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1  How to twist in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by Ratfinkz on: October 15, 2014 04:07:19 AM
Hiya, I bought a kit to make this necklace. It is macram string with 6 strings of beads twisted together. The pattern does not tell me how to do the twist though and whatever I do keeps coming untwisted. Anybody know how I can make it stay twisted? I am happy to undo if needs be.
This is how it should look (though it should be tighter)



This is how it does look.


Help Smiley
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2  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 (signups end 10/6, send by 11/3) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Ratfinkz on: October 03, 2014 09:29:12 AM
My snowflakes.  The second 4 will be very similar but with a slightly different round bead. Hope you like them! =)
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3  Lacey bracelet! in Beads: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: September 27, 2014 01:05:15 PM
I REALLY need to practise my product photography so apologies for fairly crap photos - but I made this bracelet for myself recently - I never make anything for myself - so therefore I figured I should share this momentous occasion! If anybody knows any good resources re: product photography - please let me know!


It does not look so wonky while being worn!

And here is a  close up to show the detail -it is emerald green with purple joining beads.



constructive criticism welcomed Smiley
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4  Mr and Mrs Ted in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: September 27, 2014 12:37:55 PM
I made these Bride and Groom teddies for my stepsister as a wedding present, due to ill health we didnt end up going to the wedding - so I need to get them in the post! They were made following a pattern in "20 to make knitted bears by Val Pierce. They are about 8" high. The bride has a necklace made of tiny pearl beads, and a bouquet as well as her dress / veil. The groom is wearing a suit with tiny pearl beads as buttons and a pearl on his cravat as a tie pin. I hope you like them.



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5  Re: Friend of Craftster Raffle Round 13 FOCR13 (Sign ups Sept13-Oct 17) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Ratfinkz on: September 27, 2014 12:29:07 PM
Love the picture! Smiley Mat colour I'm not sure about - I think black would make it stand out - but I am not an artist lol!

This is the bracelet I have made - although it is not a brilliant picture sorry - I will try to get a better pic! It is made from Tila beads, delica beads and bugle beads. It took me two days and is the first time i've played with Tila beads. I hope it is ok



eta: here is a close up showing the detail - please ignore the random bits of nymo - they will be tidied up before I post! Didn't notice them until the photo showed them up!

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6  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: September 08, 2014 12:25:31 PM
A couple of photos taken at Africa Alive yesterday...

Watching a cheetah:


being eaten by a lion:



Meeting another lizard:
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7  Buzzbee Bear in CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES by Ratfinkz on: August 05, 2014 09:27:44 AM
So last weekend my Grandma had a stroke =( luckily she is beginning to improve but it was a nightmare week last week. As she is quite a while from us and we had my in-laws coming over the weekend we have just had we are unable to get to see her until next weekend. Because I could not be there in person I decided to send her a letter and a present. I had recently bought a book with 20 different teddy bears to knit. I had bought it to make a bride and  a groom bear for someone I know who is getting married and had seen this pattern for a bear dressed as a bee. At the time I thought that is perfect for Grandma, she used to keep bees and still loves them. I thought I would buy some wool and make it for a Christmas present,  but then decided to make it to keep her company while she is in hospital.As last week was the end of the month I was very low on funds, so rooted through my stash. I managed to find the right coloured wools, although they were all different makes and the black was cheap and kept coming unspun! Anyhow....Sorry for the essay, here is Buzzbee (in the book it is a she and she is called sweet honey bee but I thought it looked more masculine, even though there are few male honey bees, and Buzzbee sounded so much better for a name!)
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8  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: August 01, 2014 01:25:14 PM
Sorry I have been out of touch for so long - we were away last week and then my Grandma had a stroke this week - so I have barely been online! It looks like all the little visitors are having a wonderful time especially kahiki - funky that she got photos with hawaiins!

We went to Derbyshire to stay with a couple of friends of ours - and Milo had a wonderful times seeing all the sites as did we!!

On the first day we were there we went panning for gems - which he really enjoyed (amongst other things but dont want to give too much away!)



on the second day we went to carsington waters which is a big lake / resevoir with a fun visitor centre:


on the last day we went to a town called Bakewell - where Bakewell tarts come from and had a cake and drink in the shop which first produced the Bakewell tart:




we did a lot more on holiday, but I want to keep some of it a surprise for the album!

tomorrow we are going to the sea side for the day with my mother in law - then out for a meal so I will get some photos there - we still have a trip to the zoo planned too amongst other things.

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9  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 34 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: August 01, 2014 12:56:02 PM
I am very sorry for taking so long to post. I received a card telling me the post office had a parcel for me two weeks ago but we were going away and had no time to collect it - then this week my Grandma had a stroke - so life has been rather hectic and I have not been online! I received the most freakingly amazing ami from mama24boys! I can not tell you how much I love it. It is Elphaba from the musical Wicked - my husband and I saw it for the first time on our honeymoon and this year we went back to see it as our 'anniversary treat' it is going to become a tradition I think - because we both really love it!

thank you SO much Smiley Please don't stop swapping - I desperately need a Glinda now!!!!!!

Before I went away I also received my hobbit door from Issikahjai - which I also love, my husband looked at it and said "that could be a hobbit door" - I said "it is!" he didnt know I was such a geek pmsl! (he is a massive Lord of the Rings fan so he loves it too!)



Then today I received my second tree art print - there was a slight problem with the first one so she very very kindly offered to make me another one - how kind is that? I also love this - at our wedding we had a canvas which we had drawn a tree on - and got people to put their thumb prints on and sign it - the thumb prints were also purple - so this matches so well!)



thank you all very very much - this was a GREAT round for me! Cheesy
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10  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: July 15, 2014 08:44:49 AM
Bet Kahiki enjoyed meeting a fellow yellow - he likes yellow! Smiley

Here are a couple of photos from London, and the Boyzone concert we went too...though only a few cos saving the best for the album

The musical we went to see


Harrods from the car


Boyzone stage before performance started.

Boyzone on stage
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