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ohohitskelly
« on: March 11, 2006 07:06:12 PM »

My grandmother, who was the goddess of all crafting, now has too much arthritis and other problems to use much of her things, so she is in the process of giving it all to me. I am very thankful and overwhelmed and overjoyed.

But, after going through the boxes and bags of it, I found some things that I weren't sure what to do with, and I don't know if they're just random things, or things I just don't know about.

Maybe you can help:
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Notes: The metal rods are thin and easily breakable, and have a hole at the top.
The seconds things I plan to use for belt buckles, as I don't know what else they'd be.
The last two items seem to be handmade, and are about the size of a thimble.

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2006 08:29:07 AM »

1 These might be beading needles. Are they very flexible, and does the hole at the top squish together?

2 I would say are definitely belt buckles, I have loads in my stash inherited from my Grandma. Be careful though, the ones I've got are plastic, and because they're old they do tend to break quite easily.

3 Haven't a clue, they look a little like beaded beads which I've seen patterns for making. Maybe your Grandma was just experimenting with a new beading stitch.

4 These look like beaded buttons to me.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2006 08:58:48 AM »

1 These might be beading needles. Are they very flexible, and does the hole at the top squish together?

2 I would say are definitely belt buckles, I have loads in my stash inherited from my Grandma. Be careful though, the ones I've got are plastic, and because they're old they do tend to break quite easily.

3 Haven't a clue, they look a little like beaded beads which I've seen patterns for making. Maybe your Grandma was just experimenting with a new beading stitch.

4 These look like beaded buttons to me.

1 Mm, yes, it does. I guess that's what they are then.

2 Yes, these are plastic, and look like they could break.

3 Hm, okay. I'll find something to do with them.

4 Yes, that should have been obvious, they were near the the box of buttons.... I just didn't figure it out, haha.

Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2006 09:07:23 AM »

How big is #2? I really hate to answer this & date myself but I am having an 80s flashback.  In the 80s we wore big drapey tshirts & used something that looked like that to bunch up the bottom of the shirt & hike it up.  Like you pull your shirt to the side & hold it tight, then thread the shirt tail through it like a belt buckle.  it holds your shirt taunt at the bottom.  Oh the fashion victims......

I imagine if that is what they are they will make a comeback.  which is very frightening. 

I have no clue as to what anything else is. 
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2006 09:55:32 AM »

The first picture, looks like bobbins for doing bobbin lace
The second are buckles
Thrird, can't tell
Forth, are buttons.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2006 10:28:36 AM »

How big is #2? I really hate to answer this & date myself but I am having an 80s flashback.  In the 80s we wore big drapey tshirts & used something that looked like that to bunch up the bottom of the shirt & hike it up.  Like you pull your shirt to the side & hold it tight, then thread the shirt tail through it like a belt buckle.  it holds your shirt taunt at the bottom.  Oh the fashion victims......

wow, i totally remember those. i used to have a heart shaped one, and i'd scrunch up my socks and pretend i was punky brewster
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2006 01:18:32 PM »

The belt buckles would be nice used on a handbag, like make a strap/flap that comes over the top and the fastener can be a snap or magnet but the buckle on the strap is just decorative. That way there would be less stress on the buckle than using it on a real belt, and less likely to break.
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2006 02:16:47 PM »

How big is #2? I really hate to answer this & date myself but I am having an 80s flashback.  In the 80s we wore big drapey tshirts & used something that looked like that to bunch up the bottom of the shirt & hike it up.  Like you pull your shirt to the side & hold it tight, then thread the shirt tail through it like a belt buckle.  it holds your shirt taunt at the bottom.  Oh the fashion victims......

It's about as big as a small belt buckle (maybe an inch & a half long?), which is what I think it is.
That fad was around when I was being born, but I do know what you're talking about...hahaha.

The belt buckles would be nice used on a handbag, like make a strap/flap that comes over the top and the fastener can be a snap or magnet but the buckle on the strap is just decorative. That way there would be less stress on the buckle than using it on a real belt, and less likely to break.

That's quite the good idea. I'm imagining a kind of retro, but dressy bag...I may have to try that.
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2006 05:10:25 PM »

Those are little belt buckles, they were used with dresses I think in the 40's. 
  In an issue of Martha Stewart Living she cut out the middle bar on some of those with a dremel tool and turned them into mini picture frames which I believe she then put magnets on for the fridge. They were great.
   That last pic is definetly buttons.  Cool stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2006 07:43:20 PM »

The first picture looks like eye-pins, used in beading and jewelry making (called that because they have an "eye", as opposed to head pins which just have a stub) You place your beads on the pin and then use round nose pliers to make a loop at the top to attach the whole thing to a larger piece. Eye pins have the hole so that you can attach something to the end using those little ring-thingies, which look like jump rings to me.
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