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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Handmade flower rings vs plastic flower rings ~ pricing question on: August 21, 2012 01:57:59 AM
I make jewellery out of fimo. I love roses to therefore rose inspired jewelry.
Here are some examples of the rings I make.

The first and second one are priced 12 (14.8$) and the third one 8 (9.9$)
Now, I see a lot of shops popping up who sell plastic rose rings, of which some who charge as much as me for 1 rose ring. And I know they only cost 50ct for that rose and a ring.
(I recognize those flowers because I'm also in the decoden sector and got freebies from a company)

My pricing on these rings depends on the amount of flowers and leafs and the rest of the materials.
(I give myself 8/hour, about 10$, than I calculate how long it took per flower and the assembling and than add profit)
Do you think I'm underselling? Or pricing too much??

Thanks in advance!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Rose Lolita skirt on: June 17, 2011 01:11:05 AM
A while back I took the plunge and made myself a lolita skirt. I made on before but made a mistake so it turned out a bit less poofy than I would have liked.
I worked a whole weekend on this one.
The fabric is cotton and there's about 3 m of it in there. The pattern is a basic rectangle, gathered at the top.
Everything is sewn by machine but I did all the gathering, ruffling and hemming by hand...
and offcourse after that I discovered a hemming foot in my mothers sewing case. Roll Eyes
This was my first time inserting a invisible zipper and it turned out not that difficult as I expected, so I'm happy about that ^^.
It's a bit big but I can solve that with waistties, although when I went back to buy some more fabric, somebody had bought the whole roll T_T


close-up of the fabric and the ruffles


I'd love to know what you think of my first try at a lolita skirt ^^
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Some charcoal drawings on: March 16, 2011 01:49:27 PM
I love memoires of a geisha ^^
Made with a charcoal pencil

And just for fun my take on Wicked ^^ god I love that musical!

and to see more of my drawings, here's an older thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265912.0

Comments & critics appreciated
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ring Swap Europe Only (or international?) on: November 25, 2010 12:02:38 PM
I spotted the Ring Swap Round 1 a few week ago but it was North-America only
and since I'm in Europe I couldn't join (plus had no time for more swaps)
Would anyone want to join a Ring swap Europe Only or maybe an International one?

Link to the Ring swap round 1:

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Deco ~ storage boxes on: November 06, 2010 05:33:59 AM
A few items I decoed.
(Deco is a originally Japanese craft where you make things look like sweets and things, you decorate stuff using fake whipped cream, cabochons, gems, ...)
All the clay items on there are handmade by me without a mold.

First up, a ring organizer made from a cigar box. It was a bit dull, so I added deco Smiley

The top of a Ben & Jerry's icecream cup ^^

I bought an old tin at a fleamarket just for decoing.
I's a heart shape

A close-up

And some pendants.

(Sorry for the big pics :s)
C & C are always welcome ^^
I have more pictures at my blog Smiley

Some explanation:
The fake whipped cream I used for the ring organizer and icecreamcup is modeling paste
The whipped cream in the pendants is silicone, the thing they use to fill the gaps between tiles and stuff.
They to make these products look like whipped cream is just to put them in a piping bag (like you use for decorating cake), it's as easy as that Wink

For more information you can visit my website which has a lot of info about deco and their materials Smiley : https://sites.google.com/site/allaboutdeco (hopefully this link is allowed? I'm not making any profit out of it or something Smiley )
6  COOKING / Dessert / How to make fondant??? on: October 17, 2010 01:30:49 AM
I have been searching craftster for a recipe on fondant but I didn't found one besides this recipe for marshmallow fondant:http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm
(marshmallows are very hard  to find here so that's not a good recipe for me Smiley )

So does anyone have a recipe for roll-fondant? (I have also never seen this in our stores, but might have to look better Wink )
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Junque Journal Along - Closed on: August 13, 2010 02:57:31 AM
I know that there are already the 'Ongoing Altered Journal along' and the 'SkecthBook project along'
But this is still something different.
I learned about them watching this youtube video:
So basically it's a composition notebook* which you paint/colour/glitter/ anything you want, where you can stick items in you found/want to keep but don't know what to do with them, basically the junk you've been hording collecting for a long time.
Instead of making it looking arty, you can just do your own thing, it doesn't matter if it's nice or not, just think of it as a book you can wreck and stuff, so you can do more in this one than thinking ooh I can't do that or I don't dare to do that... (am I making sense?)

