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1  Re: bottle cap basket with tutorial in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by artNcraft on: April 08, 2009 08:46:57 PM
Thank you all for your comments.

Here is a picture of the coke cap basket from Africa. 



I think they 'punched' the holes in these caps with a hammer and nail (just my guess by looking at it)


Huggiepeelow, I like the idea of flipping the caps and filling them with resin

How cool! I bet it would be neat to turn the twist off caps of beer bottles or glass coke bottles around and use the neat resin filled ones with little hearts or pictures! Thanks for the tutorial
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2  bottle cap basket with tutorial in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by artNcraft on: April 08, 2009 11:50:57 AM
I made this basket patterned after a basket my husband brought back from Africa.  The one he bought was made from metal coke caps.  We don't buy anything that has metal tops, only plastic so I wanted to see if I could make something similar with plastic caps... It actually worked!  Here is the first one I made


I have instructions if you would like to make this, I will post some pictures here but it requires a lot of pictures so you can DOWNLOAD a PDF from my blog here:
http://infusedgoods.blogspot.com/2009/04/bottle-cap-basket-instructions_08.html

Here are some more pictures and written instructions













for a basket the same size as the one in my original post you will need 63 caps
(5 caps by 3 caps and 3 caps tall)

these are the tools you need:
wire (I used steel 18 gage)
wire cutters
needle nose pliers
1/16" hole punch

cut the wire to these lengths:
3 pieces of wire 19" long
5 pieces of wire 16" long
4 pieces of wire 22" long

punch 4 holes in each cap (evenly spaced)

take one of the 19" wires and one 16" wire and string them through the holes on one cap

on the 19" wire place 4 more caps on it, then string the other 4 - 16" wires though those caps (as picture shows)

string on another row of caps then place a 19" wire through those caps

add the last row for the bottom section and string the last 19" wire through those

push the caps together and straighten them as best as you can then bend up the wires on each side

add one row of caps all the way around the basket, this will take 16 caps

then string one of the 22" wires through those caps, you may need to use the needle nose pliers to help guide the wire into the punched holes

the caps might slide up when you are putting the wire through (this is ok) you will be able to push them back down later

when the 2 ends of the 22" wire meet bend them in and then twist them around each other on the inside of the basket

then clip the ends leaving enough to bend the point of the wire into the caps

once all the sides are done you will want to square out the basket, just mold it to look good and have straight walls

once you have your basket in a shape you are happy with you will need to place the last of the longest wire around the top of the basket, keep it in place by bending the wall wires over it

also where the ends of the wire meet twist them around each other and bend the ends up into the nearby caps

once you have bent down the wires trim them leaving just enough to bend them up into the caps
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3  recycled plastic gift wrap in CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES by artNcraft on: January 06, 2009 12:00:40 AM
I'm sure many of you have ironed plastic bags together to make fused plastic.  I really enjoy making this stuff for various projects.  Here it is as gift wrap. 

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4  round paper ornament with video tutorial in Winter Holidays by artNcraft on: December 02, 2008 07:40:44 PM
I love making these ornaments for Christmas and as a decoration throughout the year.  If you want to see a tut I have one here.  www.infusedgoods.blogspot.com


Happy Holiday Crafting
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5  living room tissue paper lamp in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by artNcraft on: May 04, 2008 11:36:32 PM
I made this lamp kinda based off my entry to the last challenge, but these don't fold.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238457.0
I had a lot of lamp parts since years ago I would take lamps apart for fun and *tried* to make new ones.  We needed a lamp in the living room so this is what I made.


With the lights on.


the parts I used are:  a white lamp base and a silver rod.  Then I needed to extend the rod so I used a part from an old coffee pot it also had a flat circle attached which would hold up the shade.  Christmas lights used for the lighting and 2 zip ties.


the shade was made from this natural looking tissue paper and wood craft sticks (not pictured)


lamp with lights off


I also made a shade with the red tissue paper.  I think I like the white better though.

Thanks for looking.
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6  paper lanterns - they fold LOTS OF PICS in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by artNcraft on: April 05, 2008 09:36:15 PM
Edit:   http://infusedgoods.blogspot.com/2008/04/folding-paper-lantern-tutorial.html
Click on the word "here"  that takes you to div share click on download this file, it may take about a minute.   Have fun.

I made these out of tissue paper, wood craft sticks, L.E.D. tea lights, glue, thread and embroidery floss.  I made two different sets with different color schemes. 

The first picture is blues and greens but with the lights they seem to change to all blues or all greens.

So the things I bought at the dollar store where:

Wood craft sticks - 2 packs $2
Tissue paper - 1 pack  $1
Led color changing lights - 5 = $5
Total = $8


green and blue lanterns with lights on


again the green and blue lanterns with lights


green and blue with L.E.D. lights off


the pink and red ones with out lights (I could not afford lights for both but I can move the lights around) I like how these match our living room...


closer of the pink and red ones


these are supplies I bought from the dollar tree (this is before I went back for more lights and craft sticks)


a pic in progress


a lantern folded




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7  Re: Woven Mini Baskets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by artNcraft on: January 23, 2008 08:42:38 PM
Yea, I can't do a full tut right now, but I just made this on a free paint like program.  I hope it helps.  About finishing the top, I change the way I do that every other time but usually I just use glue...

This basket weaving technique has been around a long time.  I learned it in school. 
I tried to 'google' directions but most seem to be in books.

capnhonolulu, that "Time to Weave" book looks awesome!

Anyway, here's a simple drawing with the instructions. 


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8  Woven Mini Baskets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by artNcraft on: January 22, 2008 10:58:22 PM
I love making these things.

Thanks for looking.




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9  4 pack of tiny TP in CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES by artNcraft on: August 03, 2006 11:14:35 AM
I made something that we all cherish...  Also I enjoy working with paper.  Here is some tiny TP.






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10  pipecleaner potholder transforms to candydish in CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES by artNcraft on: June 05, 2006 01:34:05 PM
I'm a minimalist and a weaver so I didn't use any extra materials except a little paint.  This is what I used and what I came up with.
I wove pipecleaners together and strung in some plastic lacing to enhance the pattern.  I painted small pasta pieces light pink for the ends.  The great thing about using pipeclears for this is that with the metal core you can bend it into all sorts of shapes for holding things.
Here are the pictures of my kitschy craft.

potholder or hotplate whatever you call it


potholder with pan


Now as a candy dish
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