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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I ♥ LOVE ♥ Buttons Swap Round 3 GALLERY on: June 16, 2011 06:27:38 PM

Post your button-y goodness here!!!

DISCUSSION THREAD:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381599.0
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / I ♥ LOVE ♥ Buttons Swap Round 3 Signups CLOSED Sendout 7/5 on: May 28, 2011 11:06:05 AM


Swap name: I Love Buttons Swap R3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: TheSapphireMoon
Co-organizer: pjherbert
Sign-up date range: 5/28/11-6/10/11
Date to send item by:  7/5/11
Limited to a certain number of people? NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?
Age requirement? Over 16 PLEASE, or with swap mod approval if have been swapping before the guideline change.

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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 16 years old, or has been swapping before the rule change and has moderator approval: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Do you ♥ buttons?  Do you love crafts incorporating buttons of all shapes, sizes colors?  Then this is the swap for you!  We will be crafting 3 POINTS of button goodies, and including a collection of at least 30 buttons to exchange with your partner.  You may swap more points worth of crafts and more buttons if you and your partner discuss and see fit to do so.

Heres some inspiration from previous galleries:

ROUND 1 GALLERY:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248911.0

ROUND 2 GALLERY:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267246.0

Points, and example items:

 Large-3 points: 3 hours or more; $30 or more in supply value, shawl, shirt, project tote, apron, set of pillowcases, set of tea towels, large stuffie

 Medium-2 points: 2 hours but no more than 3 hours to complete, $15-$30 in supply value, necklace, belt, bracelet, scarf, deluxe pincushion

 Small-1 point: at least 1 hour but no more than 2 hours to complete, $5-$15 in supply value, pouch, stickers, earrings, bookmark

Please communicate in the thread or by PM once a week.  If this swap gets VERY large, I will coordinate a weekly check-in PM with my co-organizer to make sure everyone is still out there and plans on sending.

I will do my very best to make sure wants and needs match up the best, but allergies/allergens take precedence to keep us all healthy!


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

Name of swap:  I Love Buttons Swap R3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Are at least 16 years old (yes/no)?
IF NO TO ABOVE QUESTION, have you been swapping before the rule change & have swap mod approval to continue (yes/no)?
Read the Swap Info Guide and rules/guidelines for this swap (yes/no)?
Are you willing to send outside of your country?
Do you have any pets?
Do you or any members in your home smoke?
Any other allergens in your home (incense, other heavy scents, etc.)?
Do you have any allergies? If YES, please list them.
What types of crafts do you do?
What items are you wishing upon a star to receive?
Are you up for swapping more than the 3pt/30 button requirement (this helps me in partnering)?
Are there any items you do not want to receive?
Any styles/themes/colors of buttons you do not want to receive?
Favorite colors?
Wist?  Blog?  Other stalkable links?
Do you have a camera or otherwise are able to post pics when you send/receive?
Any other info your partner should know?
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lace-up Apron Top WITH FULL PICTURE TUTORIAL!! on: May 23, 2011 08:03:54 PM
OK, so now that I'm a moderator on the clothing boards, I figure it's about time to flex my tutorial skills Smiley

This is a tutorial for a personal favorite of mine, the lace-up apron top.  Bodice is of my own design and the bottom is a rectangle of fabric, back loops and attached straps that lace up the back.  This pattern would work well for ALL sizes, even kids and plus, just by varying the measurements!  This is also a GREAT project for a beginner or a pro Smiley

Here's a peek at the finished product:

Ready to get started??  Let's go!!


1 yd bodice/straps fabric
1/2-1 yd body fabric (length needed depends on preferred top length, see Step 7)
brown kraft paper or comparable tissue/pattern paper
Yardstick or ruler
Measuring tape
Marking chalk/marker
Pencil or pen
Loop turner (optional...but VERY helpful!)

Of course, a sewing machine would be helpful for this as well!  More power to you if you will be handsewing through this tutorial Wink  And an iron and press board or ironing board will be VERY useful...you can get an inexpensive iron for less than $10 at most discount stores, and also a table-top ironing board for about the same cost.  It will come in handy for many other projects and light personal use, so I totally endorse having one!

