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1  Nintendo DS case with silly closure in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by I Eat Art on: January 23, 2008 07:18:21 AM

Unable to find an awesome DS case on Etsy, I set out to make my own using some fleece I had lying on my floor.

The pompoms are sewn on because I wanted to know if they could be successfully sewn. The answer is yes, and it turns out it looks stupid.

I also regret my pom pom color choices.

My DS case is coming to eat you.

On the end, I cut notches in the sides so I ended up with two flaps. I sewed two pompoms onto one flap, and cut small slits (about 1cm long) in the other to correspond with the pompoms. It kinda looks like eyes.

This is what it looks like closed.

It took me about an hour total and was really easy to make Smiley


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2  Tutorial: Suitcase Earring Holder / Display in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by I Eat Art on: April 21, 2007 06:00:03 AM
I have been through about 50 different displays for earrings, and I generally don't like any of them. Most recent was the Case Of Doom, a big acrylic spinny case, which works well for some things but kind of sucks because a) no one can figure out how to turn it and b) someone has to go in and get stuff out. Not convenient for group shows.
And so I present to you, my latest display, which is by far my favorite:

Also it was amazingly easy to make. Really, it took all of two steps, which I will share with you.

-A big box. Lucky me, Michaels had some cute vintage-wanna be trunks on sale for half price. If you're not as lucky, the local thrift store might have something to fit your needs.
-Ribbon that matches the big box. I got a wee little spool from Michaels that was just long enough for $0.99
-Glue Gun. Don't leave home without it

First things first. The box I got from Michaels had a little brace on it to keep it open when you set it down, and also prevented it from opening more than 90 degrees. Using the screwdriver, I removed the two screws holding the brace so I can open it up enough to see inside properly.

Then cut the ribbon in lengths that are *just* long enough to fit across the box. You don't want them to be slack at all. Decide  how far apart you want your rows, and cut enough ribbon for them.

Use your hot glue gun to secure the ribbon to the box. Start by gluing down all of one side on one half of the box, to get your spacing right. Then go back to the first one you did, and pull it really tight, then glue in place

Voila! An earring display.

Hang your earrings on it by the hooks, not the earring card. Just slip the back of the hooks over the ribbon. It's a little hard to see, but I took a picture with the ribbon twisted a little so you can see what I mean.

Its shown here with display cards since I plan on using it at a craft show, but you can use it to hold your earrings at home just as well, just slip the backs over the ribbon.

It works best with earring cards that don't have a lot of top weight, otherwise the cards tend to fall forward on the display and look silly. I haven't thought of a way to attach post earrings to it (except for peircing the ribbon), but feel free to share any ideas!

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3  Lined/Zippered Scooter Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by I Eat Art on: October 30, 2006 02:39:02 PM
I drive a 1974 Vespa (when the weather's nice), and I love it except for the complete lack of storage space. There's a "glovebox" inside the seat that's just barely big enough for a bottle of oil and a spark plug... not really anywhere to put lunch, a bottle of water, or anything else. So I made this:

A friend taught me how to attatch a grocery bag under the seat so that it hangs by the floorboard (by your feet), which works well except that grocery bags aren't terribly sturdy, and I'd hate to lose all my stuff in the middle of the street, so this one is a little more permanent.

It's not quite done yet, I still have to finish the strap. The seat hinges upwards at the front, so to secure the bag I just lift up the seat, connect the strap with one of those plastic clips (like on a bicycle helmet) and close the seat to sandwitch the strap in place.

I plan on making another one, with a cell phone holder and magnets so it stays in place and doesn't swing back and forth when I turn (the bike leans into turns), so if anyone else drives a smallframe, they're welcome to the "prototype" Smiley

Here's the bag off the bike:

Also, if anyone has any tips/tricks for sewing zippers around corners, I had a heck of a time with that. I ended up hand-sewing part of it because I couldn't get the sewing machine in such a tight space.
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4  Clutch Plate Belt Buckle in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by I Eat Art on: July 29, 2006 09:08:22 PM

I made a belt buckle out of an old clutch plate!

I work as an office manager at a vintage scooter store. We sell a lot of parts, and have a vast collection of weird, old scooter parts. My boss was going through them the other day and getting rid of the old dead parts, and came up with a bunch of clutch plates that were shot.
This is a clutch plate, from an old vespa:

It goes in (surprise) the clutch of a manual transmission bike. A lot of new newer scooters, by comparison, don't have a clutch but instead have a system with cones and a belt. Not that anyone cares about scooter mechanics...

