Finished Pieces and Cape Breton Island Pride

transparent photo pendants

Here they are, the finished pieces! All chained up and beautiful. I also finished the first few of my Cape Breton Island necklaces. I’m so pleased with how these look.

lighthouse photograph necklace

This one was made with a white back, but I added some shimmer to the white so it has a really interesting look. I accidentally over-poured just a tad so this one is mine🙂. I’m so happy with this photo especially because that lighthouse doesn’t exist anymore, and it’s where I got my wedding photos taken.

transparent photo pendants

This one already found a new home, but I’ve got some others in the works to drop off at a friend’s store, plus hopefully I can show off these around town and find a few more shops to carry them!

transparent photo pendants

Transparent Photo Pendants

I’ve had this idea in my head for ages and while most of the pieces I’m working on are curing upstairs, I couldn’t wait to share these almost finished pieces with you!

Transparent photo pendants

transparent photography pendant

These gorgeous pendants are made using my own photographs and are my first try at Little Windows resin. Let me tell you, I’ll never go back to Crystal Clear after this! It’s a fantastic resin that makes me sad about all the pieces I’ve wasted bad resin on. Oh well, live and learn…

transparent see through jewellery

These ones are totally transparent as you can see, though that means the image isn’t showing up very well over dark colours… I’m trying a few more ideas so that I’m not doomed to wear white every time I want to wear one😛. I’m itching to get the others finished but resin takes time and you cannot rush it! So tomorrow I’ll get to take a look, flip them over, and finish the other side. Fingers crossed everything works out or I’ll be back to the drawing board.

I’ll be sure to update with the finished pieces as soon as they happen!

Magical Rainbow Unicorn Jewellery

Tamed Raven colour shift jewellery preview

I just wanted to share a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on. These just need a bit of cleaning up and assembly, and they’ll be ready to find new homes. I can’t wait to see these all finished, in their colour shifting magical glory!!!

Tamed Raven colour shift jewellery preview

Amazing Remelt Mould Review

Dark Purple and Blue glittery resin crystal necklace by Tamed Raven

For anyone who uses resin to make jewellery or crafts, I feel like you’ll understand the urge to make your own moulds. To have something so 100% originally you, that’s a really exciting concept. But if you’re anything like me, you change your mind a lot. I wanted mould making mix for a long time, but didn’t want to drop the money on something I’d have to mix up, pour, possibly mess up and have to throw away.

Amazing remelt review

Then I saw a video about Amazing Remelt, a one part mould maker. It sounded too good to be true when I saw it on youtube, but I bought it anyway. Turns out it works fairly well with only a small learning curve.

What you do is simply melt it down (either in the container it came in, or a smaller one if you only want a little), pour it into a plastic container over whatever you want to make a mould of, and let it cool. I’ve used tupperware containers and plastic drinking cups to sit my items in, and they both worked well.

Pros:

  • If you mess up a mould, remelt it and try again.
  • If you get bored with a mould or accidentally rip it, remelt it.
  • No mixing ratios required that you can mess up.
  • Fairly durable. I’ve had to really pull difficult shaped pieces out and I haven’t seen any damage on my moulds yet.
  • Good price when you consider you can use it repeatedly.
  • Food safe and made in the USA.
  • It says it needs mould release, but so far I haven’t needed it (which is great, because I paid a pretty penny for it once and accidentally threw it out when I moved, and haven’t brought myself to pay for it again :P)

Cons:

  • I’ve heard of the red dye transferring over to resin, but I haven’t had this happen to me.
  • If you heat it up too fast and it bubbles, good luck getting those bubbles out. It says to skim them off the top but had difficulty even doing that. Be careful to heat it slowly and stir often! Thankfully the bubbles float to the top as the mould cools so the majority of them end up on what will be the bottom of the mould.
  • Dust really likes to stick to it, but you can easily rinse it with water and give it proper storage/drying time before using it to reduce it.

Over all, I give this a 4/5. I definitely plan to pick up more so I can make multiples of my moulds. I purchased mine from Amazon.

Aqua glittery resin crystal pendant by Tamed Raven

Aqua glittery resin crystal cluster pendant by Tamed Raven

Oil Spill Nails

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I FEEL SO FANCY!

4 multichrome polishes at once is overwhelming on the eyes and camera (these were damn hard to photograph!) I used the dry marble technique, AKA glob on several polishes at once (I did vertical stripes over a black base) and then drag a pin/brush/toothpick through the polish to swirl it around.

Then proceed to stare at your nails for all the following days because you’re too distracted to do anything else.

(PS: Please excuse my sad cuticles. No amount of lotion or oil can combat the desert air it seems).

Polishes are BK brand. I found them on aliexpress but I bought mine in a store so I have no idea what ordering from this seller is like. I have colours 01,04,06,08.

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30 Before 30

Polett's Cove, Cape Breton

My husband’s 30th birthday just passed, and besides making a super tasty coffee cake (recipe courtesy of Chef John from Food Wishes), I also thought it could be fun to make a 30 before 30 list for myself, leaving myself a year and a half to work on it. I tried to make it challenging but also mostly doable, so I left out most travel ideas, since we plan to not travel much after this stint in China.

  1. Run a kilometre in 5 minutes or less.
  2. Run a 5K.
  3. Get my products in 5 stores (1 down, 4 to go).
  4. Squat, deadlift, and bench 50lbs (or 100, or my bodyweight. I’m not sure at how hard these will be, so if I achieve one sooner, I’ll for the next goal)
  5. Pass my minimum skills test for roller derby.
  6. Meet at least one internet friend in person.
  7. Get good at sewing silk/chiffon/other slippery, hard to work with fabrics.
  8. Get a bicycle.
  9. Ride a mountain bike trail (or some very nature-y trail if I’m not in an area with mountain bike trails).
  10. See the great wall.
  11. Rollerskate at a skate park and either drop in or ride up a ramp.
  12. See the Northern Lights. (One of the least likely of everything on the list)
  13. See the Bay of Fundy in action (it’s part of Atlantic Canada and the highest tides in the world).
  14. Make an emergency savings fund of X$
  15. Learn to drive a manual.
  16. Get my motorcycle license.
  17. Start (and don’t kill) an herb garden.
  18. Try pole fitness.
  19. Improve my French levels to what it used to be.
  20. Maintain a budget.
  21. Start an investment.
  22. Learn to make jerky.
  23. Get a professional massage.
  24. Be totally cavity free.
  25. Make noodles from scratch.
  26. Make a pair of well fitting jeans.
  27. Pay off my provincial student loan.
  28. Hit 500 Instagram followers (feel free to help!)
  29. Have visible abs.
  30. Learn to start and maintain a conversation with a stranger/become a better speaker.

Do you have a bucket/to do/life goal list? Anything interesting on it you would like to share?