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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: the new trend:ribbon covered bangles...TUTE! - morbidly obese in the image a on: December 14, 2008 07:40:46 PM
Thanks a ton for the tut! I modified it a bit for myself by using a 20 oz soda bottle and drier lint instead of batting (because it was what I had laying around the house and pringles are nasty). Also I glued (with e6000) the lint all the way around my plastic and glued the ribbon on the underside of the bracelet all the way around as well.
Oh and heads up! All the christmas ribbon at Michael's crafts is 60% off this week!

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Want to sell beads, how do I get started? Sources? Help ! on: November 12, 2008 06:44:13 AM
Kitsch is right, most resellers and jewelry makers won't just give up their sources because they have busted their butts looking for them. I will give you this small bit of advice though...
You can find jewelry supply wholesalers on alibaba.com. it is a search engine for wholesale and factory dealers. Also go get your tax id and visit the wholesale floors of bead and jewelry shows. Take a look at the merchandise and pick up some cards while you're there. A lot of wholesalers will also offer mixed lots as samples of their products once you locate a factory ask about sample cards and mixed beads...
It took me 2 years of searching and pulling my hair out over substandard products before I found the 3 good wholesalers I have. Don't expect to find the perfect one over night. It just won't happen like that. good luck!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are these beads called? on: October 14, 2008 04:41:26 PM
thank you for your help cause now i have a million ideas for them and need more Smiley
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / What are these beads called? on: October 12, 2008 02:28:28 PM
About 2 years ago i came into a large amount of this style of cupping bead via a bulk trade of broken jewelry and "junk" for some of my lampwork. The beads sat and sat until I saw this post this morning (thank you whitebelt for the inspiration! I'll be using them for bracelets!). Anyway does anyone know what they are called so that I might be able to search them out on ebay? here's the original post
Thanks a Ton,
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Are You LOST? on: June 18, 2008 08:21:39 AM
Oooh I miss Lost and Charlie so much! I had to make myself a driveshaft shirt when he died... Anyway the pendant looks great! I've made a little wooden hexagon box with the swan logo on it that I use as a "not for sale just for drooling" display on my flea market table. I'm plotting to use a mess of ink jet transparency paper I found in my desk and some heavy silver embossing sheets to make something charlie hurley Jin and Swayer flavored ( we call them the 4 stooges in my house). I'll post pics when I finally get around to figuring out the how of the project.
Be Well,
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: MELTING PONY BEADS on: June 05, 2008 04:33:27 PM
I've tried melting those weird Y shaped ones in a toaster oven and keep coming out with a big bubbled up mess before they even start to smooth out. My husband wants me to try using an electric coffee grinder and some sort of liquid medium to "paint" with them before  melting. I'm picturing it coming out like those lovely enameled beads from china. Once I find some info on what liquids to use I'll get back to you with my progress. I'm working hit or "mess" with it so wish me luck!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Lady Ought on: June 05, 2008 04:16:19 PM
Wow! I am just impressed with your cutting skills! That piece would be a wall hanger for me just because I would want it out in the open for the eyes of all when I wasn't dressed snappy enough to wear it. Again Wow!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Barack Obama "YES WE CAN!" earrings & necklace on: March 20, 2008 08:20:46 AM
Thank you for the help!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Barack Obama "YES WE CAN!" earrings & necklace on: March 18, 2008 04:30:33 PM
I do have one question though. The shrink paper you use... Is that the one made to go through a printer or are you using the "artist shrink plastic" with a special technique to make the printer ink stay?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Can pendants and NEW braclets made from old cans ( Pctures) on: March 13, 2008 01:14:07 PM
I don't think anyone should be bent out of shape over a tutorial or not. If people really want to make their own they will do what she did and figure it out on their own. it's her craft and it's her propagative if she wants to share or not. I'm just impressed by the skill with which she turns those edges! Very smooth professional work. If people buy them woo hoo for you! Heck I would (but I too am a starving artist). Great work, awesome look, and extra kudos for figuring it out on your own!
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