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1  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: Bead Shops in Northern Virginia? on: January 08, 2009 09:30:35 AM
I recently found EZ Beads in Centreville, just off the 66/28/29 intersection. While it isn't a big place, it isn't a chain store either... and that matters to me.

They specialize in pearls, but have a lot of cloisonne, semiprecious gemstones, and crystal as well.

One of the things I really dig about the place (aside from the dirt-cheap prices) is their willingness to  display and sell the work of small-time, unknown artists. It really gives the place a good vibe, and reinforces the owner's expression of interest in bettering the informal (as in non-organized... unlike Northern Virginia Bead Society) community. They have meetup groups once a month, which I have always had a great time at.

The first time I went there... Jenni, the owner, bought me lunch. Talk about first impressions! lol Shes a character for sure, and really puts her heart and soul into the shop.

No attitude, low prices, super-friendly atmosphere, what more could you want? Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Resin gauged jewelry? on: May 20, 2004 10:58:31 PM
'Allo, allo...
I had a question about resin ear plugs. I know that fimo/sculpey is supposedly toxic and should not be used for such things, but I really want to make a gift for someone and I though some personalized picture plugs would work better. Does anyone know if resin is safe to use in ears?

Thanks in advance!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: preserving bugs on: May 10, 2004 02:27:57 AM
Is anyone else excited about cicada jewelry? The ground out here in VA looks like swiss cheese from the secon-stage ones. I'm thinking a quick resin dip for the adults for jewelry/keychains.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for bones on: May 09, 2004 05:35:08 PM
Gland to help  Grin somehow I knew that frickin' pic wouldn't work. Give it a try here http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sybill777/detail?.dir=/1f45&.dnm=180c.jpg

The difference in the chicken bones is the same as with all bird bones. Theyre much lighter due to the marrow being less dense to facilitate flight. Resembles a very porous sponge.  It might seem to rot, since it is so easily softened and boiled away, so yeah, I suppose it kinda gets cooked. Mammal bones are simply more dense. Fish bones have almost no marrow. It all hardens up after drying though.

What kinda project are you working on?

Huttah for creepy bone ladies! Wink
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for bones on: May 09, 2004 03:45:06 AM
Yay! I finally get to post on a topic I actually know something about!  Grin

First post, actually. Bones are actually incresebly easy to come by. I like to use bird bones for my crafts, since they are lightweight and easily drilled. My current project is a bone bra. (can we say Baba Yaga?) I'll try posting a picture of a mask I made from a turkey carcass, but I never have much luck with the pics...

Chicken bones are a personal favorite, simply due to the abundance. I down at least a hundred buffalo wings a week (yeah, I'm a barfly) and never forget to bring the big purse or ask for a to-go container to bring them to my cat (servers like to lecture ya on how dogs can choke). Some happy hours feature unlimited buffalo wings  Cool Both the wings and legs are about the size youre looking for.  Rotisserie chickens are good too. They come with the complete spine, which is cool looking if you have the patience to put it back together after boiling.

Like the Indie Anna  said, boil the heck out of them to loosen the remaining meat/yuck/cartilige. You'll know when its done when you see/smell broth and boiling fat. The meat will turn a lighter shade.  It comes off pretty easy an rinses off with a little finger working.  I like to throw mine in the dehydrator since I'm impatient, but you can let them air dry too. As far as bleaching, it will eat away the bone. Make a diluted bucket of bleach and let them sit as long as it takes to acheive the shade you want.

A good dremel tool or something like it is invaluable. The turkey mask above was done with hot glue, and I totally regret it. Falls apart every time I move it.

As for other bones, roadkill is the way to go. If you think about it (my way), you are actually doing a service to the animal by taking it out of the road where it would only be further disrespected by being smeared across a mile of asphalt. Its so much nicer to celebrate its life by turning it into something beautiful.  Ya probably don't want to stick a squirrel or deer head in your kitchen pots, so dig it a nice hole, say a little prayer for it, and cover it with lime from the garden store. Wait a week or two for the lime to dissolve the flesh, etc. and dig it up. Viola! Roadkill usually has only one or two broken bones if you get it early enough. A deer often only suffers from a broken rib. If it has any meat showing, its probably been hit too many times to use the bones, but be nice and toss it out of the road anyhoo  Grin

I hope this helped at least a little. I'll post pics of the bra as soon as its done. Maybe I'll finally take a pic of the chicken spine earrings....

-Sybill "bone mama" 777

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