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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: bullet shell + crystal necklaces <3 on: March 03, 2011 06:46:06 AM
Yikes! What a coincidence! I am sitting at my son's desk using his computer - he is in the Army at Basic Training. What did he leave littered all over the desk? 22 bullet casings (and very clean, too, he dumped the power out to try and make his own fire crackers.)

At's karma, now I have to use them for jewelry!

Also, I just bought one of those jumbo tubes of E-6000, you're right, you waste a lot with that size, but it is the only size they sell in the craft stores!

Haha that's such amazing karma! And yes those tubes are huuuuuuuuuge...plus I find they are pretty hard to work with, and the smell just spreads even more. Check out smaller tubes on Etsy or Ebay, they'll make everything SO much easier! The .18oz tubes are perfect. By the time they start to harden I'm usually done with the tube anyway.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: bullet shell + crystal necklaces <3 on: February 23, 2011 07:48:40 PM
We're surrounded by wildlife preserves where hunting is allowed, and I'm always finding spent shell casings of various sizes when we hike. (Some of them are probably my husband's!)  I had never thought to try something like this...I am so VERY impressed!  Swarovski and shell casings!!!  How ironic!!! *grin*

And am I seeing old post earring backs being used with jump rings? THAT is just too clever!  May I ask, please, what you used for adhesive?

Yup! Earring post backings, since I don't have a drill at the moment to drill holes into the bullet shells so...earring posts it is. Haha, it works just as well! I use E6000 for all of my jewelry, it's VERY strong and be sure to use it with proper ventilation! You can find some small tubes on etsy or ebay. The huge tubes they sell at craft stores are a waste and tend to harden after a few uses.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Watercolor Petal Necklace <3 on: February 21, 2011 02:09:30 PM
Hi lovelies! Here's my latest project...



Watercolor petal necklace, inspired by this designer necklace by Lanvin below. It's $450!


Picture via nordstrom.com


Supplies! Faux white flower, watercolor paints, paintbrush, chain, jump rings and connector gems...


I took apart the petals from the flower; I ended up using 9.


Then I painted them, deeper blues on top with hints of green on the bottom.


Pierced holes in them using the blunt end of a needle.


Added the gems then connected the petals to the chain.


Done! I'm so ready for spring, if you couldn't tell.

<3
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crewneck Sweatshirt -> Blazer ! on: February 16, 2011 09:21:28 AM
:O thats...awesome! i want to know how!!! tutorial please!


Its on my diy fashion blog but when I have the time I will most definitely post it here too!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crewneck Sweatshirt -> Blazer ! on: February 15, 2011 09:50:16 AM
That is so cute! I love how you made a matching necklace, I may have to steal that idea from you! How did you cut the sweatshirt to make it look like that?

Go right ahead! For the sweatshirt, I cut straight down the middle, then cut off the bottom strip, then diagonally on the front...then folded pleats in the front. Then on the top, for the collar, I did some more diagonal cutting. The entire tutorial is on my blog! Let me know if you need any help.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crewneck Sweatshirt -> Blazer ! on: February 15, 2011 07:33:36 AM
Genius!

Did you finish the edges of the lapel or leave them raw?

I just left them raw, although I'm thinking of finishing them off, not sure yet....I made this project up as I went along so there's still a lot of kinks to be figured out! But I might , not sure yet.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 2 Necklaces inspired by a $168 Anthropologie Necklace <3 on: February 15, 2011 07:32:49 AM
Thank you ladies!! And yes I made designed them both, inspired by Anthropologie's, but tried to make it a little different. I agree, who knew paperclips could be stylish  Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 Necklaces inspired by a $168 Anthropologie Necklace <3 on: February 14, 2011 10:41:51 PM
Hi ladies! I made these two paperclip necklaces, inspired by a necklace I saw on Anthropologie...the $168 Acrobatics Necklace, link here - http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=19593169&navAction=jump&navCount=


For the first one - I opted out of the "fringe" around the necklace and used silk ribbon instead of vinyl. I used hot glue to secure the ribbon and small jump rings to connect the paperclips.


The second one was much simpler. I used leather scraps, and added a pendant. A pretty simple idea, but I did a tutorial for dollarstorecrafts.com at http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/01/anthropologie-necklace-tutorial/ if you'd like more detail.





xo!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crewneck Sweatshirt -> Blazer ! on: February 14, 2011 10:35:26 PM
Hi lovelies! I made this plain, crewneck sweater into a cute blazer/cardigan. Secured it with a vintage brooch. I love how it turned out!



And then with the leftovers...of course I couldn't throw them out  Grin With the collar I made a necklace, and with the bottom strip I made a warm headband.



Enjoy<3
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Terrarium necklace - real plants you can wear on: February 05, 2011 01:26:35 PM
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