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31  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:
Spoons
Pliers
Metal cutters
Sandpaper
Resin

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.
32  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
33  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..
34  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!
35  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Selling OOAK clothing on etsy.. What sizes to choose? on: February 02, 2012 11:08:23 AM
I have mostly jewelry in my store (as well as with purses), things that are universally one size and fits everybody. But I would like to start pushing my own clothing more. Problem is, the things I want to make are normally one of a kind (I dont like doing the same thing too many times as it kills the creative process for me) which means everything I make I have to decide a size for.

I tend to go roughly around my own size since its easier to make adjustments (even though I have a dress form). and Ive only ever sold one piece of clothing despite the treasuries/favourites items get. Any ideas/suggestions on how to decide what sizes to go with? I have no idea if I should just keep doing what Im doing, or make things completely different from myself (that I have no experience in making..). I really want to push this to be more of a business.

Thanks for any advice.
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corset made completely from scrap leather! Finally finished, slightly pic heavy on: January 26, 2012 06:33:04 PM
So I've finally done it! After starting this project in the summer, I've finally within the past few days, found the patience to finish this.

Its an underbust corset made out of scrap leather that I picked up from an artisan shop in the summertime. What I wanted to do was make the frame for the corset (black denim, 8 pieces) and then sew the leather overtop of it so you couldnt see where each piece of the original pattern ended and the next piece started. Its still got all the curves and angles that the frame does, but its one continuous piece (of pieces) of leather.

I'm so happy with how this turned out, theres only one part Im not happy with and thats the very last area I did when I was getting low on scraps.. they ended up getting tinier and tinier and I think it looks too busy compared to the rest Tongue. (But I wont point it out cause hey.. if you dont know where it is, you cant agree with me! hahaha).

I'm super proud and had to share this with my fellow craftsters, I would love any comments or (helpful) criticism Smiley Thanks for reading through all this, now onto the pictures!





closeup on patchwork details and the rough leather edges





37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Picture frame jewelry holder with mini clothespins on: January 22, 2012 05:38:51 PM
I finally got my jewelry holder finished. I painted a bunch of mini clothespins silver and glued them to a glass frame around the center picture. They can be opened and 'pinch' the jewelry pieces, but its way easier to just hang them over top, so I do that with most besides the tiny things (rings, pendants).

without jewelry on it (can barely see the pins Cheesy)


and with






By the way the print in the center is by Angelina Wrona (www.angelinawrona.ca) if you're wondering.
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Braided beaded necklace on: January 16, 2012 03:17:55 PM
I don't do too much beadwork (aka none) but when I first started making jewelry I spent sooo much money on beads and supplies and I vowed this year to use all the beads I didn't already sell. This is the first thing I got around to making, which is funny cause the leaf pendant was the first thing I ever bought.. years ago. Anyway, I'm rambling! I like how this looks, though I accidentally put the pendant on backwards so now its a left hand closing necklace.





Thanks for looking, I would love any critiques since I want to use the rest of my beads and I really dont do this.. thanks!
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Seashells into candles on: January 16, 2012 11:49:43 AM
I hope this is the right place to put these! I scored a whole bag of shells at value village a week ago and finally got around to making candles out of some of them (until I ran out of wax, haha). Im really pleased with how these look and plan to make more.







(This is also part of my 50 crafts challenge that I'm doing on my blog Smiley)

C&C welcome, thanks for looking!!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Quick and easy bolero/shrug +tutorial link on: December 30, 2011 08:10:22 PM
I made this shrug for guacamolly in the secret santa swap, and then made one for myself. Suuuper fun shirt to make, I'm sure I'll be making more in the future. (And using every ounce of scrap fabric cause its so gorgeous!)







Full photo tutorial on my blog.
http://www.tamedraven.com/2011/12/tutorial-easy-shrugbolero.html
Thanks for looking! C&Cs welcome.
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