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.
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!
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?
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:
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...
I made some pendants today with a bunch of gemstone beads. Some of these beads can be pretty expensive so rather than spending $20+ on a strand, I like to buy one or two single beads and make pendants. I have a million of these using all sorts of different stones.
Green garnet, silver wire:
Carnelian, copper wire:
Dolomite, silver wire:
Chrysocolla, copper wire:
You like? My favorite is the last one. I also really like the heavy copper wire on the carnelian one - it's the first time I've used such a thick gauge.
Does anyone know how to prevent clear UTEE from yellowing? I use the ranger melting pot, and even without adding the FLEX stuff and using a low (260 deg.) temperature, my UTEE always turns yellow/amber in the pot. I read somewhere that overheating does this, but to do magazine transfers you have to heat it up to at least 300 degrees. It seems to me that you lose the point of using clear UTEE to do transfers if it's just going to turn yellow anyway. Help!
I just found a great deal at Wally World - a box of 50 Christmas ornaments for $1.50. They're the old-fashioned kind, consisting of a foam ball surrounded by fine "satin" string, with a plastic hanger insert that's easy to remove. The string is falling off on most of them, which is fine by me. Now obviously I can decorate some of these to make ornaments, but I'm looking for other ideas too! The foam cores of the balls are about 3" in diameter and are that good, dense foam - not like styrofoam - softer, less porous. Gimme some ideas folks!
OK you crafty folks, someone just gave me a new box of plaster of paris. I've never used the stuff before so I have no clue what I might do with it. What is the stuff ususally used for? Give me some ideas please!!!
Somewhere here there was a thread about closing sewn and stuffed items so the stitches didn't show. I've searched under a bunch of keywords, but I can't find it again. Anyone know where it was, or have a closing technique to share? It stinks to have a nicely sewn thing and then ruin it with obvious stitches from the hole used to stuff it... Thanks!