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1  After mixed reviews, a re-vamp (Image middleweight) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tmbrunschen on: May 15, 2009 12:56:26 PM
Recently I posted this post...
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296324.msg3373131#msg3373131 Which got mixed reviews so I decided to start again...

These are the new bits...

I don't have time to re-do them but would still love comments and criticisms!
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2  Re: Bead cufflinks tutorial (Image heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tmbrunschen on: May 14, 2009 11:37:08 PM
That is so cool how easy-peasy that is...and that bead with the wire wrapped around it would look pretty as a matching pendant for "her".

Funny you should mention that. I did take the circle of one of the toggles to make his wife a matching necklace

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3  Bead cufflinks tutorial (Image heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tmbrunschen on: May 14, 2009 02:06:11 PM
Because catdaddytn asked, I decided to photograph the cufflink-making process today as I made some more pairs.

Here's a shot of what I used (Please forgive the shank buttons. They're wonderful to use, but the rest of the photos show actual beads as the process is a little more involved.)

Various pliers and wire cutters, shank buttons (beads), toggles (from toggle clasp sets. I use the circle bits as parts of pendants), jump rings and eye pins.

The parts I used in the actual photos you will see...

Slipping the eye pin through the hole in the bead, bend the pin forward over the bead, making sure there is enough of the length that you can also bend the eye -up-

Bend the free end of the pin over the bead as well and pass it next to the part of the pin that has the eye and is now sticking up (shaft)...

Making sure the end isn't too long (you might have to cut it shorter) wrap the free end of the pin around the shaft of the pin...

In the eye, connect two or three jump rings, depending on their size, forming a short chain...

Add the toggle to the end of your chain, making sure all of the links are securely closed...

And there you have a cufflink.

Repeat the above steps for a pair Cheesy

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4  Re: Stupid question from a novice sewer... in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by tmbrunschen on: May 12, 2009 03:45:38 PM
Well, I thank everyone for the advice...

Chicky of Dishonour's dress (before hemming. I took 9 inches off of the length when I hemmed to make a "cocktail" version)...

And a couple of shots of my dress (The second one The Hubs snapped just as I was making an adjustment)...

Both were satin (not sure polyester or acetate) dupion and on the pale mint green I used cotton thread and on the silver-looking one I used polyester thread.

Those decisions were solely based on colour choice at the time.

I didn't iron either dress at any stage.
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5  What do you do when... (IMG Heavy) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by tmbrunschen on: May 09, 2009 02:41:00 PM
What do you do when your Chicky of Dishonour (read: Maid of Honour in a traditional wedding) decides she wants a very pale mint green satin dupion dress and then chooses a BLACK headpiece/hairband/fascinator thing?


And then grab all of your crafty mojo and go to town trying to pull it all together!

I present...

Sarah's dress before hemming.

And her accessories...

Corsage pin.



Necklace with bracelet.

Comments welcome! Smiley
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6  Best Man cufflinks in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tmbrunschen on: May 01, 2009 09:28:30 AM
I made these today for our Best Man (whom is also my BIL) as a "thank you" for being a witness.

Red isn't "his colour" necessarily and they don't "match" the wedding, but the beads are antiques from his very own grandmother Cheesy

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7  Continuing the lilac theme (6 pics) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tmbrunschen on: April 30, 2009 08:20:48 AM
So, the blessing of my recent wedding is coming up in about 1/2 a month and I am no where -near- ready.

Health issues have knocked me way behind my Make This and Save Instead of Buying It schedule Sad

I sat down today, finally, and managed to knock some stuff out... What do you think?

Some of the parts for my bouquet... antique lace (given to me by The Hubs's grandmother) and new buttons

Little rosebuds I had been hoping might appear on The Hubs's and Best Man's lapels, but now I don't see it happening

I was thinking MAYBE one of these instead, but again, unsure

Some more flowers for my bouquet, again antique lace

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8  First commission rosary (3 pics) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tmbrunschen on: April 12, 2009 02:23:17 PM
My daughter is Catholic and makes her First Holy Communion next month.

When I went to a couple of friends, who are also Catholic, to ask their opinion of the gift I plan to give her I was "hired" on the spot to make another for sale.

This is the result:

The recipient of the gift is Irish with a birthday in May, making green beads an easy choice.

The client is super-pleased and considering it's only my second rosary ever; so am I!


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9  -Honest- opinions needed, please! (Wedding bling) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tmbrunschen on: March 11, 2009 03:06:05 AM
I've been working on the bits and pieces for my wedding(s) and have chosen a Lilac theme for the service in May.

I've created earrings for the day

and have made a necklace... I really like the necklace but I'm not sold on it, so to speak.... I'd LOVE some -honest- opinions and criticisms from other crafty folks, if you'd be so kind.

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10  Button bouquet in Weddings and Bridal Showers by tmbrunschen on: March 09, 2009 07:56:41 AM
Continuing from this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295873.msg3367779#msg3367779 thread (I didn't realise there was a Wedding discussion board. That's my "DUH" moment for the day) I made the bouquet for my upcoming (this Saturday) wedding.

We're having a small civil ceremony here in London before having the BIG shindig in May in southern Sweden (full gown, attendees, guests, the works).

Any and all comments are welcome! I love it, but then I am biased, so please feel free to critique Smiley )
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