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611  Re: Unconditional Swap July - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LaughingLark on: July 25, 2006 08:37:33 AM
I recieved this adorable pincushion from Jenefor yesterday! Smiley

 I had to go get some new batteries so I could get a picture posted here.

It is a very nice pincushion, and it has some kind of weight in it, so it will stay put on my sewing table. Thanks so much---I love it!

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612  Re: unusualy BIG Earring along in Craftalongs by LaughingLark on: July 19, 2006 03:47:37 PM
Now, this is kind of cheating, since I made these in December of last year, before I got pregnant. But as soon as the subject of T.P. came up---I remembered my "T.P. and glue gun glue" earrings! Yes, you read that right.

First, I took a sheet of tinfoil to protect my work surface, then I laid out one square of toilet paper (brand new package--had never been in a bathroom yet!). Cheesy

Next, I squirted out a big glob of hot glue, then placed another square of toilet paper over it. Then, I carefully laid a brass casting on top of that, and pressed down firmly with a pencil that had a good-sized eraser on the end of it. You do not want to touch the brass piece with your fingers until it cools down---ouch!!!

I used toilet paper, because it is a little thicker than facial tissues. Some glue will eventually come though the paper, and coat your casting with a light residue, so you would not want to try this with a casting you also like to use for polymer clay! I used some flatter castings that really would not have worked well for polyclay anyhow.

After the glue was cooled off, alls I had to do was cut the molded shape out with a scissors, then I painted it with acrylic paint. The purplish sheen it has is from a wash of "interference violet" paint. The T.P. really makes a good painting surface, and it does not peel off of the glue at all! It looks like some kind of fancy art paper when it is done---no signs of its humble origins!

Then I varnished it, and later wired some czech glass beads on, and they were done!

Here is a link to the interference paint I like to use:

I would make a tut on this, with pictures, but I can't handle the smell of my glue gun right now, because I have had morning sickness since February... bleargh!  Sad

Here are some castings I have used for this craft. You'll recognize the one I used for these earrings. Flatter castings work better.

Now, I need to think up something BIG and UNUSUAL to make for the craftalong--but I just had to share these! Wink
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613  Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by LaughingLark on: July 19, 2006 11:59:40 AM
Thanks, Jehnaier, kalona, and weedflower! Smiley

Everyone's yellow knit and crocheted projects are awesome. I have never been able to do that, except for stockinette stich scarves. Maybe one of these days, I'll try to learn again. I have plenty of people around here who could teach me, if I decide to stop being a big chicken about learning it. Cheesy

I got the other yellow project done, and it ended up being muted shades of yellow, too. I have a strand of really bright yellow millifiore beads I was hoping to use in this month's project, but for some reason, that just wasn't happening. Everything I put them with made me say "meh....!".

I wanted to go for a cheerful, "boho" look, and this is what I came up with. The chips are yellow jade, and the round, semi-clear yellow beads are pineapple quartz, a type of glass that is cut and polished like gemstones. The little seed beads are Matsuno's from Fire Mountain Gems. I designed this necklace myself.

 I had trouble with glare, and these are the best pictures I could get. The necklace does not have a clasp, it just slips over the head.

A closer look at the flower:

Well, time to put the yellow beads away and begin thinking about orange, for next month. Orange is gonna be really hard.  Cheesy
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614  Three beaded butterfly necklaces---IMG heavy in Beads: Completed Projects by LaughingLark on: July 16, 2006 05:46:32 PM
Hi all,
I'd been meaning to try the beaded butterfly from Takako Samejima's book, Bead Fantasies, for ages. Here's her book:

 I joined the Colour Craftalong this month, and the color for July is yellow. I have trouble working in yellow, since it is very nearly my least favorite color, and I had a lot of pale yellow bicones on hand, so I thought this would be a good time to learn this butterfly. Wink

Holy crap! Once I made one, I could not stop! So much fun...

Here's the first one I made, for the craftalong:


The next one was in blue and green tones, because I love those colors.


Yesterday, I was feeling kinda bummed out, so I bought some hot pink beads and made this one. Wink

Let me know what you think of these, and thanks for looking! Smiley

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615  Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG in Craftalongs by LaughingLark on: July 16, 2006 05:04:15 PM
Well...I got the first yellow beads project done! Smiley
 It ended up being a bit more understated in its "yellowness" than I had originally planned. The bicone beads in this necklace are a pale primrose yellow, and I used some little baltic amber beads  and gold-toned matte glass "E" beads as spacers.  Overall, I think it looks more gold than yellow.

The butterfly is from Takako Samejima's book, Bead Fantasies. I used floral wire instead of beading nylon thread to work the butterfly, though. I like to bead on eyepins, and  I wanted to be able to make wire loops at the top of each wing for attaching it to an eyepin, so mine is a little different. Other than that, the butterfly itself is almost the same as her pattern. I have been wanting to try this pattern for a while, and had plenty of yellow bicones to practice on!

I had so much fun making this butterfly, once I understood how to put it together, that I have been on a butterfly-beading kick the last few days!

I do want to try another yellow beading project, since I have another idea in mind, and the month is barely half-over... Wink

Here is a link to the book the butterfly pattern is from:
I see she has a third book out now! I'm going shopping!

(Edited to fix a typo that was bugging me.) Smiley

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616  A bunch of felt flowers! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LaughingLark on: July 10, 2006 07:15:42 PM

I've been inspired by all the craftsters here who make things with craft felt, and I have found an addictive new hobby. Cheesy

 I was trying to make something that looked like a clematis or a plumeria.Some of these flowers have a pin sewn onto the back, the rest will have a ponytail elastic sewn on. The ones that I will be sewing the ponytail elastics to will be part of a birthday gift for my niece.

The tie-dyed-looking felt is a printed design that I bought in  a variety pack at Walmart. Some of the flowers are also stitched together with variegated embroidery floss, to make them more interesting.

Thanks to all who got me started up working with felt again; I'd forgotten how much fun it can be!

I'm linking to these, because I have not quite figured out how to post them here directly yet.

The group of flowers I made this week:

Couple of closeup pics:

Thanks for looking.  Smiley


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