Here are some of the necklaces I’ve been working on recently.
First up is the Lovebug Necklace – a sapphire blue pincher bug on a vintage copper chain. I’ve been trying not to sell things lately (genius marketing strategy, no?) because I want to have a load of stuff for Hillside next weekend, but I think I’m going to put this guy in my Etsy shop today. It is, after all, almost Valentine’s Day and people will be looking for all things lovey and dovey and heart-shaped and…insect…ridden? Why not? Entomologists need love too!
Below him the the Bookworm Necklace. This is all vintage brass – from the chain to the pendant and embellishment. I made one of these with a green feather back in the fall and book nerds like me loved it up. So here’s another!
Lastly is another Deer in the Headlights necklace on my favourite vintage chain. A couple new things here:
1) I applied a resist to the young buck’s head to make it stand out.
2) I used a much thicker leather for this than I was using a few months ago. Actually I’ve gone back and re-made a lot of the necklaces and earrings I pumped out in the early days of Shoot From the Hip because they were made of the thinnest leather. Upside is the thin stuff is way easier to cut into tight corners and turn-arounds. Downside is it starts to cup after a while. There’s not enough backbone to hold a nice flat shape in the long term.
So I started doing finger crunches back in September and now I have hand strength fantastic enough to cut the crazy thick leather.