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101  craft the Rainbow gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: April 18, 2014 05:02:31 PM

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Glamis<~> MissCrafty29 (rcvd)
LadybugsAndBumblebees <~> Phnxreign99
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Ratfinkz <~> Cherie

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102  embeds. in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Ratfinkz on: April 07, 2014 05:15:44 PM
So, last week I tried to make some mp soap. I wanted it to be clear, with yellow and purple embeds in.

To begin with I made yellow and purple slabs of opaque soap. I allowed it to set and then cut out lots of small shapes using cutters. The shapes are roughly 1" in length, and a couple of cms tall.

I then melted some translucent soap and added a couple of drops of blue. I then poured over the embeds.

This happened:

My questions are why did this happen? How can I prevent it happening in the future. Is it because my shapes were so tiny?

I'm also interested in knowing if there is a way to get embeds throughout the soap and not just in the bottom of the bar?

Many thanks
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103  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 18 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: April 07, 2014 03:10:18 PM
Here are photos of most of the things Gramayre brought home with him - really enjoyed this swap - thank you so much Smiley

Most of the things I was sent Smiley

I also received a Hawaii heart pendant - which I have put somewhere safe in order to make into a keyring - and my 'somewhere safe' has gone out of my mind! Will post a pic when I find it! And some leaflets / brochures about Hawaii - which were a good read - but I forgot to photograph - sorry!

Crochet pineapple - love this lil guy and may just send him as my next (or a future) little visitor!

Keyring which my husband really liked so I said he could have

Dolphin picture! These are magic to me - because of eye sight problems I can not see most things in 3D which always saddens me - but I CAN see these kinds so I love them!

Awesome pen

Pretty bottle of sand and shells from Hawaii

and the wonderful scrapbook which I love

and my favourite pages - these awesome sand sculptures:

thank you for a wonderful package (hope I haven't forgotten anything!) and for organising a great swap - can't wait til the next round Smiley
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104  Orange and turquoise peyote beaded bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: April 07, 2014 01:26:22 PM
I made this bracelet for my partner in the Box of Colour swap. It is a basic pattern - but having only started beading in December I was quite pleased that I was able to make the pattern myself.

Showing the closure:

Showing the whole thing:

Hope you like it Smiley
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105  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ratfinkz on: April 06, 2014 03:58:47 AM
Thanks for all the compliments on my necklace I did not get to put it in the raffle as they were having a special easter themed one, but I shall put it in next month!

Amaranth_in_oz I love that picture!  As a pet rat keeper I can identify with the quote so much! Might have to pin that

Bunny1kenobi awesome projects, I particularly love the mermaid t shirt-am amazed it is from a freezer paper stencil! Might have to pin that too!

My recent crafting has mainly been for crafts that I have not sent yet but I do have one small project I made for myself that I can turn in.

Battle / Challenge: April flash mob
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned (e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: turtle clip
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
These beads crack me up!  I tied them onto a hair clip base
It is the first time I have made a hair clip and taught me loads. I believe I should have turned them the other way round!
Project Picture:
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106  simply strung jewellery in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Ratfinkz on: April 01, 2014 05:44:26 PM
So this evening I have been working on some simple strung jewellery!  I made 6 pairs of earrings, 1 necklace and 1 bracelet in an hour and a half!  I will post some more complicated things soon. These are all going to be donated to the WI raffle tomorrow night. This is a big step for me.  A year ago I did not have the confidence to even join, tomorrow will be my first meeting and I am offering up jewellery for the raffle, which will be my first time ever of putting my jewellery in public!

Anyway sorry for the ramble here are the pics.

Super simple but effective earrings.  I love these beads but they shout 'earrings' at me and I can not think what else to do with them...any ideas?  I made 2 pairs of each.  One set for me and one for the raffle.

Daffodil inspired necklace. I love making these necklaces but this is the first time I have had a row of spikes ontop as well as the dagger beads. I love the effect!

Lastly a bracelet: I have real trouble with bracelets.  I either make simple strung ones which take 10 minutes or peyote ones which take days. I need to find inspiration to a middle ground.

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107  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ratfinkz on: April 01, 2014 05:14:13 PM
Hello, sorry I have not been back to this thread. I missed a while through being ill and then felt totally overwhelmed by the amount of posts I'd missed.  I fwlt guilty comming back to post a project without catching up on all the previous posts. Every time I thought about posting the guilt stopped me.  However I have finally plucked up the courage to post and instead of worrying about all the past posts I've missed I will concentrate on doing better in the future.

