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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Small gift bags using old book pages! on: August 06, 2010 12:16:47 PM
Thanks:) addictive isn't it?
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Photography - A happy coincidence on: July 08, 2010 05:18:28 PM
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photography - A happy coincidence on: June 29, 2010 05:51:26 PM

A collision of sunset, rain on a window, foliage and an indoor plant...

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: good quality metal for jewelry? on: June 03, 2010 05:39:05 PM
Just a note - the quality will also be dependent on the laws governing metal content in jewelry of the suppliers country. I use brass and have found US suppliers have much better quality than countries like China and have heard similar experiences concerning sterling silver from other jewelry artisans that use it. It will often come across in the price - cheaper price usually means cheaper quality.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using Miracle Grow to patina copper on: June 03, 2010 05:30:23 PM
omg really miracle grow?! I'll have to try it! The reason it might work is that it's basically minerals salts (synthetic fertilizer are just that) and using a brine solution is sometimes used to add a patina. It might work but then you could also try salt water or plain vinegar. Just use a paint brush to brush the solution on. It might take several weeks to get the color you want though. Once you have the color you want you basically just rinse away the vinegar or salt off to stop the oxidation.

I wouldn't suggest ammonia since it will give it a blue/green patina instead of just the dark brown you want. You might be able to do it if you leave it in for only a few minutes but it still might be too black/blue.

I've had success using boiled eggs for brass (which is an allow of copper and zinc) so it might work for copper. I just boil eggs until the yellows are solid. I would get a tupperware container large enough for a couple of diced eggs and the bracelet leaving enough room so they don't touch. I cut a couple of eggs in quarters, eggshells and all,(while still hot) to expose the yellows and put them in the container with the bracelet and close the lid right away. Check on it after 5 minutes or so to see how dark it's gotten and continue until it's the right shade. If it's still not dark enough and the eggs have gone cold just put the eggs in the microwave to get them hot again.

good luck!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Scale Revamp on: June 03, 2010 05:12:06 PM
oh wow! the color is perfect, it looks so retro glam!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Upcycled jewelry racks and displays on: June 02, 2010 07:40:02 AM
These are some of the jewelry displays I've made using upcycled vintage wares.

Vintage accordion hat rack that I took apart, cleaned and painted using leftover house paint. These are so easy to find second-hand and they work great for long necklaces which are hard to display using tabletop racks.

Vintage metal mug holder. I took it apart, sanded lightly and cleaned with alcohol. I also painted it with leftover house paint.

These weren't altered but I still wanted to include them for other ideas on upcycling vintage items:

This brass photo holder works well for hanging earrings

A groovy tiered serving tray which you can use to hold or display all sorts of things. I use it for post earrings.

A now obsolete metal CD rack:) now holding loads of earrings.

Here's a blog post I did on more ideas for eco-friendly and upcycled vintage jewelry displays:
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: XST Spock Box on: May 30, 2010 03:36:01 PM
holy frak that's awesome!!!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mini gardens under Lucite on: May 30, 2010 03:32:39 PM

The settings, cabs and chains are all un-circulated vintage which I buy mostly from suppliers on Etsy.

I was also thinking that using a type of clamp might reduce the chances of getting bubbles - I'll have to try it.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: sun jar! tutorial included. on: May 23, 2010 06:28:19 PM
omg Neato!! How cool would it be to have a room full of little glowing jars!

On a slightly unrelated note this reminded me of the galaxy of glow in the dark star stickers we had put on the ceiling of our bedroom when we were kids - there were *so* many of them it got to be really annoying:) We never removed them when we moved so I can just imagine the new tenants first night bwahaha!
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