Spooky October Sale

Hello my Happy Haunts! Welcome to October.

Now is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight! I don’t mean to frighten you prematurely, so I am going to give you a TREAT rather than a trick.

Spooky trees, Halloween harvest moon, glow in the dark jewelry - all of it is on sale for a limited time. Handcrafted, wire wrapped tree of life pendants by PhoenixFire Designs.

Spooky trees, Halloween harvest moon, glow in the dark jewelry – all of it is on sale for a limited time. Handcrafted, wire wrapped tree of life pendants by PhoenixFire Designs.

From October 1st – October 4th, save a frightening 13% off ANY PhoenixFire Designs order of $20 or more instantly when you apply code SPOOKY13 at checkout.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant - the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant – the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Have you had your eye on my #1 best selling and #1 most favorited item, the black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree? Now is the time to save!

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

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What’s New from PhoenixFire Designs

I’m hard at work stocking up for the upcoming holiday season as well as getting some new and relisted tree of life pendants in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop! Here’s a peek!

This handcrafted, wire wrapped tree of life pendant features a labradorite full moon. Labradorite (also known as Larvikite) has the most amazing blue flash and inner blue fire to it as the light hits it. It often looks like merely a grey stone but then as the light hits it, the chatoyancy within gives it an inner glow ranging from blue, to green to a yellowish flash. It’s a really stunning stone.

Handcrafted, wire wrapped blue flash labradorite blue moon full moon tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Handcrafted, wire wrapped blue flash labradorite blue moon full moon tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

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This beautiful celestial moon and stars tree of life is hand wire wrapped in silver plated gunmetal wire and features a crescent moon and hematite stars. This is perfect for lovers of the night sky! Each black lip shell moon is hand cut and has a unique color and iridescence to it.

Wire wrapped in silver plated gunmetal wire, this celestial tree of life features an iridescent black lip shell crescent moon and hematite stars by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Wire wrapped in silver plated gunmetal wire, this celestial tree of life features an iridescent black lip shell crescent moon and hematite stars by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

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Halloween Sun and Moon black wire wrapped tree of life pendant. The “sun” in this piece is a type of natural opal. Though known as “brown opal” it comes in a variety of oranges, reds and brown tones. This gemstone is a rich, warm, semi-opaque orange and reminds me of the colors of Harvest and Autumn. The “moon” is a beautiful natural rainbow moonstone with a gorgeous little blue flash (or blue fire) as the light strikes it. Though hard to see in the photos, it will show up better in person.

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

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And finally, I’ve gotten some new photos of my #1 best selling and #1 most wished for item in my shop: Opalite Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant. Shown here wire wrapped in black wire, it’s also available in silver wire, brown wire, copper wire or gunmetal wire. This beautiful tree was inspired by a full moon peeking out from behind the bare branches of a tree at night.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant - the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant – the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

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As always, these and many, many more are available in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy store. We also gladly take custom orders! Since everything is made by hand from scratch anyway, it’s never a problem to customize or personalize something just for you!

Handmade Halloween Jewelry & Accessories

Whether you call it Halloween, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, Harvest or just Autumn, I LOVE this time of year! So it’s no wonder that I tend to make a lot of Halloween inspired jewelry in my PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop!

The most classically Halloween of these items is my spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant. Handmade and wire wrapped in black wire with an orange harvest moon peeking out from behind the bare branches, this one just screams Halloween!

Spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant with orange harvest moon wire wrapped in black wire by PhoenixFire Designs.

Spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant with orange harvest moon wire wrapped in black wire by PhoenixFire Designs.

The single most popular item in my PhoenixFire Designs shop by far, is the #1 best selling and #1 most wished for Opalite Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant.

Though it is available in four wire colors (including silver, gunmetal, brown and black) the black wire wrapped version is the most popular. What I like about this piece is that it’s wonderfully suitable for Halloween and more gothic styles but it’s also striking and lovely enough to be worn all year long!

Black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant has a spooky Halloween look but can be worn all year long! By PhoenixFire Designs

Black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant has a spooky Halloween look but can be worn all year long! By PhoenixFire Designs

Another fun item that is inspired by Halloween but can be enjoyed throughout all seasons is my Glow in the Dark Blue Moon Tree of Life Pendant! This is one of several permenant glow in the dark necklaces I have in my shop and this specific tree of life pendant features a teal blue moon that is a glowing blue moon after exposure to light!

