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Ebony and Ivory Necklace

Ebony and Ivory Necklace

It's no secret that I love me some Devil May Cry. I have a... special affection for Dante's twin guns, Ebony and Ivory; so much so that I've named my handhelds after them (the PSP is Ebony, and the DS is Ivory... the PS3 is Alastor, which is a whole different story). I wanted to try to make them as charms, both different tones of silver. Unfortunately it took about 20 shots and three different lighting configurations to get the camera to recognize that they were in fact two different tones of silver and not just BLAZE OF SHINY. Better in person, but... you know how that goes.

The necklace itself is extremely adjustable, allowing for the guns to hang at the same height or one above the other. Whatever makes you feel more ready to take on those poor demons who never saw you coming. As for the charms themselves, they're actually some combination of smooth and polished, and rough and obviously hand-made/carved. Somehow I just enjoyed how that came out.

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Dangly Tachikoma Necklace

Dangly Tachikoma Necklace

Who wouldn't love a tiny little Tachikoma looking out for them? I did not plan this. I know I say that a lot, but I mean it every time. I just saw the back bead, which happened to be next to the round bead, and... yeah. I refuse to try and explain how much of a pain it was to get the wire to work exactly like I wanted it to, but I succeeded and it's over now and that seems really important. And, well, Tachikoma!

So I had the little Tachikoma, right? Surely that was over and i could get back to other things. ...And then somehow the idea of making a whole necklace for it happened, and... I don't know. I went through my beads, and there was this utterly gorgeous blue agate that worked perfectly. So. Yes. That's several more hours of my life, putting that thing together. I do hope it's worthy of the Major herself.

(Ghost in the Shell and Tachikomas belong to Masamune Shirow, Production I.G, and probably a lot more people and companies that I fail to realize. Some day I will have a Motoko action figure. Some day.)

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Wine Pearls

Wine Pearls

Jan 21, 2012 13:24

Once I saw the color of these freshwater pearls... I knew both that I had to have them, and that I might actually have to do something with them. I wanted to try for something very simple... and I suppose it is, technically. Sort of.

These little tiny links are actually amazingly strong. But I still worried to the point where I put a more "traditional" chain in the back. Hey, I'm rough on my jewelry.

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Satiate

Satiate

Jan 21, 2012 13:24

A project between projects, put together when one thing was drying and another was just being irritating. At first glance, the round beads appear to be black, but they're saturated with GREEN SPARKLIES! ...Ahem. I really liked how they went with the tiny blood red Swarovski crystals, so I added silver beads, a chain, and there we go.

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Phoenix Tail

Phoenix Tail

Jan 21, 2012 13:24

Sort of on a whim, go figure. I'd been planning to come up with something simple from an assortment of Swarovski crystals that happened to be on sale... but nothing can ever be simple. Luckily the result seems rather worth the effort.

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Pearls for the Modern Punk

Pearls for the Modern Punk

Jan 21, 2012 13:23

I found gorgeous cherry red freshwater pearls. I bought them. I made happiness with them. *grin*

I do love their color, though. Very hard to fully grab it with pictures, but I think I was mostly successful. Something playful and fun and shiny and definitely not quite traditional.

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Morning Glory Heart

Morning Glory Heart

Jan 21, 2012 13:23

Brass chain with a patina, antiqued wire made into the catch... and dyed brass bits. I got the idea from Winter Rose Designs--alcohol ink on brass. The result really is amazing and vibrant... and stays on fingers for some time. Ahem. The morning glories themselves were then coated with a bit of iridescent pigment mixed in with varnish, because I wanted them to stand out more. Ta-da! In all, I'm definitely pleased with the way this came out.

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I Want to Strangle the Stars for All They Promised Me

I Want to Strangle the Stars for All They Promised Me

Jan 21, 2012 13:23

A promise is a promise, even if it's from a force rather than a person. I will not rest until the sky falls down around me...

Do enlarge this. The sheer amount of color is incredibly worthwhile. No, really. I have no idea why this came to be, exactly. Too many chocobos, not enough cutting myself with wire? Anyway, it just kind of happened. All wire is sterling silver. That gorgeous bottom bead is blue tiger's eye/hawk's eye, the top bead is dichroic glass, and the middle bead off to the left there is liquid crystal. Color-changing. Otherwise known as a "mood bead"; it changes color with temperature. Because my body temperature is lower than most people and clearly I must be a lizard, it's pretty much always blue when I touch it. It shifts into greens, purples, and even sunset golds and rusts. That little "flare" below it is a starburst of Swarovski crystals, but of course. All of the other beads are glass.

As for the title, it's a lyric from "Want" by Recoil. A very... personal song, you could say.

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