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61  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / found objects charm bracelet on: March 24, 2005 10:51:22 AM
I keep saving random beads or single earrings with the hopes that one day they will become useful.  Usually this means that I hoard a lot of crap, but this time I actually did manage to make use of some of them!  I wrapped 20-gauge wire around a knitting needle to make the links and then attached my pretty things.  My favorite charm is the teeny plastic puma that came off of my roommate's shoe!  (yeah, he thinks I'm weird but at least he indulges me  Cheesy)

62  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help with old Singer sewing machine!! on: March 18, 2005 03:18:24 PM
Ok, so I just got back from Value Village where they were selling an old Singer machine (avocado green!) for $35.  I plugged it in and the machine worked, but the only problem is that there is no band to connect the engine to the machine and make everything spin. 

Does anyone know how I would check the machine to make sure it still works?  And how much it would cost to fix it- i.e. get a new band and everything.  I might also need to find an instruction manual to see how to work everything.  I don't know what year it is from, but I wrote down the ID number on the side.  Does buying this machine make sense if I know nothing about sewing machines?  Please help!
63  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Seor Saguaro jewelry holder on: March 15, 2005 11:05:52 PM
I have been looking for a good way to store my earrings and rings for a while, since I already have my necklaces and bracelets up on corkboard on my wall.  I wanted something very different from a square screen, so I finally came up with this:

Of course the webcam doesn't do it justice, but here it is!  I made the main body out of tinfoil and covered it with modeling clay, then poked holes in the sombrero to make space for earrings.  HIs arms are for storing rings.  Of course, I don't have that many pairs, so the small size is ok.  If you have more, you could just make a bigger one!  (This guy is about 5 inches tall, including the hat). 
64  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Urban Outfitters bracelet remake on: March 13, 2005 07:35:47 PM

I went shopping with my sister at Urban the other day, and she almost bought a bracelet that looked a whole lot like this.  But I told her I could do it myself pretty easily.  The most annoying part was making each of the eye pins (the bracelet isn't exactly even, but you can't really tell), as well as figuring out how to make the two separate end pieces connect (see clasp).  In the original bracelet, the wires were connected by a solid bar at the ends instead of two pieces, but whatever, this was all I could find on short notice.

The only problem is that now I want it for myself!  For some reason, I really enjoy the sensation of cold, heavy stones on my wrist.  Does anyone else know what I"m talking about?  Anyway, here's some pics:

65  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / cigarette box collage on: March 11, 2005 12:09:04 PM
After smoking a pack of Nat Sherman "Fantasia" cigarettes while on vacation in France, I decided to cover the pretty gold box with tickets and things reminding me of my trip.  The problem is that I'm worried that with time the crease on the binding will wear out.  I'm thinking of making the box hinged, but have no idea where to go with that. Any suggestions?
66  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Team Zissou Earrings on: March 04, 2005 03:52:27 PM
My heart literally sped up when I saw some of the amazing Life Aquatic projects, and I had to make something as soon as I saw them!  I had been meaning to use up these adorable seahorse beads somehow, and suddenly this seemed perfect!  I wanted to wait until I found a mini champagne glass to put them in, but my addiction got the best of me and I just couldn't wait.

If you want a quick little tute, I basically just strung three 1" beads on a wire.  Then I strung three 1/2" beads to the left and bent the wire into the first small Z.  I curled the edge of the wire against the opening of the bead to keep the beads on without being able to see anything.  Then I formed the large Z around the little Z.  Three more of the 1/2" beads went on to the right of the big Z.  I formed this Z from the bottom up and curled the wire in a little loop again.

I threaded a length of Nymo through the top of the big Z (although I'm sure you could use fishing line, and it would keep in touch with the nautical theme!)  I simply tied it to the earring (should have used a jump ring, but I'm lazy) and hung on the seahorses.

Yay Team Zissou!  This is my first completed project post, and it just took me about an hour to figure out all this crazy electronic stuff, so I hope this works!
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