Craft: jewellery making part 7

This was a little bit of a fail week.  To be honest, I think I’ve had a bit too much luck with experiments recently and it’s probably about time I had a disaster to bring me down a peg or two.  There’s a very good chance I got a bit too carried away with carving without thinking too much about how the shapes would work.  Do you know what?  I’ve learnt from my mistakes, know how I could make things better, and most importantly I don’t feel bad about any of it.

I managed not to stink the class out completely with the weird burning fish smell, only a little bit.  This did raise a few eyebrows but nothing that couldn’t be laughed off.  I don’t know if the outcomes made reactions better or worse.

Pre stalk removal it kind of looked like I’d created a load of weird magnifying glasses.  And a rock.

Post stalk removal we have four questionable rings, and a rock.  The rock was supposed to be a super multifaceted piece.  I didn’t use enough silver or have enough definition in my mould.  Ah well.  If this one had worked, it would have been crazy heavy and not practical at all as a pendant.  As for the rings, I don’t quite know what to say.  To be honest I don’t hate them as much looking the day after.  They aren’t all perfectly lined up, but I do (theoretically) know how to make this work next time.

I think my plan going forward from here is to attempt cleaning the rings up and see if they can become remotely passable as jewellery.  The rock is going straight back in the melting pot.  Right now, I think there’s a high chance everything will end up back in the fire and in a (hopefully) more successful fish.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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Craft: jewellery prep, cuttlefish

I think I’d mentioned in my last jewellery post that my plan was to try and spend the next session (hopefully not) becoming the most hated person in class by stinking the place out with a batch of cuttlefish.

I’ve done my best to try and take advantage of being able to prep my moulds outside of lesson time. I was honestly never this prepared while I was actually at school. Not entirely sure where this studious attitude has appeared from.

Taking advantage of the pet shop around the corner, I made myself look like a crazy bird lady and stocked up on as many fish as I could fit in my bag. To be fair I didn’t have the biggest bag with me, but thought any more than five seemed a bit excessive. You have to draw the line somewhere.

Luckily, the weather has been nice recently. As much as I love the fact this can be done at home, it is pretty messy and I don’t think my rugs would appreciate the dust. Sat outside with an old wardrobe base as a makeshift table, I found a pretty perfect work space.

Chopping and smoothing was the easy part. I found myself having loads of ideas while doing this first bit of prep, then predictably all the ideas disappeared once the craft knife came out. A couple of beers and a night in the garden helped break through the creative block. Guess which ones were done after liquid inspiration.

I’m not completely convinced by all of these designs, or whether they’ll actually line up properly. Fingers crossed they will. But, if they don’t work out they can always be melted down again. I also have no idea what I’m going to do with the final products if they do work out. Hopefully, I’ll end up with lots of pretty things that will speak for themselves.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: legs out challenge

After last weeks not so much of a challenge, challenge, this week I’m going to push myself so far out of my comfort zone I’m probably going to be questioning my sanity on a daily basis.

I hate to follow suit with female stereotypes, but I’ve always been self conscious about my legs. Shocker. I very, very rarely get my bare legs out in public. Culottes have been a recent break to this unwritten rule, but generally anything showing more than high ankle requires tights or long boots. This really is a stupid hang up. My mum once said when I was younger, you’ve got legs that work and get you where you want to be so be grateful not critical. That might not be word for word but it follows the general gist.

I’ve been going backwards and forwards on whether to attempt this, and I’ve finally decided my anxiety about showing a bit of leg skin is a little bit ridiculous and I need to get over it.

So, I still have to be at work and don’t fancy highlighting myself as a perv object (I work in the 1950s, it’s not right but it pays the bills). I’ve picked out a few things that do show skin but not too much. Think has to be the first self imposed challenge that has got me genuinely nervous. Fingers crossed on a confidence boost and not a trip down memory lane to school ground bullies.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: Pinterest styling update

The week of Pinterest (officially) ruling my life is over. There’s no doubt it will still be unofficially ruling any spare time where I’m kidding myself that I’m being productive. There was plenty of inspiration on my boards, half the challenge was narrowing down my options and making decisions.

The weeks fashion inspiration. I had wanted to get more of a mix of styles, shapes and colours, but my wardrobe turned out to be more limiting than I expected.

I managed to keep my makeup inspiration pretty subtle but definitely different from my usual day to day attempt. Didn’t think the crazy colours would go down well at work so gave them a wide berth.

Hair was a struggle. I’m still on the search for styles that will actually work with hair as short as mine. Not going to lie, I did end up dreaming about growing my hair out.

Day one

Black trousers, striped top, peachy heels, bronze eyeliner, side parting with plait. I’d have liked this outfit so much more if the trousers weren’t too big, it was one of those where they felt fine when I got dressed but as soon as I started walking around, they were threatening to make me flash. The eyeliner was much more successful than I had expected it to be. It was surprisingly easy to make a flick with a fairly chubby soft pencil. Hair was a little bit meh by the end of the day, far too much heat going on.

Day two

Sandy culottes, black top, white trainers, rose gold eyeshadow, side parting. These trousers really don’t photograph well (I’m going with that over they don’t flatter me at all) very comfy outfit, definitely more of a casual day in the office than a polished day but that’s absolutely fine. Love this makeup. Very simple two shadows all over. The first time in years I’ve used my finger to apply eye makeup. Don’t think I did such a bad job on the days blow dry and didn’t end up dreaming of longer hair this night.

