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691  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Woven necklace - with TUTORIAL on: February 07, 2006 11:47:22 PM
Wow, that is gorgeous!  I bookmarked this one so I can try it later when I find some time or maybe for a swap I have coming up.  Can't wait and I trust you that it is easy, lol!

If you get stuck or want clearer directions - let me know!!!  Sadly.....I'm always here!!!! Grin
692  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wallet/Organizer Holder **TUTORIAL ADDED** on: February 07, 2006 01:09:53 AM
FilleDeJoy:  Thanks.  The fabric in the first wallet is a faux raw silk and the main colour is actually a green - doesn't show up in the picture too well.

Check out SewPixie's great tutorial on putting a zipper like this in.....

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0
693  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wallet/Organizer Holder **TUTORIAL ADDED** on: February 06, 2006 11:32:01 PM
Thanks sewpixie!!  Here is my version.  I covered the elastic with the fabric.  Works great!!  I also extended the cards section to the top of the organizer as I didn't need an ID card on show and I have WAY too many cards.  I also handstitched the binding closed after sewing with the machine on the outside. 

My life is now organized!!!  Yippeee!!









I had a friend who saw mine and immediately wanted one ..... IN PINK  AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!  Pink is so not my colour.  Anyway, here's what I started with.....



and here's the result.....





694  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Woven necklace - with TUTORIAL on: February 06, 2006 09:20:35 PM
Here is a necklace I made a few weeks ago.  I get loads of comments when I wear it so I thought I'd share with my fellow craftsters.....



The necklace has five strands of beads (more if you want!!) varying in size from seed beads (I chose the square tube beads cause they tended to "shine" or reflect the light better than seed beads) to 10mm beads.  Select a colour palette of either one, two or three colours with a variety of shapes, finishes and sizes.  I realised after finishing my necklace, that my necklace would have looked better if I had chosen a similar shade of beads - ie. chosen a dark coloured green rather than the light coloured green.  The necklace can be made either collarbone length, about 18 or 19 inches - which is the length I did or mid-chest length, about 26 inches.

Template
Firstly, you need to make a template.  For the collarbone length (18 inches), you need to cut a 5 1/2 inch diametre circle from foam board (if you have it.  If not, I just cut two from fairly thick cardboard and sandwiched two together with mounting tape).  You could also use a thick cardboard box.  This is then glued to a larger piece of cardboard.  Mark the top centre and bottom centre.  For the longer length cut a teardrop shape 9 3/4 inches long x 5 inches wide.  Here is a picture of my template:



Clasp
Tape a clasp to the top centre.  I used a toggle clasp but any clasp would work.  I also put a jump ring onto the clasp as the clasp hole was only quite small and two or three strands will need to pass through the hole of either the clasp or jump ring.  I used plain old fishing line but I guess you could use beading thread or Nymo.  If you choose to use thread, you would need to use a beading needle.  I used enough line to go round the template 5 times plus I would guess about another 18 inches.  Yes, I know that's long but I personally don't like having to attach thread in the middle of a project, but you can do so.  Start with a lark's head knot.  A lark's head knot is where you fold the end of the thread to form a loop.  Pass the loop through the clasp or jump ring, then thread the ends of the thread back through the loop and pull tight. 

Stringing
The first strand will lay the closest to the edge of the template.  String on a bead a little larger than a seed bead (just a nice way to end a strand) then string about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of seed beads.  String on a small contrasting bead.  Continue in this fashion (ie. 1 to 1 1/2 inches of sead bead then contrasting bead) but with the contrasting beads getting larger as you get towards the front of the necklace and getting smaller as you continue from the front to the back of the necklace.  When you get to the other side of the necklace, thread a small bead (like the bead on the other end), then thread through the other clasp end (or jump ring as the case may be) then thread back through the end bead.  Continue with the next strand.  String on about 1/2 inch of seed beads, a small contrasting bead, and 1/2 inch of seed beads (approx.) or enough to reach the first small bead on the first strand and take your thread through this first small bead on the first strand.  Continue doing strands and connecting them to the contrasting bead, again, gradually increasing the size of the "shared" or contrasting beads.  Make sure your most important beads are at the front.  Below is a close up of the back of the necklace:



There are 5 strands in total but below is a close up of where I threaded the 5th strand into the 4th strand to reduce bulk at the clasp:



Below is a closeup of the front.  You can do the front however you like but I liked the look of this:



And here is a picture of the finished necklace on the template:



It is a lot of work but trust me, it is easy and looks stunning.  If you have any questions, please ask!!!
695  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: cutting holes in books? on: February 03, 2006 07:54:32 PM
Do you mean just a round hole or square hole?  You mentioned a drill bit.  Well, yes, you can use a drill bit to drill through pages - I have done it and the drill bit does a very neat job. 

As for cutting a square hole (or rectangle).....I haven't done this but I would imagine maybe you could use a jig saw??? 
696  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Leather Journal on: February 03, 2006 01:13:26 AM
Oooohhhh Wham, please do.  Would loooove to see them!!

Yeah, I wasn't sure whether (or even how) to put a title on them so I guess that's why they have a clean look about them. 

I gave them away today as a little gift for a couple of friends - one in particular who does a "prayer journal" and she went nuts over it!!  Great little "just because" gift.
697  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Why bags - Jordy with Pics on the front on: February 03, 2006 01:05:55 AM
I think the fact that they are personalised with a photo would allow for high pricing!!!  Go for it, girl - they are gorgeous!!!
698  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Leather Journal on: February 02, 2006 12:47:30 PM
After being inspired by cassette tape cover journals http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6883.0 and not having any cassette tape covers  Cry, I came up with my own version. 

I made these from scraps of leather.  I bought the scraps from a tannery in Sydney (Australia) for $2 a piece and I have enough from each scrap to make about 4 of these suckers.  Anyway, here they are:





I also handmade the paper inside the journals.  I made the paper using the A5 paper maker then "wet tore" the A5 in half then folded each half in half to make each of the pages (hope this makes sense!!)  They are 5 inches high by about 3 3/4 inches wide when closed.  Each "magazine" inside the book (there are two) consists of only 4 pages folded in half (making a total of 8 pages).  The next ones I make I will use Chux over the paper maker to give a smoother finish to one side of the page.  The darker side of the paper is quite rough as I used tulle over the paper maker.

Enjoy!!!
699  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I WANNA SILKSCREEN! on: January 30, 2006 11:19:12 PM
After reading through most of this thread, there was something that came up about using modge podge to paint directly on the screen rather than using expensive stuff.  Screenfiller was also recommended.  I have since found that a home made version of screenfiller can be made by simmering "Future" acrylic floorwax in a pan on the stove until it thickens to a paintable consistency. Add a little red food colouring to make the acrylic screenfiller visible.

I also found this link http://www.aussiemodeller.com/pages/hintsNtips/future_analysis.htm as I had no idea what Future Floor Wax was.  This is a detailed explanation of other names it goes by in various countries.

Just thought this might help someone.  Grin
700  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Photoshop help- WILL PAY on: January 30, 2006 10:33:38 PM
Can do also!!!   Grin  No payment necessary!!!!   Cheesy
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