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1  1st necklace. Tear-drop 'pendant' and beads in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by tad1uk on: December 11, 2008 12:09:09 AM
Wasnt sure if this went in beads or here...so its here. This is my first necklace! Its for a coworker for Xmas and I hope she likes it!!!

theres a lot more amber in the pendant than the other beads but i think its ok

close up. I thought it was so pretty! I just put on the little beads randomly.

the clasp!! love it

and im excited! i bought crimp beads and the crimp tool. theres a crimp bead after every section of small beads to keep them in the same spot.

cant wait to make more jewelry!!!
what do you guys think? is it ok?

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2  Red Duct Tape Wallet-ish Thing (tute incl) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tad1uk on: December 10, 2008 10:00:59 PM
So all the managers at work (5 including me) are getting together this Saturday to exchange gifts and have fun. Well I decided I wanted to make everyone stuff. I was just gonna bunch all of them together and do one post but I havent finished the other stuff yet and I wanted to get this out there haha.
For this particular manager I didnt know what to get her so ended up buying her a pair of crazy socks but still had to make something. So I made her this so she can use it when she goes to the bar for her ID, credit card, cash, car key, etc. and not have to take her whole wallet in.
Ok so I also took tutorial photos just cuz I do that just for Craftster! haha

So I decided I wanted to use red duct tape and found an odd playing card that had a red decoration. I wanted either ace or queen of hearts but didnt wanna use one from a full deck. So covered that with clear tape and then the edges and back with red tape.

Then cut some clear vinyl tablecloth stuff a little larger than the card but I ended up trimming it smaller later. This was all sorta figure it out as I went!

Also cut some cardstock alittle larger than card...also trimmed later. Gift card is to show size. And then covered cardstock with tape. Im sure I could have done a better job but it was my first time.

Ok heres where I trimmed the vinyl but didnt take pics. I trimmed it just a tiny tiny bit bigger than an ID card. The lined the top with a small strip of tape and then taped it around the edges minus the top to the cardstock.

Then with both parts (cardstock with vinyl on top and card with design on top) face up, I cut a strip of duct tape in half and taped the two panels together. This way there will be a little room inside for money. Then turned it over and taped the inside with the other half of tape and then trimmed edges.

So one side is actually larger than the other but will be compensated with tape. Ok now this part was tricky (for me). I cut another length of tape in half for the edges of the wallet. Then stuck it so the sticky was facing out and was also holding the two panels together. You want it to bulge out some so you have a bit of room. Then just put another bit of tape over it to cover sticky. The smaller pic is a front view of it. Here you can see where the front is smaller than the back and the next step is where you fix it.

Here I just took some more tape and pretty much filled in the void so it matched the height of the back.

Stick some velcro in there and viola! (I was gonna sew the velcro for extra strength but it was holding well with the sticky part and i didnt wanna have to hand sew today Cheesy)

Let me know whatcha think and if my tute sucks! haha  Tongue
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3  TX Longhorns Tshirt to bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tad1uk on: March 19, 2008 10:37:31 AM
I dont usually make bags but I figured I should. Im kinda happy how this turned out for such an impromptu project.
My boyfriends sister always gives me her old shirts that are too small for her. She said she really liked this shirt but it was just too small. Since I could care less for a college spirit shirt I decided to turn it into a bag and give it back to her. She can use it to keep stuff off the floor in her new car or tote around her kids toys/clothes. Hope you guys like it...I can almost sew a straight line now!!!

Dont mind the crappy stitching...haha..its functional Cheesy
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4  plastic bag dispenser in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by tad1uk on: September 30, 2007 07:58:14 PM
this is not my design. there is not much originality but i thought itd be a quick n easy project. HA no. I had machine troubles and then I had a doofer moment and didnt measure right so i had to cut extra fabric. but i got it done eventually
no plastic bags in it yet. wejust stuff all oursinto another bag and hang it on a hook. Im not sure if my mom even likes it. it was the most kitcheny fabric i had and it doesnt match my room so i didnt want it. but oh well...perhaps we'll use it eventually

from the tutorial http://www.dioramarama.com/2006/12/grocery_bag_dispense.html
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5  First attempt at fitting a T in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tad1uk on: September 30, 2007 07:44:29 PM
I was at barnes and noble the other day looking in the crafty section for the FIRST time!!! i thought...'why have i never come over here?!' but the tshirt recon books make me wanna do something. So i dug out all my too big shirts and this is the first one. Imma do more some day but this was just an experiment.

My boyfriend gave me this too small for him but too big for me shirt. it suits me nicely cuz i am a big procrastinator.

sewed in the sides. left the length. used the extra material from the sides to make 2 ribbons on the sides that tie in the back for extra fit.
excuse my love handles. the shirt would look better if i didnt poof out around the middle like that....arg

what do you guys think i should do with the sleeves? i dont really like em the original length but cant think of what to do.

thanks for looking!
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6  M&M pencil pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tad1uk on: September 03, 2007 03:59:07 PM
Ok....this is just really terrible but Im still going to use it. I just had the hardest time getting the sewing machine to cooperate....perhaps I shouldnt have used it on this but Im not handsewing!
The idea came to me while organizing my school supplies and finishing off my 2pound bag of M&Ms and realizing I should get a pencil pouch thing. Tada!!!

transformed to this:
back with snaps
inside. 3 compartments.

The front pocket uses the ziplock enclosure that the bag came with. The back pocket uses 2 snaps. The middle pocket just is sorta there for little papers and things.

