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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Random beaded items - clusters on: October 21, 2005 08:41:05 AM
Weekend crafting...

There's a bunch of garment/accessories in the color turquoise this summer. So I think why not use the color in my first attempt of a cluster ring (is that the correct name?).  It seriously got the "floppy" problem with the dangles  Embarrassed
(Pardon the twig in the background, I thought it would be more interesting when I took the pictures...)

A simple brooch I made to go with a shrug.

Still obsessed with clusters, this time earrings and a ring with some tiny metallic beads... I tried to put as much dangles on the ring as possible, and it looks fuller than the one above. I love how the earrings turn out  Smiley

... and more clusters for pony tail holders.   Grin

Thanks for looking!

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Rose brooch made with fabric scraps and nailpolish on: July 27, 2005 04:06:02 AM

I bought the one on the left last winter, and did an imitation in purple (on the right). I used scraps of the lining fabric of this purse:

So I painted 2 coats of some old purple nailpolish on the petals before gluing/sewing them.  The polish also stiffens the petals so they hold their shape well. Heehee great way to make use of scrap pieces of fabric instead of throwing them in the trash!  Smiley
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Black croissant bag on: May 23, 2005 12:31:02 AM
I am really inspired by all the wonderful creations here, that I immediately think of making my own bag when I saw this material at the fabric store.  Many thanks to the generous ppl who take the time to do tutorials, especially those I referred to: putting on zippers, hobo bags, and the great "Classy pleated iridescent clutch".  You girls rock!

Still got no sewing machine so I hand-sew this (poked my finger twice for the zipper, ouch!).  This is my first bag project, and the pleats did not turned out as I imagined so it looks like a croissant (yummy!).  Thought I'd just share.  Tongue

The front view w/ all  my junk stuffed in.

Opened zipper to reveal the junk inside.

View of lining & 2 inside pockets.  In front of the bag are my junks: Wallet, cardholder made of the same material, tissue paper, keys w/ my beloved key-holder, foundation compact, lipstick & cellphone...  I am getting small handbags to stop myself from carrying even more junk around LOL.

Thanks for looking~!

27 May 2005: Tutorial added on page 2: (warning: pic intensive)
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wire tree-shaped jewelry organiser on: May 01, 2005 10:25:57 AM
Yet another project coming from the dollar shop. I was searching for copper wire for a ring project, but there was only steel wire of a much thicker diameter than expected.  So I get my first wire project done to accommodate a growing collection of earrings:

A shot with my earrings and a bracelet (I do not make them except for the pearl earrings on the top left corner):

Please let me know what do you think. The 'design' is one of my favorite doodling, and it took about 2 hours from deciding the steps to actually wrapping and twisting the wire.  My fingers got sore from holding the wire for wrapping the "tripod" (don't know how to say that in English f^_^).  Is there any solution other than wearing a glove?  Huh
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Black/grey faux pearl set on: April 22, 2005 12:28:56 AM
I have recently visited the 'bead shops street' in my city, and unconsciously (!) bought an assortment of faux pearls without have any project in mind - bad shopping habit.  Since faux pearls were hot last year, the stores have stocks of them in many shades and sizes.  Best of all, they got both glass ones and much cheaper plastic ones, which are just great for beginners like me  Grin  I got beads in black, grays, and shades between purple and wine to build my stash.

Here is my first attempt of using faux pearls.  I teamed them up with plastic beads and made a necklace with matching earrings:

Action shot: (sorry for bad picture quality!)

They came out a bit too dressy for my wardrobe - maybe I shall make a replica with glass pearls and crystals for dressy occassions when my skills improve...  All C&C are welcomed.

Random 'those were the days' rambling: When I was a kid my mom 'sub-contracted' packaging work from the factory, like many housewives did in the 80s.  Once my home featured huge packs of 4mm dazzling white faux pearls to be made into smaller packages, and pearls came out from everywhere when we swept the floor.  We even made tools from plastic rulers that picked up 30 beads at a time.  The price tag showed that they were to be exported to the US for $0.90 per package - maybe that's why after a short period we got no more pearls from the factory and were instead sticking labels on shoelaces...  Grin
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ponytail-holder with hearts on: April 21, 2005 02:15:27 AM
My first attempt to make a ponytail holder with beads.  Excuse me for the blurry pic... Shaky hands after too much coffee.

All comments are welcomed.  I guess there must be a better way than attaching the jump rings to T-pins though...
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black cardholder on: February 22, 2005 11:08:34 PM
I am a clumsy person who hate carrying coins around (they always mysteriously appear in pockets of my trousers - only after laundry  Tongue), but I could never remember where I put the store-value smart card. So I got 2 options:

  • hunting for my smart card in the purse and all the pockets on my clothes whenever I board a bus and blocked the long line behind me; or
  • finding some way to keep my smart card and other trinkets organized

This is option two, snipped out of the fabric I bought for purse making...


2 pockets: 1 for my oil-blotting paper and 1 for the smartcard. Added a ribbon at the middle to conceal the unflattering wrongside as lining would make the tiny stuff too thick. The pic did not show a small ring attached to the ribbon and peeked out at the side.  I used some leather strap necklace stuff and 2 clasps to attach this to my purse. 


Added a ruffled elastic for closure.

28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cosmetics hanger **Mini-tutorial added** on: January 24, 2005 10:58:44 AM
Having lurking around for a while, I am finally posting my first message  Grin.  Awesome group of talented people here!

A couple of years ago I did this cosmetics hanger thing to organize my array of cosmetics & tools as I lived in a tiny tiny apartment with my family.  I got the idea from the IKEA sofa pockets for remote control, but couldn't find any designed for small items.  Therefore I put my stuff on the fabric and used the fabric's pattern as gridlines to design my own. There's no sewing machine around so I had to hand sew the whole thing.

Basically it is just a wide band of fabric folded in half with lots of pockets attached.  It hangs on the wall behind my room's door to make use of that small gap and the full-length mirror attached to the door.  I knew nothing about choosing a sturdy material or using interface, so it deformed a bit due to all that weight.  So far I find it quite convenient except when I need to clear the dust off some unused pencils, and when someone attempts to open my door when I am putting on the eyeliner...

The upper half:

Obviously I am so in love with the concealers that they outnumbered my foundations...

The lower half:

3/F: mascaras, eyeshadows and liners
2/F: lippies
1/F: blushes and lipbalms

And there's a large back pocket at the bottom, where I keep some cotton pads & Q-tips for makeup disastors, and yes that's my razor aka "oh-no-missed-a-spot-when-I-shaved-my-legs rescue tool" peeking out at the bottom left corner...  Tongue

1 Feb 05: "Making of" diagrams added on page 2
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