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51  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Found object rings (lots pics!) on: July 22, 2008 11:24:43 AM
I love big junky rings. The bases for all of these are buttons and I glued some cool junk on them.

They're all at least an inch across. Big and bold, that's the only way to do it!
52  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Junk in the trunk necklace! on: July 22, 2008 11:21:52 AM

I've been hoarding junk for years! I made a necklace... it's not even that heavy!

I used button covers, key and feather charms, beads, a soft pretzel charm, vintage buckles, vintage buttons, rhinestone charms, a pink apple, a wedding cake charm, and this cool rhinestone connector piece with two flowers connected by a rhinestone chain. Whatcha think?
53  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Pocket Watch Jewelry on: July 22, 2008 11:17:18 AM
I've recently gotten into steampunk... here are the results!

This one is a vintage watch movement with a vintage amber colored cabochon and wire-wrapped gears and seed-beading.

This one uses a really cool resin fish pendant my friend gave me from a single earring. I also used a vintage key and a brass button that, due to an odd glue job, can be turned 360 degrees without falling off.

More to come later! What do you think?

54  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A trip down shrinky dink lane (with uteruses) on: July 20, 2008 01:22:52 PM
Boy do I love shrinky dinks! I've been meaning to post these for a while. Here's all the shrinky dink shenanigans I've been up to lately:

Here's some variations on the original science bracelet:

That one has a Cylon head from Startrek!
.. the cupcake and scissors were added to the original bracelet. This is what happens when you bake em too long, you get bubbles! Sad But it came out well anyway. What do you guys think?
55  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bobbin Earrings on: July 20, 2008 01:14:20 PM
I made these earrings ages ago... I inherited my grandmother's sewing basket and it had all this great stuff in it... bobbins, zippers, charms, great buttons. I loved these bobbins because they had holes all around, not like the lame plastic ones my machine takes. And since my machine won't work with these bobbins, I made earrings out of them, with little safety pins and vintage snaps I found in the basket too. I love found object jewelry! Always makes my day.

56  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Resined Postal Stamp Table on: July 19, 2008 03:15:40 PM
I was inspired by several projects on Craftster to make a table for my sister's college graduation present, for her to put in her new house. I liked the idea of a resin top over something interesting and papery but I didn't know what to use. These projects were my inspiration:


But neither project had a way to take a normal table that had no depression and to use resin with it... I ended up using wood moulding to make a place to fill with resin. I chose postal stamps because they were colorful, I think I used about 250 or 300 of them. Bought them on Ebay and got  vintage ones from Germany, Indonesia and India. I ended up being like five stamps short though! Which sucked. So I used the stamps on the envelopes they came in, because I bought them from Canada and Sweden, and steamed them off the envelopes over a kettle, which worked great! So here's the amazing transformation... (PICS ARE AT THE WAAAAY END, skip down there first if you like, it's a long explanation.)

I started with an ordinary end table and sanded the top off and spray painted it a dusky pink.
Then I stained and nailed the wood moulding to the table. I recommend gluing it though, I ended up chipping the moulding with the hammer and having to use wood filler and then stained that too. Glue=much better.

After I glued the moulding, I glued the stamps to the table so they wouldn't float around when I poured the resin. I just used mod podge. I had to really space them out, I didn't buy enough. 

Then I mixed up my resin and poured it over. I did this twice. I was originally going to fill it with resin until it reached the top of the moulding, but that would have been about $300 in resin. So I just did two coats and it looks fine. The resin made the vintage stamps bleed... I recommend using new stamps if you do this because the bleeding is rather unattractive. You can't notice it from far away though. Anyway, then I just let it cure and it was done! She loves it, I'm so happy!

57  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / One lamp, two ways! And one of them is a new clutch. (lots of images) on: July 01, 2008 01:34:42 PM
I bought this great lamp at my thrift store to use to make a slide lampshade and I used the lampshade fabric to make a clutch. I used this great tutorial for the shade:


But you don't need to go buy a lampshade frame, because you will have a lot of trouble finding one, trust me! You can take an existing lampshade and essentially rip it apart. Here it is!

Now this is the clutch I made. The fabric was so cute, I couldn't throw it out, even though my clutch now probably hasn't been washed in 40 years or so. I used an easy pattern that came with an ugly dress, I'll look it up later and put it in. My first pleats!

58  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Steampunk glue? on: June 16, 2008 09:45:53 AM
I'm sure this is on craftster somewhere, but I just can't find it. I'm trying to make steampunk pendants with watch parts and I can't find a good way to attach the little gears to the watch movements. I tried mod podge, it worked for some things and not for others. Do I need to solder them? I'd rather use a glue, but I draw the line at anything particularly toxic... I just used resin for the first time yesterday and my hypochondriac self hasn't really gotten over it. Thoughts?

59  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Raggedy Ann Bedsheet Dress on: May 28, 2008 04:17:12 PM
I love love love my new dress. Bought the sheet for a dollar at a flea market, and the zipper and ricrac were free. Yay $1 dress! I used New Look pattern 6557. This is the first dress I've sewn, and only the second pattern I've ever followed. I added the back tie in to make it fit better and made the waist band thinner for more of a babydoll. Sorry for the bra shot.

Comments appreciated and loved! Smiley
60  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / resin newbie needs help! on: May 21, 2008 01:38:25 PM
I didn't know where to put this, but here goes anyway. I want to make a resin-topped table for my sister's graduation. The idea is currently an endtable (yet to be purchased) with wood moulding around the top so I can pour resin in the middle, overtop of some old postal stamps. But is there a way I can make a resin top without the moulding? I've been looking at resin topped tables on craftster and I can't tell if some of them have anything holding the resin in. I've never used resin before and I want this to be professional, something she can have in her house for many years.

Also, will one container of resin be enough to cover an endtable top? I'm trying to be low budget, going yard sale shopping this weekend for the table.

Thanks for your help! If you have any other tips on resin, they would be very very welcome.

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