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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to drill through copper pipe? on: January 01, 2015 10:28:53 PM
Regular drill bits will work just fine.  Spritz with a lubricant like wd40 to make it easier. 

Copper is fairly easy to drill.  A press will make it safer and easier to keep in place.  Dremels will drill copper pipe perfectly, and you can also use the cutting wheel to cut slices out of it.  I admit, I do think they are worth the money. 

I have never done crafts with them, but I do cut and drill copper fairly regularly at work.  Love the dremel, but prefer the cordless models.  One less thing to worry about.  Otherwise I use a DeWalt either 18v or the newer lighter weight brushless 20v one. 

Honestly, I'm sure your drill would work just fine.  Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: seed bead heart help! on: December 15, 2014 03:22:19 AM
I'm guessing it's kind of like this demo video, but straight lines rather than patterned in a circle. 
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wr5sVp_2-6s

I've also seen people work two threads.  A continual running thread the beads are strung upon, and a secondary used to loop up and over to secure the beads down to the material. 
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Lepocampus (or Merhare) sculpt on: December 15, 2014 03:07:58 AM
Amazing!  I love the hare's face.  It's stunning! 
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Suncatchers Up The Wazoo! on: November 30, 2014 11:12:09 AM
Thanks!  The local bead store owner is in the middle of publishing a book of patterns.  I learned from  her employees.  Smiley. It's more of a technique than pattern, once you get it you can play and do all sorts of cool different stuff too! 

I don't know if I could explain it really well via the internet.  The book will have tons of pictures and what not.

The store is called Pristine's, and as soon as it is ready she will put it on the webpage.   
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Rabbit (Pandora Hearts) on: August 21, 2014 12:46:18 AM
I'm not a gamer, but I LOVE the rabbit!  Wonderful job.  Smiley
His ears are awesome. 

I know rabbits have an evil side.  I'm owned by three now.  Wink
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Stone Statement Necklace on: August 04, 2014 02:46:01 AM

I like the way that turned out!  What kind of stones are they?  I love the long spike beads too, awesome textures involved. I bet she loves it!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Acrylic Waffle Weave/Thermal fabric. Where is it? on: June 30, 2014 11:10:11 AM
Anyone have an idea of where I can order some acrylic, not cotton, thermal fabric?  Also known as waffle weave of waffle knit?  

I'd really like some in a light aqua.  Smiley
The kind JE Morgan Mills used to produce.  You can see the picture in a link here.
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/OTY4WDEyOTY=/z/8aMAAOxyaTxTTC5K/$_1.JPG?set_id=880000500F

JE Morgan went out some years ago.  I can find some similar fabric and blankets but not the right color.  And the vintage ones are going for nutty prices on eBay.  

Thanks!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you finish off your wire wrap jewelry? on: June 15, 2014 01:33:44 AM
Ooo!  I love it!  That is an awesome idea! 

I thought of this thread at Joann's today too.  They have a new tool by the wire section, it smooths jagged wire edges into little domes.  Kind of like a reverse bead reamer.  I'm completely spacing out the name now, but go look for it!  Super cool idea.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you finish off your wire wrap jewelry? on: June 14, 2014 03:11:50 AM
Listessa - thanks for the soldering clamp link! I use one of those jewelry clamps with two arms and the magnifier but find it can get top-heavy and unstable. If this NAPA one has a heavy base the lower center of gravity is fantastic!

Oh, and I wrap, tuck and file for the most part. I took a torch class at Bead & Button a few years ago but am nervous to do it on my own.


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I believe my boyfriend somehow attached a couple to a heavy base of steel plate to keep it down.  I can't remember if it comes with a heavy magnet base or if he did something to modify it. Smiley

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you finish off your wire wrap jewelry? on: June 12, 2014 12:52:50 AM
Mostly wrapping and tucking.  I can usually work the tail of the wire in so it won't be troublesome.  If it has a pokey edge, sometimes you can get a teeny tiny file in to take that down, or something small and pointy to tuck it where it sent bothersome.

If I really need soldered, I'll make sure of the type of metal and let my guy have at it.  He has all of the equipment for small wire soldering, as he does work on electronic stuff in vehicles since he is a mechanic.  He has also welded a thing or two.  Braised as well...

I find I am a little too wobbly for my linking to mess with small stuff and fire. 

He really recommends a magnetic holder for soldering tiny stuff, that way both of hands are free to work on stuff.  He got them from NAPA and they are listed as a magnetic soldering clamp.  http://m.napaonline.com/tablet//parts/PartDetails.aspx?Id=SER774025_0120223323. You can check them out on the NAPA page there.  I keep thinking about getting one just to hold stuff in place and free up another hand.
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