Posts Tagged ‘LEGO jewelry’

LEGO “Elvis”

January 11, 2013

LEGO "Elvis"

Ryan McNaught, Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional has created yet another mind blowing LEGO model of staggering proportions! And no, its not Photoshoped, its just that big.

Close-up you can start to get an idea of size
LEGO "Elvis"

LEGO "Elvis"

LEGO โ€œElvisโ€ Erickson Air-Crane.
100,000 bricks.Built for Brickvention 2013.
At just under 4m and over 1m high (that’s a little over 13 ft long and 3 ft tall), this is by far the largest Helicopter I have made.
It took me just over 1 month to design and build, with its unusual shape and virtually no ground contact made it technically challenging to build.

Last year’s model was a Saturn V rocket and the year before that the Love Boat. So Ryan building big isn’t all a surprise to me, he just had me waiting on the edge of my seat for him to reveal this year’s creation.

If you happen to be in the Victoria area of Australia next weekend, BrickVention is being held on Jan. 19th and 20th. Public tickets are available through the website and selling fast.

And like last year a batch of my LEGO jewelry, keychains and stickers will be available for sale.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide Book Review

November 28, 2012

Now before I start my review, I have to post this disclaimer — If you’ve been reading me for a while you’ve probably figured out that I’m not a Technic builder. Never really have been and most likely never really will be. Sure I use Technic parts all the time. But I almost never build exclusively in Technic and with the exception of the new jewelry display racks I designed a couple months ago I hardly ever think about building with Technic exclusively.

I would like to thank No Starch Press for providing me with a copy of this book so that I could review it.

There, now that that’s over with I’ll start my review: ๐Ÿ˜€

My first impression as I thumbed through this book that it was very, very in depth but at the same time it was very wordy. Now I get that Technic guys usually are engineers in training (or professional ones when they grow up) but even so, this book had almost way too many words. I suppose it comes from me being more on the artistic side rather than the engineering side, but I’m much more of a visual learner.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of pictures in the book as well. Even if I am not a Technic builder, I know all the basic fundamentals. I’ve built my share of Technic models over the years, and as I said, I use the elements all the time and I am fairly versed in their uses. So looking over this book (without fully reading it I must admit) I can tell that it really does show pretty much everything you need to know about how to do all the basics for practically every Technic technique out there.

What this book is invaluable for is for learning all the basics without having to figure them out by yourself. Learning how to create a properly working pneumatic system or a gear shift without all the trial and error is awesome.

I see this as a very valuable tool for those that are just starting to forge the waters that are Technic models. Someone who loves all things mechanical and wants to know how they work. I do recommend it for the burgeoning Technic builder out there or even those like me who have been building for a long time but who don’t know all the basic Technic do’s and don’ts.

One week till Bricks by the Bay!

March 8, 2012

New Display for a New Year

As you’ve probably noticed. I’ve been a little MIA here on my blog recently. Well, as you can see from the photo, I’ve had a good reason. I’ve been making all of these earrings, necklaces and key chains for Bricks by the Bay.

I’m rolling out a lot of new designs and thanks to the Friends line (see all the pinks and pastels?), lots of new colors, that will be seen for the first time this month.

Not only did I make all the items you see listed, I made twice that much! My products will also be at BrickWorld Indy this weekend.

I even made new display racks, as my old ones were too small. Even with these new ones, I have to double up on some pegs or I just wouldn’t be able to fit it all. And yes, the display rack is LEGO too naturally. I mean why buy one when I have all these perfectly good LEGO elements I can make one out of? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Despite the hundreds (and I literally mean hundreds) of items I’ve already made I still have a few dozen or two to go. But the big push to get them all made, labeled and ready is easing off.

