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151  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Really big beads/pendants/glass-and-stone-thingies-with-holes-in-'em on: February 22, 2005 12:07:01 PM
Okay, I shouldn't be this "lazy" but I don't know what to search for... I ordered two pounds of this stuff. And now it's here. There are the more usual ones which I might just make necklaces of or so, but there are also these really big odd ones, like this big glass bead (about an inch across, in a roundish shape but with sharp corners)
It looks like they had patterned staffs (you know, the center forms a pattern, and you cut it up to make a load of beads) but they got annoyed and just mashed it all together and then formed this thing instead. So you can still see the center pattern here and there. Since it's all just in a bag, some are kinda broken, but you don't really notice on some of them, and on others it broke straight through the hole in the middle so I can't string em... :/

some of these has some sparkly golden paint in a swirl around them...

ehh maybe I should take a picture or something at some point. Biggest issue is - since they're all glass or similar, I can't just do whatever. Some might be good for bags but I'm afraid they'll break.

So... whatever you can think of for broken beads and beads that are simply too big for jewellry. Smiley
152  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / mosaic tiles on: February 21, 2005 05:00:54 AM
I don't know if this is old, but I just saw it in a magazine, and thought it was real cool, and maybe some of you might like the idea as well if you haven't already seen it...
They took these small mosaic tiles, the standard square ones you can buy wherever, and they painted some dots on them or similar. Then, when it dried, they took a bit of shiny metal wire, and strung some beads onto it, randomly. Then they wired the wire *erhm* around the mosaic tile.
Some they made as rings, and on some they glued a metal loop as to use it as a pendant. It looked pretty cool Smiley
I've seen it in artists stores before for like atleast $100. Never really thought much about it until I saw the article.
153  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Threads ??? what do you use for jewellry? on: February 20, 2005 12:49:01 PM
What threads do you use for jewellry? I should probably use transparent nylon thread, but the one I've got is very weak. I don't want to use metal thread because that'll make it stiffer, and more difficult to cut around tight corners in my pattern. I feel inclined to use sewing thread, but I'm afraid it'll break Sad

What do you use?
154  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / One-line single plastic covering WIRES on: February 15, 2005 08:20:56 AM
So I've got all these wires... I kinda stole them from school, during our electricity-course, to be able to connect the diods and switches on my board at home, and not have to fiddle with it in school, other than connecting the processor to the board when it's programmed. Yeah, I still did it in school anyway.

So I've got all these wires... They're a bit less than 1mm (1/1000 of a meter for those who don't know these things) across, various colors (purple, green, red, black, brown, one or two striped..) and in various lengths. Some are real long, like a meter, others are like one centimeter -bits.

The inside isn't 50 tiny metal wires, but one alone. It'll break if you twist it back and forth a couple of houndred times, but it holds up rather well otherwise. I thought "braided bracelets" myself, but I want more than that Smiley

Please give me any suggestions you can think of!
155  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / What to do with a load of beads, long hair, and too much spare time on: February 13, 2005 01:26:38 PM
Okay, I don't really have spare time, I just create a lot of unfilled time while not doing the schoolwork I should be doing.

I wanted to play a bit with my beads, and redo my braid, so this turned up

     

the img is kinda tiny because of craftster, you know. But if your resolution isn't as horridbly detailed as mine, you might be able to see something Smiley
156  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Valentine earrings on: February 13, 2005 01:22:10 PM
I just wanted to play a bit with my newly bought beads, and I wanted to use a heart now that it's almost valentines and everything. Nothing impressive, just wanted to share. First time I made a beaded earring. Smiley

157  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 13.000 kiddy beads on: January 25, 2005 11:39:19 AM
Bought a bucket, 'cause, you know, they come by the bucket (mixed) if you don't buy gross... (bucket, about $15, pack of 3000 single color beads $4, but you have to buy more stuff so you buy for atleast $80 anyways)

I'm gonna do some beading with it ofcourse, if I find a beading plate I'm gonna play with that a bit, and I'm trying out some peyote with it (easy to make bigger things, and simple coasters) but it still leaves a big load of beads.
No interesting colors, just ten basic ones. Black, white, blue, purple, pink, red, orange, green, brown, yellow. No grey unfortunantly *sigh*

any suggestions?
158  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Spruced cd-books on: January 17, 2005 04:11:11 AM
I don't like that word, "spruce", it just sounds like "bruce" to me. And re-vamp sounds very wannabe somehow. I guess I'll go with spruced. Smiley

I can't believe I didn't find anything like this anywhere... So since I'm a junkie of this particular forum, I'm posting here. But maybe I don't know what they're called? I couldn't find anything when searching.

So. CD-books, make them look a bit more interesting.

#1, some celtic designs I found on the net painted on a $1.50 cd-book I found in a store. (maybe that sounds expensive for you, but here they often cost like $4). It has a cool 3d-effect from the fabric being kinda rough and yet shiny, and the paint lying on top very smoothly. The celtic things seem to float a bit.


#2, just need to be able to tell mine and my bf's apart, 'cause he keeps teasing me about taking his. (well, I kinda tend to take both at the same time)
The thingies are actually hairclips (clip together to a sphere) which I cut up and glued on with superglue. They're like less than a quarter of an inch I think (not good with inches - they're three or four milimetres anyways) so I kinda glued them to my fingers a few times.
159  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question: Wrapping paper around round things... erhm. on: January 16, 2005 11:42:05 AM
Maybe there's already a topic for this, I just don't know what key words to search for o_O

I have this semi-big plastic jar which I want to cover with marbled paper. So it's round, ofcourse, and annoyingly it's also whatchacallit. It has groves in it. So I have to use thicker paper I suppose.
But my real question is concerning the bottom of it. I'm not sure how to deal with the round bottom. Especially because it doesn't have sharp edges, they are rounded off too, so I have this round-in-every-direction problem and I don't quite know how I should wrap the paper so it'll look good.

At first I thought I'd just try whatever and see how it goes, but then I remembered there's this great forum where more experienced people might help out with clever ideas about how to wrap it nicely Grin
160  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Shrinky Dinks (sounds weird, but bear with me) on: January 16, 2005 11:05:16 AM
I'm not sure this is the right place for this topic, but it's the best I could find. It IS a "what the heck can I do with THIS" question.

Thing is that I get real easily carried away, but I do try to stop and think. Right now I'm fascinated by shrinky dinks and really want to play with it. But to do so, I'm probably gonna have to order it from the states. Ordering stuff at all costs money. Ordering overseas often cost some more money. Funny enough though, things ordered from the states often get cheaper than buying it here, including freight and customs... Anyways. (I don't think we have it here either way)

What's the big deal with shrinky dinks, other than it's a funny thing which you loved as a child and want to play with some more. It shrinks. Yes. Okay. But if you want something small, why not just do it small to start with? I know that it takes the fun and play out of it a bit, but if you look at it from the foreigners perspective - please do tell why this is something I should try out, and what I can do with it that won't work as well if I do something small to begin with.
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