Wire wrapped glow in the dark blue moon tree of life pendant, glowing blue moon, glow in the dark jewelry, glowing necklace by PhoenixFire Designs.

Wire wrapped glow in the dark blue moon tree of life pendant, glowing blue moon, glow in the dark jewelry, glowing necklace by PhoenixFire Designs.

When I think about Halloween, one of my favorite symbols is owls. And I love Owl Jewelry which is why my Owl Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant is a subtle Halloween accessory. Wire wrapped in a mixed metal, two-tone combination of brown and copper, and featuring a large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon, a copper owl sits perched in the branches of the tree. This wise owl can almost be heard to call, “whoo?” on a chilly Autumn or All Hallow’s Eve night! (Also available as a Black wire wrapped opalite full moon owl tree and a Copper and Silver Opalite Moonstone Owl Tree of Life Pendant.)

Two tone, mixed metal wire wrapped brown and copper tree of life pendant with large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon and copper owl within the branches makes a spooky Halloween tree of life necklace! By PhoenixFire Designs.

Two tone, mixed metal wire wrapped brown and copper tree of life pendant with large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon and copper owl within the branches makes a spooky Halloween tree of life necklace! By PhoenixFire Designs.

This is just the barest tip of the Halloween iceberg!! There are so many more Autumn Accessories, Harvest Moon Necklaces and Halloween Pendants and Jewelry in the PhoenixFire Designs shop just waiting to be discovered!

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Craftster Best of 2014 Winner

{update} Hey! I’m a weiner! ;) – TWICE!

Craftster Best of 2014 Winner
I'm a Craftster Best of 2014 Winner!

My Rainbow colored Anthropologie Necklace knockoff won in the “JEWELRY AND TRINKETS: Beads: Completed Projects” category!

Rainbow colored Anthropologie Necklace knockoff by PhoenixFire Designs - Best of Craftster 2014 Winner!

Rainbow colored Anthropologie Necklace knockoff by PhoenixFire Designs – Best of Craftster 2014 Winner!

Awesome! :D

So I just realized, I actually won TWICE in two different categories!! My Dead Man’s Chest from Pirates of the Caribbean ALSO won in POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY: Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects category!

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest with dual skeleton key from Walt Disney World

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest with dual skeleton key from Walt Disney World

I blogged about the creation process of it HERE.

Weeeeeeeeee! Double awesome! :D :D

Save 10% at Phoenix Fire Designs

Because I love my fans, I’m running a limited time coupon code / discount code / promo code / sale for 10% off any purchase at PhoenixFire Designs! Use code LUVU15 at checkout now through Monday, February 16th and save on ANY order!!

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Celestial Sun and Moon Tree of Life Pendant

This tree of life pendant is perfect for the celestial lover! With a yellow jade Sol and a natural, blue flash rainbow moonstone Luna together in a handcrafted, wire wrapped silver tree of life pendant by Phoenix Fire Designs and available on etsy.

Celestial sun and moon tree of life pendant silver wire wrapped tree handmade yellow jade sol and natural blue flash rainbow moonstone by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

This one of a kind wire wrapped tree is available in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop while it lasts!

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Gunmetal wire wrapped feldspar full moon tree of life pendant. Handmade by PhoenixFire Designs and available on etsy!

Handmade gunmetal wire wrapped feldspar full moon tree of life pendant wire wrapped by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

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New wire wrapped heart pendants!

I’ve been on a kick for making something different lately. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I guess hearts and love have been on my mind too. So this translated into making several wire wrapped heart pendants with gemstones in various metal wire colors, stones and styles.

Wire wrapped heart pendant in copper wire with peridot birthstone gemstones, Celtic design bail and antique copper chain with spirals and swirls handmade by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.
This handmade pendant was hand shaped in solid, tarnish-resistant copper wire and then hammered to bring out texture and also to harden the wire. I then wire wrapped micro faceted peridot rondelles along the outer frame and added swirls and spiral accents plus a matching spring green peridot teardrop accent. It also features a large, decorative Celtic bail and hangs on a 20″ antique copper chain.

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Wire wrapped copper heart pendant by Phoenix Fire Designs with dark red garnet gemstone accents and swarovski crystal heart pendant handmade wire wrap necklace on etsy
This handcrafted wire wrap necklace is also made from hand hammered, textured copper wire shaped into a heart and accented with rich, dark red garnet gemstones and a red siam Swarovski crystal 3D heart dangle. It features a large spiral and hangs on a matching rose gold, bright copper chain. Handmade by Phoenix Fire Designs on etsy.

