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211  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Doctor Who TARDIS Tote Bag - Reverse Stencil Mini-Tutorial (Pic Heavy) on: May 02, 2011 08:50:50 AM
I recently Angeled in Round 5 of the Doctor Who Swap.  Since my partner had already waited so long for a package, only to be flaked on, I wanted to make her Angel package as quickly as possible, but with maximum adorability.  I decided to make her a stenciled tote bag with the TARDIS traveling through the Vortex on it.  

But instead of stenciling the TARDIS itself onto the bag in blue paint, I decided to instead get a blue tote bag and stencil & paint AROUND the TARDIS.  Here's a mini-tutorial of how I did it.

Start by finding a stencil shape that you like.  You will want to make sure that it has some details to cut from inside it to give the image some definition, and that it has a clearly defined outline.  I cannot seem to find the source for the exact stencil I used, but if I do, I will add a link here.

Next you will need a sturdy canvas tote.  I found this one at Hobby Lobby for just a few dollars.  They come folded up, so be sure to give it a good press with your iron, and don't be afraid to use some steam.  You really need to flatten out those fold lines or you won't get your stencil to stick as well as you would like.  Also, don't be afraid to iron it a few times, letting it sit for a few moments between pressings.  Wrinkles and fold lines in cotton can be tricky!  If you really can't get them out, then try this trick used by costumers:  Put equal parts distilled white vinegar and water in a small spray bottle, and give it a shake.  Spritz onto your problem wrinkles, then iron.  The vinegar helps relax the fibers, allowing them to press flat.  As for the vinegar smell, don't worry.  It will fade and disappear in no time.  Allow the bag to sit a few minutes to cool and dry out from any vinegar and steam.

Figure out where you would like your TARDIS (or any other object you wish to stencil!) to be.  Be sure to remember that when you fill the tote bag with stuff, the bottom will be bulging, so those bottom few inches of fabric will actually be on the bottom of the bag, rather than the sides!

Once you have your placement, go ahead and iron down your stencil.  Make sure to get into all the tiny corners and edges.  If they are not ironed down securely then you will have color bleeding around your image.

Now we're ready to do our first color of paint.  I chose to start with the windows and the light spilling out from the open door.  Give them a coat of white fabric paint.  If you don't have fabric paint, you can use craft paint, mixed with Fabric Medium.  (Which is found near craft paint in your local craft store.  Mix according to package directions.)  Depending on how dark your base fabric is, you may need to give lighter colors of paint more than one coat for good coverage.

Second color of paint!  Instead of a stark black, I chose to go with a very dark purple-black for the recessed areas of the TARDIS, as well as the Police Box sign.  With darker colors you generally only need one or two coats of paint for nice even coverage.

Now, while you've got the dark purple paint out, let's start the shadowy parts of the Vortex.  Use a piece of natural sea sponge to get irregular and organic shapes.  You may need to test this out a few times, and blot some of the excess paint off of your sponge before moving onto the fabric.  I recommend testing it on some brown paper.  I went with concentric circles of color, to show the twisting and turning of the Vortex, and left some space blank.

During all of this, be sure to be careful not to drip paint onto the white areas of your stencil!

Next, it's time to add some highlight to the Vortex.  I mixed up a light blue paint, and again added concentric rings, filling in the space I left last time.I went light on this coat, so that I could add in some metallic paint in the next step.

To give the tote more dimension and depth, I added a layer of metallic silver.  Instead of using a metallic paint however, I used the same light blue highlight paint, and added in Jacquard PearlEx Metallic Powder.  Go lightly over the highlighted areas, and blend some gently into the darker shadowy areas as well.  You want the colors to be layered and blended, not sitting in neat rows beside one another.

After a first light coat of silver paint, give it a few minutes to dry.  When the shine of the wet paint begins to dry, you will be able to see just how much of your metallic pigment is visible.  After letting it dry for a little while, be sure to turn the project, as the silver can look more or less heavy depending on how it catches the light.  If necessary, add another coat of metallic pigments.  Remember, you can always do a second coat, but you can't take off a coat that was too heavily applied.

