Doctor Who Inspired Jewelry For The 50th Anniversary

Last year was huge for Whovians as we celebrated fifty years through time and space. Between writing articles, watching reruns, and listening to Big Finish, I found time to make some Doctor Who jewelry.

(Spoilers for recent episodes… assuming you haven’t already been spoilered…)


The first set: TARDIS earrings. Because I am a Fifth Doctor fangirl, this is Five’s TARDIS. To make these you’ll need some 4mm split rings, wire, beads, two earring hooks, and two square blanks. I printed the images and glued them to the blanks with a bit of Mod Podge. I also spread a thin coat of Podge on the surface, but be careful not to smear the image.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOf course after watching the 50th anniversary special I had to make earrings inspired by Gallifrey Falls No More. These are my favorite so far. I love those blue-purple swirly beads! Again you’ll need split rings, wire, beads, hooks, blanks.

Last, a ponytail holder and a crocheted hair barrette. Here you can see the completed barrette with the TARDIS earrings and ponytail holder. The ponytail holder was also made from a blank with the image glued with Mod Podge.


For the barrette you’ll need yarn in blue and black, white embroidery floss, black felt and a barrette. The pattern for the rose comes from here. I thought it would be too big for a barrette, so I modified the pattern as follows:

1. Ch19

2. 1dc in 4th ch from hook, ch2 and 2dc in same space. Ch1 and skip 2 ch sps. 2dc, ch2, 2dc in same chain space. Repeat * til end. <6 clusters>

Then skip in the pattern to step 8:

8. Weave tail through embroidery needle and wind up flower. Wrap petals around your finger for even spacing.

The leaves are from this pattern. I made four, two large and two small. For large, work the pattern as specified. For half size leaves, ch7 then (working in back loops) 3dc in 4th ch from hook, 1hdc, 1sc, sl, leaf point, sl, 1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, sl st to top of beginning ch3.


Next, I stitched the immortal words upon the leaves. Probably could have done a better job but I was in a rush to see Day of the Doctor in the theater. It’s almost like I need a time machine.

I glued the rose to the barrette and the leaves underneath with fabric glue. I didn’t like the look of the white thread against the background of the leaves so I glued on some black felt to cover it. Voila, one TARDIS rose barette, guaranteed to look fashionable while running on any alien planet.

Coming soon, more Dragon Age jewelry! Stay tuned.

Have you made any geeky crafts lately? Share links in the comments! I love to see what others have been inspired to make.


To My High School Classmates From The Nerd You Used To Tease

Me, with sonic and sunflowers.

I received email recently from a former classmate requesting class news for the upcoming school alumnae newsletter. They should know better than to ask me. I’m far too likely to say something like:

Triona’s been busy with her new role as Champion of Kirkwall in the Dragon Age 2 video game. Between restless mages and the Qunari threat, there’s ever so much to do! After that it’s on to Tales Of Graces with its excellent graphics and catchy J-pop theme.

She highly recommends the new Captain Marvel comic as well as the Gambit limited series but says you can take a pass on AvX unless you’re a die-hard Marvel fan. Having finished A Song Of Ice And Fire (aka Game of Thrones) she’s excited about the latest book in Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series.

It wouldn’t be a Triona update without mention of computers, so she suggests you install the most insecure version of Adobe Flash possible. Be sure to activate Java while you’re at it. And don’t run antivirus; nobody needs that.

She wants all of you to know that being a middle-aged nerd is WAY more fun than being a mercilessly teased nerd in high school, and hopes you have boring, boring jobs that strangle you with ennui while she has a rockin’ good time dressing up like Amy Pond for the Doctor Who premiere.


How To Make Dragon Age Inspired Hair Jewelry (Cosplay)

(Anders-inspired jewelry. Hair by FemHawke.)

Are templars after you? Do your fellow mages keep begging you to return to the Circle of Magi before you get in even more trouble? Show your love for apostate freedom with hair jewelry inspired by Anders, my favorite possessed renegade mage. I only hope I did him Justice.

For this project I used (click on images to enlarge):

  • 1 feathered hat decoration
  • 2 hair feathers
  • 1 silver cat charm
  • 1 silver charm with gem
  • 1 pair gunmetal-and-jet earrings
  • 4 blue lightning bolt charms
  • 1 barrette
  • feathers and beads
  • sterling silver eyepins and jump rings
  • nylon cord
  • crafter’s glue

Glue feathers to the barrette.

Anders: Feathered Barrettte
(with Ser Pounce-A-Lot!)
I used a premade hat decoration with white and black feathers as a base. It already had a pin glued to it, so I glued a barrette underneath.That way I can wear it as a pin as well as in my hair. I added grey and teal feathers until I was satisfied with the look.

Add the beaded charm.

The original decoration came with a convenient bead at the top, which had a hole through it. I strung some beads on an eyepin, poked it through, and voila, the perfect spot for Ser Pounce-A-Lot. He’s got prey with him so you can see he lives up to his name. (They didn’t have any charms of cats swatting genlocks at the craft store, go figure.)

I glued the top of the eyepin in place so I don’t have to worry about it falling out. Remember, if you’re going to wear this at a con it’s probably going to take some abuse.

