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501  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me to re-create my great-grandmother's beaded wedding headpiece on: August 24, 2010 10:23:25 PM
That is amazing, and yay you for embarking on such a project.  I'm sure it will turn out beautifully, and you will have something really exciting in the end. 

When I first looked at it, I thought of STIFF STUFF.  I've gotten the firemountain big supply catalog in the mail for years, and any project that involved beading something that needed strength but flexibility like a fabric, this is what is used.  Here's a description from the firemountain website....

Lacy's Stiff Stuff, beading foundation, white, 11x8-1/2 inch sheet. Sold individually.
A needle glides through this product with ease, yet Stiff Stuff is as stiff as cardboard and only 0.75mm thick. Stays stiff, even after wetting or dyeing, without shrinkage. Draw on it, trace through, or apply iron-on transfer. Lace it or stitch it. Cut it with scissors. No need for embroidery hoops or card backings.


I'm pretty sure it comes in different colors too, but they only have it in white.  I looked through their gallery and grabbed some designs where it is used...
http://www.firemountaingems.com/galleryofdesigns/jewelry_design_gallery.asp?docid=0020&sact=search&kwsearch=stiff+stuff
http://www.firemountaingems.com/galleryofdesigns/jewelry_design_gallery.asp?docid=0083&sact=search&kwsearch=stiff+stuff

That would help a lot with the beading part of it.  With that, you can make one bead stitch at a time, or several beads at once.  Since you don't see the back in the photo, I would take the liberty of adjusting to how you  would like to wear it.  Personally, I would cut the shape out of stiff stuff with an extra bit off to the side with notches cut out.  You can bead around them too.  And tie some silk through the notches that tie in the back?

  Good luck to you!  I would be inspired, too.
502  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Metal Peacock help? on: August 24, 2010 09:46:58 PM
http://rangerink.com/products/prod_alcoholink_adirondack.htm

They sell these at Hobby Lobby, I've wanted to try them, and have seen projects involving them and metal.  I don't know if you'd need to seal them somehow, I would think so, but I'm sure it would have that info somewhere on the package.  If you do try them, you should post a picture and show us how it worked.   Wink
503  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheapest place to find Swarovski crystals? on: August 24, 2010 09:19:06 PM
I only get from Hobby Lobby if they are 50% off and I need a certain color right then.  I've had lots of luck on ebay.  You have to shop around a little bit.  Usually these sellers are overseas, and... I try to do a trial run with them before making any big group purchases.  Some offer free shipping.  I've looked for gemstones and crystals this way and it seems to be a total hit or miss.  But once you order once, you can get a feel for what quality their supplies are really like.
504  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Is there a wist FAQ? on: August 20, 2010 09:37:51 AM
Thank you, kjlutz. Its good to know those few things.  Also, if there is an FAQ on that wist site, I didn't see it....  I searched here, it just seems like something that would be asked about often.

If anyone can direct me to any new info anywhere, I'd really appreciate it. 

Somehow I get this feeling people think this is stuff I should already know.   Cry
505  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Peacock Shrinkydink Bracelet [img heavy with process pics] on: August 19, 2010 08:04:36 AM
I love shrinky dinks!  I got another whole pack (after talking myself down for awhile about buying the mega school sized pack from the SD website.) at Hobby Lobby last month that I haven't even touched.  But I have never thought about breaking up something big like that to make it into jewelry.  Good idea!  Peacocks are great too!
506  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: (FULL TUTORIAL ADDED!) My version of a $385 bracelet! :) chain and thread. on: August 19, 2010 07:58:03 AM
Yours is WAY better!!!   Grin
507  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using a Commercial Sewing Pattern on: August 18, 2010 10:33:30 PM
Yes, Thanks for this tutorial.  I will definitely have to put it to use someday.  I have used a pattern a bunch of times, but every time, it was with someone else who knew how to sew well, and explained everything step by step and had me only do that hands on stuff since it was my project.  I knew enough to set up my sister-in-law's brand new out of the box sewing machine (she didn't know how to do ANYTHING with it) and sew a piece of embellishment ribbon on a tshirt for a 2 year old.  But patterns seem so complicated!

My mom has a great sewing machine she has never even got beyond opening, and I would love to play with it, and I even HAVE easy patterns (!!) but still haven't done anything with them.  Hopefully this will help get me on my feet!  Grin
508  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Is there a wist FAQ? on: August 18, 2010 10:08:23 PM
Especially when combined with craftster?  I've been here a month, and I think I'd like one, but I'm still not sure what exactly it is good for....  Am I at least getting this right?

1.  It is for ANYTHING you like online that has a picture...  even things such as books from amazon and stuff on ebay and etsy?

I have read lots about wists here, and I know that is a completely separate website.  Still is seems everyone has one here, so it must be beneficial to socializing, swaps and a number of other things here.  It is supposed to be for anything that happens to catch your eye, right?  That leads to more questions.....

2.  I have seen a few posts where someone has made something for someone else according to a wist they had that originated from etsy.  Well, doesn't that person that is selling the item on etsy MIND that something was made very similar to what they made and are trying to sell?  My thoughts were maybe not, or maybe no one cares because whatever it is is being made as a 'gift' for someone and not for sale.  Still, lets say I'm in a swap and I have a wist from somewhere on etsy and my swap partner makes the same thing that the etsy person was selling?  Is that allowed, or are you ONLY to be 'inspired' by what is on someone's wist from etsy?

3.  The only way I'm going to be able to ask this question is by giving an example.  Let's say I want to add a wist of an ad for a certain mainsteam item.  Let's say... Pepsi or something.  But my fascination and reason for adding this ad to my wists is purely for the artistry of the ad, and not because I'm a pepsi fan.  let's say i hate pepsi, but love that certain ad.  Is there a way to say why the certain wist caught your eye?

4.  I've been looking at other people's wists, and sometimes I really like something from someone else's wist.  Is it politically correct to 'shop' off of someone else's wist here, or does it just make me look like a big copycat?  (I like what yoooou like!!!  Nyeh nyeh!)

Okay, if anyone can try to explain this to me, I'm all ears.  I did a search, but I just could not find what i was looking for.  And after being here a month, i really think I need to at least start a wist, you know? Thank you, anybody who is willing to share the wisdom! Wink
509  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Re: From Lake Charles to Leesville :) on: August 18, 2010 11:00:21 AM
I live in this area,..... but I have never in my life gone to anything of that nature.  It sounds intriguing!
510  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: RDJ keeps me in stitches.... *img heavy* on: August 18, 2010 10:44:34 AM
I've had a crush on him for forever.  I can't believe only 25 colors, that blows my mind, would have thought quite a bit more...

Good luck!
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