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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:empty cigarette packs on: January 18, 2004 08:07:47 PM
If it were Mod Podged sufficiently to become quite stiff (or reinforced a bit with some masking tape before Mod Podging), you could go utterly ape with gluing little things onto them, not just decoupage... an empty cigarette pack is just the right size to hold a lipstick, id cards, and a bit of cash.  Or, uncreatively, it could become a nice case for more cigarettes... I smoke and I love good cases!

I actually love the sideways boxes for cigarettes, metal or paper.  Those are full of far more possibility, but the regular hard pack kind is perfect for a few little things.  I would think a few small sample size cosmetics could fit in a cigarette pack, too - a sample mascara, a sample gloss, etc., a la the Urban Decay set that comes in a Zippo-lighter style package.  That would be a cute way to package some little trinkets for a friend.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:photographing my jewelry? on: January 08, 2004 11:22:04 AM
This is a good start with lots of tips!  My original attempts involved various pieces of fabric laid down on the windowsill, and putting the jewelry on it; I found over time that plain old white paper towels actually worked a little better in a number of ways than nicer fabric, since most of my beads are transparent and the really plain background helped.  I'm starting to think I might return to this, instead making a contraption out of styrofoam (just cutting a styro Christmas ornament ball in half) with wire so I can have two little posts and some wire in between to hang the earrings off of, and then some kind of rig with more translucent stuff behind to let in the light from the window but keep out the glare from the window pane itself, the screen behind, etc.  The problem is that it doesn't give me a surface to steady myself on for taking the picture (moving furniture is not an option in my apartment, and neither the living room nor the bedroom windows are ideal).  It doesn't seem to matter how hard I work to position things correctly in the LCD screen; it always comes out differently somehow.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / photographing my jewelry? on: January 08, 2004 11:01:25 AM
So, I'm having a wretched time getting good pictures of my jewelry, and unfortunately, that's the one thing I need to be able to set up a good website, send things out for review for consignment, put things on eBay, etc.  It's entirely my own photography skill, I think - I have a Fuji Finepix 2600 camera, which is decent enough; I just suck.  To top it off, the kinds of parts I use tend to be extra sparkly (lots of rhinestones and Swarovski) so I end up with lots of glare and blur (or else totally dead-looking pictures), and when the crystals aren't blurred, the other parts are.

The best I've gotten so far was from taking out one end of a shoebox (with a white interior), taping some string across to hang earrings off of (the bulk of what I do), putting a paper towel over the top, and then shining my gooseneck lamp over the towel and taking the picture from the open front of the box.  This is, however, one extra-crappy lightbox.  Am I even on the right track?

What are some solutions people have come up with for getting better pictures of any craft?  My talent definitely does not like with the camera!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re:Here? Ornament Ideas? on: December 01, 2003 10:22:46 PM
You can do amazing things with foam balls and sequin pins - there's about a billion and one things you can do with these.  They're cheap as all get out (like in the neighborhood of 450 of them for 50 cents).  You could make patterns, just cover a ball all over, etc.  I recently tried something called Foam Tastic, and it's supposed to leave a smooth surface on your foam ball, but I must have done it wrong, since it was just as bumpy afterwards.

I just recently made an ornament with some sequin pins.  I used the pins to attach bits of pink sequin fabric to a ball, then gathered some sheer white fabric with a print of silver stars around it, and this time, when I secured the folds and gathers to the ball with the sequin pins, I used silver sequins with them, layering silver star sequins on the white sheer fabric covered in stars.  I even used the pins to secure the wire to the ball (concealed within the poof of gathered fabric on top) for a hanger, and just threaded ribbon through the hanger.  This is a very sparkly ornament!  I wish I could take a picture of it, but I've lost my installation CD for my digital camera, and of course, my hard drive died recently, so it's no longer *on* my machine.  Sequin pins are a very, very good thing.  Smiley
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