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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree of Life/Family Tree Pendant (Remade with Swarovski on Page 2!!!!) on: November 30, 2006 02:38:57 PM
Inspired by sewpixie https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=128631.0, gypsymuse https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=123898.0 (and others on here) and using this tut http://beadstudio.com/info.php?a=613 (also using the modifications made by sewpixie and gypsymuse)
I made my own tree of life pendant for my mother for Christmas!
But my twist was to make it a family tree!!!!! I used beads depicting birthstones for all of us (mother, father, siblings and grandchildren)

Only problem is - we have such a small family -
I picked 2 beads for each person to make it look fuller Wink I am so psyched about giving her this for Christmas!
Thanks to all of you who posted such pretty ones and inspired me!!!
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Santa Purse (Ho Ho Ho) on: November 29, 2006 07:40:42 PM
My daughter saw a purse that looked like a santa hat and just had to have it. The price was 30.00 and I thought what all good craftsters think . . . .  I could make that!!!!!
So with the help of a velvet placemat, some white fake fur and large bead garland....

My daughter loves it - and the total price? About $5.00!
What do you think?
43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Icicle bead earrings for Christmas on: November 20, 2006 03:25:47 PM
Since I was in the Christmas mood I made some icicle earrings.
Well, they kind of look like icicles....
I think they are pretty anyway lol.

44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Snowflake Earrings on: November 19, 2006 07:16:08 PM
I've wanted to make some snowflake earrings for awhile and tried several methods without success -
then I thought about shrink it!
so, without further ado....

They are shinier/sparklier in person - I love them!
45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Class of 2007 Keychain on: November 14, 2006 07:25:32 AM
So I have one daughter, and she is graduating this year... (sticks head in the sand)
and I have about 10 adopted daughters graduating this year...
so for Christmas I am making this 2007 keychain for them
(inspired by these at http://www.makingfriends.com/ponybead/ponyyears.htm
only I made them with e beads instead.

Do you think they'll like them?
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mascot Keychains (dogtags) on: September 24, 2006 05:29:30 AM
This is my newest project - and yes, it involves the computer like most of mine lol.
Mascot keychains for a craft fair - anything school related always seems to sell like crazy!

It didn't scan all that well but they are really shiny and pretty Smiley
The black one shows the back - they are backed with fun foam.
47  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bachelorette Party Invitation for my niece on: September 04, 2006 05:45:16 AM
Just thought I'd share this invitation I made for my niece's bachelorette party - I thought it came out cute and someone might want to use the idea. It's supposed to look like a ticket.

What do you think?
48  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Gold Sculpty Skull & Crossbones! on: August 18, 2006 04:34:16 AM
It's spirit day at school and my daughter's mascot is Pirates - so I made her a gold sculpty skull & crossbones to match her outfit.
It still needs some cleanup work done but my daughter was late for school and ran off with it before I could finish - but I love it Smiley

What do you think?
49  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Help!!!!!! Bubbles when baking clay on: July 02, 2006 12:20:31 PM
Hello, I looked over the whole board and even tried Diane B's site but I didn't find the answer to this...

I am baking thin strips of sculpty
(this happens on the bake and bend also)

When I bake it (and I am using a thermometer) I get a lot of surface bubbles Sad
I use the pasta machine and try to smooth it down so I won't have any but nothing seems to work so far
I am using rubber stamps in there to make designs and I don't know if that is forcing air into it?
But even on the places I don't use the rubber stamps it bubbles up - lots of little bubbles through the whole strip.

Can anyone help?Huh??
50  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Angel Coins from Sculpty! on: June 26, 2006 05:40:58 PM

It may not seem hard, but this is the product of months of work....  Here's the story
I always like to have something to give someone when they are in the hospital and I had been buying these cool silver angel coins (top left picture below) - but they ran out Sad
So I got some of that moldy stuff and made a mold out of my last silver angel coin (top middle picture)
and it made a decent looking coin - but it wasn't silver... and it was someone else's work

so i decided to make my own design (with the Lord's help) and made a small angel coin and then made a mold. For some reason I couldn't make the moldy stuff work so I wound up using some kind of radiator weld stuff which works great... anyway (top right picture)
I did manage to make a few silver ones which I didn't include pictures of but I didn't have the proper equipment and i made a mess and it took me 10 tries to get a half decent one...
so i decided to try clay which came out decent (middle left picture) - but it wasn't as good and i wanted something worthy to give to people that were sick or having trouble and got the idea to add holy oil to them because of the scripture from James 5:14 "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." And so now I make lots economically and kind of fast - and always carry some in my purse to give to people in need. And they seem to appreciate it Smiley
The bottom coins are a few different ones I make - I like the silver premo sculpty the best but I made the blue one out of bake and bend and the black one I put some coal dust in for a coal miner's angel.
And of course i have to add (like everyone else) they look a lot better in person Wink
I'm really pleased the Lord blessed me to make these - What do you think?
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