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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Shiny Black Earrings on: November 02, 2007 06:12:53 PM
This is one of my new designs in my budding adventures with polymer clay. Oh how I love the stuff!
I made these earrings for my sister, who requested them after she saw my black pendant with the same design.

Made from Sculpey brand and glazed with the sculpey glaze. I had to make these thinner so they weren't as heavy as the pendant.

They came out a little over cooked I think, but still almost rubbery and bendable. One has little bubbles that formed on the front. Does anyone know why this happened?
I cooked them at 275 deg. for 15 mins.

Behind the scenes shot.

The original pendant

I'm amazed at how pretty they turned out and I think I'll be making more for presents and such. Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / hair flower pattern - Thanks everyone for responding! you're all great on: April 07, 2006 07:47:53 AM
Hello there,

I was wondering if any experienced crochet people out there can help me out?

I am publishing a booklet on hair accessories and I need some people to test out this pattern that one of the authors has designed.

I need about 5 people to test the pattern out and give some feedback on how it works out. For your help I will send you some free projects from the booklet when it is published!

If you're interested please just reply here and I'll PM you the download link (it is a PDF file)

Thanks so much!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Cheap Chic Planters (with tute) on: March 28, 2006 09:25:43 AM
Here's something I made last Spring, and I've finally made a little tute so I thought I'd post it.

Cheap Chic Planter

This is a cost effective way to have chic looking planters. Just use old yogurt containers as planters and you'll be recycling as well as creating cute stuff for your home.

- used container plastic (yogurt, ice cream)
- old magazine
- outdoor mod podge (or something similiar for decoupaging)
- paint brush
- scissors


1. Cut out 2" by 2" squares from an old magazine. Try to find blocks of solid colours that you like and that match nicely. Cut out enough to cover the while container.

2. Paint a strip of mod podge onto the container, and place the paper squares onto the mod podge.

3. Add a layer of mod podge over the strip so it protects the paper from wetness and scuffing. Do step 2 & 3 all around the container, and try to evenly space them so it's all symmetrical.

4. Wait until it dries, carefully poke some holes in the bottom, and move a lovely plant into its new home. You can use the top of the container as a water catcher.

Hope you like it!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Approaching Crafters for Submissions - Would you be annoyed? on: February 17, 2006 11:21:54 AM
Hi there,

I'm working on my newest project, a site for publishing indie craft books and booklets.

I've seen lots of stuff on Craftster and other places that would be awesome to publish and I want to ask the crafters if they'd like to submit it to one of the booklets.

Would you be annoyed if someone you didn't know asked you to submit something?

Thanks for the advice,
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Submit a tutorial to, Simple Hair Accessories - Only 2 Weeks Until the deadline! on: February 16, 2006 02:44:09 PM
Hi crafters!

This is an official request for you to submit a project to the upcoming booklet called Simple Hair Accessories it will be published by the new site, http://CraftEntrepreneur.com

Craft Entrepreneur is an indie craft book publishing company that allows crafters to submit projects and the best ones will be published in books and booklets. Ideas must be your own original project or rendition of a traditional project. And it can't be copyrighted by someone else.

Craft Entrepreneur needs 10 various hair accessory projects, it could be anything, hair clips, headbands, bobbies, etc.  If your project is picked to be published in the booklet you will receive recognition as the author, your contact/website information in the booklet, and a percentage of royalties for every booklet sold while it is in print.

Spread the word of this new craft publishing community, if you know someone who has the talents and you think they should submit please tell them!

Hope to see your projects soon!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stylish Christmas Lights - Hanging Spheres (TUTORIAL) on: February 01, 2006 10:58:18 AM
This is a project from my new book, Stylish Christmas Lights. It's coming out in print on the third and I've decided to give away a project from it.

Hanging Spheres

These have to be the all-time most awesome party lamps ever made! Turn them on and instantly the room is glamorous and seductive.

Materials Needed

These spheres are made with two large plastic colanders glued together with coloured lights in them. The light should be twist tied to the top colander so it takes all the weight and there will be no threat of the bottom falling off.

Cut the bottom out of 3 of the colanders with utility cutters.

Use twist ties to attach the lights to the colander.

Twist tie the lights on in four equal parts at the top of the colander.

Poke a string through the holes  and tie big knots in the ends, so they don't fall through.

Add a second same length string across the other way.

Put contact cement on the four handles of the colanders.

Wait 15 to 60 mins. before pressing the colanders together.
Hang them up onto secure ceiling hooks and connect them together, use a long extension cord to plug them in.

I hope you like it!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pink Sparkle Circle Bobbies (TUTORIAL) on: November 22, 2005 02:58:28 PM
Here's something I make. Thought I'd just share.

Supplies Needed: 1. regular glue | 2. craft foam | 3. two bobbies
| 4. a pen | 5. scissors | 6. pink glitter | 7. a penny

Step 1: use a penny to draw 2 circles onto craft foam and cut
them out.

Step 2: poke a hole in the middle of each circle with the end of
your scissors.

Step 3: push the short-bent end of the bobbi into the hole and
slide the foam onto the bobbi

Step 4: Short-bent side of bobbies facing up.

Step 5: put a little bit of glue on the topside and spread it around
with your finger or a paint brush if you prefer.

Step 6: sprinkle pink glitter onto the glue, cover all the glue spots
then gently hit against a table top to get the excess glitter off. Let them
completely dry and then wear them!

These would make a great stocking stuffer for friends and nieces...
Thanks for looking,
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Notebooks on: October 28, 2005 12:36:46 PM
I made these for my neices today. I thought they might like a little Halloween present that wasn't candy, since they'll get lots of that.

I got the idea for putting the felt on a notebook from http://www.deborahmerlo.com/diy/archives/000027.html
You can't see in the pic but the felt is sparkly.

-Eleanor Partridge
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: July 15, 2005 11:23:14 AM
Hi fellow etsy shop owners!

I just opened my etsy shop and was wondering how everyone was doing with theirs? I haven't sold anything yet.
Does anyone here go to etsy to buy stuff?

I already bought two bags from madbeautiful. I love etsy it's such a great idea. Do you think there's a lot of non-crafter's buying stuff?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The "I Saw It On Craftster Swap" on: July 14, 2005 09:01:33 PM
I don't know if this has been done, but I thought it would be a fun idea to try to make stuff that we've seen on craftster.

I'd like to organize a swap and this seems like a good idea.
Maybe everyone could name their favourite posts and then there partner could make it for them.

Tell me what you folks think?
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