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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tea Box Wallet - Pictures! on: August 19, 2009 06:07:47 AM
This is such a neat idea. It never occurred to me to use pretty boxes. I love Celestial Seasonings too, and I've always hated throwing away the neat boxes. I wonder what else we could make out of them? Thanks for the great idea. I hit "THIS ROCKS"...because it does!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First project ever! CD jewelry on: August 16, 2009 04:50:25 PM
I've been reading on here about the nasty fumes, so I asked for a toaster oven for my birthday (just last week). I don't have a kitchen that I can ventilate and I have a cat, so I didn't want to chance any harmful fumes. The toaster oven is perfect for this.

There's tons of tutorials on craftster, so I'm not really going to do another one, but I'll tell you a few things I did:

1. I cut these before I put them in the oven.
2. There are 3 layers to these.
         ~The first layer (on the bottom) is the base color I want. So I picked cd's that were blue, or green or black.
         ~The second layer (middle) is cut up bits of different colored cd's. Some are blank dvd's and cd's that I've microwaved to crackle, some are music cd's that are scratched beyond repair.
         ~The 3rd layer (top) is a blank cd (CD-R) that I cut to the same size as the bottom piece. I scraped almost all of the film layer from it so that it was basically a clear piece of plastic.
3. I baked them in my toaster oven at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes. The time and temp would differ based on what kind of toaster oven you use...and I'm pretty sure it's different if you use an oven.

**Big tip - Cut some test pieces up, pile 'em up and bake. That way you'll know the colors and time it'll take for a real piece of jewelry. You don't want to spend all kinds of time on a piece of jewelry only to burn it or something. Figure out the basics. then start designing.

Oh, and I used a dremel tool to sand the edges a little and drill the hole for the jump rings.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First project ever! CD jewelry on: August 16, 2009 01:29:43 PM
This is my first post...and my first jewelry project. My mom has been a crafty person all my life, and I never really had any interest. Until recently, that is. Now I just can't get enough!!

These were made out of melted cd's and dvd's. I've got plans for more, but thought I'd post some pics to see if anyone likes them or has some constructive feedback.

P.S. The fumes are NASTY...so I used a toaster oven on a table outside.





4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: magazine bowls (first project post!) TUTE ADDED!!! (have pic hosting issues..) on: August 16, 2009 01:28:51 PM
Thanks for the tute. These are very cool! How do they hold up over time?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: potato bead necklace... on: August 16, 2009 01:19:53 PM
This is totally freaking awesome. I've never heard of potato beads before. Well, you learn something new every day. Thanks! And great job, by the way. Truly beautiful!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 36 Cent Penny Necklace on: August 16, 2009 01:14:33 PM
I'm totally in love with this idea. You're brilliant! Wink
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted rocks cuff on: August 16, 2009 01:08:38 PM
Where do you find the plastic rocks? I can only find the glass ones. I so want to try this. It's simply gorgeous!!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted bead cuff on: August 16, 2009 01:07:15 PM
I've been on a melting kick lately. I think I'll have to try this. Has anyone used any kind of forms or molds when melting plastic? I've been thinking about using cookie cutters to make pendants.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: light bulb vases on: August 16, 2009 12:28:58 PM
Ooooooh! I love, love, love!!!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: DIY Earring Holder on: August 16, 2009 12:23:19 PM
Thanks so much. I read this post and thought "Brilliant!".
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