Proof I’m doing stuff.
The edges still come out sticky out of these molds but I have at least got it to the point where they will cure after a while, rather than remaining permanently tacky. I’m now trying to post cure the pendants themselves gently under a heat lamp to see if that will help out, and it seems to, if slightly.
After much trials and tribulations, many online tutorials, sawdust in my sleeves and splinters in my feet and messy, silicone splattered furniture, I’ve finally made two new molds! I’m so excited, I’m going to get started on some stuff tonight.
I made an improved version of my “long” pendant mold (so the casts should come out more flat with less bumps and contours) and a new, larger rectangle mold for bigger plants and mushrooms, and a new pendant style I’ve been trying. I’m also working on the master for a smaller rectangle, but ever-so-slightly larger than my small pendant molds, basically for ferns, which always seem to fit not quite perfectly in the small molds.
SERIOUS QUESTION that I need opinions on.
I wanted to try and start making my own shipping envelopes. It always is a bit of a buzz kill when I put so much love and care into presentation only to shove it unceremoniously into a gross manilla bubble shipper.
The shipper above I made from tea stained paper, lined with bubble wrap. It has a little herbarium label about the species in the piece of jewelry being shipped.
Its a little rough, being my first one. I would find a better dish to tea stain them in so the stain was less spotty, and try and find a larger variety of stamps.
But what do you think? Would you be welded out getting something like this in the mail?
FINALLY got the molding compound I’ve been obsessing over for weeks! After three consecutive failures with crappy mold putty to make a new mold for the jewelry I’ve been wanting to make for months, the real liquid molding compound is finally on it’s way in the mail. I’m so excited; I’ve been cutting and measuring mold masters all night.
Gonna start making pendant shapes you won’t find anywhere else, and they’re going to be much more even and professional looking. Gonna get this train back on the track, folks. Sorry for my lapse in pendant jewelry the past couple weeks - it’s all been because of that mold situation and trying to catch up on a back log of stupid little tasks here and there I’ve been putting off.
Snoooooooow I’m so happy!!
(Sorry for the poor picture quality, was taken on my sister’s phone)
So here is my prize from Mossofthewoods ’s giveaway =)
and oh my gods I adore it! Thank you soooo much Emily, you are freakin’ talented! <3
Please go & check out her shop, he pieces are so gorgeous! It’s like carrying nature next to your heart <3
Look at this lovely lady wearing my jewelry! I’m really so glad you like it.
I got something awesome in my mailbox earlier this week… =) Thanks so much to Moss of the Woods for a beautiful gift! Your pieces show that Nature itself can be the most beautiful Art. If anyone is interested in seeing what else Moss of the Woods has in her Etsy shop, here is the link.
I’m really glad you like it! It looks great on you and your photography is beautiful!
Don’t know wat those bugs are. Don’t know wat that plant is. So much wat.
Milkweed and milkweed bugs!
They’re very pretty insects but very startling when you pick up a milkweed pod to poke at the fluffy seeds only to have them all suddenly emerge from the pod and run down your hand in droves.
I made an “About/FAQ” page cause why the hell not.
why is it $9.45 to ship ANYTHING to the uk or norther ireland.. why??
i hate charging so much for shipping…. jeebus, plus the price of envelopes, gas, time, packaging ..
gah.. sad face
Oh my good gods I know. I was actually just wondering this. I shipped a package to the UK today and it was $9.50. I don’t remember it being that much, even the woman at the post office was surprised. Is it only those two places?
i need to research that online - so far its just been the uk and ireland - but i think scotland, australia and germany are pretty similar.
i mean, hell, its $6.55 to canada regardless of size now too.. and i live in a state the borders canada
i understand things are expensive ‘nowadays’, i just feel like these price jumps came suddenly..
It’s gotten to the point where if some recipients are close enough I wonder to myself “hell maybe I should just drive this to them, that might just be cheaper”.
I hate to think that I’ll have to charge even more for international shipping to some places.