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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yep, another jewelry mirror! on: September 11, 2013 04:51:20 PM

Last one from the Dollar Tree. Painted it a cobalt blue. Beads and such in shades of blue, red/maroon,green,black and gold.

42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New bracelets from old! on: September 06, 2013 09:23:01 AM
I saw something similar on the web,don't know where anymore. So I took the idea and ran with it.
Old metal  bangles,embroidery floss,glue,jump rings, and charms and beads.

I ran a small amount of E6000 down the top of the bracelet,only about an inch at a time. At the beginning, I also put a small dab under the bracelet. I'm sure any kind of glue would work for this. I started tightly wrapping embroidery floss around it. This is truly ancient floss! I also put a dab of glue underneath at the very end. Then, lots of jump rings. Some loose,some smushed on tightly. Then, jump rings with charms or odd beads. I wanted to limit how much they would slide around to half or a third of the bracelet. So, at the ends it was jump ring around the bracelet, jump ring with bead through the first jump ring, smush it tight with pliers so it'd stay put, do the same thing farther down, loose rings and more rings with bits and bobs loose in between them to slide around. This would look better with lots more jump rings, I may add more later. And of course you can skip the smushing bit and let them all slide freely.
Easy, used up odd leftover bits.
43  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Green jewelry covered mirror on: September 02, 2013 11:39:12 AM
A 1.00 cardboard mirror from Dollar Tree. Painted green,covered with jewelry and beads from friends,family, craftsters, and thrift stores.

44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pearl jewelry covered mirror-Pic Heavy on: September 02, 2013 11:30:27 AM
Started as a 1.00 mirror from Dollar Tree! Painted the brown cardboard frame white,which made it look pink. Then old jewelry and beads from friends,family,craftster members, and thrift stores.

Took pics outside for the light. It's hard to take pics of mirrors without getting yourself in the reflection!

Edit-oops, I meant to put this in reconstructed!
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ray Gun Commision on: August 22, 2013 01:31:21 PM
So, I had a friend pay me to make her a raygun to go with her costume. She wanted it to still work, and yes, it will still fire foam darts. Paint,sealer, doodads. An old capacitor attached to a copper coil from an old keyboard, the tip from an ink pin, broken jewelry, odd metal bits,screws,beads,gear from same keyboard, ect!
Plain side-

Fancy side-

Top view-

Side view-

What it started as-

46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More jewelry covered mirrors-pic heavy! on: August 22, 2013 01:17:38 PM
I picked up three matching mirrors from Goodwill for three dollars each. These had a very narrow space to fill in with shinies,so it was...interesting to work on! Odd earrings, small pins, rhinestones, loose beads, random shinies. Glued down with good old E600. It needed a little clear sealer, so I carefully brushed on some Ailene's Jewelry Pendant Gel, which was perfect. They can hang vertically or horizontally. Which reminds me-next time affix picture hangers to the back *before* I start work. These are for a December art fair.
Group shot-

Detail shots-

Yay  Goodwill and scrounging junk jewelry from my family!
47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Christmas/Winter Holiday in July Stash Buster swap? on: June 28, 2013 02:47:01 PM
This one was way back in '08! Basically, what you make for your partner can be presents for people on their list, home decor, or something just for them. It's nice to give handmade, and I know that what I can make doesn't always correspond to what the folks I gift to can use. This should be Winter Holiday swap, really, and open to all. I can't run it, but I'd love to see it happen!
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Two more raygun shadowboxes on: April 14, 2013 10:17:47 AM
Okay, not the best pic because of the glare, but here's one.

Both painted in shades of blue, copper, brown, and green, both doodaded up with small extras-metal bits, jewelry bits, ect. Painted the background ivory, and used a piece of reproduction wallpaper that went with the frame. I lucked into a coffee table book of wallpaper patterns, that was going to be discarded due to damage. Normally I wouldn't cut up a book, but again-damaged and saved from being discarded. The frame was from the Goodwill, and I have a matching one awaiting its turn. I took it apart, removed and discarded the inside (ugly paper mache type flower), and moved the picture hanger so it would hang horizontally instead of vertically.
Here's the other.

Had to buy a craft store shadowbox to have something deep enough to hold this water pistol. Blue and brass, metal bits-found pieces and part of a broken watch. Metal frame has the usual message of 'in case of space pirates, break glass.' Background from my paper stash. I used to work at a bookstore, and sometimes publishers sent us advance copies, posters, ect. Picture books we sometimes got just some folded pages, not the whole book. These were usually thrown away, but I rescued some! I like to just paint backgrounds, too, but this one went so well with the colors I painted the gun
I wish I had a picture of the other one I did! I thought I'd taken pics of everything before I set up at the scifi con, but of course the one I missed is one I sold. I used three tiny keyring sized guns. Ah, well!
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Chokers and a display for the craft show on: April 08, 2013 07:22:46 PM
Display and chokers! The green one is an older one, the others new. Bought the white crochet from the craft store-they were too big for bracelets and too small for chokers. They came with the fabric ends encased in ribbon clips, and a little bit of silver chain and a clasp. I added more chain to make them choker size, and put pendants on each one. Fan, heart, mother of pearl bead with dangle, odd fancy silver dangly earrings. At the last minute I realized I had no display. Took an old stretch velvet pullover, cut off the sleeve. Pulled it over a roll of paper towels. Knotted each end, stuffed them inside. Had a couple of ceramic drawer pulls I bought on clearance for 50 cents, pushed those in to make sure the sleeve ends stayed tucked inside and to make it look neater. I didn't even have to use pins to hold the chokers in place-the paper towel roll compressed a bit when I fastened the chokers, and uncompressed after, if that makes sense.

50  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / geeky circuit board jewelry on: March 30, 2013 12:20:49 PM
Not the best pics, my camera is dying! Probably need to replace it soon.
Bought a few baggies of the rings at the thrift store. Circuit board from dead electronics my nephew gave me. The coppery foil printed circuit board had to be used! Only a little of that, sigh. Long brass piece was from a key ring, the black/green/brass beads don't show up well in this pic. The big pendant has a wash of gold on it-I made a similar one earlier.
Three pins from transistors. Or capacitors? Something!

Blurry picture of pins/brooches. Beads, rhinestones, brass flowers, ect.

Another pendant shot. Still need to put them on chains, cord, or ribbon.

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