There's always more...

I never seem to be satisfied with something for very long, be it at work, at home, or at play.  I need to push myself further and try new things.  It doesn't always need to be a major change - sometimes a little switch from the norm is all it takes.

I've been thinking about how to make Hell Razor different and to stand out from other artists' work.  I have a few things that are truly unique:

  • My skullys are all hand-crafted by me for use on flowers and bows.
  • Puffy heart necklaces are hand-sewn and stuffed before becoming pendants.
  • Rosaries and other jewelry are often one-of-a-kind due to the recycled/vintage nature of some parts.

But I wonder if those are really obvious; am I pushing myself enough?  So I quest to find new things, to try new ideas... here are a couple of the latest:

I taught myself how to make fabric flowers.  Currently, my flower clips are made from an amalgam of faux flower petals - which are cool - but I wondered how to make them even more unique... this flower is cut from a scrap of crushed velvet material.  I like the fluffiness.  I even debated going sans-button, but decided to go with the whole "more is more" approach.  I'm happy with it.  Even finished off the backside with the usual clip and pin combo.  I'm thinking that some of these could make nifty holiday gifts for my friends.

The second new idea I'm going after is something I've been daydreaming about for a while now, but didn't get to try until last night.  I'm cutting pendants from old vinyl records!  Here, take a closer look at the bow:

Can you see the grooves of the vinyl?  I used Todd's jeweler's saw and filing tools to create this one, then made the rest of the necklace from a combination of recycled vintage beads.  I cut old necklaces apart and use the beads in new combinations that make them look more fresh and modern.

The reflection on this pendant came out great - you can really see the record grooves!  It still needs a necklace to accompany it, but I think this pendant is fantastic!  I have a couple others rough-cut and in need of filing, and several others in various stages of cut/uncut, so I hope to have some finished items to put up for sale soon.

Just wanted to share what's going on lately.  I do have some other fun holiday custom gifts I'm in the process of manufacturing, but I don't want to give away anyone's gift secrets!  Will share those after the holidays are over...



...we have a winner!

Congratulations to Amanda who won the Bake & Destroy! Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Hell Razor prize: the Cupcake Flower Clip & Pin!

What's awesome about Hell Razor flowers is that they can be worn in the hair, or pinned to any other surface.  The back has a single prong hair clip and also a pin closure for versatility in wearing. The hair clip is securely attached with felt for comfort in wearing and prevents hair (or other surface) from getting snagged.

Hope you like it Amanda!



I'm very excited to announce that Hell Razor is part of this year's Bake & Destroy! Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway.  If you go to the post and comment on the best gift you've ever been given, you're entered to win one of the seven prizes - one of which is this guy right here:

I figured since her site is called BAKE and Destroy!, I'd make my giveaway somewhat baking-related, hence the little cupcake guy in the middle.  I've been following Bake & Destroy! for a little while now, she always has delicious cupcake recipes and fun ideas.  The one that really hooked me though was a video she did about her SodaStream machine  - you can make your own freaking soda with it!  How cool is that?  Anyways, I became consumed by the idea so much that I ordered one of my own and I love it.  Even though I'm cutting back on caffeine there are still lots of fun flavors I can choose from - orange mango is my current favorite, but I also like to make the lemon iced tea... it's fizzy!

So, be sure to check out Bake & Destroy!'s Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway to win a free Hell Razor cupcake flower, and check out all the other cool gifts as well, because she has some neat ideas.

Don't forget to place your Hell Razor order for the holidays as well!  As the date grows closer, I can't guarantee arrival by the holidays, so buy now!  Enter coupon code FACEBOOK between now and December 31st to receive 15% off your order!