Battle/Challenge:  March UFO sighting.
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned (e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO) Giver? (Tomorrow I am joining my local WI. Although not technically a charity they hold raffles to raise funds for the wi. This is one of my contributions for the raffle. If that doesn't count as charity I understand =) )
Project Name: Daffodil inspired necklace
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) Daffodils are my very favourite flowers I have a bunch on my shelf all through daffodil season (well not one bumch all the time they get replaced weekly ). I particularly like the ones which have yellow petals and an orange inner. They inspired me to create this necklace from yellow dagger beads and orange glass drops
Project Picture:

I here by promise to be a better nerd in the future Wink
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108  Re: FOCR 11 Winter Wonderland Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: March 13, 2014 03:11:27 PM
Yay am so glad you have arrived safe and sound =) it was one of the pieces I was coveting!

But I am even more glad because I can now post a pic of my beautiful tree painting!
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109  Re: Box of Color Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: March 08, 2014 10:35:39 AM
I received a purpleicious box of wonderment from Isikkahjai today! She really 'got' me - everything is so wonderful - thank you SO much! This is going to be a pic heavy post - so some of them I will add as thumbnails!

Firstly I'll show you the bought items she sent me

Beads!!!! (I LOVE beads!) These are actually a lot more purple than the pic shows - I could not get light / colour right today Sad

A great big heart pendant - I love this - I have so many heart shaped beads etc - and this is so BIG! I can't wait to use it for something

on the 'big' theme - this massive lobster clasp and another pretty pendanty type thing. A necklace IsikkahJai crafted for me has one of these pendants on - so I am going to use this one to make a matching bracelet Smiley

Pretty fabric trims

lots of purple letter stickers:

Pretty purple wool to make a scarf (though I may use it to make a fabulously loopy bag!)

Then I got some pretty pebbles / shells / sea glass to start off my collection Smiley

Right - onto the exciting stuff - the millions of crafted items she sent me! I thought I had gone OTT with her - but she has made me SO many things - my parcel now seems substandard!!!

Pretty embroidered tiny skull hoopla - it is so small and her stitches are so perfect - I am envious!

there was a stand in the box - which I think was to hold the hoopla - if not, it is now - it is the perfect size!

Some awesome notecards with embroidered sign language on them - these are AWESOME!!!!

I need help though! I know the alphabet in BSL - which I don't think this is! I think the bottom two say love and peace - but I would love to know what the top two say?

They even had pretty decorated envelopes

My very first Teesha Moore Patch (I think?) Which really made me chuckle I will be sewing this onto a bag I think

S is for....Sarah Smiley

so pretty!

A very pretty necklace with one of the pendants I showed you earlier - looking forward to making my matching bracelet

I have wanted a purple Tree Of Life pendants so much for sooooooooo long - and Isikkahjai sent me one! I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am with this - I put it on as soon as I had taken a photo and haven't taken it off since - I LOVE it!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

this pendant was attached to the closure of the Tree Of Life pendant - but it is far too pretty to be hidden behind me - so I am thinking I may repurpose it into a more visible pendant!

and lastly - the piece de resistance - a stencilled hoody - with a wonderful purple dragon - this has also been on since I got it - and will be lived in from now on I think!



and because I love it so much - a couple of action shots - I NEVER do action shots - so you are privileged!!!

(note the TOL!)

I was admitted to hospital last Sunday - and didn't get out until Thursday - yesterday I slept all day - so have had a craptastic week and was feeling really down in the dumps - this package has REALLY cheered me up.

Thanks again - so much! XXX
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110  Jewellery box (IsikkahJai dont look til you've received!) in Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: March 08, 2014 08:59:50 AM
For my wonderful partner IsikkahJai in the recent box of colour swap I decorated and sent a little wooden box as a jewellery box. I bought the box in a local craft store - and 2000 flat backed gems from ebay (1000 of each colour).

I painted the box with a couple of coats of orange (the colour theme for the box was orange and turquoise) and then got glueing! After 4 days of glueing I can honestly say if I ever see a flat backed gem again it will be WAY too soon! These things were TINY - and it took me forever!

Then I got 4 big wooden beads from my stash and painted them orange. The colour did not take as the beads had a gloss varnish on - so I got out my file and filed them right down to the wood - getting rid of varnish and pattern - and then painted them orange again - they still took three coats - but it did adhere a lot better. I cut out felt circles which I glued onto the wooden beads - before attaching the beads to the bottom of the box. I then glued a butterfly charm onto the front of the box.

I then covered it with a gloss varnish to give it even more sparkle

I did not take photos of the inside for some reason - but the top and bottom of the inside were lined with more orange felt - the sides on the inside I left bare.

Anyhow - photos! Firstly the lid....

the front - which shows the butterfly and the feet - I glued the feet on in a diamond formation rather than a square - just to be different!

and the bottom/feet

Anyhow - I hope you like it, but more importantly I hope my partner likes it!!

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