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Doctor Who Inspired

It has come to my attention that I never formally posted any pictures of my Doctor Who inspired jewelry. So here it is, in all its glory: IMG_1228IMG_1236For those of you who don’t know what Doctor Who is, it’s a British Science Fiction tv show, about a humanoid alien with two hearts (known as the Doctor), who gallivants through space with one or more companions, saving things and experiencing the wonder of the universe(s). And they travel in a spaceship called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) disguised (due to a malfunction of the chameleon circuit) as a blue police box. It is impossible to explain how amazing it is, or even what it is, without sounding crazy. IMG_1229 IMG_1240Anyway, the larger bracelet says ‘I (double) heart the TARDIS’ It is approximately two inches wide, and seven and a half inches long. Which is, unfortunately, too big for me to wear comfortably. The other bracelet is a representation of the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. It’s a far more practical way to show your love of Doctor Who than the original scarf – my sister knit a full size scarf, and it’s a lot of yarn to hang around your neck. IMG_1231 IMG_1242I really enjoyed doing geek stuff, and Doctor Who is something I’m really into (even though I’ve only seen the new stuff), which made it even better, but I’d love to make more geek related stuff in the future, hopefully in time for Comic Con.
Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing more geek jewelry, have ideas for me, or just want to fangirl about Doctor Who with me, drop me a line!

footnote: I realize that I really suck at posting the prices of my jewelry, so here it is: the TARDIS inlay bracelet is $76, and scarf bracelets start at $18.

The Ultimate Craft Show is Tomorrow!

And this is the first time I’ve been to a show where you need to set up the day before. Although it’s a little annoying to do that extra drive out, I have to say, it’s very relaxing to take time setting up. Not to mention wandering around and making friends with the neighbors. I’m getting excited for tomorrow!

I did have a surprise though, when I showed up. I had booked a 5’x10′ and planned for it, not realizing that it was 5′ wide, and 10′ deep! It took a bit of restructuring, but eventually I got something figured out. IMG_1270 IMG_1271The lighting isn’t the greatest, although I’m still far better off than some.  IMG_1272 IMG_1273I’ve added a bulletin board to my display, at least for this time. But at the moment, my bedroom wall looks rather empty.  IMG_1276I can’t wait till tomorrow, and hope to see you there! Come swing by, and don’t forget to enter my contest!

Location: Assiniboia Downs
Date: April 11&12Time: 10-5 (sat), 11-5 (sun)

Lies and Lines

The Ultimate Craft Show is just at the end of this week, and I realize that I’ve been lying to myself. Somehow it seemed like it was so far off, and I thought I had lots of time. So much so that I worked on other projects and killed time instead of focusing on chain maille.  Because of that certain projects that I was hoping to debut at this show won’t exist for a while yet. And now there are only 5 evenings left, and I’m pretty sure two of them are already booked full.
Now I need to buckle down and work, and hopefully not panic.

On another note, at my last show, my mom and I were talking about booth design and ways to set up to be more appealing. And we/she had the ‘revolutionary’ idea to sort jewelry by colour/style/what would be worn together.
And I’m sure you’re laughing at me now, but as a creator (and someone who’s somewhat fashion challenged when it comes to myself), it’s not the natural sorting model. I’m using to sorting by weaves – how the piece is put together. And I’m not sure why I stuck by that for so long, because sorting by types of metal would also make sense. But there you have it.IMG_1234My jewelry sorted into a progression of designs: from steampunk to natural metals, silver coloured jewelry, to fun and trendy pieces, ending off with geek jewelry (Hogwarts House colour bracelets and a Tardis inlay bracelet). You can expect my booth to look very different this next show.

Epaulettes

Seeing as my last three posts on what I’m making have involved watches or clocks, I figured it was time for something different. A while back I posted about some bigger ideas I had (see here), but I didn’t really go anywhere with any of them. That’s the problem with not getting to them right away – new ideas come and take there places. Now I’ve got some more ideas, but as they are in my head, and may never turn into reality, they’ll stay unknown for now. Hopefully I’ll get the supplies I need to make them in the near future.
Anyway, one of the ideas I had was to make epaulette style shoulder jewelry. I had gotten as far as making a piece of scale maille, but it wasn’t functional yet.
IMG_1217So I sewed it onto some black wool fabric, which I picked up at my local MCC thrift shop a good while back.  You can’t really see it in the picture, which in this case, is a good thing.  IMG_1222
I sewed a broach pin onto the wool, and it was done. IMG_1227It wasn’t exactly what I expected – I think I should have used larger scales, and gone for a full shoulder piece. But then it wouldn’t have really been much like an epaulette. What the design really needs though, is someone who can style it. IMG_1221

Ultimate Craft Show

April 11 & 12th is the Ultimate Craft Show. I’ve never been before, but this year I’m presenting there. It’s located at the Assiniboa Downs, from 10-5 on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday. The Ultimate Craft Show runs in conjunction with the Ultimate Women’s Show.
I’m super excited to set up there, not only because it’s a large show (two floors), but because they’ll have a different set up for vendors than I’m used to. Instead of just having a table, I’ll have a 5’x10′ space I can set up however I want.
Admission is $5, but the show has kindly provided a 2-for-1 admission coupon. Just print out the picture and bring it with you. Bonnie Maille 2 for 1 Admission e-Coupon for Ultimate Craft Show
Check out the Ultimate Craft Show website here.