Check pack once you think you are done, and note any areas that might need touching up.  Once you are happy with your paint job, go ahead and let it dry completely.  After it is dry you can peel back the stencil.  It will likely rip into pieces, and this is normal.  You will not be able to re-use the freezer paper stencil.

Now, stand back and admire your new tote bag!
212  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 Gallery on: April 22, 2011 04:35:02 AM

Partners in Crime:

jennieingram ---> lanikins
* lanikins ---> jennieingram

Songs4Drowning ---> Britters25
Britters25 (sending 5/13)---> Songs4Drowning (delivered 5/16 per usps.com)

spidermom (sent 5/10) ---> hgddm
hgddm ---> spidermom

stove037 (sent 5/9) ---> Whistley
* Whistley ---> stove037

Willowe ---> ivoryh1632
* ivoryh1632 ---> Willowe

Sarabunny ---> amydice
* amydice ---> Sarabunny

* Rene24601 ---> craftyzooprgrl
* craftyzooprgrl ---> Rene24601

tabzilla ---> dustyfro
dustyfro ---> tabzilla

* heatheres76 ---> jennythor
* jennythor ---> heatheres76

* LadyRiot ---> Ryn (delivered 5/11 per canadapost.ca)
Ryn (sent 5/9) ---> LadyRiot

leafy_lane (sent 5/9) ---> Baloo
Baloo (resent 5/12) ---> leafy_lane (Pics posted by Baloo. Thanks!)

Green = Sent
* = Sent Early
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Maroon = No Communication, Contact Organizer Immediately!

Blue = Received & Pictures Posted
Purple = Received & Pictures NOT Posted

Strikeout = Feedback Given
Temporary Negative = 2 weeks since sendouts & no package sent
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK (please, oh please, no glowy red peeps)

Teleport back to the original thread!
213  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gryffindor Jewelry Set - Bracelet, Winged Key Pendant, Star Earrings on: April 10, 2011 10:36:36 AM
I just finished another lovely round of One Tiny Harry Potter Thing swapping.  My partner was not only a Gryffindor, but also just happened to love red and yellow.  I decided she clearly needed some pretty House themed jewelry to show off, so I created Madam Gryffindor's Jewelbox for her, including a pendant, bracelet, earrings, and pin.

All the goodies together in their trunk:

Dear endymion mentioned that she loves Winged Keys, which were featured in the first book.  I found this fascinating pendant that comes apart, allowing you to add Pandora-style beads to it. 
Winged Key Pendant:

The beads can be changed out at any time to suit different moods.  Here is a pic of how the pendant works:

Lion Bracelet:

Clip-on Star Earrings:

Lion Kilt Pin:

The trunk itself was stained golden outside and deep red inside.  The House crest was decoupaged on. 

214  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The Doctor's Companion Charm Bracelet on: April 07, 2011 07:58:53 PM
A few months ago I fell in love.  Head-over-heels, once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.  It was sudden.  It was magical.  It was intense.

It was with a fictional character.

While participating in the last round of Matchbox swapping, I created a Doctor Who themed matchbox for my partner spidermom.  I had never seen the show before, but she had so many cute Doctor Who related items on her wist, and I was sure I could pull together something adorable for her.  After scheming, creating, and shipping my TARDIS Matchbox, I got curious.  I sat down with Netflix while DH was out at his weekly board game night, and started watching.  And that was all it took.  A few short hours and I was in love with a madman in a blue box.  At that moment I began dreaming up this bracelet.  I spent weeks finding just the right charms.  Ordering them from all over the place.  Some from local Etsy sellers, some from Asia, and some I made myself.  So, without further ado, here is my entry, The Doctor's Companion Bracelet.  (Or "His 'Plus-One' Bracelet"!)

