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2511  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Chicken wire? ... on: February 07, 2008 09:01:01 AM
If you have a garden and problems with deer or birds,I've read that you can lay chicken wire on the ground.Critters don't like the undulating surface.
2512  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: broken belts? on: February 07, 2008 08:57:53 AM
Make wrist cuffs or bracelets?
2513  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: old crappy beads, new crappy beads... on: February 07, 2008 08:55:25 AM
Check out sweetsforevers's post for amazing melted bead goodness.Beads can be a fun addition to windchimes/mobiles.Or just put a variety in a box and sell on ebay/etsy as assorted beads for crafting.Or offer to do a swap for craft materials you will use.
And Mikokit,I think I saw this in Readymade about a year ago-there's someone who make and sells paperclip chandeliers! They're detailed,awesome,and expensive,and I think it all started with being bored at work.Sorry I don't know when I saw it;it's one of those must be seen to be believed items.
2514  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #25 - Represent Your Hometown - Due Mar 1 - Mar 5 2008 on: February 05, 2008 08:20:00 PM
I'm tempted to do Louisville,kentucky just to see a project about my town that doesn't involve the kentucky derby!
Now the week leading up to the race,on the other hand...lots of silliness there.The run for the rodents at spaulding university-lab rats running for the coveted bowl of fruit loops.The run for the rose-waiters running with full wine glasses on a tray.Hot air balloon races,the steamboat race,the mini marathon,women wearing enormous bizarre hats...hmm...
Nah.
It'd be more fun to do good old funky bardstown road.I'll have to think about this.It's tempting me.
2515  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Steampunk swap goodies on: February 05, 2008 02:20:51 PM
Yay,I just got my package from Gleep! I love it all-she spoiled me.I'm going to let her post pictures rather than put them on the scanner,but I'll tell you this-she spoiled me!Thanks,Gleep!
2516  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: February 05, 2008 02:17:14 PM
No,not a screw top lid.It's just a regular round can of salted nuts.Took off the plastic lid and saved it.The top of the can has a metal rim,even a cardboard can of Planters will have a metal rim on top.I sawed through the can below the rim with an old kitchen knife.Doesn't have to be perfect-a little cardboard will remain,but it will be hidden.I tried a can opener.On one can it worked fine,on the next it dented the rim.Lay your paper and plastic in the plastic lid,use just a little glue behind your paper.Then use the metal rim on top of that,just a little glue behind the rim if you want.You don't want it to seep out onto your paper,and the rim fits the lid perfectly.Then I glued the braided handle from an old gift bag around the metal rim.You can unknot the handle at the ends for more lenght,you'll just have to hold that portion down for a little until the glue sets.Most handle pieces are long enough you can cut off the knotted end,but it will work.I think I used tacky glue for that.I used fabric tac to hold on the earring,but rubber cement,hot glue,or e6000 should work as well.And glued on flat magnet,of course.
Although I think a screw top lid would work.too-just haven't tried it yet.I suppose you could use resin,but I don't own any,I'm too broke to invest in some,and I have some stiff clear plastic I've saved from various packaging.I'd love to see others versions of this.
Thanks for the kind words.
2517  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: recycled Miss Alanius Muse on: February 05, 2008 02:01:29 PM
Thanks! You can't really see it well,but the starry eyed one has a heart shaped bead for her mouth.
2518  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / recycled Miss Alanius Muse on: February 05, 2008 05:23:46 AM
I made a muse for the poetry swap a while back,and my daughter asked me to make her one for christmas.She decided she wanted a muse of miscellaneous thing,like the children's book Miss Alanius.
She started off as a jones soda bottle,shaped with tinfoil,covered with tissue and glue,sparkly tissue for the top layer.Scrape cotton for her head,stuffed with cotton balls(i'm out of batting),stiffened with white glue,a pencil inside to hold her head up proudly,and her body full of beans for a little weight.Beads and earrings and a yarn remnant for hair and features-her ivy clasp for the cloak is an old dangly earring.The cloak is scrape velveteen,trimmed with white bias tape in lieu of ermine,and covered with miscellaneous objects as per my daughter's request.
her front-I have to lay things on the scanner,so they're  not great pics

her back-

the one I made for the poetry swap


The poetry one is glued to the top of a tin I painted blue.I like the miscellaneous one better.Thanks for looking!
2519  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong-recycled manga magnet on: February 05, 2008 05:08:34 AM
I've made a couple of these magnets.You take the rim off the top of a can of nuts-sometimes a can opener works,sometimes I just take a knife to the cardboard below the rim.The layers are-the plastic lid,fancy gift wrap,cut out picture of Inuyasha from an ad,clear plastic saved from packaging,then the metal rim.The braided cord is a handle from a gift bag.I glued an odd earring from my broken jewelry stash at the join,and an advertising magnet on the back.
2520  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: MASH Project Bag on: February 04, 2008 06:35:56 PM
And pearls-Klinger wouldn't forget those.I like using the sleeves as pockets.Nice bag!
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