Any thumbnail pics are clickable for a larger version!!


Wanna skip the drafting directions and view a photo of the finished bodice to save/trace/enlarge yourself?  Click here to directly view the bodice photo.

Step 1:  Gather some 'ideas' on bodice drafting...things like empire waist tops or dresses, commercial patterns with bust styling in this design, photographs from magazines or catalogs, etc.  Basically, find an item that has a bust that fits you, or you know the style wears well on you for an aid in drawing out your own.  

Here's a few thumbnail examples (click for full size pics) of things that worked well for me in drawing out this pattern:

Step 2:  Get your brown kraft paper/tissue paper/pattern paper and unroll about 15 inches or so.  Your paper should have a long end, at least about 20-22+", so you will be able to cut out one continuous piece without cutting and taping.  You can cut it off the roll if you like, or to avoid waste, just roll out enough for you to draft out your pattern and weight down the roll until you're finished.  **Helpful hint ~ I use brown kraft paper (aka that brown shipping paper stuff or brown paper bag paper) because it's HELLA sturdy and will last you through many, many, MANY, pattern drafts without ripping or tearing...unlike commercial tissue patterns.  It's only about $1-2.50/roll depending on where you buy it and how big of a roll, and you can use it for pattern drafting or re-do's on additional commercial patterns for durability.  Check your local dollar stores, Walmart, or office supply stores.

Step 3:  Measure yourself for the bodice.  3 parts: bust, strap placement, and length.

Full bust: measure around the largest part of your bust, mine shows 49":

Strap placement: measure from strap to strap of your bra, or in my case, my tank style dress Smiley  This will tell you how to place your straps.  Mine shows about 12":

Bodice length: measure from the top of a comfortable scoop neck top/dress to just under your bust.  If you notice, in my photo, I have both of my hands under my bust as a 'guide' and the measurement showing on the yardstick of about 8":

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those of you with a larger bust, (I, myself am about a C on a good day Wink ) be aware you may need to add an extra inch or 2 length for proper coverage and support with the bodice.

Step 4:  Draw out and cut your bodice pattern!  

First, on the far left short side of the paper, measure out the bodice length, adding about a 1/2" or so for seam allowance, and make a mark on the paper.

Next, measure out half of your strap placement length, and make a mark.

Now, using your ruler or yardstick, draw a straight line across from the bodice length to the strap placement mark.  Then, using the photos/clothing items from step 1, make a curved line to represent the 'armpit' area of the bodice.

Then, measure out half of your bust measurement and subtract about 4-6" from that depending on how close you want your loops and straps to meet in the back.  Then, draw out a straight line from the bottom of the armpit curve to the right.  For example, mine was 49", minus 6, is 43".  Because I'm using 44" fabric for the bodice, this works out perfect because I will have a 1/2" for seam allowance on each end of the bodice piece Smiley  If you are needing a bust measurement wider than your fabric allows...you may need to do some piecing for the extra inches here.  Those 'add-on' pieces will be in the back, so will not be very noticable, so don't worry if you have to piece!

Finally, finish out the back line and bottom bust line as shown below:

Cut out, and you have a piece like this:

**Helpful hint ~ I have a separate set of 'paper only' scissors that I use for cutting non-fabric stuff like commercial and self-made patterns.  I recommend getting a pair of 'craft scissors' so as not to dull your fabric ones Smiley

Step 5:  Make the scoop neck.

Measure over about 2.5" from the right side, make a mark, then make a curved line (similar to how you drew out the armpit curve) from the left side of the strap mark down about 1.5-2" from the top corner of the pattern.

Cut out the section for the scoop, and now you have your finished bodice:

**Helpful hint ~ I have made a longer bodice pattern for use on a variety of bust sizes, and have marked them out with inch lines so I can measure and cut without remaking a whole pattern...most of the time, though the bust size can vary from 44 to 46 and so on, the width between the straps will largely remain the same unless going to a larger size to a very small size, like from size 18 to size 4, then the strap width will change and you should draft a new pattern to accomodate.  I have also marked CENTER FOLD on the front of the pattern so I remember how to place and cut!


