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Itty Bitty Envelopes

Itty Bitty Envelopes

Before I lost my Facebook account because of a hacker, I had gotten to day 13 of the 100 Day Project. I started again on Valentine’s Day so it would be Day 14 on the 14th.

Today, though, I’m jumping to Day 20, and I’ll catch up on the in-between. My theme this year is #fixandfinish. Tonight, I finished cutting and gluing itty bitty envelopes from the Medici collection of printables by RachandBella Crafts on Etsy. They won’t hold much but they are precious! #the100dayproject2024

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

This is the third year I have participated in the 100 Day Project. The first year I did collage papers. I used the gel plate to print many of them.

Last year I concentrated on bracelets, beads and buttons. I made gemstone ladder stitch bracelets and sometimes fastened them with polymer clay buttons I made myself.

This year, I have chosen, “fix and finish.”

This is a broken necklace that has been waiting years to be fixed. I’ll be documenting what I fix or finish here moving forward.

Valentines with Vivi

Valentines with Vivi

We made valentines and valentine jewelry, tonight. We ate chicken noodle soup because Vivi wasn’t feeling well. She persevered to get her valentines ready for school tomorrow. No store-bought cards allowed.

Vivi said this was her first piece of “sophisticated“ jewelry. She usually puts some beads on a string and ties it. She learned about crimps and jump rings, and this was her design.
This was mine.

Brace Yourself!

Brace Yourself!

I’ve gone bracelet-making crazy!

Unakite with a hand sculpted mushroom button
Sodalite with a polymer clay button
Dragon’s Blood stone with a TierraCast button, This one was for Adrianne. She picked out the colors.
Two for me! Sodalite and Gray Agate with an AB (aurora borealis) coating
The buttons have been in my sewing drawer for years!
Rhodonite with black leather and pink cord
Unakite and 1.5mm leather, just to see. Another hand formed mushroom closure
Fancy jasper, natural turquoise leather, rust cord and a serene polymer clay button
Sunstone with a polymer clay button and Moroccan red leather (orange)
Red jasper, brown leather, and a vintage brass French horn button
Mookaite, burgundy leather, and a vintage button from my button basket
Morganite, white metallic leather and a sewing box button
Black agate, black leather and a TierraCast button
Rhodonite, black leather and an old sweater button
Gray agate with an AB coating, Chandi (lavender) leather and a sweater button
Aventurine, metallic ocean green leather, and a polymer clay button
Wood opal (petrified wood,) dark brown leather and a vintage button from my button basket
This one was on tv! Susan Thomas showed it on The Circle on JTV extra. The theme was Western World. She talked about it on the Jewel School broadcast, the next day, too!!! Stones are mahogany obsidian. The button is TierraCast.
Mookaite, burgundy leather, and a polymer clay button I made myself
Aventurine, ocean green metallic leather and a handcast polymer clay button

Latest Bracelet

Latest Bracelet
I am loving that ladder stitch!
The button is handmade polymer clay, cast from a fondant mold.
The beads are 6mm red tiger’s eye from JTV.
The leather is turkey red by Leather Cord, USA, and the nylon cord is an unnamed rust color from Bead Smith. Both were ordered from artbeads.com.

Unhinged, I think it looks like a snake skeleton! Thanks, again, to Tracy Proctor from Tierra Cast for teaching me this stitch.

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time…

I bought a kit and knitted a bracelet. Then I went crazy and bought different cords and number 6 seed beads in every color I could find. The original was gold, and the second was hot pink. The third was silver-lined crystal knit on silver cord. I lost interest, or a life thing came up, and I never added a clasp.

Today, I found that silver bracelet bagged up with its leftover beads!

I found it in this pink gift bag, and inside are at least a dozen other zipper bags with beads and matching cords!

Now, to find the pattern!

Fresh from the Oven!

Fresh from the Oven!

No, they’re not chocolate! They’re polymer clay buttons! Some are shaped from molds and some are molded by hand. (the acorn, the zuni bear, and the mushrooms, for example)

They need sanding and staining and sealing. Coming soon to a bracelet near you!