by gwen harlow

Posts Tagged "i made this"

April comes like an idiot…

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in design, photo | 0 comments

Channel font by Mawns

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Day 6: Create your own color palette

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

palette

Blush and gold and grey and navy.

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Days 7, 10: Different metal and found object

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

sea pottery, soldered

I got the correct tape and gave soldering another shot, on a piece of beach pottery I found on the San Francisco Bay. It is not the prettiest soldering work ever, and I am very badly burned, and I managed to use up half the spool of solder, and I couldn’t get the jump ring to stay on — maybe I should practice on something a little more regularly-shaped til I get this down.

Day 7: Use a different metal in your jewelry
Day 10: Use a found object

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Day 5: Incorporate chain into a jewelry design

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

Day 4 was Organize your bead area. I cleaned up my tote bag. I would take a picture but would just think, lord, her bag is a *mess*. But all the stray little beads got put away and my findings and pendants and grouped nicely and believe me, it is about eighty times better and that’s what counts. If you’re feeling disappointed by the lack of evidence, here is a picture of someone who is seriously organized:

There are many other fly ladies on the Fusion Beads Facebook page, if you like that sort of thing.

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Day 5 is incorporate chain into something. I made a rosary-style long necklace with a mix of gunmetal and brass, vintage glittered and Czech glass and gemstone beads.

It seemed like a nice place to hang my favorite old rhinestone button.

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Day 3: Learn a new beading technique

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

I tried to solder a piece of beach pottery to make it into a pendant, but that didn’t work out at all — there were many extremely frustrated attempts at making the solder not go flying off the piece and spent an hour turning the internet upside down trying to figure out WHY until finding out I was using the wrong kind of tape. Even though it is clearly labeled as being for soldering. Anyway. I will get some proper tape and redo that later.

So I made a singed-edged flower and sewed a vintage-style cluster of beads in the center, then took a trio of ribbons, did some heavy wire wrapping at a couple points, then tried doing a wire-wrapped finding-end instead of using a crimp. I think I might take the flower off and stick it on a hairpin instead, I’ll probably get more use out of it that way.

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Day 2: Use up some leftover beads

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

Day 2 Use up some bead leftovers

Amy’s jade drops came in fours so she said I should use the extras for day 2.

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Day 1: Make earrings

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

Amy lost one of her favorite earrings and asked if I’d be able to replicate it since she’d bought it years ago and the designer had closed up her etsy shop.

Fusion Beads 30 Day Bead Challenge

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Necklace a Day 7-29

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in photo | 0 comments

Here it is, the end of February, and I totally failed at the Necklace a Day challenge. I even got an extra day. If you want to see a real winner, go check out Katherine’s results on per:cent blog — she kept up and made a month’s worth of fantastic pieces.

I’m not going to be too hard on myself because I did get quite a lot done — I actually have a whole nother week’s worth of necklaces that I photographed but never got around to editing/etsying/blogging — and have had a non-necklace productive month. I’ve been working for the first time in a year, and working full-time on-site for the first time since I started blogging (which was waaaaaay back when I still worked at dotcoms, if you kids remember those). It’s been a big adjustment but a great experience, the company is impressive, everyone is nice and super talented, my work is engaging.

I went to an amazing Wonderland-themed birthday party — decor by the birthday boy’s set-designer girlfriend and WOW. I wish I’d taken pictures before the sun set because it was a craftopia of bunting and garlands and flowers and teacups everywhere. I made my first apron for the party, here’s a very flattering photo where I am wearing it while shoving Hotwing Dip (which looks like vomit but is delicious) into my mouth:

me and Jill

Jill wanted to go thrifting to find tea cups for the party — you’ll notice she’s glued hers to the saucer in the photo, how ingenious is she? and I came home with these this lovely vintage Made in England pastoral:

Wonderland teacup

and a Dutch Garden bowl:

Dutch Garden bowl

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring them to the party.

I built the site for Lucky Ladies, the local small business owners group I’m part of, shopluckyladies.com, and we’re putting together a big launch party on Saturday, April 28, which you should definitely attend if you’re in the Bay Area. We have several etsy members who make fantastic things and the others offer all kinds of useful services, there’s going to be a dress-making-athon to send clothes to girls in Africa, yoga and health classes, free food, and a pop-up shop/craft fair. The Facebook event page has more info.

AND I was mere feet from Tony Bennett after his 50th-anniversary “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” event at San Francisco City Hall on Valentine’s Day. He’s been on my bucket list since I was a kid and we didn’t quite meet but close enough.

I’m going to try another challenge for March: Fusion Beads is having a 30-day because apparently it’s National Craft Month. Theirs is more structured, and maybe it will be easier for me to keep up, though I expect I will pop in and out and do the projects I want. Or start off gung-ho then peter out. But you never know.

March National Craft Month 30-Day Challenge

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For if there is a sin against life…

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in design, photo | 0 comments

Nelly Script Flourish font by Tart Workshop

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Only in the present…

Posted by on Feb 11, 2012 in design, photo | 0 comments

I’m super behind on the necklace a day. It’s been a long week is my only excuse. And then last night I felt like making some quote poster thingies instead. This is the first.

Wintermelon font by Denise Bentulan.

Photo of San Francisco Bay by me.

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Necklace a Day 6

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in craft, St. Valentine's Day | 0 comments

Necklace a Day 6

I’m a little behind, trying to catch up tonight…this one’s just for me because some of the the petals of the vintage red flower earring I used here are coming loose from the metal rims and I don’t expect them to hold up real well. Hooked up to a knotted strand of red coral.

Use coupon code FEBRUARY12 for 15% off anything in my shop through the month.

I’m making a necklace a day through February. See all my daily necklaces here. Then stop by to visit per:cent blog, who’s doing it, too.

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Day 5 Necklace : Teal array

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in craft | 0 comments

Day 5 Necklace

Hey guys, it’s Day 5 but I gotta go eat some chicken and drink some beer so I don’t have time to write except that if someone knows what this style of bead is called, leave me a note because I don’t. It’ll be on etsy after some team wins something later on. xoxo.

Use coupon code FEBRUARY12 for 15% off anything in my shop through the month.

I’m making a necklace a day through February. See all my daily necklaces here. Then stop by to visit per:cent blog, who’s doing it, too.

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