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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paint Chip Samples Bedazzle Me! on: February 05, 2007 06:12:16 PM
Those are so cool!

I posted this in another thread but I'll say it again here. You can get rid of the printed words on most paint samples with just a little bit of rubbing with a regular pencil eraser. There are a couple of brands where it doesn't work, but for most it works great!

I'm not saying you should do that on your stuff. though. I kind of like having the color names on my stuff... the names are so pretty!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Peace paint journal on: February 05, 2007 06:07:48 PM
That's awesome!

I don't know if you'd want to do this - and I'm not at all saying you should - but just FYI, you can remove the names etc. from *most* paint samples with a normal pencil eraser. It doesn't work on every kind, but it's worked on every kind I've bought at Wallymart. Smiley

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: project ideas for found fortran cards on: January 13, 2007 04:51:20 PM
The latest issue of the magazine "Somerset Studio" has a spread on exactly this topic. Smiley Have fun.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Glued binding at Staples? on: January 13, 2007 04:48:30 PM
I am trying to make a thick journal and I'd like to do it quickly. I was thinking I could just take a thick stack of sheets to Staples and have them bind it using the glue/cloth strip method. But I'm worried that it might not be durable.

Has anyone ever had this service done? Is it strong? I'd be using 32# paper, maybe 250-300 pages depending on what their machine can handle. I'd also create a soft cover for the finished book, probably with heavy paper or thin leather.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for base metal bezel cups with rings or bails attached. on: October 27, 2006 06:52:13 PM
Anyone know where I can find base metal (read: cheap) bezel cups/closed-in-the-back pendant holders with rings or bails attached? Like, metal pendant blanks? I want to make pendants filled with resin, like this one I made last week:



The specific brand I normally use is made by Sulyn (http://www.sulyn.com) (The bail doesn't come with it, but you can see it has a ring on top.) My local source for these is constantly out of stock, and the only online source I've found sells them for $3.99 each. Which is ridiculous, since my local store's cost is $1.49.

I prefer silver tone, but at this point I'm willing to try anything!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for ring castings in larger sizes... on: October 25, 2006 05:22:55 PM
OK, hopefully one of you lovely people can help me.  I have some cut semiprecious gemstones that I want to set into silver (or at least, silver-toned) rings. It's easy enough to go to Fire Mountain Gems, or whatever other store, and get empty castings (rings with prong or bezel settings for stones). All you have to do is pop in the stone(s) and voila.

The problem is, nobody seems to sell such rings in any size other than 6, 7, or 8 (except in men's styles, which are so ugly!) I need rings of at least size 9 and probably 10. I could get the smaller ones resized, but for the combined cost of ring, shipping and sizing, I might as well just get a readymade ring, which kind of defies the point.

Someone suggested I buy plain silver rings in my size and solder on premade gem cups/prongs. But I can't solder worth a damn.

So, does anyone know where I can get larger sized, empty silver rings?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Gemstone Bead Pendants on: April 17, 2006 03:41:59 PM
Woooooooooooooow......

Where do u get those wires from..... Huh

The silver wire is actually silver-coated copper. I get it at my local bead store. It's not that expensive because you only need a few inches for each piece. I like it but you have to be careful when using pliers on it because if you overwork it the silver scratches off and you can see the copper underneath.

The copper wire is available almost anywhere; I get mine at the hardware store. It's ridiculously cheap, so great for practice. It comes in lots of thicknesses. It's very easy to bend but gets dented fairly easily by the pliers.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Gemstone Bead Pendants on: April 15, 2006 09:40:21 PM
wow you did a wonderful job!!!! i am in love with the last one! so beautiful!

Thanks! I was really lucky to find such a nice piece of chrysocolla. Usually it's more of a turquoise or greenish color, but this one has some wonderful blues in it. In fact, technically I think this is chrysocolla-azurite... which is even better, because azurite is one of my favorite stones.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: It's craft show season (new additions i've created) on: April 15, 2006 09:26:51 PM
Great work! I love the last one; what kind of material is the pendant? Is it some kind of polished shell?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bunch of Gemstone Necklaces (img heavy) on: April 15, 2006 07:55:15 PM
While I'm here, I thought I'd also post a few more of the necklaces I've made in the last few weeks. I tend to get completely obsessed with one type of craft for several weeks at a time, and then move on to something new. The cycle repeats over and over. The good thing about it is each time I have one of these obsessions, I buy lots of tools (special pliers, for example). So each time I come back to something I never have to buy that sort of thing. Anyway.

Some of these don't really show what the whole piece looks like. That's because I photographed them to make a record of what the stone was, and not to show off the jewelry.

Garnet & clear glass:


Mayflower jasper:


Mookite Jasper:


Rutilated quartz:


Aventurine:


Dumortierite (looks black in the photo, but is actually dark blue):


Prehnite (the black inside is probably tourmaline):


Jet & clear quartz:



...And these are just the ones with gemstones. In that last month or so I've made about 30 necklaces with "regular" beads, too! This is why I still live with my parents - I spend my entire paycheck on supplies...
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