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Winter Nights

Winter Nights

I keep trying not to quote "Zooropa" lyrics, but that's exactly what this feels like to me. I'm deeply happy with the result but this is not a project that I saw coming. Whoops? Very sparkly whoops?

The blue really hits you first, that luscious indigo/cobalt/color of dark sky not-quite-black. And then then the little purples and greens are definitely there when you start inspecting it. Which is, basically, impossible to show in 10 pictures, let alone 20, but I tried. Lighting matters, obviously. I had all these beads and I wanted to use them. So I did. Exciting stuff, this. It was just really nice to have no plans and come out of a two day project which should probably not have been a two day project *cough* with... well, sparkly.
Currently Available.

Date: 09 February 2022
Still Breathing

Still Breathing

Well. ...It's personal. And something I wanted to make for me before I delved into a bunch of other projects.

Plus I was trying something a little different with the end pieces there. Success! More of this style might pop up in the near-ish future.

Date: 03 November 2021
Better Than Chikin

Better Than Chikin

It was absolutely time that I finally got around to doing this. I've had the idea for a couple of years, but... 2020, man. I had to get it done by the end. Feel free to check out the legitimate cost breakdown in the Etsy listing I just figured out and don't know how to feel about, too.

Actual information about all of this: Chick-fil-A’s many controversies, explained.
(For Sale.)

Date: 29 December 2020
Better Than Chikin

Better Than Chikin

It was absolutely time that I finally got around to doing this. I've had the idea for a couple of years, but... 2020, man. I had to get it done by the end. Feel free to check out the legitimate cost breakdown in the Etsy listing I just figured out and don't know how to feel about, too.

Actual information about all of this: Chick-fil-A’s many controversies, explained.
(For Sale.)

Date: 29 December 2020
Pleasant Non-Threatening Plastic Customer Service Smile

Pleasant Non-Threatening Plastic Customer Service Smile

This sure is a real piece that I sure did spend weeks working on. Not to mention developed another technique regarding the way weight is distributed through the netting itself, so it ought to be a lot more stable while remaining flexible. (I mean, I haven't had complaints or breakage reports, but this is just sort of what I do.)

If nothing else, this is a prime illustration of channeling one's rage into creative endeavors. As much as the creation of this piece was inspired by this Vox article, the feelings have been around for a long time. I joined Etsy in 2007, when it still felt like a real agent for artists and artisans. Now it feels like a farm run by people who have only ever seen an animal on television. All hail the venture capitalists, etc.

I wanted to mention here that the clasp is, not so ironically, from an Etsy shop not at all involved in the rest of this. I was looking for something different than what I've used before and I just... happened across this. There are still good things there, and many good people selling their wares and supplies to make more wares. But we're all being crushed under a company that no longer wants to be unique and serve its user base, but to serve their board and be Amazon Lite. Art Ebay. So yes, I say wholly and sincerely, fuck Etsy. And fuck whatever survivorship bias bullshit is sure to be tossed in my general direction. I'll crawl along as long as I can because really, what are they gonna do, fire me?

Of course they could, in a way. But I'll bet the chunk of cash they'll get if this ever actually sells is more important. After all, I won't pay extra to be in searches. And nothing else will ever get free shipping. Consider this being me metaphorically shitting in your blueberry field, Kalin.
(For Sale)

Date: 18 October 2019
Fondly

Fondly

"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." - Sarah Williams

Kind of couldn't help but think of the quote while I was finishing this. I needed a little something different, again, and I'd been picking and different kinds of layered bracelets lately, so this happened. I really wanted something to showcase that "cheap plastic ring" which did not in any way look cheap to me. The blue highlights are so subtle that they're hard enough to pick out in person depending on the light, nevermind trying to get decent pictures of them, but I hope I've succeeded enough for folks to be able to adjust their monitors and marvel. Or something like it.
(For Sale)

Date: 29 May 2019
Me and My Kingdom of Three

Me and My Kingdom of Three

Made as the development cycle of Final Fantasy XV winds to an end, but conceptualized long before, this is something I made for me. Four crystals inside one ring, surrounded by a total of 13 skulls, on a band 13 beads wide, color splashed between black and silver. I'm very, very happy with it, and it means a lot to me.

That said, wow was getting the Swarovski crystals spanned between sides of the ring a "challenge". But I did it! Another dumb idea that worked! Ridiculously. Like making the ring an open centerpiece. I'd tinkered with the pattern for the beaded skull for a while, trying to get it as small as possible but still retain the feel I was going for. ...Admittedly the sizing was luck and a shot in the dark, and the arrangement of two magnetic clasps with another little silver skull inbetween was an alteration to the original thought. It would have wound up too long to be comfortable with my original concept, but this way it's just right, with just enough slack to slide and move comfortably. It's also got a little weight to it, as the ring itself is surprisingly heavy stainless steel with some really solid magnetic clasps and a decently heavy small skull bead as a counter-balance. It actually feels quite good on, and rather matches my... aesthetic. (As does most Insomnian fashion, I must admit.)

Date: 27 December 2018
Gatekeepers Be Advised

Gatekeepers Be Advised

One of those ideas I'd had in mind for a while, but didn't really get to designing and then completing it for a bit. As soon as I saw that glow in the dark seed beads were finally a real thing that I could buy, I knew what I needed to do with them. ...I only realized later that I'd designed a 2,550-bead panel centerpiece. Welp. That explains why it took so long.

Not that it's exactly noticeable, but I tried another technique for the diamond webbing that both went faster and actually turned out to be a little bit stronger than what I'd been doing. Learning experience + glow in the dark beads + STATEMENT = win.

There's no one specific reason for me to make this beyond it's a universal truth and I felt like it. Nothing better to do with annoyance than make something neat out of it, right?
(For Sale)

Date: 10 November 2018


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