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1  My first try at quilling in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by madcrafter on: October 29, 2012 05:25:07 PM
This is my first try at a quilling composition.  I've tried to make the shapes before but without a quilling board or tool it was very hard to get the sizes right, I gave up.  So now that I have the right tools I tried again and actually was able to put it all together.  Still need a lot of practise!





Quilling is a bit tempermental.  Getting little paper shapes in the right place is a bit daunting.  But I am glad to have made something and look forward to more advanced techniques.

I appreciate any comments.
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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by madcrafter on: October 11, 2012 10:48:45 AM
I received a wonderful card by ENGRbyDAY for the theme chocolate.  This is my first card for that theme.  Thank you I love the image it is a beautiful card.  Also thanks for the images you sent from the magazine, very cool!

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3  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - September 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by madcrafter on: October 02, 2012 02:03:44 PM
I got the most beautiful card today from Pilar Farmer!  It is a magic rose!  Very cool I have to make one of these!  Thank you!








Very cool interactive ATC!
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4  Golden Crystal Spider Watch in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by madcrafter on: September 30, 2012 05:09:34 PM


Golden Crystal Spider Watch.

Kind of a strange title for this post but I really did make a spider watch.  When I first started making spiders this month I started thinking of what I could use for the bodies and heads.  That is when I started thinking about using a watch for the body making the spider useful as well as decorative.  At first I thought of a pendant on a chain.  Then It seemed cooler if I made it into a wrist watch so it looked like the spider was crawling up my arm!  So that is what I did!  I didn't take pictures as I went so there is no tutorial but I will explain how I made it.  These instructions are for the beads and wire I had, you may need to make substitution for your spider.

First thing the project went wrong.  I wanted to make a small spider using seed beads but I could only find the pearl and silver seed beads.  So I decided on a gold spider using small Swarovski crystal and pearls.

First I got a gold and black watch 3/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches.  On each end was a space for adding a wrist band.  The most important thing is to make sure to add the head bead to the 6 end of the watch.  Using 22 gauge gold colored copper wire (Zebra brand) about 8 inches long, I put the head, a 6mm round crystal, on the wire.  Next I inserted both ends of the wire through the wrist band opening.  Then I ran both ends through the crystal again.  Back through the band again.  Finally through the head bead again.  I pulled it very tight using pliers and then cut and curled the ends into pincers.  Between the head and the watch there is now wire forming a small space.

For the legs I used 26 gauge wire (Zebra) I cut 4 pieces about 8 inches long.  The space formed by attaching the head bead is now used to hold the leg wires.  I tried several ideas but the one that worked was to take two wires fold in half and wrap them through the wire space twice.  This will give you four leg wires.  You really need to make the wraps tight.  Do this in both sides of the head crystal.  Now the spider has 8 legs.

Now string the leg wires using any small beads.  I used 4mm bicones and 6mm joints.  Make at least two joints on each leg.  I also used a joint bead as a foot.  This part is as creative as you want, have fun with the spider legs and make them as long as you want.  Only one caution, you need to start the legs with small beads because the wires are so close together it will look odd with large beads.  Cut of excess leg wire leaving enough to curl a couple times.  This is what keeps the leg beads from being to loose, so tightened the loops be careful if the foot is a crystal.  Wouldn't want a spider with a broken foot.  You now have a spider watch!

Now how to attach it to your wrist!  First I tried having the spider going around the wrist but it didn't look like a spider.  So I decided to string a strong beading wire (Accu~flex 49 strands .024) and make a bracelet running the beading wire through the wrist band opening of the watch.  This wouldn't work because the crystal spider is to large and heavy.  So I made two bracelets!  A little strange but I like how it came out.  I took measurements and aimed at 6.5 inches plus the width of adding a clasp and the width of the watch band area.  It is important to measure your wrist because a loose bracelet won't work.  To make the clasp easier I used a two strong magnetic clasps.  The magnets want to attach to each other but they can be made to behave!



You can see the two bracelets, each going through the area for the watch band.

So I cut the beading wire 10 inches long and added the clasp using a crimp tube.  Next I strung 3.25 inches of beads.  I used small black pearls with small small black crystal.  Then strung the watch through it's band opening then added 3.25 inches of the small black beads and crystals.  I had to adjust the number of beads.  But when it was right I added the other half of the clasp.  I did this again for the second bracelet at the other end of the watch.  Be sure to measure your arm where the second bracelet will be.  Your arm will be a little larger and will need more beads.  That is all I can think of to make this cute watch!  Just be as flexible as your beading wire and improvise if your beads are smaller or your wrist larger.  It is a really fun project!  Good luck!



Finished watch!

Thank you for looking and I would appreciate any comments.  If you can think of a better way to attach the spider I would love to hear from you!  Thanks again!
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5  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - September 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by madcrafter on: September 30, 2012 02:32:51 PM
Jillybeans sent me two wonderful cards for the theme "The Hobbit" based on two of the covers.  One the Misty Mountains, and the other the forest.  Thank you so much I really love the cards.



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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - September 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by madcrafter on: September 29, 2012 01:27:50 PM
I received a really pretty mixed media card with a lovely flower on it and the dictionary meaning.  It even has crystals!  Thank you SonjaBoo!

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7  Copper Spider Pin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by madcrafter on: September 24, 2012 12:35:55 PM
Lately I have been doing crafts rather than reading about them.  So I've been looking through the projects here and kicking myself for not keeping up!  So many lovely projects.  Since Halloween is around the corner I thought to share a spider pin made out of copper and crystals.



Top of spider.



Bottom of spider showing pin/
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by madcrafter on: September 22, 2012 06:13:09 PM
Care of Magical Creatures/Make something a Niffler would love
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Golden leaf necklace
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:  My friend really wants a Niffler.  (I suspect she is going to put it in Snape's office.)  I said that I would help her catch a Niffler so I came up with the idea of a Golden leaf necklace.  I took a set of graduated gold crystals and strung them with leaf shaped crystal.  The leaves have a mirror and AB spells on them to make them extra shiny.  The clasp is magnetic so when the Niffler grabs it she can unclasp it easily and drop the Niffler into a net.
Project Picture:




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9  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - September 2012 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by madcrafter on: September 22, 2012 02:25:51 PM
I received these pretty cards from pilarfarmer.  Thank you for the flowers!





I love the flowers especially the puff paint giving the rose so much dimension.
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10  Paper flour and sugar bags bunting in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by madcrafter on: September 18, 2012 08:33:52 PM
This is really a rather silly project but I wanted to give it a try.  When I was trying to see if I could make the empty paper bags from sugar and flour useful the idea of a bunting came to me.  So after months of saving bags I finally tried my idea out today.   This is a great project to get rid of lace and ribbon. 

First I separated the outer bag layer and cut out the package labeling.  Taking the larger front label to be a apron skirt and the smaller label the top.



 Flour and sugar bags.



Ribbons and lace stash.



Cutout label ready for lace.




Lace sewn on label (back)

Next I got out the glue and some odds and end of lace and ribbons people have given me over the years.  The glue didn't work well, I think that the coating on the bag was the problem.  So I got out some duel duty thread and sewed the lace to the labels.  The bags were strong enough to sew through and it didn't take long because I used large stitches.  Really easy!  It is also great because when you are tired of the bunting you can take the lace off to recycle again!


Then I just had to come up with ideas of different types of aprons to make.  Half aprons, frilly, cute all types of aprons.




Paper apron.







 

Paper aprons hanging from bunting.

As I said silly but I could see this as a new neighbor welcome gift.  So if you are looking to recycle your sugar and flour bags try this!  I'm sure someone here could really make this really cute.
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