The beads are a mixture of glass, crystal, and freshwater pearls in TARDIS blue, and the black of empty space, with a few clear AB crystals.  Overall the color palette was taken directly from the TARDIS itself, but it also reminds me a lot of the designs for the episode "Midnight", set on a dark and barren diamond covered planet.  The charms are a mix of Tibetan silver, pewter, and handmade bezels.  The clasp is a VERY sturdy lobster style clasp.  I had wanted to pick out something pretty and decorative, but being the Doctor's Companion does require an awful LOT of running, so I figured a secure clasp was better in the end.  Cheesy

The charms include:
Hope Bead: "Oh, I always live in hope." - The Doctor
Star: Part of the wonders the Doctor sees in his travels.
Fob Watch: Also known as the Chameleon Arch, a pocket watch in which the Doctor can store his memories and personality, while becoming temporarily human.  Martha, this watch is me! - The Doctor, Human Nature (Handmade charm)

Two Hearts:  My favorite alien has two hearts.  A condition which can save his life, but also lead to twice the sorrow when they are broken.  "Only one heart working... how do you cope like this? - The Doctor, The Shakespeare Code
Planet of the Ood: Also called the Ood Sphere, whose inhabitants will sing the song of The Doctor-Donna for ages.
Union Jack: "And Rose...  Love the tee shirt!" - Capt. Jack Harkness, utterly incorrigible flirt, The Doctor Dances
(Also part one of that episode: "And I'm looking for a blonde in a Union Jack. A specific one, mind you, I didn't just wake up this morning with a craving." - The Doctor, The Empty Child)
Bad Wolf:  "I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words... I scatter them, in time and space." - Rose Tyler, The Parting of the Ways

Angel Wing: One of the most terrifying creations in science fiction history.  Angel statues that can kill you, but ONLY when you aren't looking at them.  "The angels are coming for you, but listen, your life could depend on this: don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and *don't blink*! Good luck." - The Doctor, Blink
the TARDIS Time And Relative Dimension in Space; the Doctors wonderful Police Box shaped time machine & spacecraft; aka the sports car of time travel. (Handmade charm)
Stethoscope: [Donna looks shocked as the Doctor pulls a stethoscope out of his rather fitted suit pocket.]  "They're bigger on the inside." - The Doctor

Teacup: Tea! That's all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses... The Doctor, the Christmas Invasion
Wonderful token: "He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe. and... he's WONDERFUL." -Tim Latimer, describing the Doctor, The Family of Blood

Handy Spare Hand: My hand there. My handy spare hand. Remember? Christmas Day. Sycorax. Lost my hand in a sword fight. That's my hand. Hello. The Doctor, Journeys End
Masked Lady: Clockwork robots in the Girl in the Fireplace

Earth: And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet, when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, then make sure that you tell them this... IT. IS. DEFENDED! - The Doctor, saving the planet once again in The Christmas Invasion (Handmade charm)
Key to the TARDIS
Doctor: "By the way, you'll be needing this." [reveals a TARDIS key hanging on a string]
Martha Jones: "Really?"
The Doctor: "Frequent fliers privilege."  - The Doctor, 42
Banana: Well, among other things, I *think* I just invented the banana daiquiri a couple of centuries early. Do you know they'd never seen a banana before? Always take a banana to a party, Rose, bananas are good. - The Doctor, The Girl in the Fireplace

Sadly some of the pictures don't show the bracelet's true colors.  It is much more blue in reality.  I'll try to get an extra pic out in natural light this afternoon!  Enjoy.  Cheesy  
215  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 5/7) on: March 29, 2011 08:47:09 AM

Swap name: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Sign-up date range: 3/29/11 - 4/9/11
Date to send item by: 5/7/11
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, very late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap!

Details of swap:
Each participant will be required to send out 1 TINY Doctor Who themed item, measuring no more than 4x4.  Your item should be physically small BUT, it should also be something that you can craft with a high level of skill.  Even if it is a fairly simple/easy item for you to make, please embellish so as to represent the best of what you can craft.  (For example, if you wish to make a coin purse, you could embroider, add beading, stencil, or take any other steps to make it a really special piece.)

* You will receive only one partner.
* You may only send that partner ONE Tiny Doctor Who craft
* All items must be 4"x4" or smaller in their natural state.

How do you know if your idea is "tiny?"  Examples:  A coin purse is tiny; a clutch purse is not.  A pair of earrings/pendant is tiny.  A trinket box is tiny; a pencil box is not.  If you're not sure if your idea qualifies as "tiny," ask your organizer!  

