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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: i have no money for crimpers! on: July 11, 2005 01:34:47 AM
If you get a pair of chain nose or needle nose pliers without the ridges, you can do your crimps flat. I think crimping crimp beads flat looks so much better than crimping them w/ the crimp pliers. My crimp beads always went wonky w/ the crimp pliers. So, I switched to the crimp tubes to use my pliers.

I have a pair of crimping pliers that I got for $12 from my local bead shop. I've been using them over a year w/ no problems. They're kind of like these ... http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H141602TL
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: what can i make with these stones? on: July 11, 2005 01:28:48 AM
wrapping in wire would be the obvious one I'd think of Smiley

you could also find flat metal pieces to use as a backing for pendants. or gluing a tube on the back for stringing. some ideas at least!
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fishing line for jewellery making? on: July 11, 2005 01:19:32 AM
Not sure how it holds up, but probably well. Smiley Knot it instead of using crimps like w/ tiger tail. For a nice finish, you can use clamshell tips. They look like little open clams (hence the name) with a hook that you can attach to jump rings & a clasp.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My crafty fall wedding- warning picture heavy! on: July 11, 2005 12:53:25 AM
Thank you for sharing. It can really be easier than one thinks to put together a wedding on a DIY budget.  Wink  And, glad to hear of another vegetarian catered-wedding. Hubby was soooo excited that we got PB&J and egg salad sandwiches at ours!

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: gift knitting! on: July 11, 2005 12:40:17 AM
you could do a quick little envelope bag. i crocheted one and use it for my hooks.

basically, knit up a rectangle or a square then fold & seam to make a quick little bag. add a loop & button for a closure. then, you could fill it w/ little fun, gifty things and wrap it all up in a ribbon.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: HOW TO SURVIVE IN UTAH on: July 11, 2005 12:32:22 AM
a funky floppy hat to keep the sun out of her eyes. Smiley

if she is into any outdoor sports, there could be some possible theme-ideas there - hiking or bicycling or camping come to mind. a water bottle is a good idea - one of those bright Nalgene-style ones.

a charm-style necklace or something similar for good luck in her new venture.
17  UNITED STATES / North Dakota / Re: this is new on: July 11, 2005 12:08:55 AM
Not NoDak but SoDak --- so forgive me. Wink BUT, have been to Fargo a few times. Caught my first Ani DiFranco show there.  Cheesy

But, wanted to introduce myself from the south ... living in Chamberlain now.
18  UNITED STATES / North Dakota / Re: Starting a biz... on: July 11, 2005 12:04:06 AM
For more tips than you can stand ... try The Switchboards ... www.theswitchboards .com/forum. Wonderful place to get tips and support from other women in indie business. Smiley
19  UNITED STATES / North Dakota / Re: What crafts do all the ND craftsters do? on: July 10, 2005 11:58:13 PM
Sorry, not in ND but look to the south and you'll find me in SD (Chamberlain to be exact!).

I crochet and make & sell my jewelry (www.funkyjunkie.biz). I'm part of a small group who meets weekly for knit & crochet, too.

I do a little sewing, though it's been awhile since I've pulled out my ancient Singer. I'm actually waiting on a hand-me-down Singer from my MIL, less ancient & easier to use. So, yes, hoping to get into more sewing - clothing & home decor. If nothing else, I need something to use up my stash of thrift store fabric!

If memory serves me right, I hear there's a good bead store in Minot(?).
20  UNITED STATES / South Dakota / so ... any south dakotans or upper plains craftsters?? on: July 10, 2005 11:52:09 PM
I always feel so alone on these forums ... out in the middle of south dakota ... but, if I'm not alone, please say HELLO ... really loudly b/c I might just hear you!

I'm in central SD in Chamberlain. Would love to hear from fellow SD'ers ... and border states, too (NE, MN, NE, ND, IA, MT, CO). Smiley
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