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11  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Stain = :( but Bleach = :D! on: May 10, 2008 04:01:01 PM
I have this hoodie that I really, really like, but wore it while eating some spaghetti and it was stained. Sad So, I decided to just wing some bleaching. I tied it up with rubber bands, sprayed Clorox bleach cleaner and some tub scrubber with bleach on it, let it sit, turn it around and did the same step a few more times. Now, the stain is out and I've got a funky dye look to it!

I apologize, I didn't take a before picture. Sad

It didn't come out quite as bleached as I wanted, but that could be because I used cleaner. Would it be better to just use regular clothing bleach?
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hair stuff! Please? <3 on: April 27, 2008 06:22:01 PM
I am pretty obsessed with anything hair-wise! Clips, barettes, headbands, scrunchies... does anyone share this idea with me, that we should have a hair accessory swap? I can't organize one because I don't qualify for almost any of it. Sad But maybe I can find someone who can!  Cheesy
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Safety Pin and Button Bracelet! :) (w/ tut) on: April 26, 2008 04:15:10 PM
Hello everyone! Cheesy This is my first post ever here. I just finished making this bracelet and wanted to share. I can make a tutorial if anyone's interested.  Smiley

Quick Tutorial:

A bag of assorted buttons (~$3 at a craft store)
40-60 safety pins (Mine had 40, but I have a smaller wrist... 50 is average, 60+ for larger)
A spool of strong, stretchy clear cord (I used 1mm Stretch Magic)

1. Put a few buttons on each safety pin. 3-5 is best. It's okay if they slide around; they don't have to be snug and immobile.

2. Pull out some stretchy cord. Don't cut it until you are done! Cutting it makes it much more difficult to work with. Use it right off the spool.

3. Thread one button onto the cord, and then one safety pin threaded through the circular spring part at the bottom of it. Repeat. Button, safety pin, button, safety pin.

4. Once you're done threading them, you should have a long string. Cut the cord about a foot from where the first button you started with is so now it is free from the spool.

5. Cut another strand of cord off, the same length as the one you have safety pins and buttons on.

6. This part is a bit tricky... because the buttons and safety pins are pretty heavy, you need to thread this newly cut cord through the safety pins, like you did before. Don't worry about going through the buttons on the cord. BE CAREFUL! You don't want everything to slip off the cord and have to start over!

7. Tie all the cords together in a big knot to make the bracelet, but small enough to be able to undo it in case it doesn't fit.

8. Try it on. When you put it on your wrist, it should be very loose. Twist it and carefully put your hand through it again. (it's hard to explain this in words... think of how you would tie a necklace around your wrist. You loop your hand through it a few times.) It should fit pretty snuggly. Just shake it around a bit. It will loosen up. If it's still very loose, undo the knot and take a few off.

9. You're done! Shake it around and enjoy!

I've been wearing mine for a week and it hasn't broken on me. If anything is unclear, let me know. Smiley And if you make one, show it off to me! <3
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