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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Pearl/Ribbon Bridesmaid Necklace on: July 27, 2007 08:36:38 PM
I made these for my bridal party to wear at the wedding. One of them is allergic to most metals so I am hoping that the rings wrapped in ribbon and the crimp bead lifted off her neck will be fine.

First you need the pearls. I bought a strand of champagne-colored, freshwater ones long enough for 3 necklaces from eBay for under $10 including S&H.

After procrastinating all month I finally got my stuff together. For each necklace I used clear filamentous string (a.k.a. fishing line), crimp beads (.06 per necklace), 2 7mm double rings (.14 per necklace), between 70 and 74 pearls ($3.33 per necklace), scissors to cut the line, and multi-purpose tool with needle nose pliers for the crimp beads.

Run a line through a crimp bead, around a ring, back through the crimp bead, and crimp the bead close to the ring so that there is hardly any space. Leave a 3" tail and begin stringing the pearls so that 3" of them are run through both pieces of line. At the end of the string run the line through another crimp bead, ring, crimp bead again and string 3" of that line back through the strung pearls. Pull the string as tight as you can so that you can crimp the bead as close to the ring and pearls as possible. Nothing is connected at this time.


Cut a 24" to 30" piece of 1" satin ribbon (.34 to .50 per necklace). Notch the ends. Run this piece of ribbon through both rings and tie in a bow. Here is my wonderful fiance modeling the back of the necklace for me.


Each necklace turned out to costs about $4 for supplies alone. If you won't ever use the rest of the supplies again this necklace turns out to be $6 with a bunch of wasted supplies. However I am sure that you will finish using the spool of ribbon (I am a ribbon fiend) and fishing line is always handy. The crimp beads and rings were $1.99 each from JoAnn's Fabrics in quantities of 70 and 30 respectively. You can give them to a crafter or even ask for a few from a friend that makes jewelry.


I love that I did these and they took like 45 for 3 of them. I just need to notch the ribbon better.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / handmade weddings on: March 23, 2007 05:20:22 AM
I hope this post works.  Design*Sponge is finishing their two week series on "handmade weddings" and they have a lot of cool ideas.  FYI, I am not an agent of that blog, I have just been a fan of it lately and though I would share.

I need to find a way to permalink the great information they have posted in the past two weeks.  They have also had a portion of the blog devoted to green weddings.

http://dsguestblog.blogspot.com/

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Save the Dates for Costa Rica Wedding (Pictures!) on: March 02, 2007 08:24:26 PM
I am so excited.  This is my first project I am posting for craftster.  I hope everything loads right.  Here are the Save-the-Dates for our Costa Rica wedding:

First we got magnets from vistaprint.com with their "free" offer and used a graphic from Rafael Salcedo on DeviantArt.com with his permission.  The magnet has our website where there is a lot of information including passport applications, itinerary, lodging, travel information, links to blogs in CR by expats, and an interactive satellite map we did on Google Earth that has flags for our hometowns, where we live now, where we got engaged, and then Costa Rica locations we will be visiting during our stay in the country.  We can add flags of our guests' locations as they commit to coming.

Second I washed some chipboard with blue watercolor



Then I used my pen and ink set to write a little bit of info on the cards that I cut from the chipboard.  Photo corners were used to attach the magnets.



Next up were envelopes made from an old calendar.  Luckily I get them from the Organization for Tropical Studies that has reserves in Costa Rica.  I cut each sheet in half and folded it around the save-the-date and then cut notches at the folded joints.  The envelope was affixed at seams with double-sided sticky tape.



Here is what the package looks like.  I added a border to a label and punched some palm trees on the front.  On the back is another homemade label (but smaller) with our return address as well as a foil heart seal I found for a serious discount at the Office Depot clearance bin.



Here is an assortment of the envelopes from the calendar with painted chipboard scraps covering the addresses.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / zip-up to corset conversion on: December 06, 2006 05:27:40 PM
hello i typed a couple of keywords to see where this was posted before and did not get the answers i was looking for.  do any of you know know of a tutorial to convert a dress with a zip-up back to a corsetted back?

i bought a strapless white dress for $36 bucks from e-bay and am considering giving it some more bang.  thank you.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / recycling platinum for rings on: October 12, 2006 07:45:27 AM
This is a cross-post with the jewelry board, but I figured that one never knows who reads this board...

My sister is taking jewelry-making classes this year and next.  She is recycling a lot of our family jewelry (removing stones, recasting, etc.).  She has graciously offered to make wedding bands for my fiance and myself.  However, we want platinum recycled bands.  This has been our vision for quite a while.  Platinum goes for about $1060 an ounce, yet it is in products like catalytic converters and hard drives. 

Does anyone know how to recycle the platinum from these items?  Or where to get less inexpensive (less than $1000+ oz) platinum from so that my sister can melt it down and cast our rings?

I am new to this and my sister is getting help from her mentor.  This is basically a project the three of us have taken on.

I would appreicate any help.  Thank you.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / recycling platinum for rings - advice? on: October 12, 2006 07:43:39 AM
My sister is taking jewelry-making classes this year and next.  She is recycling a lot of our family jewelry (removing stones, recasting, etc.).  She has graciously offered to make wedding bands for my fiance and myself.  However, we want platinum recycled bands.  This has been our vision for quite a while.  Platinum goes for about $1060 an ounce, yet it is in products like catalytic converters and hard drives. 

Does anyone know how to recycle the platinum from these items?  Or where to get less inexpensive (less than $1000+ oz) platinum from so that my sister can melt it down and cast our rings?

I am new to this and my sister is getting help from her mentor.  This is basically a project the three of us have taken on.

I would appreicate any help.  Thank you.
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