Day three

Cream wrap blouse, skinny blue jeans, flat peachy shoes, double eyeliner, front plait. I’m fairly certain I’ve worn this outfit to work before. In fact, I’m wearing this top in my website staff photo. That was before I had all my hair chopped off though so it still counts as a new look in my books. I liked the double eyeliner and think I somehow managed to do a pretty good job of in my opinion, but hay fever doesn’t agree with any eye makeup. By the end of the day I was looking a little bit smudged. Who doesn’t like a plait? I was pretty impressed all the short bits right at the start actually stayed in place all day.

Day four

Off-black skinny jeans, white sleeveless shirt, mauve? 3/4 length jacket, cream wedges, pinkish hair, smudged eyeshadow, darkish lip. This outfit was a lot nicer in my head. In real life I felt more like a cross between a member of the Addams family and a school girl trying to make her uniform look not like a uniform at the end of the day. When I first did my eyes, I looked a bit like I’d woken up after a late night having not taken my makeup off. By the end of the day, I didn’t hate it so much. Hair, how can you go wrong with a bit of pink?

Day five

Black culottes, white textured box top, black velvet boots, mini quiff, gold lower lash shadow, fine black flick. This outfit felt a lot better all day than I expected it to. I’d forgotten about these boots but think they gave the outfit that extra fancy bit to stop it being a standard boring outfit. I was very impressed with my eyeliner. I think this was the first time I’d managed to get both sides even and thin, usually the flicks end up a lot chunkier in an attempt to get them to match.

I felt pretty put together this week. Got quite a few compliments for looking smart, although the standards in my office are set pretty low. Every morning I felt like I had too much going on around my eyes, but consistently by about lunchtime I was feeling it a lot more and sometimes think I could have gone further. It could have just been my fault for the pins I chose, or Pinterest’s for what it brings up for workwear but everything was very safe and simple. It could just be that’s the socially acceptable office uniform, which is fine, it’d just be nice to mix in some colours and textures in the future maybe. Life’s too short to be safe and simple. The next challenge is going to have to be a lot more challenging I think.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: challenge rejects, hair

After yesterdays makeup attempts that were absolutely no use for the weeks challenge, I thought I’d share a few hair fail/attempts as well.  It’s probably very clear that these were not inspired by Pinterest.  These are the results of getting very distracted and seeing what my little hair can do.

I’d like to name these two ‘The Cartoon Child’ and ‘The Oversized Minion’.  The dungarees really set off these styles I think.  I love the way my hair sticks straight up with literally no coaxing at all.

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It’s amazing the power a bit of dry shampoo holds.  It has the power to hold my hair straight up.  Sometimes slightly out at angle.  These could be called ‘The Three Stages Of Jedward’

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Then the gel came out to play.  I don’t really know what to say about these three.  My hair hated every second and did its best to resist any style.  I don’t blame it.

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I’d like to say my hair for the weeks challenge has been a million times more successful.  There’s a good chance I’d be stretching the truth every so slightly. I’ll let you all be the judges when the update is ready, but rest assured the hair gel was kept far away every morning.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: challenge rejects, makeup

At the weekend I set myself a super hard challenge.  If you’re interested, you can read all about it.  Prep for the week obviously had to include Pinterest and a bit of experimentation. This can only leave room for some rejected looks.  Who doesn’t love a good Pinterest fail?  In fact, I’m going to be kind to myself and say they’re just experiments that need further work.

These four looks are the ones I was attempting.  Not work appropriate at all.  No good for the week styling challenge at all, but good for breaking the week up.  All work and no play and all that.

(Please excuse my peeling.  I spent a very irresponsible day in the sun without any sun cream and am still paying for my stupidity.)

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Look number one.  Nice little pink swoop and a frosty blue inner corner.  I was quite impressed with myself for getting a straight line.  There’s a first time for everything.

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Look number two.  Red lines and a big cat eye flick.  This was a pain.  Eye shadow failed completely but lipstick came to the rescue.

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Look number three.  Little red bag.  Who doesn’t love to accentuate their under eye circles with a nice red swoosh?

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Look number four.  Little orange inner bag.  It could be because I feel like I’m looking crazy tired this week, but there’s some weird attraction to these bag coverups.  Lipstick may not be the best thing to go near eye balls though.

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Don’t panic, I have taken the rest of the week more seriously and have actually attempted to follow the nice day to day makeup options available for pinning.  I just don’t think I will ever get bored of the makeup on Pinterest.  Maybe one day I’ll have to try one of these looks in the outside world.  Until then, maybe I’ll just have to stick with practicing new techniques and colours in the safety of my own house.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Craft: jewellery making part 6

I may have found my new favourite way to cast silver. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. The method is called cuttlefish casting. I’m quite happy to have a little brag and say I’m very happy with my first attempt.

Here’s the starting point. Bought from a pet shop. Intended for little birds (I think). Not a place you’d traditionally think jewellery comes from.

I missed getting photos of the next steps, but in a nutshell: chop in half, grind to get smooth surfaces, carve a shape, melt silver, pour. Nice and simple. Slightly smelly.

How cool does the burn out look? I somehow managed to melt just enough silver to fill the space, very lucky.

I’m not too sure what it’s supposed to be. Maybe a weird little cartoon moon? Hopefully all the different textures will really stand out once it’s been polished up. Pretty happy with the results. Especially for a first attempt. My favourite thing about this method is the fact the cuttlefish can be prepared away from class. There’s a high chance of me becoming the most hated person at college next week by creating a batch and drinking out the class. So many fish to buy and shapes to create.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx