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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Large Rainbow Paper Beads on: October 25, 2011 08:04:19 PM
These are fabulous!  What about making a whole bunch, and creating a" beaded curtain style"  window valence?? What a cool way to brighten up a plain white window panel!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Record Earring Holder on: October 21, 2011 07:44:59 AM
Great job!  This is such a cute idea! And love the hot pink and lime green labels!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Lightening Scar Spell chart on: October 21, 2011 07:38:35 AM
This is awesome. I know she loved it! Who wouldn't??!!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in? on: October 21, 2011 07:28:15 AM
I am totally in!!!  I had a serious fall back Last January and have been partially disabled due to a spinal injury, slowly improving though( YAY!!), ever since. With my husband then in Police Academy and me unable to work aside from at home with my online venture, we had already made this past year about homemade gift giving.  And though in a better place this upcoming year financially, we had so much FUN last year with making, that we decided to continue this tradition!

SO with out further ado:

 I,Erin (The Eclectic Slide), am committed to making a "Year of Homemade Gifts" from September 1, 2011 to September 1, 2012 with the following conditions: that if I am unable to make a gift for a person or occasion that it be either secondhand and gently loved, or seriously discounted as to remain frugally responsible. I also commit to sharing my successes and failures with the Year of Homemade Gifts Craft-a-long on Craftster.

Viva La Crafty-pants!


5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Let's get Crazy! CrAzY BrAcELeTs <3 on: October 21, 2011 07:13:56 AM
Who says bead need to match to make beautiful jewelry. Just see this post by Lish The Dish : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393093.0

My friends, lampwork glass bead are expensive. We know this. We hate this...but we lurrrrveeeeeeee them. There are several easy ways to stretch your crafting dollar when it comes to both purchasing and using lampwork beads.

I don't need to tell you all that there are amazing lampwork artists on sites like Artfire and Etsy, and right of the bat anytime you are buying the beads from the maker you making better dollar sense than buying in local craft store. What you may not know is that for every full, finished set of lampwork beads that the artist sells, there are beads in the same scheme or vein that never made the cut. These are called "Orphans"  and can usually be bought in bulk for a deep discount comparatively. They may be ever so slightly irregular in terms of the orignal set...the color wasn't quite right, the pattern didn't fit, the frit was off...whatever. They are still gorgeous, artisan made lampwork beads, and they need love too.
I have found that if you message an artist and  inquire about orphan beads, most are not only willing and happy to sell them, but will give you a great deal as well. Why wouldn't they??!! You're asking to purchase that which they would more than likely just disregard.  This means savings for you, and if you SELL your creations this means more profit. It's win win. You're supporting an artist while making the most of your budget. YAY SAVINGS!  Wink

Additionally, many times when we buy completed lampwork sets and make our jewelry, we are left with one or two beads in excess. These, in a way,  have now become orphan beads. No longer part of a parent set, but still perfectly wonderful ans ready to use. Letting these beads just sit there, unused, is like throwing money out the window..not mention letting beautiful beads go unstrung is a complete travesty onto itself. You paid for them...USE THEM.

Now is the time to get crazy!

My soution is to make what I like to call CRAZY Bracelets!! Mix up you beads, add some fun bead caps, spacer beads, gemstones, or other glass neads and make something REALLY fun. It doesn't have to match. You will be surprised with how just capping the beads alone makes even the most disjointed color scheme come together. And once you start adding in some accent beads, you'll wonder why you never tried it before. The point is to be eclectic. Be nuts. Be out there, while at the same time being smart about your spending dollar! Here are a few of mine.

This one was comprised of orphaned floral beads I had left over from previously used sets:

This next bracelet is made up of Orphans bought in bulk from an artist on etsy.  I got 100 beads of all sorts of colors and patterns for $50 dollars. ( Shocked 50 cents a BEAD!!!!! That's CRAZY talk!  Shocked) This artist used red and yellow in quite a few of her sets, so although they were orphans from completely different parent sets, these beads worked together well because they were the same brand of glass. It was a more cohesive look, and I'm showing you all this for a reason. Just because they are orphans, doesn't mean they won't coordinate! (This is especially true especially when buying from the same maker, as they tend to use the same raw materials.)

Anyway, I know that this was a long post...but I thought I would share how I like to save a buck. Hope this helps someone else save a buck too.

Later Gators! And Happy Crafting!,
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tattoo Inspired Sparrow Fall Earrings With Little Nest Balls on: October 21, 2011 04:59:05 AM
I LOVE these!  your artwork and color is amazing, and I love you adding the lantern beads. These are really really beautiful. You do amazing work!

I'm a huge fan of sparrows...especially tattoo art. In the tattoo world , they are traditionally a symbol of both faithfulness and freedom, which many see as being a dichotomy of sorts, but there is no greater freedom than being  true to what and who you are.

(I love sparrows  and their lore so much that I have them over my heart. Here is a pic of my chest piece)

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mini fortune cookie charms for a game of hide and seek on: October 21, 2011 04:27:01 AM
What an inspired marketing campaign!
 If I found one,I would LOVE them.  They are too cute!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Devilishly Tricky Little Blighters! on: October 21, 2011 04:22:59 AM
Your artwork is amazing!  I love shrink plastic and am a HUGE Harry Potter fan , so this is win win for me. Awesome job!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Three New French Beaded Statement Necklaces (6 pics) on: October 21, 2011 04:18:31 AM
These are all gorgeous, but that first necklace makes me drool. You have an a amazing gift.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: super kawaii rings (img heavy!) on: October 20, 2011 01:30:30 PM
too cute! Very well done!
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