My First Craft Show

I did it!  My first craft fair was on Thursday at Emerson Elementary.  I took a picture of my booth before it started - I think it turned out really well!  The bulletin boards ended up just barely tall enough that I could see over, but I was able to conduct most business over the purple photo frame.  Many friends showed up and bought stuff - thanks Laurie, Gerry, and mom!  But I met some new friends too, including Claudia who makes Whimsys.  They're these really cute plush animals in crazy patterns and colors.  She gave me a sweet plush skull in white and purple, my favorite!

It was a crazy week with so much else going on personally, I feel very accomplished that I was able to squeeze in the craft show as well.  Thanks for your support!



Guess what arrived in the mail today!  My tablecloth fabric!  And it is AWESOME!  I ordered it from Warehouse Fabrics, Inc and I got a great deal on the price per yard - much better than other places I searched out.  It arrived super-fast too!  In fact, I didn't even expect to have it for next week, but it looks like now I can sew it up and have it ready to go!  Sorry 'bout all the exclamation points, I'm just really excited...

In addition to some older items that didn't sell at regular price, I'm whipping up some NEW simple bows to sell at the Shops of Emerson for $5 - see sneak preview above!  My goal is to do a $5 sale, where EVERYTHING I bring will be $5.  I think it will enable people to grab several items for a variety of holiday gifts - be it stocking-stuffer items or small gifts for friends.  Come visit me next week!


Custom Awesomeness

I like making stuff.  So when Stephanie asked if I would make hair clips for her wedding, I said YES!  Using her colors and specifications, I came up with these five lovely combination hair clip/brooches.  Now, maybe you are thinking, "That's nice, but I wouldn't want skulls at my wedding!"

...Have no fear.  Although I personally would have (and did have, now that I think of it...) skulls at my wedding, you don't have to get all skully to have a little bit of Hell Razor for your special event.  I can make flowers and bows with a variety of middles, including buttons and rhinestones or other interesting doodads.  Just bring me your idea, and we'll brainstorm it up!

In fact, here's an excellent example.  We weren't sure how to handle the flower girl hair accessory, so I made two small clips: one with skull, and one sans skully, but instead with a rhinestone to match the bridesmaids.  They're so tiny and take little time to whip up, so options are easy.  Now Stephanie can decide which one she likes better by trying them on!

I can even throw in cute gift bags for ease in gift-giving!  Although you may not be planning a wedding, the holidays are coming up quickly, so place your orders with us!  You can be sure that your gift is one-of-a-kind!


On display...

This weekend, Todd and I went shopping and bought some really awesome display pieces for shows.  Above are two metal racks that are perfect for necklaces!  I'm going to spray them black so everything matches, and the taller rack will have a longer dowel added so that I can hang more.

A three-panel corkboard that Todd helped me to assemble.  I made it fold in a "Z" shape because I thought it was more interesting that way.  The added benefit is that the whole display folds flat for travel!  I stuck a few pieces on the board for the photo, but I think I'm going to spray the frames black and either paint or cover the cork with paper or fabric...to be decided.

Then I also found these plates and trays on super super sale that I thought would be perfect for displaying bows and flowers.  The blue plates are a tiny bit dinged, but I was able to purchase them for $0.68, so I think I can work with it!

The only thing I was unable to purchase but I thought would be the easiest thing to find was striped fabric to make a tablecloth for shows.  Who'da thought it would be so hard to find?  I think I'm going to do some online hunting to find just the perfect fabric, and in the meantime I'm going to borrow my own kitchen tablecloth!

So, I have all these great display pieces now, so I'm going to have to hunt for more places to get out and sell!


Upcoming show.

I've been working on a couple of mini projects lately.  One is the super-fun studio decoration Todd helped me hang yesterday.  Now we have an official sign!

Another is the hair clips for a friend's upcoming wedding.  Assembly line!:

Please consider coming to visit me at the Shops of Emerson on November 18th.  I'm listed as "Stuff by Mrs. Leban" since I can't exactly use "Hell Razor" at an elementary school.  Your reward for trekking on over to visit is $5 deals on all earrings, bows, and flowers!  Come holiday shop!

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