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Craft Pimp Feb 2014 challenge: found natural material wearable art

This was another recycled/found and no-spend challenge.

“Using only found natural materials such as feathers, leaves, fir cones, twigs, whatever you can find in nature, make a wearable piece of art, such as a brooch, necklace, earrings, hair band, embellished hat, tiara etc.”

The thread for this Craft Pimp February 2014 challenge is here.

I have a small collection of beach pebbles I picked up at Brighton, so decided to use three of those. They’re a dark grey-brown-green and still quite glossy. I picked out a longer one for a pendant and two of roughly the same size for earrings. I used copper wire to wrap them securely, then patinated them with liver of sulphur until they were really black. I tumbled them to bring the copper back up to gunmetal, and hand-polished the top surfaces back some more.

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The earwires are my niobium ones, which go well with antiqued copper. I hung the pendant on brown Greek leather cord.

We had to include a picture of it being worn, which is a bit tricky to photograph one’s self! So excuse the blurriness.

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Craft Pimp January Challenge: DIY bird feeder

We did a DIY bird feeder challenge for January. All components to be made from things we already had (buying bird feed or fat balls to put in it was allowed, though you can also make your own).

You can see all our entries here: January 2014 Bird Feeding Challenge Poll and vote for your favourite until Thurs 30th. The winner chooses the next challenge!

I made this small feeder from a soup container and a couple of old mandrels, one of which has a bead stuck to it. I drew some birdies on it with a Sharpie.

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The challenge required that you take a photo of it outside, so I grabbed a snap of it sitting out on the balcony. We live in a flat and have no garden, so I was having difficulty finding anything I could reach to attach it to. I have since moved it to outside the upstairs bedroom window, where there is a wrought iron bit on the window ledge. It’s tied to that with stainless steel wire that I put through the holes where the top mandrel was. I’m not sure we’ll get many birds coming to visit, but if they do, they are safe from cats up there.

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52 earrings: #52 Verity

The last earring pair is done!

#52 Verity

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Copper wire-wrapping with two of my lampwork cylinder beads in green-blue with dark brownish gold frit, little hollow copper round beads at the top, and turquoise dangles that are not quite heart-shaped.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 52 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #51 Aged Spirals

Only one more pair to go! Patinated copper and lampwork glass this time.

#51 Aged Spirals

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I got out the heftier copper wire and made a pair of hammered spirals with two of my lampwork glass beads on them. The beads have a mix of green frit on a misty translucent background. I made big rounded earwires, put them in liver of sulphur to patinate until black, then tumbled them for a bit for a gunmetal finish before giving the surfaces a quick going-over with a sanding sponge to bring back a little copper.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 50 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #50 Emperor’s Orange

A very bright combination this time!

#50 Emperor’s Orange

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I paired my bright orange swily lampwork cylinders with wooden discs painted a deep lapis or cobalt blue. They’re wire-wrapped onto large rounded copper earwires.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 49 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #49 Bounty

This pair use a few components from the Mini Mojo Box I got from Lynn. (I wrote about it for the Craft Pimp blog).

#49 Bounty

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The swirly amber brown lampwork beads are mine. The little dangles use beads from the mojo box – I took out a few carnelian chips, little Swarovski crystals and some of the seed bead mix, and wired them onto small copper headpins. I wire-wrapped the beads and made the round earwires with larger-than-usual hoops.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 48 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #48 Terracotta

This pair are copper and warm browns.

#48 Terracotta

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The rounded earwires have a little leopardskin jasper round wrapped onto them, and the dangle has two of my lampwork spacers, one terracotta, one cream with silver leaf, plus an Indian agate long nugget bead at the bottom. All wire-wrapped in copper.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 47 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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