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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Vintage Cluster Bracelet for Tree Swap (with instructions) on: December 04, 2008 03:50:08 PM
I recently organized a Tree Swap here on Craftster, with the theme of... trees! 

My partner was the always-lovely Phizzychick.  As soon as I knew she was my partner, I decided to make her this tree-inspired bracelet to fit her sense of style.

I teach a class on how to make this type of bracelet, and I'm going to give you simple directions too (see end of post)!  Smiley

This bracelet has many different types of beads, including (but not limited to!) Swarovski crystals, glass, freshwater pearls in various shapes, sizes and colors, Swarovski pearls, jasper, pyrite, serpentine, nephrite, sterling silver and Indian silver.  There may be some peridot in there; I don't remember at this point.  I have a ton of beads (I work at a bead store) and I pulled from my stash for this bracelet.  Among those beads, as you may see, there are also several different types of glass leaf-shaped beads.

All of the metal in this bracelet is sterling silver, and I made the headpins myself, out of 22 and 24 gauge wire.

Pictures!





And here's a shot Phizzy took while wearing it (I have a great camera but poor lighting; hers is much better):



And because someone in the gallery asked, here's how I made it.  I don't have time for photos right now (I am scrambling to finish up a swap) but if anyone would like, I will try to find time to add some in a week or so!

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First, I made the headpins.  To do that, I took a butane kitchen torch (sometimes referred to as a creme brulee torch; can be found in Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and similar stores) and cut 2.5" pieces of 24 and 22 gauge sterling silver wire.  It has to be sterling or fine silver if you want to make the headpins this way (silver-plated won't work!!).  I held one end of each piece with my chain nose pliers (the wire will get hot!) and held the other end in the hottest part of the flame from the torch.  This makes the wire ball up on the end.  Don't hold it in too long or it'll bead up and break off, falling on the floor and scorching it.  Wink

Once I was satisfied with the size of the ball on the end of the headpin, I dropped it into a little cup of water to cool.  After I had made 60-80 headpins, I gathered them all up and cleaned them with a silver cleaning solution.  Then I rinsed them again with water (important!).

I sat down with the following supplies:

- 6 inches of small-link sterling silver chain (or length needed for wrist size MINUS about half an inch - the clasp will add this length)
- assortment of glass, gemstone and pearl beads
- my headpins
- a few Indian silver daisy spacer beads to use for beads with larger holes
- clasp
- chain nose pliers
- round nose pliers
- wire cutters
- patience
- time, and lots of time

Now, it so happens that I teach wire-working classes and I can make a wire-wrapped loop in a few seconds.  If you're just starting out, it's going to take a little bit of practice and a lot more time than it took me (about 2-3 hours for all of the beads, not including the hour I spent making and cleaning the headpins).

1.  Take your bead and put it on your headpin.

2.  Take your chain nose (flat nose) pliers and grab the wire RIGHT ABOVE the bead.  There should be no room between the pliers and the bead.

3.  Take the excess wire above the pliers and using your free hand, pull it down to make a 90-degree bend.

4.  Removing the chain nose pliers, grab your round nose pliers.

5.  On the HORIZONTAL piece of wire (the piece that you just pulled on to make that 90-degree bend), grab as close to the bend as possible.  You do not want your pliers to be in that little gap between your bead and your bend; that is the vertical piece of wire.  Horizontal is like this ---, vertical is like this |.  Wink

6.  Pull that excess wire, with your spare hand, back OVER THE TOP JAW of your pliers.  YES, you will be pulling it back in the direction from which you originally bent it to make that 90-degree bend.  Pull it until it is pointing at the ground.

7.  Either let some of the pressure off of your pliers and turn them, or take them OUT of the loop and then put the BOTTOM jaw back in.  Remember, you just pulled that wire back over the TOP jaw, now you want the BOTTOM jaw in the loop.

8.  Three words to remember here: Complete The Loop.  Using your spare hand again, pull that excess wire around (yes, you will have to push it up and around the bead) until it is pointing straight out from you.  DO NOT CONTINUE TO PULL IT UP TOWARDS THE CEILING.

9.  Put the little piece of wire that is sticking out into one of the links of the piece of chain.

10.  Holding the loop flat in between the jaws of your chain nose pliers, take the excess wire and wrap it in the gap between it and the bead.  Wrap around and around to create a coil in that little gap.  When you get to the bead, stop and snip off your excess wire with your wire cutters.

11.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  Again and again.

Space out similar beads so that you get a varied look.  By that I mean if I want to use 6 champagne-colored coin pearls in the bracelet, I'm not going to put them all next to each other.  I'll put one at each end and then space the remaining 4 out throughout the bracelet.

I put 2 beads per link, making it a very full bracelet.  I did not skip any links.  You can space it out as you see fit, but if you want a full bracelet like the one I sent Phizzy, put two beads per link and use beads of varying shapes and sizes.  I also used different colored beads to give it a sort of forest-y look.

There are probably 20-30 different types of beads in that bracelet.  I wanted something very eclectic and funky, to match Phizzy's personality.  You can match your own however you see fit.  Smiley

Attach your clasp, wear your bracelet, get lots of compliments, and GIVE ME CREDIT OR I WILL COME HUNT YOU DOWN AND STEAL IT FROM YOU... Wink  Kidding.  Don't give me credit.  I didn't make up the design.  Who knows who did.

If you have any other questions, please ask!  I teach a class on this specific bracelet so I definitely have the steps down, but I also recently took a Percocet for a very nasty headache, so if I'm missing something I blame it on that.  Cheesy

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Comments, constructive criticisms, and questions always welcome!  Thank you for looking and have a super day.  Smiley
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Tree Swap Gallery! on: October 15, 2008 06:25:59 PM
Post your goodies here!

Original thread here!

Color coding:

blue = sent
orange = received
purple = sent and received

lime green = sending late with communication
red = no communication/contact your organizer immediately

strikethrough = feedback given

Jenicat's group

Jenicat -- Phizzychick
barefootlinzi -- oxynitrate
digital misfit -- hippiejo74
Mqorty -- urvi
mamarose22 -- HSG
odd_artist -- kitkat_pro
morglanc -- edenkitty
UntouchableFace -- mcbenno
elmpixie -- dragonmama



Remember, you will receive feedback once your partner has received, but you must still post photos of your partner's craftiness when you receive from her.  If you do not, a negative comment will be left in your feedback!
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Tree Swap - COMPLETE! on: September 30, 2008 08:01:35 AM
We have a GALLERY!



Swap name: Tree Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Jenicat
Sign-up date range:  Tuesday, September 30 - Thursday, October 9 at 9 pm EST
Date to send item by:  Friday, November 14

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? 13+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES


...as dreamed up by oxynitrate!  Cheesy

Details of swap:

Elm, oak, willow, orange do you obsess over trees?

If you love trees or have always been drawn to them, this is the perfect swap for you.  Trees have been an intrinsic part of many cultures, from the giving of an olive branch in ancient Greece to the tree of life.  Anything goes in this swap as long as it is tree-inspired.

Take inspiration from their branches, leaves, colors, fond childhood memories of climbing them whatever.  We all know we love them, now lets craft in the name of them.

And see the peaceful trees extend
their myriad leaves in leisured dance
they bear the weight of sky and cloud
upon the fountain of their veins.


- Kathleen Raine, Envoi



You must craft FIVE points worth of items for this swap.  According to the swap guidelines here on Craftster:

BIG/LARGE item = 3 points
MEDIUM item = 2 points
SMALL item = 1 point

This means you have options!  You can craft 1 large and 1 medium, or 1 large and 2 smalls, or 1 medium and 3 smalls.  No more than 3 of your 5 points may be small items. 

