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151  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / local prices in your stores on: March 08, 2005 01:09:27 AM
Hia all. I've been noticing more and more how incredibly cheap everything is in the states compared to here.. or rather, in the states things have close to a fair price.
How much do you pay for your basic jewellry stuff and whatnots? At the moment I'm in need of seed beads (which I'll still pay far too much for here, just so I'll  have it in my hands instantly) so I'm curious about the pricing.. whatever country you're in.

I noticed while in south africa that even in the areas that are thick with tourists, beads cost like half of what they do here.
I don't know exactly how much one of those tiny bags with seed beads contain, but it seems pretty standard all over. It's maybe a quarter of a decilitre (0.007 gallons according to a translation sheet here), maybe a tad more or a tad less. 2mm seed beads. That costs approximately $8 or $9 here. (ok, an expensive store too, but it's difficult to find fair priced stores in the capital)

What are your local prices? ^^
152  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / stenciling on velvet on: March 01, 2005 06:10:13 AM
anyone tried, anyone have any tips? I tried searching, but man is the search difficult if you don't know exactly what topic you're looking for already  Undecided

I don't know if it's really velvet, but if it is, it's REALLY thick. The hairs stand up so intensivly that they don't lie in any direction. It's almost like tallish fuss, more than "hairs" on it. So there shouldn't be any fur-like issue with the hairs ruining it, since it's so firm.

Thing is, my dad and his friend just got a new peugeot each (through work) and they're being all childishly happy about it... but the .. whatcha callit.. the hook you put on the back of the car for when you wanna attach some sort of trailer.. it doesn't come with a bag. Or not a proper one anyways, but some sort of plastic thingy which ripped instantly. So my father, half teasing, thought I should make bags for them. And I've got 3 metres of velvet that I'm never using for what I intended, so I thought fine: I'm gonna make them real nifty bags, with silver stenciling of the peugeot logo. That'll show them! Wink

so, once again - anyone tried anythinglike this, and have any tips?
153  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Photos from 1800-1900 something on: February 23, 2005 02:43:22 PM
Okay, I know  I talk too much, and you don't have much to say about my tiny irrelevant problems, but how about this one...

I've got these ancient family photos scanned. The originals belong to my grandmother. One of these photos are of my grandmothers mother or grandmother, when she was young, and also another woman, probably a sibling. They're of this old, thick, white and brown quality, end of 1800's or so. They almost look computer painted because the lines are focused, but still so smooth.

I know their names, I even know who some of them are. Never met them ofcourse, but one of the pics are of boys about age 7, and those are siblings or probably cousins of my grandmother (she's above 80 I believe) and those are talked about now and again, so I know OF them a bit. The photo is a staged scenery, with a painting of a birch in the background, and the smallest boy standing on a log.

The pic of those boys, and of the two women, are in rather bad shape. The paper has been pricked with something so there are tiny holes in them. They're still beautiful ofcourse.
But a third one, which is really BROWN and white, is of superb quality. It's of two young men, one sitting in this great chair where you can see the dragon's head which forms the armrest. And the scanning of it is great. At my parents house, we also have a framed 2 foot tall torso-and-head pic of my great grandmother, but I haven't taken a photo of that yet.

I'd really like to do something with printouts of these photos, but I can't think of something good.
154  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Battery jar on: February 22, 2005 03:19:01 PM
Organise your used-battery piles!
It's nothing much, but I think it turned out real pretty Grin and also kinda cool.

It's an old instant-ice-tea jar. The lid is really neon green, which I'm not very fond of, and my boyfriend is allergic to colors. And since he's the one who thought we needed one, I decided to be nice and paint it black for him Wink

I marbled the paper myself, a couple of weeks ago. Finally it comes to good use! I cut out a battery shape on the front, which I glued onto the lid with the text "batterier" painted on it. And I drew around the outlines of the cutout first with silver, and then with a bit of space to let the marble effect through, I painted an outline in black as well.

It's more dark/puplish than on the picture

Whatcha think? Smiley
155  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Really big beads/pendants/glass-and-stone-thingies-with-holes-in-'em on: February 22, 2005 12:07:01 PM
Okay, I shouldn't be this "lazy" but I don't know what to search for... I ordered two pounds of this stuff. And now it's here. There are the more usual ones which I might just make necklaces of or so, but there are also these really big odd ones, like this big glass bead (about an inch across, in a roundish shape but with sharp corners)
It looks like they had patterned staffs (you know, the center forms a pattern, and you cut it up to make a load of beads) but they got annoyed and just mashed it all together and then formed this thing instead. So you can still see the center pattern here and there. Since it's all just in a bag, some are kinda broken, but you don't really notice on some of them, and on others it broke straight through the hole in the middle so I can't string em... :/

some of these has some sparkly golden paint in a swirl around them...

ehh maybe I should take a picture or something at some point. Biggest issue is - since they're all glass or similar, I can't just do whatever. Some might be good for bags but I'm afraid they'll break.

So... whatever you can think of for broken beads and beads that are simply too big for jewellry. Smiley
156  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / mosaic tiles on: February 21, 2005 05:00:54 AM
I don't know if this is old, but I just saw it in a magazine, and thought it was real cool, and maybe some of you might like the idea as well if you haven't already seen it...
They took these small mosaic tiles, the standard square ones you can buy wherever, and they painted some dots on them or similar. Then, when it dried, they took a bit of shiny metal wire, and strung some beads onto it, randomly. Then they wired the wire *erhm* around the mosaic tile.
Some they made as rings, and on some they glued a metal loop as to use it as a pendant. It looked pretty cool Smiley
I've seen it in artists stores before for like atleast $100. Never really thought much about it until I saw the article.
157  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Threads ??? what do you use for jewellry? on: February 20, 2005 12:49:01 PM
What threads do you use for jewellry? I should probably use transparent nylon thread, but the one I've got is very weak. I don't want to use metal thread because that'll make it stiffer, and more difficult to cut around tight corners in my pattern. I feel inclined to use sewing thread, but I'm afraid it'll break Sad

What do you use?
158  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / One-line single plastic covering WIRES on: February 15, 2005 08:20:56 AM
So I've got all these wires... I kinda stole them from school, during our electricity-course, to be able to connect the diods and switches on my board at home, and not have to fiddle with it in school, other than connecting the processor to the board when it's programmed. Yeah, I still did it in school anyway.

So I've got all these wires... They're a bit less than 1mm (1/1000 of a meter for those who don't know these things) across, various colors (purple, green, red, black, brown, one or two striped..) and in various lengths. Some are real long, like a meter, others are like one centimeter -bits.

The inside isn't 50 tiny metal wires, but one alone. It'll break if you twist it back and forth a couple of houndred times, but it holds up rather well otherwise. I thought "braided bracelets" myself, but I want more than that Smiley

Please give me any suggestions you can think of!
159  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / What to do with a load of beads, long hair, and too much spare time on: February 13, 2005 01:26:38 PM
Okay, I don't really have spare time, I just create a lot of unfilled time while not doing the schoolwork I should be doing.

I wanted to play a bit with my beads, and redo my braid, so this turned up


the img is kinda tiny because of craftster, you know. But if your resolution isn't as horridbly detailed as mine, you might be able to see something Smiley
160  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Valentine earrings on: February 13, 2005 01:22:10 PM
I just wanted to play a bit with my newly bought beads, and I wanted to use a heart now that it's almost valentines and everything. Nothing impressive, just wanted to share. First time I made a beaded earring. Smiley

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