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61  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yep. Yet another mirror. on: October 03, 2013 07:26:36 AM
Found a plate in a very pretty shade of green at Goodwill. Also found a string of shells and a string of beads, and the gold shell clip. I had the loose pearls and shells in my stash, and the big pearly piece at the bottom is from a gaudy necklace a sister gave me. I even found some wire plate hangers I'd had forever. Small round mirror from the candle section at Dollar Tree.

62  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Garden Mirror-my favorite so far! on: September 30, 2013 07:51:13 AM
This one took forever!

63  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Gold and black mirror-pic heavy on: September 24, 2013 04:28:14 PM
Bought a red charger plate at Goodwill. Spraypainted it black, rubbed on some antique gold rub'n buff.  Enter a Dollar Tree hand mirror. Heated a knife in a candle flame,cut off the handle. Glued mirror in place. Wrapped a chunky necklace of black and clear beads around it. Took a second necklace, of pearl and black beads on gold, and added that to the top edge of the mirror. Took headpins, threaded on black faceted bead, small gold beads, pearl bead, and gold bugle bead, alternating the black and white every other pin I made. Glued them around the edges. Bow at the bottom is made from three old earrings. Filled in the area around the mirror with beads. Gold, black, pearl,clear, ect. Brushed on a couple of coats of sealer. I still have to attach a hanger to the back.
I freakin' love thrift stores. And all the people who give me unwanted jewelry.  Cheesy

64  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Not a jewelry mirror! on: September 13, 2013 04:15:55 PM
I was playing around the other night,wondering what I could do with some big pieces of circuit board my nephew gave me. And did this. A mirror that goes under a candle, a locker mirror, two halves of a compact. A little copper tape. The plain side on the back was still a little scratchy,as circuit board is,and I was wondering how to hang it,and not have it right against the wall. I took a round plastic wall clock from the Goodwill,and E600'd it to the back. The clock was broken, so the little plastic gears from it were added to the front of the board. I spray painted the hodgepodge that was the back black,then sprayed on sealer.
Just experimenting,messing around.

65  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.

66  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.
67  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.

68  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!
69  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-

70  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!
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