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1  Shiny Black Earrings in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by elmonerd on: November 02, 2007 06:12:53 PM
This is one of my new designs in my budding adventures with polymer clay. Oh how I love the stuff!
I made these earrings for my sister, who requested them after she saw my black pendant with the same design.

Made from Sculpey brand and glazed with the sculpey glaze. I had to make these thinner so they weren't as heavy as the pendant.

They came out a little over cooked I think, but still almost rubbery and bendable. One has little bubbles that formed on the front. Does anyone know why this happened?
I cooked them at 275 deg. for 15 mins.

Behind the scenes shot.

The original pendant

I'm amazed at how pretty they turned out and I think I'll be making more for presents and such. Smiley
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2  Re: Bead and Sequin Hair Flowers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by elmonerd on: April 17, 2006 12:28:48 PM
Hi guys, the tute is coming soon I promise!

Just working on it and a bazillion other things, I''ll try to get it up by the weekend. but for now here's another pic of my newest piece, I call it the Pink Hair Flower Set

They're different sizes and you can wear them close together and I think they look pretty.

Anyway, until the weekend!
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3  Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by elmonerd on: April 14, 2006 05:08:27 PM
Hi, just a quick note about this thread I love seeing people put in their pics it breaks up the text it's great. I try to read everyone's posts but I can't stay afloat! so i've added a pic of my new stuff too.

from http://stylishcrafts.etsy.com

the old etsy shop. isn't doing so well,

I put my prices up cause it just wasn't working out with the time I put into the beaded hair flowers, and now no customers  Sad

Oh well, I suppose I'd have to put more time into it.

Love seeing all your guys sites!!!
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4  Cheap Chic Planters (with tute) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by elmonerd on: March 28, 2006 09:25:43 AM
Here's something I made last Spring, and I've finally made a little tute so I thought I'd post it.

Cheap Chic Planter

This is a cost effective way to have chic looking planters. Just use old yogurt containers as planters and you'll be recycling as well as creating cute stuff for your home.

- used container plastic (yogurt, ice cream)
- old magazine
- outdoor mod podge (or something similiar for decoupaging)
- paint brush
- scissors


1. Cut out 2" by 2" squares from an old magazine. Try to find blocks of solid colours that you like and that match nicely. Cut out enough to cover the while container.

2. Paint a strip of mod podge onto the container, and place the paper squares onto the mod podge.

3. Add a layer of mod podge over the strip so it protects the paper from wetness and scuffing. Do step 2 & 3 all around the container, and try to evenly space them so it's all symmetrical.

4. Wait until it dries, carefully poke some holes in the bottom, and move a lovely plant into its new home. You can use the top of the container as a water catcher.

Hope you like it!
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5  Re: Bead and Sequin Hair Flowers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by elmonerd on: March 25, 2006 07:11:18 PM
Hi everybody! I didn't realize this was still a jewelry featured project. Since I'm here I thought I'd post my most recent version of beaded hair flower.

I think they're my favourite, and I just traded them away on etsy. But I'm so glad someone loves them as much as me, I suppose I could make more, but it seems like it's not quite the same. *tear* *sniffle*

I'll post a quick tutorial here if you guys would like?
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6  Re: Request for Submissions - Simple Hair Accessories in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by elmonerd on: February 17, 2006 08:44:08 AM
Here's An unofficial cover for the booklet, one month to go until the deadline for submissions!

Thanks  for your submissions so far!
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7  Stylish Christmas Lights - Hanging Spheres (TUTORIAL) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by elmonerd on: February 01, 2006 10:58:18 AM
This is a project from my new book, Stylish Christmas Lights. It's coming out in print on the third and I've decided to give away a project from it.

Hanging Spheres

These have to be the all-time most awesome party lamps ever made! Turn them on and instantly the room is glamorous and seductive.

Materials Needed

These spheres are made with two large plastic colanders glued together with coloured lights in them. The light should be twist tied to the top colander so it takes all the weight and there will be no threat of the bottom falling off.

Cut the bottom out of 3 of the colanders with utility cutters.

Use twist ties to attach the lights to the colander.

Twist tie the lights on in four equal parts at the top of the colander.

Poke a string through the holes  and tie big knots in the ends, so they don't fall through.

Add a second same length string across the other way.

Put contact cement on the four handles of the colanders.

Wait 15 to 60 mins. before pressing the colanders together.
Hang them up onto secure ceiling hooks and connect them together, use a long extension cord to plug them in.

I hope you like it!
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8  Pink Sparkle Circle Bobbies (TUTORIAL) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by elmonerd on: November 22, 2005 02:58:28 PM
Here's something I make. Thought I'd just share.

Supplies Needed: 1. regular glue | 2. craft foam | 3. two bobbies
| 4. a pen | 5. scissors | 6. pink glitter | 7. a penny

Step 1: use a penny to draw 2 circles onto craft foam and cut
them out.

Step 2: poke a hole in the middle of each circle with the end of
your scissors.

Step 3: push the short-bent end of the bobbi into the hole and
slide the foam onto the bobbi

Step 4: Short-bent side of bobbies facing up.

Step 5: put a little bit of glue on the topside and spread it around
with your finger or a paint brush if you prefer.

Step 6: sprinkle pink glitter onto the glue, cover all the glue spots
then gently hit against a table top to get the excess glitter off. Let them
completely dry and then wear them!

These would make a great stocking stuffer for friends and nieces...
Thanks for looking,
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9  Pumpkin Notebooks in Halloween Decor and Parties by elmonerd on: October 28, 2005 12:36:46 PM
I made these for my neices today. I thought they might like a little Halloween present that wasn't candy, since they'll get lots of that.

I got the idea for putting the felt on a notebook from http://www.deborahmerlo.com/diy/archives/000027.html
You can't see in the pic but the felt is sparkly.

-Eleanor Partridge
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10  Re: Bead and Sequin Hair Flowers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by elmonerd on: July 15, 2005 04:38:46 PM
Hey everyone glad you all like them! I hope you guys do make some, show me the pics when you're done.

Did you just use a craft glue? I've noticed I have to use some seriously strong adhesive when I make hair accessories.

I just use a hot glue gun to put the two foam pieces together, so far so good.

those are too cute.  Cheesy what'd you use for a base? they'd be wicked cute as a brooch too.

I used 2 cut out foam pieces. Yeah they'd make pretty cute brooches and buttons for bags and stuff.

here's a couple of others

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