Monday, May 25, 2009

Decision Making Dice - Kockica za donosenje odluka



In English:
When I'm not sure what should I do I usually throw a dice - 6 means "Yes" and 1 means "NOPE!" For that special, of life importance ( just kidding! )action I used just any dice. But, thought I should have an equally special one! And here it is, made of transparent Fimo with glass beads inside.

Na srpskom:
Kad ne znam sta da radim, ja bacam kockicu. 6 znaci "Da", a 1 znaci "NE! Nikako!"
Za tu specijalnu, zivotno vaznu akciju, koristila sam bilo kakve kockice do sada. Ali, pomislila sam da bih trebala da imam jednu podjednako specijalnu kockicu. I evo je, napravljena od transparentnog Fima sa staklenim perlicama.

Japanese Milky Rise Beads - Japanske Mlecno Pirincane Perle





In English:
In Friday I went to hobby shop to buy some transparent Fimo. I thought it's going to be literally transparent and today I was laying patiently glass beads into white looking Fimo. One by one, I even tried to make geometrically even shapes thinking that when I bake Fimo they are going to look like they are floating free in the space. But, it didn't go like I expected. It actually went much, much, better than I ever thought it would be! What I've got were beautiful milky white beads. Glass beads inside are just giving them a slight tonal, gentle shades that I like so much! I don't know why but when I look at them I immediately think of Japan and of Rice. They are so wonderful at touch. When you roll them together in your hands
they make a sound that is almost therapeutic. I didn't want to glaze them because I love them just the way they are. But I did sand them very carefully, first dry and than wet sand. I still don't know what am I going to make, but it is probably going to be something very simple because they don't need much.

Na srpskom:
U Petak sam otisla da kupim transparentni Fimo, misleci da ce on bukvalno da bude transparentan kad ga ispecem. Zamislila sam velike perle kroz koje se provide male, staklene perlice raznih boja. I tako sam danas strapljivo slagala jednu po jednu u zelji da formiram geometrijski pravilne oblike za koje sam zamislila da slobodno lebde unutar prostora providne perle..Medjutim (tj. Naravno! ), nije isapalo kako sam zamislila. Zapravo, ispalo je mnogo, mnogo bolje nego sto sam ikad mislila da bi moglo da bude! Dobila sam predivne mlecno bele perle. Staklene perlice koje sam stavila unutra se provide dovoljno da im daju jednu meku, zamucenu senkicu u boji. Kad god ih pogledam pomislim na Japan i na pirinac. Predivne su na dodir. Kad se igras sa njima prave zvuk koji skoro da ima terapeutsko dejstvo. Nisam zelela da ih lakiram zato sto mi se bas svidjaju tako mat. Ismirglala sam ih pazljivo i na suvo i na mokro. Jos ne znam sta cu da napravim od njih, ali sigurno ce to biti nesto jednostavno jer su dovoljno lepe da im ne treba mnogo.

Friday, May 22, 2009

"Spider Lace" Ring - Prsten "Paucina"



In English:
Here I was testing a new crochet technique. Though I love the look of stiches made with regular crochet I was curious to find out how can I make perfectly even stitches with wire. I think that I am on my way to find out how, but stll have to work on it. So far this is what came out. Though it is not what I wanted I am still happy with the result! It's all lacy, light and gentle. Like spider web! Some day I am going to make it in real silver wire. I also love the simplicty of this ring. Wire crochet is so beautiful that whatever you make will look great!

Na srpskom:
Ovde sam isprobavala novu tehniku kukicanja. Iako bas volim nesavrsenost bodova koji se dobijaju na regularan nacin, ipak sam bila radoznala da saznam kako mogu da dobijem perfektno oblikovane bodove. Jos uvek radim na tome i mislim da sam blizu "otkrica"! Za sad, evo sta je ispalo od mog eksperimenta (..?) Nije ono sto sam zelela ali sam ipak zadovoljna rezultatom. Dobila sam prstencic koji je sav cipkast, lagan i nezan. Kao paucina. Jednog dana cu probati da ga napravim od prave srebrne zice. Volim njegovu jednostavnost. Kukicanje zicom je toliko lepa tehnika da sta god da napravite ne moze da izgleda lose!

MY NEXT WIRE CROCHET JEWELRY PROJECT - MOJ SLEDEĆI PROJEKAT NAKITA OD KUKIČANE ŽICE

>>>  Once I have determined that I want to give wire crochet a try, I'm now in a phase I want to experiment with wire gauges, hook sizes, beads (to bead or not to bead, small or chunky beads, etc.).  Here I have five works - I still don't know which kind of work I have the most affinity for. By making them I think I have gained some experience and confidence and it brought me closer to the style I think I like the most.
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<<< Jednom kada sam odlučila da želim da se oprobam u tehnici kukičane žice, u fazi sam kada istovremeno želim i da eksperimentišem sa finoćama žice, veličinama igala za kukičanje, perlicama (koristiti ih ili ne, male ili velike, itd.). Ovde imam pet radova - još uvek ne znam prema kom imam najviše afiniteta. Praveći ih, stekla sam izvesno iskustvo i sigurnost, a sam proces me je svakako približio stilu za koji mislim da mi se najviše dopada.  


