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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beading needles on: August 08, 2007 09:51:45 PM
Also, the sort of needle you want depends on your project.  If you are stringing a long length of seed beads, the long needles are best (since they hold more beads at once) but if you are doing bead weaving, and want to pass through and around tight little spaces, the short ones are a LOT easier ( as I found out after about a year of wondering why my projects took me so long)
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: UPDATE!! weave bracelet!! can someone HELP??? UPDATE!!! on: July 13, 2007 06:40:06 PM
It looks like a triangle weave to me.  here's a triangle weave choker i made- it looks different but i think its pretty much the same stitch.

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~helixmat/testsite1/collarnecklace.jpg
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 73 pop cans later... on: June 16, 2007 02:22:18 PM
So great.  One of those 'wow, I wish I had thought to do that' projects.  An emery board would probably take care of the pokey problem.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Luna/Evanna's Beaded Radish Earrings on: June 14, 2007 10:25:32 PM
They seem 3-D to me...and charming. I'd think you could just basically make a beaded bead (lots of tutorials online- I'm sure about.com has one) for the radish w/ an extra row or two for the point on the end, then flat leaves. 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Organ-along! on: May 29, 2007 02:24:57 AM
I would LOVE to be in on this one.  The knit digestive system is maybe one of my favorite things I've ever seen on Craftster.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tri-Beads? on: April 05, 2007 10:54:14 AM
The seed-bead sized triangles?  If you weave them together one pointing up the next down on and on (peyote or brick stictch etc.) they make a nice surface-especially to contrast with other shaped beads.  I'd send a pic of some things I've made but I'm at work.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Online Purchasing on: March 05, 2007 07:14:50 PM
I buy a lot of my beads - especially the semi-precious stones and silver off of e-bay. The beads mostly come from Hong Kong or Bankok.  I have found a few shops where I've been happy w/ the quality and now pretty much just search a few of those instead of spending WAY too much time bead-browsing.  It is SO much less expensive than the bead stores and we don't have even one of those where I'm living now- just chain stores like Michael's.

I have purchased from artbeads before and have been very happy with them.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Green Weed Necklace on: February 13, 2007 07:56:57 PM
That is gorgeous. Do you feel like a mermaid or a hot sea monster?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polyurethane?! on: January 19, 2007 07:39:30 PM
HomeDepot or somesuch will have plenty of poly in the paint/stain department. Real polyurethane you have to clean up with mineral spirits, but for what you are doing you could also use "poly-crylic" which is less stinky and can be cleaned up with water.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: silicone molds? on: January 19, 2007 07:20:35 PM
When I had sculpture classes in college we would make silicone molds with regular caulk from the hardware store (100% silicone kind).  You need to first coat whatever you want to make a mold of with something so the caulk doesn't stick- we used Dawn dishsoap which for some reason worked where other brands did not.  For this you could probably just lump the caulk  around half a ball the size you want.  Let it dry overnight and voila!
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