What does in their natural state mean?  That means that if the object was resting on a table, it would be 4x4.  A book for example that had a cover 4 square, would count as a OTT, even though when you open the book it could be 4x8, because in its natural state, a book lays closed.

For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Further, it would be nice if you would post in this thread at least once a week (you could just stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have access to a camera and agree to post pictures of what you receive in the gallery and take pictures of what you send (just in case)?
Do you agree to post regularly (once a week minimum) in the thread and and keep in good contact with your partner and organizer?

Do you prefer the classic or the current Doctor Who series?
Favorite Doctor(s):
Favorite Companion(s):
Favorite Villain(s)/Monster(s):
Favorite Episode(s):
Any Favorite Quote(s):
Do you have any least favorites (Doctor/Companion/Character/Episode etc)?
For New Who fans, are you up to date on the current series?
Are you open to/want to include the spinoffs?
If so, which ones:

What crafts are you best at?
What crafts do you admire?
Is there anything you would especially like to receive?
Is there anything you would NOT like to receive?
What is your preferred bracelet length?
preferred necklace length?
What are your favorite colors:
Least favorite colors:
Do you have a wist?

Do you have any allergies (smoke, pets, etc)?
Do you have any pets or allergens in your home?
Do you, or anyone else in your home smoke?
Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Inspiration: Some Fantastic Links to Previous Doctor Who Swap Galleries:

One Tiny Doctor Who Thing Swap Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352796.0
Doctor Who Round 4 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365726.0
Doctor Who Swap Round 3 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355984.0
Doctor Who Swap - Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348931.0
Doctor Who Swap Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=155124.0
The Doctor Who & Spin Offs Swap Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=184805.0
Doctor Who and Spin-offs #2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207262.0
Doctor Who and Spin Offs Swap Round 3 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245577.0
Doctor Who and Spin Offs Round 4 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290571.0
Doctor Who and Spinoffs round 5 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326147.0

216  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Patronus Bracelet on: March 01, 2011 09:04:36 AM
Between signing up for Pinkleo's One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Swap and planning out the next round of Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap, I've had Harry Potter on the brain. 

As part of that crafty energy I've been making lots of HP themed jewelry.  Here's the latest, my Patronus Bracelet:

217  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tonk's Hufflepuff Pride Charm Bracelet ('Puff Bracelet 2.0) on: March 01, 2011 08:38:20 AM
Between signing up for Pinkleo's One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Swap and planning out the next round of Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap, I've had Harry Potter on the brain.  

As part of that crafty energy I decided to make some more of my favorite style charm bracelets.  Last year I made a Hufflepuff themed bracelet for Pirate Coley in the Loaded Charm Bracelet Swap, but I always wanted to go back and give it another try.  I felt sure I could streamline it a bit, and so here is the result.  Hufflepuff 2.0 if you will.

This one was created around the character of of Nymphadora Tonks, my favorite Hufflepuff and kick-ass Auror.

Charms include:
~a potion bottle (Potions Class being requisite for an Auror!)
~an owl
~a sun for her bright disposition
~spell books

~a wolf (Tonks' Patronus)
~a heart, for Hufflepuff House
~a dragon
~a lighting bolt for her friend, Harry Potter
~a phoenix for the Order of the Phoenix
~a wand from Ollivander's
~a mermaid
~a star
~Hogwarts castle

~a unicorn
~"Be Yourself" pendant
~a quill & inkwell
~a goblet

The other bracelets I've been making in this series are Luna's Ravenclaw Charm Bracelet and The Potion Master's Charm Bracelet
218  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Laminated Bookmarks Tutorial (w/ Golden Snitch & Sonic Screwdriver Templates) on: February 26, 2011 08:55:21 PM
I am currently organizing Round 4 of the Bookmark Swap.  (Along with Pinkleo & kayrun!   Kiss to you ladies!)  There are so many fun bookmarks popping up in our gallery.  I had a great time making individual designs for each of my partners, including a few Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Outlander themed ones.  A couple people in the swap asked for a tutorial on how I made my bookmarks, so here goes.  (And since a tutorial isn't much help without the corresponding pattern pieces, I've created a template too.)  Please feel free to use the template for personal use and gifts, but do not make items to sell from it, or re-sell the pattern itself.