Step 6:  Place and pin bodice on bodice fabric.  CUT 2!! ONE IS FOR YOUR FACING!

Open it up and you will have 2 looking like this:

Step 7:  Measure and cut out apron body.

The width of the body should measure about 1" less than the bodice that you just cut.  For example, my bodice was 43", so I would cut this width to be 42" as you will be hemming the sides in about 1/2" so it will end up even with the bodice.  Most fabrics you will be working with will probably be 44" wide, so if your measurements are similar to mine, you could just opt to use the full width of the fabric and hem in the sides extra to meet the proper measurement to save time and have one less cut to make Smiley

The length of the body can vary based on your personal preferences and where you want the top to hit.  Most measurements will be about 18-22" (DON'T FORGET TO ADD ABOUT 1/2-1" FOR A HEM ALLOWANCE!), as your bodice piece is the other part of your garment length.  I'm working with a pre-cut piece here, it was part of an old dress, but if you are working with fabric cuts, one yard is 36", so you could possibly get away with 1/2 yd if you want a shorter length on the top by using only 18".  Most tops will total 24-30" in length to hit at about waist/high hip to low hip/mid thigh for you after hemming.  I chose 22" for a cut length, taking into account a seam allowance of about 1/2", and because my fabric used was already PRE-HEMMED from its former life, made my body piece 21.5".  This makes me a top hitting about mid-thigh.  If you make the top too long, you can always re-hem later!

Step 8:  Measure and cut shoulder straps.

From middle fold on 44" fabric, measure out 3 sections about 4 1/4" wide, snip at each mark.  For you smaller ladies, you likely will only need 2.  Cut full length of each.  Cut 3rd strip in half at fold, lay a half with each of the wholes and put aside for later use.  

Step 9:  Measure and cut back loops.

From middle fold on 44" fabric, measure out 2.5" and cut one long strip for 4 loops, or 2 long strips for 6 and you'll have some left over.  Unfold your piece(s), measure out 6-8" long sections.  Depending on how close you want your loops to meet when laced up in the back, this can change the length of your loops.  Put cut pieces aside for later use.


Step 10:  Dart your bust.

First, fold bust lengthwise at each strap, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, one at a time.  Measure from the bottom edge up, 3", mark with chalk or washable marker.  Using the width of your tape measure as a guide, mark at the bottom edge as well.  Helpful hint ~ Sew each dart ONE AT A TIME so you don't loose your fold and dart line...yes, this means mark/sew/stop/repeat to do the other side instead of both at once, I don't mind the extra couple minutes in doing it this way!

Next, using a ruler, make a line from the top to the bottom, matching the marks:

Repeat steps above for the other strap area.  Tie your thread tails in about 2-3 knots at the point of the bust to make sure your dart does not release over time due to wash and wearing!  Tedious, I know...but, TRUST ME, it pays off!!

Open the bust, and you should have a piece like this:

Press darts toward the outside ends.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  For those of you with a smaller or larger bust (when making this pattern, I modeled it for myself, and I'm about a C for most garments), darting may not work out well for you, or you may need to adjust the darting to be more or less than the 3" for proper fitting.  I suggest using the longest stitch length and holding the bodice up to yourself to see if the darts need to adjusted for proper fit, that way if you have to rip and re-sew, it won't be noticeable, then go over it with a regular stitch length once you find the proper fit.  

Step 11:  Fold and press your hems, then sew.  

**Helpful hint I usually fold up 1/2", press, then fold 1/2" again for no raw edges...this is my personal preference, it's up to you how you want it to look.  If you have a serger, you can serge the raw edge and then fold up 1/2" only if you're a little short on having enough length to work with on your fabric, just remember, your hem will show a little when wearing this item and if you want it to be a fully finished look, it would be best to fully hide all edges.

Then, fold in each side 1/4", press, fold 1/4"...or, if you opted to use the full 44" width on the fabric and need to hem in a little more, do so accordingly to make the total width 1" less than the bodice measurement.  It's important to hide ALL edges on the side hems, as these will show the most when wearing the garment.

Step 12:  Sew bodice front to body.

