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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Deck of cards = awesome, easy, romantic gift! on: February 10, 2008 05:52:56 PM
wow this is an awesome idea!  i feel like making one for my bf, but i've found that guys aren't nearly as sentimental as girls are, and therefore i'd like it tons, but he would only kind-of like it Sad the irony of boys and girls....

but anyways, i feel like being crafty so regardless of whether or not boys like hand made loving crafts, i think i'll make one!

thanks for the tute!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: easy/basic/funky twisted seed bead necklace on: February 07, 2008 03:53:10 PM
what kind of wire did you use for each part? I was trying to figure out how you got the twisted part to stay.


for the center made with smaller beads, i just used soft flex wire. (this is what it looks like: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=bd0001&channelid=)

for the big beads that twist around, i used 24 gauge beading wire.  (this is what it looks like: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=bd0137&channelid=

it basically stays in that shape without much help.  when i twisted the wire and beads around the skewer, i twisted so that the rotations were side by side, as close as can be.  after i twisted the entire length of beads around the skewer, i slid them off and gently and evenly made the distance between the rotations longer.  i then shimmed the center wire through the spiraled beads.  to make the spiraled wire stay in place, i just took the end of the wire and wrapped it several times around a piece of scrap wire, slid the bundle off of the scrap wire, and then slipped the soft flex through the hole in the bundle of wrapped wire.  it's a pretty rough way of finishing it off, but i'd never done it before and didn't have any materials on hand that could make it smoother, but i'm sure there are tons of other ways to do it. 

but no, you shouldn't have a problem with the spiraled wire untwisting.  as long as you use wire with a heavy gauge, you shouldn't experience any untwisting.

also, i saw a sweet one of these at our bead store that keeps the "sprialage" as close as can be together for the entire lenghth of the necklace.  that one used the solid wire for both spiral wrapping and for the center wire.  it looked way cool too!

hope that helps!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Rubik's Cube Of ME!!! Valentines gift (PIC CHUBS) on: February 07, 2008 02:37:50 PM
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / easy/basic/funky twisted seed bead necklace on: February 05, 2008 07:32:28 PM
so this is my first post ever.
i love craftster but i've never gotten around to posting anything i make.
but tonight i have no homework.  and i crafted.  and i like my crafting.
so i've decided to make my first official post. Cheesy

so basically i took both soft flex and thick wire and 6/0 and 8/0 seed beads, did some twisting around a skewer. and got this necklace!  i just got a job as a jewelry designer/maker at our bead store downtown.  is it cute and fun or cheesy?

the necklace!

close up of the twistage action!

close up of how i ended the "nonflexible wire" (can't think of what to properly name it) and then finished with a toggle

on me!

i really like this necklace.  it's my style.  fun and carefree and all over the place!

ok that is all!  happy crafting!

p.s. my shirt doesn't say cuba.  it says scuba Cheesy
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: This is how an insane person decorates her tree. on: November 30, 2007 10:31:08 PM
i love this!  i love the creatures of the ocean!  this rocks!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Darth, Dash, Dorothy....lol. on: October 29, 2007 08:20:54 PM
incrediboy is soooooooooooo adorable!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Best way to make fried marbles+a suncatcher... kind of. on: October 17, 2007 09:17:40 PM
wow these are so pretty!  i have one question though... is the outside of the marble rough and cracked or is it still smooth?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sweater for my niece (3 big pics) on: October 17, 2007 09:13:12 PM
ooh yay!  i made this sweater too!  i knit it for an auction to raise money for my school and the sweater brought $65!  wow.  but yes i really love the i cord edging on this, even though it's a bit tricky to get started.  goob job knitting this!  your model is way cute too
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Amazing kid's shirts, check this out! on: October 10, 2007 02:06:47 PM
i could see this being done to make spirit shirts for high school sports.  you make one master stencil and tell everybody to bring a shirt and then each shirt would only take a bit of time to make... plus that way uncreative people can still make a shirt with the help of a creative person!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Year. on: October 09, 2007 02:18:06 PM
wow!  great job!  it's fun to see very active knitters!
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