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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier on: April 02, 2015 12:34:13 PM
Yay!  I'm glad it found a place in your creative space.  Cheesy
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 02, 2015 11:34:06 AM
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....

Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the March or April's challenges in May.  Smiley
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: The RAAR grr ugggh Star Chandelier on: April 02, 2015 09:01:58 AM
Thanks ladies!
34  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Be RAAR grr ugggh (Redux) chainswarm! (Sendout March 23) on: April 02, 2015 08:33:28 AM
Thanks ladies!  I had lots of fun making it.  Cheesy  If you want to see more pictures, there are tons on the project thread:  Awesome Star Chandelier
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The Awesome Star Chandelier on: April 02, 2015 08:31:51 AM
I recently participated in the Be Awesome (Redux) Swap and had the good fortune to partner with the lovely alteredmommy.  I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something completely different for me.  alteredmommy told me to go crazy with whatever my new idea was, which was both freeing and terrifying, as I'm usually quite a planner.  I like sketching out my idea, writing lists, ordering supplies, and knowing exactly what I'll be doing.  This project really didn't work out that way.  While I did do some research into other mobiles and chandeliers, it was much more of an organic process than I'm used to. 

It all started with the base.  I went poking around Goodwill after dinner one night, looking for an old pie tin or kitchen strainer.  I had little luck in the kitchen section, and was on my way out, when I bumped into a pile of baskets.  The wire star basket was just sitting there, full of lots of places to attach jump rings and bead pins.  It was basically begging to be taken home and transformed. 

I removed the handle, which was no small project as it was soldered on there.  I eventually had to heat the area with my wood burning tool until the solder was soft, then pry them off with pliers.  Then I began to dig through my hoard stash of supplies, looking for anything I could add.  I pulled out a mix of beads, charms, stones, buttons, jewelry findings, copper stampings, and old keys. 

Star Charms

Once I had most of the stuff collected, I started looking for some crystals to add.  I had already checked Goodwill for old lamps or chandeliers, but no luck.  So I took to eBay, and bumped into an amazing set of 5 huge star shaped crystals.  Five points on the star + five crystals = perfect. 

Star Crystals

The same seller also had a set of 5 turquoise teardrop crystals listed for sale so I picked those up too, and let them influence the color scheme of the chandelier.  All the other beads went away, and I kept out the clear, amber and turquoise ones.  The star crystals were attached with large bronze bails, and hung from turquoise stone hearts for added strength and protection for alteredmommy's home.

The strands of bling were created with jewelry findings like eyepins, bails, clasp rings, and jump rings in various sizes, all pulled from my stash.  The shorter loops were beads strung onto jewelry wire and attached with crimp beads.

Some of the beads even came from other Craftsters, like pinkleo, in the form of birthday gifts and Bead Soup Swap packages.  The copper stampings were found at a theatre I used to work for, and were supposed to be turned into jewelry for a production, but the design changed and they were forgotten about for years.

And here it is, hanging in its new home in the great white North; the still snowy Canada.  (While it is 72 degrees and sunny here in TN today.  Tongue)
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 01, 2015 12:42:25 PM
Thanks naantje!
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilt As You Go Weekender Bag & Accessory Pouch on: April 01, 2015 12:41:35 PM
Thanks ladies!
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP droolalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 01, 2015 09:44:23 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

This semester I will be offering extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will be themed to the season, will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what is up next?

Headmistress Challenges - April
April Showers & Spring Flowers
April 1st - 31st

April has long been associated with eat and growing things.  The month was sacred to the goddess Venus, and some of the many celebrations that take place during this the month include Arbor Day and Earth Day.  For this challenge, you must create a project inspired by something that grows such as flowers, fruits & vegetables, or by the two things which most aid in the growth of plants: the sun or rain.  Your craft may take any form, but please explain how it takes inspiration in your post.

Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you eat.
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Night Owl Charm Bracelet on: April 01, 2015 04:44:20 AM
Thanks Sew Cute!
40  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilt As You Go Weekender Bag & Accessory Pouch on: April 01, 2015 04:42:10 AM
Thanks Sew Cute!
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