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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / gluing on glass on: August 23, 2005 05:22:27 PM
Hey there,
So I've been making fabulous beads by gluing images and words to clear floral pebbles, then soldering the backs.  The only trouble is that sometimes my glue (when faced with lots of abrasive contact, like a dangling bead on a bracelet) lets go.  The trick is that the glue, while supremely adhering the paper (must be porous) to the glass pebble, must ALSO dry clear and not alter the image in any way.  I'm currently using Aleene's Glass and Bead glue.  Is there a better/stronger brand?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Saving a hooded sweatshirt from myself on: February 19, 2005 07:16:19 AM
Can you believe that I've once again stained this sweatshirt w/bloody chapstick?  WHEN WILL I LEARN!  Stay tuned for the updated version...
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fortune Frames redesign -- new pics on: December 03, 2004 02:04:00 PM
Excellent!  Well, have fun with yarn... I'm off to jump into the glass slivers and hot lead.  Fun!
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Grinding glass with a Dremel on: December 02, 2004 05:23:09 PM
I've got the dremel, the glass project, and the bit.  Any tips, pointers, etc. on the best ways to work this?  Essentially I've got 1" X 1" squares that I've cut and I'm just trying to make them less sharp, so if worn as jewelry they won't impale me.  Is this even possible?  I really like the clear edge of the glass.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fortune Frames redesign -- new pics on: December 02, 2004 05:14:28 PM
I really like your frames.  I'm investigating the solder/glass/image technique for the jewelry and am always impressed when someone comes up with a new twist.  And I agree, you could definitely sell those for more than $15.  At least where I'm at (brooklyn.)

So, I had a thought, and I'm not sure if you've explored this... how about soldering the fortune in, but leaving an opening at one end so that the purchaser could replace it with their own fortune? The only way I can concieve of how would be to solder 2 pieces of clear glass together on 3 sides, leaving one side open for access.  Maybe even using clear glass/bead glue to block out in between the two slides so when someone slips the paper in, it goes into a designated area (that is sort of unseen) instead of falling down.

Again, this is an idea in draft... not sure if it would work or even if it is worth the hassle.

Keep on!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: baby belts for the sewing impaired on: November 11, 2004 11:22:31 AM
No, it isn't a strap, although I guess that would work too.  This was called 'trimming'... as in something you would use on pants or a bag, etc.  It is sturdier than ribbon and you can see the stitching on the back side.  I got it in a fabric store.  And the D rings are smaller so that they fit the width of the material ... and the material width fits the tiny loopholes of tiny pants.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beaded Necklaces: Venetian glass charm, hematite, seed beads, glass beads, etc. on: November 11, 2004 06:50:25 AM
Thanks!  And I too love cheese.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded Necklaces: Venetian glass charm, hematite, seed beads, glass beads, etc. on: November 10, 2004 04:47:02 PM
I was asked to create some necklaces for Venetian glass pendants purchased by friends on a trip to Italy. The green necklace/earring combo has green seed beads, silver bali beads, glass beads.  The purple necklace has black seed beads, hematite, rose quartz, garnet beads and glass beads.  Here's what I've come up with:

Purple necklace:

Green necklace/earring combo:
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / baby belts for the sewing impaired on: November 10, 2004 04:38:12 PM
I have no sewing machine (which you can tell if you look closely at the stitching) but I think this belt I made for my baby daughter came out quite well.  It is trimming that I bought at a fabric store in NYC and 2 D rings.  Unfortunately I crafted without thinking, and should have bought more yards and doubled the belt in two.  It still works, but I have to twist the end over and loop back through to hide the messy underside.  But I think it might fit her well into her toddler years. 

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Saving a hooded sweatshirt from myself on: November 10, 2004 04:33:50 PM
I cannot eat anything without it leaving a "culinary footprint" (aka. stain) on my clothes. Here is a sweatshirt that fell victim to salad dressing, paired with a t-shirt that fell victim to chapstick in the dryer...

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