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I’ve been working on a series of projects using cheap craft materials – cheap both in price and quality – to see if I can create something of worth from them. Sort of a venture into craft alchemy. Previously I’d made a Lost Soul, but this time around I tried something more abstract.

pink garter

green grass

 

The patterns are based on common snakes, and the colors were determined by whichever colors I had the most of after working on the flaming skull. Did you know you can buy pony beads by the pound, and that the colors change radically from batch to batch due to a complete lack of caring on the part of the companies that make them? Were I a Jeff Koons this might be problematic or worth quibbling about, but until I angle for a gallery show I’ll make do with apathy in plastic from America’s Heartland.

The stitching is in-the-round peyote;  with the size of the beads the necklaces (snakeleces?) came together pretty fast. I didn’t want to bother with fancy finishing so I just stitched them shut in pattern. They slip neatly over the head and stack, looking like blown-up Maasai collars (and if you are so inclined there is an interesting brief article on the symbolism behind Maasai collars here).

snakeleces

close up

snakelece scale

 

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Some time ago on the internet I came across a gigantic triangle necklace retailing for the ungodly sum of $300 dollars. It was just a giant metal triangle dangling from some non-magical cord, and it didn’t even light up or have embedded fancy stones. Like David Bowie before me I took one look and thought, “I can do better than that”.

One outing to Metalliferous and 20 minutes later, I DID. The level of skill involved was about the same as kindergarten-style stringing beads on a shoelace, and most of the 20 minutes was waiting for the glue to dry. Wearing the necklace around my neighborhood I get at least one ‘YO, ILLUMINATI!’ per outing (usually followed by a flash of the Hova sign), and it seems selfish to hoard such joys. So forthwith are instructions to make your own sigil of secret initiation (mystical handshake instructions not included).

You Will Need:

-1 stick of 1/8″ square brass tubing
(found at most art supply stores, some hardware stores, and definitely any place with an architecture/model building section. If you want to use a thicker cord, use wider tubing- it comes in all sizes)

- 9 feet of 1/16″ thick cording
(I used three strands held together of some elastic cording I had about for this necklace; you can use leather, cotton, embroidery floss, whatever you’d like. If you want to use a single thicker strand, you only need 3-4 ft. at most)

-A metal tube deely
(Home Depot’s plumbing aisle is a goldmine of random metal bits to use for jewelry. I’m fond of brass barb connectors in all sizes, but anything termed ‘brass nipples’ (hee, tee hee hee hee) will work as well. I specifically used the 1 1/2″ guy from this pack, again, because I had it about already. Any metal tube about 1/4″ in internal diameter that won’t stab your neck will work just fine. Heck, pick up some extra brass tubing and use that)

-E6000 glue

-Heavy Duty sandpaper
(60-80 grit should do the trick, preferably a type intended for ‘metal deburring’. A dremel with a deburring attachment will also work)

-a coping saw, hacksaw or jewelry saw
(A dremel with a metal-cutting attachment will do too. If you’re using the coping or hacksaw, you can pick up metal-cutting blades at most hardware stores, though the regular blades will also do the trick)

Great! So you’ve got your supplies together and are ready to begin your ascension to higher planes of wisdom and flair. I’ve drawn the steps below; click any for larger images.












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Hello all,

Perhaps you’ve noticed a lack of posts recently. Perhaps you’ve been too enomoured of the changing seasons to even notice. Perhaps my ego’s puffed up enough to assume anyone actually notices anything about a particular website before immediately clicking on to the next series of animated GIFs (featuring kitties, of course). Of late time has become a more precious commodity, due to the slowly dwindling amount of daylight to burn, the toll of the daily grind, and what I’ll loosely refer to as ‘The Saturn Return’. Mark Twain said it best when he wrote, “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” I’d hate to think of this site as work, and, for now at least, will limit Free Pattern Fridays to a vague schedule of every other week-ish, or whenever I find a genuinely exellent pattern to write about and share.

So much for the ‘bad news’; on to the good: this week’s patternsssssss(plural) include a most delightful removable Peter Pan collar, a dainty belt, wee rosebud jewelry, and a change purse. The change purse (or ‘compact cover’, to hide the shameful fact you powder your nose) I could live without, but who knows, perhaps someone on your holiday gift list has been dying for some way to keep their loose change just like the folks on ‘Mad Men’.


(Here’s what’s on the table this week.)

Fuzzy Wuzzy is an undignified name for a yarn.

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