I am so incredibly punny. Shoot me.

I have been playing around with Corel Painter Essentials 4 lately, mostly in an attempt to really, truly get a hang of the Bamboo tablet my mother gave me. It’s definitely much nicer than working with a mouse or a trackpad as my laptop has, but most importantly, I can actually use it like a pen. I haven’t busied myself with art in a long time – I concentrated on music and writing, for most part. I will never be REALLY good, especially since my style is extremely cartoony, but I am definitely not unhappy with the result of a concentrated play session. I like the lack of smudging and the fact I am no longer shredding paper thanks to furiously trying to erase something stupid.


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May 2, 2009 at 8:06 pm (Fun) (, , , , )

There is a gigantic thrift store two blocks away from where I live. Today, my aunt and I decided to brave it for the first time since I arrived. I didn’t feel like battling the crapload of people going through the clothing racks, so C. and I decided to just wander around. It is a huge place, with the most random stuff. My acquisitions.

dscf1996A butterfly, apparently a blue morpho. At first I wasn’t sure if this actually WAS a real butterfly because the colors just seemed so incredibly unnatural. The wings are iriscedent, the blue coloring is gorgeous, the pattern of the wings is fantastic. Then I remembered that nature does crazy things; the body looks a little crushed, but very bug-like; you can see the veins in the wings. I don’t know what I’ll do with it, but it struck my fancy.

dscf1999IT LOOKED PRETTY, OKAY? I have a lack of large, gaudy jewelry and this is shiny and interesting enough to keep my happy.

dscf2002The turquoise pendant I have owned for quite some time now, but I had never managed to find a good necklace to put it on. So. Problem solved.

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April 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm (Fun) (, , )

MC productions proudly presents, a Britni-style wardrobe malfunction. I am going to the spring ball of the DC Democratic Party this Sunday. I have none of my super formal gowns with me, but I brought this dress with me and thought of pairing it up with the red shoes. Ignoring the terrible quality of the picture because there IS NO DECENT PLACE to take pictures in this house.


Yes? No? Maybe?

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An Attempt At Vlogging

April 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm (Life, Music, School) (, , , , , , , , )

Because I am too lazy to type.

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