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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Geometric necklace made from.. what?! on: June 26, 2012 07:03:48 AM
I have oodles of colored staples that I think are just so pretty, and I wanted to do something with them. This is what I came up with Smiley

Full tutorial here, but the gist of it is to glue everything together Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2 new shirts for a month of handmade only clothing! on: May 22, 2012 11:20:05 AM
So this month for many sewers is 'Me Made May' and my pledge is to wear one handmade thing a day for the whole month. (I'm currently breaking the rule by staying in my pajamas but I'll change before I go out ;P). Without a lot of repeats, I've been trying to sew up some new stuff, and I wanted to share two shirts with you that I'm really proud of.

The first sweater is made out of this amazingly soft fabric. Its the first time I've bought fabric with such a fabric that needs to be matched up, and I think it looks great! Only problem is the weather here is skyrocketing and the day I wanted to wear that was sweltering. Booooo!

The other is a shirt out of fabric I've had for about 6 years, and when I originally bought it, I had meters of it. Problem was I kept cutting it to make something, not liking it, and leaving it. This shirt was completely made of pieces cut from other pieces, haha! I'm happy to finally have something made out of this fabric.

If you want to see all my me made may stuff, you can see it here. http://www.tamedraven.com/search/label/me%20made%20may

comments and crit welcome!! Thanks for looking Smiley
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Puzzle Pieces.. slightly pic heavy on: April 16, 2012 07:29:17 PM
I found a really cool silicon icecube tray at value village a few months back and finally got around to playing with it. I was happy to find out that resin doesnt stick to it so now I have all these fun puzzle pieces Smiley. Layers of resin with glitter, pigments and paint for decoration. Im not sure which one my favourite is.. maybe the last one.

24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Punkish chain and stud rings on: April 06, 2012 01:13:48 PM
I made these rings out of chains, stud and charms, and I love them! They're super comfy.

The only thing I dont know how to do is store them? regular ring boxes wont work because the band isnt sturdy to push them into it, but I dont want to throw them in a pile. Any ideas on what might look good?
Thanks for looking! Smiley
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mini Planet Pendants! on: April 04, 2012 12:38:57 PM
I made these pendants out of resin and I find they look like little planets, all full of clouds and smoke and depth. Once I figure out the technique a bit more (it's still really experimental right now..) I'd like to make some of our planets, especially earth.

C&C welcome, I'd love to hear what you think.. thanks!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oversized dress pants to skinny striped pants on: March 26, 2012 06:58:39 PM
I had an old pair of dress pants that were great quality, but way too big for me to wear. I restitched the inside to get rid of the flair, ripped the seam on the outside, reshaped it and then added the striped panel.

Thanks for looking!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: How to make resin filled spoon pendants on: March 04, 2012 12:26:27 PM

So a few of you have asked me how to make spoon pendants and I finally got around to making some more so I made sure to take pictures of the step by step process Smiley.

What you need:
Metal cutters

Plus paints, glitter, glue, findings, beads, etc.

How to:

- cut and sand (if necessary) the spoon handle down to about an inch.

- use your pliers to form a loop then paint/decorate!!

- once everything is dry, mix your epoxy according to its own directions.

- now pour the resin into the spoons. Make sure to be doing this on a covered surface like a dollar store cookie sheet or with some kind of mat down. Its easier to do this if your mixing jar has a little spout area. Once the spoons are level with resin use something to drop extra in so it 'bubbles' on the top for a nice effect. I use my stir stick to drip it in. Just make sure not to go to fast or it may overflow, and once that starts it doesn't stop!!
-resist the urge to poke at them and leave everything be until its completely cured (for mine, 24 hours, yours will depend on what brand you use).

- Once the time has passed, if everything was mixed properly the epoxy should be nice and hard and you're ready to add a chain to your new pendants!

Tips and tricks:
-Don't worry about bubbles in your epoxy after you've mixed it. These should go away naturally during the curing process. If you want to get rid of them right away to see how a project looks, try breathing lightly on it. Its the CO2 in your breath that pops the bubbles, not the force or temperature, and its instantaneous.

-Make sure all your paints and glues are dry before adding epoxy, as if its not completely dry (and I mean upwards of 24 hours dry) then it can get extremely discoloured.

-If you're using paper in your projects its a good idea to coat it first to protect it from getting stained. I've heard that a few coats of modge podge or the like (both sides) are a good choice.

-To help your spoons stay level when you're pouring the epoxy in, you can always try setting it on/in something. Either use a ball of tacky putty (for holding pictures on walls) to hold it, or lay them in a small dish of sand/beads so it will sit still.

-Clear beads and gems end up becoming near invisible when they get coated in resin. Notice in the black spoon, you can barely see them until the light hits them the right way.

-And always make sure to read the instructions on the resin epoxy carefully. Some require mixing in 2 separate containers, or mixing for a certain time. First thing I made I didn't do it properly and it was a complete waste. I was so sad I didn't touch resin again for a long time out of disappointment.

I hope this helps those of you who wanted to learn how to, if you have any questions let me know and I'll do my best to answer them!! Theres a few more pictures over on my blog with a slightly less point form version of the tute if you'd prefer. C&C totally welcome.
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Getting in trouble from one of my tutorials on craftster/my blog on: February 24, 2012 06:32:45 PM
I came home today to see a few hundred views on my blog linked to a discussion on etsy (http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/9847640/page/1) which is about Claire's ripping off Tatty Devine's designs. Someone in the forum linked my dinosaur necklace (inspired my Tatty) that I had on my blog, and that I put here on craftster (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393671.0) saying that I should get in trouble for doing this.

I honestly don't see the problem with a tutorial? I did not tell anyone how to make an exact copy of Tatty's necklace, just my interpretation of a basic idea for those who don't have 200$ to spend on a necklace.. There's dozens of links on the internet for tutorials of the sort (especially for anthropology, and those often are made to look exactly like the originals!) And I have no problem with any of them. If you want to DIY, then DIY I say.

I'm kind of nervous though that I'm going to get in trouble about this. Anyone have any helpful info or words of wisdom for me? I never meant to make enemies over something like this..  Undecided
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bones, bones, bones. on: February 16, 2012 04:43:07 PM
Made a new tanktop and a mesh skirt/belt the other day. The skirt was part of something else that I made into a belt, and the ribcage and straps from the tanktop are recycled pieces as well. I love how these came out and would welcome any feedback Smiley. I want to make more clothes and put them into series, so this one is called 'Bones, bones, bones'. I've got lots of other skeletal tshirts and fabrics to recycle into stuff once I get more zippers.

More info and pictures over at my blog for whoever's interested! Sorry for the short description, I'm so hungry I think my brain turned off Tongue Time for more pizza..
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First time with ruffles on: February 08, 2012 02:47:30 AM
I finally got around to making myself a new purse and Im pretty stoked about it. I never made/used ruffles before so Im pleased with those came out, and it's a little smaller than my last purse which is nice. I didnt have enough ruffles to cover the whole thing so I put them on an angle to save space, haha!

Its fully lined with pockets as well, though I accidentally sewed the pockets a little higher up on the lining than I would have liked, they turned out good.

More pics and info on my blog, thanks for looking!
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