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21  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: 10,000 Members! on: January 31, 2004 02:17:40 PM
MissRoo was the one to turn me on to Craftster, (That is a real gift! She is an endless resource of great ideas) and it made me remember the days when I had more time to do crazy, non-job related, fun craft ideas...I think that it is WONDERFUL forum that allows people from all over the world to connect and share inspirational ideas. I love to share ideas with people and I think that encouragement of others is important. Maybe I'm going on and on here, but I feel really passionate about this board and the great people who contribute to this comunity. Kudos to Leah for her insight, vision and commitment to this great forum. (Whew.)
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:snap cuff - not to be confused with "snap bracelets" on: January 29, 2004 06:28:58 PM
That is an awesome project! I bought some iron on vinyl that can iron onto fabric...I think I will try it with this project. The stitching and cutting afterwards is a great way to get a really clean edge.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Roll On Wire Bracelet on: January 29, 2004 05:55:48 PM
Here is a tutorial for an easy to make wire bracelet.

Materials needed:
5ft 16 or 18 gauge wire (heavy gauge copper wire can be found at most hardware stores for very little money)
1 wood dowel. The sample uses a 1/4" dowel, you can use larger dowels if you want bigger links.
Needle Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters

The sample photo shows 15 links. This makes approximately an 8 bracelet. This bracelet should be loose enough to roll on and off the wrist.

Step 1:
Wind wire around dowel to form a coil. You may wish to cut the wire in 1 ft lengths for winding, as it may be easier to handle. You will need about 75-80 wraps.

Step 2:
After winding coil, count off 5 coils and clip using wire cutter.

Step 3:
Use needle nose plier to bend the end of the coil up at a 90 angle, to make an end loop. Repeat on opposite end.

Step 4:
Link each component by lifting the end loop, adding another component and tucking end loop securely inside coil.

Step 5:
Make as many coil components as needed to fit around wrist.
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:bricks and mortar on: January 28, 2004 05:42:36 PM
The most valuble thing I did before I opened my business was to write a business plan. Your business plan will act as your roadmap for your business. The Small Business Admistration has a wealth of free information regarding business plans and other related topics. My main piece of advice is that as the owner, you write the checks and you know what's in your bank account at all times, because when it comes down to it, you, the owner, is the responsibe party. That being said, it is the best thing that I have ever done.

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re:Beyond Sundance on: January 28, 2004 11:18:56 AM
Yay! I am glad that you found this site...I love it, too...I would say that to make your piece hang correctly, add a counter-balance dangle on the end near the clasp. This will make the piece equal weight in front and back. I also made sure that the asymetrical sides were the same length.
this should help...
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:corset? on: January 16, 2004 07:41:17 PM
wow,wow,wow....what really great work. Corsets are really advanced. I can't wait to see the finished project!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beyond Sundance on: January 16, 2004 05:58:22 PM
I got the inspiration for this necklace from the great jewelry gallery the "Sundance" catalog. Making your own is so much more fun and affordable.

I love working with wire and I think that mixing wire, nuggets and chain is a good way to go.

I know this image is big, but you can really see the detail.

What you need:
9 or 10 cool beads around 8-12mm (These are the nuggets.)

6 or 7 inches of chain.

Around 5 ft  22 or 24 gauge wire (To wrap your cool beads.)

8" of a heavy gauge wire, 16 or 18 gauge will be perfect. (This makes the clasp and the long bar.)

3 or 4 jumprings.

Round nose & chain nose pliers. Wire cutters.

A smooth head hammer and a metal surface for flattening heavy gauge wire.

If you do not know how to make wire wrapped loops, take a look at this tutorial:


Step 1: Wire wrap your beads so that you have made a link that will be the length of about half of your necklace. 6" or 7" or so for a necklace that will be about 16" total.

Step 2: Use a headpin (a thin wire with a nail-like "head" on the end to prevent the bead from falling off the bottom) and wire wrap one of the nuggets to make a pendant.

Step 3: Cut a piece of your heavy gauge wire (say about 3 or 4 inches) curve it slightly and use your hammer and metal surface to hammer it flat. This step flattens the wire and makes it stiffer so that it will really hold it's shape. (A jeweler's hammer and bench block work best, but a good flat head hammer and smooth metal surface will work, too. Just lightly tap the metal. Light taps will gradually shape your metal.)
In the sample I used a metal hole punch that I had to make the holes on each end of the wire component that I made. If you don't have a hole punch, you can curl a loop on each end before the hammering step, then you can attach the component to the pendant and chain with a jumpring on either side.

Step 4: After you have connected the metal component to the linked side, add the chain to the other using a jumpring. To make the jumprings look more interesting, you can give them a light tap with your hammer, too.

Step 5: Using 3 inches or so of the remaining heavy gauge wire, I made a hook clasp, hammered it and connected it to the end with another jumpring.

You may want to get some practice wire and play around with wire wrapping to get some wraps under your belt.
Have fun...make pretty jewelry.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:Death Chef Apron w/ Skull & crossbones & spiked studs on: January 16, 2004 04:45:22 PM
That totally rocks...great job.

Studs at the craft store? When I was a kid we had to HUNT for our punk rock studs. The walk to the leather store was up hill, both ways...
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: January 13, 2004 04:25:50 PM
Kids, this is one good thread. Well, "bead" because I own a bead store, and "kate" because my mom liked it when she was pregnant. (Katy, if I knew you in high school.)
30  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re:Craftster on the brain... on: January 13, 2004 04:06:15 PM
I think that people long to express their creative side. Before there was cable tv, computers, cell phones, etc. people actually had time to talk to each other, make things and share ideas. This site is the ideal forum for modern-day quilting-bee'ers, stichers, crafters, to gather around the hearth (in this case, computer) and share ideas and support from around the world...when you think of it, it's really pretty cool. It renews my faith that people still sew, glue and create. (And are really cool and friendly.)
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