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Goddess of the Rabid Sheep part 2 – the jewellery

I can never get my head round how I’m supposed to spell jewellery. Think that’s right, but it could be jewelry. Instagram thinks it’s jewelry. But then Instagram is American and full of deception and lies.

Anyway. Here is a recap of the dress and bits I made for Fantasy Forest festival last year….

This is not the best picture in the world but you can clearly see the necklaces and flower crown which I made to match the dress. I kind of forgot to get dedicated photographs of them on the actual day.

So firstly the flower crown. I have made another like this in the past. I got the blank horns attached to a headband from AliExpress. I am really pleased with the particular seller I found as they were cheap but securely attached and also comfortable to wear , which the previous horned headdress I made categorically isn’t.

So yeah, I basically just added some paint texture to the horns and then glued a load of flowers onto it

The jewellery was a bit more complicated. I’d bought the mini rams skulls a few months previously and had no idea what to do with them. They are resin and were advertised aquarium toys on AliExpress. Then when I made the dress and finished the front the way I did it was immediately clear it needed Viking style brooch and chains going across the front.

Now I have some Viking style brooches I’ve been playing with that I also got off AliExpress but they need holes drilling into them to take the chain and they are not the best quality and I was not in the position to fork out large amounts of money for nice ones. Then I remembered the rams heads.

I used two part epoxy glue to stick some basic pendant bales and brooch pins I found in bulk on amazon onto the back of them. I was really nervous about this bit as I’d never used two part epoxy glue before and was torn between nervousness that it would stick to everything and never come off and that it wouldn’t work and even that wasn’t strong enough to take the weight of the rams heads and it wouldn’t stand the English weather. But it was fine. It worked perfectly and the necklace has since been through the worst storm the British summer can throw at it without disintegrating so I’m pretty sure it’s going to last.

Then I just strung them with pearls and blue semi precious stones I got from the bead man in Covent Garden Antiques Market.

I know it’s a bit of an affectation to use real gemstones for costume jewellery, but I really do like the effect it gives, & although they are real pearls they are Chinese ones, & like £4 a string so it isn’t like I’m spending a fortune on this stuff. Anyway I spent about £50 on the gems in total and have enough left for at least one more necklace.

Anyway, the cross body brooches were loosely based on the idea of Viking ones, but obviously zero attempt was made at any kind of historical accuracy

And here is the full set….

The two brooch sets are identical but I used different colour wooden beads in each, this is because of what I had in my hoard at that particular time.

In the necklace I used Tibetan bone beads as well.

In the end I had two rams skull pendants left over. One of which has become another necklace (which I’m sure I’ll get around to blogging at some point) the other is still sitting there waiting for inspiration to strike.

red punk rock skirt and random necklaces

I have decided to take a break from bloging about London Edge, partly cuz I’ve actually made stuff, and partly because I’m currently working on something really complicated, so I’m going to need stuff to post next week. 🙂

Anyway, I finally finished the skirt I’ve been working on for pretty much the best part of a month. But life and random colds and stuff got in the way. Its here now though….

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Now this doesn’t instantly look very punk rock, but I was suffering from a massive neither-of-us-can-be-arsed-to-do-the-ironing crisis on Sunday when we took the pictures, and as Jon is away pretty much all week, there was no real other opportunity to take photos for several days. I did however wear it to a gig on Friday night and it went down a treat.

Close ups of the shape and the fabric will show what I mean…..

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It’s houndstooth! No attempt at pattern matching was made as I had less than a meter and a half of the fabric so was squeezing the pattern in any way I could manage. It is however slightly longer than I would naturally wear with a skirt of this style, because it is made out of stretchy wool and lined and designed to be worn in the middle of winter basically.

I did alright on the inside.

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Nice ribbon round the waist band so that it doesn’t itch and my little label thingy so that it does anyway thing going on.

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Also a double layer of venice lace round the bottom of the underskirt . Partly to use it up as it was cheap and crappy and there are not many things it goes with, partly because I had to slightly shorten the underskirt as the lace dangled out from under the skirt a little, so I stuck the second layer on to hide the tuck where I shortened it. The second layer also goes for a bit of a walk up the underskirt at one point, but as its an underskirt you can’t really see that. My perennial issue of trying to sew when I’m feeling tired and ill though.

Anyway I am really pleased with it, so have another picture of me wearing it….

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Also in the last couple of weeks I mended some necklaces, one of which I made a couple of years ago, one of which I made a few months ago, but I haven’t ever really blogged about my jewellery making attempts, so I thought I’d post them here….

First up…

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A steampunk necklace I made a while back. The beads are grey pearls and garnets, all the charms and findings are antique brass off etsy, and the cabochons have closeup images of fungi inside them.

With this one it needed a new clasp as the clasp decided to break.

Here it is worn….

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The other necklace was a lot more recent, and I was most annoyed as it caught on something in my toilet bag and the plastic thread snapped, so I had to restring it entirely….

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The big beads I was told was jasper, but looking on the internet it looks nothing like, they are really strange though, they have this crackled leather or coal effect on top, and when they warm up the paler ones go sort of transparent and really warm. The small beads are onyx.

Anyway, this is it on….

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Its kind of my default black necklace at the moment.

 

Anyway, no more sewing stuff for a bit as I am working on quite a big project, so need to make mock-ups and stuff. However hopefully it won’t take me too long, and other stuff in the meantime. 🙂

London Edge: Cool stuff I saw on stalls part 1

Basically the logistics of splitting these photos up into categories and still knowing what I’m doing was going to be too much of a headache, specially as I’m up to the eyeballs with a cold (yay! Thank-you Prince!) so I’m keeping it simple and posting them in the order I saw them. With the bigger companies that do ‘collections’ this is all next seasons stock so even though I’m going to link to peoples websites where possible, stuff I’ve posted may not be available yet. Also some of the websites are wholesale only, you have to find a shop that actually sells the brand. There was a massive bias in me (and Gemma) taking the photos as to stuff I find interesting.

 

The Seamstress of Bloomsbury -pretty vintage, mainly 40’s, inspired stuff.

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Switchblade, …..this stall had some decent Rockabilly/Gothabilly stuff on it, but what I was super interested in was the baby and children’s clothes….aren’t they awesome!

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Lucky 13 …another gothabilly stall, but this one had some awesome prints going…

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Silly Old Sea Dog……. vintage inspired stuff with novelty prints.

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Rockabye-Baby LDN -more stuff for babies 🙂

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Cherryloco …..this was one of my favourite stalls of the entire fair, unfortunately she was not selling because it was a trade fair, but I will be buying the Raven necklace off her and probably a bat one as well, as soon as I get some money together. Basically its Tatty Devine for Goths if you can’t tell from the pictures…. I am also massively supportive of a small business that is based on Folksy (The uk based version of Etsy) being at an event like this!

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Barmetal Clothing...another tattoo images stall with cool T-shirt prints…

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The next stall after that was Iron Fist, and the uploader is being a little slow today, so that can go in the next post (as I took millions of pictures) which will appear in a day or two. 🙂