Monday, April 30, 2012

WoW Jewelry. I Know It's Out There

One of the things I've always wanted to do was make the jewelrycrafting jewelry from World of Warcraft for real. I'd use the same materials but not the same amounts. Because how in the world can you make a Woven Copper Ring using an entire copper ingot? You can't, that's how.

Well here it is, my first piece of World of Warcraft jewelry. It is also the first piece of jewelry learned in the jewelcrafting profession in World of Warcraft.

This is the first of what I hope will be all of the WoW jewelry. This quest I know I can finish before I die or lose interest, which ever comes first. I thought for sure there'd be plenty of other jewelry makers playing the world's most popular MMORPG (Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Game) however, this doesn't seem to be true. The first non-ring jewelry recipe learned in World of Warcraft--malachite pendant-- brings up a lot of pendants but none WoW specific.

This pendant from from a place called Art Brasil, has absolutely nothing to do with WoW but it a pretty copper and malachite pendant. Surely this would sell at the Auction House.

This perfect representation of Tigerseye Band? A vintage ring made long before Blizzard ever dreamed of Warcraft let alone it's World. It so says WoW to me. Simple, old style and pretty.

I did find one piece of World of Warcraft jewelry that looks magnificent AND was made specifically for WoW. It is not a jewelrcrafting recipe, however. It is this badassed Horde ring selling for sixty bucks.

My quest to forge all the World of Warcraft jewelry will not be thwarted! All I need is perseverance, money for expensive gemstones and a supply of fel iron and, truesilver and Thornium!

Queen of Sheeeba's Etsy
PinkSlinkie's Artfire Studio

Friday, April 27, 2012

I'm Never Reading Again!

Night before last I'm in my bed reading A Storm of Swords and enjoying myself when, BLAM!, I found myself in the middle of the worst wedding ever. This wedding traumatized me so much I was unable to pick up the book last night to continue reading about all the assholes in Westros. Seriously, every character is a prick in their own medieval way. So, instead of reading, I made this:

These oval links were made easy by a mandrel I bought that has 4 different heads, oval, triangle, square and, um, something else. I seem to have forgotten. Probably circle because that would make sense.

Make no mistake about it, though. The worst wedding EVER!!!!

Queen of Sheeeba's Etsy
PinkSlinkie's Artfire Studio

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pure, Unadulterated Laziness

Jewelry making? Pshaw! I've barely bestirred myself enough to cook and clean. In fact, the only thing I've done faithfully this last week is read A Storm of Swords. Which makes me even lazier because I start reading in bed and then can't stop reading it and soon my husband is rising to go to work and I'm still reading the damned book. Then I open my eyes and it's almost noon.

So as of today, my family is starving, I'm living in a pig stye and the only pieces of jewelry I've made is this tool mark marred ring and these here earrings:

BTW, bestirred? That's George R. R. Martin talking.

Queen of Sheeeba's Etsy

PinkSlinkie's Artfire Studio

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Grillin'

This is not a one-handed tutorial. I used both hands to take these pictures. I made this all up myself. Well, not the grilling in foil part, all the stuff I put inside part.

Also on that grill: a pouch of shrimp, shells on, heads off with julienne'd garlic and ginger with sesame oil and soy.

Other foil-wrapped goodies include corn and heads of garlic with the tops cut off plus salt and pepper and olive oil. Totslly worth the allergy attack I suffered for forgetting to take my pill and hanging out all day long in the backyard. This, btw, is crafty. It involves wrapping and foil.

Enjoy spring!

Queen of Sheeeba's Etsy

PinkSlinkie's Artfire Studio

Thursday, April 12, 2012

No Need To Get Personal

I have been a bad blogger. It has been almost a week since my last entry. This is because I am again blocked by unfinished business. In my head I have a project that cannot be completed because of lack of equipment. This project is based on somethings I have made before, only much, much better. The project, however, requires a micro torch. Not a cheap 11 dollar micro torch-- believe me, those things are only good for browning creme brulee-- but a regular non-plastic nozzle micro torch. I have prefabricated all the components. I have cut, punched, sanded and measured them all. Every single piece of scrap that goes into this imaginary piece of jewelry is ready. But without a torch it's just pieces of junk laying about.

That is not to say that I've haven't been making stuff. Here is a martini glass with a crackle glass olive pendant which, after careful consideration, should be a pin. Plus other stuff that I also feel meh about. I think I will feel meh about everything I make until I can complete the giant, right-on-the-tip-of-my-brain, micro torch needing project. Even if it ends up looking like melted crap fused to rusted scrap metal, I cannot rest until it is done. Which means no rest for me until I get a job as that is the only way I can justify buying an actual functioning micro torch.

Another excuse I'm using to rationalize neglecting this blog is that spring has sprung. The exceptionally warm winter and very early spring weather has me outside doing things I would not normally do until around Mother's Day. For example:

This is the walkway up to the tiny dollhouse in which I live. There was a lot of potting, grooming and trimming to get it to look this shabby. Also noted: the bottom left side of the walkway needs MOAR TULIPS!!!!! This is why you cannot see it in the picture.

Yesterday I did have one moment of pure craftiness ecstasy. Look at this shelf:

You are looking at daffodils from my back yard in front of a lion vase that I painted besides a picture frame that I embellished to within an inch of its life. The picture in the frame is my mommy. The only full-sized picture I have of her. The only other picture I have of her is her NYC welfare ID from the mid-sixties.

And there you have it, folks. TMPersonalI. Happy crafting!

Queen of Sheeeba's Etsy

PinkSlinkie's Artfire Studio

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Royal Sunday

Today starts season two of HBO's Game of Thrones and to celebrate, I went looking for some crowns, some hand-wrought crowns. A crown worthy of gracing my head whilst I sit atop the Thrown of Swords. A crown made by hand-crafters like me. This crown would replace King Robert's House of Baratheon crown as seen here:

After as thorough an amount of research that can be done in an hour, I walk away largely disappointed.

Oh, there are plenty of handcrafted crowns out there, if a Queen didn't mind monarching over Westros in a felt crown

or a wedding tiara

or being a doll

Really, being a doll seems to be the answer

Why was I having such a hard time finding a fitting crown? Did people just stop making crowns? LARPing isn't a thing any more? It looked like if I wanted a proper crown, I'd have to go to a professional metalsmith.

Malcolm Morris has this crown:

Although it's pretty, it's a bit too dainty for the crown of an iron-fisted ruler.

While this one by Pantania metalsmiths is far to modern.

Looks like I'm going to have to not engage in warfare in Westros. I don't have the wadrobe.

Queen of Sheeeba's Etsy

PinkSlinkie's Artfire Studio