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Teeny Pendants (aka How to Give Yourself a Migraine)

I have a problem.  I call this problem “Why the hell do I have to make teeny-tiny things that give me a headache?”-itis.  It’s true – I always tend towards the ridiculously little when I am making things.  Give me a postage stamp-sized bit of paper and I will attempt to draw/paint/collage a masterpiece on it.  Which was fine when I was younger and had 20/20 vision.  Now, I hate to admit, my eyes are getting just a wee bit squinty.  My arms are getting longer, just because I have to hold everything at arm’s length in order for me to focus on it.  So sad. Sigh.

I know I need my eyes tested but I keep forgetting to do it.  Or, more accurately, I keep putting it off.  I have always had really good eyes but, now I am in my forties, I will have to face facts and accept the downward spiral that is my diminishing vision.

But, dodgy eyeballs aside, I decided to go with my usual penchant for teeny things and make these little pendants.  I had bought an old necklace from the op-shop earlier in the week for a couple of dollars.  It was pretty ugly – I don’t know who would have worn it but apparently someone did.  The bronzey/brassy plates on it looked like they were missing something, as though a large glass dome had been removed from each one.  At any rate, they needed rescuing, pronto.

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I took all the plates off and set them aside.  I will figure out what to do with them all as I go along.  The space inside each one is about the size of an Australian twenty cent piece.  I took two and painted and collaged on them – very simple, naive designs.  The bird one just about gave me a migraine – all those tiny little bits of text around the edge – ugh!  The flower one was simpler and less headache-inducing but still left me a bit squinty.  I am reasonably happy with them.  My new thing for this year is to just DO instead of worrying about how something might turn out.  I often don’t do things, just because I think I will do a bad job of it and it will suck.  It might still suck, but it is better, in my opinion, to give it a try.  I am not the world’s best painter – I am not my Mum or brother, but then I shouldn’t try to be.  I need to be less judgemental of myself.

So, I managed to get these two wee little pendants done in an afternoon.  I will varnish them tomorrow and then string them on some ribbon or cord.

What do you think?  If it helps, and will make you less inclined to say they’re rubbish, you can squint or hold the picture at arm’s length.  That’s what I’m doing 🙂

Happy Sunday everyone x

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Rainy Day Craftin’

Rainy Day Craftin’

It’s been a cold, miserable, wet day today.  The sky is grey and they clouds are dark and thunderous (or they look “thundery” anyway!).  I’ve been listening to Paul Simon (on the stereo…he’s not here with me…that would be weird although also very AWESOME!) and doing some crafty bits and pieces.  Made a couple of cards but then gave up because I just wasn’t feelin’ it today…(I fear I may never make a good card again!…my mojo is well and truly kaput at the moment)…

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After that I attempted a few smaller items – hair clips and collaged brooches and pendants.  I have horrible luck with dimensional gloss mediums.  They always bubble for me, no matter how hard I try to keep it smooth and bubble free.  I don’t shake the bottle, always squeeze out any air bubbles first etc but still…  If anyone has any foolproof methods for bubble-free application, let me know and I will be truly grateful!  I know I probably shouldn’t be doing it in this weather either – wet and slightly humid probably isn’t best.  But I am impatient and wanting to get things finished… Don’t look too closely at the hair clips – they are bubble central.  I even added a few little diamantes to the top to distract the eye…(sorry photos are a bit blurry too…)…

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The following pieces aren’t finished yet and still need their coating of gloss but I’m going to leave them for today and probably seal them with individual layers applied by brush to avoid any bubbles…I like the bracelet with it’s blue-winged birdies and the “blessed” ring…I should also point out that the “faith” and “hope” pieces are teeny – about the size of my thumb print…awfully fiddly to do but for some reason I like working on really tiny things!

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Now I should clear away my things and start thinking about what to do for dinner.  Work tomorrow – hopefully the weather will be nicer so I can walk during my lunch break and not have to drive home in pouring rain and treacherous conditions (I’ve just bought a new car so I’m driving extra tentatively at the moment anyway!).

Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope the week is kind to you 🙂