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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Necklace, ring and bracelet blanks on: March 07, 2011 01:58:50 PM
I am having problems finding blanks on etsy that a) aren't super expensive and 2) aren't the smae as everyone else's...oh, and c) are shipped in America...international shipping seems to take FOREVER!
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on sites to look for different blanks, or even better - how to go about making them myself!
Thanks!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shrinky dink charms? Jump ring? Huh? (Help out a jewelry newbie!) on: March 07, 2011 01:53:49 PM
https://www.lr-assoc.com/BrightonBeads-Secure/index.php?cPath=40

I don't necessarily endorse this website...I just searched "jump ring" in google images and this is what popped up...
Jump rings are just little metal hoops, split on one side so you can connect pieces...like chain to clasps, etc.

When I make shrinky dink charms, I use a smaller hole punch (1/16th of an inch) and then when it shrinks down, it is just big enough for your jump ring...

Charms are definitely brittle...coat them...I sometimes cheat and use clear nail polish...but they have actually glosses, etc, out there...

Good luck!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Removing Glitter From Moulds! on: March 07, 2011 01:45:51 PM
I got my lacquer thinner at Home Depot and at Walmart...any store that sells paints or stains should have it...I'm not sure if Michaels or places like that would...some hobby shops (like model train hobby shops) might have it.
I couldn't tell you the brand...it comes in a can kind of like lighter fluid for your Barbeque...My can is blue and orange and says LACQUER THINNER big and bold on the front...
It stinks and is flammable...and removes nail polish...so be careful...ps - if you have acrylic nails, it'll dissolve those too...I learned that hard way.  Sigh.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How could I make these dirty word necklaces? on: March 07, 2011 01:41:01 PM
I made some Harry Potter Wired necklaces with 12gauge wire I got from Michaels.  It's either in the beading section, or sometimes in the floral section.
If I were to try this, I would try writing the word and long and tall as I want it, then bending the wire to match up with the paper...I use just regular ol' needle nose pliers...small ones...that I use for all of my jewelery making...

Good luck!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for burlesque accessories? on: March 07, 2011 01:37:32 PM
Have you tried mini top hats?

http://swinginmartinisdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/09/mad-hatter.html

I get plain top hats from a vendor on etsy, then deck them out.

I actually just covered one in glitter last night for a showing of the Rocky Horror picture Show and I think I am putting it in my etsy shop in the next day or two.

You could also try gloves?  Like fingerless gloves...

Flower hair clips with feathers on them...
or shorty circle skirts...in my years of burlesque, all of my costumes ended up being corests and mini circle skirts Smiley

http://swinginmartinisdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/06/wonderful-world-of-costumes-part-deux.html


Have fun!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Blank Ring Bases?? on: March 07, 2011 01:29:38 PM
I got some from TowerOfLeandros (or something like that) on etsy...problem is, He is in Turkey...he is very reasonable...but the shipping takes a while.

I am actually in the process of tyring to learn to make my own, but I htink that is a whole mess of metal workmanship that I am not prepared for :/
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glue for fabric hair clips on: March 07, 2011 01:26:13 PM
http://swinginmartinisdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/flower-power-2.html

Here are some flowers I made using bobby pins and other clips...
I used to use E-6000 but it takes FOREVER to dry...You really have to hold the flower on the clip for a while...like 5-10 minutes...and I just am too impatient for that...

I started using this:
http://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Fusion-Clear-Urethane-Glue/dp/B001HO8EP6

that I got from Michaels.  You have to hold it in place for a minute or so, but it dries clear and isn't as messy as E-6000 - the whole metal tube thing was a bother - I would try to get a dab out and the tube would keep squeezing glue out...I'm sure I did it the hard way, but It wasn't my cup of tea...

Hot glue can definitely look messy, but if the clip doesn't have texture, the glue will pop right off...and if you sell at craft fairs in the spring/summer, I have had hot glue turn back to liquid and come apart as well...not awesome.

Good luck!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Removing Glitter From Moulds! on: March 07, 2011 01:12:03 PM
Have you tried lacquer thinner?  I use it to clean out my latex moulds.
Good luck!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: The random RESIN question thread! on: March 07, 2011 01:10:43 PM
Oh man...Resin is currently the bain of my existence!
I use red plastic cups from the dollar store and wooden Popsicle sticks to stir.
Lacquer Thinner cleans everything up...I use it on spills, drips from my resin can, cleaning out my moulds upon release.
I bought moulds off of etsy.
Joanns doesn't have resin stuff, michaels has cast 'n craft, but Hobby Lobby, I have found, has the best options.  Colors, shimmers, mould release, moulds, and books.

http://swinginmartinisdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/great-resin-adventure.html

Here is a blog I wrote about our adventure.

The stuff stinks to high heaven, but we just opened the door and had a little fan on.

I also found that they will remain tacky until you set them with a hair dryer or put them in the oven.  I haven't gotten that far to trying to finally set them, I just know the chess pieces I was making always end up tacky (or impressionable...if you hold them too tight, it leaves finger print impressions.) and the hubs found on google to use a hair dryer or put them in the oven for a bit...

I am still in the trial and error phase as well, so good luck!


10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using a Commercial Sewing Pattern on: March 07, 2011 12:39:37 PM
Holy Canole!
Good job!
I wish I had this information about two years ago!
And great job on the tutorial! You win!
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