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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Etched pendants plus a disaster on: January 22, 2013 12:19:09 AM
I have wanted to try metal etching for quite a while, and last week I decided that I HAD to try it soon. So, I went out got some ferric chloride and then sat and stared at it, slightly afraid, for a few days. Over the weekend I got my nerve up and tried it.

I had three different metals all of which should have worked (read "should have" twice). I used sharpie pens as the resist on all three and then after reading multiple websites I made floats out of some styrofoam and duct tape and went for it.

After twenty minutes, nothing. So I set the timer for another 15 minutes. I went in and knew immediately that there was a problem with one of them, but I will return to that in just a minute...

I am pretty pleased with the first two though!

This one is a dandelion - the little heart at the bottom turned out a little different than I expected, it looks broken which was not my intent, but it is interesting...

This one is my daughter's initial - it will probably be made into a bookmark since she isn't likely to wear it as a necklace.

So, I said I would return to the problem one. I walked in and it was bubbling and giving off a lot of heat. I grabbed it, ran around in circles, and finally got it outside. The reaction stopped sometime overnight (I am sure that the freezing weather didn't hurt).


Obviously, the metal was not pure and it reacted poorly with the etching solution. I still have not gotten the nerve up to deal with the mess! (the whole thing will probably be put into a bag with baking powder to neutralize it and then taken to a hazardous waste facility). Lesson learned - and now passed on to you - make sure you know exactly what the metal is that you are using!

While the disaster has me a bit leery I am pleased with the other two for first attempts. I will try again!!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Designated Cutting Boards on: January 02, 2012 11:39:48 PM
Last summer my husband was cutting a wonderful, delicious pineapple. In my haste to taste the sweet fruit, I grabbed the last piece that was sitting on the cutting board and popped it into my mouth. MMMmmmm.....erm... garlic pineapple... blech! Then in November, after we had made salsa and cleaned up, I was cutting up some cookie dough and just couldn't resist a small taste....mMmmm...errrmm... jalapeno cookie dough.
Even after washing the cutting boards, those strong flavors that I otherwise love were determined to ruin my other yummies. Enough! I remembered seeing a brilliant craftster solution (I am so sorry - I can't find the original post to give credit) - designated cutting boards. So - guess what my husband got for the holidays?

I burned the images into the cutting boards. I haven't done wood burning in forever. I will say that the grain on the cutting boards gave me a little bit of trouble and it isn't the most professional looking thing, but if it keeps me from ever eating another garlic pineapple again, it is worth it! (and my husband loved it!)
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / ATC supply box - image heavy on: December 27, 2011 02:02:46 AM
My niece is a very artistic young teen who lived across the country from me. In order to encourage not only her creative side, but also a form of communication between us, I made her a box to introduce her to artist trading cards for her Christmas present. It included the box, an ephemera box, pens, atc blanks, 6 atc's that my daughters and I made, and a short explanation of atc's. 

This is the top of the box - there is a shiny mica trail from the butterfly that looks much better in person

Inside of the lid


Bottom of box

Ephemera box

Inside the ephemera box - there is a Gandhi quote "be the change you want to see in the world" stamped on there that didn't show up well in the photo. The ephemera includes some paper punches of paper that I dyed as well as random "cuter" items that the girls thought that their cousin would like.

I am really please with how the gift turned out, I just hope that she understands it...
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My alphabet art journal - Begin Where You Are on: September 25, 2011 05:00:46 PM
I have wanted to make an art journal for a long time now. They have always intimidated me, especially after seeing the phenomenal ones posted here on Craftster. But, I decided to face my fears and not only start one, but share it here with all of you (*yikes*)

The cover ("Begin Where You Are" just felt very appropriate for me right now)

I had plans for a very elaborate journal with fancy binding and some punched papers, but realized that I needed to start on a level that would increase the likelihood of success. What I am doing is all single sided, full sheets of watercolor paper. They have a strip of clear box tape down the back where two holes were drilled to keep the metal rings from tearing the paper.