Thursday, May 21, 2009

CROCHET HATS IN BRIGHT COLORS - KUKIČANE KAPE U JARKIM BOJAMA


>>> These hats (except for the brown one, it's new) were my best sellers, all of the crochet items I have ever made. I have made them in many colors and variety of yarns, but it seems that this bright color cotton yarn,  with a sparkly fiber, was the right choice.
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<<< Ove kukičane kapice (osim braon, koja je nova) su jedne od najprodavanijih artikala koje sam ikada napravila. Uradila sam ih u mnogo boja i od najrazličitijih vrsta prediva, ali izgleda da je ovaj pamuk u jarkim bojama, sa svetlucavim vlaknom, bio pravi izbor. 

HOW TO MAKE AND BAKE FIMO BEADS - KAKO NAPRAVITI I ISPEĆI PERLICE OD FIMO MASE

>>> Well, don't ask me 'cause I don't know either, as you can see. Last time, I have promised to share with you my failed trials of FIMO beads. So, here they are in all of their glorious imperfection :). They remind me a lot of Serbian Slava's cookies...so, I definitely don't want cookies or edible looking components for my jewelry and that's why I didn't want to develop it further.
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<<< E pa, nemojte mene da pitate pošto ni ja ne znam, kao što vidite. Prošli put sam obećala da ću naredni post posvetiti neuspelom pokušaju izrade perli od FIMO mase. Tako da evo ih, u svom sjaju svoje nesavršenosti :). Mnogo me podsećaju na slavske sitne kolače...tako da definitivno ne želim da pravim nakit od komponenti koje podsećaju na nešto jestivo. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CROCHETED SOAP SACHETS - KUKIČANE KESICE SA SAPUNIMA


>>> It is nothing unusual for me that something else pops up suddenly and stops me from making projects I have had in my mind. Last year I have made few of these soap cachets and offered them for sale as New Year's gifts. Now I've got a custom order to make some more, for a local gift shop, which I could not refuse. Besides, I love crocheting.
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<<<  Za mene nije ništa neobično da mi nešto drugo iskrsne i prekine me u pravljenju projekata koje sam imala na umu. Ove raznobojne kukičane kesice sa sapunima sam napravila prošle godine i ponudila na prodaju kao novogodišnje poklone. Sada sam od lokalnog Gift Shop-a dobila porudžbinu da napravim izvesnu količinu, što nisam mogla da odbijem. Na kraju krajeva, ja volim da kukičam.  

FIMO PENDANTS - PRIVESCI OD FIMO MASE



>>> I've first heard of FIMO polymer clay in 2002, while still living and working in USA. I was impressed and wanted to give it a try. I have bought a great book on polymer clay ("Creative ways in polymer clay" by Dotty McMillan), pasta machine, polymer clay, all the necessary tools and some beautiful floral stamps. However, I failed to buy an oven thermometer and, eventually, burned all that I've made. Which is nothing that bad or dramatic, except for the fact that I never had enough time to keep on with my new hobby.

<<< Za FIMO masu sam prvi put čula 2002. godine, dok sam još živela u Americi. Bila sam impresionirana i rešila da se okušam. Kupila sam fantastičnu knjigu o polimernoj glini ("Creative ways in polymer clay" by Dotty McMillan), mašinu za razvlačenje testa, FIMO masu, sve potrebne alatke i komplet pečata sa predivnim floralnim motivima. Međutim, omanula sam sa termometrom za rernu zaboravivši da i njega kupim, tako da su mi ti prvi radovi, nažalost, izgoreli. Što samo po sebi i nije tako loše i strašno, osim činjenice da više nisam imala vremena da ponovim eksperiment i možda i nastavim sa novim hobijem. 


WIRE CROCHET JEWELRY - NAKIT OD KUKIČANE ŽICE SA PERLICAMA

>>> Welcome to my new blog devoted to handmade jewelry and accessories.I yearn for a long time now to start making jewelry. At this point, I'm not so interested in classic jewelry techniques. I'm rather looking for integrating some of the  fiber techniques I already know, into jewelry making. And that's how I decided to start working in wire. These are some of the very first jewelry pieces that I have made. I was interested in making light-weight, lacy and airy jewelry ,so I made them in wire crochet technique, by adding various, glass seed beads. The wire I used is a florist wire, the finest gauge I could have find (32 Ga). Wire crochet, so far, is a very tough technique regarding your finger tips, so if you are going to try it yourself, make sure to use the softest wire you you can find. However, this is a beautiful technique, which gives wonderful results even if you are going to use the simplest possible stitches. Even if you are going to work just with wire and no beads.  
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<<< Dobrodošli na moj novi blog posvećen ručno rađenom nakitu i aksesoarima. Već duže vreme želim da počnem da se bavim izradom nakita. U ovom momentu nisam toliko zainteresovana za klasične juvelirske tehnike. Pre tragam za načinom da neke od fiber tehnika, kojima sam već ovladala, integrišem u izradu nakita. Ovo su neki od prvih komada nakita koje sam izradila. Bila sam zainteresovana da napravim lagan, čipkast i vazdušast nakit. Opredelila sam se za tehniku kukičane žice, uz dodavanje staklenih seed perlica. Za ovu priliku sam koristila cvećarsku žicu, najtanju koju sam mogla da nađem, finoće 32. Utisak je da kukičanje žicom nije najprijateljskija tehnika, kada su u pitanju jagodice vaših prstiju. Tako da ako i sami poželite da se okušate u ovoj tehnici, pokušajte da pronađete najmekšu moguću žicu. Jer ovo je toliko lepa tehnika koja daje fantastične rezultate čak i kada radite najjednostavnijim bodovima. Čak i kada radite samo sa žicom, bez ijedne perlice.