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811  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Make Your Own Belts on: May 19, 2004 12:02:15 PM
I'm going to take a picture and put it up... soon, anyway.
812  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Guitar Pick Earrings on: May 19, 2004 12:01:08 PM
I guess it'd go under clothing...
And no.. I don't have any pics. Yet. I'll try to take one next time I see her wearing them.
813  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Guitar Pick Earrings on: May 18, 2004 04:59:14 PM
My friend made the most adorable earings ever. She used a drill to poke holes into the tops of two guitar picks. Then she attatched an earing hook to through the holes. The final result looks awesome and very edgy.
814  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases on: May 18, 2004 04:55:39 PM
I'm working on a project that needs all the old CDS in the world! I'm lining the back of my bedroom door with old CDS to make a mirror. So far, I'm about 1/4 of the way through. I asked my friends and family for donations, and I've got an amazing turn out.
815  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ice Candles on: May 18, 2004 04:45:17 PM
Here's an idea I found from watching TV. I kind of altered some of it to make it more unique.

Materials
 Smiley Clean juice carton
 Smiley Candle wax
 Smiley Melting pot
 Smiley Candle thermometer
 Smiley A candle wick
 Smiley Wax colouring
 Smiley Candle wax scent
 Smiley Ice
 Smiley Ribbon

Step by Step
1. Trim the carton to the desired height of candle.
2. Break up the wax and begin melting it in an appropriate container that sits in a pot of boling water. Check the candle's temperature often. Make sure it's between 170-180 degrees F.
3. Add the colouring now. Break up the colouring so it melts easier. Then stir.
4. When the wax is ready to pour, add the scent the same way you did the colouring.
5. Put the wick into the container.
6. Crush some ice in a bag. The smaller the ice chunks, the more fancy design you will have.
7. Pour the ice all the way to the top of the container.
8. Now, pour the hot wax in over the ice. Let is alone over night so it can set and harden.
9. The next morning, pour out the water and place the carton on a plate or cutting board.
10. Tear away at the carton until it's all gone.

Tips, Hints, and Suggestions
 Grin Tie a ribbon around the completed candle for an accent.
 Grin Make a few of different heights and similar colours and arrange them together on a tray or mantle.
 Grin They make greast gifts.
816  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Recycle Old T-Shirts into Chiq Pillows on: May 18, 2004 04:33:36 PM
I hate parting with old t-shirts... especially ones with cool patterns and designs. I came up with a way to reuse those too-small tees into a great room accent or gift.

Materials
 Smiley An old tee shirt. You can use one or many.
 Smiley A sewing kit.
 Smiley Basic sewing knowlege
 Smiley An old pillow or cotton batting
Smiley ruler
 Smiley masking tape

Step-by-Step
1. Turn the tee inside out and using a ruler and masking tape, mark out the area you want to be the front of the pillow. Be sure to leave a few inches around the design for a seam.
2. Pin the two layers of the shirt together along the tape lines you made.
3. Cut along the tape lines through both layers.
4. Sew up all but one side of the pillow, removing the pins as you go.
5. Turn the tee right side out and stuff with the cotton batting or the batting from inside an old pillow.
6. Sew up the last side.
7. Display on couch, chair, bed, or give to a friend.

Tips, Hint, and Suggestions
 Grin You can make a few of similar tastes (like all shirts depecting retro cartoons) and give them as gifts.
 Grin Using all of one kind of shirt (stripes, dots, plain colours, etc), you can create a new look for your bed or couch.
817  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Make Your Own Belts WITH PICS on: May 18, 2004 04:12:18 PM
I bought a really cool belt at a department store once that had a bunch of pictures on it. I decided that I could make one, too. Here's what you need to do...
Materials
 Smiley An old (or new) belt. It should be made of leather (or fake leather) and NOT cloth. Make sure it doesn't have holes all the way around. Also, be sure to find one that had a flat surface with no rhinestones or anything.
 Smiley Newspapers, magazines, computer printouts, photos... anything you want to cut up and wear around your waste.
 Smiley Clear packing tape.
 Smiley Glue
 Smiley Decorative accents like beads, fake jewels, etc.

Step-By-Step
1. Cut out the pictures you want on the belt. Make them no longer than the width of the belt.
2. Position the cut outs on the belt how you want them.
3. Use a dot or two of glue to keep cutouts from moving around on belt. DO NOT use so much glue that the cutouts or the belt are soaked.
4. In sections, use packing tape to go over the cutouts. Try not to get it wrinkled.
5. Re-poke the holes in the belt.
6. Wear it!

Extra Tips, Hints, and Ideas
 Grin Come up with a theme, like your friends, words that describe you, cool phrases, etc.
 Grin My theme was Comics, in case you were wondering. I wore it to school and everyone loved it!
 Grin These make great gifts!
 Grin You can add accents using beads and faux jewels.
 Grin If you gice these as gifts, you might want to consider putting something like "Made For ___ by __." on the back (out of sight) of the belt, so it's personalized and special.





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