A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from someone who had come across my Avocado Earrings and Avocado Necklace. She had been looking for something avocado related and was in quite a rush because she was leaving the country soon and wanted to give something to her boyfriend. (Awwwwwwww!) She was looking for avocados because it was something they shared between them and something they both loved (Double awwwwwwww!). Although the originals had already been given out as gifts, I had some extras (and that is why you never waste craft material!). So, the earrings turned into keychains and the necklace turned into a rear view mirror decoration.
Anyway, when I met with her to exchange the goods, we had a conversation about avocados and her search for crafty ones. She’d mentioned that she tried to find a plush avocado and wasn’t having any luck. I ended up poaching the idea and did some experiments.
Now, the stuffed avocado was cute and all, but what was I going to do with it?
Since I’ve been working with leather, I had a few pieces of scrap from my projects. It was a very simple process of attaching the avocado to the leather band and now it’s a useful pincushion!
After making the avocado earrings, I decided to make a matching necklace.
I found that it was actually harder to make the necklace because it’s a bigger piece, which makes it harder to control the shade.
There is a store called Urban Source in Vancouver that has bins and bins of recycled craft supplies. The last time I was there, they had a bin of projector slides and I picked up a few. I’ve coated one with resin on both sides and put it on a chain. Aside from the resin drying time, it’s a quick and easy project. It might even be do-able without the resin coating.
Continuing with the sushi and jewelry trend…
They were originally meant to be tobiko, but then I got lazy and rolled the little spheres too big so now they’re ikura.
More food for thought (in jewelry form):
This is the first of my experiments for food made from polymer clay. It didn’t turn out too bad, but the “fat” definitely isn’t white enough.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
Something I slapped together with left over polymer clay:
I’ve been given an access card at work that I need to carry around with me if I don’t want to be locked out of my office. I got sick of having to wear clothes with pockets to carry it around so I bought myself an ID holder to clip it to myself. Then I got bored of the boring black button so I jazzed it up – nerd style. This is actually just a prototype. I need to actually spend time to sit down and craft one that’s not all wonky.
(Also, for security purposes, I swapped out my ID card for this picture. I don’t actually work for Sephora… it’s the opposite, actually. It’s where my paycheques go on payday.)
This project certainly isn’t original nor all that creative, as there are plenty of people who are selling similar items. They are so incredibly easy to make that I can’t believe how much some people are selling theirs for. I don’t think I spent more than fifteen minutes making mine, and the bulk of that time was probably trying to decide which lightsaber colour to use.
At any rate, for anyone who wants a pair, don’t go throwing away money for something so simple (really, save it for the more awe-inspiring creations I see on Etsy)… just follow the tutorial.
Partly inspired, partly plagiarized, I created some resin accessories based on the new Jack’s Mannequin album “People and Things”.
At the end of October last year, I once again saw my Hero 1.2 live in concert. He was as brilliant as always; to support the band, I bought some merch and one of the items was a song book of lyrics and art designs that represented each song on “People and Things”. This particular hair clip image was from “My Racing Thoughts”. It is not my favourite on the album, but it does have a really good line “She’s a black cat hanging ’round my doorstep.” The mechanical cat is probably my favourite image from that book.
Using the same image, I also made earrings, a necklace and a second set of hair clips to give to my best friends. I wish I had taken pictures of those, but they were given over the Winter Holidays already. At some point, when they wear them out in public, I will get an opportunity to take pictures of them.
In the meantime, I have my own clips to remind me how amazing and inspirational Andrew McMahon’s lyrics have been.