Party nails

Monday, February 29, 2016

I am such a sucker for purple! Love this sparkly nail polish that Roza has chosen for her party! I wonder, where she found it...

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Gold-filled metals have a layer of 10k (or higher) gold bonded mechanically to a base metal. The layer of gold must make up a minimum of 1/20th (5%) of the total weight of the piece. 

Monday motivation

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Black pearls are very rarely black: they are usually shades of green, purple, aubergine, blue, grey, silver or peacock (a mix of several shades, like a peacock's feather)

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Oldest jewelry was found in Morocco Cave. 13 shells dated to 82,000 years ago have been found in the Grotte des Pigeons at Taforalt in eastern Morocco. Each shell has a hole pierced through it and a covering of red ochre. 

Ancient shell beads picture
Nassarius shell

Bead Day

Jewellery masterpieces. Floral diamond tiara

Friday, February 26, 2016

Floral diamond tiara of Greece Queen Amelia

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In ancient times all red stones were called rubies, all blue stones were called sapphires and all yellow stones were called topazes. It wasn't until 1783 that spinels could be differentiated from rubies. That was when some people started finding out that some of their treasures were not treasures at all. The most famous ruby that turned out to be a spinel was The Black Prince Ruby weighing 170 carats (34 g) set above the Cullinan II at the front of the Imperial State Crown. The spinel has been given to Edward of Woodstock (the "Black Prince") in 1367.

Sold one-of-a-kind jewellery

Sterling silver earrings with labradorite

Spring look

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Spring look

Betsey Johnson doll dress
190 CAD -

Bella Vita metallic shoes
125 CAD -

Fendi suede purse
785 CAD -

 labradorite necklace
275 CAD -

Boohoo floral hair pin
6.82 CAD -

Long wearing lipstick
10 CAD -

OPI nail polish
57 CAD -

Throwback Thursday

Opals at the Sydney museum

Beautiful nature. Orchid

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Jewellery #lolz

Ladybug (copper, silver, garnets, black onyx)

Vancouver, Canada. A few shots through the windows of the Skytrain and the Sea Bus

There was a day off on the 7th of February, Monday, so we decided to take our guests for a little trip. They have never been on the Skytrain and on the Sea Bus. We drove to the Renfrew station and got one day passes so we did not have to worry about the time. Here you can see the pictures I took through the windows. There is a little bit of North Vancouver here and a stadium at the end of the post. We ended our trip with a visit to the Coliseum stadium and watched hockey there :)  It was a nice day that we all enjoyed! The Vancouver hockey team has won and that was one more little pleasant thing that day :) Our son did not see the winning moment as he fell asleep just a minute before that. The vancouverites did not cheer up loudly enough if he did not wake up, right? :) 

Jewellery masterpieces. Van Cleef and Arpels

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Van Cleef and Arpels “Splendeur Africaine” necklace featuring a 82.68-carat pear-shaped yellow sapphire, multi-color sapphires, emeralds, diamonds, chrysoprase and turquoise set in 18K white gold

DIY by Xenia Emelyanov

Xenia Emelyanov makes wonderful polymer clay jewelry. She generously shares her instructions with her followers. Here is a DIY instruction on how to make a cute fox key chain pendant. Here  and here you can find her other guest DIY blog posts.

Dear friends,  I am pleased to share my new master class with you!
Today I'll show you how sculpt a bunny :)

You can make bunny earrings, a pendant, a keychain, a fridge magnet, a mug decoration or a Christmas tree decoration. Possibilities are endless!

I hope this instruction will help you to understand the process of sculpting well enough to make bunnies with different facial expression and paw position to create unique bunnies :) 

Let's start!

You will need:
  • polymer clay: black, white and red;
  • carving tools;
  • x-acto knife;
  • glass baking dish;
  • lacquer;
  • accessories.
Take white and black polymer clay (more of the white and less of the black clay) to make light gray color. Mix them up thoroughly to get an even color. 

Roll out a 3 mm thick sheet.  I make a solid base for my figurines as all the parts are holding together better that way. You can insert wires for even stronger base. It is not necessary, though. 

Sketch a bunny on a piece of paper or print it out. Cut it out along the contour.

Use your x-acto knife to carefully cut out the bunny out of your clay sheet.

Add volume to your Bunny by adding some clay to its head, body and ears.

Smooth out the edges. I've found a handy tool for this operation in my make-up box :) (one of my nail tools)

Impress a boll point carver where the eyes are going to be.

Insert two whites into the bunny's eyes.

Add two white tiny pancakes to make the bunny's cheeks and smooth them out.

Add two gray semi-spheres on the face (there will be the mouth) and then add the nose.

Make a small oval out of white plastic. This is going to be the bunny's lower jaw.

Roll out gray clay and attach it around the eyes.

Take the black clay to make the pupils, add the white "highlights" if necessary.

Make the brows. Note that the bunny's expression depends on the brows position.

Use white clay to sculpt the chest and smooth it out.

Make a tiny pink triangle for the bunny's nose. Use a needle to impress the nostrils and draw a line under the nose.

Then make the paws.

Roll out the pink clay, cut it into two halves and lay them inside the ears. Flatten them slightly and spread it so there is no clear boundary between the colors.

Impress the ball carver near the corners of the "mouth" to give it a smile. Form the feet fingers.

Add pink pads on their feet.

Check the symmetry, the quality of the smoothed joints and other details. Start working on the fir texture if you are satisfied. Look at the pictures of real animals to make your bunny look realistic. Draw short hairs around the nose (the direction is from the nose towards the edges of the face). The farther away from the nose the longer the hairs.

The chest hairs' direction is from the center towards the edges. This will give a visual dimension.

Do not forget to make the little fingers on the front paws. Finish drawing the fir where it is missing still.

Bake the finished bunny following your polymer clay instructions. Varnish the bunny's nose and eyes when it has cooled down completely.  

The bunny is ready! :)

I hope this project inspires you to start working with the polymer clay!

Slide show to watch how the bunny is changing.
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