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11  Jewled curtain tie backs in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by SiFi Mom on: August 25, 2012 09:57:04 AM
I wanted to make tie backs for my tv room, and since I'm a beader I thought I would try it with beads.  My first attempt was with a single strand of beads, done in crystals and seed beads.  I didn't think it had enough "punch".  Here's the final product:

And here is my first attempt:

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12  Hooked little bird in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by SiFi Mom on: August 25, 2012 09:46:30 AM
This was my first project done in rug hooking, it is a pre-drawn picture of a little bird.  I did it with wool ( which is common in the Cape Breton, NS,  instead of wool scraps).  I used some furry craft yarns to make his "feathers".  C&C welcome.

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13  Tuck tape is my friend! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SiFi Mom on: August 20, 2012 07:06:44 AM
I recovered 5 chairs in my home in the last few weeks. No before pictures, but just imagine the usual stained and worn out fabric you usually see.  Three of the chairs had plastic parts that I couldn't get a staple through, so I used tuck tape instead of staples on the plastic. Tuck tape is the tape builders used to tape up the plastic wrap on the inside of the walls. It is much sticker and stronger than duct tape,  The first pictures shows my use of the tape on the back of one chair.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the back to snap back on, so I think I'm going to sew the fabric to the back when I can get an upholstery needle. ( It is curved to it will work in awkward spaces.)

The front of the same chair:

Second chair, the back isn't as tight as I would have liked, but it is a vast improvement over the material that was there:

A close up of the fabric:

Another chair using the same fabric.  I don't know why there is a spot on the seat, it's not there in real like, lol. :

The last two chairs are a matching set, so I only took photos of one of them:

Finally, the obligatory pet photo of my Ginger, who loves my green chairs, and lovingly deposits her fur all over them:
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14  Earrings made from recycled jewlery photo pig! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by SiFi Mom on: August 20, 2012 06:17:00 AM
I made these earrings from a necklace and 4 uber ugly bracelets.
The first one was made from chains from several necklaces, and glass beads:

These beads were taken from two matching bracelets, done with cheap twine I picked up in a large bunch of jewlery:

These beads came from the same box, again, two ugllly bracelets:

same source, two different earrings from one necklace:

This set was made from beads I had in my stash, so not really recycled, just thought I would throw them in.

  C&C would really be appreciated. Nancy
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15  Rings-pic heavy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by SiFi Mom on: July 16, 2012 10:10:32 AM
I'm made lots of rings in the last 4 years, but this is the first time I've taken any pictures of them.  Sorry some of the pictures are a bit fuzzy, done with my cell phone.  Hope you'll like!  Comments are most welcome.

This first one was made from a broken earring.  It's fairly large, and I really liked it:

The second one I made from a cuff link, the first photo is the closest to the true colour. I wrapped in with gold German craft wire:

This one is made with crystals and filled sterling silver:

From an old 50's or 60's broken earring:

Another broken earring, it's quite large:

Three square blue glass beads, wrapped in filled sterling silver:

A swaroski crystal flower, wrapped in filled sterling silver:

Finally, two cute little buttons, fairly old, as the cards they were on were like 59 cents or so:

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16  purple passion bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by SiFi Mom on: July 10, 2012 09:38:57 AM
I used lots of glass beads in purples and pinks to make this bracelets, and it seems like hundreds of head pins!  I love making this style and it looks so pretty when you're wearing it.

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17  beaded necklace in gold in Beads: Completed Projects by SiFi Mom on: July 10, 2012 09:32:31 AM
I'm not sure what this pattern is called, but I had fun making it!

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18  Beach glass wrapped in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by SiFi Mom on: July 10, 2012 09:29:51 AM
My daughter bought me a bag of man made "beach" glass, so I have been practicing my wire wrapping.  I did two pieces so far. Sorry for the quality of the photos, I only have a cell camera that will do closeups.

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19  Broken bracelet into necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SiFi Mom on: July 10, 2012 09:16:41 AM
I bought a broken bracelet for a buck at our local flea market, and used the pieces to make the focals for two new necklaces, hope you like.
Necklace one:

Necklace two:

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20  First peyote stich in Beads: Completed Projects by SiFi Mom on: July 10, 2012 09:11:36 AM
This is my first attempt at peyote stitch.  I learned how to do the stitch from various videos on Youtube.  I used a glass button as a closure.

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