Fold RIGHT SIDES together on body, then fold WRONG SIDES together on bodice.  Place a pin at your center fold mark on each piece, bottom of bodice to top of body.  With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, pin both pieces together, matching the 2 pins.

Unfold and pin down entire bodice bottom to body top, matching up raw edges.  Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance, or 3/8 or 5/8"...honestly, a slight off-set of a portion of an inch on the seam allowance won't kill the project for as simple of a garment as this is Smiley  Helpful hint ~ I have a left setting and a center needle setting.  I use the left setting and line up my raw edge with the side of the presser foot instead of at the 5/8" mark on my machine when I do a lot of my sewing.  This gives me a little extra ease on my garments, and as long as you're consistent in using this method on ALL seams, your pieces will match up without an issue...this is usually at about a 1/2" allowance by doing it this way.

OK, let's take a little breather here....get some coffee, or other choice beverage, maybe have a snack.  Don't forget to wash your hands after eating before resuming your project Wink  Your top is starting to look like a REAL piece of clothing, finally!

Let's continue....


Step 13:  Prepare and sew straps.

Remember those straps we cut out and put aside a few steps back?  Go get 'em!  Match up one short raw end of a long piece with the raw end of the short piece, using a 5/8" seam allowance (to hide the selvage edge), sew and trim excess to a scant allowance of a little less than 1/4".

**If you only cut out 2 long straps for your size, skip this step, and go to folding and sewing**

Repeat for the 2nd strap.

Fold strap in half, lengthwise with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, matching raw edges up.  Using my Helpful hint above about lining up the raw edge with the side of the presser foot, put the needle position to the far left, and sew ALLLLL the way down.  Pin if needed on this, but I find I can keep it in line myself just fine as I stitch down.  Trim excess allowance to about 1/4".

Repeat for the 2nd strap.

Next, using a loop turner, or other method of choice, turn straps right side out and press seam to back.  Press seam to the middle if you can, otherwise, press to one side or the other as even as you can.  Leave short ends raw, as one edge will be hidden in the top and the other edge can be pressed and sewn later...this way, if you need to shorten the straps, you can cut them off before finishing the edge.

Finally, top stitch the straps.  Place to the side for later use.

Step 14:  Prepare and sew the loops.

Grab those loops we cut out a while back, prepare in much the same way as the straps by folding and using the presser foot lineup technique for seam allowance, BUT, put the needle position to the MIDDLE instead of far left.  I suggest pressing each loop flat RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, and using a 'chain stitch' assembly method for these to get them all sewn at once.  Basically, start with one loop, sew, and just before you get to the end, grab another one of your loops and butt it up close to the end of the current piece so you can keep on sewing and go right onto the next one, and the next, and so on.

Cut each piece apart, and using the loop turner again, turn each loop right side out and press flat.

You may top stitch these loops if you want, but I chose not to.  Place to the side for later use.

Step 15:  Prepare and sew bodice facing.

Get your 2nd bodice piece, fold under about a 1/2" of the bottom edge and press to the wrong side.

Matching RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, pin bodice front to bodice facing all the way around, SKIP pins at the strap sections.

Take each finished strap and feed between the bodice pieces, face the RIGHT SIDE of the strap toward the RIGHT SIDE Of the FRONT bodice piece.  Pull through about 1/2-1" and pin.

Sew around top of bodice, all the way around, again using my presser foot hint listed in previous steps.  Backstitch at each strap for durability.  Clip rounded scoop neck area, turn bodice to the inside, carefully pushing out corners at the straps.  Press seam to inside facing.

Fold the raw edges on the bodice ends to the inside of the bodice/facing.  This will fold over the finished side hem on the body.

Step 16:  Stitch in the ditch on bodice.

OK, so this technique called 'stitch in the ditch' is where you stitch on the right side thru to the wrong side to attach facing to garment or other pieces.  By stitching on the seam 'ditch' between where the 2 pieces come together, you hide your stitch at the fabric meeting.

The trick to doing this successfully is to SEW S-L-O-W-L-Y....turtle speed it if you have to, slo mo, even.  If you overrun onto the bodice a little, because you should be sewing with MATCHING thread for it, you shouldn't see the little bit of stitch that may end up on there, and shouldn't see it that noticeable on the body part if you run onto it a little either...it coordinates, it's all good!

