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* origami paper resin necklace

Posted on August 8th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Resin.

Another finished resin necklace! I gave it to Becket for her birthday. It’s a piece of origami paper embedded in resin, molded in a pill box (originally shown here). I’ve been having a hard time keeping my resin stuff from being sticky unless I sand it, which makes it cloudy instead of nice and shiny and clear unless you go crazy on the polishing. So this time I sprayed it with a gloss sealant, which seems to have done the trick. I glued a little slice of clear tubing to the top with E6000, and threaded it on weed-whacker line. I could not find tubing *anywhere* at the store. I had to buy some other beads that used the tubing as a spacer. I really like how it looks, though, and the E6000 is my new resin glue of choice.


Here’s a zoom of the clasp. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before: I just threaded the line through a magnet clasp and melted the other end into a ball so it won’t pull through. It worked great, finished the sharp plastic edges, and seems very strong.  It’s also very easy to shorten so Becket can choose a good length for her.


I just love the way it turned out. Definitely will be making more of these!  In fact, I am visiting Becket right now, and we spent the day in Japantown where I bought a bunch of new papers. :)


* wedding accessories

Posted on March 20th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

My sister is getting married today.  As a surprise, my entire family (including the brothers-in-law) is wearing purple, her favorite color.  It’s a beach wedding, so Mark is going the Miami Vice route, haha.  I got a pretty cute dark purple jersey dress from Anthropologie, but I knew I had to make a few accessories to liven it up.

Becket made me this awesome clip (pattern from Last Minute Fabric Gifts) that I’m going to put in my hair.


Necklace made of little purple doll buttons.  I think it’ll look good with the plunging neckline.  (my instructions)


And a flower badge to pin to my shoulder strap.  The flower style was inspired by Giant Dwarf, expecially her felt fascinators, but I made it from ultrasuede.  (The color balance is better in person.)



* felt bead necklace and ring

Posted on January 15th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

Since stringing my sister’s resin necklace on weedwhacker cord worked so well, I’ve been itching to make myself a necklace with it.  Poking around in the toolbox that I keep all my jewelry stuff in, I found these Japanese felt beads I got from Reprodepot a while back (they’ve got them in a ton of colors in the notions section) and wondered if I could force them onto the cord.  I had to made a hole first with progressively bigger needles, and cut the cord at an angle to make a point, but it actually worked pretty well.  It’s got the same adjusting mechanism as the resin one, and I think it’ll look good at a choker length.

Mixed in with the beads, I had even already glued a darker pink one into a bezel cup to make a ring and then never finished it.  Now I have a set.

p.s. Looks like a couple of Etsy sellers have some great variations on this idea!


* button earrings

Posted on December 29th, 2008 by amy. Filed under Jewelry.

At home, I finally had enough free time to fashion a few pairs of earrings from some shank buttons I had collected. The most difficult part is removing the shank! The stars were plastic, and Dad ground them down for me using a bench grinder.

The little flowers turned out to be metal, and they are slightly curved, so after I cut off the shank using a Dremel cutoff wheel it was still too much shank, so Dad used a round grinding stone on his drill press, and we ground off the shank. In the process, we managed to mar the buttons a bit (we were holding them with pliers), so I ground out the scratches on the Dremel and then used Crocus Cloth to give them an all-over treatment.  I had never used this metal polishing cloth before, but it was flexible enough to fit into the small corners of the piece. The cloth gave them a matte finish that looks a bit like sterling. It turned out that underneath the surface, the metal was reddish, which I really like- it brings out the detail. We used straight wire cutters to modify the earring backs so they wouldn’t show through (and I smoothed them out with the Dremel). It’s fun to be home with Dad’s amazing tool collection for something like this.


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* fun with fabric stiffener

Posted on November 17th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Holiday, Jewelry, Martha.

