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1  Re: knit beaded bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by Spangle on: November 13, 2006 04:58:45 PM
I used to make bracelets and chokers knit with sterling wire and various beads, which worked nicely. If you try it, make sure you get "dead soft" wire in a fairly fine gauge so it's not impossible to work with. This wire is .4mm thick, round, soft (I think that's about 26 gauge?).


Cheers,
Miriam
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2  Y'all know I have a thing about flowers, right? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Spangle on: October 07, 2006 11:07:09 PM
I just can't help myself! Pretty much everything I make lately is flowery. What's with that??? This is my latest thing, obsession courtesy of "Made by Magpie":


Cheers,
Miriam
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3  Remember this? Chan Luu cashmere scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by Spangle on: September 30, 2006 06:27:30 PM
Ages ago, there was a discussion going on here about this gorgeous cashmere scarf by Chan Luu on Bluefly.

I've been twiddling about with the idea for so long now, and the other night I finally got something to work out that let me crochet diamond-ish motifs all linked together in one piece of work rather than a zillion diamonds stitched together later.


What do you think? Of course, the Chan Luu one is in very fine cashmere, each diamond is made with several rounds of crochet, and I still don't know how they did it. Maybe I'll find some really fine wool and give it a go.

Miriam
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4  First crochet in ages, silk belt in Crochet: Completed Projects by Spangle on: September 21, 2006 11:15:22 PM
This week I did some crochet for the first time in absolutely ages. Nothing like lounging around on the sofa feeling blah for indulging in a little comfort-crochet :-)


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5  Re: the melted bead bowl in Beads: Completed Projects by Spangle on: September 05, 2006 10:32:13 PM
My latest idea using melted beads:

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6  Re: the melted bead bowl in Beads: Completed Projects by Spangle on: August 19, 2006 02:36:51 AM
Hi everyone!
I love this thread, but haven't checked in for a while. I thought I'd mention something I tried out, making your own shapes using wire.

I participated in the "I <3 Paisley" swap earlier this year, and I decided to make a paisley motif shaped suncatcher. First I strung altenating red and purple beads onto a length of wire which I shaped into the classic paisley "mango" shape, twisting the ends of the wire together to close the shape and make a place to hang it by. Then I made sure it lay flat, put it on some baking paper (I think in the US you call that 'parchment'?) then filled it with other beads, baked it, and voila!

Cheers,
Miriam

Here's a picture my swap partner posted:
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7  Re: folded fabric flower tutorial addendum: how to make rounded petals. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Spangle on: August 12, 2006 10:34:53 PM
Alright, here's a photo step-by-step of the flowers I made yesterday. Hope they don't take too long to load!
1. Two piles of cut squares. They measure 6x6cm, and the finished flower diameter is about the same:

2. Floral petals, held together with pins:

3. Pink petals, also held together with pins:  Wink

4. Petals for each of the 3 flowers put together in sets, with consideration to colour:

5. 1 lot of petals, trimmed to size (petal length is 3cm):

6. 1/2 the petals threaded together, stitch point is at 2cm from the tip of the petal:

7. All threaded, starting to bring the ends together:

8. The front:

9. The back:

10. Finished, with self-covered button centre.



Cheers,
Miriam
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8  Re: folded fabric flower tutorial addendum: how to make rounded petals. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Spangle on: August 10, 2006 07:04:04 PM
I just recently figured out how to make the rounded petals too, thanks to the instructions here. The flowers I've made have turned out fine, but I do find that I need lots (i.e. usually 10) of petals to get them all to sit uniformly together. I'd love to be able to make rounded petal flowers with just 5 or 6 petals though - do you think it might have something to do with the weight of fabric used? I don't have any actual kimono material, or know what it's like, even! I've normally used chiffon type fabric or else poly/cotton stuff.

Here's my latest attempts:



My hint about getting the petals all together is to stab each petal through with a pin once you've finished folding them. They'll sit nicely and wait until you've done them all. Then you can arrange them how you like, deciding which petals look best beside eachother etc, get the petals evenly trimmed etc, before you begin threading them together.

I'll try and make one after school today and take some pics so you can see how I do it.

Cheers!
Miriam
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9  Re: Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Spangle on: August 06, 2006 03:27:23 PM
Watch out, PinkLightning, it's very addictive! ;-)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/50342682@N00/208429147/in/set-72057594139948974/
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10  Re: Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Spangle on: August 05, 2006 10:36:35 PM
Over the last few months, I've tried so many times to really get the hang of these kanzashi-style flowers. Finally, I think I've figured out the rounded petals. And I've managed to make a flower that I'm fairly happy with, i.e. the petals are more-or-less the same size, reasonably evenly placed, the back is tidy, the centre thingy worked out nicely. Yay! So what do you think? Look OK?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/50342682@N00/207746341/in/set-72057594139948974/
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