Giveaway! – Hand Painted Leo Zodiac Constellation Locket Necklace

WIN IT! Hand Painted Leo Constellation Locket Necklace

 

Happy Birthday to all those born under the constellation Leo – July 22nd through August 21st!

 

I’m a Leo myself, so I thought I’d share the fun and have a little giveaway. From now until August 1st, you can enter to win your own hand-painted tiny constellation locket, featuring the Leo constellation! I hand paint the design onto a petite vintage brass locket, and finish it with a protective jeweler’s resin for a glossy shine. Your locket will arrive on an antiqued brass chain, in your choice of length up to 20-inches long.

 

To Enter:

You can enter up to two times ..

1. For the first (qualifying) entry, please leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite quality or trait about the Leo in your life that you’ll be giving the locket to – of course, it can be about yourself, if you’re keeping it. :)

2. For an additional second entry, Pin either this blog giveaway page you’re on, or this Leo constellation locket product page onto your Pinterest board. Comment back here with the link to your Pin.  (You must complete the first qualifying entry before you do this 2nd one!)

Entries must be received by 10am PST August 1, 2014. Giveaway valid for US mailing addresses only. The winner will be selected by a random number generator around noon 8/1. Good luck!

 

Time’s up! The winning number has been randomly selected. Congrats, Jessica!

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Personalized Constellation Cuff Bracelet (with glow-in-the-dark stars!)

Oh, hello..yes, I am still on the constellation kick. I can’t help it – sometimes my mind is swirling with ideas and I just have to get them all made and physically held in my hands before I can move on to the next project.

These bracelets were one of those ideas where I was thinking about them one afternoon, and suddenly found myself at the art store the next day to pick up the final pieces needed to get started. (In this case, it was glow-in-the-dark paint….)

 

Work in progress: Why yes, I do mix my paints with toothpicks! (And often paint with them..it’s a strange habit I’ve had since my youth. You’d think I would just invest in tiny paint brushes already…) I kind of like the palette happening here..

 

I found myself spending the entire afternoon happily painting away. For some reason, painting puts me back into the memories of my grade school days. Perhaps I just never allowed myself the time to enjoy it as an adult.

 

I swirled around the colors and created a painted palette of deep dark black, indigo and violet night sky on the cuff, accented with teeny tiny stars, meteor showers, and of course – the focal point – constellations. (That glow!) The longer I painted, the more happy I became about this piece. As a designer, sometimes something just “clicks” and you know it’s going to be a great piece. Halfway through completion, I started sending picture messages to my friends with accompanying notes such as “Aah! So excited about this cuff!” I couldn’t help it – these turned out even better than I’d originally been anticipating! Here is one of the finished pieces…

 

 

The first completed cuff featured the Ursa Major (Big Dipper) constellation. I painted a few more bracelets, but left a space in the center to add a custom constellation of your choice. After the constellation is chosen, I then follow a finishing process of sealing and protecting the cuff with three layers of various sealants, and a felt lining.

 

 

I added a special embroidered detail into the inside of this one.. (the initials of the couple who’s zodiac signs were represented on the front)…

 

 

Here’s a photo of how the bracelet looks in the dark…

 

 

Pretty awesome, right? These bracelets are available in my Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/listing/104265444/personalized-constellation-cuff-bracelet You can choose from any of the zodiac signs, Ursa Major, or if you have another choice just let me know! (I’ve already made one with Orion for a customer’s request.) These make great gifts for your friends, or something special for yourself.. perhaps the constellations representing yourself and a loved one?