Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recent jewelry projects

I recently made a couple of bracelets that were part of a kit, as well as a pair of earrings from an old broken earring that I had found back when I had to clean up the accessories area of a store I worked at a long time ago.

For this bracelet, I cut 2 12-inch pieces of stretchy cord and then threaded the beads on one string in the pattern instructed and knotted it.  Repeat.  One 2 stranded bracelet.

This pretty pink/purple/blue swirled beads bracelet, I cut 1 12-inch piece of stretchy cord and then threaded alternating swirled beads and medium sized spacing beads and knotted it.  All done.  The hardest part was not letting go of the beginning of the cord.  I only had to start over one time since it slipped.

For the pair of earrings, I had to separate the 2 green squares because they were attached to each other by a jump ring, as well as cut off extra loops on the bottom since some of the dangling pieces were missing.  I then rearranged the bottom dangling parts so that they would match in color as much as possible.  After that, I just attached them to a couple of bronze fish hook wires.  I sometimes find it astonishing what I can do with old pieces of broken jewelry.  This pair is both recycling and unique, and just cost pennies to make.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pretty Pedicure

I did my toes in a pretty summer-y color a few weeks ago, and then the weather changed and got cool.  Figures.  Anyway, here is what I put on my toes - and it's still there since it's still in excellent shape.

This is 3 (maybe 4) coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda with one coat of Sinful Colors in Queen of Beauty on top (2 coats on my big toes).

I still like this, but I am thinking that I will take it off soon since the weather has decided that it is fall and a light blue isn't really a fall color.

**All items purchased by me

A Couple of Recent Manicures

I have several recent manicures that I liked to show that I have done recently.

This is the first:

This was 2 coats of Hard Candy in Frenzy.  Very pretty teal blue.  However, Since I was in a huge hurry, I did not use a base coat with this, which was a gigantic mistake.  When I took it off, I had stained nails and spent about 15 minutes buffing the worst of the stains off.  Needless to say, I had to put something on to cover up what I could not buff off so....

This was 2 coats of Revlon polish in Catty from the Edgy Elegance Fall 2011 collection.  Catty is (I suppose this is the correct term) a foil polish in a aged gold color.  This time, I made sure to use my favorite base coat, Pro FX Ridge filler.

Next up:

This was 4 (or 5) coats of Wet n Wild's Ocean Grotto from the Mermaid's Cove Collection from Spring 2011.  Nice and sparkley.

 This was one (somewhat thick) coat of Borghese in La Strada Rose, layered on top of the Ocean Grotto.  This color has a pretty rusty-rosey shimmer to it.  I was in a hurry this time, which is why I just put the new color on top.  I was quite impressed with La Strada Rose since the last time that I used a Borghese polish, I had to put about half a dozen coats to get it to look opaque.

**All items purchased by me