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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Question about No Bow No Go hair bows. on: July 01, 2012 12:30:33 PM
I have the No Bow No Go TNT templates.  I can make beatiful basic bows.

However, I can not make a twisted bow to save my life. I love those bows, but mine are just embarrasing! The bows always flip up or down unattractively, and no amount of shaping helps!

Does anyone else use these templates? If so, any direction you can give me?

I have watched the video the NBNG person has out, but it just tells you to make a perfect X, it doesn't really explain how to achieve said X. Mine always looks like an X, but my bows fail miserably!

Thanks for any help or direction!! Smiley

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Need to turn a pendant into a button (sterling) on: June 09, 2012 06:27:30 PM
I need to add a jump ring to the middle back of a flat sterling pendant to turn it into a button.

I know soldering is the best thing to do, but you need a torch for sterling, right? I can not just use a soldering iron? I have the copper and flux for soldering those glass pendant type things, but I am not sure I can use that for this project.

I was also thinking resin. I know it is not nearly as permanent as a solder. But I do not want to buy a lot of new tools or equipment for this project.


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to "un-oxidize" oxidized silver? on: June 03, 2012 03:58:19 PM

I have some charms that have the black oxidization deep into teeny tiny spaces. So polishing them isn't going to get it off.

Is there something I can soak them in to remove it? Or once oxidized, it stays oxidized?

Don't get me wrong, I love the look of them with the blackening. But I have about 50 of the same charm and want to change some of them up and make them shiny.

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / ACK!! Beside myself! Lost a new listing because Etsy logged me out! on: April 02, 2012 05:19:22 PM
I don't think I have ever been logged out like that before. I am checkmarked to "stay logged in" and I never ever have to log in or out unless I do it on purpose.

I am positively beside myself right now!! I was posting a brand new item. Fairly lengthy description. Copy that has never been written before.

I needed to edit a photo to upload. Took maybe 10-15 minutes. When I came back and clicked the "edit" button on the preview page, it gave me the log in screen. I logged in.

I had used another listing and did the "copy as new" to make this new listing. I have quite a few items that do not need to change, so I just make a copy of another listing. So when I came back, it was showing me the listing I had been using to copy from!!!!

I have never ever complained about Etsy before. I love Etsy. But I was planning on listing about 10 items tonight and this has totally broken my spirit!

I am sure I will be OK after the initial shock wears off.

It's not like I can't re-write the description for this new item. But I put a LOT of time into what I already wrote, and it is completely different from anything I have on other listings. Not to mention tags!

I know there is nothing anyone can do. I am not looking for help. Just looking to VENT!!

Well, I guess I do need advice. How do I make sure that does not ever ever happen again?!!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I need DIY instructions (with pics!) for distressing/whitewashing wood on: December 25, 2011 04:27:03 PM
There are a zillion how-to websites out there on how to distress/whitewash wood. But I can not find one with pictures!! Don't really want a video because I just want to see have the images at my fingertips - not have to rewatch a video 100 times as I do my projects.

I am a visual person. You can TELL me how to do something over and over, but I won't get it until I see it.

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Rotary cutter not cutting. Is it me or did I just get a bad one? on: August 22, 2011 08:40:23 AM
I am feeling like a total moron. I am usually a free-hand scissors kind of girl, but am in the need of straight lines lately.

Got myself a $24 rotary tool, on sale for $14. Got myself some super soft fleece - what can be easier to cut that that?

Cutting board, check. Steel ruler, check. Large flat surface, check.

Nice straight lines cut into my material? Uncheck!

It cut once, then nothing. Not even a crease in my material. The package says I should easily be able to cut through multiple layers of fabric, paper, felt and vinyl. It won't cut through fleece! How is it going to cut through vinyl?? It won't even cut through paper! If I press really hard maybe it will cut paper, but by then it is too hard and the safety lock pops up.

I have the "classic loop" style from Fiskars. Maybe I just need one of the more simpler styles. *shrug*

Hoping for either advice on how to use this thing - maybe there is a certain way to hold it (There are no directions on the package), or someone just confirming that maybe the blade could be bad even though it is a brand new tool.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / keeping thread untangled when making leather wrap bracelets? on: July 16, 2011 05:56:26 PM
I have been making bracelets like these:

Since these are really long bracelets and need really long thread, HOW do you keep your thread untangled? I have had to just start over on several bracelets due to developing a knot that just won't come out. Or I end up making the bracelets shorter than I want simply because I can't deal with even longer thread.

Other than the obvious "just take your time and go slow", is there maybe a trick to the trade that I need to know about?

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Best way to finish off this project using crochet thread? on: February 20, 2011 12:52:46 PM
I've started making simple crochet necklaces/bracelets kind of like this.
(Link is not to my own project. Haven't figured out how to upload pics here, so had to link to someone else.)

Anyway... I need to thread through a button or bead on one end, then make a loop for the closure on the other end. So obviously I can not just pull through and weave in the ends on either end of the chain. And tying a knot only results in an ugly knot that could easily pull apart.

Any tips?

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