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451  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: soda can chandelier on: September 08, 2008 11:46:19 AM
My vision is a 3- or 5-arm electric chandelier (I can handle electrifying it), with the bulbs either inside 2-can "lanterns" or perched atop curly bases with either purchased or handmade shades (I just thought of making the shades from punched cans...)

I'm thinking it will take at least 25 cans if I don't make too many mistakes, and I've only collected 8, so I've got time to change my design!

I'm using leaves cut out of the cans and "veined" with a knitting needle as decorations and probably dangles.
452  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anybody work with bamboo? on: September 07, 2008 10:40:27 PM
actually, my stick is long enough that I can get past the center if I work from one end, then the other.  But there's a tiny bit of curve to the bamboo, and I can't get the center division knocked out completely enough to run my lamp through.  I guess it'll work if I just run cord through, but it's straight enough that I should be able to see light through it...
453  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My 1st resin cast! turned out awesome :D on: September 07, 2008 03:20:12 PM
Really cool items, great pix and fun cameo!

i am in love with your cameo mold!!
 if anyone has knows where to purchase any that would be amaing. just strolled through a shop in cape may, nj that had amaing cameos in pressed glass jewelry. they were gorgeous and now i'm inspired to try using some color.

I'll bet you could make your own molds from interesting things, like buttons and cameos.  Sculpey makes a flexible mold product; just press in the (wet) original, and remove, bake the sculpey, add mold release, and pour in the resin.  The flexibility makes it easier to remove molded items.

We used to blow on the resin through a straw to get rid of bubbles; I understand it's the carbon dioxide that does the trick.
454  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: China Cup Necklace on: September 07, 2008 03:10:48 PM
I made a pair of earrings from bits of very skinny old blue willow teacup handles, just an inch or two each.  Got the bits from an old dump that was being washed away by the bay, so the broken edges were smoothed and the glaze was worn down to matte.

I saw a full handle, with part of the cup still attached, used in mosaic on a birdbath, and did the same on a box; they looked like ears, or wings, or a heart, depending on your viewpoint.
455  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Yaz birth control wallets on: September 07, 2008 01:25:27 PM
great color!  How about joining them together in strips--use thread or wire or key rings--and make a strip curtain, wall hanging, belt... 

Join the strips together horizontally to make "fabric" and create a floor mat or tote bag.  

Make a tube and add a light bulb for a hanging lamp. 

Use the clear pockets to hold colorful paper--magazines pages, scrapbook paper, photos.  Ooh, photo gallery!

You might need to cut the wallet in half, along the fold, if it doesn't lie flat nicely?
456  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: black pants? on: September 07, 2008 01:16:39 PM
you could use them anywhere people use old jeans; pillows, aprons, totebags, book covers.
 Ever see a skirt made from old jeans?  Rip out the inseam and crotch, overlap the crotch and add a wedge of colorful fabric front and back. 
You might have to use more than half each of two pairs of pants, since they've shrunk.
Google "hippie jean skirt" to see pix (the URLs were all too long to post)


457  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: karate belts on: September 07, 2008 01:04:31 PM
I was lying awake the other night, thinking of things to do with karate belts.  Maybe I need more interests in my life, but I did come up with a couple I really like:

Make a "bead" style curtain; lay out a bunch of belts side-by-side, and clamp one end between two thin boards.  Glue/screw the boards together and hang up in a window or doorway.

Something similar, fold one end of each belt over a curtain rod and staple/sew/rivet/glue to the rest of the belt.

Mount on old vertical blind hardware so you can open and close your belt-curtain.

Make a rug or pad by gluing the belts side-by-side onto a piece of cloth.  Use waterproof glue if you're planning on washing it.
458  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine making weird thumping noise. Bobbin issue? on: September 07, 2008 11:24:43 AM
You can google your make/model number to find a downloadable owner's manual.  The numbers you need are probably on a metal plate on the underside of the machine.

I think it's a good idea to take your machine apart as far as you can (well, following the owner's manual), clean all the parts, then put it back together.  And do this often enough that you start to feel comfortable doing it.   Then when the machine does something weird, you'll feel like you know how to address the issue, instead of "oh my gosh, what's that?!?!?!"
459  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is going on here??? (pic) on: September 07, 2008 11:19:58 AM
Don't pay to have it cleaned and oiled, learn to do it yourself!  It needs to be done frequently, and you don't want to have to give up your sewing machine (and money) for a day or two every couple of projects.

Look all over the machine to find the model number, then google that to download an owner's manual.  That will show you what to clean and where to oil.  And get good SEWING MACHINE oil; especially don't use WD40 (which is a solvent, not a lubricant, and which can gum up your machine).

Good luck!
460  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help! I can't get the bottom thread on my ancient Singer to come up! on: September 07, 2008 11:10:36 AM
Glad you figured it out.  Even the most experience crafters make simple mistakes!
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