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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Bowser on: October 04, 2011 12:54:48 PM
He is amazing!  You see a lot of amigurumi out there that kinda look like the character they're going for, but wow!  Bang on, that's awesome!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Mr Potts---Ceramic Owl on: September 15, 2011 09:41:54 AM
He's awesome! Smiley  I really like your style in him.
3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Porcupine quill / birch bark basket weaving on: August 09, 2011 07:13:47 PM
Thanks.  I got some bark off fallen trees, now I just need quills then I can play! I'm excited.
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: Porcupine quill / birch bark basket weaving on: August 03, 2011 01:08:52 PM
I haven't, but my friend who is also looking said she and her mom both had.  I did manage to find information though the other day!!


I was looking at nativetech, because they have a lot of info, but I couldn't find this page for days.  Maybe I'm just a flake.  I had a page from them on how to dye the quills, but I completely missed this page!

http://www.nativetech.org/quill/quillbark/quillbox.html is the page on the actual boxes - I guess they're not woven.  They didn't look woven when I was looking at the ones my friend's mom has.

If you do come across anything in your searches, please, do let me know.  Thank you so much for replying!
5  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Porcupine quill / birch bark basket weaving on: July 28, 2011 10:21:25 AM
I really have no idea where this should go... After searching for anything similar, I'm really just not sure, so I'm putting it with weaving.  I'm looking for how to make porcupine quill baskets.  I've stared at the ones my friend's mom has and they really don't look hard, it just looks like something you have to know the how-tos for and then go at it and experiment... except I've looked up making birch bark baskets, which are the inside part that I can't really see since the porcupine quills cover the outside part (and I'm not even sure what they're set into to be honest).  I've looked at a few websites for Native American crafts, and I found stuff on dying quills or weaving giant baskets... but the ones I want to make are pretty small, and when I look at the baskets shown online and the inside of these baskets, it looks like whatever technique is used is either different or it's somehow lined differently.

My friend, her mom, and I are all looking for someone who knows how to make these things.  I guess several years ago an older woman in the Leelenau Penninsula (Michigan) was advertising to teach anybody who wanted to learn, but we can't find any information on her.  For specific sites on porcupine quill baskets, I can only find ones that sell baskets, which is cool and I understand because they sell for an absolute ton, but it also means I'm pretty much at a loss on where to look.  Same with the Odawa culture center up there, they sell them, but don't have anything on how to make them, at least not that we found.  (Correct me if I'm wrong and I will totally go back!)

If anybody knows a site, a person, whatever, you will make my year!  And if I'm posting somewhere completely wrong, I'm really sorry.  Please move this post to the correct forum.


6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Swarovski colors on: July 08, 2011 07:41:40 PM
They are true swarovski.  The pictures don't show the shine very well because I took them with the camera on my phone. Especially the orange one is super shiny.  The green is just delicate shiny.  All of the things I've made look kinda bland in the pictures I think. 

I actually figured out what to do with orange, and it looks super cool.  I took a picture, but it's on a phone that no longer has web access so I have to figure out how to get it onto my computer first.  Still stuck on yellow though.

Actually, swarovski bicone beads weren't too expensive in Japan.  They were about half the price they are here.  Still a heck of a lot more than the plastic bicones, but maybe $6 for 100 4mm beads depending on the finish.  I'm going to miss that....
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Frog!! and pendants on: July 08, 2011 07:36:46 PM
I'll have to try to put a tutorial together. Smiley  I don't have any more 4mm beads right now to work with, but when I do, I'll take some in progress pictures.  And thank you for the size numbers!  I've definitely seen a lot of the 11, but at least Hobby Lobby had none of the 15.

It's actually a pink panther in a santa hat, but there are like 4 of them or something.  I was going to give them to my nephews for Christmas gifts, but I hated how they came out. Sad
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Frog!! and pendants on: June 25, 2011 08:08:31 PM
Thanks! The frog was originally from a kit I'd made a couple years ago, but it's pretty simple.  Inside is a 10mm clear (the kit used white) bead for the head and an 8mm for the body. It's all seed beads except for the eyes, which are 4mm round. I used the nylon cord for everything but the arms and legs, and all it is are rows od seed beads threaded around the two clear beads. Each row of the head has about 5 to 7 beads, I believe, and the eyes are a part of two of the rows. The body has about 3 or 4 per row, and then wire to attatch the arms and legs. A pin holds the clear beads together.

That probably wasn't the clearest description.... sorry. I hope you can make something of it.

A few of those guys in the background are posted here, Belle, Malificent, Mary Poppins, and I posted an elephant in progress at some point. Smiley they're from, or based off patterns from books, but I don't see an ISBN number on them....
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Frog!! and pendants on: June 25, 2011 12:36:19 PM
My aunt makes beaded jewelry, so we had a craft night and switched crafts.  I showed her how to make a 3D frog, and she showed me how to make an ankle bracelet.  Didn't get a picture of the ankle bracelet, but here's the frog.

And a plethora of random 3D bead guys in the back... not the greatest picture.

I also experimented with some other jewelry, and made a pendant.

This was my first attempt (other than the ankle bracelet, which was macrame with beads now and again, like I used to make in high school and forgot about entirely) at making anything jewelry related.  I'm quite pleased with how they came out.  It's some kooky beads my aunt bought for us to play with and seed beads that I had.  I don't know what the sizes are exactly... the top are "regular" seed beads, and I didn't even see the tiny ones that are the rows in the body of it here. 

Here's the second one I made for my mom:

I used turquoise and hematite, then the top seed beads have silver inlay in them.  I didn't have matching tiny beads, so they're just a dark silver color, but I think they match pretty good.  The turquoise were a little irregular, not completely round, but they still worked.  I made another for my aunt, but the picture came out blurry.

The pattern I followed was super easy.  I could attempt to mark out a pattern on my computer if anybody's interested (though the mini beads, like I said, I have no clue what size they actually are, and I didn't see them in the craft stores here in America, I don't know about elsewhere).  The strips of tiny beads were a bit of a pain, especially with the turquoise one because the holes were too small to get the line through.  I used nylon string, 2 gauge... don't know what that translates to in non-Japanese craft talk (though if anybody knows and can tell me so I can find it when I run out you might just make my day).

Thanks for looking!!  Comments and critiques welcome!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Featured Projects - 1st Quarter 2011 on: May 11, 2011 12:07:46 PM
Oh wow.  Thank you!  I'm so surprised to be featured at all! Everyone's projects look great! Smiley
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