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Poison Mushroom Cuff

Poison Mushroom Cuff

I don't know how much time it took altogether, and I don't want to know. I love the poison mushroom... but I'm not sure that I loved it this much. Still, I did want to give white thread a try and... I can't really explain the rest of it. Insanity, as usual. And it's a corset cuff, meaning it can adjust to any wrist size with the spiffy little silk ribbon.

It was a real learning experience, though. There are some rough parts due to that, but overall it actually turned out much better than I expected. And, of course, it's SHINY! Got a lot of comments and pick ups at Anime Boston, but o one brought it home, alas.

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Reversible Beast Wars Cuff

Reversible Beast Wars Cuff

I am aware, with some certainty, that this certifies my complete insanity. I don't care--as much as I adore G1 Transformers, Beast Wars was my show of choice. You may throw what you like at me, I care not--I have Scott McNeil!

Ahem, right. Well... damn. Two very large, very complicated panels, woven so that they rest back to back. So, it's completely reversible in case you're the Blackarachnia type. It's exceedingly versatile in the ways it can actually attach to a person's wrist. I only grabbed the ribbon because I discovered too late that I was out of the leather lacing I'd wanted to photograph it with. Of course, how it attached is all up to the buyer.

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Gojyo and Hakkai Bracelet

Gojyo and Hakkai Bracelet

A creative and appreciated commission, and not just because it gave me a week off of a long-term project I'd been working on a little obsessively. The idea is a representation of the Saiyuki characters Sha Gojyo and Cho Hakkai, the commissioner coming up with the basic pattern/design and of course I had to complicate it for myself by making part of it open. Admittedly, I love how it turned out. It's a little more airy and "free" this way, I think--and the colors stand out beautifully. (And of course that is a Swarovski crystal. I mean, of course.)

Double Sided Mushroom Bracelet

Double Sided Mushroom Bracelet

So I had a silly little idea that I might make a simple little 1-Up mushroom bracelet. ...Plans changed, as they do. I'd been experimenting with double-sided bracelets and wanted to try to put a Poison mushroom on the back of this, because... I'm weird like that? It turned out better than I expected for the style I used, I think, and then I went and made that little "mushroom button" as a clasp. I think it looks like rough-hewn old pewter, but maybe it's more "gunmetal". Whatever, it works.

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Arien

Arien

Arien is a bit of the outspoken sort, not afraid to speak his mind about any number of subjects. Of course he's also glad just to listen. He's looking forward to finding someone to be a companion to and keep safe. A baby Midnight Serpent has to start somewhere, you know.

I wanted to try a simple little snake bracelet. ...But of course I never can stick to "just snakes". *grin* I had quite a few beads left over from Midnight Serpent, so this seemed like the natural thing to do with them--a baby Midnight Serpent!

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Dasra

Dasra

So perhaps I went a bit overboard in terms of sparkly... but I can't find it in myself to apologize. I happened to have Swarovski crystals that perfectly matched Dasra's color scheme, and so... well. SHINY.

Dasra is an aquatic dragon, spending most of his days slithering along the sands on the bottom of the ocean and enjoying a good game of tag with the locals. Unfortunately none of them really appreciate his sense of humor; when he says the loser will be eaten, he's not joking. He's just grinning. Widely. Ah well.

Also, it is enormously hard to tell, but he has two yellow ridges above his green eyes. I swear sometimes I hear my camera laughing at me.

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Zaida

Zaida

Oh sure it may not look much like camouflage now, but when Zaida sneaks out after a rainstorm and everything is brilliant, vibrant green, she's barely noticeable. Winter is really "not her thing", but that's what the joy of hibernation is for. She prefers sweet tea with lemon and tea biscuits whenever possible, but fresh fruit is always welcome.

Made on commission as a birthday gift. Due to mail error and the fact that schedules just kept getting changed, she arrived at her destination very late indeed--but she arrived. She is currently being very well taken care of, and that is the truly important thing. Ironically enough, "zaida" means "fortunate one" in Arabic. I sure can pick 'em.

Dias

Dias

So this would be a prototype attempt at a dragon bracelet (and a legless version, at that). I just wanted to test something. And I rather liked the idea of the hooking mechanism being both visible, and also part of the critter. He works quite well, actually, and I'm testing out exactly how he works before I try again. I do think the next one with have a wire tail (for neatness alone, really) and I'll be experimenting with wire legs and feet... well, we'll see.

Also. For the most part, Dias is copper--but there are subtle gold diamonds spiraling around him. The gold explodes in the tail so it's a bit more noticeable, but it's really hard to photograph.

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