I know....the sewing is sooooo bad!!!! It messy and all but hey...its free and may hold up....Im not sure. Cheesy
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7  Re: Halo Energy Sword Shirt for Boyfriend in Stenciling: Completed Projects by tad1uk on: August 31, 2007 10:23:03 PM
do you have the stencil?  I would love that for my husband....he would just die if I made it for him!!! 

I do!!! if that doesnt work for you let me know and i'll get it to you or pm you with the way i managed to get it Wink
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8  Re: Thick ponytail holders in What the heck can I do with THIS? by tad1uk on: August 03, 2007 09:47:54 PM

I whipped this up just now. You can make like a cuffbracelet sorta thing, by threading beads in between multiple ponytail holders. you can go all the way around with the beads to make a full bracelet or just do the beads on the top half to cover your tattoo. whatever you feel. My picture is crap. haha. I hope I explained it right. However I dont know if this would even work. Cheesy
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9  Halo Energy Sword Shirt for Boyfriend in Stenciling: Completed Projects by tad1uk on: August 02, 2007 12:47:59 PM
Im not sure where this goes...its image reprod but not really stencil/inkjet sorta both...so I just stuck it here.

So my boyfriend is a Halo nerd. But he's not nerdy. Ya know. I like to make him stuff because it passes my time and making stuff for my self just isnt as gratifying.

I bought this nifty pen a while ago to do some shirts of my own.

But after so many washes it faded and theres just some spots left. I still wear the shirts cuz I know what they used to look like haha but I was still disappointed. So now Im using it so I dont have to cut out stencils!
I 'borrowed' a picture off the 'net that I liked, printed it out in grayscale *minimize ink usage  Cool * and in reverse. Then I used the sulky pen to outline the large parts and color in the detailed parts.

Let that dry, ironed it onto a black tshirt that I got from Hobby Lobby *love those shirts cuz they are cheap and sometimes go 50%off which is even better! Grin *
Then peeled it off. That stuff is pretty tricky, if you dont peel the paper off while its still warm then it like dries to the shirt and doesnt come off! So I had to heat, peel, heat the other part and peel some more.
Then I just took some fabric paint and a paint brush and painted over the sulky pen and filled in any blank areas. I dont know how its going to hold up in the wash but we'll see. I must say, its easier than cutting out a stencil, which I havent done but I really dont feel like doing.
Front of shirt. It says ...run. at the bottom cuz this is like the best weapon if you know how to use it.

Close up of detail on handle

Back. The Halo symbol

Im pretty proud about how this turned out. I know he's gonna love it. Tell me what you think!

*Soon Im gonna be notorious for long rambling posts  Wink *
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10  1st recon. jeans to skirt w/ tute *IMG FAT* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tad1uk on: June 22, 2007 10:45:14 PM
ok ok....I know...everyone has a jeans into skirt post with a tutorial, but ya know...I wanted one too!! haha. So this was my first attempt at making a skirt from jeans that required sewing. Also my first tutorial...tell me if it sucks Tongue
I have like 4 just regular straight jean skirts that ive bought and one with a bit of frill on the bottom. I wanted something different. I didnt use anyones pattern just sorta winged it.

**TUTORIAL! yippee!!**
get a pair of old jeans. preferably ones that fit you cuz your gonna wanna wear your skirt...plus i dont know how to do anything with the waist to make it bigger so your SOL on getting advice from me!  Grin
mine had a big hole in the backside! 

2. cut off the legs at about where they meet at the crotch. but it also depends where your pockets end and all that. you can make adjustments to your liking dont worry.

and tada!!! you gotta new skirt!
haha juuuuust kidding. this is usually where my skirt endevours end though... Cheesy

3. take the legs that you cut off and cut them in half long ways up the seams. do this to both legs if the legs are different on each side like mine were *they had a seam up the middle on the front and nothing on the back* you are gonna need 2 pieces one for front and other for back...but again...this depends on your pants and how long they were to begin with etc...

your pants may or may not have this kind of seam. but mine did and i cut pretty close to it so that way i wouldnt have to hem the bottom of my skirt!

4.i wanted my skirt pleated so i pleated, pinned and ironed it a bit. do this to both pieces or pants leg that you cut in numero 3.

5. *sorry no pic  Sad*then i pinned the pieces to the mini skirt. then i tried it on to see how it looked.

6.  where i sewed the pleated part and the mini together i left a raw edge because i want it to fray. these particular jeans sorta have a fuzzy fray and it looks happy so hopefully it'll work out. but you can always sew it nicely. i also did this because my straight line sewing skills are a little...blah and this way sorta masks that fact!
edit: my fabric is kinda stretchy and i wore this skirt yesterday and when i bent over the fabric stretched and tore the thread soooo...im thinking i shoulda used a stretch stitch like a zigzag i suppose...?

7.  I did however make a nice seam on the sides where the two pants leg pleated parts meet just by rolling it under and sewing. *here you can sorta see my wiggly sewing lines! and also those two bleach stains. Im wondering what to do about those and whether or not to splash the entire bottom portion...*

8. and you are finished! try it on. here is my finished product. I tried to iron it more but im crap at that too! hopefully after i wash it and steam it i can get a better look.

sorry no back pics...i couldnt get a decent one. looks like the front tho so your not missin out on much.

hope you guys liked! sorry it was long. im sure someone has made a similar skirt...sorry if i stole your idea...i didnt mean to i promise!
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