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Adventures in Semi-Successful Jewellery Making

I seem to have missed all the friending fun as in the last couple of weeks I have been incredibly busy with preparations for a friend at work's wedding. Thankfully, that is now over and I can make a post too.

I want to get back to making more useless stuff and I have done a couple of things. I have always tinkered with jewllery, necklaces particularly as I don't have my ears pierced after the one I did get pierced went horribly crusty and bleugh, remaking them into new things as they fall apart. I can't resist a charity shop with a broken jewellery lucky dip! (I have a lot of beads for someone who doesn't like bead jewellery). My tastes tend towards the gothic, obvs.

The first things I made recently was a 1980s Siouxsie Sioux bracelet. It goes more or less from one end of the decade to the other:

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It keeps breaking as the moon charm on the end is a bit too heavy, but its there to keep the bracelet on top of the wrist. I should probably replace it with a Star of David really, but as I am not Jewish that felt a bit inappropriate.

Why a Siouxsie bracelet? Well, why not! I was originally going to make a classic movie monsters bracelet, but then I decided there wasn't enough women, so I thought scream queens! But those are too much like victims. The next thought was Barbara Steele in Black Sunday, which then made me think of Sioux and then it was obvious what I was making. I have one more kit like this. I have no idea what to put in it yet. Barbara Steele might yet have her day.

Then on Sunday, I started on a bat necklace of ginormous proportions (9"/23cm)! it is based on this tutorial here, with some tweaks.

Here it is posing on my dressing gown (ignore all the cat hair, I do).
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Close up!

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Excuse my pudgy fingers.
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I really don't know where I would ever wear it or what with. I don't even think it would survive if I did. It is made of polymer clay and although it is quite thick it is still a bit bendy after an hour in the oven. I think its destiny is as a decoration.

Next up is a raven necklace like this but there won't be any pink on my bird. I will try to make it a reasonable size this time. I like these tutorials, they are very do-able by the sort of competent (unlike this amazing piece).

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Those are so cool. I really like the bracelet and the bat is HUGE!!

It's 9" (23cm)!!!!

I got carried away!!

They are lovely! The bat is quite large... You could do a similar design with lace strengthened somehow instead of the clay and that would be more wearable?

I saw this posted to Twitter today - - and now I want to do something in amongst, I dunno, actually putting up the shelves I've had since Christmas. I might be hiring a drill at some weekend. This one is just too lovely... Though it must have taken an age and a half. And cost a bomb in wool.

Its a rubber stamp pressed into the clay. If I made it smaller, it could probably fit the whole design. It's hard to get a good, deep impression without the clay going squidge though. I will probably had a another go after the raven. Maybe it'll be about 10cm this time!

A drill might be a good investment, I have one that's good enough and it was about £20. At that price, why hire it?

Weaving looks hard to master, time consuming and difficult to dust. Good luck, I'm not touching that one! (they are pretty though)

I meant as a replacement for the wings - though I now realise the whole thing is clay; I was fooled into thinking the chainy bits were really chains!!! The bronzey colour is very realistic in the flash.

I thought about this, and they had some deals at Homebase last weekend at least, but they said they would only go 2cm max or something into masonry, which might be a lie, but the walls here are half concrete or something and I've had real trouble with my dad's drill on several holes when I did some other stuff - I didn't want to end up in the situation where I had basically half a hole and a drill I couldn't take back...

Considering I'd like to do a big one, I think it would be another case of my needing patience I don't have. These things are made for people who like fiddling with fiddly things (*looks up*)... Sigh. But I want one that's all clashy and pudgy and fluffy!

Bronze? Its purple, green and blue! The only bronzey things are my nails. A lace bat though might be rather nice, it would need to be wire I think.

Okay, fair enough. I only have flimsy walls.

I think the rag rug technique fills a lot of space with less effort, but I am probably wrong.

I like your bat necklace very much. If we all meet up at Writercon this year, I hope to see you wearing it.

Maybe a smaller version. I think it is a bit too fragile and that's which an extra layer of clay added to help stiffen it. I do really like it though.

Oh, I love looking at your crafty endeavours! I really like that bat. It is big though...

It was so big, I had to get more clay and had to go round two neighbouring towns to get Sculpey!

The next thought was Barbara Steele in Black Sunday

Oooh, shiny!

I love that bat.

VERY COOL. I'd wear the hell out of the bat tbh.

It would certainly set off the right outfit.

I love the bracelet. And even if you usually were to use the bat as a decoration, you really should wear it to work on Halloween - it is seriously shiny!

I suspect it is seriously brittle as well. :( Otherwise I would wear it every day, I don't wait for Halloween!

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