Step 17:  Pin loops and top stitch the bodice.

Take the 4 or 6 loops you made earlier and press them in half, seam on the inside of each folded loop.  Next, slip in between the bodice and facing, pin.  Repeat for the other side.

Topstitch and sew the loops all in one swoop!  Sewing on the front side, close to the edge, start at the bottom of the bodice on one side, sewing up toward the top and over the loops.  Stop at top corner with needle down, turn and pivot to head across the top toward the other end of the bodice where the other 3 loops are.  Pull your threads to the inside of the top at each end of this stitch and knot 2-3 times to prevent the top stitch from unraveling later...yes, tedious, but worth it!

Step 18:  FINAL STEP!!  Lace your top and finish final raw ends on straps.

Voila!!!  You're ready to wear Smiley  Lace up your top, criss-crossing in the back.  Put on and pull straps to your desired fit, tie in a nice bow and decide if you want to cut off any extra inches on them.  If yes, do it, if not, fold about a 1/4-1/2" toward the seam side of each strap, press, fold again to hide raw edge, topstitch and tie your strings to prevent unraveling later.



Comments, question, changes??  I think I was MORE than clear on all my steps, but if I missed something or was not as clear as I thought I was, please call me out on it and I will explain better and show more process pics as needed Smiley

**Please don't copy and use my pattern for profit....personal use only....or I WILL have words with you....
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects - 1st Quarter 2011 on: May 04, 2011 07:41:31 AM
Jewelry and Trinkets Featured Projects - Quarter 1 2011

2011 is already speeding right by!  Whew!  It's April already, and here's a peek at the awesomeness that is the J&T category for this year.  It's shaping up to be a stellar one Smiley  Read on for a peek at some great projects for January, February, and March...

Completed Projects: General

brightshadows picked a few winners from a grab bag of beads from a buddy (say THAT 5 times fast!) and came up with this absolutely gorgeous Blue and Gold "V" Necklace.  All I can say is...STUNNING!

Statement necklaces are still a hot trend obviously based on the looks of this Froofy Scrappy Explosion Statement Necklace by Schnoogles.  I love the frilly-ness and the lace...now I have ideas for the tons of vintage lace I've been hoarding Wink

And, yes, I'm a big fan of statement necklaces...so here's a lovely coral piece made by kraftykara81.  Coral and turquoise are some of my fave colors and mediums to work with for jewelry, so this totally kicks my mind into high gear for summer!

Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Reconstruction at it's finest is seen in this Tree of Life Collar Necklace made by functionalflea.  Even the spoon handle was reused to make the clasp Shocked  WOW!!

It's amazing what one can create with found objects or objects whose original purpose escapes me...  This Confetti Resistor Bracelet brings that right to the forefront.  thegirlwhoflies is a newbie around the Craftster block, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her projects!

Completed Projects: Beading

sithkittie created this super-cute little 3D beaded Belle Bunny based off Belle from Beauty and the Beast back in February and wow, what talent!  I love 3D beaded projects, it really adds another dimension to an already coveted craft by me.  Way to go!

Congrats to all the featured members this quarter!  Keep on inspiring us by posting your goodies often Smiley
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Button, button, who's got the button? Buttons swap! on: April 29, 2011 04:54:30 PM

OK, so anyone who knows me on here or follows my projects KNOWS how obsessed I am with buttons Grin  I'm almost 100% sure there has been a swap centered around buttons, maybe more than one...but, I haven't seen one recently.  Who loves buttons as much as me?  Who wants to join a swap all about buttons?  *waves hand in the air emphatically*  Oh, oh, me me!!

I'm thinking at least a 3pt swap...maybe more, not sure.  Anything having to do with buttons as the main focus is a-OK (see my example project thumbnails above, clickable too!), such as wall art, jewelry, pins, rings, keychains, purses, zip pouches, etc.  If you can adorn it with buttons, do it!

