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701  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.
702  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!!!
703  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!!!
704  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
705  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
706  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: does anyone know where to buy clear casting resin and moulds in australia on: January 29, 2006 01:01:27 PM
Yes, Yes, Yes, Sylvie6.... Grin  I work in Newtown and have been in Barnes' store.... absolutely fantastic and very helpful.  Yes, they do have the casting resin and anything you need for making moulds!!!!
707  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: need instructions for multi-strand, "woven" necklace - TUTORIAL on: January 26, 2006 02:56:45 PM
OK.... so, here we go with instructions...

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.  I get lots of comments and looks when I wear it.  If you have any questions, please ask!!!
708  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Nearly Round Record bowls and Record Journal on: January 23, 2006 11:34:58 PM
KnitterMa:  Yes.  That's probably what it was - a combo of stainless steel and electric oven.  So Mythbusterish!!!

After I had posted on this board, I realised that A5 paper fits it nicely - you know that paper with the pre-punched holes that's meant for binders, but A5 sized. 
709  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My very first summery Jordy! on: January 23, 2006 11:28:42 PM
What a great friend you are - I'm sure she will LOVE it.  It looks Ab Fab!!!!
710  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag Tutorial on: January 23, 2006 11:22:40 PM
FilleDeJoy - Wow!!!  Did you make the last one from a shirt or dress?  What a fabulous idea!!
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