Friday, March 20, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Honeycomb Pendant

Ready to play another round of Guess The Mystery Thing?  Take a peek at my latest upcycled necklace, and see if you can identify the black honeycomb grid:



What is that spiky little item?  Think you know?  We are playing on the honor system, so no peeksies until you have your official final answer firmly in your head.

Got it?  Then scroll down to the reveal!

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I think it's a tough one.  But I am generally way off when I predict that.

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Annnnd, here ya go!  The Mystery Thing:



Plastic mesh that keeps leaves out of your roof gutter.  It comes in a huge roll and is super easy to work with.  The bumblebee design was the first thing that popped into my head.



I plan to use this a million ways - isn't it perfect for making cuff bracelets?!  Hooray for the hardware store - yet again!

So please tell what you guessed in the comments - I just love hearing how you looked at the jewel without any context.

Hope you had fun - see ya!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Beaded Earring Hangers

Welp, time for another Guess The Mystery Thing scroll-down challenge!  Take a look at these curvy beaded earring hangers:


This idea came about when I needed a way to organize lots of BIG statement earrings.  (All the ones in this post are more than 3 inches long.  I like big bobs and I cannot lie!)  Mine were always getting tangled up, with each other or with other earrings hanging nearby.  I came up with this trick to keep those statement earrings separated and on display.

So what are these handy dandy little things?



You know how it works.  Honor system, people!  No peeking until you have closed your eyes, made a wish, prayed to the gods of Mystery and come up with your own guess.

Think you know it?  Then let's scroll!


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Shower curtain rings!  The kind with built-in beads for rolling along the shower rod.

I discovered that a great way to use them is hung on a tie rack, to allow a bit of space between the big earrings and the wall:



So now comes the honor part....did you Guess The Mystery Thing?  Or did you think of something different?  Do tell!

p.s. If anybody's curious about the earrings, they're all upcycles of one sort or another.  Here are the links:

Flamingoshttp://www.michlinla.com/2011/11/mystery-thing-revealed-gold-bird.html
Woven Silver Teardropshttp://www.michlinla.com/2010/07/interesting-notion.html
Weird Flameshttp://www.michlinla.com/2014/07/jewelry-before-and-after-leafy-linkers.html

 

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Little White Candlestick

Hello again!  Let's play another round of my crafty guessing game, Guess The Mystery Thing.  Challenging you, I am!  Who can identify the original source from which I built this here cute little candlestick?



What is that mysterious white stuff?  Think you know?  No peeking until you have a guess.  Then scroll on down to see the reveal.

Ready?  Scroll away!

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I'm thinking a lot of people might get this one - but I have been wrong before.


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Here goes!  The answer is:


The top bits from a plastic milk bottle.





The How-To is so simple.  I turned the lid upside down for the base.  I cut off the neck at just the spot where it begins to flare out.


Then I glued them together and inserted my candle.  Isn't it odd how traditionally candlestick-like it looks? 



One of these days I'm going to show you what I did with the rest of the bottle.  (Hint: it's really cool.)

So did you get it right?  If not, what did you think it was?  Do, DO tell!






Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Elegant Rose Focals

Ready to play a new round of Guess The Mystery Thing?  Me, too!  Look at this beautiful rose necklace:



And this other necklace, and this ring:



Oh, and some earrings, too.



What on earth is the original source for these delicate, delightful fleurs?  I will say, this is kind of a strange one - I'm not sure anyone will get it unless they have actually seen this item in person.  Good luck, everyone.

Reminder: we are playing on the honor system, dearies.   Noooooo peeking until you have a guess.  Only then may you scroll.

Ready?  Think you know it?

Scroll, baby!

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Aaaand the answer is...tada!



The world's most ornamental iPhone case.  From the dollar store!!!  (The 99 Cents Only store, to be exact.)  They are made of silicone.  Can you believe how pretty they are?  They come in a bunch of yummy colors.  With some careful cutting, I harvested three different size roses from each case.



Cool, eh?  I am partial to the ring, although it's such a strange green and goes with nothing I own.  But it looks spectacular on.



Here's a tip on using silicone items in jewelry making.  Learned this the hard way!  Do not use a sharp object to poke a hole for jump rings.  Over time, the poked hole will split, and your piece will fissure/disintegrate/fail spectacularly.  (This won't happen for about a year - you will be lulled into thinking you made a wonderful jewel - then RIIIIIP!)  So what to do?  You can't melt a hole - they make fireproof potholders out of this stuff.  Answer: punch a smooth-edged hole with a leather punch.

That's what I did with the earrings above, as well as this dangly necklace:




So now I want to hear what you guys thought it was...anybody get this one?  What was your guess?


Friday, February 20, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Silver Flower Stamen

Well, isn't that a learned post title?  Yes, this Guess the Mystery Thing challenge is about a stamen - you know, those little antennae-looking jobbies in the center of a flower.

Wanna play?  Take a look at my pretty homemade presentation box:







The Mystery Thing is the silver stamen.  What are those antennae-looking jobbies?  Ooh, so familiar looking...



We're going to do a scroll down reveal, so don't peek until you think you know what it is.  Oh, and this is also a double Mystery Thing - can you identify the white petals?  I love making these candle-burned flowers, but hate cutting fabric circles, so I have a little shortcut.  Bonus points if you can guess both items!

Thinking cap plugged in?  Wheels turning?  Playing the Final Jeopardy tune in your head?  Okay, if you're ready - let's scroll!

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Earnuts!  (For clueless dudes and non-pierced-eared people, they go on the backs of post earrings.)

I unrolled three of them slightly, like so:



Then I stacked 'em on a headpin to make my silvery flower stamen.



Isn't that fun?  Find those stray earnuts at the bottom of your jewelry box and give it a try.

Now for the bonus question: how did I cheat the flower circles?  Answer:



Rose petals from the dollar store wedding section.  True, I have to trim them a bit to get different sizes, but it really cuts down on that fabric-circle-cutting labor.

Okay, scout's honor - did you guess either Mystery Thing?  Do tell!
 


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Shortcut To A Fancy Fringe

Hi, all!  Question.  Do you like the look of a full and fancy beaded fringe necklace?  Here's one I did recently:




With hanging chain, suede mini tassels, and beads, of course.  This is one of my favorite necklace styles - but they are time consuming!  Allll those bits and pieces to attach - ugh.  Plus the painstakingly boring counting of links to make sure everything's even.

What if I told you I only spent 15 minutes on it?

Here's my sneaky little hack.  I started with a found necklace that already had lots of fringey stuff on it.  Some nice, some not so nice:



Since I don't see any sweat lodge ceremonies on my calendar in the near future, I embarked on a simple restyle.  I lifted away those overpowering feathers, and decided I liked everything else on the necklace.



All I did was replace the feathers with some soft rose teardrop beads (plus one extra in the middle for a focal).   So quick!  No counting links!  The new beads went right into the slots where there used to be feathers, and voila.



Isn't it interesting how much impact a small change can wreak?  That's all there is to this trick.  Remove one or two unlovable elements from someone else's fringe.  Replace with something you love, and baby, that fringe is yours.




UPDATE on the tech issue I asked for advice about: thanks soooo much to everyone suggesting a fix!  I now know why it's happening.  Google has added a default "auto-enhance" that dulls and darkens photos with white backgrounds, and it can't be turned off unless your blog is linked to Google Plus.  Which ain't gonna happen around these parts.  Several people have said to save photos as png instead of jpg.  (So far, haven't gotten it to work - gonna keep trying.)  A thousand thanks to all!