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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crochet +lampwork=necklass on: February 06, 2007 09:30:40 AM
I am taking a glass bead class and I made this weird abstract bead. I liked it enough to try out some crochet with wire to make the chain. I think it's pretty good for my first chain. I just wanted to show it off.

42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help! I can't wear my creation! on: February 06, 2007 08:44:51 AM
I am somewhat new to this form of jewlery making. I made this cute bracelet, but I can't figure out how to finish off the bead wire sticking out from the two end beads. I tried to just weave it back through the beads, but it then it looks kinky and I'm afraid it will come apart. I don't want to use a silver crimp bead. the whole thing is black (do they come in black? I've only ever seen silver and gold)  I've never actually used crimp beads before, but I've had other jewerly I've purchased come apart at the crimp bead. any suggestions? I really want to wear my bracelet.

43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Homemade bestmade hundreds of ways to make all kinds of useful things on: November 29, 2006 08:31:48 AM
Has anyone read this book?  I think it's readers digest. It sounds really cool. However, I'd like some input before I order it.
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / anyone mind sharing their favorite crafting resources? on: November 28, 2006 02:26:57 PM
Hello everyone. I am makeing a craft journal for a christmas gift, filled with tutorials and such. I wanted to include a referance page with crafting websites (such as this one), books (Generation T), magizines, what have you. However, I need more ideas for this page. So If you would mind shareing your favorite crafting resources with me (especially books, and magizines) I would really appreciate it. thanks.
45  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Any sewing/ quilting help would be greatly appreciated. on: November 24, 2006 09:16:48 AM
I've never done a quilting project. In fact I'm not even very good at sewing. However, I have this ambisous project idea to make a king size blanket. It's not really a quilt. I want to hopefully find a piece of fabric wide enough to be the frount, without a seam running down the middle of it (I know, good luck). Maybe the edgeing will make it wider. I've never made a blanket before. Will the batting inside slide around, and bunch up if It's not quilted, do I sew the batting together, and to the sides? I was hopeing that someone on here could direct me to a site for beginners, that could help me figure out how I can do this, in the event that I can find suitable fabric. I guess what I'm asking is..."How do I make a blanket?" I have a general idea, but any help would be appreciated.
46  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / How should I wrap beaded bottle covers? on: November 21, 2006 07:11:21 AM
Every year I make most of my Christmas gifts. Especially for my husbands family, he has a big family. This year, It's beaded bottle covers. There is a tut, here if anyone is interested.


Anyway, my problem is wrapping them. I though about just sewing some wine bags, but I don't want to waste my nice fabric that way, concidering it will probably just be pitched after christmas. and I don't want to use cheesy fabric. Someone suggested just stamping little gift cards and attaching them with ribbon, and I wouldn't have to worry about stamping Christmas cards for them that way. It's a neat idea, but is it bad etiquette not to wrap their gifts? Please share any other ideas you may have as well. Thanks.
47  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Someone help me on: October 07, 2006 06:19:22 AM
Wanted: A glass acorn bead (I want 2-3, but I would settle for one). Kinda Transparnt, brownish, blackish with the hole running verticle through the bead.

I have wanted to learn to make glass beads for a while, however the last two classes I have tried to sign up for have been full. I still intend to sign up, but I'm impatient and want my bead now. Is there anyone here who can make beads, and would make me atleast one acorn bead? I would pay them of course, or swap craft supplies if preferred
48  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / marbled frosting on: October 04, 2006 03:48:10 PM
 I was wondering if someone could tell me how to make a kind of marbled frosting. I want the cake to have a kind of rock like appearance, like marble. Does any one know how to do this? I've looked online and did a search here in crafster and I haven't been able to find any tips. I would appreaciate any help.
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / kids butterfly craft on: September 22, 2006 08:14:30 AM
My 3 year old made this at an art festival we went to. All of the kids really enjoyed this. I figured I would share this with all of you who had little ones who enjoy crafts. I don't know if this belongs somewhere else or not. If it does, feel free to move it.

