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1  charms for plastic and paper cups in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Nirah on: December 13, 2003 09:03:11 AM


The Fab Five won't forgive me, but sometimes you just have to use paper or plastic cups at a party or picnic.  These inexpensive charms help people keep track of their drink (so they don't end up wasting cups or beverages), but are no great loss if they get thrown out by accident.

The charms are plastic jump rings beaded with one or more large-size plastic beads, in whatever color combinations you think your guests will be able to distinguish after a few drinks.    They fit right over the rim of a plastic or paper cup.  (For identification of glass cups, which tend to be thicker, you need to use the largest plastic rings, because the smaller ones will pop off).

These jump rings are actually poultry identification leg bands.  They come in about a dozen colors and several sizes.  The size around 1" works pretty well.  I got mine from National Band and Tag, where a bag of 100 costs about $5.   Plastic beads intended for kiddie projects or the ones used for beading hair fit these rings snugly- you might want to get the plastic jump rings first, and then make sure you get beads that work.    You can probably get these rings from other places, but here is a link to the NB&T catalog page for the rings:
http://www.nationalband.com/leg.htm#2104-2116
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2  Wine Charm stand for dispensing/display/storage in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Nirah on: December 13, 2003 08:35:21 AM

You need a beautiful clever stand to display your cherished handcrafted wine charms.  If you're giving charms as gifts, a stand ensures that they won't get shoved to the back of  a drawer, tangled, or lost.

The stands pictured are made from wooden cut-outs readily available at any crafts store.  If you're really handy, you could make your own cut-outs.  By collecting seasonal cut-outs (Xmas, Valentines, Halloween), you can make sets of wine charms and stands for use at any and every holiday.  
Tree:
Tree cut-out
Star cut-out for base

Use a drill or dremel to drill holes of the appropriate size in the tree cut-out.  Use a drill, knife, or other appropriate tool to cut a slot in the star to accept the 'trunk' of the tree.  
Insert the tree trunk in the star base.  Use a little wood glue.
Fence:
Fence cut-out (you could also make one using popsicle sticks)
Star cut-out (attached as base as outlined for Tree, above)

Hang your wine charms.  The ones pictured here used beading wire, magnetic clasps, glass and plastic seed beads, and pretend Xmas lights for the charms.

I left these undecorated, but if you wanted to go whole hog you could paint, shellac, decoupage or otherwise adorn the wooden forms.  

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3  Miniature single-use guest/kiddie soaps in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Nirah on: December 13, 2003 08:19:49 AM






Let's face facts- even  the most beautiful molded soap loses its appeal once it gets used.  Worse, if you put the soggy soap back in the soap dish, it can gunk up the unused one too.  My solution: minature single-use soaps.  Use teeny tiny candy or soap molds (check under 'embedding' soap molds) to make tiny little colorful soaps.  Fill a soap bowl with the resulting soap confetti.   Guests can use them without guilt, and kids can be instructed to keep lathering until the duckie or doggie is all gone.

I used glycerin melt-and-pour soap plus soap coloring to make the soaps pictured here.  I found that  'embedding' soap, which has a higher melting point, lasts more than a single use, so you may want to avoid this type.  
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