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Holiday Orders Dec. 3rd, 2006 @ 07:23 pm
Okay, I've got Chris' but if anyone else has Christmas Stellar Magpie commissions they'd like from us, now's pretty much the last chance you have to get them in if they're to be done before the holidays. Smaller things are also way more likely to get done.

Also, if you're ordering anything from the website (and keep an eye on this space, as there are a couple of pieces not yet on the site that I'll post there if our webmistress can't get them up), Canada Post notes that the last mailing dates guaranteed to arrive before Christmas are December 9 in the U.S., and December 18 in Canada. We can arrange for expedited shipping (such as for things you commission now), but it's more expensive. That doesn't mean we can't do it. ;o)

My, this icon's getting lots of mileage!

Coming soon! Sep. 13th, 2006 @ 11:03 pm
There are quite a few things happening behind the scenes on Stellarmagpie.com, so even though it doesn't look like we've updated in... well, a long time, we promise, you'll see a big change soon.

And new stock as well! And to tide you over, here's a sneak peek at some of the things waiting to go up.

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Craft Show This Saturday! Aug. 24th, 2006 @ 09:21 am
Stellar Magpie will be appearing this Saturday at the Parkdale Arts and Crafts Festival. Everything you need to know can be found here. We've been working really hard to build up stock, and we'll be working our sparkly fingers off making more all day, so feel free to drop by and ask for something special.

See you there!

The Ignoble Collection Aug. 16th, 2006 @ 10:18 am
So as promised, here is my rant on why The Noble Collection sucks.

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So for the record, let us state right now: If your Stellar Magpie jewellery ever falls apart, we will repair or replace it for you. Unlike some people, we do actually care about our customers.

Toronto Trek 2006 Aug. 15th, 2006 @ 10:53 pm
Okay, so back in July, Stellar Magpie went to Toronto Trek...

Ah yes. I think I remember back that far....

And for the first time, we went as exhibiting artists rather than as authors or fen. Which meant no panels scheduled, and frantic amounts of jewellery making beforehand.

Well, frantic amounts of jewellery making is expected from us before any show. Planning ahead? What's that?

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Coming soon.... Aug. 9th, 2006 @ 11:47 pm
Stay tuned for a con report, coming soon to a livejournal near you, featuring witty banter, sale news, show dates, and bridal sets.

But for now...

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Silver Garden Jul. 7th, 2006 @ 09:51 am
I finished a new kind of sculpture necklace last night at about midnight. It's the first one I've done in pure sterling silver (with a few swarovski crystals), and I love the silver. It holds its shape so much better than the copper-core stuff, and you can do a lot more with it before it goes brittle. The necklace ended up very organic -- even more so than the other sculptures -- and I really like it. The pictures behind the cut are a little big -- I'll resize them later, just be warned.

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This is the last of the new stuff of mine that will be at Trek.

Also, I picked up Alexandra's wedding veil from her last night (it's going in as a NFS), and I have been having WAAAY too much fun wearing it.

Trek goodies Jul. 5th, 2006 @ 10:56 pm
Trek is coming up, and I've been doing a lot of wirework in preparation. My fingers are very sore.

The first, which looks surprisingly simple, is a necklace (and earrings, but they're not in the picture) called "The Winter Garden"

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This looks simple, but it actually takes longer than a magpie bracelet. The only stones on head pins are the swarovski drop crystals (I heard a woman at Arton's today pronouncing it "sworshki"). The others are all on very small lengths of sterling silver wire. The necklace is mostly crystal and pearl, with a few glass and seed beads. And ow, did it ever hurt my fingers. But it's pretty.

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The second photo is of a batch of pendants I made. The purple ones are the Carroll Quartet, in amethyst, pearl, and silver plated wire (which marks the last time I'll be using the silver plate unless someone wants me to use it to cut costs). They are, from left to right:

"And the Mome Raths Outgrabe"
"Don't Step on the Mome Raths"
"Won't Someone Please Think of the Mome Raths?"
"Mome Raths on Ice"

The gold one is "Singing Down the Sun", in sterling silver wire, freshwater pearl, swarovski crystal, and citrine. It's my first experiment with sterling wire, and I love what the sterling does.

The blue-green one is what I can only think of as my Karina pendant -- a lampwork bead with sterling silver wire and two colours of swarovski crystal. I haven't settled on a name yet, but the only thing I can think of is something along the lines of "Malestrom at the Peak of the Ocean", because it reminds me so much of Karina.

So those are the sparklies you'll be seeing at Trek, if you go. After trek, whatever doesn't sell will go up on the website.

Linked Necklace: "Spaceships and Thunderstorms" Jun. 27th, 2006 @ 08:50 pm
At last, at last! My brand new camera, a new necklace and a few moments of spare time have at last combined -- and I have photos!

I mentioned before that I was making linked necklaces, and I couldn't help but start taking photos of my favourite to date. "Spaceships and Thunderstorms" is a linked necklace made from sterling silver wire (solid silver, not plated), with chips of hematite and blue goldstone, black freshwater pearls, European crystal, black cat's eye beads and faceted black glass beads. Photos behind the cut.Collapse )

Accidental Pretty Jun. 24th, 2006 @ 10:24 pm
I started messing around with wire on my lunch break today, and came up with this, quite by accident. It's an amethyst, purple freshwater pearls, and silver plated wire.

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I'm not 100% sure yet, but this one's going to be priced somewhere around $50, depending on what I decide to mount it on.

For the curious, there's a formula I use to work out how much something is going to cost. It looks something like this;

Price = [(Cost of raw materials)x(5 to 7, depending on the degree of difficulty and time required)+($10 to $20 depending on degree of artistic merit) + $10x(# of times making it made me say "shit")+ $10x(# of times making it made me say "fuck")-($5 to $10 if something about it bothers me)+$25*(# of times it made me bleed)]
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