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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / winter scene light bulbs on: December 04, 2011 10:13:58 AM
I've been saving bulbs with this sort of project in mind. I went with little winter scenes. The bottom is made of cork and wrapped with pipe cleaners. They work nicely on top of candle sticks or as bottle toppers.


To answer the question about getting the bottoms off, I do these steps:

- I wrap the bulb in fabric while I work to keep it safe. I also work over a trash can and work slowly.

- Use a pair of sharp scissors to pry the metal strip off the bottom. Pry the edge up and then it sort of rolls off.

- Use wire cutters to snip at the black glass that line the tip. It's really crumbly so do it over a trash can and go SLOW. I kinda snip at it going around a clock. At some point the pieces just fall off. Dump them out.

- I use an ice pick type tool to gently jab and the filament. When you break through you will hear a pop.  (This is the step that's the hardest to do right and if it's going to break, it will be now.)

- Stir the ice pick around and the pieces will separate from the sides. Dump these out, too.

Then you have a clean bulb!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Butterfly necklace on: October 15, 2011 04:15:04 PM
This is utterly, utterly gorgeous. Love the detail of the eyelets and tiny chain in the wings too. Just out of curiosity, how thick is the resin? Are they not still a bit fragile?

The resin is pretty thick but not heavy. I've learned to let it pool around the wings and trim the extra off the edges. It's really rather durable. They aren't brittle, which is what my concern was when I first tried it.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Bling on: October 10, 2011 06:19:01 AM
This is made from some cast off jewelry bits, a collection of charms, and some resin shapes I cast in black. The pearls were really old and not in very good shape but had a lot of sentimental value. Now I get to wear them every year!

4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Something Wicked Halloween Altered Tin on: October 03, 2011 04:32:11 PM
I love this! The little stars and stand are a great touch.
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: potion bottles on: October 03, 2011 09:33:42 AM
You have to tape the edges of the tissue paper down on a regular sheet of paper before sending it through the printer but it works great.
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / potion bottles on: October 03, 2011 08:48:02 AM
I finally figured out how to get labels on bottles, something I've been trying to do for years. I printed them on tissue paper and applied to the glass with gel matte medium. I love the effect.

I used some free printable labels and some vintage images (like the skull). I made the other label myself. I like a mix of styles for my potion bottles.

The most fun was decorating the bottles. I'm thrilled with how they came out. These are the center piece to my Halloween decor.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Halloween assemblages on: October 03, 2011 08:42:22 AM
Very cool - I think the crone is my favorite too although that haunted house is a close second!  Do they hang? Sit up?  Both?  Wink

I put a magnet on the back or they sit nicely on a shelf.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Resin Pendant on: October 03, 2011 05:02:02 AM
Oh, I love it!!!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resin and Spoons on: October 03, 2011 05:01:03 AM
I've been trying to do something Ike this for a long time and just keep ruining spoons. Yours are amazing and very inspiring so I won't give up hope yet!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Pokemon Card Necklace on: October 03, 2011 04:56:56 AM
My kids would love this. I wonder if they would let me cut up their cards?
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