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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus Swimming Suit Problems- Help! on: May 20, 2012 10:24:41 PM
This is my first time posting in this portion of Craftster and as a big girl I am ashamed that I didn't find this most awesome forum sooner. That out of the way...I think there is a possible solution for your particular problem..provided you are a bit flexible.

This year's trend seems to be the plus size bikini -- i've been waiting for this day to come, hooray! I saw an awesome blogger off of skorchmag.com who created her own bikini by using separates in different sizes (and different companies) to achieve the look that she wanted.

--> http://skorchmagazine.com/2012/05/ootd-the-plus-size-bikini-my-way-garnerstyle/

This seems to be a great way to solve the problem of being one size on bottom and one size on top ( i think MANY women have this problem, so take heart).

If you want to make a custom suit, zenaswimwear.com is a great place to start. The one downfall about this company is the lack of updated prints-- to me a lot of them seemed circa 1992 but the solids are awesome and if you are super picky you can buy swimsuit material in a print of your choosing and send it to them so your suit is fully customized!

You can have a custom made swim top and buy the bottom from any plus size clothing company (lane bryant, ashley stewart, torrid, etc) Even ebay can be a great source of swim bottoms that won't break a modest budget.

If you are a bathing betty on a budget like many of us are I would consider combining options from different companies.
For this you will have to be on the lookout early in the season or even BEFORE the season begins because I personally think swim tops with a smaller bust will be in high demand but short supply.

Lane bryant has come out with a collection of tankini and bikini tops that have underwire in them. At the moment the colorblock plunge bikini top is available in a B cup


You could combine that with any number of swim bottoms.

The most important part is not to give up. Wishing you best of luck!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Methods of connecting a strand of beads with precious metal chain? on: May 20, 2012 12:11:49 AM
Thank you catdaddytn for responding! i will give the wire a try and post the results! Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Methods of connecting a strand of beads with precious metal chain? on: May 01, 2012 03:21:32 AM
Hello my fellow crafting dolls,

It has been months since i worked on any jewelry projects and its time to stretch my legs and begin anew. My latest obsession is with making delicate bracelets...my goal is to make three more to add to the collection. I use 26 gauge half hard gold filled wire for most of my projects in addition to gold filled chain - see photo

Now here is my question. I would like to do a series of bracelets with half of it being a straight row of beads and the other half gold filled chain. I do not want to make beaded links (like with the hematite bracelet in the picture), but rather just a row of beads/stones. I am having trouble coming up with an idea to connect the two together. I do not want to use Nymo for this project . I do have a small amount of half hard gold filled wire on hand..but i am concerned about the metal bending/losing shape over time. Any ideas? HELP!

Cookies and Hugs,
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bottle/vial necklaces (pic heavy) on: May 01, 2012 03:21:20 AM
Being the Harry Potter fan I am I fell in love with the Veritaserum bottle...now all i need is a book necklace and locket and it would be one awesome accessory trio. Where do you get the inspiration for the bottle titles?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Triple Wrap Ball Chain Bracelet on: May 01, 2012 03:14:43 AM
I love this bracelet and tried to make one similar to it months back but the result was not quite what I had hoped for. Question - how do you keep the tension of your bracelet without causing it to curl in on itself? I think I pulled too tightly on mine but any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: At what point do you need to get a Business License/Tax ID? on: May 01, 2012 03:04:08 AM
Is the 250 dollar limit for how much you make to begin collecting/reporting taxes for everyone or does it vary by state? It sounds like there is a lot I need to read up on and learn ... SCORE here I come!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Blank Book Necklaces on: May 01, 2012 02:57:46 AM
I am in love with your necklaces. I have a very special place in my heart for miniatures...so these blew my mind! Time to go and find a tutorial on this! STEAL!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can I make with this?? on: May 01, 2012 02:53:03 AM
I agree with the above poster, next year I am asking for beads/stones/chain for my birthday! You could string the tube onto leather or leather like cord and add beads to the hoops for a bracelet (I am bonkers for bracelets lately ;-) )
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Do you really get what you pay for? Newbie Beader Here! on: April 13, 2011 01:05:44 AM
Hello Craftsters,

So my beading and jewelry making journey began years ago as a teenager, going to Claires and Icing and buying pieces I found awesome - often times tearing necklaces, bracelets and other things apart to form new pendants, chains that suited my liking.

I dropped this sort of hobby and did not give much thought to it again until a month ago when I walked into my first Jo-ann's fabric and craft store. Armed with not much money (I am currently unemployed) I went into the beading aisle and was amazed at all the things I saw and the ideas began to bubble in my head. I left the store with jump rings, head pins, beads, and other items I believed I would turn into amazing one of a kind pieces that I would keep for myself and give to friends. Most items cost me between 1.29 and 3.99 (whether it was findings, beads, etc) I also purchased a 5 piece beading tool kit for 10 bucks - hehe Shocked

A month later I've created some earrings, started on a bracelet and have an idea for a multi strand black pearl necklace..

My hope is one day to refine my skills enough to sell some of my pieces and share my idea of art with the world (insert big smile here)

So here is my question for everyone to weigh in on. When is it best to begin to upgrade to more expensive supplies? Is it really necessary? I have had some issues with chain coming apart, tools that are hard on my projects that leave metal wire rough looking and unfinished, jump rings not working to my liking and beading mishaps because I was too overzealous with a head pin... Undecided

Is this because the items I am using are "cheap" or because I am truly new to making jewelery and I am still rough around the edges...or both?

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