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31  Re: Melted CD Pendent Tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by beadiful nights on: September 04, 2011 07:49:22 PM
Eclectic Dreamer: Scratches should not be a problem with the CDs. The melting should make the scratches disappear. Now for the name brands I have not tried many but I used IMATION because the back of it is silver and I have no separation with this name brand. The label on the back of the CDs I used were silver so I never used one with pictures or bright colors on the back so I don't know what would happen with printed backings.

Katara: The CD is in the microwave for a very short amount of time so it is not that bad as it seems. If you are worried about the smell being toxic here is a alternative. If you have a microwave that is not attached to to the kitchen cabinets take it outside and crackle the CDs there.Now for the oven part the CDs are not in the oven very long when I start to smell them that kinda means there done or almost done. So they don't smell for long. If your still worried about the smell open windows or use a toaster oven outside. I have a toast oven that I melt plastic in outside.

Elderflower: I like your boiling idea. Thanks for replying.

Onyxnox: Thank you so much. Sounds like you have done this before.

Here is what the backs look like. I put clear nail polish on the backs to seal the silver from chipping off and it works. I like how the heart just happen to get the stars and im on the back of it.
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32  Melted CD Pendent Tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by beadiful nights on: September 03, 2011 10:04:24 PM
These were so fun and easy to make. The color of this cd looks like the ocean to me.
I made a purple CD like this but it didn't turn out good. The purple one must have been poor quality cause it split apart and broke. Tutorial at bottom of page.
Door to My Heart Pendent----I've been looking for someone with the key. Ha! Ha!

Sea Foam Blast

Frog on a pond with his Butterfly Friend behind him

How to make one of your own.
STEP 1 THE CRACKLE: Find a useless CD and put it in the microwave for five seconds. Putting it in the microwave makes the metal crackle it is so pretty. CAUTION: Don't freak out it looks like a little firework show. Don't leave it alone it could catch of burn. After you have it in there for five seconds stop and check on it to see how crackled it is then do more if you need to. After you have achieved the crackled look you want take it out.

STEP 2 THE BUBBLES: Get a cookie sheet put aluminum foil on it. Then place the cd on the foil and put it in the oven at 400 degrees.Do three to five minutes at a time just to see what it is doing. Because ovens cook differently check it often. When you start getting good bubbles take it out. The thing is you need the cd to keep its shape don't over melt it. CAUTION: It smells terrible it is melted plastic after all. If you want to avoid inhaling this here is a alternative. Put a toast oven out side and do it there insteed.

STEP 3 CUT IT: Don't let it cool to much it is easier to cut if it is still warm. You will need a sharp pair of scissors for this part. Cut it to any shape you want.

STEP 4 DRILL A HOLE: Drill a hole in it this could also be done with a dremel. I put clear nail polish on the back of my pendent to prevent the metal from chipping off. Then you will need a bail to hang it by I used a jump ring. You can add charms if you like.

I hope this is easy to understand this is my first tutorial. I would love to see pictures of yours if you have made any.
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33  Pearl Bracelet and match ring in Beads: Completed Projects by beadiful nights on: August 27, 2011 09:00:16 PM
I made this bracelet and had just one pearl left so I had to make a matching ring to go with it. It turned out just the way I wanted it to and that doesn't happen all the time. They both were my own design and simple to make. I'm addicted to beaded rings. I currently have thirty six rings made in all different kinds of designs. Please tell me what you think about my bracelet and ring.

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34  Weaved Pendent Necklaces in Beads: Completed Projects by beadiful nights on: August 27, 2011 07:36:23 PM
So in my last post I talked about how I use to think that wooden beads were ugly and that nothing nice or pretty could be made out of them. Since then I ventured into weaving with them and I love the results. The wooden beads weren't difficult to weave with considering their large holes. The backs of the necklaces consist of seedbeads strands. They all have clam shell tips and spring ring clasps. I wanted to make these look old and vintage looking with the gold seedbeads. I'm in love with the first one. These necklaces were so cheap to make I think I used my junkest beads to make them. I want to make this pendent design with pearls. So please tell me what you all think about my necklaces.

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35  Wood and Glass Bead Necklaces in Beads: Completed Projects by beadiful nights on: August 22, 2011 08:01:36 PM
I always thought that wooden beads where kind of ugly and that nothing nice or pretty could be made out of them. Well, strangely, I challenged myself to try to make some nice jewelry out of them. I figured that using them with different kinds of beads like glass, shell, plastic, metal and coconut. Would give them a make over and it worked. I am proud of the results. I now have a huge roly kit box full of wooden beads all shapes, sizes and colors. Anyways hope everyone likes these lots of thought put into them.
I have more jewelry made out of wooden beads that I plan to post. Please tell me what you think about them.

This one makes me think of the Bahamas. The seedbeads are wrapped around wooden beads.

I really like this one there is no clasp it has sliding barrel knots so it can be worn at any length like a choker or up to 26 inches long.

I found the shells for this on the beach. The blue beads are brighter in person. Thanks for looking.
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36  Weaved bugle bead Earrings + Seedbead Flower Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by beadiful nights on: August 22, 2011 06:41:01 PM
First pair: I bought a purse with this design in wooden beads and figured out how to make it into earrings. Someone told me they look like dream catchers.

 Second and third pair: I wanted to figure out away to weave beads into the shape of a flower. Then when inspiration hit me like always I was nowhere near my beading desk to make it so I wrote down my design ideas. Later that beading night I made them. Yes, I was so happy they turn out just the way I saw them in my mind.

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37  Chain and Pearl Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by beadiful nights on: August 15, 2011 08:34:45 PM
I made these gold earrings for my sister she is allergic to certain metals, she turns green.
Anyway, I designed these to slide the loop over any stud earring post. They can also be worn at the end of the pearl chain to make them longer. She is very happy with them. I hope everybody likes these and maybe this design will help somebody else with the same problem. They were very easy to make. The silver earrings are mine and they look much better in person and on.
These were hard to photograph. They look more like 10k gold in person.

This is where the post goes though the loop an then you put it though your ear and put the back on.

These are on fish hook ear wires. They are one of my favorite pair to wear. There are three different kinds of chain and glass pearls.
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38  Flashy sequin earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by beadiful nights on: August 13, 2011 09:33:12 PM
I found most of these sequins on damaged purses and decided to make earrings out of them. Tell me what you guys think about them. Comments welcome.

I don't even remember where these sequins came from but I love these colors.

These sequins came from a purse.

I really like these they are copper except the ear wires and behind the spirals are sequins.
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39  Thread Earrings and a pendant in Beads: Completed Projects by beadiful nights on: August 13, 2011 08:08:52 PM
I wanted to make Peruvian threaded earrings, but I didn't have the coiled wire to do it. I kept messing around trying to think of a alternative and I thought of using beads after trying differant kinds I ended up using size 6 seedbeads. Both pair are 3 inches long.

Here is the one I made in peacock colors.This is the very first one I made. I am not very happy about the look of brown thread at the top I like the design of the earrings  more. What do you guys think about it?

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40  Beaded Pink Cupcake in Beads: Completed Projects by beadiful nights on: August 11, 2011 05:16:07 PM
I got the instructions to make this from beadjewelrymaking.com.
I used 5mm round beads for the top. For the bottom I used 12mm bugle beads.Plus size 11 seedbeads. I also used one piece of fishing line about 4ft. long. There are large beads inside of it to prevent it from losing it shape. I plan to use this as a charm for my purse. This is kinda weird that I just happen to post something like this on my Birthday.
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