Sunday, July 29, 2012

Chobits Decoupaged Jewelry Box

Project: Decoupaged jewelry box
Materials: Mod Podge, manga
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy!

The process was a new one for me. I don't normally do paper crafts or anything of the sort. Originally I was going to use magazine clippings from Newtype USA, an anime magazine that's out of print, but the Mod Podge made the colors bleed. I opted for manga pages instead. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the only manga I currently had free was Chobits 3.

So I took to a heart wrenching blade to my beautiful pages. Oh it was so hard to do but once I started it wasn't so bad. Also if you're going to cut pages from a book, I suggest an Xacto blade even though I used my AF knife. First blade on hand. -_-

 So I also have a full table paper cutter that helped me cut the pages into appropriate sized strips and squares to glue onto the jewelry box. Although it was fun and easy, it was a really slow process. Getting the thinner strips to fit correctly was pretty rough. Andway, Mod Podge on the back of the paper, stick on and let dry. Then I sealed over each piece with another layer of Mod Podge and move onto the next piece.

So first I dusted off the surfaces of the jewelry box.

 And my first ever piece of decoupage! A great point in my crafting history! Da da da da!

And there you have it. I finished over with 2 more layers of Mod Podge to make sure all the corners stay down but it's not bad. Decoupage holds up much better than I expected. This baby will be up on my Etsy soon and I can make similar items since I have a few more jewelry boxes and many more pages of manga. Other jewelry boxes featuring clay decor will also be uploaded soon, all to be available on Etsy as well. Any that don't sell will be brought to my conventions for display and sale.

The Mod Podge works pretty well. Better than the 50/50 glue/water concoction some others use. The smell is a little strange but that's only if you get real up close and personal with it. Clean up is really easy. I think more decoupage is in my near future.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bullet Parts and Jewelry

So when I started making bullet jewelry, I had hoped to appeal to more guys with it. Of course then I covered all my casings in filigree and used crystals as the head. Hmm. So I wanted to make something that would perhaps appeal more to the gents in the crowd. While we were at Cabela's I picked up a bag of these and a couple reloading tools.

Soooo shiny!

These are lead filled but I sealed them so there's no health problems. Unless you try to eat it or something I guess. You can't prevent stupid. So these are actual FMJ bullet heads from the reloading supplies. They fit nicely into any caliber close to a .223 at least for my purposes. Don't do this if you're actually reloading bullets. I used them to make more realistic but safe bullet jewelry.

 The below is a .223. Perfect fit!

They fit into both the .223 as pendants and the 5.7s as earrings. I think they're pretty cute for bullets. :D The pendants are pretty BA and I'm hoping to catch a few more guys next month at Natsucon! They look pretty genuine (an did I mention shiny?)

Not so big but still plenty of weight!

These jewelry pieces will be great for those who don't want the fru fru with the crystals and filigree.

See you all at Natsucon!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Final Fantasy 13 Chibis

There's been a promotion running in my Etsy store that still has a lot of freebies to go.
Spend $10: 1 Free Button, $20: 3 Free Buttons, $30: 1 Free Necklace, $40: 1 Pair Free Earrings
Doesn't include shipping cost or custom orders. This will continue until I'm out of supplies soooo take advantage of it!

I've had 3 finished chibis of the girls waiting to share. These are quick sketches that I colored in and will be using for buttons and postcard prints. Not sure if I'll do the boys. I already have the entire line of FF10 characters waiting to be scanned in and colored.