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21  Personalized Felt Ball for a Dog in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by batgirl on: April 20, 2012 12:09:11 AM
I made this ball for a friend's dog, Charlie.



They are very easy to make. I used a skein of Deb Stoller Full O Sheep yarn, but any 100% wool will work, including unravelled sweaters. For a lighter ball you can start to wrap around a base of wool scraps or batt, but I wanted a heavy, sturdy ball so I just wound the skein into a tight ball. Tuck in the loose end and put the ball inside an old knee high or old fashioned panty hose, tie a knot so the ball is firmly wrapped, and throw it in the washer with your laundry. I set it on hot wash/cold rinse and just leave it in through several washings. When the wool fuzz shows on the outside of the knee high it's ready. At that point, move it to the dryer for a few cycles until it's dry. If you want to personalize it, take a foot or so of contrasting yarn and needle felt the name (or design) firmly onto the ball. I put it back in the knee high and repeated the washing/drying a few more cycles to make sure it was firmly felted. Make sure it's dry and you're done! These balls are quite sturdy (unless your dog likes to chew up balls, mine just wants to play fetch so these are great for that). They also don't get as slimy and soggy as tennis balls, so they are more fun for the humans. Plus, they look cute and are washable! If they get ratty you can refelt them with the knee high/washer method and they are as good as new.



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22  Re: 04/01/12 - Craftster Goes Katster! in Latest News by batgirl on: April 01, 2012 06:24:06 PM
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23  Easy wrap bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by batgirl on: January 26, 2012 05:03:29 PM
I was inspired by Lime Riot and Superstitch to make myself some wrap bracelets. They are so fun and easy - it's addictive!



leather, silk, and chain:


Thick leather:



Leather cord and ball chain:



Soft leather, thin leather cord, and wire lace:



Silk and rhinestone chain:



All except the ball chain one are just braided and held with ribbon ends and magnetic clasps. For the ball chain one I used this tutorial: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-wrap-bracelet/
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24  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by batgirl on: January 26, 2012 02:48:34 PM
I went home for Christmas, so I was able to get some pics of the doll house my Dad built me. It needs a good deal of fixing up as it's been in the basement for 30 years, but here it is.





In addition to the teeeny one I posted before, he made a smaller one as a trinket box for my Mom. The roof is the lid.





And he built my Mom a "room box" which she has set up as a family Thanksgiving, her favorite holiday.







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25  Lots of vintage-style filigree pieces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by batgirl on: November 25, 2011 07:03:24 PM
I've made a bunch of pretty filigree vintage-look pieces recently. Here are some of my favorites. Smiley



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26  Crushed Glass Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by batgirl on: November 25, 2011 07:00:21 PM
I've been experimenting with making pendants with crushed glass. I am pretty happy with the results so far. They look a bit like crystals. Smiley





My favorite:



I used MAC glue to adhere them to pendant trays. It works really well and doesn't show.
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27  Fused Argentium Jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by batgirl on: November 25, 2011 06:47:19 PM
I took an awesome class on fusing argentium wire to make jewelry. I absolutely loved it! Here is what I made:

Necklace and earrings set




rustic necklace with labradorite


pendants and 2 bracelets. I did not fabricate the cones and toggle.


I love this technique! We used a torch and kiln brick to fuse the wire, and various hammers to shape and texturize the pieces. I want to get the equipment to use at home now. This lot used about 3 feet of wire. Argentium is like sterling, but with germanium added to the silver for hardness, rather than copper. It's strong and tarnish-resistant, and fuses more easily that fine silver.
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28  New fused glass pendants - image overload in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by batgirl on: November 25, 2011 06:25:17 PM
I took another fusing class and made some more pendants! I am hooked!















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29  Advent Calendar in Winter Holidays by batgirl on: November 25, 2011 06:07:05 PM
I made this advent calendar for my nephew. He likes hot air balloons, so I was happy to find this paper with Santa in a balloon at Alpha Stamps. The drawers have various tiny toys and some candies. I hope he likes it!



I signed the back later.

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30  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by batgirl on: October 19, 2011 06:01:18 AM
The antique house is fantastic! What a treasure.

When I was a kid my Dad made me a doll house (with working lights!). He also made a tiny dollhouse to go inside the dollhouse, that was an exact replica. I still have the tiny one (the big one is at my parents' house)





I dreamed I started my house, but I haven't.  Undecided
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