My favorite Martha Stewart issue of every year came this week. Yay, ornament crafts. There’s a pretty good spread on doily crafts, one of which is a bunch of doilies treated with fabric stiffener and strung in a garland. I wanted to recreate it, but I didn’t feel like getting doilies. Instead I used this funny pillowcase I bought at Ikea a few years ago. The pattern looks like papercut snowflakes. I cut out a bunch and saturated them with Stiffy (lol), blotted the excess, and let them dry on freezer paper. They wrinkled up a bit as they dried, so I ironed them afterward (between sheets of paper, because who knows what that junk would do to an iron). Strung them on sparkly crochet thread I had around, and what a cute garland for the front window. I think I will make a second one to go right next to it.

While I was laying them out, I could tell some of the little snowflakes were going to be too small for the garland and scrunched them out of the way. When they dried, they made these neat bell shapes that I thought would look cool as a necklace. I only had a few that turned out nice, so the last thread end is 2 dots also cut from the fabric pattern and glued back-to-back. While I was threading them onto the waxed twine, I realized the similarities to the blissen fabric flower necklaces. Now I feel bad about being a copy cat :/


* Leanne felt cuff

Posted on October 26th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Sewing/Fabric Crafts, Uncategorized.

I only finally got around to visiting the Kinokuniya bookstore in Seattle. Some nice reader had sent me a photo a long time ago of the craft section of the store, which had a sign advertising Crafting Japanese. It’s still up! In giant letters! And they were having a 10% off everything sale! So I got a few new books, including some really awesome felt books.

This felt cuff is from ISBN 9784579111152, and is also inspired by the final collection of Project Runway winner Leanne. I liked her all along, so I was happy to see her win. My first attempt at handsewing the aqua wavey-pom thingy was a miserable failure. I wasn’t even going to reattempt it, but Amy and Becket are visiting this week and helped me figure out v2: machine + handsew, with fewer layers, which worked way better. The thick cream felt is a scrap of the piece I got in Japan, last used for the felt sewing box.

The version in the book hooked with buttons and loops, but I used elastic instead. Action shot:


* necklace hooks

Posted on September 15th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Projects with Instructions.

Further progress on the Dresser Beautification Project. Now instead of having a clump of tangled necklaces, they’ll all be neatly stored on hooks, with the added bonus of something decorative on some blank wallspace. These are 2 mysteriously left over Ikea bits of wood I found in the basement. I wrapped them in fabric, hotglued in the back. Then screwed cuphooks along the bottom. Nail a little hanger on the back and done.



* wood spirographs

Posted on June 8th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

Spirographs on little wood disks. I did some bigger ones for coasters too.


These required some trickery to make. I had to tape together a jig of wood discs to hold the center one still and to put everything at the same height so the spiro would spin properly.



* Vicky-T Earrings

Posted on June 2nd, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

These are shrinky-dink earrings that I made with my spirograph and a hot pink sharpie. They remind me of something VickyT, the keytar player in Cobra Starship, might wear. In fact, VickyT, if you are googling yourself and come across this post, email me ( if you like them and I’ll send them to you. Hahaha, that would be so awesome.



* spirograph + shrinky dinks = nostalgia overload

Posted on June 1st, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Paper Crafts.

I’ve been playing with my spirograph a lot the last few days, working on a book proposal before I came to my senses and realized that no way in hell do I have time to write a craft book. Anyway, I had fun coming up with ideas, so I’ll post a few of the ones that turned out cool.

First up, spirograph on shrink plastic. I tried this first on some smooth shrinky stuff that I already had, but it smeared too much. This type has one side textured so that it doesn’t smear.

Necklaces. One has a little hole punched in it, and the other I cut a bigger hole from the center for stringing.


Pushpins ala the famous Wee Wonderfuls tutorial. I found some little short “sequin” pins made for applique that are just perfect pushpin-length. (btw, I wasn’t going to include these in the proposal since it’s not my idea, but they clearly had to be made once I saw the necklaces.)




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