This should be doable for everyone, as it equates to one point of crafting per week.  That is one small item, or fewer than two hours of crafting time, per week. 

If you and your partner agree to craft more than the required number of points, that is fine.  Just make sure it is agreed upon between the two of you!  It is always a fantastic idea to have good communication with your partner!

Likewise, you MUST have good communication in this swap.  5 weeks of crafting time is a lot of time for swappers to get "lost", especially with the upcoming holidays.  PLEASE remember to check-in with the thread (this means posting to let us know you're still on board) or with your organizer by PM roughly once a week.  If you do not show good communication, it will be noted in your feedback.   

This swap, like most swaps on Craftster, requires a Delivery Confirmation number if you and your partner both live in the U.S.  If that is not the case, please retain your receipt so you can prove that you shipped, should your package go missing.  If you and your partner both live in the U.S., you must PM the delivery confirmation number to both your partner and your organizer once you ship.

And you are more than welcome to ship early if you've finished early! 

You will be given feedback once your partner receives and lets your organizer know, however this does not absolve you of your duty to post photos after YOU receive from your partner.
 
Once feedback is given it is possible (and easy) for your organizer to change it, so do not think that you're in the clear from being given negative comments just because you've sent - we will do so if necessary!

Partners will be assigned the afternoon of Friday, October 10.  I will post them in the second post of this thread and then PM everyone with their questionnaire and their partner's questionnaire.  If we have a co-organizer (25+ participants), I will post partners in groups assigned by organizer.  You will contact your organizer with all questions and your organizer will be the one giving you feedback.  Your organizer will also receive the questionnaires of all of her group members.

Now that we've gone over all the rules... Cheesy



QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Tree Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that you are at least 13 years old (yes/no):

What are your favorite type of trees?

Do you prefer Deciduous or Coniferous trees?

Favorite thing about trees?

Favorite tree (a tree you personally love and why it means so much to you)?

Are there any symbolic trees you love and if so which ones (tree of life, Christmas tree, etc.)?

Favorite colors:

Favorite Items to receive:

Crafts that you can do or are willing to do:

Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, etc.)?

Do you promise to take pictures and post them in the gallery within a timely manner?

Do you promise to publicly thank your partner?

Anything else you would like your partner to know?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO JENICAT VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and view other important details about participating in a swap!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Water bottle tote on: September 14, 2008 05:30:17 PM
I debated a bit about where to put this... it's not really quilted, just patchwork, so I didn't go with the quilting subforum.  It's sewn, but it's also something used to carry something else.   Grin  So I chose this subforum.  If it should be moved, a mod is more than welcome to correct me.  Smiley



I love fabric.  I really do, and I collect it.  I have tons of scraps.  So when I was doing the rainbow swap recently, I thought "I surely have enough scraps to do something rainbow-y." 

So I made my partner this water bottle tote. 



I took scraps of each color and sewed them together randomly in strips.  I then cut each strip down to 1.5" wide and sewed all of them together in rainbow order.  I added a width of white on each end to make the colors "pop."

This is lined with simple white cotton.



The dragonfly fabric was fabric that I had purchased to make something for my partner's daughters, but then decided to use another fabric I already had.  So since the dragonflies were all different colors, I decided it would match this well enough.  Hence the dragonfly strap and the bottom of the tote.



This fits a Deer Park 16.9 oz water bottle with a little room to spare, but I made it to fit a store-bought reusable water bottle (with freezable core to keep your water cold!!), which I sent with it.

The strap is long enough to wear over the shoulder and across the body. 

And my partner loved it, by the way.

I was insanely proud of this and I rarely "show off" what I've made for swaps, so I wanted to do that with this item.  Smiley

I hope this inspires someone else to try one (and to drink more water - I know I need to)!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lime Purse on: September 13, 2008 08:47:00 PM
I'm currently organizing the Candy/Sweets Swap. 

One of my partners really likes limes, so I made her this purse.  I know limes aren't incredibly sweet, but what the hey.