Golden Snitch & Sonic Screwdriver Template (GS & SS refer to which bookmark each item will be used on)
gold metallic paper/cardstock (GS)
silver metallic paper/cardstock (GS & SS)
blue paper (SS)
grey granite/crackled looking paper (SS)
rubber cement or archival safe glue (GS & SS)
see-thru ruler with 1/8" marks (GS)
fine point Sharpie (GS)
black colored pencil for shading (GS & SS)
gold leaf or a gold paint pen (GS)
laminator  (GS & SS)

Print out the bookmark templates, preferably on cardstock.  Cut out the desired pieces and trace them onto the corresponding paper colors listed on the template.  

Let's start with the Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver.  

Cut out all your pieces.  Before we go any further, see those two "T" shaped pieces?  You won't need them.  Go ahead and toss them now.  My bad.

Let's start with the screwdriver's handle.  Take the blue rectangle and the grey handle piece that has a long thin oval cut out of it.  Working from the side with the pencil lines on it, glue the blue down so that it fills the long oval window.  Trim off any excess paper with your Exacto knife if necessary.   Flip the handle piece over and glue it to the silver body of the screwdriver, matching the grooved shapes at the front of the handle.  Next, take your knife and trim away any excess bits of paper visible from the other side of the bookmark.  We will be doing this step after we add on each of the next few pieces.

Place your blue circle at behind the end of the screwdriver, till you find how much of the circle you'd like to have showing.  Lightly draw along the silver edge on the blue paper.  Leaving a scant 1/8" beyond that line for gluing, cut away the extra part of the circle. Apply a very small amount of glue to the end of the blue circle, and attach it from the back, to the silver body of the screwdriver.  Go ahead and glue on the tips of the screwdriver.  One to the front and one to the back.  Again, trimming away excess paper with your craft knife between each step.  

Now our screwdrivers need some definition.  Take a pencil and a small ruler, and begin drawing straight lines between all the body segments.  Go over these with a fine point Sharpie. After you get the main lines sketched out, you can go back with your colored pencil, and add some more shadow to give the bookmark more dimensionality.  I colored every other segment in, and used rounded shadows on the other areas.  I also dragged my colored pencil along all the sides of the bookmark, both to give definition, and to hide the very boring looking cut edges.  Don't forget to shade around the blue window!

Finally, using your exacto knife, cut out the last little windows at the back end of the screwdriver, and sketch around them with your black pencil.  Sadly, I forgot to get a picture of this step.  Scroll down to see the finished and laminated bookmarks, where the back end cutouts are visible.  

Now let's make the Golden Snitch!
Start by cutting out your pieces.  One body, and 2 circles for the front & back.  Now, let's give the wings some definition.  Start by sketching a "vein" along the top and down the inside edge of the wing with pencil. I just free handed these.  Once you have a shape you like, go over it in Sharpie, and erase any unnecessary pencil lines.  Now, take a small see-through ruler, and starting at the wide end of the wing, make hatch marks every 1/8" to the end of the wing, stopping just before the very bottom edge.  Now that your wing has definition, it needs some shading.  I shaded just under the top of the wing, and slightly along the sides, with a black colored pencil.  Repeat on the other wing.

Next apply glue to one of the gold circles.  Attach it to the silver body of the snitch, being careful to line up your circles.  Flip it over and trim away any excess with your craft knife.  

I chose to make my Snitch a bit fancy by applying some gold leaf.  I used a gold leafing pen that I found at Hobby Lobby.  You simply draw with the adhesive pen, (much like a paint pen), then let it sit for 5 minutes to get tacky.  Once the glue is ready, you apply your gold leaf.  When you pull the backing paper away, you will have a messy blob of gold leaf stuck to your Snitch.  Not to worry!  Gently brush off any excess with a soft paint brush.  After the gold leaf is applied, glue the Snitch top onto the body, centering your designs as necessary.  Now for the laminating!  (My apologies, I missed getting a picture at this point.  Though it looks exactly like the picture below.)

