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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Textile collage cuff on: May 14, 2008 10:29:24 PM
I made this for a swap, and I couldn't just let it go without giving it it's own topic.

I've never done anything like this before, so it took me hours -and that was just me staring at the fabric piles and beads trying to make them make sense in my head.  Smiley  Anyway, I love the result. It's a combination of fabric remnants, fabric glue, some handsewing, beads, buttons and other random bits.









I just realized that these pictures were taken before I put the other end of the closure on. I searched everywhere for some black elastic rope before realizing I could just cut a hair tie in half.  Hopefully I will make more of these at some point, and hopefully the next ones will take less time.
32  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / I made this thing on: April 29, 2008 06:44:45 PM
Not quite sure what it is, but I think it's cute:



33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Some ruined earrings. I need help. on: April 13, 2008 06:15:21 PM
First, I made a super cute pair of clay earrings that I cant show because they are for a super secret swap, and they came out perfectly. So I tried to make some more earrings from clay, but this time when I tried to screw the pin in, the clay cracked and started crumbling around it.  I made a hole where the screw would go before baking them.  The first clay was newer, would that have made the difference? Or maybe the first time I screwed the pin in before it was cooled and hardened all the way?  You can kind of see the crackage on the left penguin on the bottom photo.   









I covered over/into the cracks with glaze, so they might hold up a little bit, but I can't very well sell these or give them as gifts, as they may fall apart entirely if they are worn too much.  If you want them, or one, or something, with or without the ear hooks, pm me, they're yours.
34  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Shower doors on: April 13, 2008 01:07:46 PM
My shower had the kind of doors that are three panels and slide open and closed.  They sucked.  So we took them off and replaced them with a curtain, and now I have three approximately 2x4 foot fogged/wavy plastic pieces.   

Any ideas?  I've been planning my summer landscaping lately, and we always seem to have a stream of random animals moving in and out of the house, so I was trying to think of a way to use them that would be useful in those areas, but nothing comes to mind.  Also I wouldn't know how to cut them.  I hate to throw them out.
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / I made a guinea pig cage (pic heavy) on: April 02, 2008 08:51:16 PM
I think the inspiration came from here: www.guineapigcages.com
 
It's still a work in progress, I would like to add on to it when I find a bigger place to keep it, and the upstairs is pretty bare, I only wanted wood shavings on the bottom.  I made the bed(s) based on this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=236744.0 , only smaller.  Smiley   They usually have hay and a box-cave as well, but they ate them both shortly before these photos.













36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I said I wanted a pot rack on: April 02, 2008 08:11:54 PM
...and by the time I got home from work my girlfriend had made this from a recliner she found on the curb and a jar full of washers that came with our house:





She can pretty much do anything.
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bead earrings- more pictures added on: March 21, 2008 12:49:05 PM
These are the first earrings I've made.  I actually had much grander plans but they didn't quite work out.   I also planned on having more to post, but I got distracted. 

Critiques are very welcome.  Would you wear these?  My ears used to be pierced but I was never really into earrings, so I don't feel I am a good judge.  They are fun to make though!





Some more I made tonight:



38  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Superior tacks on: March 05, 2008 06:41:13 PM
Well... not tacks per se.  Tiny office art, if you will.

I am from Superior, Wisconsin, but have always lived near the shore of Lake Superior.  Some photos taken at a nearby tourist trap:







What I really wanted to do was a Lake Superior Zen Garden.  But since it is the middle of winter in Wisconsin, pickins are slim when it comes to beach combing.   So I used what I had and made some tiny collages. 

With the exception of the solder and wire (and tacks), everything was found at the lake.  So the busted beer bottles and bottle caps are a testament to the pollution, as well as the fact that (rumor has it) Superior has the most bars per capita of anywhere in the United States.  I have no resources to back up that claim, except my share of hangovers.











Disclaimer:  It is bad bad bad to steal from Lake Superior.  Don't do it. Feel free to pick up litter, however.
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Marbles and wire on: March 01, 2008 10:45:11 PM
My weekend projects:




The most simple, but my favorite:


Now I need to get some more marbles and some thicker wire.
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire and glass pendants- *More pictures added* on: February 18, 2008 08:41:27 PM
I ordered some pendant trays from paperstudio.com.   Here is some of what I came up with: 









The wire is kind of rusting, I'm not sure what to do about that.  Also I must give credit to ParisGirl who's projects steered me to trying watercolor with the last two pendants.
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