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11  Flower Brooch made entirely of pistachio shells! - REPOST- MORE PICTURES!! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by wait4fiji on: September 15, 2009 05:31:01 PM
This is a repost... hopefully the pictures can be seen this time!  Grin
If it works I will delete the other one!

These Brooches are definitely some of my favorite! These are my pistachio shell brooches, made entirely out of pistachio shells which are all hot glued onto a wooden disk and then painted different colors. I LOVE pistachios and for some reason struggle to throw away those cute little shells. I was determined to make something out of them!

These brooches are 3 1/2" and less than 1" tall.

I painted the red one by hand, and added a slight gold finish on the outside.

The brown and green one were spray painted, which was WAY easier!

It's just expensive to buy a ton of colors in spray paint, not to mention I have to go outside!
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12  Fuzzy Flannel Flower Brooch - recycled from old pajamas in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by wait4fiji on: September 02, 2009 09:13:24 PM
made from recycled flannel pajamas this happy flower brooch will makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
All I need now is a nice big mug of hot apple cider and I can face the cold fearlessly!

silver clasp on the back!

Measures 5in. (12.5cm) wide
Silver clasp on the back.

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13  Mirror Mirror one my wall, I need ideas from you all!! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by wait4fiji on: August 23, 2009 06:12:35 PM
I have completed two mirrors by covering them with 'recycled' material.
They are just those simple mirrors you can pick up cheaply at IKEA, I painted them black and stuck stuff on them and then loved them up with tons of mod podge! I LOVE MOD PODGE!

Bottle caps I've collected over the years and from all over the world!

Rolled Magazine Pages*

I have one more mirror and I desperately need an idea of what to cover it with. I want to keep with the recycling theme, and keep the colors bright (like with these two). They are destined to be mounted above my keyboard in a row and I am SO excited! Please if you have suggestions, ideas, anything, let me know! Thanks!!

*I've posted a tutorial on how to make the rolled magazine pages here:
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14  Rolled Paper Bowl - Tutorial in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wait4fiji on: August 21, 2009 07:03:54 PM
So my new obsession is rolling magazine paper.

There are many reasons for this:
First: it's recycling in the best sense!
Second: Magazine pages are full of so many colors
Third: the materials are dirt cheap (often free) and glue sticks are on sale everywhere this time of year.
Fourth: The final result is really neat!
Fifth (and final): It's a feel good project because of all of the above!

So I saw a tutorial on making a basket from magazine pages and loved the idea. It was from that fabulous book: Big Ass book of crafts. I loved the idea, had to it do and so set about rolling magazine pages.

First step was to cut the magazine pages into 2-3" strips. I'd recomend using a paper slicer for this, otherwise you might just give up in the first 15 min. This is a time consuming project but it's so very worth it!

Then starting at the corner you roll the page, I used a small knitting needle to roll the paper. When you're almost done rolling you apply glue liberally (glue sticks are ideal) and finish off. Now you have a rod with points on each end.

Now you can use the rods as they are for crafts such as this picture frame.

I mounted the rods onto one of those simple pine framed mirrors from IKEA which I had painted black.

Or if you're gunning for the really labor intensive stuff keep going. Take the rod and flatten it. Using the knitting needle (or what ever you used before) roll the rod into a spiral being sure to glue the last 2 or 3 inches. Hold the spiral in place for at least 30 sec if not more (the stiffer your paper the longer you should hold it)

Ta Da! You have a spiral! Now make about 200 of these and you can begin constructing your basket. Tongue

The base of the basket is just one giant spiral made by adding rods and rolling it all into one big spiral. It helps if you slip the rods into one another to help secure them. You can decide how big you want the base to be, but keep in mind that the bigger it is the more sturdy it will be as well.

However if the idea of spending hours and hours rolling paper (while watching movies of course) does not sound like your cup of tea, try something smaller, like this necklace.

Whatever you decide to do with your spirals, the next step will require every crafters favorite weapon... the GLUE GUN!
Nothing else seems to do the trick.
The glue needs to dry quickly and hold fast.

Now the book where I got the idea recommended you use a stainless steel container like a wastepaper basket or something as a mold. I didn't have one and just went at it with reckless abandon... a method that seems to have served me well for some time now.

