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21  Acrylic butterfly in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bekibutton on: April 05, 2010 08:39:46 AM

Just had to share this with you all (and hopefully get some - gentle! - C&C from people who aren't related to me!).

The pictures haven't come out great I'm afraid (point-and-shoot can be a little temperamental) but hopefully you get the gist. Smiley

Not sure what I'm going to make it into yet, maybe a necklace with the chain attached to both wings, or one wing so it's lopsided (in a good way) or I might make another and have a pair of earrings. Decisions decisions...

Thanks for looking Smiley

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22  Please help me name these earring findings! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by bekibutton on: November 29, 2009 07:39:02 AM
Hi all,

I'm trying to find findings that are like the 'frames' in these earrings:

(Apologies for the terrible mobile phone pic)

I want to make my own earrings in this style using these frame sections but I've had no luck finding them to buy some Sad

I was informed by one person that they're 'four space filigree parts' but Google doesn't bring up any sensible results.

Any help is much appreciated - and if you could point me towards a stockist that'd be even better! Cheesy

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23  Regency frock - lots of pics! in Costumes: Completed Projects by bekibutton on: September 21, 2009 02:48:49 PM

Thought I'd share the Regency style frock I made for the Jane Austen Festival Grand Regency Promenade which took place on Saturday 19th September. We were aiming to break the world record for the most people in Regency costumes in one place, and I believe we managed it with the huge number of 409 people!

This is only about the third or fourth item of clothing that I've made from scratch and I am unbelievably chuffed at how it turned out (apart from the fact I cut it too short - I'm 5'10" so was supposed to add a few inches but cut the fabric before I remembered Sad). The pattern was really simple and easy to follow (from www.sensibility.com, if I can do it, anyone can do it! It went together really quickly too, even though I was making myself go slow on purpose so as not to ruin it, it only took me about a week and a half of an-hour-an-evening to get it done Smiley

Anyway, on to the pics!

Obligatory cat-gets-involved-with-crafts pic, in this case she's spreading ginger cat hairs around the hem of my dress Cheesy

I'll need to make some Regency style underpinnings if I'm going to wear this again, a modern bra just doesn't cut it

The gorgeous back

Close up on the back of the dress - an extra button on the placket just to be on the safe side

On the day, posing at the Royal Crescent in Bath

I bought the bonnet off eBay, dyed it to match the dress and stuck the ribbon on. Maybe I'll make my own bonnet for next year!

It was a very comfortable dress to wear and I'm actually quite glad it was a teensy bit too short because I fall over my own feet half the time, never mind a big flowing frock! Cheesy

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24  I've brought out the buttons again - lots of images! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bekibutton on: May 24, 2009 02:35:22 PM
I absolutely love making button bracelets and earrings. And they make a lovely sound when you wear them too Smiley

'Young Hearts Run Free' earrings

My sister's birthday pressie (so it doesn't have a name) - I love the beads in this one Smiley

Rangirangi Kifaru (Swahili for multicoloured rhino - and OK it's not quite buttons!)

Little Blue Penguin

Good Morning Mr Magpie

Kakapo feather

Primary Colours

Oranges and Lemons (and Limes)

Strawberries and Cream

Delirium's Delight

Hope you like! Thanks for looking!
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25  Re: Need a recipe for an 11 inch square sponge/madeira cake in Dessert by bekibutton on: May 06, 2009 12:09:29 AM
OK well here's what it came out like last time:

You might be able to see how it's quite thin at the edges and domes in the middle... Sad
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26  Buttons-a-go-go (bit pic-heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bekibutton on: May 03, 2009 07:55:58 AM
I've been busy! (inbetween training of course)

Flower Basket bracelet

Flower Basket matching earrings

CMYK button bracelet

Monet's Waterlilies inspired bracelet

Button Rainbow bracelet

Spring Daffodils and Blue Skies

Lavender Fields

C+C welcome, and I'd be interested to know which one's your favourite and why. I'm just going with colour schemes I like but you lot might have some better ideas Smiley

Having made the Waterlilies inspired bracelet as a request, I'm now thinking it might be interesting to make bracelets inspired by works of art, Van Gogh's Sunflowers for instance, or my favourite piece of artwork, Matisse's The Sadness Of The King... what's your favourite work of art?
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27  My latest creations in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bekibutton on: March 30, 2009 03:13:26 PM
These are a bit different from the last batch, but I hope you like them. Comments and criticism (and suggestions for rhino-related names) welcomed!

Domino rhino??

All Natural Rhino??

Lemon & Lime-o Rhino??

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28  More beaded jewellery - new item! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bekibutton on: March 08, 2009 01:41:48 PM
More jewellery for fundraising purposes - much as I'd love to keep the earrings they're to help the rhinos so I can't. Could always make myself another pair though!

Subma-rhino (unless someone can come up with a better name like last time)

Pretty bead as focal bead:

And the earrings, not for the faint of heart, short of neck or delicate of earlobe, lol Smiley They don't have a name yet like all my bracelets do, but then they don't have a rhino on so do they need a name?

New item - totally un-rhino-related but I think they're cool Smiley Have gone from being addicted to making bracelets to making earrings it seems!

Thanks for looking!

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29  Rhino-themed charity bracelets - pic heavy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bekibutton on: February 15, 2009 04:55:22 AM
I wasn't sure whether to post these in the beads section, but all the bead stuff in there seems to be woven whereas these are a lot simpler Smiley

I figured these out mostly by myself with a bit of help from this Craftster post with the headpins.

'Ooh Shiny Rhino'

'Rose-tinted Rhino'

'Tangerine D-rhino' (anyone got a better name?!)

'Hakuna Matata'

And the little rhino charm on the end of each one:

For more info on my charity endeavours please check out my sig links Smiley

Thanks for looking - C & C welcome please (but not too harsh!  Shocked)
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30  Rhino costume for running the London Marathon in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by bekibutton on: February 02, 2009 01:18:01 PM
OK, where do I start?!

I am running the London Marathon for Save The Rhino International (the name says what they do Wink). Some of you may have seen the amazing costumes that some of their more psychotic runners wear (if not look here, here, here or here)

Well, I won't be able to run a marathon in one of those (they're usually reserved for Marines/Army types etc). So, I've decided to make my own! In the spirit of making this thing relatively comfortable and straightforward to run in, I've decided to use a set of American Football shoulder pads as the base. There are pics below of me in the shoulder pads, and the rough look I'm aiming for.

'Scuse the lack of mascara and the headscarf hiding my bad hair day, lol.

I was thinking I'd have the rhino head on top of my head but I give out a lot of heat from my head and I'd prefer not to have it covered. So I was thinking I could go more for the idea of the original costumes and have the head in front of me.

I blogged some Thoughts on my rhino costume and Further thoughts on my costume which might give a bit more detail.

I have no idea what to make any of this from that's going to be reasonably light and waterproof. Any suggestions on how I can make this work will be very much appreciated! (And at the risk of sounding cheeky or getting my post deleted, any sponsorship you could spare would also be very much appreciated  Kiss )

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