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Heart-shaped lockets are swell and all, but if you’re looking for a lovely locket that’s a bit more accurate then you’ll have to pick up one of Peggy Skemp’s necklaces.

Most of Peggy’s jewelry is inspired by nature, and her heart locket line is a tiny testament to the complex, natural beauty of the human heart. It’s accurate inside and out and the chain passes through the superior vena cava and the left pulmonary vein. The locket itself hangs anteroinferiorly (towards the front but slightly below), much like the human heart. They are also not designed to hold pictures, but are solely meant to serve as artistic testaments to the complexity of our bodies.

The lockets are handmade, and they are available in sterling silver and gold. The latter locket can also be made to include diamonds.

Check out the gold version after the break…

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I’m over here totally having a heart squish moment, so pardon me if I gush, but this is too awesome.

Flat Head Syndrome affects roughly 48% of babies and requires them to wear a helmet as treatment. The helmets are generally white and look like, well, head fixing helmets.

But artist Paula Strawn isn’t going to let babies go around in some boring old helmet. She makes a living painting the helmets to be more than a medical apparatus, but a work of art.

Check out some examples after the break.

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Thresh, the Chain Warden in League of Legends, has a distinctive look. He seems to glow from the inside out, and Etsy seller TrinketySlot has captured that in her jewelry inspired by the character. The Scythe and Lantern set are miniature versions of Thresh’s prized weapons. Warning: neither charm actually harvests or stores souls.

The pieces have much of the detail of what you see in the game, and you can even get them engraved. Items are made to order, but turnaround time is just 1-2 business days.

See how they look around the neck after the break.

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Meet 4-year old fashion designer Mayhem. Well, okay, Mayhem’s not her real name – it’s the name her mom Angie gave her daughter once she started posting pictures of the paper dresses she and her daughter started creating.

This all started when Angie noticed Mayhem wasn’t all that into princess dresses, but she was all excited about wrapping herself in scarves and bedsheets to create dresses for herself. Which must have led to a serious increase in laundry and ultimately led to a new construction material.

Paper.

Wrapping paper, construction paper, tissue paper, even plastic bags depending on what they wanted to make. Angie says that the designs are a 50/50 split, and Mayhem helps as much as possible with the taping and gluing. Even when Angie’s doing some of the outfit building, Mayhem’s right there, watching and learning.

The results are pretty amazing.

Between their website and Instagram, Angie and Mayhem sure have a lot of fans and I’m pretty sure they’re inspiring all sorts of budding fashionistas all over the world.

Check out more of Mayhem’s killer fashion after the break.

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Jayne Cobb can be a tool from time to time, but you can’t deny the Firefly character has some damn funny lines. I think Jayne made me laugh out loud the most. From the song about the Hero of Canton (about him rather than said by him) to his cunning hat, I can’t choose a favorite. Craftster user Sharre captured her adoration for Jayne on a tote bag covered in his lines.

She designed the bag in Photoshop and printed it onto Iron-On Transfer paper. That was put onto a calico and cotton homespun bag. Yes, that simple. This makes me want to make quote bags for all my favorite characters.

Check out two more pics after the break.

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Purse: Ali Fateh; Model: Aamina Sheikh; Photo/makeup/styling: Maram & Aabroo.

Steampunk is a unique, growing area of fashion that invokes images of a world where steam-powered technology rules and 19th century style mixes with goggles and gadgets. It has appeared regularly in creative cosplays and convention fashion, but the world of steampunk goes well beyond this and can seem so vast that it could be intimidating for beginners to figure out where to jump in.

Luckily a new book released last fall by writer and editor Katherine Gleason can help. Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism includes interviews with steampunk fashionistas and groups along with over 200 color photos that, according to Gleason, will help develop and educate the reader on the steampunk aesthetic. Beginners, steampunk veterans, and anyone interested in fashion will find something to catch their eye in this impressive book.

Discover more beautiful photos, along with Gleason’s inspiration and tips for steampunk beginners after the break.

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You don’t need a fancy occasion to wear a crown. In fact, crowns and tiaras aren’t worn enough. It makes me happy to wear one while doing mundane tasks like folding laundry. Try it sometime while wearing one of these gorgeous designs by Elemental Child. The crowns are made from gemstones such as quartz and ametrine and they are woven with wire. They are stunning. These accessories would be ideal for pairing with a fairy or renaissance outfit, wearing to a wedding… or just emptying the dishwasher.

Check out more stunning crowns after the break.

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Now you can keep the TARDIS (or at least its sign) with you wherever you go with MombieZombie’s Doctor Who Call Box Sign Pendant. The sign’s cast in black resin and features hand-painted lettering.

Check out a close-up of the necklace after the break…

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There are coats, and then there is this jaw-dropping design by Etsy seller Armstreet. It’s romantic and beautiful, and I never thought I’d have so many feelings about a coat. The design definitely evokes fairy tales and a more magical environment, but on the practical side, the jacket is made from wool so it will be warm and toasty. The descending silhouette makes the coat have a flattering fit and all the details add to the beauty.

If gray isn’t your color, they have other options. It’s made to order and total manufacturing time and shipping from Ukraine takes about 40-57 days.

See more photos of the stunning coat after the break.

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Like most geeks, I went though a DragonLance phase, so this High Dragonlord Kitiara Uth Matar cosplay by Tabitha Lyons would have already impressed me, but then she just had to go and include Kitiara’s blue dragon Skie and blow my mind.

She created this complex cosplay in partnership with Artyfakes Action-Props and you can view 4 separate videos on the making of this epic cosplay after the break (along with a look at the final product)….

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