Thursday, November 3, 2016

Epaulet that lights up

Another one brooch thing that even lights up, but can be worn without switching on as well.
Was dreaming about it a long time, now finally it is realized. Crazy!




All the batteries are hidden under the crystals. Lights don't warm up, shine bright more than 14 hours. I was testing them and run out of patience. Long enough to cover the festival or party.


It even doubles as wireless interior lighting and could be pretty sweet party decoration that looks like explosion of icicles.


I will count it as number 7

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Technically it is a brooch..

Technically it is a brooch.. Large oversize fur brooch.
Even two of them, so I count them as number 5 and 6.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mirror corset

Got a little distraction from my brooch project again.
Hundreds of little hand sawn acrylic mirror pieces combined in this puzzle.
Remembered times when I was studying the art of jewelry and had to saw metals through the night to complete the tasks.
Mirrors are covered with white tulle and spaces filled with glass bead embroidery.  I love the milky effect that tulle creates.
Lined with white velvet.
Available on Etsy



Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Brooch # 2

Remember my brooch challenge?
Second is done, 48 to go! 


Teal and light blue color threads to mach clear crystal and light turquoise Swarovski crystals.


Friday, October 7, 2016

50 brooch challenge

I've counted working days till New Years eve and it is 60! Full 60 working days till 2017..

Since I'm in some stubborn middle age crisis situation right now I decided to challenge myself with a task that keeps me busy. The aim is to create 50 brooches till Christmas. They don't have to be super fancy, but I have to use materials that I have in my studio, destash and long forgotten treasures.
This will allow not only clear the shelves but hopefully let me decide which direction go further.
I've also promised not to punish myself very hard if I don't get the number 50 by the end of the Year. At least I'll have a bunch of Christmas presents for my family females.

So here is the first brooch from the series. Green and pink Swarovski opals surrounded by beads and french knots


If You are interested in my progress, You are welcome to return here for updates, as well as join the challenge with Your ideas!
Happy crafting Ladies!

Friday, September 30, 2016

How to reanimate the long forgotten project

It happens time to time that something sticks in Your closet for a while. Kind of well made, kind of beautiful. And You wonder why it doesn't sell? Not talking about unfinished projects, I have a lot of them too, but this time it is more about finished and polished pieces. I think lot of us etsy sellers can relate to this question. You try to change photos in the listing, try to make new ones to show the piece better. And then You feel that this is enough. Not gonna relist it anymore. Let it perish in the forgotten box at the top of the closet.

Well here is my long forgotten piece. Created in 2012.

                                 

Found it and decided to reanimate. 
Took the fringe off.
Added more lace.
Added a bit of sparkles.
Added the fabric rose.
Added the tassels.
Added the lining.
Took the photos.
Listed on etsy again ... The cycle repeats. Hopefully with better luck this time.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Failure is always an option

As my favorite MythBuster Adam Savage says - failure is always an option.

When that's been said, here is the story.. I was trying to make an embroidered pillbox hat. After two days of sewing and embroidering, I realized that something is wrong with it. Not sure what. And not sure how to fix it..


The main problem is that it doesn't stay on the head. As my mannequin loves to stay still, it looks ok on her. But minding the real person underneath it can cause real problems.. I know You can use the elastic band or pins, but it makes the wearing difficult, so after consulting with my sister who happens to be the style guru, I've decided to take it apart and do some changes.
Because it has some potential.. I hope..

To be continued...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tassel Epaulet

Once in a while something gets in my soul very deep. Recently I've came across breathtaking embroideries by Michele Carragher. She was embroiderer on Games of Thrones costumes. You can visit her page and see her amazing work here >> http://www.michelecarragherembroidery.com
Extremely detailed and poetic embroideries inspired me to create this epaulet. 



I used deep blue Swarovski crystals in gilded settings, Brazilian agate, glass bead embroidery and handmade tassels. Bit of smocking and my new favorite french knot embroidery. 
Color scheme - gold, brass, teal, grey, blue and purple.


At first my thought was to cover left side with velvet lining as I usually do, but then I realized that the back side is as much interesting as the front since it shows thousands of stitches and color combinations. So I left it like that


Hope You enjoyed my time travel to the enchanted kingdom. 




Hugs! Binka




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hi there!

Hello, friends!

I'ts been a while since I made my last post here.. Guilty, I know..
Almost 3 Years I've been creating stuff and didn't wanted to say much about it. It was mostly very beautiful and challenging, but at the same time it spoke for itself.
Today something changed. I woke up with the idea just to look back and shut the blog down, but started to write instead. Not sure if someone reads it still :D

Anyway,  I hope to return here more often now with the newest creations and more insights of the process.

Since kids are at school again and I have more time free from brainwashing, I can tell more about my newest passion. It's EMBROIDERY (who would have guessed) !!! Accidentally I've started to mix my bead embroidery with the classic embroidery techniques and fell in love with it. I know, it makes the finished products more like mixed media items, but it's way more fun creating when You don't know how it all gonna end. Here is first attempt with embroidery on tulle :


 At first I thought it might be some kind of belt detail, and then it suddenly turned into the crown.
Changed shape, moved cornflowers around a bit ..


And here it is - with deep sapphire blue cornflowers, bit of gold and off white pearls. Can You spot the french knot between the beads?



Now I hope that  this crown will find its head soon. Maybe some romantic vintage loving bride or some cornflower shop owner or some country girl who wants to be princess.. a girl can dream, right?

Well.. That's it for today. But promise return a bit more earlier than 3 years now. I have few more stories hidden in the closet..

Love to see You here! 
Hugs!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

4 hours photo session


My designs in action :)
Photo by Arnis Kalnins, 
Models Madara and Klinta