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Silver wire wrap heart pendant wrapped in amethyst and accented with color-changing swarovski crystal on figaro chain by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy
This heart pendant is made from tarnish-resistant silver plated wire which is hand formed into a heart and then accented with an ombre of nearly clear through pale violet purple amethyst rondelles and a color-changing Swarovski crystal twisted cube. It’s been finished with a Figaro chain and handmade by PhoenixFire Designs.

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So what do you think? Do you like the new experimental pieces I’ve been making lately? I have a bunch of in-progress pendants as well in other shapes like spirals and swirls and circles which I’m still refining and working on perfecting. I’m never going to stop making my trees of course, but I just thought it might be fun to step outside of my comfort zone and try some new things. Plus, it’s something fresh and makes me stop and think about the creative process a little more. I can make trees by muscle memory these days after making thousands of them! But these shapes require me to focus more and stop and figure out how I need to complete each one.

These three are all One of a Kind pieces and are listed in PhoenixFire Designs shop on etsy – while they last! I will also be adding more styles and options as I go.

What would you like to see next?

The Raven Book Pages Halloween Wreath

Following up on my recent post about Halloween Crafts, here is the big item I made. I was inspired by this Halloween Edgar Allen Poe Wreath.

Here’s what I ended up with!
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To make it, I used the general directions on the link above. I started with a foam wreath form I got at Michael’s. And I picked up a trade paperback of Twilight at GoodWill for $1.34. (Hey, it had to be a book I didn’t mind destroying!!) Layers upon layers of pages both front and back of the wreath. Then I also tore strips to fill in around the inside “ring” of the wreath to hide the white foam in the center.

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I then curled up pages and tied them with string and glued them on to the top. I filled in with more pages as I felt I needed. I did a little bit of watered down brown “aging” to the edges of some pages and tinting some of the pages as well just to give it some depth.

Then I added a little bit of craft moss and finished it with a raven figure I also picked up a Micheal’s. The feet were wired together, so I cut it and straightened the wire and pushed it firmly into the foam frame. That was enough to hold it solidly in place.

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To hang it, I finished with a decorative ribbon .

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It took probably about 300 pages of the book. Keep in mind, these are larger-than-regular paperback pages too, so plan on using up pretty much ALL of a book in making this. It took me about two weeks total work time. I would do it in stages since it was very time consuming and there’s only so long you can work with hot glue at a time without burning yourself and calling it a day! LOL

I found it best to prepare the pages in batches because it always took way more than I thought it would and when the hot glue was flowing, I didn’t have time to stop and fold pages after each glued in piece.

I was so pleased with how it came out!

Halloween Crafts

Here’s a look at some Halloween crafting I’ve done recently! Lots of vintage inspiration and Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven inspired pieces.

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I took a standard mask and added to it making it a vintage, gothic book inspired Masquerade mask! I used real pages from an old Edgar Allen Poe book and decoupaged them across the face. Then using paper flowers with newsprint/handwriting motif, I accented it and added a crystal drop as well.

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A trio of Halloween jewelry including a Gothic inspired Ouija Board necklace in gunmetal, a Spirit Board glass tile pendant and an Edger Allen Poe The Raven “Nevermore” brass cuff bracelet.

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I took a plain journal and decoupaged real pages from an old Edgar Allen Poe book on the cover giving it a rough, ragged torn edges look. Then I added an image of a blackbird – a raven perhaps? – sitting on top of a pumpkin in front of an orange, harvest moon.

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The back of the journal was decoupaged in more book pages as well.

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This witch’s book of spells started with a paper mache form that I painted orange and black accents and covered the front with a witch flying a broom image.

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On the side of the spellbook, I hand painted “spells” and “potions” and detailed the spine in black accents.

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And the “pages” of the book were first painted a cream color and then dry brushed with a fan brush in a black to give the illusion of pages.

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I took a vintage Bingo card and made a paper rosette and added a vintage owl drawing. I spelled out “TRICK” across the top and “TREAT” on the pennant stickers across the bottom turning it into an adorable hanging sign!

I love Halloween and it’s so fun trying new things! I learned a lot of new techniques making these items and bought a lot of new supplies too. (Can you ever have enough craft supplies? LOL)