Sunday, June 28, 2020

Evil Eye Earrings in Fuchsia and Orange

After finishing the Evil Eye Bangle and earrings in blues I started thinking about other colors and their meanings.  I found this website with some color breakdowns:

This second pair of evil eye earrings turned out quite stunning.  I'm always wary to use this metallic fuchsia color because it is not color-fast.  I figured that since this is in earring form they won't be touched and rubbed on as much so I'd try it out.  I love how it looks with the neon orange.

Based on my poking around the internet, the orange represents happiness protection and creativity/playfulness.  The pink is friendship protection, calming/contentment/relaxation.

I got on a kick and made a version of these earrings with the same colors but with the orange as the larger focal color.  I guess I could use a bright pop of color to go with masks at work lately.  I'm finding that wearing dangly earrings are easier with the masks.  They show better and I don't accidentally pop off the backing on the stud earrings when I have to remove one side of my mask to drink my coffee.  I've already lost a few backings that way.

This last photo shows the detail on the black beads.  They're faceted to add a little more interest to this design.  I'm glad to be slowing down on mask making to get back to blogging, beads and my large weaving. Updates on that coming soon I hope.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Specialty Masks

So far I've made approximately 120 masks.  I have set aside my weaving and beadwork for a few months but I'm getting back to those this week.

I never have much of an excuse to buy or use fabric (last time was for the River Terrace Church Installation) and this has been a nice little break on these quicker projects.  As I've been mask making, my desire to make some more fun ones stirred.  I reached out to another local artist who makes patches for some special order Star Trek insignias.  I ordered a few Next Generation and Original to play with.  The first mask I made with these is Original Star Trek science/medical blue, complete with the gold rick rack.

In the next ones I'm going to move the insignia and rick rack out to the sides a little further from the middle but all in all I was happy with how this one turned out.

The next Star Trek mask is a Next Generation command red.  I did move the insignia out to the side more and I like it better.  I also felt it needed a black piece of fabric to jazz it up a little like the collars on the uniforms rather then having just the insignia on red fabric.

I turned out having a good Next Gen feel so I have no critisizm of this design.  I've ordered gold/mustard fabric for my next one of these.  the hand stitching for the insignias and rick-rack takes extra, but it's worth it to me.  I'm a bit of a Trekkie and  I think I needed a Star Trek representation in my mask repitior since I have only been able to find Star Wars fabrics since I've been mask making.  Like I mentioned in my previous mask post, this is just another fun accessory to me.  I feel like I have less need to match them with what I'm wearing since we're all kind of settling on whatever masks are out there being made right now.

I couldn't help myself when I saw the below red holographic dragon scale fabric.  This mask is thick, and very warn with the black satin lining, but I don't mind wearing the masks and I really love how this one turned out for something fancier.

Seams Fabric in East Lansing has also been giving me an excuse to but some more fun fabric.  The below print I've been looking at for a while, but I have had no reason to buy this fabric.  I toyed with using it as the header for our bed, but it was way too busy.  At least I can make masks out of it!  (Don't get me wrong, there's a lot to be made with fabric, but I just can't make up new projects for patterns I love).

I also love the dinos and DNA print from Seams

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