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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: What I learned about spray paint... on: April 19, 2005 12:34:01 AM
I agree 100%...I've had nothing but bad luck with spraypaint...but even worse is that fleckstone stuff...I was trying to use it on a table & half ended up on the patio, the half that actually made it onto the table proceeded to roll right off. I took that as a sign that I should go back inside & make some jewelry instead (& never paint anything again!)
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: What do you think of my male necklace designs? on: April 19, 2005 12:12:58 AM
It seems that if the piece is heavier, a toggle is ok cuz gravity keeps it together...but I wouldn't be doing jumping jacks or anything crazy like that...though I did wear a bracelet I made to a concert and it survived the clapping & other craziness with flying colors...I draw the line at those cheap spring clasps, though...they fail all too often
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin bracelets on: April 19, 2005 12:06:32 AM

you're probably thinking about Pad, it has instructions on how to make coasters that way. i found it easier to just buy 4 small round tupperware containers from the dollar store. they're essentially the same size as the glass jars, but much easier and safer!

That is the exact book I was thinking of ...I saw it once when I worked at a bookstore & then it disappeared...thanks!
24  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Re: Yarn around Milwaukee? on: April 19, 2005 12:01:35 AM
Yeah, Knitwit is on Kinnickinnic right by Lulu's & Stone Creek...I work across the street so I stop in now & then...Haven't been to loop yet, cuz I always drive by when they're closed...but the shop looks really cool...I actually just learned how to knit 2 weeks ago, so I'll be shopping at both quite a bit!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Shrinky-dink Pet Tags on: April 10, 2005 11:42:04 PM
Ooh. I did that too. But mine have faded. You can hardly see the writing (and they were so cute too Cry a mousie for one kittie and a paw shape for the other)

What did you use to make yours not fade? I used sharpie pen.

I used Sharpie marker & Crayola colored pencils...I really put the pencils on thick & kinda ground them in & it hasn't faded much at all...maybe if you used some type of sealant?
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Expenses; how can I lower them? on: March 30, 2005 11:22:09 PM
I've had great luck buying beads on ebay...I usually search for "bead lot" to find large lots of beads, which seems to be the cheaper way to go (rather than spending $2 for just a few beads)...there are many ebay stores as well, which makes it easy to comparison shop. The main challenge is finding cheap clasps & beadalon wire, which I go through at an alarming rate...I still purchase these at Michaels, but only when they have a 50% off sale. Another tip is to buy a beading magazine, check out all the ads...most shops have websites, and there are several wholesale-to-the-public companies. It totally pays to shop around...the prices at most craft store chains/bead boutiques are completely out of hand!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: can anyone tell me about crimping beads? on: March 30, 2005 11:10:41 PM
For the longest time I was unwilling to drop the $12 for a crimping pliers...but I finally decided to splurge, and I am never going back to needle nose...my items look 100% more professional & I don't worry about them falling apart...god, I sound like a TV infomercial...but i don't care cuz I heart my crimping pliers!
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: black and white stripey necklace on: March 30, 2005 10:38:24 PM
My mom used to make those when I was little...but she never showed me how (*pouts*)...It looks great and I didn't notice anything wrong with it til you said something...I'm sure it doesn't show when you're wearing it!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: What do you think of my male necklace designs? on: March 30, 2005 10:20:56 PM
Very cool stuff...I've made guy's jewlery but it just doesn't seem to sell...though my boyfriend asks for a new necklace every now & then. I see boys on campus wearing hemp or surfer-type jewelry, but I guess they just don't make it to the shops/shows where I sell my stuff, go figure! As for the clasp debate...I use both lobster and toggle...I think the lobster are more secure, but the toggle are way better for heavy pieces, especially bracelets. It is a matter of personal preference, though. When I do a show, I always bring all my findings & wire, because inevitably someone will love the item but hate the clasp.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: bottle cap bracelets on: March 30, 2005 09:49:38 PM
Usually you see a bunch of caps all linked up, which is cool, but I like the cap/bead combo...a unique twist...excellent!
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