Friday, August 31, 2012

Jewelry crafting (and blog updates!)

By my next post, I'll be blogging from Stirling, Scotland. I can't believe it's so close already. I'm nothing but excited about this upcoming trip (which you can still read about here on my Study Abroad Blog). However, packing is still being a right pain, so I've decided to distract myself while I sit at home. My most successful idea so far has been to try and use up all of my craft supplies before I leave for Scotland. It's proved fruitful and fun! I've made everything from scrapbook-paper bats for my dorm room to decorated faux-candles (pictured below) using the Michael's ribbon I bought a little while ago.


However, the real fun was when I decided that I should start fixing up my jewelry to go along with my wardrobe-overhaul project!. I have some pieces that I just never wear, which is unfortunate when I think about it. So! I decided to go about fixing up everything! Here are the results:

Claire's sold lovely earrings in 2011 that were little corked glass bottles filled with black glitter that read "poison" on the side and had a skull-and-crossbones. I snatched them up, how cute! I thought. However, I never got much wear out of them because try as I might have said before, I'm not really an earring person, especially with cheap Claire's metal. So they sat in my jewelry box to tarnish. Then, I dug them up for this project! The first one I simply put on a necklace chain.


The matching pair, though, I completely overhauled, as you can see! Have I mentioned that I'm a huge fan of the television program Supernatural? Ah, yes, my Winchester feels. Anyway, for those unacquainted with the show, it's about siblings Sam and Dean Winchester who travel the country to fight monsters. It's geeky, adorable, funny, heart-wrenching and extremely well written. I'm in love. Anyway, whenever Sam and Dean have to get rid of a ghost, they have to salt and burn the bones. So, I emptied out the glitter from this necklace and put a piece of a matchstick in it and a few grains of rock salt, then sealed it with wax. Voila! Instant Supernatural necklace! I adore it to pieces.


Moving on from my fangirl-squeaking, but not quite from earrings yet, I also decided to do something about an Alchemy Gothic piece I've had for a while. You see, a few Christmases ago I opened a little box containing an Alchemy Gothic ear cuff. Thrilled at my first piece of Alchemy Gothic jewelry and at how gorgeous it was, I put it on. Ow! Along with me not being an earring person, this piece was made out of pewter and quite heavy. It made my ear hurt. So it also languished in the box for a while (being worn occasionally, because I loved it.) until I decided to pull it out to really do it justice. I removed the cuff part of the earring and the post and now it's a lovely necklace for me to wear!


My last piece that I converted from an earring to a necklace was from the year 2007. In 2007 I went to China when my family was adopting my little sister, Clara. However, we decided to do a bit of touristy things the week before we went to pick her up so that we could really enjoy our time abroad. As part of this, we went to a shop that sold beautiful pearl jewelry and had a tour of the pearl refining process. At the end of the tour I spent my money on a pair of black pearl drop earrings. Unfortunately, as we were trying to catch the train the next day, I lost the matching pair! I was heartbroken. I've long since had plans to make the remaining one into a necklace, and now I have! This picture doesn't do it justice, the pearls are actually beautiful mix of black, purples, greens, and reds (think of what you see when you see oil on a road. It's like that. Lovely.)


Now this is a piece I've mentioned on this blog before. This ring, that I got from Otakon 2010, is ridiculous, silly, and adorable. I had to have it. But, unfortunately, my usual wardrobe wear isn't quite so silly to allow it on a regular basis. So it languished in the box with the rest of the items. Then, I pulled it out, used wire cutters to remove the ring base, and stuck a piece of looped wire into the "frosting" (aided by a small dollop of glue) and voila! Instant silly but wearable necklace!


Lastly, I've been also putting this project off. This necklace started out as a multi-layer necklace with three chains, the shortest one holding a cross pendant. I bought it from Torrid in 2008 when I was first deciding to really get into Goth style (not just buy a lot of black clothes.) Unfortunately, it's no longer really my style. The triple layers get tangled and look a little odd to me. So, now that I'm in the crafting mood, why not? I removed the two longer chains (not sure what I'll do with those yet) and removed the cross-pendant from the shortest chain. Then, I put the necklace closer on the shortest chain to turn it into a necklace chain. Now I have a necklace charm and chain for whenever I need them!


That's all the jewelry modifications I've done! My little coffin box that holds my necklaces is now overflowing! Now to decide which ones to take with my on my trip...haha.

(I don't have enough chains to keep them all on separate ones, so I just switch off.)


Now, I've not just been up to playing around with my jewelry and a pair of wire cutters! I've also been playing around with my blog. I plan on beginning to only use my own pictures for my posts from now on because it's been a blogging ambition of mine for a while since using my own pictures makes the blog feel more "mine" than it ever was before. I might in the future go back to my older posts and start replacing those pictures with new ones (in so far that that can be done, my "shallow wants" posts and posts that reference specific people/products will remain the same.) But I'll keep you updated if I decide to do that.

Also, is there a specific topic you wanted me to talk about but I haven't gotten around to it? Now you can bring that topic to my attention through the "E-Mail Me" widget in the sidebar of my blog. I haven't tested it out yet, but I'm hoping it does work and that you guys have some suggestions for me!

So...next time I speak to you, it'll be from beautiful Scotland! See you guys next week!

19 comments:

  1. Looks like you're going to need a larger coffin box! That skelly ring/necklace is quite adorable - I can see why you needed to have it!

    Best wishes on your flight overseas! Really looking forward to pictures and blog postings all about the "darker side" of Scotland. Maybe you could get some nice photos of cemeteries, for those of us who enjoy that sort of thing! ;o)

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    1. Maybe I'll write to Michael's and demand larger coffin boxes, haha!

      Thank you! I'm certain I'll get a few pictures up on this blog from my trip, particularly if I do something especially spooky! I've heard Edinburgh has lovely cemeteries...maybe I'll check one of those out.

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  2. Whee! Enjoy Scotland! I live quite a bit north of Stirling, up in the Highlands, and have been here a year now and really love the place. Hope you enjoy your study trip :D

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    1. Thank you, dear! I really do think I will enjoy it. :D

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  3. Have fun in Scotland!
    I love your coffin box jewelry holder

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  4. Nice projects! Your little coffin is a perfect box for your jewellery! :)

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    1. Thank you! I think so, too. And perfect for traveling, as it locks!

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  5. i really love your jewlery box and your crosses!

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    1. Thank you! I'm quite fond of them as well. :)

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  6. I love the bottle jewellery, and your jewellery box looks great!

    Hope your move to Stirling goes smoothly. I stayed there once with a host family and it was a nice place.

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    1. Thank you very much! I can't wait to get there, and it would be nice if things went smoothly. :)

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  7. All of those pieces came out wonderfully! I also love your little coffin box. I hope you have a great time in Scotland :)
    By the way, I tagged you in the obituary challenge if you want to participate ^^

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    1. Thank you, dear! I think I'll make the mortuary post my next one. :D Also, I love your blog, consider yourself followed!

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  11. WOW! Beautiful jewelry pieces I must say. It is nice to see the latest summer jewelry collection. The earrings, the bracelets and the ring all are just wonderful.

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