Attaching the former earrings to the feathers.

Justice: Feathers, Charms, And Lightning Bolts
I was looking for something that would dangle, so I decided to add a cord with feathers and a charm at the end to give it weight.

Annoying little pieces will try to get away from you.

I used premade hair feathers from the craft store and clipped off the combs on top, since they’ll be strung on a cord instead. I needed a way to hang them from the cord, so I snipped an eyepin in two, glued the pieces onto black felt, and glued those to the back of each feather. This is not as easy as it sounds, those pieces are tiny! I used tweezers and a craft stick to keep them in line.

Tip: be sure to let everything dry THOROUGHLY before going to the next step. I started trying to work with the feathers before they were dry and the eyepins started sliding around despite the glue. Once left to dry overnight it worked fine.

I found a pair of earrings I liked, removed the earring part and added a few jump rings. I also found these absolutely perfect blue lightning bolt charms! Then I attached feathers and charms to beaded eyepins made to match the ones I used for the barrette.

You need to make sure your jump rings are big enough for the cord to go through. I used 6mm open rings.

Almost done!

The Finished Product
The cord can be as long or as short as you like. I decided to make it about 12″ so it’s dangly but not in my way. Just make sure it’s long enough both to glue to the barrette and to work with while stringing the feathers. You can always make it too long and cut off what you don’t use. The piece I started with was about 14″ long and I shortened it when I put on the final charm.

This charm at the bottom gives it weight.

Tie a knot in the string where you want the feathers to dangle. Make sure it can’t slip through your jump rings! Glue the string to the back of the barrette we made earlier and let dry. It’s easier to string the feathers on the cord afterwards rather than before.

The last charm was simple. I took a silver bead, ran the cord through, strung the charm then pushed the end of the cord back through the bead. Cut off the excess cord and glue the end into the bead so it stays put.

Mage pride!

Voila! A lovely way to annoy Templars and show your support for mage rights.

Stay tuned, I’ve got matching earrings on the way. Then it’ll be Fenris’s turn.

Bitten By The Costuming Bug – How To Become Addicted To Cosplay

I’m not sure what happened. One minute I’m minding my own business, the next my hands are full of fabric, my mouth is full of pins, and I’m squinting over a pattern that might as well be in Klingon for all the Qapla’ I’m having with it.

(The picture shows all the tools I need to remind myself how to use my sewing machine. Been at it four hours now. The one I’m going to use next is on the left.)

I have become addicted to costuming, in this case the making of outfits for the sole purpose of cosplay. Which is not entirely new to me, but it was a casual pastime. Now it’s a raging obsession. I can’t look at anything SFF-related without thinking, “Gee, could I make that?”

The last time I was bitten by the costuming bug was in high school, when I joined the SCA. The SCA, if you’re not familiar, is the Society for Creative Anachronism, aka medieval re-enactors (as opposed to Civil War re-enactors or WWII re-enactors or all the other re-enactors, bless ’em). Some of the people in our group were seriously good costumers, on a professional level. How I envied their embroidered ensembles, the crushed velvet, the hand-tatted lace.

If you suspect I enjoyed the Third Doctor’s outfits, you’re right. Especially that hunter green velvet jacket.

But I could never make anything that good myself. I tried a couple of basic dresses. They were horrible but I wore them anyway because I made them myself, dammit, and they were PERIOD. (If you don’t know the importance of PERIOD then you haven’t been in the SCA. And trust me, it’s hard to get there when you suck at sewing and can’t use prefabricated trim or synthetic fabric.) All of my other efforts ended in disaster. I left sewing behind, contenting myself with two PERIOD dresses and a few outfits borrowed from kind re-enactor friends.

As the years rolled by, I would occasionally get the urge to make a vest or skirt, but it quickly fell by the wayside as I reminded myself that would involve *gulp* learning to sew for real. Instead I contented myself by drooling over other people’s cosplay and idly wondering what I might do if I had such talent myself.

Strangely enough, at the same time I managed to teach myself how to crochet, embroider, and cross-stitch, all of which are apparently harder than sewing clothes. Or so other people tell me. Personally I struggle to sew a straight seam but I can fill a room with crochet doilies and afghans. (Somehow that skill has never come into play in my IT career.)

So I’m starting slow, an outfit here, a cloak there, a few screenshots to capture the right look, hours spent searching for the perfect boots.

The costuming bug brought along friends. An idle thought about hair feathers turned into full-blown jewelry making, complete with multiple runs to the craft store for a few more beads, just a few more…

It doesn’t help that my children are all for Mommy’s newfound hobbies. In fact I think my daughter secretly infected me with jewelry-making, because I figured as long as I was buying beads, I might as well buy a few for her… then later she and I are sitting there happy as larks with wire and pliers and lots of sparklies.

It’s too late for me. At this point they’ll have to pry my pretties out of my glue-sticky fingers. If you haven’t succumbed to the costuming bug yourself then run, my friend, far from all the lovely yarn and thread and fabric and notions before they beguile you, too.

For those who are already addicted… I’ll post some of my finished pieces, assuming they don’t turn out half-finished and forgotten like most of my crochet projects.