Black and Blue with Love Charm

•May 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It’s that time of year again! International Mr. Leather comes to Chicago on May 27 and so does the anniversary of the leather pride flag. I thought I’d make something cute to celebrate and experiment some more with polymer clay. (Read more…)

Knitting in the round…

•May 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

…for the first time.

I like it! I’m a little sad I found the idea intimidating and avoided it for so long. Here’s hoping this makes a cute rib tank and we can step it up with more projects.

Favorite Videos: “Personality Crisis,” The New York Dolls

•May 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

When things start to fray, you can weave the ends in or put your fist through it.

I can’t punch my anxiety or my depression, so I’m knitting and listening to David Johansen instead. It’s a viable (and tremendously rewarding) alternative.

Playing with patina…

•May 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I’m still experimenting with the molten solder look on some jewelry designs. For my new stacked ring, I decided to darken the metal to highlight the texture of the silver solder.

I’m fairly new to this so some trial and error ensued. (Read more…)

Tedious Things in the Lives of Crafters: Injury

•May 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Normal people with a strained muscle: takes ibuprofen, watches Netflix, relaxes.

Me with a strained muscle: takes ibuprofen, watches Netflix, gets antsy, gets up to make chocolate, tidy the bedroom, solder jewelry…

Sitting still is not my forte. Which probably explains why it took three days to heal completely.

Upside: my new chocolate bar mold works well and is easy to clean.

Harry Hare Crochet Plushie

•May 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Last month, I introduced my girlfriend to The Geisha Boy, a Jerry Lewis comedy directed by Frank Tashlin, who initially got his start directing Warner Brothers cartoon (and given some of Harry Hare’s trickster antics in the film, it shows).

The movie inspired me to pull Kristen Rask’s “Teeny Tiny Animal Crochet” kit from the shelf. (Read more…)

‘Tear the Stars Down’ Brass Stamped Pendant

•May 5, 2016 • 2 Comments

Well, the good news is, while working through longer projects, I have enough small project ideas cropping up to pull me over the hump of low energy and medical-related anxiety. Jewelry is great for that. Whether it’s decoupage, beading, clay baking, soldering or metal stamping, the window from conception to completion is very short and the sense of accomplishment is immediate (and, sometimes, life saving).

This particular idea came up while I was crocheting an amigurumi project and sorting through slightly daunting metal etching tutorials.

(Read more…)


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