I kind of made it up as I went along.  The white is felt and the rest of the bag was just cotton fabric.



The other side of the purse is the plain green fabric of the strap and the bottom.

I didn't put a zipper in it because I didn't have one that matched, but it's deep enough that it should be fine to hold plenty without things falling out.

It's also lined, but unfortunately I didn't get a photo of that.  The lining is just the lighter green fabric from the outside.

Anyway, it's simple but I think it turned out well and I rarely actually post what I've made for swaps, so I decided to give it a go this time.  Tell me what you think!  Smiley
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Oink Oink! Pig Swap? on: September 04, 2008 08:13:36 PM
So, mcbenno and I very briefly discussed this one day on the way to the craft store, or something... (I'm sure ONE of us would organize, or both of us if the need arose)

How about a pig swap?  Stuffed pigs, things made of pig fabric, pig purses, pig jewelry (not for pigs, though Wink) etc...

I've never met a pig I didn't like!

Pigs are too cute!  I see far too much adorable fabric that is otherwise just going to sit around in my fabric bins.

I am thinking sign-ups sometime in early to mid October, with enough time to get some attention over here before sign-ups start.

I am getting too excited about the piggie possibilities!

Who would be up for this?  If no one else is, I'll just go and have a pig swap by myself... Smiley
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dotee Doll Swap round 3 on: August 26, 2008 07:29:24 AM
I'm just trying to figure out when we want this to happen, but I don't want to clog up Round 2's gallery with this discussion.

Any ideas? 

I was thinking we'd start sign-ups after everyone in Round 2 had received (that way if anyone is waiting on feedback it won't hold them up) - this will probably be within the next 2 weeks or so (lots of the dolls coming from Canada haven't made it yet).  Shall we say sign-ups tentatively around Sept 10 - 17?

P.S. RazorBladeSmile will be our co-organizer. Smiley
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Candy/Sweets Swap Gallery! on: August 15, 2008 04:45:44 PM
Here's our gallery!

Please bookmark this thread!  Smiley

Our original thread is right here!



Jenicat's group:  IS DONE!!!   Cheesy

Jenicat -- *rosesanplacebos Cheesy
Jenicat -- *lashes Cheesy
*Happy_Hooker -- *LunaKitten  Cheesy
*camelama -- *bonzablue Cheesy
*kittykill -- *heartsanddaggers Cheesy
*colorfigment  -- *crazy wazy Cheesy
*mcbenno -- *sugaree Cheesy



color coding

orange = sent
blue = received
green = sent AND received

purple = sending late with communication
red = no communication, message your organizer immediately!

lime green asterisk * = feedback left because your partner has received


If you have a lime green asterisk but your name is still orange, this means that you have received positive feedback, but you still need to make sure to post photos when you receive!

If you have a lime green asterisk and your name is green, you are all done!  Go do another swap, have fun, and we hope to see you next round!  Smiley

REMEMBER TO LET YOUR ORGANIZER KNOW WHEN YOU SEND OR RECEIVE SO EVERYONE CAN GET PROPER CREDIT!!

19  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / We need another Aussie in the Candy/Sweets Swap! on: July 25, 2008 08:03:14 PM
Hello!  Smiley

I have an Australian signed up for the Candy/Sweets Swap, but she can't do the swap unless she is able to ship to someone within Australia or New Zealand.

Is anyone interested?  Come check it out!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=258316.0

The sign-ups end on the 27th at 8pm EST.  I know you're very far ahead, so this is pretty short notice - but if you're at all interested, please PM me!

The crafting is light; 3 smalls and one medium, and we have over a month of crafting time.

Anyway, you can read more about this exciting offer at the link above!  Wink

Thanks for looking!