Reworked Watches

There are times when I come back to something I have made, and go ‘what was I thinking?’ At the time, they seemed great, but by now I’ve changed my mind on them.
I was really excited when I found this watch face at the Winkler thrift shop for $3. I love Disney, and while The Lion King isn’t my favorite, the colours are amazing. It sat around for a while, until I needed a watch for camp, and mine was broken.
At that point, I hadn’t figured out how to make leather watch ends, so I made a bracelet style chain. It worked, but didn’t quite suit the watch, and as it had a lobster clasp, it was often a pain to put on.
IMG_1208It’s been lying around for far to long, so I finally switched it out to a more appropriate watch band style strap. Unfortunately, I’m terrible for remembering to take before pictures, and as I took apart the old strap to make the new, I have no record of what it used to look like. Just take my word that this works far better. IMG_1207 This watch was another Winkler thrift store find. It’s got a lovely rainbow face, and I wanted to make a chain that echoed it. This was at the point when I had just started making necklace watches, so I made a full chain of blue, green, yellow and pink. But as the rings didn’t have the same ombre effect, it just didn’t work. IMG_1213
I switched it out for a bracelet style band (which works a lot better on this watch than The Lion King watch, as this one is circular). The colours match the case of the watch, which leaves the ombre face as the focal point. IMG_1209 IMG_1212Now that I’ve reworked these watches, I’m far more satisfied with them than the original design. And it’s neat to see how I’ve progressed.

Chain Maille Clock

I made a chain maille clock! I’d be wanting to do this for ages, ever since my camp did clocks as their craft last summer, and were selling the excess clock movements when the summer ended. And this is the first one I’ve used:IMG_1191IMG_1194The outside frame is just a deep picture frame. I built a wooden frame that fits inside of it, and nailed the chain maille across it – after I had added the movement, of course. The edges of the mail are sandwiched between the two frames.IMG_1195IMG_1193It ended up looking basically how I had envisioned it – however, it isn’t perfect. The movement box tilts backwards, causing the hands to get stuck on the top edge of the clock. IMG_1192
I really like the way it looks, but it doesn’t  run as nicely as I could have hoped. However, in building it, I’ve had some inspiration to try out a few more styles of maille clock, and from what I’ve learn from this one, I expect them to be more successful.

Remaking a Dollarama Watch

A while back I was in Dollarama, and noticed that they had watches. Normally I like to get my watches from the Winkler Thrift Store, as they have an amazing selection, but as I hadn’t been there for a very long time, and I wanted to do a watch again, I picked this one up.  IMG_1069 Now, this watch isn’t quite as fancy as it looks: the two smaller buttons don’t have any function besides decorative, but as it’s a very large watch, it’s purpose is mainly decorative.
I took off the brown strap, and as I didn’t like the colour or texture, decided not to reuse any of it. I did take off the buckle though, to use for my own strap. IMG_1086I wanted a chain maille band with leather ends for stiffness. The large rings are made of aluminum, and the small are stainless steel, for strength.  IMG_1091I used a waterproof glue to make the buckle end of the strap, as well as stitching through the folds, and it seemed to work very well. IMG_1089I upcycled part of an old thrift shop briefcase to make the leather parts of the strap. According to the label, it’s real leather. And the colour is so much better than the old strap. IMG_1090
I have skinny wrists, so I had to push up the watch in order for it not to slide around my arm. But you can see how big the watch actually is. IMG_1096And a last comparison shot of the two bands. ThIMG_1093The watch will join my display on Sunday, and hopefully will find a new home soon, or I will be very tempted to shorten the strap and keep it for myself.  It will run for $25.

Celtic Labyrinth

I learned how to make Celtic Labyrinth a number of years ago, but as I didn’t have the right ring size at the time, I didn’t do much with it. Recently I rediscovered it, and have fallen in love. IMG_1045I love ornate looking things, and while much of chain maille has complex patterns, it often blends into one long, repeating design. But with Celtic Labyrinth, each unit is self containing, and can stand on it’s own, or be joined into a repeating chain.  IMG_1053It is a very versatile weave, and I haven’t even tried adding different colours yet, which I’ve seen used to very good effect.   IMG_1060And making it with slightly different ring sizes can change the look of the unit itself.  IMG_1049