I also thought maybe including a minimum amount of buttons from one's personal stash to share with your partner, too.  Say...minimum of 30, and go from there upon discussion with your partner?  I think it's fun to share your stash with others and receive from theirs in return Smiley

Sooo....what do you all think??
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Fly-away & Smocked-Back Batik Top on: April 21, 2011 06:52:37 PM
I had an epiphany in Joann's a couple weeks back when I came across a 9" remnant of pre-smocked material.  At .35-.55 PER INCH Shocked I figured 50% off was a pretty damn good deal if I was going to try something out without putting out too much cash.  I picked it up and wandered around the store a while, then it hit me when I arrived at the batiks section....smocked back apron top in teals and aquas!  Well, if it has a closed in back, it's not actually an apron top anymore...soooo....yeah Tongue  I had a vision in my head, and as I assembled it and tried it on, it morphed into something a little different.

A smocked-back tank top with fly-away back!

I did pleating in the front, repeated the 3 prints all around the base, and even did 3 strips when making the straps.  I could have gone with only the 2 prints together as well (you can see it on the back side in the pic of the crossed straps).  I love the look, the pleating really does camo a tummy pretty well Smiley

This is a tunic length, and because of that fact as well as it being made out of quilter's batiks, it sat funny at the rear end.  I have, ahem, a large ASSet, so....this went from being a completely closed back tank top to a flyaway back to free my cheeks from the shackles of bunchy fabric.  Another modification was a tucking into a V neck, as I inadvertently made the bust area too wide between the straps, so it gapped like crazy.  I did a pleating or accordian look and sewed it down with matching thread.


Happy me!!

All in all, I will figure out a way to use the smocking AND a closed back on a tank at some point.  Probably something that isn't as stiff of a fabric and flows better would not bunch up.

C&C Welcome!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / J&T Challenge 3 VOTE NOW!! on: April 09, 2011 06:58:24 AM
It's that time!  Please take a moment to vote for your favorite item in the Jewelry and Trinkets Challenge 3.  A photo of each offering is shown below, linked to the original posting for additional shots and closeups.  Please vote ONLY ONCE for your top pick Smiley

Learning to Fly necklace

Starry Spacy necklace

Ariel's Wedding necklace

Resident Evil T-Virus/Antidote in altered Altoid Smalls tin

Ode to Mr. Anderson necklace

Famous Witches and Wizards Bracelet

Firefly/Serenity Earrings

Erised Earrings

Griffin and Sabine Collage bracelet

Labyrinth Masquerade Ball Earrings

Magic Study Bracelet

The Doctor's Companion Charm Bracelet

You Can Fly! Peter Pan inspired wrap bracelet

Good luck to all of our participants!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shades of Blue Button Cuff Bracelet on: April 05, 2011 06:41:31 PM
I had seen a post in this category about a button cuff bracelet ages ago, and added it to my 50 projects list for this year because I LOVED the look of it.  I love blues, especially aqua, turquoise, and teal, so this is what I came up with:

The top part is black twill, reinforced with fusible interfacing so it wouldn't 'bubble' when I stitched on all the buttons.  Backing is another piece of the same black twill, no interfacing.  I finished the edges with a blanket stitch over the serging I did to sew the top to the backing.  I think I will go with Velcro as a closure on the next ones I make, as the elastic loops can cause the underside of the cuff to become uneven depending on which buttons you attach them to.

C&C welcome!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / CRAFTSTERLAND COLLEGE: Lampwork Beads [APRIL FOOLS 2011! LOL!] on: April 01, 2011 11:47:15 AM

Class: Lampwork Beads and Pandora Bracelets With Complete Marketing Campaign!

Teacher: TheSapphireMoon

Location: Under the sequin-encrusted green E-Z-Up tent, back parking lot

Check out all the scuttlebutt about Craftsterland and a complete listing of available classes here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=377142.0

Class Size: 15 students

Class Description: Have you long oggled the beautiful lampwork beads and charms on those pricey Pandora bracelets?  Oggle no more!  This class will teach you the fine points of lampworking to make your own quality pieces, and then assemble your own personalized Pandora bracelet.  There will be a strict 30 minute time limit on learning the equipment and creating your beads.  20 beads will be created by you during this time, 10 of which will go into the Givers and Needers swap, 10 for your bracelet.

