Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Faux Tintypes

I'm so excited to share these faux tintypes. We tried the real tintype kit over the weekend, with mixed success. As insurance, I decided to get out my Holga lens for my Canon. It's a fussy lens that requires FULL sun and the highest ISO to even come close to an exposure. Lets just say that I don't use it often...


An old-timey outdoor studio setup is apparently the Holga lens' natural environment. It totally nailed that look I needed. I then added some tintype filters I found online, and honestly, the fakes turned out better than the real ones. 

There are a few ways that I can print these. I'm going to order some metallic paper prints and a few prints on aluminum. It's going to be exciting to see how close I can replicate the look of a tintype. I have a feeling that these are going to look pretty darn amazing all framed up.
Can I just say that my husband looks like he was put on this earth to be an 1880s model? The combo of his beard and the lens, it's perfection.

Featured Item of the Day

Sloth Earrings
Every fabric button is handmade, with love, by Rachel O. Earring measures approx .5 inch wide, and has a hypoallergenic, raw titanium post (not shiny). Posts are nickel-free and cadmium free. Fabric buttons are made of 100% cotton, hand stretched (by me) over an aluminum dome. Photos of solid white buttons are included for size reference ONLY. Ruler and ear are NOT included. You will receive one pair of earrings as seen in the first photo. Due to the handmade nature of your earrings, they will vary ever so slightly from the pair in the photo, but will be equally awesome. Earrings look their best when cared for properly. Please avoid getting them wet (remove before shower/swim), put on after applying makeup, and you will be able to enjoy them for a long time. Check out my listings for other super(duper) earring designs.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tiny Pies

I did a super fun photo shoot this weekend, but I'm not ready to share photos. So please enjoy these tiny pies. I made tiny blueberry pies in a cupcake pan. They turned out great.

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Vintage Map Rabbit Pendants
Unique laser-cut resin coated map jewelry from Rachel O's features vintage imagery from a variety of city maps.

Select the city of your choice for a unique and special piece of jewelry.

Rabbits measure approx 1.25 in tall (including hanger), 2.5 in wide, and hang from an 18 in antique bronze finish chain.

Made from laser cut wood, these lightweight pendants are great for every day wear, but please try to avoid getting them wet.

I have done my best to photograph these pieces accurately, but color can appear differently on different screens. If you have any questions, please ask before purchase.

Due to the unique hand made nature of these pieces, they may vary slightly from those shown, but will be equally awesome.

Do you want a city that I don't currently offer? Let me know! If I can find a vintage map, and you are willing to buy at least 2 pieces, let's talk.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th!

Eek! It's Friday the 13th! I think that calls for a little sale on creepy cute flair. Save 15% on wood pins in my etsy shop AND get free USA shipping on orders over $30. The free shipping should work automatically. Please message me if it doesn't. Etsy is rolling out new sale features at the moment.
P.S. I haven't listed the gingerbread skeleton pin yet, but I have a batch ready. If you want one, please let me know and I'll make you a reserved listing. 

Featured Item of the Day

Skull Pin
Creepy, but still quite cool, this skull measures 1 1/8 in wide.

Rachel O’s wood pins start out as little sketches of my crazy ideas. I digitize each drawing, then cut and etch onto wood via my laser. Then the fun begins! I paint each pin by hand. This means that every pin is just a little bit different, but equally awesome! I love how the wood grain is unique to each piece.

Pins each have a one inch bar pin on the back.

I don’t take custom orders, but I do take requests. If you have a pin idea, let me know! If it’s something I can draw, I might just release it as a pin.

Please do not get wood pins wet.

Ruler is in INCHES and is not included- it is for size reference ONLY.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Featured Item of the Day

Lightbulb Pin
Show everyone you have bright ideas with this fun lightbulb pin. Pin measures 1 7/8 in tall.

Rachel O’s wood pins start out as little sketches of my crazy ideas. I digitize each drawing, then cut and etch onto wood via my laser. Then the fun begins! I paint each pin by hand. This means that every pin is just a little bit different, but equally awesome! I love how the wood grain is unique to each piece.

Pins each have a one inch bar pin on the back.

I don’t take custom orders, but I do take requests. If you have a pin idea, let me know! If it’s something I can draw, I might just release it as a pin.

Please do not get wood pins wet.

Ruler is in INCHES and is not included- it is for size reference ONLY.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I Painted a Pumpkin

I've wanted to paint one of those foam craft pumpkins for a while now. Last year I was waiting for them to go on sale and I waited too long, boo. This year I was more on the ball and I snapped one up for a sweet deal. 
The pumpkin had a shiny finish, so I gave it a quick coat with clear gesso. It's my go-to for painting on non-traditional surfaces. So far, no problems. 
I painted the skull with my favorite oil paints. I need the extra time that oil gives to get the shading smooth. In 3 months, I'll give the whole thing a spray of clearcoat. Until then, I'll just have to yell at all guests not to touch. 
I'd say that the biggest challenge was translating the sketch onto the pumpkin. I was so careful with proportions, but it still ended up warping a bit. I guess that will just have to be part of the charm..

Featured Item of the Day

Fall Apple Earrings
Every fabric button is handmade, with love, by Rachel O. Earring measures approx .5 inch wide, and has a hypoallergenic, raw titanium post (not shiny). Posts are nickel-free and cadmium free. Fabric buttons are made of 100% cotton, hand stretched (by me) over an aluminum dome. Photos of solid white buttons are included for size reference ONLY. Ruler and ear are NOT included. You will receive one pair of earrings as seen in the first photo. Due to the handmade nature of your earrings, they will vary ever so slightly from the pair in the photo, but will be equally awesome. Earrings look their best when cared for properly. Please avoid getting them wet (remove before shower/swim), put on after applying makeup, and you will be able to enjoy them for a long time. Check out my listings for other super(duper) earring designs.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Featured Item of the Day

Jackicorn
Much rarer than a jackalope, the unicorn jackalope has a single glow-in-the-dark horn instead of antlers. This jackicorn is a little bit nerdy in his glasses.

Rachel O's Jackalopes are each a unique work of art. I crochet each one without a pattern so every sweet bunny face is different and has their own personality.

This jackalope has been stuffed and mounted to a wood plaque measuring approx 5x7 inches. There is a hole drilled in the back, so you can hang it with a single nail (not included).

Horn is hand sculpted from polymer clay.

Accessories and ear insides have been firmly attached with glue, but this is an art object, not a toy.

Ruler is in inches and is not included with purchase.

Colors can appear differently on different monitors. I have done my best to represent the piece accurately. If you have any questions, I encourage you to ask before purchase.