So armed with this new information perhaps you'll face your junk mail catalogs with a whole new attitude!
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15  the light of my life in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by wait4fiji on: December 23, 2008 06:11:25 PM
Well of at least my desk...  Roll Eyes

I have always struggled to throw perfectly good items in the trash, especially when there is a whole bunch of them, like photo slides.
My old job was spring cleaning (for the first time in 20 some years) and finally decided to part ways with all their great informational slides. The decision was made when I pointed out that while they possessed over 3000 slides, a projector was nowhere on the premises.

I was giddy when I lugged home my box of over 3000 slides... oh the possibilities! And well it sat on a shelf in my craft room for some years.

And then I decided to CRAFT, and I bought some old lampshades from VOA and stripped them of their former uglyness and rendered them magnificent with slides... enough blather, some pictures:

The lamp as it sits on my desk and makes me happy in any light!

The pictures all have to do with public health, which is delightfully funny as you can scrutinize the lampshade and make out images restaurant kitchens and a mysterious red cooler that appears in several places on the lamp.

I stitched the slides together using upholstery thread, I found that a back stitch held them tightly in place a made for a tight uniform look that I liked very much.

excuse the dust... darn flash is so unforgiving.

But needless to say I am so very pleased with it, there are sure to be others, and there are more slides where these came from so I will have to think of new ideas (you can't have 17 lampshades in one room... it's just not done!)
Do you perhaps have any ideas, or comments... or whatever you wish...?
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16  Simple Shirt Recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wait4fiji on: December 23, 2008 05:44:34 PM
A while back Bernina had a promotion where it had a bunch of simple nifty sewing ideas...
well I think it was Bernina... I'm trying to give credit where credit is due... but I have a shoddy memory.

sorry  Embarrassed

Anyway they had a way to resize t-shirts so that they fit well, and I had just gotten back from Zambia where I had been given a shirt that was a size 2XL (the only size left when the conference was over) but I had been invited there to sing and really wanted a keepsake to bring back, so I was delighted when I found a simple way to reconstruct it, including the sleeves.




It could pass as a dress, but a very short dress, to be worn over tights.

The shirt says "reach 4 life" which is an HIV/AIDS awareness program run in high schools in southern Zambia. It's a really awsome program, and I am so excited that I can now proudly wear the shirt!
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17  All tied up with nowhere to go in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wait4fiji on: December 23, 2008 05:19:03 PM
It's been about a 2 years since I last posted  Cry
But I'm back (in the country among other things)

Anyway, my father was given a huge grocery bag full of ties, and my father doesn't wear ties, so my mother (an incredibly creative woman who will declare to the grave she isn't) gave them to me saying "you could make something out of these, like a skirt or something"

Well I did... after about 3 years. I made a dress... just in time for the holidays!

The front: notice the tie over the shoulder as a strap  Grin

The back: notice the back of the tie on the other shoulder

A close up view
I opened all the ties up, and gutted them, as ties are stuffed with a thin batting or fabric to make them stiffer.

Me in the dress complete with goofy snow boots

What do you think?
I still have a number of ties left over I was thinking of making a purse, or a headband, or a boutonniere, or something... I certainly have plenty of ties to play with!
Any ideas?
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18  Fabulous Frames (Mega Pics) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by wait4fiji on: April 04, 2007 01:33:13 PM
Here are some mod-podge frames I made.
I love mod-podge with all my heart...
but any way the frames were simple Paper Mache frames you can get at any craft store (I got mine at Hobby Lobby). And then the pictures I collect from magazines and catalogs.

All the pics are from my High School Photography Class, the only black and white I could find. Hope you like them (the frames)  Cheesy.
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19  Jewelry Frame in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by wait4fiji on: April 04, 2007 10:03:05 AM
I took an Old (and very ugly) Picture frame and decoupaged it, added old window gauze, and added hooks to create a really fun and functional jewelry display.

The Top is catching the flash so here it is from an angle to you can see the art piece at the top.

What do you think? Like it?
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20  Sequin Chandeleir Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by wait4fiji on: April 04, 2007 09:39:19 AM
Here are some earrings I made with a packet of sequins my sister gave me. The findings came from South Africa, I have hundreds of them. But I think it turned out really nicely. There are a lot of color combinations.

When they're hanging they look like this:

Hope you like them. They're very fun.
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