paper plate
coffee filter
clothes pin
pipe cleaner
food coloring/ water colors

1-open up the coffee filter flat and place it in the paper plate.
2-use dilluted food coloring or water color, and drip different colors all over the coffee filter.
3-hang the coffee filter up to dry.
4-while it's drying, paint your clothes pin
5-when it's dry, scrunch up the middle and put it in the clothes pin. Bend up pipe cleaner and put that in the clothes pin too.
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / wine bottle covers ***Now With Tutorial*** on: August 29, 2006 11:48:26 AM
I saw these in a store and had to try and make them myself, and now I'm addicted. I'm making a bunch for christmas gifts. They go nice on candles too. The one on the left is hemitite beads, it looks awesome, but it doesn't show up very well on the dark bottle, but thats all I had at the moment. I've already given a lot of them away, but If anyone is interested I'll try to make a tut when I start my next one.

Well, I finally got around to making a tutorial. This is my first one, and I don't know if I explained myself very well, so if you have questions, feel free to message me. Also this has a lot of pics to show what I'm trying to describe, but they aren't very good pics. Sorry about that. Hopefully they are good enough to get the point across. please share any modifications you make to this pattern. I'd like to see them. Thanks.

You'll need
--wine bottle (empty or full, but I don't recommend emptying it while your working on your first one Wink )
--needle nose pliers
--round nose pliers
--6mm jump rings
--4mm jump rings
--1" eyepins
or 20 gauge wire(This is cheaper,but much more time consuming.For your first project,I recommend eyepins)

*if you use wire, you'll need wire cutters also, to cut you sections to about an 1" -1 1/2" long sections.

1- put bead on the eyepin and curl the other end into a circle to match. this section should look something like this.   O-@-O
(make ~ 133 of these sections.)

2-open a 4mm jump ring and add two sections then close. be sure to twist the jump rings to the side to open them, then twist it back to close. don't pry them open, they don't close well that way.
(make ~ 42 of these 4mm pairs) put these 4mm pairs to the side for now.

3-Open a 6mm jump ring. Add 4 sections and close.

4-open a 6mm jump ring, and join it to one of the sections from step three. add 3 more sections and close.

5-open a 6mm jump ring, and join it to the last section put on in the previous step. add 3 more sections and close the jump ring. (repeat 3 more times) you should have a long chain with 2 sections hanging down from each ring. see pic

6-open a 6mm jump ring, and join it to the last section put on in the previous step. add 2 more sections and join it to the first section made in step 3 to form a ring of sections with two sections hanging down from each jump ring. put this on a wine bottle.

7-open a 6mm jump ring,and add two sections. Join 2 hanging sections to form a triangle with 2 dangleing section at the bottom point.(do this all the way around. 7 triangles). see pic.

8-open a 6mm jump ring, and add 2 sections. join 2 hanging sections to form a diamond with 2 dangleing section at the bottom point. (repeat this all the way around to form 7 diamonds). see pic.

9-repeate step 8.

10-open a 6mm jump ring, and add 2 of your 4mm pairs. join 2 hanging sections to form a deformed looking diamond with 2 dangleing section at the bottom point. (repeat this all the way around to form 7 deformed diamonds). see pic.

11-open a 6mm jump ring, and add 2 of your 4mm pairs. join 2 hanging sections to form a large diamond. with 2 dangleing section at the bottom point. (repeat this all the way around to form 7 large diamonds) see pic.

12- repete step 11

13-make 7 new sections to dangle from the bottom of your beaded wine bottle cover.
add a bead to your eye pin, and instead of curling the other end to match fold the wire over and pinch it with your pliers so your bead doesn't fall off. (make 7 bottom sections)

14-open a 6mm jump ring, and add one bottom section you just made. then join two dangleing secions to form another large diamond, with your bottom section dangling from the bottom point. (do this all the way around, and your done.) see pics.

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