Anyway so I took a copper disc and photoetched a picture of a vespa on it, then soldered a belt buckle backing onto it. Eventually I'll rivet the copper disc onto the clutch plate, but for now it's held on with some bolts I found on the floor of the shop. There's a tutorial on photoetching here for anyone who is interested.

Here's a pic of it on:
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5  silver crochet flower ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Eat Art on: March 03, 2006 05:24:50 AM
I'm not sure whats up with me and crochet lately, I do it ALL THE TIME. In class, at work.... its a habit! After my Tiny Fruit earrings (which I swear I'll write the patterns for soon - i promise!), I'm obsessed with tiny crochet.

So I made a little flower out of emboirdery floss, just for kicks. Then I went into the studio to work on my project for class... and broke it 3 times. So in my frustration I made a flower ring, to make me happy. Its easy to make if you have basic metalsmithing skills.

The band is sterling. I attatched the flower by soldering some tubing onto the band, placing the flower over the tubing, and adding a sterling silver "washer' I made with a hole the same size as the tubing. Then I secured it by riveting it all together and smashing the tubing with a hammer and a scribe to make it mushroom out over the washer.

Here's the pattern I used for the flower:
Size 4 crochet hook, embroidery floss
Round 1: ch 2, sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. Join with ss.
Round 2: (ss in same stitch, ch 4) 1 time in next st. (ss in same stitch, ch 4) 2 times in each subsequent stitch
finish off, weave in ends
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6  tiny fruit earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Eat Art on: February 20, 2006 07:17:39 PM
I made some crochet lime earrings a little while ago... and then I went nuts making tiny crochet fruit. I used embroidery floss and a size 1 crochet hook. Each pair took about an hour and a half.

I ended up with limes, lemons, cherries, and oranges

The oranges aren't quite orange enough.... but oh well. I also made some chilli peppers, but they look kinda... lumpy so I didn't take pictures.

I'm happy to share the crochet patterns with anyone who's interested.

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7  Crochet Lime Earrings - with pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by I Eat Art on: February 08, 2006 09:21:23 PM
So, after crocheting a Saber Toothed Lime (which I'll post the details of in a little bit), I wanted to scale it down. The Saber Toothed Lime was about the size of a baseball.
I saw seme teeny tiny crochet hooks in the craft store, and the wide array of DMC floss. Suddenly I knew what I had to do...

Lime earrings!

Here's what they look like on my ears, for scale:

They're just DMC 6 strand floss, crochet into little lime shapes with a tiny hook. I made up the pattern through trial and error. They're a little bit heavy for my tastes, but thats mostly beacuse I never ever wear dangly earrings. I probably wouldn't wear them, but I know some folks who would.

I'll post the pattern if anyone is interested.
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8  Re: Show us your photos for jurying! in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by I Eat Art on: January 24, 2006 06:55:38 AM
I have two lines of work so I have two sets of photos...

For more arty shows I use these:

and for more casual, crafty shows I use these:

I spent a lot more time working on the first set than the second, because the first set is from my serious portfolio. I took all the pictures using a digital camera and two clamp lights I got at walmart with GE Reveal bulbs in them.
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9  Re: Resin word earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Eat Art on: January 20, 2006 03:55:20 PM
So i tried using a postage stamp, and covering it in resin. Didn't work. I guess it's too much surface area for the viscosity of Envirotex Lite, because the resin was fine at first and then leaked EVERYWHERE (which is why I had it sitting in a plastic tray!)

I did however go nuts making a ton of earrings that say "wtf" in about 7 different colors...

I made about 30 pairs in 3 hours. So much fun Smiley
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10  Rearrangeable silver rings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Eat Art on: January 20, 2006 03:52:26 PM
i went on a big "interactive art" kick last semester, which used a lot of magnets to make jewelry you could "play with." I made two rings (as sort of a mini-series) out of silver which had magnets you could reposition on them. The first one the magnets are just left uncovered, the second one I put them inside of short bits of silver tubing and then capped the tubes with resin (I do a LOT of work with resin).

If anyone is into metalsmithing and has questions about how they're constructed I'd be happy to explain! But I can't really give a "tutorial" per se... hard to compress 6 years of metalsmithing into one craftster post ;-)
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