Students will be responsible for bringing their own safety goggles and elbow length safety gloves for working with the blow torch.  Students will also need to bring a Pandora cable bracelet with clasp and various other slide pendants or gold and sterling spacer beads to complete their look.  Those that show up unprepared with these supplies will have to don the Cone of Shame while making their lampwork beads.

Marketing Campaign: Once your beads are completed and your bracelets are assembled, you will fan out across the compound and market your recent creations to fellow Craftsterlanders to purchase.  You will have 2 hours to spam market to the residents.  Any bracelets not sold during the marketing campaign will be donated to the Craftsterland gift shop for purchase by tourists visiting the compound. The marketing blitz will be in 2 parts:

Internet-based: Where you will create a website to post your items on.  Website design and hosting will be done via email communication to our designer in Thailand.  He will create the sites in Thai, then use Babblefish to convert the text back to broken English for a truly authentic feel.

Face-to-face advertising: Which will consist of you walking up to any and all persons on site at the compound and commenting on what they are crafting, give them a one sentence response about how your Pandora bracelet would complement it, and stuffing a flier in their hand or project bag/basket advertising your bracelet and the website to buy it on.  You must limit your communications to ONE sentence for this aggressive marketing tactic to work, if need be, stuff more than one flier to reinforce your point before leaving and moving on to the next unsuspecting spam victim potential buyer.

Cost: $100 per person, plus an additional $100 for website design and copy services for your fliers (you will receive 10,000 fliers).

What to Bring:
 Safety goggles and elbow length gloves
 Pandora cable bracelet, slide pendants, and gold and silver spacer beads to complete your look (easily attainable on eBay from a Chinese seller, please allow for international shipping time and order well in advance of our class start date to be announced later)
 Comfortable tennis shoes (for wearing during the 3-part marketing campaign)

Fine Print: Craftsterland and TheSapphireMoon are not responsible for any bodily harm that may result from spamming marketing to fellow Craftsterlanders about your newly created products.  Failure to wear proper foot attire or to bring safety equipment to class may cause permanent disfigurement in the form of debilitating blisters and 3rd degree burns.  Failure to participate in the marketing blitz at the end of class will result in negative feedback, thereby barring you from enrolling in additional classeswe have GOT to sell, sell, sell to keep this compound humming along, people!
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / J&T Challenge 3: Favorite Media Inspired CLOSED PLEASE VOTE FOR YOUR FAVE! on: March 05, 2011 07:07:54 PM
You wanted it, you got it!  The votes are in and you all chose the theme of: Fave movie, music, TV, book inspired

Feel free to interpret this any way you would like. Remember that this is the Jewelry and Trinkets board, so you are not limited to just jewelry!  

The Rules:

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-Each participant may enter one project, it may be a set or a single piece.

-It can be any style or made out of any material as long as it fits the theme (Fave movie, music, TV, book inspired).

-It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.

-Post your craft during the period of March 5th - April 7th, 2011.  

-Voting will be posted from April 8th - 14th.

-On April 15th, a winner will be announced.

How to post your project:

-Please DO NOT post your completed project on this thread, please start a new thread in this folder. To do this, go to the top of this folder https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=434.0 and click on the tab that says "new topic"

-Name your project something memorable, starting with "J&T Challenge 3:"  This will help me later when I move it to the archive folder.

-Post pictures!  Make sure to try from different angles and show close-ups that will help us see what you made clearly.

-Post a little background and a story of how you arrived at your project.  This could be your inspiration, how you made it, etc.  Basically, something to let us know how your project came to be Smiley

-Please don't beg for votes.

And now....*drumroll*....the prizes!

First Prize

A generous jewelry charm pack donated by jennieingram!  Check out Mistress Jennie's for a peek at some of the awesome charm bracelets made with these inspirational little bits.  And to think, these could be ALLLLL yours if you're the big winner!

2nd and 3rd place prizes are still being considered, please PM me if you have something you would like to donate.

Come one, come all, and tell a friend!  Good luck to everyone!
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