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51  Teacher presents: bracelets in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: June 07, 2007 01:01:20 PM
So, I tried to just shop and BUY presents for my children's teachers...I just couldn't do it!  So yesterday I sat and made bracelets for each one.

This is grey pearl, silver bead caps, clear crystal and red E beads and wire connectors.

This is tiger tail, crimp beads, yellow and green pearls, green gem chips and seed beads

This is brown and turquoise tiger-eye on memory wire.

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52  dangly mop coin earings in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: June 07, 2007 12:56:15 PM
I haven't been around for a while since I've been so busy but here are a few earing I made yesterday...the green ones are actually for me!  I never get to make jewelry for myself!
The others are for my friends who have birthdays right around mine.

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53  Re: Show us your Photoshop and PSP art!!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alohamom2three on: April 02, 2007 12:20:56 AM
Ooh..i figured out how to do warhol effect with my crummy Ulead photo express!  Here are my girls ala warhol

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54  Muslin Mache Wolf Mask in Costumes: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: April 02, 2007 12:13:13 AM
So, this is a variation on paper mache.  You use muslin cut on the bias and do layers over a form.  I need seven wolf masks for Beauty and the Beast so I made a clay form and started living with glue all over my hands.  This is the first of seven.

I have pics of the process if anyone wants a tute
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55  My first Latex Mask in Costumes: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: April 02, 2007 12:10:46 AM
I teach Technical Theater in High School and we're doing Beauty and the Beast so I decided we would make the Beast mask as a teaching project...of course, I had to test the process on myself first to make sure it is safe to do to a student...so here is my first latex mask.
I guess it will be my Halloween Costume next year!

I do have images of all the steps it anyone wants a tute!
Thanks for looking, I really had fun on this one.
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56  My children's jewelry designs in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 26, 2007 02:12:00 PM
OK...I know I'm being an obnoxious parent but...
Whenever I bead, my children want to as well...I get a little frustrated because usually I take the time to set them up and then they quit after a few minutes but this time they persevered.  They designed the patterns themselves and I just tied off the connectors.

This is by my 8 year old:

This is by my six year old:
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57  coral type bracelets (image heavy)***NOW WITH TUTE!!! in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 26, 2007 02:08:08 PM
Well, I'm finally getting around to posting my Christmas presents...little late. Grin
I was walking with my sister-in-law window shopping and we saw these coral type bracelets in a window and I said:  "I can do that!"  So I did.
These were everyone's Christmas preset.
They were made with E beads for the main part and then at least three colors of mochromatic beads for the branches on each bracelet.
Let me know if you like them or want a tute!  They are simple and took about two hours of tv watching to do each.

This is my first try at a tutorial with diagrams...hope it comes out understandable!

Beading thread
Conditioning wax
Nail polish\glue
E beads
Seed beads

I make this bracelet with one long thread..I wrap the thread around my wrist six or seven times and that seems to be the right length.
I used big eye needles...I like how I can hold more beads on at one time and my hand doesn't cramp.

Here is a pictuer of beading wax if you don't know what it is...wax helps keep the beads in place and helps keep the thread from fraying.  I just pull the thread through the grooves in the wax holder.

For this project, I use one color E bead and then I use three colors of monochromatic seed beads because it gives a nice texture to have colors that are close but slightly different.  On some, for example the red one, I used white beads very sparingly to break up the color.

I first connect the thread to the round end of the clasp.  Knot then surgeons knot then nail polish the knot (this is how I start, if you like other methods, go ahead)

I then thread the E beads until I reach the length of my bracelet.

If I'm using a toggle and circle clasp, I add a few seed beads of the same color at the end of the base row so I can maneuver the toggle.  Then I tie off on the toggle and nail polish the knot.  I turn around with the same thread and go back through the first E bead.  In between each bead I do a seed bead branch.  I go through five seed beads and then back through the bottom two to give me a branch with a wide head.

I like to keep the color pattern random and I sometimes vary the number of beads in the branch.  I found that when I'm working on it, the bracelet doesn't look all together until I finish the branches.
I tie off to the beginning point clasp, nail polish the knot and weave the end of the thread back into the bracelet.

I hope you guys understand me...it's simpler than it sounds and really doesn't take that long.  I'd love to see other peoples bracelets if you do them!

Happy beading!
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58  Re: Show us your Photoshop and PSP art!!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alohamom2three on: December 22, 2006 03:46:16 PM
This is a picture I made a few years ago...unfortunately I'm too cheap to have adobe but all those other programs make some nice things too.
Enjoy (this is on the north shore of hawaii the night before my third daughter was born)
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59  basket weave dishwasher! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alohamom2three on: November 19, 2006 03:39:18 PM
OK..I'm on a basketweave kick...as you can tell if you look at my post about chairs on this board.  So, I have a stainless fridge, a black stove and a white dishwasher.  We just moved in not too long ago and can't afford to buy anything yet.  So, I had some aluminum flashing lying around from making a tinman costume and my crafty mind got inspired.  I took off the white panel and cut two inch strips of flashing then I basket wove (weaved?) them onto the white panel.  I was a few strips short but I think it looks awesome.  I now have a totally unique dishwasher!

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60  Finally finished pair of chairs! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alohamom2three on: November 19, 2006 03:34:28 PM
My poor husband...I pulled these chairs out of the garbage over a year ago (ok if I'm being honest it was probably two years ago  Roll Eyes
I almost threw them back out and then I promised them to a friend to go with a patio table so they moved with us to a new house with the promise that I would do them "soon".  You all know how that is!
Anyway, finally sanded, clear coated and basketwove a seat.  I think they look really good.  Hubby likes them too and has gallantly tried to refrain from commenting on how long they took me to do...they only took a day once I got around to them...LOL.

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