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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin help - getting a buoyant object to stay down? on: June 28, 2013 09:18:05 PM
I don't recall you saying what kind of mold you used, but if it's possible maybe you could do your entire piece "reversed"? As in, do it all backwards so you're placing the mushroom in upside down (gills upwards) so when the air bubbles come out they're easier to get rid of. Let us know if you end up having success with your project! I'm curious if the fresh mushroom's moisture would end up doing anything to the resin to cause it to not cure right or become cloudy, etc.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: How To Wrap A Stone With String - Jewelry Tutorial on: June 28, 2013 08:47:10 PM
These look really nice! I've been wanting to do something similar too, but I can't seem to find any tutorials on the exact kind of "wrap" that I want. I was looking for something more simple, with less off the netting/knotting. Here is a good example of what I would like to learn to do: http://lwaite.deviantart.com/art/Hemp-Wrapped-Quartz-Point-Wand-Necklace-294783540

Does anyone know where I could find a tutorial on it? It *looks* simple, especially because I do have experience in making hemp items, but I can't quite figure out just how to execute it. Any ideas? Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Perler Biggie Beads "Candy" bracelet on: September 04, 2012 08:58:04 PM
I tried again tonight, still not getting the results I want. Maybe I'm using the wrong beads? Maybe I have to try the mini hama beads. They're just hard to get a hold of because they're basically only sold in the UK it seems. Here's what I did tonight:

1. Stood up beads on the tray, already in the oven.
2. Set the oven to 400 F.
3. Sat, watched them melt.

I can't remember how long it took, maybe 8 mins? But they started melting around 330 F. I let them keep going for a few more mins and they just kinda melted down into thick donuts, not rings. I'm asking around in some craft groups on Facebook that I'm in if anyone has had any experience, but I'm not sure I'll get replies. I might have to suck it up and deal with the donut-y beads Sad


Edit:
I also didn't use any papers - just straight on my baking tray. And also, I tried it once on tin foil and they melted right to it!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Perler Biggie Beads "Candy" bracelet on: September 03, 2012 10:04:55 PM
I really want to make these. I bought some regular brand name Perler beads, and I also found a little 'starter pack' at the dollar store I thought I'd try out. The beads in each look exactly alike but they do melt differently! I read one tutorial that said the beads would melt just fine laying on their sides. (This didn't work for me, the beads just squished down and closed themselves from the heat.) I also did mine on 400 for 5 mins because I thought that's what the tutorial said, I'll try 200 next time.

Anyways my question is, in the tutorial I saw the holes in the beads got big - when I did it this time they just seemed to get kinda fat with small holes, kinda like yours. Any reasons behind this? I really liked the thinner looking beads. Not sure what to do to get those kind instead. Maybe someone knows?

Edit with my findings:
I tried a few at 200 F for 15 mins and it did nothing to them at all. Without taking them out I bumped the heat to 350 for 10 more mins and they melted into little donuts, the holes are probably too small for anything but a needle. I just want the ones with bigger holes like these: http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2012/05/25/meltedbeads - I will keep trying =/
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 29, 2012 11:02:26 PM
That would be awesome! I actually get a lot of people buying for their weddings or bridesmaid's, it's a really awesome feeling to have your jewelry be part of someones wedding. Smiley
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 20, 2012 10:42:05 AM
I highly recommend that viewers to the Dragonfly's crafters photo page, the pictures there are so much bigger so you can see all the plugs in all their glory.  Gorgeous, don't wear plugs, but if I did I would love to wear some of these.


Aw thank you. I guess I'm so used to seeing them in person/in high quality huge photos that I forgot some people might not get to see the full details just from the thumbnails. I also have many more pics on my FB page. I really do love making these plugs, I'm proud to say they are my work.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 19, 2012 05:11:15 PM
Thanks everyone for the compliments.

Very nice! Are you planning to apply this technique to other types of jewelry?

Maybe.. but only as an "afterthought". I love my plugs and they're really the only jewelry I wear. I still feel like I have so many new things to do with them, I don't have much of an interest in branching out just yet until I've exhausted all my ideas. Which might take a while!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 19, 2012 01:08:54 PM
Wow, your stone chip plugs are amazing!

Thank you. They are my husband's favorites. So many ideas, so little time Tongue
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 18, 2012 07:34:08 PM
Wow these are stellar.  And the resin looks so smooth.  I think I've seen your work around, too, maybe on LJ?  Anyways, I'm totally favoriting your store for my wishlist.

Thank you so much. I spend a lot of time on them to make sure they come out nice and sleek. If my pics were on LJ then they weren't posted by me. I do a lot of FB and Tumblr though, and a little DeviantArt. Thank you for favoriting it.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 18, 2012 06:11:37 PM
I love resin and turquoise, so those two together are a hit!  It's also different than what I've usually seen gauges made out of.

They are so nice in person, they're one of my more popular sellers as well. Recently I had someone buy them to match her bridesmaids dress. How flattering! My plugs are good enough to be in someones wedding! I have quite a few more stone ones as well but people do love the turquoise. I normally hate turquoise, but the sea green-ish shade of these chips is so much nicer than that typical blah blue you see everywhere.
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