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311  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:I collect beach glass on: April 23, 2004 08:21:57 AM
Gosh, thanks for the kind words!  I'm actually blushing!  The wire is still a little clunky so the bracelet doesn't sit on my wrist quite as flat as I'd like it to, but I'm pretty pleased.

I've picked up sea glass for years on beaches, and it seems easier to find on pebble beaches than sand.  This last place was a little cove in Rhode Island and it was just full of glass -- some still pretty sharp, so I wear flipflops.  I usually throw sharp pieces back in the water to help along the erosion process.

I've got a larger curved piece I'd like to turn into a cuff bracelet but I haven't begun to work that one out yet.  I don't think wiring's going to do the job.  Any ideas?
312  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:I collect beach glass on: April 23, 2004 07:29:24 AM
I just collected a bunch of sea glass this past weekend and made my first ever bracelet out of it.  It was incredibly easy: less than an hour of fumbling with wire,  and cheap (maybe $1 for materials).  

I just wired each piece of glass with 24 gauge wire (creating loops with the wire as I went to connect each finished piece to the next as I started wiring it) and finished it off with a split ring on each end and a lobster claw clasp.  I'm not totally  satisfied, since my wrapping looks like a third-grader did it and at least one piece needs to be redone, but I think it's okay for a first attempt.  I'd love to be able to make graceful, elegant jewelry, but this will have to do.

The picture isn't so great (the glass is actually a pretty pale green, not grey), my apologies.
313  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:making a bath pillow/neck roll? on: April 22, 2004 07:12:54 AM
Pool noodles, what a great idea.  They'll become bath noodles!  I can just use a face towel for a slip cover.  I think even I can manage this project.   I'll try something more ambitious next.  Thanks for the ideas, everyone!  
314  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / making a bath pillow/neck roll? on: April 13, 2004 10:31:20 AM
Hi!  I'm new here and like a ninny posted this in the "completed" forum -- sorry!  So here's my question again:

I'm hoping someone here can give me a hand.  I'd like to make a pillow I can use in the bath,  'cause I'm tired of using a face towel wadded up behind my head, and I'm too cheap to buy anything  .  Ideally, here's what I'd like: washable, possibly with a microwaveable and/or chillable insert (I've read that you can use rice -- does that really work?), and comfy (of course!).  I was thinking using terry washcloths or hand towels would be great for the outside, but I don't have a pattern or any idea what to do about the rest.  Can anyone help me??  Has anyone tried to do anything like this, or found something similar I could use as a template?

Thanks in advance!
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