Of course I still have to finish the Art theme trophies, update my power point presentations I’ll be giving, and work on several other projects, but at least I’ve got a little less to do now. ๐Ÿ˜€

I plan on being at a lot of LEGO Cons and two Comicons this year. Its going to be pretty busy and a heck of a lot of fun! I am totally looking forward to all of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rocket Man

January 12, 2012

Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional Ryan Mcnaught has outdone himself once again!

Me next to the Saturn V

Known for his Love Boat and Qantus Airbus, Ryan is familiar with making big models. But his newest model the Saturn V rocket has 120,000 bricks and is 5.76 meters — nearly 19 feet tall!

Compared to the one we built at LEGOLAND California for Miniland Florida years ago (now on display in Denmark), this one is at least three times taller.

I love all the fun little details he adds to these models.

With the help of a little dry ice, its about to blast off!
Its a long way to the top....

The crew is about to board, but somebody is a little nervous ๐Ÿ˜€
Houston, We have a problem.....

There is so much that is downright awesome with this model! It will debut to the public at this year’s Brickvention January 21st-22nd in Melbourne, Australia.

On a slightly unrelated note, for any of you who are going to be at Brickvention, my LEGO jewelry and key chains will be available for sale at the convention. I can’t be there unfortunately, but at least I can be part of it in this small way. ๐Ÿ™‚

New watches at Walmart

November 16, 2011

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On my recent trip to Walmart a small display in the jewelry and watches area caught my eye. I saw LEGO watches but they were different from any I’ve ever seen. There were two notable differences — 1. The packaging was thinner. 2. There is this a small minifig on the band of the watch.

The price is around $16 US and from what I saw there were 5 different designs (I didn’t take a picture of the Darth Maul one).

I almost wanted to get one. I have to admit without sounding like a girlie girl that I liked the pink one best. But that was mainly because I already have lots of watches (about 15 or so) from when I worked at LEGOLAND and I don’t need any of the other colors. I didn’t pick one up mainly because I don’t wear a watch anymore and even though I like the minifig on the band I can’t see much use for it other than as part of a watch. I’m sure someone will prove me wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bricks by the Bay Preparations

March 8, 2011

Goodness gracious this month seems to have a lot in it! I’m busily making lots of my LEGO keychains and jewelry for my vendor table at Bricks by the Bay. This year I thought I’d display my keychains and pins differently by having display racks. Now of course they can’t be regular display racks, they have to be LEGO display racks! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The frame mainly consists of black brick, technic bricks, and minifig jousting sticks.

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Today I built lots of American flags, trains, penguins, Pac Man ghosts, hearts, skulls, and cats as keychains. It seems like a mixed bunch of models, but of course people have lots of different tastes. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are interested in purchasing any of my LEGO models and can’t make it to Bricks by the Bay you can check them out at my Folded Fancy Creations Etsy shop.

I still have lots more to do before I’m fully ready for this upcoming LEGO Convention and at the same time I’ll be going up to Costa Mesa this coming weekend for the Grand Opening of the new LEGO Store at South Coast Plaza. I look forward to helping out with the 8 foot tall Yoda build and hanging out with my fellow LEGO friends. And naturally I will do my best for all of you who can’t make it out to the Yoda build so that you can share in the fun. ๐Ÿ˜€

LEGO Jewelry on Etsy.com

December 7, 2009

Snowman Earrings

I’ve been creating jewelry of some sort for over twenty years. About as long as I’ve been doing LEGO as a matter of fact. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But up until recently I hadn’t delved into expanding my expertise into the LEGO jewelry. At the insistence of my family members I decided I’d give it a try.

One of the best craft selling sites is Etsy.com. There you can find anything and everything from jewelry and quilts to notebooks and handmade soap. There are quite a lot of LEGO jewelry making people out there and a lot of people looking for LEGO jewelry.

Yellow Ribbon Wreath

So if you are looking for something unique and different this year like LEGO Micro Snowman earrings or a LEGO Wreath Pin to add as a stocking stuffer under your Christmas tree, check out my Etsy shop Folded Fancy Creations.