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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Frog!! and pendants on: June 26, 2011 05:54:21 PM
I like your pendants and frog, they are very cute.  It looks like the small beads in your pendants are size 11 seed beads for the loop and size 15 seed beads for the others, and they are common in the US.  Are the other beads 4mm in size?  I for one would love a tutorial, they are nice pendants, you did a good job!
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: My First Attempt - Dandelion on: May 28, 2011 06:10:28 PM
That's a really cool idea, I hope your daughter loves it.
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What does a needle felted animal feel like? on: May 28, 2011 06:02:37 PM
I'm pretty new to needle felting myself, but I do know that you will need to build a wire armature (use pipe cleaners if you can get them) if you are making thin limbs.  I would say that you don't have to be super-careful with your work, but don't give to a dog or a toddler either.  Expect that your first piece or two will be a test or learning experience, give yourself time to develop your skills.  Your pieces should be firmer than a pillow but not inflexible.  Also yarn will not really work on a large scale because it's already been compressed by the spinning, but it can be used as an accent.  Good luck to you, I hope you enjoy it.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Findings for rope bracelets? on: May 14, 2011 05:06:08 PM
You have the right findings for your braid, and the poster who suggested glue is correct.  I use E-6000 or Bond 527 for my jewelry work.  Use a toothpick to "paint" the end of your braid, then put the ribbon crimp on, press closed with your pliers and wait about 24 hours before use for a full cure.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Perhaps this is heresy... on: May 08, 2011 06:47:46 PM
I know a lot of folks make lampwork beads and also beaded beads to fit the "Pandora-style" bases, and I imagine that if you can find someone who sells the magnetic(?) bases you could make your own pieces for those bases if you want.  However, I would really advise investing too much time, effort, and money into it as trendy things like this always pass and you would be stuck with things you can't sell and can't rework.  Just ask someone who sold "Italian slider" bracelets a few years ago how they're selling now.  If you're serious about being a creator you want to set the trends, not follow them, although it's always good to be aware of general movements in the market.  And as far as I know there are no heretical questions in the jewelry world.
6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Potholder loom adventure on: May 08, 2011 06:29:42 PM
Good work, thanks for sharing.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Spiral Bracelet on: April 03, 2011 12:22:49 PM
That's wonderful, thanks for sharing!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Loom Beading on: April 03, 2011 12:12:28 PM
No mystery to square stitch, here are a few tutorials:

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Square-Stitch-Instructional-Video_p_4131.html

http://www.whimbeads.com/cart.asp?pg=classroom-squarestitch_butterfly

http://www.beadwrangler.com/samplers/squarestitch1/making_squarestitch_samples.htm

http://beadwork.about.com/library/weekly/aa100598.htm
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Swarovski colors on: March 27, 2011 05:41:59 PM
My first thought is that every shape comes in crystal AB, maybe you could substitute those for whatever you can't find work in the colors you like.  It's a great concept and I bet they will be so adorable when put together!
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: first needle felting project on: March 27, 2011 05:30:05 PM
You could glue a large metal washer from the hardware store on the bottom to help combat the tipping, and it would probably last a little longer with a base as well.  I've done that with some of my felty pieces and it's worked fairly well.
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