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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity on: August 23, 2010 02:24:21 PM
While going through my grandma's old jewelry box I found this blue bead that I loved and Ive been saving it for a long time until I found the perfect project for it. So I turned it into a simple necklace since I wanted the bead to be the main focus.
Here is the whole necklace, the pendant is kind of blurry in this picture.

And here are some close up of the bead.


Its probably the simplest necklace Ive ever made but Im really in love with the result!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Washer Set on: August 23, 2010 02:06:42 PM
So Ive been wanting to do this for awhile now, so I finally tried it!
I followed that process for the first bit, but as you guys might notice I changed it up about half way through Smiley This is how I always wanted to do mine and after a bit of fiddling I figured it out rather easy! I also used two ribbons, so in some places it looks a little wonky...
I had originally made it thinking it would be a headband, but Im not sure how that looks so Ive dubbed it a multi-purpose headband/necklace!

Then I loved how it turned out that I decided that I needed to have a matching bracelet!

And if you guys are wondering, they arent heavy at all! Ive also been thinking of adding a little sticky rhinestone to it, but Im not sure if thats a horrible idea or not. Should I just leave them as is or is there something better I could consider adding?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / String Gardens on: June 16, 2010 09:40:48 PM
Big shout out to beth.wilson.norwood for all the helpful tips she gave when she made her string gardens AND for posting her string gardens in the first place Cheesy
So I tried string gardnes finally after staring at them for awhile....I bought a 6 pack of annuals for $3 so I figured it wouldnt be a big deal if I messed up. But I think I have a success!
Here they are when they were finished and waiting to be hung. It rained for like a week after I made them so they ended up sitting for along time.

And here they are hanging by the pond.

And one more for good measure!

In the first picutre there are 4 but there are 5 in the last two pictures.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fun With String :) on: June 10, 2010 04:13:02 PM
If youve seen these first four before, its because I posted in the beginning of May over in the 50 projects in 2010 thread. Since Ive been making more I decided to show them all off Smiley I didnt have the coiler thingy so I went with the beaded method.
Normalish ones

Experimental ones

Now trying again to make sure the experimental ones werent just giant flukes

Annnd some more!

Some of the colors are a bit off in the pictures but thats ok. At first I was a bit bummed out that I had to use beads but now I dont think I would use a coiler even if I had one Smiley And I can proudly say all of these except one I think were made while watching my X-Files-athon!
If anyone is interested I found out the methods from a question here on Craftster! Here is the link : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302023.0
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled indoor/outdoor planters on: April 27, 2010 12:53:03 PM
First things first, credit must be given to this awesome instructable. I did things a little different though.

So there are the planters in phase 1, complete and waiting for decoration. The first one came out a little wonky since I was a bit unsure with the melting. There is a bit of a learning curve to melting things I suppose. The last 3 kept their circle shape VERY well. (I wasnt going to say anything but...I generally crop my pictures but I couldnt resist leaving my sneaky kitty in the background  Grin)

So after awhile of questioning how I should go about decorating them, seeing how I wanted them to be weatherproof, an idea struck me. I decided that since they were pop bottles I should just make some new labels for them. So I fused some plastic shopping bags together. That brings me back to the melting things have a learning curve to them lesson. I only had 2 different types of bags so I was a bit limited. After I fused the main label piece I went and added some decoration and fused them in as the last step. Then I made little sleeves that would fit the bottles. Incase you were wondering I flipped them inside out and melted the tail sections and then turned them right side out again. One ended up being too small so its been directly glued to the bottle. Anyways I give you phase 2, the labels. I dont know if you can see lots of the details in the middle two.


And my not so creative way of displaying them hanging in phase 3, COMPLETION 

Im making one more forsure, my brother has wanted one when since I showed him the instructable I was starting from. I would have made one with mine but I wasnt sure how 'hands on' he wanted to be with this project. I did most of it yesterday and it doesnt take very long at all Smiley The labels were the most time consuming.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink plastic take 2 - Charms on: April 23, 2010 05:07:23 PM
I realize that I could have spent alot more time on these but I was more interested in experimenting and thought Id share my results. I once again used #6 plastic Cheesy

The one on the left is 3 layers of plastic and the one on the right is 2 layers. I metled them all at the same time and held it down a bit while it melted. The 3 layers I had to shuffle around a bit because it melted wonky but the 2 layer melted down perfect. The 2 layer is so TINY its like the size of a dime, but if you only have scraps to work with what can you do?

This one looks like junk in the picture but its my favorite. I did this one the same as my fishie one on a prior post. I did the water on one side and the sharks on the other, but this time I blended the water a bit with sandpaper so it would be a little softer where the colors all meshed together. I think I might need to find some sort of black backing to hang behind it to balance it off. Not sure what though.
The subject probably requires a bit of an explanation so I hope you'll bear with me Smiley One night last year when I wasn't really paying attention this documentary came on and I got sucked into it and it turned out to be probably the best one Ive ever seen. I stayed up till like 2 in the morning watching it. It was called Sharkwater. Ever since watching it Ive become fascinated with sharks. I REALLY recommend the documentary but be forewarned that it has VERY GRAPHIC film of shark finning....I got the picture off the websites wallpaper, there is supposed to be a little man in the corner but I ended up erasing him because I thought it looked better just being sharks. They do look like sharks right? 
Anyways I am now out of plastic.... Cry Maybe I will order some actual brand name stuff instead of scrounging because that almost seemed harder than looking for brand name shrink plastic. Once I actually make something with them I will probably update here and let you guys see what I did Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Adventures in shrink plastic on: April 14, 2010 05:46:33 PM
Ive been collecting the #6 plastic for awhile now so that I could finally try shrink plastic. I have had one project done for months now but I was to terrified to put it in the oven incase it didnt work..I was going to be devistated if it didnt work out. So I tested two peices that I was equally attached to but those ended up in the garbage. They all came out awful first try in the oven, but I decided to try remelting them but this time with a heat gun. Needless to say that came out much better Smiley I was even able to make the circle that came out a square a somewhat circle again! Anyways that was my rant...onto pictures  Cheesy They took FOREVER to get decent pictures of by the way!


