365 project: two hundred and fifty seven

i made it 257/365 days.  that's 70%, i think i had a 72% average in high school, so that's about right.  i hate quitting things but i have my blog, four etsy shops to upkeep, my on-line shop, my website, i'm also active on instagram, flickr, twitter, tumblr and svpply.  something had to get cut.  


math class

oh so i've been on a mild geometry themed jewelry kick.  here are some new pendants and one new/old piece.  from top to bottom.  bad polyhedron, this is what happens when polyhedrons go wild (kind of like girls).  tetrahedron, this one is self explanatory.  and cube.  the cube is a piece from a few years ago, but i've re-done it in oxidized silver so it's a rich deep black and i've paired it with 14K rose gold & yellow gold plated silver chains.   yay math.  

btw, not all asians are good at math.  it's a stereotype.  i was horrible at math.  i certainly brought shame to the noble surname of "HO".  i even had a (non-asian) math & physics tutor to keep me from failing both classes in high school.  in an ironic twist, my tutor was a dirty old creeper who happened to have a thing for asian (school) girls.  (in my case, hos.)  years and years later, my mother spotted him out and about with his very own young asian ladyfriend.  i went into the final with 49%, and got 51% on the exam.  i passed physics with 50% average thank you very much.  i was going somewhere with this, but now i can't remember.  so now i'm going to the gym to catch a fungus off some communal free weights and maybe something special off of the treadmill.  like yellow fever.  bwahahahahahaha... cough.  

365 project: two hundred and fifty six

jewelry school


saturday class

i like the "negative" left in the pitch!

a little something i made in class this week... i'm learning how to make dies for a hydraulic press, and also repouss√© and chasing.  so i textured the copper in a rolling mill with some fishnet fabric, made a general skull like shape with the hydraulic press, and then hammered all the the details in with little tools i made myself in a previous class.  pretty fun.  

my tools in progress
i haven't really been that into the hydraulic press, the results don't really excite me.  i'm still much more into lost wax casting, i dunno, the hydraulic press isn't really doing much for me.  i don't really see myself buying a hydraulic press and making jewelry with it anytime soon.  i'm still enjoying the class (even though it's from 9-5 on saturdays), getting to practice my french and learning lots of new techniques.  

some textures tests, for earring parts.

i'm making a locket for my final project, and i'm pretty excited about that, probably because i plan on putting my friend's dead grandmother's  tooth in one side of it, and perhaps a lock of hair from my first haircut in the other. 

365 project: two hundred and fifty three


made a: knife

i had the most intense five hour tattoo session yesterday.  having needles in and around your armpit is really not a good time.  it's the the most horrible painful, ticklish feeling ever that makes you want to leave your own skin.  a total of ten hours done, and one more session next month, and then my epic piece of permanent krista bursey art will be completed!  bartering is the best!!!!!  we've had this ongoing and endless trade for years... i make her jewelry, clothing and leather stuff, and she's a phenomenal illustrator/painter/artist... originally the trade was for a huge mural in my house, (with naked ladies of course) or airbrushing on the car i only ended up owning for one day, but then she started tattooing, and well i love tattoos.  anyway, i'll do a tattoo post once the project is competed.  but here's a sneak peek of the first part of it: 
yes it's a cat.
anyway, thought it was an appropriate time to introduce my new pendant.  a knife!  it's very practical. i've used it to open letters, cut tape and poke my boyfriend in the arm.  if you work at an office, you could probably write this purchase off as an expense. or pay for it with petty cash. this little knife is quite sharp you know. so use your common sense while wearing it. no contact sports, roller coasters, holding babies etc.  i don't want to get sued. 

the blade is cast in solid sterling silver, then filed, sharpened and polished. i carved the handle in ebony, and the ebony comes from offcuts that i've been collecting and hoarding for years, waiting for just the right project. each little knife is one of a kind as i carve each one by hand and i'm not a robot.  (how's that for a good customer service attitude?)

2" long including the bale, 3/8" at the widest part
comes on a 20" or 24" sterling silver chain.

available in my etsy shop.   hmm, i wish i could come up with some better knife puns.  looks sharp?

365 project: two hundred and fourty eight

ponyo looking stunned


so thursday was a good day

on the schedule?  "see cats!" and a 7pm appointment for "stalking".  the page is covered with coffee rings and also grease stains from something i ate last week.  something greasy no doubt.  love my vinyl chloride muji scheduler.  

365 project: two hundred and fourty five


365 project: two hundred and fourty one

(severed) arm

if you've ever been to my house, you'll know that i have doll heads and mannequin arms all over the place. they look really lovely in the planters. and bookshelves. and kitchen cabinets. i'm just partial to the hands, and heads, i'm very particular about the faces. i don't care much for the other parts.

this arm has severed right below the elbow. i sculpted the original master in wax, then it was cast in solid sterling silver. finished by hand, oxidized to bring out all the texture and details in the inside of the hand, and then polished to a bright mirror shine. can be worn with the fingers facing in or out.

measures just over 2" long 1/2" across at the widest point.
comes on an extra long 24" chain.


ouroboros, horseshoe & mini half antler

i've just added some new pendants to my etsy shop! 

ouroboros: snake eating his own tail.  it happens you know.  for an interesting read, check out the wiki page about ouroboros.  this pendant measures just under 1" long and 3/4" wide.

horseshoe: who doesn't love shoes? a little horseshoe pendant to bring you good luck. 
3/8" across, 3/4" tall.

tiny half antler: this little half antler pendant measures 1.75" long and 1/2" across at the widest part.  the daintier mini version of my half antler pendant.

365 project: two hundred and thirty nine

little puppy in a suitcase


made some bracelets

i've had some requests for bracelets...  so i made some.  these are a mix oxidized silver chains, with a tiny skull charm, and heart shaped lobster clasp. oxidized to a deep matte black, and the hand rubbed to bring back some shiny silver highlights. these bracelet will become shinier with wear.  super durable, every little loop is carefully soldered so you can wear these everyday!  i don't like to wear jewelry you have to be careful with!  freshly listed in my etsy shop.