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111  Something simple in Beads: Completed Projects by bookstorebabe on: October 26, 2013 01:17:03 PM
I bought a humongous pair of hoop earrings just for the pretty iridescent beads. Took them apart,strung them on a thin gold chain.

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112  Re: Giver and Needers Round 12- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by bookstorebabe on: October 24, 2013 05:04:31 PM
batteries acquired! There  were 3 bags chock full of goodies!

First bad, tons of beads. Including some very nifty hand made pottery ones!

Second bag, supplies! Spools of wire,lots of chain,charms,jump rings and other findings,ect.

Third bag, jewelry! Lots of necklaces,earrings,ect. This pic came out blurry, but this is nifty stuff.

Thank you again, tendstowardschaos. I feel very spoiled, and it's exciting thinking of what to make using my new supplies.
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113  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: October 21, 2013 01:31:53 PM
Oh,what a pretty shawl!

Okay, I made two more mirrors, what a shock. Grin And another small compact. And two ring holders. Which I messed up,but I'm using them anyway.

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114  Black & brown mirrors,and how not to make ring holders in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: October 21, 2013 01:26:51 PM
Mirrors! Found a brown ceramic plate/tray,fit an octagonal mirror inside,and beads in the corners.

I think that was worth fifty cents, don't you?

Then,I bought a frame on clearance for 2.50 at Dollar General. Removed the glass. The fancy embossed mat was a dark grey plastic. Lots of rub n'buff, then paint, then sealer.

More beads from the multistrand necklace I used in the blue mirroe.

The mirror is one of these, frame painted black. Locker mirror,one dollar.

And another compact. I should have just used the swan and left the background black.

So, I picked up some small frames from the thrift store to make ring holders. Found the perfect scrapbook paper for each of them,was smug at how easy they went together. The little ceramic frame I promptly dropped the second I finished it, and cracked the frame in four places. The green frame-I brushed sealer over the paper,since it'd be going by the sink. The paper promptly buckled. I tried to smooth it back down right away, and tore a hunk off. That's why there's a flat gold bead there.

Ah,well. One's in the bathroom,the other in the kitchen. Next time will be better!
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115  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: October 19, 2013 07:13:42 PM
Paper bead earrings,from a college brochure,covered with a scrap of scrapbook paper. Experimenting! I need more practice. Cheesy
Post here.
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116  Re: RRR Craftalong in REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING by bookstorebabe on: October 19, 2013 07:07:24 PM
I cut up one of the college brochures and made a pair of paper bead earrings. I'd tried making beads from the skinny strips before, and oh,they were lumpy! So I thought I'd try a tube bead this time. They're larger than I like to wear,and the seams aren't great, but it's practice! I put a scrap of scrapbook paper on the outside.
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117  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: October 15, 2013 09:43:27 PM
Yep, more mirrors. A vanity mirror and a couple of compacts this time. I also have a few other projects half done-and some of them aren't even mirrors! O.o 
Post here. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428289.0#axzz2hqrXxKYs
Obligatory pic.^_^
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118  Not another hanging mirror... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: October 15, 2013 09:38:32 PM
This time it's a vanity mirror and two compacts.
I bought the red and silver vanity mirror at the thrift store. The mirror itself swivels in the  frame,each side is  a different magnification. One side of the frame is covered with small beads. A tiny piece left from a pearly necklace I'd used on another project around the 'neck', a string of red beads around the base. And on the frame, six crystal drops that had been in my jewelry stash forever! They originally adorned a huge,gaudy pair of earrings. Brushed some clear sealer over the beading, and the red glass.

You can't tell from this,but the drops have a nice iridescent sheen.

A little fuzzy,but you get the idea.Larger rhinestones on the middle at each side,and left plain on the back.

The base.

And the two compacts.

An earring,some chain,rhinestones,silver and clear glitter beads, and clear jewelry sealer on the black one. A green heart brooch,paint, gold glitter beads and a few larger beads, and more sealer on the gray one. Mirrored compacts 1.00 each from Dollar Tree, everything else from stash.

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119  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by bookstorebabe on: October 10, 2013 04:22:23 PM
I made a tray to hold jewelry for craft shows. Post here,with a quick how to and how not to. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428134.0#axzz2hMTj7Ycf Rolls of fabric glued down in Goodwill trays, pretty much. But it works.
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120  Jewelry display tray and quick how to in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookstorebabe on: October 10, 2013 04:17:25 PM
So,I picked up a set of four 9 1/2" square metal black trays from Goodwill for three dollars, and also a full length stretch velvet black gown for five dollars. And ended up with this. You can't make out the individual rolls, but trust me,they're there and the pins are nestled between them.

The basic idea was cut out fabric,roll it up and glue the edge,cut a piece of velvet and glue around the fabric roll, glue down in the tray. Don't do what I did and cut up a beach towel. A thicker fabric would have been much easier and made nicer rolls. A felted sweater would probably have been perfect. But, I was stubborn and used what I had.

Rolled up the fabric, used an old, bristleless paintbrush,i.e. a stick, to daub tacky glue on the edge. I put rubber bands top,bottom,and middle, or tied scrap fabric there. Made enough to fill the tray. If the rolls are a little too long, they can be trimmed.  But yeah, don't use a beach towel. It is also helpful to know exactly where you safely put the good fabric scissors to keep people from using them for paper.
Here's the empty tray. I used E6000 to glue the rolls down after they'd been wrapped,but hot glue would have worked as well, and smelled better,too.

Anyway! After making all the fabric rolls,next step.Remove the ties. Cut a piece of the pretty fabric, and you want it long enough to overlap the ends. Stretchy velvet was perfect. I ran a thin line of E6000 down one edge of the velvet, placed the fabric sausage on it, rolled it up, did another roll of glue at the edge to secure it, squirted glue at the top and bottom and mushed/folded the overlap down. Ran a line of glue in the tray,including up the edges. Placed roll in, seam side down. Repeat. Use packing tape to get the fuzzies off the velvet. Fill with pins to try it out.
The first roll I made was saaad. I didn't roll it tightly, and I smeared glue on the velvet.
Not perfect, but good enough, and the other three trays will be easier. And this was cheap! I'll end up with four trays for pins/earrings/rings for a total of 8.00, plus the cost of a tube of glue/hot glue sticks.
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