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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / DIY Mother Marion Wheel? (kick spindle) on: February 15, 2008 04:25:29 AM
Does anybody have instructions, or a link to instructions on how to make a kick spindle?

I really want a faster way to spin yarn than my drop spindle, but there is no way I'll be able to afford a spinning wheel. My aunt has one, but I live odd hours and it isn't very feasable to spend a lot of time whith her wheel. I am about to go on a very fixed budget (purchasing a mobile home on Monday *cross your fingers for me!* but will still have to pay land rental) and I'm terrible at saving money, so I thought that it might be easier for me if I can just buy the components for a DIY kick spindle as I have the money, then assemble it once I've got all the pieces.

I haven't been able to find any instruction on here, but I'm betting that one of you may have a link!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first 66 yards! (WIP) on: February 07, 2008 04:52:54 PM
I just started spinning with a drop spindle, and am so excited that I just had to share! The colors are much brighter IRL, but I can't seem to find my digital camera. I've been very ill this past week and a half, so it has been nice to have something so low impact to keep me busy when my fever has been down. I only made 66 yards because that was all my spindle would hold. I'm currently spinning more that I plan to attach. Since I started experimenting more towards the end, adding angelina to the mix and some bits of metallic and neon embroidery floss, I plan on self plying so that it has glitz and fun stuff all through it. It is mostly merino wool with some bamboo. Anyhow, here's the crappy picture:
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Etiquette for combining fibers from various Etsy users? on: January 11, 2008 07:35:39 AM
I'm gonna do it ... I'm going to teach myself to spin!

Anyhow, after a bit of practice, I wanted to spin up some yarn for a scarf to match my hair (it's multi-colored cools). Anyhow, I couldn't find roving or batts that are all of the colors that I want. I did find some roving in a turquoise that I like and two batts of already mixed colors in the other colors that I want. However, they are from different etsy users. Is it bad etiquette to combine them?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Garter Belts? on: January 11, 2008 06:28:34 AM
I love garter belts, but can't afford the quality ones that don't fall apart after wearing them a few times. Also, my size creates problems ... why does plus size lingerie have to be so expensive and hard to find? Also, I have this really awesome stretch houndstooth fabric, and I have a feeling that it would make a fabulous one. So would my stretch leopard lace fabric ... can you tell I really want to make quite a few? Anyway, I've got the hardware, fabric, and elastic. All I need is a tutorial or a cheap pattern. Does anybody know where I could locate either? I tried ebay and etsy to no avail. Please, help a Craftsah out!

I found this one:
Buuuut ... I would really like to make one with stretch fabric & elastic and I think that construction of that type would be somewhat different.
I also found this:
Buuuut I like the shape of the first one better.

Why do I have to be so picky?  Roll Eyes
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cameo Shadow Box on: December 26, 2007 01:15:02 PM
I made this for my grandma for Christmas. She recently remodeled her guest bathroom (by herself ... she's so badass), so I wanted to make her something that she could put in there. I haven't lived with her in over three years, but when I did, that bathroom was mine. She lives four hours away, but since I know the bathroom (and her tastes) well, I figured I could make something. She kept the original tile in the shower, so I tried to match the color of the box to the trim tile by memory. When she unwrapped it, I checked ... it matched, perfectly. I was pretty proud of myself, hehe.

Anyway, she likes cameo jewelry a lot. Her house is pretty much mixed styles, but it all says cozy and chic. She likes antique and country style things.

So, here it is.

So easy. Felt and a dollar store shadowbox with a couple coats of paint.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Ornaments (don't peek, ThatDarnPunk!) img heavy on: December 26, 2007 01:03:59 PM
I made these snowflakes for the Nov/Dec Birthday swap. She hasn't recieved them yet, but I need to post them. So, hopefully she isn't peeking!

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Stash Jar on: December 26, 2007 12:58:56 PM
I made this for a friend for her birthday. The centers of the circles are translucent and you can see glitter through it. The next ring is glow-in-the-dark, and they outer ring is her favorite color ... bright orange!

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tons and tons of wooden pendants. (img heavy) on: December 26, 2007 12:56:55 PM
Most of these don't have holes drilled yet in the pictures. All are handpainted.

This one has a slight shimmer in the black and pink paint. The sides and back are pink.

My favorite color Smiley One of the greens is metallic.

The green one and it's black/grey buddy.

My favorite one. I was too excited about this one to wait for a photo so the sealer isn't quite dry ... that's why it looks kind of milky. The sides and back are painted that fabulous metallic turquoise.

Cherry blossoms with a crackle finish. A bit blurry. Black rubbed into the cracks. The sides and back are painted black with loads of red glitter on top. Kind of a reversible one, I guess.

Here's the back. Blurry.

More cherry blossoms with crackle. Pink this time. and I rubbed pearl into the cracks and painted the back pearl.

I don't know if I like this one. Maybe smaller rhinestones would look better.

I just really like that turquoise. And glitter. I like glitter.

I felt like making sweet and pastel. So this is it.

The heart is glitter. Mmmmm ... glitter.

Just because I really like the sugar skull ones. They took me the longest.
9  California / California: North / Anyone on the Peninsula? on: December 12, 2007 12:48:53 AM
I noticed South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, and lots of SF. What about us Peninsula craftsters?

There's got to be someone else out there.

By the way, a friend keeps insisting that there is a fabric shop in downtown Redwood City, but I just can't seem to locate it. Is it still there?
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A Rose By Any Other Name ... (+more [img obese]) on: November 28, 2007 02:12:55 PM
These are all destined to be pendants. When they are reborn into necklaces, I'll add a link here to their post on the Jewelry forum. For now, though:

Half-assed faux jade. I can do better, but didn't feel like it ... lol. :

Metallic Blue:

Metallic blue and coppery-gold:

Metallic red:

Translucent w/ tiny bit of red and TONS of red glitter:

Someone told me this one looks like porcelain. I kind of agree.

THis is one of the very first ones I made. It was black clay brushed with silver mica powder. Then drilled and added to a chain w/ swarovski crystals and faux black pearls. (The others are meant for a similar fate.)

This was just for fun. It's translucent mixed with a tiny bit of green clay, tons of glow-in-the-dark glitter, and some glow clay. I may turn it into a hairpin.

And some swirly lentil beads! These were kind of practice. I have Fimo, SculpeyIII, Premo, and Kato. So, I've been experimenting to see which clay makes these beads the best.

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