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3441  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wire-wrapped stone pendant - my first! on: September 22, 2008 01:04:29 PM
Thanks everyone! I'm feeling a little more confident about giving it to her now. Cheesy
3442  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Halloween Swap 2008 (CLOSED! / SEND Oct 4th) on: September 22, 2008 12:51:21 PM
I read all of those.... Grin before I signed up. I was just being silly kind of. Like you spend 10 bucks and but it takes you 5 hours, but the item is smaller than a bread box. hee hee
Well, yeah. It's obviously a judgment call. These are just guidelines. Wink

And....we have our first sender! So the gallery has been opened. Let's keep the chatting here on this thread though.
3443  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Halloween Swap 2008 Gallery of Spooky Goodness on: September 22, 2008 12:48:09 PM
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265915.0

We've had our first shipper! Post the pics when you've got 'em! Grin
3444  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wire-wrapped stone pendant - my first! on: September 22, 2008 12:03:45 PM
Aw thanks. Smiley I'm just addicted to making jewelry, and it seems like after several years, I'm still not sick of learning new things. Wink
3445  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Less halloween more Harvest on: September 22, 2008 12:02:13 PM
Very nice! I love how autumny it is and the whole look. Two thumbs up! Grin
3446  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Miniature Tree of Life Cell Phone Charm / Pendant on: September 22, 2008 11:59:21 AM
Yeah, I think they are Japanese Delica beads? Or something like that. I totally splurged on them a year or two ago and when I was trying to think of what I could use for the small scale (since my normal gemstone chips are too big) I remembered I had those. They do have that cool iridescent color shift to them.
3447  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire-wrapped stone pendant - my first! on: September 22, 2008 11:55:49 AM
I know you'd think I'd be good with wire for all the Tree of Life pendants I make, but the truth is, I'm still awful with wire for everything that's not Trees. I've especially always had problems wrapping up stones. But, I'm at work the other day and one of the massage therapists comes up to me with her flat-back stone. She says she knows I make jewelry and she's always wanted to turn this stone into a pendant and she trusts my judgment and skill. Aw man, how could I tell her that I'd never managed to perfect wrapping a stone after that much flattery...?

So about seven tries later, I found a technique on the web different from the one I was attempting and I think it came out actually pretty decent. I'd really like some thoughts and feedback since I'm going to be giving it back to her and I'm nervous and of course want to make sure she's pleased with it.



(In the picture, the back looks cooler but you can't tell that the back is rougher and not polished to a shine the way the front it. It's also flat where the front is a little more rounded like a cabochon type cut.)

Sorry the pics aren't great. My hard drive died over a week ago so I finally caved and installed some photo software on the laptop so I could show it off and get some feedback. I think it looks more flawed in the pictures since it's such a tight, close zoom and when you're just looking at it, you don't really see the extreme level of detail, but...I'm babbling. Overall, does it look decent enough to give back to her? Not including the failed tries, this one took me the better part of an hour to do. *laughs* (How sad is that?)
3448  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Miniature Tree of Life Cell Phone Charm / Pendant on: September 22, 2008 11:47:23 AM
I'm sure everyone's seen my many, many posts showing off my Tree of Life pendants. Well, a couple weeks ago, I decided to try making a little, teeny, miniature one. So here's how it came out. I put it on a cell phone charm cord, though it's sized where it could be an earring, or a keychain charm, or zipper pull decoration:

And for size:

I've been wanting to show it off and get feedback for a couple weeks, but my hard drive died. So my pc is dead. Thankfully, I still had these pics on my camera card and I today I finally installed some software on the laptop so I could resize the pictures and at least show them off. Dammit, I miss my pc!

Anyway, thoughts appreciated!
3449  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Halloween Swap 2008 (CLOSED! / SEND Oct 4th) on: September 22, 2008 11:16:18 AM
I still don't get the whole what is large and what is medium thing so I think it is wonderful we said medium at the start because if mine end up large it is just a cool suprise. Smiley

The guidelines are on the front page of the topic but here they are again:

Size Definitions
For this swap, we're crafting TWO Medium items and TWO Small items. Craftster defines these with the following guidelines. (Please remember this is a general guideline only, and you must use your own judgment on this. If it takes you three hours to make a simple paper bookmark, you're not going to want to count that as a large item!)

By Time
-Big/3 points = 3 or more hours
-Medium/2 points = 2 or more hours
-Little/1 point = 1 or less hours

By Size
-Big/3 points = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium/2 points = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small/1 point = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks, magnets

By Price
-Big/3 points = $30 or more
-Medium/2 points = $10-$30 dollars
-Small/1 point = $10 or less

source: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=6553.0

Remember, I don't mind if you discuss with your partner to come up with a variation on the 2 medium, 2 small requirement so long as you do at least the same amount as the requirement. (i.e. if you end up doing 3 mediums - the original 2 mediums plus a third medium instead of two smalls - that's fine. But doing just a couple smalls isn't.) If one of your items it turning into a much larger item, you might want to discuss it with your partner in PM to ensure there are no hurt feelings if they just do the required amount. I don't mind if partners choose to include extras either, but again, I just don't want anyone's feelings to be hurt.

If you have any other questions, my pm box is open. Thanks guys! Grin
3450  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OWS 37 Gallery on: September 21, 2008 07:42:09 PM
Oh goodness, sorry to hear that, summertimerolls! Being a Florida resident, I completely understand the frustrations of storm damage/outages. Hope everything gets worked out for you soon!

On topic of the discussion....CrossStitchinMomma received the genuine Swarovski crystal memory wire necklace I made for her at the end of August. Unfortunately, I only have the pics off my site at the moment since my hard drive is currently dead and my file inaccessible. (So sorry in advance that it's watermarked. It's all I can access for the foreseeable future and I wanted to show it off.)

This is an example from my site but the one I made her was the same:

The amethyst crystal is such a beautiful color, it's really one of my favorites. Anyway, I hope you had a chance to wear it out like you wanted, CrossStitchinMomma, and that you're enjoying.  Smiley
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