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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Green and Brown Glass Bead Necklace. My First Piece of Sold Jewelry. on: March 30, 2007 08:47:26 PM
I'm actually quite fond of this necklace.  My friend asked me to make one for a birthday gift.  She picked the pendant and we based the necklace around it.  She did a fantastic job choosing beads to match.

Let me know what you think!

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/163/438881111_591188cafe.jpg
32  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Apple Spice Set - Soap and Salts on: March 14, 2007 08:21:15 PM
I'm so excited!  This is the first bit of my craftiness that I have sold!  

I've made up a batch of Apple Spice Soaps and Bath Salts.  I decided to not dye the salts because red bath water may be a little unnerving.  

The soaps are your typical melt and pour.  I added in some fragrance oil, beeswax and a little red dye.  They turned out cute - but I forgot to take a pic before I packaged them.

So here's a photo of the products:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/167/421698523_ccf8e2452d.jpg

Comments always appreciated!
33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Clay Covered Knitting Needles - 3 pics on: March 13, 2007 03:05:03 PM
Here's some pictures of some knitting needles I covered in polymer clay.  I didn't get the results I was hoping for, but I think they're cute nonetheless.

I didn't flaten the bumps nearly enough and the ends are not as pointed as they need to be.  I found the ends to be the most difficult part of this piece.

Oh well....at least I gave it a go.

XXX

Comments always appreciated!

Has anyone else had any experience on a project like this?
34  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Covering Knitting Needles w/ Poly Clay Questions on: March 10, 2007 09:30:42 AM
I've seen some pretty cool knitting needles out there that resemble some of the poly clay covered pens I've noticed on Craftster.

I'm wondering if a regular plastic knitting needle would stand up to the low heat that is needed to bake the clay?  Has anyone tried this?

I've heard of people covering plastic light switch covers.  They said that they put those in the oven and it was okay. 

I'm just a little concerned.  I don't want to put tonnes of work into the needles and end up with a melted goopy mess.

Here's an example of the pens I was talking about:

XXX
35  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Has Anyone Tried This Recipe? How Long Would It Last? on: March 10, 2007 08:20:56 AM
Has anyone tried out this recipe or a recipe like this?

Breakfast for your Skin - (Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub)
Exfoliates and is very moisturizing but doesn't leave a greasy feeling. Before you turn off your shower scoop a small handful of scrub into your hand. Rub gently onto your skin. Rinse.

3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ground oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup pure honey
3/4 to 1 cup (or to total saturation)
Oil of choice - I use Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond
1/4 tsp Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (optional) Vanilla works nicely. Though this smells great on it's own.

Mix the brown sugar & oatmeal together in a large bowl. Now add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top you're done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil. A six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar works nicely. Spoon mixture in.

(from http://www.teachsoap.com/recipes.html)

I'm wondering how long it will last?  Would this stuff go bad?  I'm thinking of making it for a gift, so if it goes bad I'd like to put a warning on it.
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where do I find these Silver Bails? on: March 06, 2007 10:12:07 PM
Hey all,

I'm looking to purchase silver bails like this in bulk.  I'm having troubles finding a place to do this inexpensively.  Can anyone offer any suggestions?

This is what I'm looking for:

XXX

Thanks for the help!
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / I Need Helping Making This Wire Dragonfly! on: March 04, 2007 05:52:32 PM
Hey all,

I need a little direction making up this wire dragonfly.  I'm making it for a swap (it's on my partners Wist). 

It looks like it could be simple, but I'm fairly new at this.  I'm thinking if someone has an idea it would save me tonnes of frustration.

Here it is:

XXX

I'd really appreciate any help!  I'm really hoping that I can make this for my partner.
38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My First Journal (Made w/ Instructables Tut) Pic Heavy! on: February 11, 2007 09:00:55 AM
I whipped this little journal up for a swap that I'm Angelling (real word, I don't know?).  I used the tutorial offered on the Instructables website.  It's a quick and easy project with really great results.  For those interested, here's the link:

http://www.instructables.com/id/EUHL5RGTSTEQC10W1M/

Without further ado, here are the pictures!

Front Cover
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/385892585_107ac7023b.jpg

I'm just relishing in the glory of finally understanding a little about binding.  

39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Geisha and Pagoda Purses...With Help from the Tiny Happy Shoulder Bag Tutorial on: February 11, 2007 07:36:20 AM
So this is my first post in the Purses, Bags, Wallets section of Craftster.  I have attempted some purses previously, but they didn't find their way to the end.  I heard something about an untimely death and then something about a trash can.

However, I finally completed two pieces that I'm somewhat satisfied with.  The graphic pieces are from a tacky old velvet painting/wall hanging.  The fabric from it isn't the greatest to touch, but it serves it's purpose.  The patterned piece is another bit of fabric I found at my trusty Salvation Army.

The first is a Geisha purse.  I made this as part of an Angel package for a Japanese themed swap.  I'm just sending it off today.  Hopefully the recipient will enjoy it. 

I highly recommend this tutorial.  I love the way this bag comes out and it's quite easy for a beginner (like myself) to put together.  Here's the link if you're interested:
http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html

40  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Posting Flickr Pictures in Threads...HELP! on: February 09, 2007 12:03:31 AM
Hey there,

I recently made myself a Flickr accout and I love it.  However, I am totally lost as to how to post my Flickr hosted pics in threads on Craftster.

I used to use Photobucket, and it was quite easy.  Just one click and I had the proper stuff to get my pic up.  I can't seem to find anything like this with Flickr. 

I'm sure there is an option, I think I've heard of people doing this.  Can someone help me out with this one?
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