The overall theme is an alphabet journal - each page has a letter stamped on it and will ultimately be full of words, pictures, memories, sayings etc that have some positive connection to that letter in my mind.

Here is a page that I have started to fill in. There is still a bit to go, and I am not sure how to incorporate everything together so it flows better, but it is where I am at right now...

I have completed all of the backgrounds, and have started adding a little bit here and there on some of them. Here are a few of my favorites:


Sorry for the ton of pictures! I have been having a great time with this, but it has definitely made me work outside of my comfort zone. I also know that it will continue to challenge me (I don't know if I will be able to come up with anything besides "zebra" for the letter z...), but I am looking forward to continuing to work on it!

Thanks for looking! Grin
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A couple of necklaces on: September 25, 2011 03:30:36 PM
I decided that I really needed to use some of my stash, so I made a couple of necklaces.

This one is really simple, but I really like how it turned out. My original thought was that the three beads would hang in the middle, but when it is worn they automatically move to the side like in this picture, which I think actually looks better. I absolutely love the dark red beads - they were originally part of a bracelet that I took apart.

I have had the beads for this one for at least a year. I had plans for them that didn't work and I couldn't seem to give up that original idea until last night. The small glass beads have a frosted blue or frosted grey inner part - they are really pretty and have a nice sparkle. The earrings hang really nicely.

These were surprisingly difficult to take photos of! I really need to get a neck model...
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A long necklace on: August 27, 2011 09:48:33 PM
I recently made this necklace with some glass beads that I have had for quite some time. I love how it turned out - I don't think that the pictures really do it justice. Wearing it makes me happy!

It is really long (some chain is hanging down the back of the board for the photo):

The top part:

The bottom part:

Let me know what you think!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Is age for swapping 16 or 18? on: August 14, 2011 02:02:29 AM
My youngest daughter is turning 16 soon and has been looking forward to joining Craftster and especially making things for swaps. I am encouraging her, since both her older sister and I enjoy Craftster so much, and she really enjoys making things for people. Now comes the problem. Although in multiple places it states that Craftsters must be 16 in order to swap, I have not been able to find a single swap that doesn't list 18 as the required age. I don't want to set her expectations that she will be able to participate in this community the way that we do if she is not allowed to be a full member...

If the rule really is 16 to swap, I would like to encourage organizers to think about lowering the age on their swaps to include our younger members (when appropriate). I have seen some amazingly skilled teens here and hate to think that we are excluding them for no reasons except that we expect to have a difficult time with them...
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Black and White paper beads on: June 23, 2011 12:15:01 AM
I finally made some paper beads that I thought were worthy of making into jewelry (I have a whole lot of trial-and-error paper beads...). These are tube beads made out of a great black-and-white paper. The pendant is three layers of matting board (the bottom and top one are black matte board, the middle is white). My thought was that the change in color would make it stand out more - if I had to do it again, I would use only white board - the black dulls the white parts in the paper a little. The necklace is nice and long. Each bead is covered in mod-podge hard coat. I hope that it is decently water resistant...

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Comments always appreciated!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / rose necklace on: May 11, 2011 12:17:50 AM
It is Shiny! And it has Roses!!

Okay, I know that it is a little fancy for everyday wear, but I am pleased with how this turned out!

I made the roses from polymer clay. There is a light dusting of mica on their tips which you can't see in the picture, but it is there. The rest of the beads are just pretty beads that I have had in my stash for awhile.

Overall, I am pretty happy with it! Hope you like it too!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rapunzel scarves for spring! on: April 13, 2011 01:49:20 AM
My daughter and I really needed to have a fun and successful craft tonight, so we made Rapunzel scarves for ourselves!

This one is Nicole's (she is also a Craftster member - NicoleBurdsall):

Detail shot (Nicole's scarf is so bright and cheery, isn't it? Perfect for spring/summer):

This one is mine! (not modeled by me though...)

Detail shot (I really like the pearl like beads and the roses. My colors are more subdued, but it still feels very spring like to me)

I know that these are not especially new or original, but I just love how they turned out and wanted to share in the happy!
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