All the charms are based off of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It took me forever to get it to hang the way I wanted it to. It is the Triforce, Spiritual stones and Six medallions that you collect through the game. Top: Triforce, Middle: Kokiri's Emerald, Goron's Ruby, and Zora's Sapphire and Bottom: Light, Forest, Fire, Water, Spirit and Shadow Medallions. I had intended to make it a bracelet but it evolved. Tell me is it too much?

My Mass Effect earrings Smiley Renegade and Paragon. If youve never played: if your character does enough bad actions they are a renegade and if they do good actions they are a paragon. I like a little bit of both. This is the second try at these, the first are the ones that got thrown out. The original renegade one I did was green but I decided to go red for the new one.

On monday I got so excited when Cliffy B showed the Gears of War 3 trailer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that a small part of me got very very sad that my COG tags arent done yet (Im waiting for my brothers assistance because theres no way Im doing the last step alone!)...so I decided I needed something Gears of War like right now. Its the gnasher, torque bow, lancer and longshot. The torque bow and lancer really should have done opposite things..the lance became very chubby and the torque bow became very long..

The only one that I made that isnt based on a game..The little fishie and the plant are on one side, the bubbles and water are on the other. I made the necklace awhile ago but I wasnt sure if I liked the pendant so I had an idea for this one and I think it looks alot better. So far this is the best I could get for a detail shot.


I sealed them all with clear nail polish because I read you can do that and its all that I had. I wasnt sure if I was going to seal them but two of them started to smudge..
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / FANBOYS Love!! on: March 13, 2010 06:42:57 PM
So first off, if you havent seen Star Wars OR Fanboys this probably wont make much sense....
Upon watching Fanboys I fell in love with this logo and decided I needed it, so I painted one myself! I completely love it and its now currently hanging in my kitchen. Just so you know its not hanging crooked, I must have took the picture on an angle or something...and Im far to lazy at the moment to take another one.
Please indulge my little rant: I have no idea how I couldnt sketch the letters many times over but when completely freehanding them with paint somehow they managed to come out pretty much perfect...I just dont understand. But I shouldnt complain, I just wish I could harness it Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Zombies and Demons!! Lots of pictures on: December 18, 2009 02:47:02 PM
I'm going to start off by saying that I was inspired by this post by chezlin: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237984.0
I showed that to my brother and he thought it was awesome so I decided to make him one for Christmas (I figured its close enough to Christmas now and HE better not see this!!)...and after loving how the gun turned out I decided I wanted one too but I didn't want it to be exactly the same. I tried thinking of what I could do differently and then my idea hit me...and I felt incredibly stupid for not thinking of it sooner!! This is what I came up with Smiley

This is my gift for my brother:

And this is mine:


I hope you'll bear with my massive picture spam here and massive explanations...The frames were easily the most infuriating part of this project. I bought two frames to find that the guns where just slightly larger then the backing would allow. Then the only other frame I could find was $20 and I wasn't about to spend that kind of money when I wasn't sure if it would fit...So I constructed my own out of cardboard, then covered it in left over craft paper and glued all my felt in place. Then I bought to cheap frames from the thrift store and spray painted them black. Now the big hassle...I didn't want to glue the frames down because I wanted it to be able to open...so I had a thought one day to try velcro. So I cut and glued velcro to the sides and the frame backs...and it works YAY! Anyways onto more pictures!


I didn't think to take a before picture so I went back the dollar store and snuck a picture Tongue My first go at this went pretty well I think..I was even able to sand of the giant made in China stamp! Ive had it done for like 3 months now....that's how long it took me to find a solution for the frame problem  Sad


Incase you couldn't tell mine was based off of Supernatural!! I couldn't really find a lot of good pictures of the details of both The Colt and Ruby's Knife so I kinda just winged it...I was trying to keep it as close as possible until I realized that my 'Colts' shape was completely off, then I decided just to go until I was happy with it.


Ruby's Knife was a bit harder. First I cut the knife so the blade would be the same shape, then I used clay to get it to look more like the original. Then I just drew in the symbols with a pencil and spray painted it.

The other side of the both of them:

And then them together:

I'm still debating if I want to put in a little thing of salt in there. I wanted to make a In Case Of Ninja's one too for another Christmas gift but I couldn't find any stuff for it  Sad Once again I really apologize for the HUGE post but I'm really rather excited with how they turned out.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record Earring Holders on: November 20, 2009 10:17:34 AM
So I made these a few years back and Ive always considered them unfinished because I wanted to cover up the red labels.

So I was hoping perhaps fellow craftsters could help me out since Ive been drawing a huge blank. Should I even cover them or just leave them how they are now? Any opinions/help would be greatly appreciated!!
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