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11  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by -steps- on: June 26, 2007 10:46:57 AM
I got some insects:

I just like how bright they are.  It was a really nice day Cheesy
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12  Re: My Bottlecap Necklace EDIT: Now With More Necklaces! (A little img heavy) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -steps- on: April 04, 2007 05:01:49 PM
Woah!  I'm sorry guys - I totally forgot about this Embarrassed

I had started a tut but we had to reformat our computer so I lost all of my pictures.  I've been really busy ever since New Years.  I have no idea why though.  It's strange.  I might be able to make a tutorial with pictures over break, but that might be difficult for me because I've been working on my room and my tools are scattered randomly about the house XD

I hope this will suffice for now:
1.  Pick out your caps.  Obviously, right?  Cheesy  Anyway, depending on your proneness to error, you'll need three to...  Uh...  I dunno.  Practice on some ugly ones before going for the real thing.  It isn't terribly difficult, but it's not all that hard to poke a hole all the way through the edge.
2.  Set up a station.  You'll need your nails, a hammer and something to hammer into.  I use the back of a cork place mat.  A chunk of wood should do the trick, too.  Just make sure it's something that you can hammer into.
3.  Now take one bottle cap and pull the crimp back using these tools (I have almost the exact same set only a different brand XD). 

Use the rounded ones to grab it in one of the grooves and gently pull back.  Move on to the next one, holding the cap with the other pair of pliers, or just your hand (If you're planning on doing multiple caps, I'd recommend gloves - it can get painful).  After you have four or five, carefully grab it with the concave curved edge and pull back.  Continue around until it's  flattened.
4.  Repeat on the other caps.
5.  Now, let's pretend these look like bottle caps:

Make a hole wherever there is a dot.  Just lay your cap down and hammer the nail through the grooves.  It isn't too difficult, but I would recommend practicing a bit to make sure you don't hammer through the edge. 
You'll need at least 10 on the top two and 9 on the bottom, but you can add a few, if you like, for dangling chains.
6.  Connect the holes like in the picture with your chain.  Be careful not to twist it too much.  You can use whatever length you want, but I use the number of chain links presented in the picture.

7.  Attach extra chain and a toggle for your neck, and you're done Cheesy 

I hope that wasn't too confusing.  If you have any questions, please, feel free to ask!  I'm so happy you guys like these.  Sorry about the wait.  Please post pictures if you make one Cheesy

@ Puppylust: They're Henry Weinhard's caps Cheesy
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13  Re: old coin + several hours = a ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -steps- on: January 14, 2007 12:03:28 PM
This project was so fun!  I loved it!

Thanks for posting the link to the tutorial - yours looks great!

My grandma died a few years ago and someone found containers full of old silver quarters, half dollars and the like in a box they were about to throw away.  They gave them to my dad so I was easily able to get ahold of some Cheesy

I love these rings SOOOO much!
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14  Re: Please Help with my Nightmare Before Christmas Display! in Winter Holidays by -steps- on: December 13, 2006 05:27:57 PM
I settled for using the polyurethane, and I think it will work.  I dropped a bit of water on it and it just turned into little beads and didn't penetrate the polyurethane at all.  At least, I don't think so Tongue

His head isn't as smooth as I'd like for it to be, but, you know, this works.  I think it will anyway.  Hopefully...

I'm pretty busy with school lately so I don't expect to have this done by this christmas, but I'll be working on it for awhile.   

I can't wait until next year to see people's reactions.  They always like our Halloween display, but I wonder what they'll think of Jack and his cohorts Cheesy

I wonder if many people will even recognize him...

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15  Re: My Bottlecap Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -steps- on: October 29, 2006 01:14:07 PM
I've seen many bottlecap necklaces but this one is so original.

I also agree with you...i am no fan of gold chain...i think silver is better.
Also, i don't think it matters whether they are matching bottlecaps or not..
It would look cool either way!

I'm going to go to Walmart to look for some pop/beer with cool caps.    Everything I have no is either too similar or too diferent to look good together.

I have on cap from a bottle of Bawls, another from crush and two from some weird ale my dad drinks.

ooh, I like that! is there any way you could post a pic of the original?
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16  Re: cute handbags made out of wrappers! <3 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by -steps- on: July 02, 2006 01:16:33 PM
I borrowed By hand 25 Beautiful Objects to Make in the American Folk Art Tradition from the library because it said, within the book, there were instructions on how to make a tramp art picture frame.  I'd heard prison art get called tramp art so I thought it would be the same.  But it wasn't...
There were pictures of the same type of weave we're all looking for, but they made me more frustrated than happy...  Grr...

Prison art, artists unknown; c. 1930.  Woven cigarette packs, dimensions various.

Comic Book Lamp, Rick Ladd; 1989.  Woven pages from comic books, height 20 in. width 8 in. diameter 8 in.  Photo by the artist.

I'd like to see how the ones that are getting sewn together are working.  I'm still not convinced that's how to do it because if this is prison art, how would they be allowed to have needles?  The side view on the pyramid might be helpful with reconstructing the weave, but it isn't very clear...  Stupid scanner.  It screws everything up.
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17  Re: Crochet Hoop Earrings- made with thread, not wire (pictures and tutorial) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by -steps- on: March 04, 2006 01:27:55 PM
http://crochet.about.com/library/blbullion.htm which I thought would look cute. 

That stitch would be awesome on hoop earrings. Man - this is why I love Craftster.
I only wish I could actually figure it out!  When I tried, it looked like a big ugly knot!

Here are my earrings!

Edit:  I tried the bullion stitch and here's what I got:

I'm not very fond of it.. I didn't even make the second earring.
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18  Re: Sharpie Pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -steps- on: January 12, 2006 01:15:50 PM
I haven't been able to get my sewing machine to work, but I did start a new pair that actually fits me (however, I think that I need to make them bell bottoms because they are thin at the bottom and I just CAN'T STAND IT!).  Here's a picture of what I've done so far:

Picture is from this website: http://www.fotosearch.com/clip-art/black-white_1.html
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19  Re: Sharpie Pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -steps- on: January 08, 2006 06:22:04 PM
ooh those look nice
does the sharpie wash out or run when you wash it?
by the way I think the butterflies look okay the way they are, but if u wanted to decorate the wings, i think sequins would look pretty cute
Thanks Smiley

I'm not totally sure what'll happen when I throw them in the wash.  I drew the designs and colored them in first with regular sharpie and then, while I was trying to figure out a way to or set the sharpie so it wouldn't wash out, I discovered the Rub-A-Dub sharpies that don't wash out of fabric.  I bought a pair and colored over the regular sharpie with it.  My brother thinks the regular sharpie underneath will spread though so I'm thinking about ironing them because I think I read that doing so would set the ink.
I hope so anyway!

I love them. I've got sharpie pants, but they're kinda to dark to see even when i take pictures:P ive tried.. oh well:) i like em'Smiley

I'm glad you like them!  I wish you would post pictures of yours though!  I might be able to brighten them.

I've got a question for anyone who has reconstructed jeans:  If I were to cut off a leg, would that screw up the seam on the side?  Would the pants fall apart?
I'm thinking of doing something like this with the pants (I really hope I'm not making any mods mad for this being uncompleted):

Cutting the legs and putting in some fabric to make them longer.  Do you think it would work?
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20  Re: How would you make a bottle cap less sharp? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by -steps- on: February 04, 2005 09:42:29 AM

Sorry It's so tiny, I can't make it any bigger.... For a better pic, you can look here: http://bluestar.250free.com/Necklacesmaller.gif

 I like how it turned out. I decided to just try making it without having anything on the cap, and it turned out fine-not scratchy at all!
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