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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Charms for a charm bracelet swap? on: February 02, 2014 12:56:10 AM
It would be ages until I would be able to run/participate in a swap (June-ish) but I had a neat idea. What if there was a swap where everyone is put into groups and makes a small charm for all the others in their group (say 5 or 10 people, depending on how many sign up). By the end of the swap, you'd have a fully loaded charm bracelet in your theme/colour choices/what have you.

Would anyone be interested in doing this this summer? I haven't organized a swap before but I would be more than ok with doing so.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Metal Dapping/Doming questions on: December 15, 2013 01:10:42 AM
I've looked through here and haven't found anything yet. If there are any threads on the subject feel free to link them.

What I want to know is if you can dome just part of the metal, aka: if I had a large square and put it over one of the doming areas and started hammering, could I end up with a dome with a flat lip around the side (think like an ice cube tray) or would that just cause the excess metal that doesn't fit in the dome area to pucker?

Also, what kind of metal exactly is it that people use for metal doming, and how does one go about cutting it? It seems people have all these perfect circles and I cannot fathom how.

Thanks for any help!!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My 'Sundae' Dress, Self made pattern a success! on: August 08, 2013 10:36:11 AM
I'm trying to get better at sewing, so I've made a point to start properly drafting patterns, adding the seam allowance, doing linings, etc. This dress pattern I made and am in love with (besides the fact that it makes me look a little flat chested, but whatever), and have been pumping out dresses since I've been on vacation with my sewing machines. I'm thinking of dubbing it the Sundae dress, since I want to name my patterns for fun, and my SO suggested dessert names. Tongue

Anyway, enough rambling, dresses!


Thanks to my SO for getting up at the crack of dawn to take pictures for me. (His photoblog is 3ark.ca Smiley)


Awkward bathroom selfie..


And I don't have a picture of this one yet, but it's more of the same, hah.

Now I need to learn how to grade patterns, any advice for this? I've mostly seen people doing the cut and spread method on blogs, but is that the best way to go about it?
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Prosthetic eyes turned pendants on: July 09, 2013 02:21:14 PM
These are probably (definitely) the weirdest things I've ever made. I bought some prosthetic eyes off ebay, and made some necklaces out of them. I don't have pictures of the chain details (the blue one was on a tiered chain, simplebut nice) but I had to share the main pendant with you.



15  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Glitter heels that won't lose glitter! on: April 04, 2013 03:49:37 AM


My heels were begging to be spiced up for a while now, and I finally decided what to do with them.
Two base coats of a frosty mint nail polish, and then 2 coats of a super glittery polish did the trick!

While the glitter was tacky I make sure all the pieces were laying flat with my finger, now it's super smooth and doesn't fall off like I imagine the mod podge/glitter would. (I also used a polish with hex glitter, which is super thin and isn't rough, that will also help it's staying power I do believe Smiley )



After just the first layers..
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / From start to finish, the story of a purse. PIC HEAVY on: January 08, 2013 06:33:51 PM


I'd been using my last purse way beyond the point of acceptance. It was falling apart and ready to let one of the straps go. I saw a certain style of purse popping up every once and a while that I thought looked neat with a main pocket and 2 big side pockets. After scouring 'purse' in image searches, I found one to go by.



Then I sketched the pattern. (My bf said the drawing looked like a cat in a helmet, so I drew a face on it. Pay it no mind).



Made the actual pattern (out of wrapping paper)..



Then started putting everything together.



And finally, the final product!









I'm super pleased with how this came out! I'd love to hear some feedback on it. Thanks for looking!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My new years shirt AKA you should try built in sleeves! on: December 29, 2012 09:58:38 AM
So sleeves that are a part of the main pattern is the greatest discovery ever. That and double needles, which I used for the first time with these shirts. Total game changer. Everyone who sews knits should give one a try.

I also learned that sequins are a labour of love, having to take them all off the seam allowances left my apt looking like a disco ball.

More pictures/info on my blog if you're interested. I'd love opinions/critiques/etc!







A close up on the stitching.



The pattern
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Sweater Coat: An intense experiment on: November 21, 2012 07:26:49 PM
So.. I went to Value Village when they had their 50% off sale, and bought a ridiculous amount of brown sweaters. 2 days, a few spools of thread and 3 garbage bags of scraps later I have this.









I'm immensely proud of how it came out for me just winging pretty much the whole thing, and I understand now why people sell these for several hundred dollars. If it wasn't for the 50% off sale this would have cost me over $100 just for supplies! Not to mention the time dedicated to making it.

I don't quite know what I'll do with this. Part of me finds it really comfy and strange and snug, and the other part of me is like 'Is this even your style? Why are you wearing this?' I think I'm getting too used to the fancy dress code of one of my jobs.

Comments and critiques are more than welcome, and I have some extra info on my blog if you're interested. Smiley


(Edit: I showed it to my boss a picture and he loved it, so I can wear it to work! I dont know why I worried, he's a designer and its his boutique/fabric store so we all wear handmade stuff.. Im just crazy I guess Tongue)
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Leaves in Resin pendants on: November 05, 2012 06:05:23 PM
I've come to the conclusion that resin is my all time favourite medium. I saved up leaves for a few weeks and now have these lovelies to share!







These are going to help me when Im longing for autumn when its freezing out. Ugh.

C&C welcome Smiley
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Touch screen compatible mittens on: November 02, 2012 05:47:15 PM
I'm so excited about sharing these. I made a huge set of wool mittens, that you can use your phone with because of conductive threads woven in.











More info on my blog.
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