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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dremel Versatip for Heat Applications: what to do, can I solder silver? on: February 15, 2010 02:56:29 PM
Ah, well that's a good point then. Maybe I am just judging it on its size, but it is small and mighty! I guess you are right - I'm not going to return it so I should just give it a few test runs. I have some copper left over from my class anyway. But now that I have looked up info about all those other Dremels, I am sorely tempted to buy one of those too - oh dear!  Cheesy
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Dremel Versatip for Heat Applications: what to do, can I solder silver? on: February 14, 2010 07:27:20 AM
My lovely boyfriend has bought me a gadget called a Dremel Versatip http://www.dremeleurope.com/dremelocs-uk/Product.jsp;jsessionid=23EC61008B911845314F5B41D14080BD?&ccat_id=890&prod_id=330  for my birthday, which says it is for heat applications and comes with a soldering, knife tips and flame head.

My trouble is that these tools arent I think that common here in the UK (he bought it online), it has no real user manual and the Dremel website is rubbish (I find it really hard to understand what you use all their blasted tools for they should employ me as the idiot to idiot-proof their site, I think).  So I am at a bit of a loss as to what it can be used for!

I make jewellery, just simple stuff really, beads, wire and chain using simple hand tools, but I recently took a little evening course in proper  Wink jewellery making, i.e. silversmithing, using saws and torches and polishers and all that fun stuff. Having had a search around craftster, I see that what are called rotary tool Dremels are very popular for jewellery making, i.e. for drilling holes, buffing and polishing, but while I see the one I have has the facility to be used as a torch, Im not sure how Id find out if its hot enough to be used for melting solder on copper and silver. I am guessing some torches arent up to that, and this one does look pretty small (more like you'd use it to make creme brulee... the one I used in my class was attached to a giant gas tank, but that is not very practical for my flat!). Does anyone have a suggestion of how to find that out? Or indeed if you know of other exciting uses for my new gadget with its knifes and whatnot, or have one yourself, I would really love to hear!

Best, Claire
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Antique Lavalier...rethinking (first post, and image crazy!) on: April 21, 2008 07:45:02 AM
I think that's turned out really nicely - the two colours of metal make a nice feature in and of themselves (and I'm not a gold fan either!). It's a creative solution - and very sensitive of you to take your family's tradition into account in a personal way, even nicer than just choosing it all yourself. Well done!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Question: How can I make a fabric collage on a cushion? on: April 20, 2008 08:44:25 AM
Thanks! I think I know the kind of thing you mean - a trip to the haberdashery shop I think...  Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Question: How can I make a fabric collage on a cushion? on: April 19, 2008 01:46:34 PM
Hi craftsers!
I've acquired a lot of nice cotton fabric in a light weight (like blouse material) from my mum's loft, including loads of great vintage 1970s Laura Ashley stuff, and one of the ideas I had for it was to make a sort of fabric collage (probably of a bird) on a cushion (I have some plain ones crying out for decoration!). My question is really does anyone have any ideas how to go about it? I could just cut out the shapes and sew them on in the pattern, but I think the edges would probably fray and then the bits would start to fall off. My sewing skills aren't really up to hemming individual fabric shapes so I was wondering about fabric glue or something, but I'm a bit clueless I'm afraid!  Huh Maybe I'd be better using the cotton fabric for a wall-hanging and decorating the cushion with felt... Any suggestions gladly and gratefully received!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finding resin in Ireland on: April 19, 2008 12:22:42 PM
Guess you might have found your resin by now but I've been looking at it myself and couldn't find anything in the shops here in Scotland - but I did find some websites that sell it (by google searching for craft resin for UK results). I'm guessing UK based sites would be more likely to post to Ireland than USA ones and some of the ones I looked at did stipulate they did international posting, e.g. www.homecrafts.co.uk www.alwayshobbies.com. Hope it helps if you haven't already found your resin - and that it goes well! (And grr, why is all the good stuff USA-only?!)
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My mom is seriously awesome! (NOW WITH MORE PICTURES) on: April 19, 2008 11:17:46 AM
Just had to add to this thread - I saw those and thought 'wow!'. They're really beautiful, intricate pieces - a really great idea. Keep that lady creating!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Buttons, Buttons, Buttons on: April 15, 2008 03:21:37 PM
Those are really, really lovely. I like the colours in the brown one, and the way you've overdosed the buttons so they look totally opulent. I have loads of buttons I have stolen from/ been donated by (!) my mujm and grandma. Did you use jump rings to attach the buttons to the chain or did you wire wrap them?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lots of new stuff! :D on: April 15, 2008 02:43:08 PM
Those cake slices are amazing, they look more than good enough to eat.

And the bracelet with all the charms is great too - I like the fact that it's not a chain bracelet, and constructing it in a rainbow colourscheme and is a really simple idea that makes it stand out. Very cute. You should be proud.
10  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Re: List of Edinburgh craft resources on: April 04, 2008 02:57:35 AM
just to say re bead shops in edinburgh the bead shop scotland http://www.beadshopscotland.co.uk/ does nice little workshops for beginners (i live in glasgow but thought it was worth the bus!).
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