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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin & etched copper necklace on: October 20, 2009 02:02:44 AM
I made the links, clasp, and the big center bead from copper. I'm not sure if it shows but I etched the copper bead. The two smaller beads I made from resin and the little rectangular beads are garnets.
A resin bead

The necklace

Thanks for looking!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Denim circles quilt - big pix warning on: October 05, 2009 09:24:23 PM
This is 768 circles cut out of lots of old jeans. The black and white squares are mostly from wedding and evening gown fabric scraps that a seamstress had leftover. They must have been really lovely  gowns.  The rest of the black and white squares also have a floral theme either in print and/or texture. There are two red fabrics, one sheer floral and that pleated stuff. I want to replace them with purple and I'm hoping someone talks me out of doing it.

Right now the quilt is in twelve pieces cause it was easier to work on that way and one side of each square is open because I plan to stuff them. Unfortunately my sewing machine couldn't take it anymore so I have to wait until it's fixed to finish it.

This is two pieces pinned together

And a closeup

Another closeup

A back view

In case anyone is interested using Adobe Illustrator to diagram and organize this seemed to help me avoid my usual fogginess and boneheaded mistakes.

Thanks for looking!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A silver shell on: September 26, 2009 09:52:47 PM
I didn't get to the beach this summer so I made myself a shell. Not as great as being at the beach but fun to do.

It's sterling silver cut, shaped, and soldered.

Thanks for looking!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I'm to blame for this disaster. Advice please please please. on: August 19, 2009 02:38:05 AM
My poor Brother PC8500. I meant well but I think I must have knocked something loose with some over zealous cleaning.

I've had the machine for several years and I try to keep the bobbin area (shuttle?) clean
especially after sewing denim which is very lint making. So I've been making a denim circle quilt and I took the bobbin case out and vacuumed with a small battery operated vacuum (actually sold as an ear vacuum-really) with a piece of a drinking straw taped onto it. And while this system has worked really well up until now my machine has lost the ability to make decorative stitches and pretty much everything else besides zigzag and straight stitch. I'm afraid to try the embroidery module. And the thread cutter isn't working anymore.

I'd like to be able to assess this disaster before I find someone to fix it. I guess you could say that I'm a little wary of dealers (actually a reality based fear). I do know there are good ones around and I hope to find one. Let's just say I would like to be a more educated consumer.

So if anyone can shed any light on how bad this could be or maybe not as bad as I think I would really appreciate it.

In case there's any doubt I really feel like a dope. I'm going to have to work on channeling my need to keep my tools spotless into maybe more time washing the floors or something.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A silver heart pendant on: August 11, 2009 10:40:15 PM
I made this from wire which I shaped, soldered, and wove more wire around it. The stone is quartz.

Thanks for looking and I hope you liked it.

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earrings-textured silver and etched copper on: August 11, 2009 10:33:55 PM
Two pairs of earrings I made from a piece of silver that I textured

The shorter pair which has some wire wrapped quartz and here's the longer stoneless pair.

Next a pair of copper earrings which I cut, shaped, and etched (hope it shows!). The stones are garnets.

Hope you enjoy looking at my stuff.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin earrings or why I don't get out as much as I should on: November 03, 2007 12:15:09 AM
Some resin beads I made
This is crocheted silver wire and some homemade earwires.
I don't know where that black smudginess came from. My bad scanning maybe. No black on the beads or wire. and more transparency than shows up.

More homemade earwires and some coiled silver.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Cufflink findings on: October 25, 2007 05:06:38 PM
Anyone know a good place to buy base metal cufflink findings?
The non soldering kind with the pad or base to glue things onto.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped glass hearts on: October 23, 2007 03:45:52 AM
A crazed glass heart pendant wrapped in silver wire with some pearls hanging on a black lace ribbon


A crazed glass heart pendant wrapped in craft wire hanging on a black lace ribbon
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hearts of resin on: October 20, 2007 12:52:43 AM
Two hearts made of resin for your viewing pleasure.

I cast both hearts from the same mold but with different coloring. One bale is made from silver wire and the other from brass. Both have some pearls here and there.

Thanks for looking.
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