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Paranormal Encounters Of The Crafty Kind

15 Jul

I have never been much of a novel reader.  Well, not until two years ago.  Hurricane Ike slammed Houston and left us without power for fifteen days.  My beautiful and incredibly sweet niece, Maranda, recommended the Twilight Saga.  You know, the young-adult vampire romance series starring Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.  I think I have read the Twilight Saga in it’s entirety about five times since.  Fast forward to April of this year.  My friend Kayla recommended that I read The Black Dagger Brotherhood.  I am infatuated by the series.  
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is an erotic paranormal romance series by J. R. Ward.  This series is about six vampire warriors who defend their race against Lessers, de-souled humans who threaten their kind.  
My love for both book series has led me to create some “inspired by” jewelry pieces.  I have previously created a Twilight Meadow bracelet and would like to create a pair of matching earrings to go with it.    
In The Black Dagger Brotherhood, each of the brothers have a significant eye color.  So, I am starting an inspired by BDB line of jewelry that plays on their eye colors.  The first piece I created are a pair of earrings inspired by my personal favorite brother, Zsadist. 
 
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, 
though I could see. And when you came…..I was awakened.”
~Zsadist, Lover Awakened, p. 424
  

Zsadist was a blood slave for nearly half his life until he was rescued by his twin brother Phury.  Angry and feared by everyone, including the brotherhood his eyes have always been black.  Then he meets and falls in love with a beautiful aristocratic female vampire named Bella.  Once he gives into his heart and his feelings for Bella his eyes turn yellow, the color he was born with and the same color as his twin brother Phury.  
I used bright yellow and black to design my very first piece for the Inspired by The BDB line. 

For the Inspired by Twilight Saga line, I have crafted a pair of earrings with black and deep red.  I was inspired by the beautiful covers of each of the books. 


I received a lot of great feedback for my previous tutorial on a pair of earrings I made.  I decided I wanted to do a more in depth tutorial for y’all.  So, here we go…

This is how it all begins.  A pile of beads, some chain, pins, findings and jewelry tools.  Yes, the earring findings really did end up in the shape of a heart.  No, I didn’t place them that way…isn’t that quite sweet.

















Place your beads on the pin, then twist the remaining metal over a pair of rosary pliers like this.














  
Cut the metal with end-cutters at the bottom of the loop, flush with the top of the first bead.










These are all my beads put together along with the end pieces, chain and findings.









I like to line all my pieces.  It helps me to see what works and what does not, along with how I would like the design to look.  It also helps with how much chain you need for each strand.










If have learned that if you cut the individual link in the middle your pieces does not come apart as often.  When you cut from the ends, I think the two links rubbing together eventually causes them to open back up. 

It helps too, if you don’t have to cut the chain at all.  Sometimes you can get away with opening up the loop on your beads and adding the chain that way.  The closure of the headpin loops is a lot tighter than a closure of a chain link. 
  
I’ve placed the earring finding as well as a jump ring to show you, that in my opinion it is easier to add all your chains to the jump ring, then add the jump ring to the finding.  The finding loop is small and it is a little tricky to add multiple chains when you have them.












With jump rings, links and even the pin, loops if you pull the ends up away from each other as opposed to pulling them apart.  When you close them back they tend to be more flush with each other.









These are all my strands placed on the jump ring.  Now, see how it’s bowing out a bit at the top.  Too many beads together. 

















So I take off two strands to add some links to them bringing the beads down a little further. 

I reattach them in their appropriate spot and…..see, now it dangles much better!
These are the finished earrings!!  Have fun with colors and lengths!!  
These are my Zsadist inspired earrings!  
At first I made the one on the left.  It just didn’t look right to me.  Too much clutter, I think.  So, I took it all apart and played around with it for a while and came up with the one on the right.  What do you think?
So….these are my romantic vampire earrings.  Who doesn’t love a vampire!?!

Accessorizing in construction

10 Jul
Today I dusted off my jewelry making tools.  My intentions were to fix a pair of earrings that had come apart. My mind started to race.  I began to get excited just feeling the tools in my hands again.  I dug out some beads and set to work while Alie Marie played.  This is a walk through of today’s exciting creation.

It all begins with bent nose pliers, flush cutters, a headpin and rosary pliers


You twist the head pin making a loop on the bottom to catch the beads. Then a loop on top. You use either of these loops to hook onto the chain.
 
These are the finished beads.
 
Cut out what you need from the chain
 
These are the beads attached to the chain along with the earring findings I am going to use.
 
I attached the chained beads to the findings and……VIOLA! A brand new pair of earrings. 
 



Stormy Days

23 Jan

It’s been a stormy few days here in Phoenix, which is not normal. I learned that rocks and sand do not really like water too much. So there is water everywhere. There is more rain on the horizon, but for Ami, there are new projects to start.


I’m really excited!! My wonderful hubby bought my supplies yesterday. I made my first Twilight piece. It’s a bracelet inspired by Bella and Edward’s meadow. I have posted the pictures below. I also finished the bracelets for my beautiful nieces that match the bracelet their mommy bought. Also, while the hubby watched Conan (TEAM CONAN) on his cell phone and munched on Crunch ‘n Munch, I worked on Teresa’s bracelet last night.


I have SO many ideas for things that are floating around in my head. It’s hard to focus on one, or even take them on a few at a time. The other day, I thought of making some baby onesies, tie-dyed fashion. Think anyone would buy them? I have a new Amy friend who posts some of her Etsy stuff on Facebook. I saw a mans tie-dyed shirt and that is what inspired the idea. I’m still looking forward to the tutu idea. I’d like to make a few and have some pictures with my sweet Alie as the model before I offer them on Etsy.


Alie has a shopping cart cushion that I LOVE. It was a gift from my sister’s mother in law. I was checking it out the other day, and that little light bulb (that has been VERY active over my head lately) went off! I could make and sell those too! I could make them with any design someone would want. People are always asking about ours and I know you can buy them, but the styles are very limited. That might be a good seller…Ya think?


Pink Hemp Bracelets (for Nori, Angie, and April)

 



 

Twilight inspired “Meadow” bracelet

 

Forward Motion

8 Jan

Yesterday was SO exciting! It was AliLilly’s Opening Day!!

I could hardly sleep the night before just knowing that I would be adding all the items I’d been working on last week. I woke up early, took care of the sweet baby girl. Then, I started adding my items. I sold my very first necklace before I even added item 2! It was so exciting! Now, I have a new list of things to consider. I’m deciding whether I should send my handmade creations in an envelope? I want to buy some groovy looking tissue paper to wrap it in. Insert a thank you note, a business card, and the receipt. Then, place it in a cute box with a pretty tie around it. However, I have some budget restraints. Which is why I decided to do all this in the first place. In time Ami, all in time. I keep telling myself that.

My husband is excited now too! He bought me a new jewelry kit to work with. The kit is a bit intimidating, but, I am excited at the same time that I will be learning new techniques and sharpening my skills! It’s full of all these tiny pieces. I also needed a tool kit…..HA! a tool kit! I can’t wait to see how I do. There is just so much potential with this little adventure I’m on.

Next uptutu’s!!
AliLilly