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Sunday, April 03, 2011


silver_tube_2374 by blacklovelythang
silver_tube_2374, a photo by blacklovelythang on Flickr.

This bracelet started out as an ankle bracelet for my mom. I made it for her years ago. It was one of my very first creations. I even used stretchy cord so it will still be comfy when her ankles swell. After a while it started to patina and she didn't like it anymore. I don't know how or when I took it back from her, but I must've been attracted to the patina. Sometimes different sources of silver patina differently, but not this bracelet. The color is very uniform and also delicate. I haven't been able to get this tone with chemicals. I shortened it into a bracelet for one of my guy friends. It was perfect for him because he's not the type of person to wear any sort of adornment, except glasses. He wears plain white tee's without graphics. I just had to make him something. He liked it!

Via Flickr:
Natural patined Sterling Silver tubes and red Czech Glass on stretchy cord.

Mirror Ring

mirror_ring_2686 by blacklovelythang
mirror_ring_2686, a photo by blacklovelythang on Flickr.

I wanted to add a the Rhodolite cabochon, but I'm so out of practice that I couldn't get the bezel soldered on straight. So, I did what comes most natural, I hammered it very constructively. In hind site I wish I'd made the band slightly narrower, but I think the customer will like it anyway.

Via Flickr:
Sterling Silver, hammered ring, with tapered band.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Another Beret

I knit this on a whim. I just wanted to do it. It'll make a nice gift for someone one day. I put some of my Knit One Crochet Too Babyboo to work on this All-Day Beret from Debbie Stoller. It was fun and knit-up pretty fast. I've seen other knitters finished Beret's on Ravelry and many have the same net drape like I do. My favorites are the people who used the recommended yarn Bamboo Ewe. Such nice colors. I want some.

Pillow Cushion February KAL

This is my first KAL in the UAE. I'm really excited. I chose a huge pillow to cover. It's 44cm's square. I bought it from Ikea already covered to go with this woven stool.

I thought it would look nice with a knitted cover in a fancy pattern. Some of the nicest pillow patterns are with cables and I was trying to avoid them because I've never done them before. I originally chose Knit One Crochet Too Babyboo and the Willow Bud and Carillon Pattern, but I didn't know how to k1 p1 k1 p1 into the same stitch. I don't think the yarn and this pattern would've worked anyway.

So I switched to the Embossed leaf pattern instead. It's very easy to knit and the stitch count makes it versitile enough for any kind of panel. I love this pattern but it didn't work with the yarn either. The yarnovers at the base of the leaf was too open. You'd be able to see the white cushion underneath.

Then finally I decided to shop for new yarn. I found Dream Classy, from the LYS Magrudy's. The suggested needle size is 5.o but I think a 3.75 would net better results. I chose a new stitch pattern called Firefly. It's originaly from the Vogue Stitchionary book, but I found it on the Lion brand website for free. Although I think it works best with finer gauges, I think it's going to work.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Red Bone Hoop Earrings

Originally uploaded by blacklovelythang
I bought these in S.A. They had base metal earwires, linked with a jump-ring and a black seed bead. I refinished the red bone and refashioned the metal findings with Sterling Silver. I like the sideways placing of the subject but I have to be careful with the focus. The camera wants to focus on the front earring or the back one. It's difficult to get both in focus. I want more shadow around the corners but I don't know how.

Raspberry Beret

I made this for my little cousin Acacia. Her mother had a navy wool beret at the same age. I thought Acacia should have one too. The little girl likes glitter so it's no wonder that we've become friends.