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1  One-step Crimpers in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Orrkid on: January 28, 2011 07:21:57 AM
Has anyone used one-step crimpers before?

From here:
http://www.redpandabeads.com/servlet/the-7211/Bead-Buddy-1-Step/Detail

How well do they work? Obviously you need to use crimping beads, but is there a specific size or brand they work best with?

I'd like to know before I run out and buy a pair. Thanks!
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2  Re: Star Trek Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Orrkid on: September 02, 2009 05:54:28 PM
Okay, sooooo sorry I haven't posted up until now!

What I got:
A notebook with gorgeous blue fabric...with a pincushion inside and straps to attach an embroidery hoop (it's a travel embroidery kit!)
A polymer clay Star Trek insignia pin
A lovely Data bookmark ^_^
Coloring pages!!
A box with pictures of Data
A Data stuffie! Ack! It's soooo cute!!

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3  Video Game Craft Help/Links in Discussion and Questions by Orrkid on: January 17, 2009 09:57:20 AM

Video game crafts are among my favorite posts here at Craftster. I've noticed that when a new video game project gets posted (usually cross-stitch), a lot of people ask how to make a pattern or where they can find the video game characters and images (referred to as sprites), so I'm posting a whole bunch of links below.

If you're in need of inspiration, think about this: the pixelated images from older and handheld game systems work well for cross-stitching, crocheting, knitting, mosaic tiles, Perler/Hama/fuse beads, quilting, and of course you can use just about anything to recreate the pixels if you put things in a grid (for instance, the picture at the top of this post is made up of painted pennies). And if you're not going for the pixelated look, the possibilities are endless.

So, here are a few helpful links:

Instructions on the entire process:
http://sorrytown.us/project/how-to-nes-cross-stitch

The Sprite Stitch web site frequently posts video game crafts, and has lots of patterns here:
http://www.spritestitch.com/?cat=3

Post on how to grid something in MS Paint:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261902.msg2944361#msg2944361

Post on how to use Photoshop to make a pattern:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=239355.msg2631257#msg2631257

You can find lots of sprites at the Shy Guy Kingdom:
http://tsgk.captainn.net/

Or just do an internet search for sprite or video game sprite; you can always type in what you're looking for, followed by the word sprite, to search for it specifically.

There's also some really neat original work here:
http://www.pixeljoint.com/

Hope all this information helps!

Random Bonus Factoid: Did you know that pixelated is an old term for drunk?
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4  Marvin the Paranoid Android in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Orrkid on: January 07, 2009 01:06:06 PM
When I joined the Douglas Adams swap (gallery here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=242756.0;all), I knew I wanted to do something involving Marvin. With lines like, "Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to bring you down to the bridge. Do you call that job satisfaction? 'Cause I don't," how can you not love him? And being voiced by Alan Rickman just makes him that much better. Cheesy

I tried to make him look hunched over, but it doesn't really show up that way in the photo. Unfortunately, I made him with flesh-colored Super Sculpey, not realizing that it would take five years to get enough coats of paint on him to get him white. But it was well worth it, don't you think? Grin


Bonus: His eyes glow in the dark!

It sure was hard to send him to his new home!
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5  Wedding Necklace - Final Draft in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Orrkid on: December 22, 2008 10:33:27 AM
Finished version of the rough draft posted here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=241606.0

I had a lot of requests to see the finished product, so here it is. It looks much better in person - it hangs much more naturally and the colors aren't showing up correctly here. My photography skills really don't do it justice.  Embarrassed

I had trouble with the design. I had wanted more strands for a fuller look, but couldn't seem to add them without taking away from the V shape of the ends of the strands, which is what I liked most about the necklace. After I'd already finished the necklace and it had been worn for the wedding, someone suggested putting shorter strands between. If I ever make another, I'll definitely try that, because I think that make it look fuller, while still keeping the dramatic angle. And a friend of mine just got engaged, so it might be fairly soon (if she likes it, that is!). Smiley



Please let me know what you think!
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6  Re: pinky specific heat pack in Completed Projects by Orrkid on: August 24, 2008 08:40:24 PM
I had to laugh when I saw the ad above your post:


Congrats on finding a crafty way to fight pain! Hope it helps lots. Smiley
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7  Re: The Great Geek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Orrkid on: August 17, 2008 06:21:37 PM
Uh, I did say before next weekend, right? Wink Sorry to post so late - here's all the wonderfully fantastic stuff I received:

An awesome T-shirt with GEEK on it! The letters are perfectly straight - it's just my picture that's wonky.

And here's the rest of the crafted stuff! A Mario star magnet, a caffeine molecule bag (which is going to come in ber handy), and the cutest dragon ever!

Who wouldn't love a face like this? ^_^ My cat sure seemed to. Smiley

There was also a box of Nerds and an awesome tape bubble gum label maker. I laughed so hard at being able to write my name on gum. Smiley

Thanks, Tsubomi_chan, everything was perfect! I love it all!!
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8  Re: The Great Geek Swap (sign-ups CLOSED Send Outs July 25) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Orrkid on: August 01, 2008 09:27:09 AM
Oh, but how could you not love a li'l guy like this:


I would swear I heard him mutter as I was sending him to his new home, "Oh, great. They're mailing me now. Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they didn't even bother to get insurance. I'll probably break before I get to where ever it is I'm going. This will all end in tears, I just know it."

I keep telling myself I'll post this as a completed project one of these days. Maybe this weekend. I should probably get started before I have to post this swap's pictures, too.
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9  Re: Douglas Adams Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Orrkid on: April 30, 2008 03:27:17 PM
I just sent! Here's a teaser image - please forgive the quality; I've never done one before, and apparently don't have a knack for it. Smiley

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10  Wedding Necklace - ROUGH DRAFT...suggestions, please! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Orrkid on: April 21, 2008 04:48:16 PM
Final draft posted here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283836.0

I'd like some critique, please!

This is a rough draft I've made for a necklace that's going to be in a wedding:


I say rough draft because I made it with the beads I had on hand, rather than going out and buying a bunch of Swarovski (ouch!), which is what it's to be made with. Thank goodness crystal will be lighter - the necklace swings about like crazy with the heavier cat's eye beads!

It will also be slightly longer, so it will drape a bit more, as opposed to being choker length. What you see will all be on beading wire, then attached to silver chain.

The pink and blue will be somewhat similar to what's there. The bottom bead on the shortest outside danglies (well, what would you call them?) is lavender in the picture, but will be pink (I didn't have quite enough to finish with all pink). Where you see the sort of yellow color, those will be emerald green. Those are the wedding colors, and I was asked to make the necklace with them in mind.

I have no idea yet if there's going to be more than just one. I hope there aren't a ton of them, although I do have until the end of next month to finish them.

The design is nice enough, but it doesn't really wow me. I was originally going to copy a chandelier style necklace, but the lacy bits wouldn't stop rolling over, so I decided to try this out. Also, I may use a couple jump rings to attach the danglies rather than just threading them onto the wire, because the first bead on all but the middle one is kind of at an angle.

So, let me know what you think! Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Smiley
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