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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Gorgeous Choker Swap Gallery on: August 02, 2008 08:23:19 PM
altair, very cool! Reminds me crochet, actually.
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Gorgeous Choker Swap - Sign-ups: 06/16/08 to *06/22/08*, Send outs 07/30 on: July 29, 2008 10:38:11 PM
Am I the only one that didn't use the box? I sent mine in an envelope with those air bubbles.

nah, mine was in tissue in a bubble mailer
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Gorgeous Choker Swap Gallery on: July 29, 2008 10:36:53 PM
oh man, I Sew Cute ... I can't wait to see it.

Clarity, that is beautiful!!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Flower neck-thingy on: July 26, 2008 12:19:11 PM
oh, this is lovely! I like the simplicity - it's so wearable - love the colour, and it looks very soft and cozy. Well done!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black and White Pencil Case (am actually sooo in love with this. Darn I'm proud) on: July 26, 2008 12:17:54 PM
how wonderful! I love that it's completely functional while also being very attractive! The mix of black and white prints is great - you have good  taste!
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Gorgeous Choker Swap - Sign-ups: 06/16/08 to *06/22/08*, Send outs 07/30/08 on: July 26, 2008 12:15:51 PM
I found the perfect box to mail in...a personal size take out pizza box! I didn't know how I was going to send it without the choker getting crushed...and when I picked up our pizza order today...the answer was right in front of me!

oooh, clever. I just wrapped mine lightly and hoped for the best. Your idea is much better =)
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: leather + resin = I basically made vinyl on: July 26, 2008 08:32:15 AM
Gorgeous. I love the little batties! Wouldn't it have been easier if you had just used vinyl??? Just wonderin'.

maybe. But imitating vinyl wasn't actually my goal, it just kind of happened. I did a practice run first on a thicker piece of leather and it seemed to retain more of the leather's grain and texture.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: leather + resin = I basically made vinyl on: July 25, 2008 07:04:53 PM
I guess some industrial strength scissors would be in order?

I suppose it would depend on how heavy the leather you're working with is. I used my little fabric-only sewing snips and they were just fine. (a little $9 from Michael's is all they are).

tutorial please, oh please...

sure. The flourish/image I used came from maehem's wists, a necklace she liked. I roughly sketched the shape on a speedball printing block and carved a stamp. I used this to stamp the image (using fabric paint) on the reverse side of the leather. I let it dry, then cut the pieces out. I changed some of them to keep it interesting (and added bats for maehem!). I took a nail and a hammer and punched holes in the cut-out pieces where I planned to link them together, and wherever I thought it might be fun to add a dangle or accent or something. Then I treated first the fronts, then the backs of the leather pieces with resin: I mixed up some resin and used a paintbrush to paint it on. I let the pieces dry overnight, then mixed some more resin, got a new paintbrush, and brushed the other side.

I had to punch the holes again after the resin-painting, so I did that using a sharp bit of wire. Then I simply started hooking everything together (actually, this was the hardest part), adding dangles and accents in the extra holes.

That's pretty much it. Hope it makes sense. I did a test run before I made this necklace, using some heavy-weight top-grain upholstery leather I had salvaged. What I noticed was that the thicker leather was able to absorb more resin and become stiffer overall, so if you want it lighter weight and more like vinyl, use a lightweight leather. I think I will attempt to make some silver wire bullion and turn my practice piece into a pendant or something. I'll let you know how it turns out!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / leather + resin = I basically made vinyl on: July 25, 2008 11:15:06 AM
A project for the Gorgeous Choker Swap. My partner's received, so I thought I'd post. Made of leather (repurposed from a thrift store leather jacket) brushed with resin to stiffen it. So, I basically made vinyl. Whoops. So much for using natural materials, I guess.

questions welcome, comments/feedback always appreciated!





20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Gorgeous Choker Swap - Sign-ups: 06/16/08 to *06/22/08*, Send outs 07/30 on: July 25, 2008 11:02:47 AM
OOOOOOOMMMMG. i sat next to my package for a good hour today before my mom mentioned it was mine! $#!@$%! I LOOOVEEE it!

awesome! I'm so glad (huge relief!)
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