20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Candy/Sweets Swap (Sign-ups CLOSED, Send-outs September 8) on: July 20, 2008 03:21:43 PM
OUR GALLERY IS UP!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263520.0



Swap name:  The Candy/Sweets Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Jenicat, co-organizer CeruleanEyes
Sign-up date range: July 20-27.  Sign-ups closing at 8 pm EST on the 27th.
Date to send item by: September 8 extended to September 10
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): nope! 
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country? N/A
Age requirement? 13+, just make sure you or a parent can get you to the post office on time!

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES


Credit where credit is due:  this swap was rosesanplacebos's idea!

~~~~DETAILS!~~~~

Do you love candy and all things sweet?  Missed the cupcake swap but looooove cupcakes?  This swap may be for you! 

We will be swapping items that are candy or sweet themed.  You can do chocolates, cupcakes, cakes, pies, lollipops... any kind of tasty sweet theme!

This is a fairly laid-back swap, considering the amount of crafting time we've got.  Your requirements for this swap are ONE MEDIUM ITEM and THREE SMALL ITEMS.  You and your partner can always decide to exchange more, but this is all that you are required to do.

This swap has an extended crafting date because many of us are going back to school at the end of August.  With the increased workload that comes with school, I thought it was only fair to give an extra week so we're not scrambling to send when school starts.  IF YOU ARE FINISHED before the send-out date, feel free to send!  Sending earlier is always encouraged, but not required!

Candy is not required as part of the package, but you can feel free to add it in!  Just be careful of the climate to which you're sending; if it's going to be hot and a package may sit outside, you wouldn't want to send chocolate or something else that may melt or perish.

If you are not able to take and post photos in our gallery, MAKE SURE YOU LET YOUR PARTNER KNOW so (s)he can take them before the items are shipped!

When you have shipped, you must send your group leader a PM to let her know, and it must include a tracking number (unless your partner is not in the same country)!  If you've never swapped before and don't know how to get a tracking number, they are easy to obtain from the USPS.  Every post office has the option to add Delivery Confirmation to your package for under $1.  The receipt is bright lime green and white. 

If you are shipping internationally, you MUST save your post office receipt as proof that you sent your package, JUST IN CASE it gets lost.  Just put it in a safe place!

To see things that others have sent in similar swaps, refer to these galleries:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218961.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222428.0

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If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)


What are your favorite kinds of candy/sweets?
Is there anything that you would NOT like to receive?
Do you have any pets?
Do you smoke?
Do you have any allergies?
Anything else your partner should know?

Do you promise to post photos or ask your partner to do so?
Do you promise to publicly thank your partner for the items (s)he has sent you?


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IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO JENICAT VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE!

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

Participants:
1.  Jenicat
2.  Happy_Hooker
3.  lashes
4.  rosesanplacebos
5.  camelama
6.  Lellibo
7.  SheridanLA
8.  CeruleanEyes (co-organizer)
9.  kittykill
10.  colorfigment
11.  nicolatte
12.  crazy wazy
13.  charzard
14.  cclewis05
15.  krafty119
16.  heartsanddaggers
17.  TAOJ
18.  LunaKitten
19.  sugaree
20.  closetsuperhero
21.  bonzablue
22.  fashion09
23.  onewtonj
24.  koalascout
25.  eye_on_sparrow
26.  kali_akash
27.  mcbenno

Here are your partners:

Jenicat's group:

Jenicat -- rosesanplacebos*
Jenicat -- lashes*
Happy_Hooker -- LunaKitten
camelama -- bonzablue
kittykill -- heartsanddaggers
colorfigment -- crazy wazy
mcbenno -- sugaree

* Yes, I have two partners.

CeruleanEyes' group:

Lellibo -- CeruleanEyes
SheridanLA -- closetsuperhero
charzard -- onewtonj
nicolatte -- TAOJ
cclewis05 -- fashion09
krafty119 -- koalascout
kali_akash -- eye_on_sparrow

When you have shipped, you must send your group leader a PM to let her know, and it must include a tracking number (unless your partner is not in the same country)!  Remember to include your group leader on all pertinent PMs (shipped/received, questions or concerns).

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