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1  Re: Lovely earrings from the new earring swap! in The Swap Gallery by QueenofSwords on: January 30, 2005 06:55:18 PM
Here's the awesomeness that came to me!  I had been bumming because so many of my swap things got stuck in the mail, and then I got three of them in one day!  And this was the best one.  Grin

(pardon large pix - wanted to get nice scans of all)



The  black/red ones that fell off their card are from mrs.benjimadden (the tiny bit of yellow is great); the others are from DeniseM (they're gorgeous deep red, although the pic doesn't show up well), emerald (I love that blush color!), and EllieAnne (very cute!).

     

I was so amused that Girlypirate and SilverWing used almost the same beads - but since I have three holes in each ear, I can wear them as a set. Smiley  (I have those beads myself in, I think, 3 sizes, so I clearly love them.)  The third one there features wonderful tiny lampworked vegetables, from RangerBeth.

     

Shanola, I am AMAZED at your patience!  I just sit and stare at these in astonishment!  O+O, the colors in yours are completely delightful, and something I would never have thought to do.  And xmel, your work is always exquisite (and I'm not just saying that because she's my sister), and I was just saying how much I need some purple earrings. Smiley

Thanks SO MUCH to everyone, especially O+O for making it happen - what a great swap this has been!


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2  Re: closing for ribbon necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by QueenofSwords on: December 03, 2004 02:08:59 PM
It's pretty easy to just tie the ends to a lobster clasp and a jumpring, so that would be one way to go.  However, you might want to consider the two-knot adjustable slide closure.  Super-easy, and then whoever wears it can adjust the length to fit comfort or the particular top she's wearing.

I'm trying to think how to explain it.  Basically all you need to do is tie each end to the other. OK, here are three pix (courtesy of Rio Grande jewelry supplies) that may help:


First, cross ends.


Then, tie a knot with one end around the other.


Then, tie a knot with that end around the first end.  Tighten (but not too tight), then adjust so it will slide.

Be sure the length is long enough that the necklace fits over your head when it's slid all the way to the end.  Good luck!


Marty
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3  Re: PlaceSaver Bookmark Swap in The Swap Gallery by QueenofSwords on: November 29, 2004 12:45:12 AM
NessaGurl!  Did someone tell you that PINK IS MY FAVORITE COLOR???  Cheesy  Everybody, dig the awesome bookmarks I got from NessaGurl:



I love them both so!  Those domo-kun guys always make me laugh, and I like your caption more than the famous one.  Wink  (In case you can't read it, the words on the bookmark are "Reading is Sexy". If you don't know the more famous caption, go here: http://www.hosstyle.com/kittens.htm)  How did you make that  plasticy transfer, or is it some kind of printout?  It's cool!  And on the other one, I love how the pink and black just pops together!  Thanks so much.


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4  Re: PlaceSaver Bookmark Swap in The Swap Gallery by QueenofSwords on: November 23, 2004 01:11:37 AM
Got mine from Bkrenning today, and it's ultra-fab!  Here's a pic:



It's hard to tell in the photo, but her wings and hair are embellished with tiny red glitter, red/silver on the wings and red/gold on the hair. I have to ask, is she anyone in particular?  If she has a name, I'd like to know. Smiley  If not, then I'll just have to make one up!  Seriously, I love her, thank you so much!


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5  Re: PlaceSaver Bookmark Swap in The Swap Gallery by QueenofSwords on: November 19, 2004 11:14:43 PM
I got mine from abinka today too, and mine also tried to escape the envelope!  I love it!  It's my very first swap item received in my very first swap.  Grin

Here's the pic I took, much like the one above but in color (although the color came out really bright - the bookmark itself is really more muted, midnight blue and faded denim blue with streaks of royal):



Yay! Thank you!


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6  Re: Huge Betty Rubble Beads in Beads: Discussion and Questions by QueenofSwords on: November 18, 2004 05:25:32 PM
Big stone or glass beads are definitely hard to work with.  Undecided  But they're always so attractive, aren't they, just calling out to be bought.  Here are a couple of ideas and tips off the top of my head, from my jewelry-designing experience.

First, always try to make necklaces with big beads shorter rather than longer.  Long necklaces swing  and hang mostly from your neck, so your neck muscles are taking the weight and the momentum from the swinging.  With shorter necklaces, your shoulder muscles can take some of the load, which is generally more comfortable.  On the same principle, you can try adding a little more weight in the back of the necklace, so that it balances on your shoulders rather than hanging from your neck.  This is a little tricky, because you don't want it to fall all the way back so that it's up against your throat.  One way to do it is add a chain at the jump ring where the clasp fastens with a heavier bead at the end.  Experiment.

You were on the right track in spacing the beads with smaller beads.  You can try more spacing, or making sure that your spacer beads aren't very heavy themselves.  Think about spacing stone beads with wooden beads, for example.

For leftover beads, one thing I've done is use them as the focal point of a long Y-shaped necklace, the place where the two ends come down and through.  Here's one of mine as an example; it's kind of wound up to fit on the scanner, but maybe you can see:

Another is bracelets.  Big beads work well in bracelets, because your arm is generally stronger than your neck.  Smiley

Depending on just how big it is, you can sometimes take wire and make a reallyl cool ring with a big stone bead.

Big beads wired up with a couple small accent beads make cool zipper pulls.

Hope that helps!


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