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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Jar of Stars Swap- SIGN-UPS CLOSED (Mail by 12/10/11) on: November 06, 2011 04:47:00 AM

Swap name: Jar of Stars Swap- Round 1
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: sillysmushyhippocake
Sign-up date range: 11/6/2011-11/17/2011
Date to send item by: 12/10/2011

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

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

Additional Age requirement? NO

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: 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

Details of swap:
So...Jar Swap fever is in the air and you've stumbled upon the Jar of Stars Swap! Cheesy

For this swap, each participant can choose to be assigned up to 2-5 partners and will be required to craft 2-5 stars per partner. You may discuss with your partners how many stars you would like to craft for one another. The stars must NOT exceed 4X4X4 (so no folding to make them fit these size restrictions is allowed). You may craft your stars using ANY MEDIUM (i.e. clay, sewing, paper, etc.). The stars that you create are completely up to you unless you and your partner discuss otherwise. There is room for you to list what you like/dislike, but what you receive is up to your partner, unless it is something you expressly forbid. By the end of this swap, everyone should have a super awesome and unique jar of stars. Cheesy

Quick Facts:
2-5 partners
2-5 stars
any craft medium
no extras unless otherwise discussed
4x4x4 - NO bigger
STARS only - NO jars

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

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 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

How many partners would you like to have?
How many stars would you be willing to send per partner?
What themes, colors and materials do you like?
What would you NOT like to receive?
What size stars would you like to receive?

How would you like to create your stars?
What colors do you want to use?
What materials will you use?
Would you like to swap any star-themed extras? If so, what? What would you like in return?

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Any material aversions?
Anything else you would like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

PLEASE REMEMBER: We are only sending out stars.  No jars, please.  Also, what you receive is up to your partner to choose. We will try to match you up, but the idea is a mixed jar of stars based on what your partner(s) made for you.

We must have a DC# for all parcels in this swap.

If you have a Wist or Pinterest, let your partner know if you'd like them to craft for you based on your favs.

Future Gallery Link will go here-------> Cheesy coming soon Cheesy
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Jar of Stars on: October 08, 2011 09:07:30 AM
So I am currently in the Jar of Whimsies and Jar of Hearts swaps. I've been wanting to organize my first swap for quite some time and these swaps gave me some inspiration. Since hearts and stars are my favorite shapes, I thought, "Hey! What about organizing a Jar of Stars swap?"

I will use the same guidelines as the Jar of Hearts swap- each swapper will be assigned 2-5 partners and can choose to craft 2-5 stars per partner. The stars must not exceed 4X4X4. Extras can be discussed and decided among partners. Stars only; no jars. Stars can be crafted in any medium.

Would anyone be interested in joining this swap? Of course, if it exceeds 25 people, then I would need a co-organizer. I was thinking of opening sign-ups in mid to late October and making send-outs mid to late November.

Any takers? Any feedback is much appreciated.  Cheesy
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Halloween-themed Necklaces on: October 11, 2010 06:13:21 PM
Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. I love creepy/cute things that you hear about or read about in books, but never see.

I present to you:

Eye of Newt Necklace:

Unicorn Horn Necklace:

And a spooky face:

The vial necklaces are real glass vials, 2 inches long. I sealed the cork stoppers with E-6000, so that the contents of the vials wouldn't go flying should the cork pop off.

The labels on the outside of the vials are made from polymer clay, as are the contents.  I made a bunch with different colored labels brushed with Pearl Ex and such and they look so gosh darn cute. I'm in love with them. They look like I raided Witch Hazel's magic ingredients cabinet.  Cheesy

The spooky face is also made from polymer clay. I used a mold for the face. The spider web and spider are stamps. I then gave it black wash, if you will.

Questions? Comments?

Happy Halloween!  Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nightmare Before Christmas Trinket Box on: October 07, 2010 07:27:02 PM

I made this for the Tim Burton Swap.

Bought a plain wooden box. Painted it, sanded it to give it that distressed look and used a Jack Skellington stencil to make the face on the outside of the lid.

On the inside of the lid is a polymer clay key I made to look like Jack. I love skeleton keys and thought that a Jack Skellington key would be fitting for the this project. You can't tell from the photo, but the body of the key has purple sugar glitter painted over the black.

