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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Just scraps and buttons on: June 16, 2012 04:03:28 AM
Thanks  Grin

I wore the multi button one, it is my favourite.

I got some nice comments but I might buy some spray starch. It needs to be just a little bit stiffer!

I shall definitely make more of them at the end of other projects as they are a great way of using scraps!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Just scraps and buttons on: June 10, 2012 08:21:02 AM
I have read and looked at hair grips and finally got round to trying them out. Nothing special just some sewing thread, material scraps and glue and, thanks to the joys of a pound shop, very cheap hair grips in 2 sizes. Altogether they are very easy and cheap to make!



Thanks for the idea, all of you who have done these already. I'm off to find some kirby grips and buttons with shanks so I can make different kinds of hair buttons - who needs bows?

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: TONS of old magazines on: April 22, 2012 09:03:29 AM
http://doitandhow.com/2011/09/17/magazine-art-bowl/

I have a lot of music magazines that I intend to turn into one or two of these bowls. I may be some time....
4   / REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Re: We want to see!!!! Completed Projects Links! on: April 10, 2012 03:37:26 PM
One old jumper into



I still need to finish off some rough edges but hopefully this will be the first in a line of - all ready for next winter!

Yes, I work very, very slowly! Makes only really get done in half terms!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Buttons as beads, lovely buttons on: April 09, 2012 06:38:17 AM
Yes, but you don't need a full on tute!

Cut a piece of cross stitch plastic, mine is quite fine and has little holes but I suspect almost any hole size will do.

Sort your buttons and arrange them a bit - it will change as you go but I like starting with an idea.

Cut a length of wire, not too long you need to avoid kinking it. I used about 12 inches, it was OK to handle.

Poke wire through a hole, I start at one edge. Keep a short length on the back, you wrap/poke loose ends into/under it as you go. Thread a botton and pass the wire back through the plastic, pull it tight or leave it longer and twist on the right side to raise a button up. You can easily slide other buttons underneath to hide the plastic.

Keep going till you are happy. You may need more than one length of wire (oh and I just grabbed some I liked the feel of, no particular thickness). When you have finished weave all the loose ends down. I used round nosed pliers to give things a twist but the buttons rattle very pleasingly if left a little loose.

Trim the plastic, I used side cutters cos that's what I have. Leave a plastic hole in the right place if you want it to be a pendant, you pass a jump ring through, my twisted wire attempt isn't really successful.

Cut felt (I use felted jumper scraps) to cover the wires. I hot glued mine down. Took a lot of glue but feels nice and smooth.

And that's it! You are really just sewing buttons onto cross stitch mats with wire.

Oh, I tried carpet thread thinking it would be cheaper and easier to use, but it pulls the buttons into weird angles. The wire allows each to sit flat regardless of what is under or over it!

Happy wiring!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Buttons as beads, lovely buttons on: April 08, 2012 03:02:57 AM
OK, perfectly ordinary buttons! But I had fun making these






Ingredients
Buttons
Stringing elastic
Glue
Cross stich plastic stuff
Wire
Piece of material to cover the wires

Having worn the blue set for a week it seems that most people like the pendant, so that gets added to the list of stuff to make and do!

Yay!
7   / REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Re: We want to see!!!! Completed Projects Links! on: February 16, 2012 09:25:29 AM
I need storage before I can start making properly so I made these, and a few more!

http://relovedremnants.blogspot.com/2012/02/storage-first.html
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Holey socks on: January 15, 2012 08:45:27 AM
You could darn or needle felt the holes.... especially if you really like the sock.

Needle felting might add a really interesting dimension, depending where on the monster the heel sits (I haven't looked closely at the patterns).

Or take the ones with holes, cut off the feet and join together to make draft excluders - stuff with whatever is allowable where you live!

Use the feet for....... erm....... dish cloths and cleaning pads, if you modify elderflowers idea a bit!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Anyone in the UK on: January 07, 2012 05:34:38 AM
Trust me, I do charity shops and car boots and I love them.

Scrap Stores only meant to be used for community enterprises - I have been a member of one for years with my day job! I am often tempted  Shocked

Re-create also restricts useage to community groups. As I want to make things for personal use and possible re-sale I cannot legitimately use any of their stuff.


Loukr, I'm in Gloucester and I found a couple of Emmaus places quite close. I shall check them out. Thank you.

Reading that back I sound soooooooooooooo po faced. Sorry, I really did not mean to pour cold water. I must have been having a teacher moment! All holier than thou and smug! Huh

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: My first attempt at needle felting on: January 02, 2012 07:06:30 AM
Thanks Smiley

I am trying to remember to walk before I run with this. My head has some bg ideas and I need to work up to them.

I may need to get my ideas book back out!
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