After the gold leaf is applied, glue the Snitch top onto the body, centering your designs as necessary.  Now for the laminating!  (My apologies, I missed getting a picture at this point.  Though it looks exactly like the picture below.)

**Update:  I've also been asked about the plain bookmarks, and what I use to create them.  I've had an old Daniel Merriam calendar laying around since 2008, that was just to pretty to throw away.  Instead, I take the images, coat the back with a good coat of rubber cement, and plop them down on the smoother side of a piece of cardstock in a corresponding color.  (Note, rubber cement works MUCH better than archival glue in this instance!)
When they are dry, I slice them up on my paper cutter into various bookmark sizes.  Usually about 2" x 8", though I do make some bigger and smaller depending on the image I'm cutting up.  At this point the bookmarks can be used as is.  The rubber cement keeps them together rather well.  I have a few I've been using at least 2 years and there is no separating between the layers.  If desired, pop a hole in the top and thread some scraps of ribbon or yarn through them like this one.**

Or, you can laminate them, like we will be doing for the Snitch and Sonic Screwdriver.
Time to Laminate!
Plug in and turn on your laminator.  Mine takes a while to heat up, so while it's working, you can start arranging your new bookmarks in a laminating pouch.  I usually get 4-5 in each 81/2" x 11" pouch.  Once it's all warmed up, go ahead and feed your sheet of bookmarks through it.  Take care to feed them nice and evenly so that they don't end up in a jam.  Once they have cooled down, cut out your new bookmarks.  Make sure to round off any corners, so they don't poke or scratch you next time you cuddle up with your favorite book.

**Note: If you don't own a laminator, you have a few options.  
#1, You can buy one.  They aren't expensive and come in really handy.  Be on the lookout in odd places.  Mine was $19 at Aldi.  
#2, You can take your bookmarks to Kinko's, Office Max, Staples, etc., and they will be happy to laminate them for you.  It is also not very expensive.  About $1-2 per 8 1/2" x 11" sheet.  
#3, You can get a similar effect by using packing tape, though it is less sturdy.  I like the "HD" Packing Tape that is made by Duck.  I found it at Walmart for a few dollars.
219  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Luna's Ravenclaw Charm Bracelet on: February 19, 2011 05:57:29 AM
Between signing up for Pinkleo's One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Swap and planning out the next round of Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap, I've had Harry Potter on the brain.  As part of that crafty energy I decided to make some more of my favorite style charm bracelets. 

This one was created around the character of Luna Lovegood, our favorite sweet-but-slightly-eccentric, Ravenclaw student.

I used blue glass and amber/bronze glass beads, Swarovski crystals, pearls, lampwork flowers, and a mix of pewter & Bali silver charms.  The charms include:
~a potion bottle
~a dragon
~a lighting bolt for her friend, Harry Potter
~Hogwarts castle
~a garden gnome (Gernumbli gardensi!)

~the lost diadem of Ravenclaw
~Ravenclaw's eagle
~spell books
~a crescent moon

~a thestral
~a quill & inkwell
~a hare (Luna's patronus)

Whole bracelet:

I've also created a Potion's Master Charm Bracelet in a similar style that you can see HERE.  Enjoy!
220  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bottle Cap Pendants - Time & Space, Fairy Tale, Mermaid Themes on: February 19, 2011 05:41:56 AM
Many months ago I joined the Steampunk Charm Swap, and made TONS of resin filled bottle caps.  I finally got around to doing something with them a few weeks ago.  My inspiration was creating a TARDIS Matchbox for spidermom in the Matchbox Swap Round 4.  I knew it needed some fun treasures inside it, so I made the first one of the pendants in the series.

Sadly I cannot remember where I found the image.  It's a clock face spiraling into the distance, along with vintage newsprint.  The blue bead drop on the end was intended to match the TARDIS matchbox itself.

Next is a fairy tale themed one.  I liked how the bead drop & charms at the clasp turned out...

And finally a lovely daydreaming mermaid...

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