Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Branching out

I'm working on a whole lot of new ideas at the moment. There is much frustration when things don't work and then little bits of glee when they do.

Today, there was glee. The first of my new Adorn Pendants is all finished. I'm wearing it as I type, just giving it a good trial run to make sure I don't need more stitches or glue or anything else.

It has been an interesting process to get this made. Lots of figuring things out on the run, despite having a few pages of my work journal full of sketches and notes. I have a tonne more ideas, so I can't wait to make more.

Adorn pendant (Queen Anne's Lace)

I'm hoping to list some of these for sale in the next few days.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

What do you get when...

What do you get when you suddenly decide you NEED a work journal, but can't find one that you either like or can afford? Well you make your own. This couldn't be further from perfect, but I like it and I didn't have to outlay any money to make it since I already had all the bits.

So, what/how? I started with a pile of photocopy/printer paper which all got folded in half and put into little sections (editing to add: little sections are called signatures! Thank you Kirsten!). Then cut up an old binder to get cardboard for the hard cover. Then I stitched each paper section (signature!) to the cover. Then I used some red leather I have been trying to find a good use for to make the jacket. The buckle was a slider that I introduced to the pliers and mini bolt cutters.

Like I said, not perfect. It's crooked and the edges are rough. But knowing me, I'll decide in about 3 days that I don't really need a work journal at all. Plus, the imperfections are quite likeable!