Sometimes I see a cool little object, and want to make it into an even cooler little object, but it's just not quite the right size, or shape, or mood. A handy dandy pair of scissors will often fix that right up.
I bought these at the dollar store, in the form of an Easter garland:
They're made of that sort of stiff, heavy felt. There were six crosses and six butterflies. I bought them the day after Easter, at 50% off. Fifty cents, people! Fifty cents for 12 cool objects.
Immediately, I thought, "Pretty! For earrings!" Then I thought, "Yeah, if your ears were the size of baseball mitts." (The butterflies are about as big as your palm. The crosses are smaller, perhaps slightly more earring-able, but still. Is there anyone out there - I don't care how much she loves Easter - who really wants a fuzzy, 3-inch-long, neon green Byzantine cross hanging from her ear lobe?)
So that's when I started snipping with said handy dandy scissors. Trying to isolate segments that had a pretty shape. I found a shape I liked; added earwires. And then there was:
Next thing I knew, the fur was really flying. And then there were:
I really had fun dismembering, er, taking apart the filigree shapes and assembling them into - if I do say so myself - some cool little objects.
I also tried adding a teeny bit of shading with a Sharpie. It's subtle, but I think it helps give some dimension:
Okay, I know these are weird. They're not for everybody. But in my mind, if I find a way to use the word 'subtle' in the same post as the phrase 'fuzzy, 3-inch-long, neon green Byzantine cross,' I count it as a success!
I think these earrings are cool! I'm going to take a trip to my local dollar store soon!ReplyDelete
I'm totally dying from your creativity. I actually stood and looked around in my hobby room yesterday and asked myself, "What would Mich L. do?" Also, I received the deer earrings in the mail. They are so lovely! (I wore them to church on Mother's Day.) Thank you so very much.ReplyDelete
You did it again! Cute and clever and inspiring!ReplyDelete
Nice! Deconstructing dollar store stuff is the best.ReplyDelete
The butterfly wing ones are ace!ReplyDelete
LOL So cool - Well Done You! :)ReplyDelete
finally.... all caught up on your posts, each one more brilliant that the last.ReplyDelete
so my question to MichinLA™ is, if someone were to issue you a challenge, like, oh, say, to make a pair of mens cufflinks, what would you do? What, to borrow a line from the movie Speed, would you do....?
reason i ask: saw a great pair of cufflinks made out of scrabble tiles. unquestionably hip, but they cost a gazillion dollars, and i say to myself, i say, "i bet Michinla® could make something twice as cool without even breaking a sweat..."
so....what say, Michinla©?
To Kansai007: I lurve a challenge! Scrabble tiles are too easy. Wait til you see what I come up with! Wait a sec....uh-oh...ZZzzzZZtt! (sound of Mich L. being struck by lightning for hubris.) Anyway, men´s cufflinks soon.ReplyDelete
Will be looking for craft meaterials to refunction in this genre. Wow!ReplyDelete
Totally rocking and completely unique. What vision you have. thanks for linking up to The CSI Project today!ReplyDelete
These are fan-freakin-tastic!!! Love your vision....and your humor. This post cracked me up, girl!ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up with us over at The CSI Project.
Love your humor. I even like the earrings even though I would never be caught dead in them. But then I'm an old fogey.ReplyDelete
This is such a clever idea. I will have to look for those next Easter. Maybe they will have other shapes throughout the year too. BTW, I'm from LA too!ReplyDelete
So cute! And I bet they are nice and lightweight.ReplyDelete
These are so cute and original. What a fabulous idea!ReplyDelete
And you have a funny way of writing, this post made me laugh and I love those butterfly wing earrings. I like how your mind works :)ReplyDelete