I'm very happy with the way the box turned out.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tote Bag Constructed using partsof t-shirts and a belt... on: June 20, 2010 05:50:07 PM
I forgot to take before photos of the t-shirts and the belt  Sad, but here is the finished product Smiley:

The front of the tote bag was a t-shirt I bought at Goodwill. The back of the bag is scrap fabric I had lying around. I used another piece of a t-shirt to make a pocket inside, and a child's belt for the strap.

I'm pretty proud of it. It's a gift for a cousin. Comments/Constructive Critiques welcome!

Sorry for the crappy pics. My camera has been misbehaving as of late.

Front of the bag:

Back of bag:

Pocket inside:

Belt Strap:

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Wizard Hat Rings (Pic Heavy!!!) on: May 23, 2010 10:20:18 AM
So I got this funky idea recently and I have made sooooo many of these! I've made them in purple, pink, black, blue, green...you name the color- it's been done.

I used Sculpey III, silver and bronze adjustable rings with pads, sculpey glaze and E-6000 glue.

I sculpted the hats, baked them and then glued them onto the ring bases. Once the glue was dry, I glazed the hats with glossy sculpey glaze to give them shine. A few of them were painted with acrylic sugar glitter in either silver, gold, pink rose, blue or peridot, and then glazed over.

Cute, aren't they? I'm real proud of them. Cheesy

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first attempt at a cake... on: March 22, 2010 07:03:44 PM
I recently tried out polymer clay sculpting and I absolutely love it! You can make so many awesome things. The possibilities are endless.

Anyway, I really adore miniature foods and decided to try my hand at making a multiple layer cake with little decorations. I used white sculpey clay and painted it by hand using a small paint brush and Folk Art acrylic paints. It stands a little over an inch tall and is approximately 2 inches wide.

I know it's not the best, and the pics are crappy, but I'm pretty darn proud of this little clay confection.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / *Updated*Altered Domino Pendants (Picture Heavy)- With step-by-step process info on: December 20, 2009 10:49:27 AM
I recently took a closer look into the world of altered art dominoes and I am hooked! I have foregone eating and sleeping, practically. All I do is drill, prime paint and work away. I love making these! They are so much fun and the possibilities are endless. The sky is literally the limit. Here are a few photos of my latest creations. Let me know what you think. I have more in the works and will update the post with more pics as soon as I photograph the finished pieces.

The process:

1- I bought a box of dominoes at Walmart.

2- I used my Dremel drill to drill holes through the game pieces. (Note: Use protective eye gear and wear a mask while drilling. No exceptions.)

3- I then dusted them off (drilling them is messy), and applied gesso all over each domino. I use paint brushes, but have read that sponges may be used as well.

4- Once the gesso dried, I painted each piece to my heart's desire, using Folk Art Acryllic paints. They're inexpensive and come in a great variety of colors- matte, metallics and opaque.

5- Once the paint dries, you can do anything. You can decoupage artwork onto the piece, or use stamps. I've done both, and am partial to stamps. Michaels has a great selection of rubber, wood-mounted stamps, as well as the new, clear acryllic stamps. You can even embellish them with beads, cabochons, keys, rhinestones...you get the idea.

6- When I am satisfied with the creation, I again don my protective eye wear and mask and take them outside, place them on a flat surface and spray them with triple-thick glass-like lacquer and let them dry for 24 hours.

The world of altered art dominoes is truly amazing. They can be pendants for jewelry, magnets, keychains, books...I am in love with all of the possibilities.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Glass-Beaded Bracelets! on: September 28, 2009 06:36:16 PM
I am so proud of these! I used Beadalon Remembrance memory wire, and boy, at first I wanted to scream! Since I'd never worked with memory wire before, it was a bit difficult at first to slide the beads on, but after a few minutes, I got the hang of it.

I used all glass beads- seed beads, pearls and lampwork beads.

The murano glass lampwork beads are usually seen on Pandora-style bracelets, but I think they look very nice on memory wire, accompanied by all the other baubles.

I was just so bored of making necklaces, I thought I'd give these types of bracelets a shot. I'm going to make a bunch for Christmas to give out as gifts. Cheesy

What do you guys think?

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass-Beaded Bracelets on: August 03, 2009 12:29:41 PM
I love glass beads. My collection grows every payday.  Cheesy

Here are a couple bracelets I completed recently. They are wrap-around bracelets.

The first one is called The Queen's Favorite Bracelet. The second is Purple Plum Princess Bracelet.

I used beading/crafting wire to make the bracelets, which can be conformed comfortably to any wrist.

What do you think? I'm also working on some that have glass and wooden beads. Will update post with more pics when they are done.
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