Here's a list of items:
Cards from Birthday, weddings, ...
cards received through swaps
drawings from your kids (or yourself)
entrance tickets to events, cinema, amusement parks, museums,
Tickets from train, bus, plane,
Tickets from restaurant, cafe, which you really enjoyed
Fortune cookie thingies
Magazine clippings
Tags from clothing
The list is endless

Items you can use to decorate your junque journal:
Old paint
Old markers
Chinese ink
Wrapping paper
Old gift bags

More videos with tutorials:

A flickr group about junque journal
The Altered-Journal along:

*If you don't have such a notebook, like I did, just grab a notebook with a hard cover.

I started on mine a while ago, worked on it one evening.
Don't have pics just yet but I'll show them.
I hope some of you love this idea and would want to craft this along with me!

Who's in? (posted pics of their journal)
- Riechan
- Calluna
- Kittymom13
- DizzerspinninRound
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Wicked shoes on: July 15, 2010 02:13:33 PM
first a quick shot from the result:

Ever since I saw Violet Le Beaux's tutorial(http://violetlebeaux.com/2010/05/sneaker-sunday-week-6-glitter-shoes/ on her cute red glitter shoes I had the urge to try this out on my green ballerinas.
They are a bit worn-out but I can't part of them and glitter I like so glitter they get ^^ !
Oh and a friend of mine called them Wicked shoes because they are green and I LOVE Wicked (the musical) so they are baptized Wicked shoes.

In Progress:

All done:


I was thinking about adding for green or black bows. What do you think?
C and C always wanted ^^
more information on my blog: http://riechanster.blogspot.com/2010/07/re-shoeing.html
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / First try at Dekoden on: February 23, 2010 08:39:59 AM
About 2 months ago I became known with something called dekoden. It's short for decoration denwa, which means decorating your phone. It's a Japanese thing. Anyway here's my take on the dekoden thing ^^
First up, my mobile phone:
I used a marble, a little white bow, pearls, butterfly thingy, shell, gold glitter glue and glue.
I glued it not directly onto my phone but onto see-through foil (the ones you use to cover books in to protect them) so that when I'm tired of the design, I can change it! (tip is from VioletLeBeaux: http://violetlebeaux.com/)

After that I bought some modeling paste (paste which painters use for bringing textures into acrylic paintings)
and went for a whipped cream look. I used decorating tips to create the cream effect. It dried fully after 3 days (or earlier)
It was a very boring first-aid kit, but now it looks like this:

more pictures can you find on my blog

Let me know what you think ^^
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Glass etching: first try on: February 14, 2010 05:57:29 AM
I was always wondering how to make something like an etched glass.
Than I found out you could do it with some sort of very dangerous product which my local craft store didn't have.
After I saw the tutorial on threadbanger where they use a dremel, I was sure that I could try to etch a glass like that and I did ^^
It's a almost square glass I bought at the thrift store (thought it would be easier as a starter).
It's a glas featuring my little comic: De Piepkes

It wasn't that difficult, just make sure you have a steady hand 'cause on one side I make a little mistake (I scratched the glass outside the drawing but you can't see it that well on the pictures)

Work in progress:

Finished glass modeled with Ice Tea <3
I only did 3 sides 'cause the Johnny Walker sign was on the fourth side.

Here's the tutorial I used!: http://www.threadbanger.com/decorityourself/episode/DEC_20100120/glass-etching-beer-brewing-decor-it-yourself

Teehee, now I want to etch every glass I see Cheesy
Hope you like it!

ETA: some safety things:
Beware! cover your mouth with a scarf or something and use safety glasses to make sure you don't get any glass particles in your eyes and mouth!!
I also put on a little vacuum cleaner while I was working just to make sure none of those little particles would
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