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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Ideas to salvage worn plated chain? on: April 17, 2012 07:46:33 PM
Ideas? I have a long vintage chain that is plated with fake silver & the plating is wearing off in the back.  I wouldn't mind the copper? brass? whatever showing through but it irritates my skin.

I'd like to find some way to blacken it without further skin irritation & without color rubbing off onto me.  Any ideas would be welcome.

The British eBay seller claimed it to be sterling, but since it sticks to a magnet & is now showing a base metal where the silver finish wore off...I kinda think he was LYING. But still a pretty embossed design on the links.

2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Starbucks de los Muertos, Day of the Dead on: October 14, 2011 10:01:29 AM

Dear Starbucks Legal Team:
I made this upcycled creation for my sister, who ordered Starbucks coffee by mail even before there were stores everywhere.  And she's a Dia de los Muertos fan, so, you see, I HAD to.  

And it was for her birthday.  And she LOVES it.

So please don't send your goons to cut off my caffiene supply and/or fingers.

You may note that though a few things are a bit off-brand, the mini-Frappuccinos turned out fairly well and to add some realism, the lovely couple at the table is perusing her iPhone & his iPad.  Also, the drive-thru sign in the back notes requests customers to "Please Pull Forward If You Require Assistance Due to Being Dead."

Did you notice the auto has "suicide doors?" And that the lighting system control & battery pack (a small string of floral wreath lights) has been transformed into the drive-thru speaker stand.

Sadly, the barrista has spilled some coffee as it is difficult to be coordinated without a nervous system.

I know that your stores in my area do not allow dogs inside, but the one in the diorama is a service dog for the dead.  A dead service dog, of course.  It is probably hard to see that it's mistress is smoking a tiny cigarette, but no studies have proven that smoking is harmful once you're dead.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Old Ecuadorian Trade Bead rebuild...world's longest re-stringing job! on: September 17, 2011 04:16:20 PM

I was asked to re-create this VERY LONG old necklace for a family friend, and it's a good thing it is so interesting because it took me nearly 10 hours. (Whew!)  It is so long that it falls nearly 10" below my waist. (The woman who owns it is very tall, so it probably comes to almost her waist.)

She bought this antique bead necklace from a native lady in the Ecuadorian mountains about 40 years ago, but it had been sitting in a box for years after the string fell apart.

The coins are dated in the 1800's and most are from Ecuador although I think one is Mexican.  Some are so worn that the coins are almost completely smooth & you can't read the dates.  The beads appear to be old Venetian and possibly Czech trade beads. Some are old red white hearts.  I had never seen South American trade beads before but I have some similar ones that were traded into Africa.

A lot of the beads were unstrung so I had to guess how to re-create as closely as possible to the way they were.  I did use a black kumihimo type cord for strength. Probably a necklace this old has been re-strung multiple times before anyway.

Now I have to find time to re-string the OTHER old necklace that she asked me to fix.  Shocked
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: How to give a non-material gift (especially in a crafty way)? on: August 19, 2011 07:41:20 AM
A small "Memory Box"... a little shadow box or lidded gift box with a collage of trinkets/photos glued inside that relate to the special experience and a little home-made gift card for the adventure?

Or a nice photo frame, with a note where the picture would go, promising a photo you'll take of the experience?

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift for sister who has NOTHING? on: August 19, 2011 07:34:46 AM
I work for a homeless shelter, so am familiar with the circumstances of people who have few belongings.

Essentials are a good idea, with winter approaching. 
Note which really basic items she lacks & try to fill one of those needs.

Some ideas:
a cozy sweater or nightie/pj's or robe & slippers in her favorite color
a winter jacket or coat...maybe you can jazz up a thrifted one to suit her
a pretty hand knit or felted hat, scarf & mittens set in a color that flatters her & goes with her outer wear
a sturdy & multi-pocketed quilted purse/bag...scotch-guarded against baby eruptions

A nice extra would be an ATC "gift card" for an evening or 2 of baby-sitting from you.

Hope this helps.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES / Re: Fun Alphabet Letter Magnets on: August 10, 2011 08:30:45 PM
Very cute.  Did you seal them with Krylon or something?

"You're only young once, but you can be immature forever."
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES / Re: Quotes on canvas on: August 10, 2011 08:16:47 PM
The chopped-up-books wall panels are great, too! 
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What can I use coffee creamer cups from fast food places? on: August 10, 2011 06:22:56 PM
You can make cute little mini-lampshades for dollhouses from them.  Or mini-wastebaskets.

9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: DENIM Ideas, anyone? on: August 10, 2011 06:12:57 PM
Denim hippie skirts.  Open inside seams on the legs & add long triangular pieces front & back to fill in.  Embroider or applique to make it more fun.

Denim also makes good rag rugs, pot-holders & purses.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Baby Food Jars? on: August 10, 2011 06:07:36 PM
Mini terrariums using live moss & teensy decorative stones &/or mini figurines. 

A collection of them could look pretty cute.  Paint the lids but let the paint cure before adding moss or the fumes could kill it. 

Put a layer of crushed charcoal & tiny gravel on the bottom before adding a layer of potting soil & the moss.
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