I finally got around to getting some steampunky jewelry components--keys, locks, and clock faces (and a pocket watch with a very fragile plastic face that I broke very easily), and I had this giant gear that I'd picked up at my volunteer job. So I put together these pieces, inspired by these instructions.
This is the other possible decoration for the crochet hat. I may tie it onto the brim.
I also managed to come up with something to do with my broken pocket watch parts...
I like how I turned the key into a missing middle element--it's attached with a bit of wire.
And then there's the giant necklace...
...which fits pretty nicely into the blouse I got to wear with the outfit.
All of the pieces are glued together, really. Not a lot of metalsmithing, but it did take several days for it all to dry.
First, I made a necklace out of rainbow guitar picks and guitar charms.
It's inherently cute, but in execution, it doesn't exactly lie flat to see the charms so well. I kinda figured as such, but wanted to try it anyway.
Second, I am taking a class in silicone mold making. As has been previously mentioned, I took lost wax casting and thought it was a pain in the ass, what with the kind of wax used, a lack of keepable mold, etc. Well, this lady has worked out her own technique for this that (a) involves using Sculpey/polymer clay and modeling clay, and (b) you come out of it with a keepable silicone mold. The first couple of classes are for sculpting, and it was sooooo much easier to just make the piece you wanted with Sculpey. You make what you want and then cook it. If you want to have a hollowed out middle--like I do since I am trying more guitar pick jewelry again-- you use the modeling clay to fill it out since that won't bake hard in the oven. Then you scrape it out. Here's what I made in the first class-- a few flat pieces, some that have been hollowed out, and one that still has the modeling clay within it.
And third, I am crazily designing my own cropped tied bolero sweater during the Ravelympics Ravellenic Games. I have been wanting to make one since I lost mine for ages, I could not find a suitable pattern, so I am altering another one. Run #1 was surprisingly fast to do the back and two front pieces....but it's a tight fit at the armpits, and the tie part (I was doing two panels that were triangular and tied together) just looked strange. I stupidly took out most of the work--the two side panels entirely and added two more inches to the back piece--and am winging it again for round 2, only with two skinny ties.
The ridiculous thing about this is that I could actually have had the thing DONE before this weekend (note that the point of the games is to do a project entirely during Olympic season), had I not started over to try this again. Or possibly again. I am kind of nuts.
I swear, I've been Photoshopping this ALL WEEK.
And here you go. It's just like walking through the thing in person!
Knitting: am working on swatches out of my handspun. Seems like they are coming out more bulky than worsted in the knitting. Am undecided as to what to make yet. Am still working on my regular-yarn Carnival Top in the meantime.
Sewing: I am TRYING to finish up my sewing projects before the CC closes on Friday. I just finished a T-shirt dress that came out looking good, but I had SUCH PROBLEMS making it. The skirt came out fine, but the bodice was a royal pain to make, and it didn't help that for a few days I couldn't sew for crap because I kept having weird problems with the machine crapping up. The bobbin wasn't happy, the machine wouldn't work if I used the color thread I wanted and would spool off the top...wtf? I ended up with loopy mess too often, and I'm surprised this thing wasn't shredded in the end. I also ended up doing some real fudging on the top (it's too big on the top and too skimpy on the sides...sigh), but it looks okay now. Pictures to come.
I also have a new dress that I ended up sewing the boobs more together on so as not to embarrass myself. It also needs hemming- it's one of those dresses with a layer of sheer over the underskirt, and not only is the overskirt hem all kinds of off, it's too long to be able to walk in. And when I say the hem is off, it ranges from 2 inches to 5 inches too long in places. I'm trying to figure out how to hem the sucker, but good lord, it's gonna suck. I'd serge it, but the color can't be matched with serger thread on hand.
Jewelry: I read the book Lock and Key, which features keys being made into jewelry, and now I wanna do it. I ended up buying some kind of Hello Kitty key holder specifically so I could get ahold of the fake plastic purple key. Not sure what I'm going to do with it- wire wrap and beads, I suspect.
Some examples of key art on Etsy:
HOLY SHIT THAT'S A YEAR AND A HALF AWAY HOLY CRAP SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT THIS NOW?!
I think I am going to do a "chaos and change" theme, have a Persephone section, have a Tower/tarot section...that sort of thing. Oh, and Eris. Need to throw in some Eris.
I also need to work on something yarny for it, don't you think? Maybe something from all my areas of expertise. I've got glasswork, jewelry, and ceramics with a pomegranate theme, and some glass-ish stuff in Tower stuff, I think...
That's a bummer, but on the other hand, it's not that big of a deal to me if it runs either. It gives me a free weekend, and technically it's not like I can get paid for it anyway.
That's not a good sign at all.
Okay, I got an idea...make my own "motley" yarn. Spin with any ol' random colors I get ahold of, mix them together at random. Then it doesn't matter if it doesn't match, and I can make as much as I want!