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591  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cheesecake! on: February 26, 2008 03:32:46 PM
These look AMAZING! YUM!

Love, love, love them.  Shocked

Edit: Thanks for making me hungry.  Undecided
592  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Napkin Tote on: February 26, 2008 09:08:53 AM
I am in LOVE with the fabric you chose! The teal base on the front is perfect with the bright pink on the inside!

So, is the front a large cloth napkin that you decided to sew into a tote, or...  Huh

Edit: I am a paisley print lover. It is by far my favorite pattern for clothes, bags, anything! Oddly enough, I only own two paisley things. A tank top and a bag. Well, I have a pet rat named Paisley so I guess she counts too.  Cheesy
593  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Basic wire chain tutorial! (Word and picture heavy.) on: February 25, 2008 12:30:04 PM
You are very welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Post pictures after you try it!
594  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Wall art and lighting all in one! on: February 24, 2008 07:07:41 PM
Amazing idea and great execution. LOVE IT!
595  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Basic wire chain tutorial! (Word and picture heavy.) on: February 23, 2008 11:22:57 PM
Alright, here is my very first tutorial. Today we are going to be making a basic chain made of wire!

First things first, you will need a pair of wire cutters, a pair of round nose pliers, a pair of chain nose pliers, and some 22 gauge square hard wire. Do not use soft wire as your chain won't be strong enough. For an 18 inch necklace, make sure to have about 6 feet of wire on hand.

Take your round nose pliers and mark them 1/4" from the tips. I like to use permanent markers but a thin strip of tape would also work.

Cut a piece of wire from your supply that's comfortable to work with. I like to work with 6 inch pieces at a time. Straighten the piece of wire between your fingers or a soft cloth, being careful to not twist the wire.

Clamp your round nose pliers onto the end of your wire at the line we made earlier. Adjust the tip of the wire so it protrudes 1/4" from the jaws of your pliers.

Take the long end of your wire and bend it carefully to form a U bend. Pay special attention at this stage as it is very easy to twist your wire and lose the square shape. We call this "keeping the wire on the square".

Your wire should look like so:

Are you still with me? Good! Next, I want you to place the jaws of your round nose pliers directly across our U bend.

Turn your pliers gently to create another U bend at a right angle to the first.

This part can be slightly tricky. I want you to create an imaginary line from the end of our first U bend to the one we just made. Snip your wire at that point.

Your shape should look like so:

Does it match up? Check to see that the ends of the wire and the U bends are even and level. This is critical to achieving a visually balanced chain. Don't worry if it takes you a few times to get it right, you will be rewarded with the end result!

To finish our link, you will take your chain nose pliers and tuck the ends of the link inside edge of the wire. The ends of your link should not protrude past the inside edge of the wire.

To connect the links, have your ends all facing the same direction and slip the links into the space on their neighbor link before tucking that end in.

Continue creating links until you've reached your desired chain length. Run your forefinger and thumb along the chain to be sure that all of the edges are tucked in. If you feel a sharp edge, go back and see if the link is tucked properly. File any of the stubborn edges that you find to assure a comfortable fit.

Fasten the chain however you please to finish your look, and admire your work! Congratulations on creating your very own fashionable, sturdy, handmade chain.

This was my first tutorial, so go easy on me! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Also, please please PLEASE post pictures if you decide to try this technique! I would love to see your take on this simple design.
596  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chain experiment necklace and a wire ring. on: February 23, 2008 05:54:33 AM
Where are my manners? I completely lost track of this thread. Your question about the links! I attempted to upload a close-up photo, but failed. I will try again later or perhaps form a tutorial to share with everyone. For now, imagine a staple with the ends tucked in, alternating the faces of the staple. That's the best I can describe for now.

Would anyone be interested in a tutorial?
597  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I need a torso/womens body shaped cookie cutter... on: February 19, 2008 02:15:31 PM
The one at Copper Gifts is the same one the OP linked a picture to and said wasn't quite right. I can't find anything better, so my suggestion would be to buy the one that doesn't have as much curve in it and bend the waist in more. Use your fingers or a pair of pliers, metal cookie cutters are flexible and strong.
598  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: I was in the hospital! on: February 15, 2008 10:22:53 AM
I was wondering where you were... I had noticed you hadn't posted in a while.

I admire your work so much!  Cheesy
599  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: horde vs alliance on: February 14, 2008 11:07:07 AM
I saw this on the front page and did a double take! My husband and I call it Warcrack too, lol!

I've been tossing ideas around in my head for our game room, and a Horde flag is definitely one of them. Thanks for the smile.  Smiley
600  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chain experiment necklace and a wire ring. on: January 26, 2008 11:36:25 PM

I love the chain experiment Smiley (and I'm a Moonstone fan! Wink )

Great work.

Thanks!   Cheesy
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