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1  winter scene light bulbs in Winter Holidays by boadicea on: December 04, 2011 10:13:58 AM
I've been saving bulbs with this sort of project in mind. I went with little winter scenes. The bottom is made of cork and wrapped with pipe cleaners. They work nicely on top of candle sticks or as bottle toppers.
 


ETA:

To answer the question about getting the bottoms off, I do these steps:

- I wrap the bulb in fabric while I work to keep it safe. I also work over a trash can and work slowly.

- Use a pair of sharp scissors to pry the metal strip off the bottom. Pry the edge up and then it sort of rolls off.

- Use wire cutters to snip at the black glass that line the tip. It's really crumbly so do it over a trash can and go SLOW. I kinda snip at it going around a clock. At some point the pieces just fall off. Dump them out.

- I use an ice pick type tool to gently jab and the filament. When you break through you will hear a pop.  (This is the step that's the hardest to do right and if it's going to break, it will be now.)

- Stir the ice pick around and the pieces will separate from the sides. Dump these out, too.

Then you have a clean bulb!

HTH.
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2  Halloween Bling in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: October 10, 2011 06:19:01 AM
This is made from some cast off jewelry bits, a collection of charms, and some resin shapes I cast in black. The pearls were really old and not in very good shape but had a lot of sentimental value. Now I get to wear them every year!

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3  potion bottles in Halloween Decor and Parties by boadicea on: October 03, 2011 08:48:02 AM
I finally figured out how to get labels on bottles, something I've been trying to do for years. I printed them on tissue paper and applied to the glass with gel matte medium. I love the effect.

I used some free printable labels and some vintage images (like the skull). I made the other label myself. I like a mix of styles for my potion bottles.





The most fun was decorating the bottles. I'm thrilled with how they came out. These are the center piece to my Halloween decor.
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4  Halloween assemblages in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by boadicea on: October 03, 2011 04:52:51 AM
I made these two assemblages from little tins and photos I printed. I wanted each little 3D scene to be it's own story. The Crone is my favorite but the haunted house is inviting, isn't it?








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5  Butterfly necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: September 18, 2011 05:54:05 AM
I started playing with jewelry bits, which then lead me to resin, that brought me to the inevitable butterfly. I coated the wings with resin and added the odd gear. Once set, I used tiny eyelets and mounted more gears. The other bits are just from junk jewelry.



I've made this other one in a different style.


I love making jewelry!


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6  card stand in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: December 16, 2010 04:01:17 AM
I made a little card stand template for greeting cards, atc's or pretty little gift tags (which is what I used them for!) I cut mine with a digital cutter but it's not too hard to do them by hand either.



Here's the file:



I cut mine out of patterned cardstock. For these small tags, I cut them to about 6" wide. Fold them in half at the center. They also fit nicely in an envelope.

I hope you find this useful.
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7  pretty silly valentine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: February 11, 2010 11:06:02 AM
I made this for my hubby and framed it using a vintage frame. It's cut out on a cricut diecut machine and measures 8 x 10 - ish. I hope he likes it.

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8  inspiration folio in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: January 26, 2010 11:09:18 AM
I made this portable inspiration folio to keep some of the things I love nearby and easy to access. I made it with three pieces of paper and some fabric tape.

It folds up to close completely. Could be tucked in a book case.



Inside flaps and memory board keep photos and ephemera on display.



Inside is a padded board for fabric samples and other dimensional objects. I keep some works on progress here, too. I can't wait to make more.

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9  bird treat box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by boadicea on: August 01, 2009 06:43:55 AM
This is my own little version of a Nanibird birdie shaped goodie box. Complete with a little door in the back for adding all matter of treats. I included a ribbon tie that sits neatly on the top of the head.





This is what you need to know:

-Thicker paper does work best.

-If cutting by hand, cut long strips first and then cut the notches.

-I used a craft knife to cut the wings. Push them out after cutting.

-Score all of the dashed lines before folding using a stylus.

-Punch holes for the ribbon using a medium sized punch.

-Assemble from the top of the head down, both sides at a time.

-I used adhesive tape runner for assembly. There is no way on earth I would use glue or anything resembling glue for this type of project. Are you insane?Huh

-Finish with additional paper for eyes and beak, although this project doesn't require it.

As you can see, given the right papers and details, it's perfectly good for a boy as well. I imagine you could even make them look scary if you want, but I went for goofy, as usual. I wouldn't want to make 100 of them, but I could see making 20, if required.

enjoy!
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10  Spring altered frame in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by boadicea on: March 07, 2009 06:05:48 AM
This was the first project I made with the rescued art from a torn up old children's book. I decorated the frame with little ducks from the facing page to this one. Added dew drops for the water and just had fun decorating it.

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