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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Do It Necklace and TUTORIAL!! on: October 26, 2006 06:07:22 PM
 so i had a bunch of plexy left over from another project and came up with this rockin necklace.
let me know what y'all think.  maybe i'll put up a tut if'n i get the time

IMPORTANT! i made some updates/changes after some more experimenting. they are in red below.
ok im off my lazy bum and writing a short tut:

plexy remnants (after making a few more, i found its easier to have the store pre-cut the plexy into strips, no more than 3 inches wide...otherwise i had a hard time getting a clean break)
small picture, i just printed on regular paper from my printer
decopage and brush to apply
box cutter
medium grade sandpaper

1. first decopage the BACK of the picture to keep the picture from getting messed up as it will be touching skin.  let dry.

2. cut out picture.  decide how much of a plexy border you want around the edge of the picture.  measure onto plexy and score using box cutter. i lined up the score marks with the edge of a table and covered with fabric to pretect my hands and then snapped along the score lines.  

3. sand the edges so they arent sharp.  be careful not to scratch the front and back. (again, after more experimenting, i found it easier to scratch the edges with the box cutter.  this is optional and more of a personal preference, but if you use this technique BE VERY CAREFULL HOWEVER!)

4.  use a tiny drill bit to drill a hole in the plexy where desired. i put a few layers of cardboard underneath to keep the bit from going through my table. clean one side of plexy with window cleaner to get off finger prints and skin oils. set plexy aside.

5. decopage the FRONT of the picture and place into position on the plexy before the decopage dries.  (when wearing the necklace, the picture will be behind the plexy that is why you decopage the front in this step)

6. the pendant is done! now make it into a necklace.

if there is any confusion, just let me know and i will clarify
12  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / What is a Wist? on: October 24, 2006 09:31:36 PM
someone mentioned that they saw a t-shirt and immediately wisted it?  what is that?
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / wedding in a forest on: October 24, 2006 11:31:10 AM
for my wedding, i wanted a 'forest' so i gathered up a bunch of artifical christmas trees from some of my near by friends and relatives. then i put clear christmas lights on them for some ambiance and put them around the alter adn church.  it was beautiful and made a good backdrop for pictures (especially since i got married in march in a snow storm)
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / let your guests make the guestbook on: October 24, 2006 11:24:15 AM
dont rember where i got this idea but im so glad i did it.
we sent an extra peice of paper along with our invitations as well as instructions saying what to do with it.  basically you have the guests decorate the page as their peronal guest book entry.  they can just write you a note, draw, paint, scrapbook, etc.  then we had a blank photo album at the wedding so as guests walked in they could add their entry.  everyone was reallly impressed with the idea and they loved looking through to see what the other guests crafted.  also its more personal than just a name in a book so its a much nicer momento than the traditional guestbook.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / guinea pig craft-a-long on: October 23, 2006 02:49:53 PM
im starting a guinea pig themed craft along...heres the link
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / guinea pig-themed-a-long on: October 23, 2006 01:49:41 PM
im interested in starting a craftalong for all things guinea pig....portraits, paintings, toys for them, hammocks, sculptures, clothing, piggy themed goods for humans, etc....all things cavy! 

is there any interest?
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / welded metal yard sheep on: October 23, 2006 08:33:29 AM
for my wedding, my hubby's family from england came over and his brother happened to have got to a tech college for welding.  me, the hubby, and his brother and sister are all crafty and i live on a farm with tons of junk piles so we raided and welded shaun the sheep.  he stands life size at approx. 4 feet high and is now hanging out next to our driveway to welcome visitors.  we also have a 4 foot high cow my hubby and i welded the year before.  ill try and post that as well....its not quite as good tho as neither tony or i is very good at welding

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / ticket roll flower pot on: October 23, 2006 07:53:19 AM
i'm watching the rachel ray show and they had the CUTEST idea on a crafting in the kitchen segment!  get a cheap roll of tickets from walmart, the dollar store, etc. make sure the end ticket is taped to keep the roll from unrolling.  then use your fingers to slowly push the ceter of the roll. continue forming the pot until you're satisfied.  then decopage over the inside and out to hold it.  this makes a great flowerpot, remote control caddy, what have you!
(this is not the best pict..but it was all i could find on the rachel ray website)
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / schnazy button pendant necklace on: October 22, 2006 06:49:15 PM
caught a glimpse of someone wearing something like this in the audience on oprah on day and had to have one!  here's my remake.
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / italian knock-off twirly necklace on: October 22, 2006 06:47:28 PM
my cousin got a necklace just like this from italy and i was totally jelous so i had to copy it.  i used filmo and varnished it with nail polish to give it a shine.
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