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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Bead bracelet - unusual design. Any ideas? on: October 13, 2006 02:02:48 PM
Does anyone have any ideas for making a bracelet like this?
I think it's made from metal wires with balls on the end, but I'm sure it'd be easier and cheaper to bead. I'm not sure what to search under, and I've not found anything near it yet, but any input would be greatly appreciated!

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Coiling wire - getting started? on: July 17, 2006 04:20:08 AM
I'm having a bit of bother with wire wrapping. I'm making small brooches, and need to wrap a thick wire on the frame with thin jewellery wire (coiling it round). How do you get it started? I've found that I can't stop it from spinning round when I try to start off. So far, I've managed by trial and error, but I'm making the brooch for a friend, and I want to make it look as professional as I can!

I've not been able to find anything either here or on the net (I'm probably not using the right search terms), so any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lots of brown "snakeskin" - Any ideas? on: July 14, 2006 12:51:06 PM
My mother was charged with the task of making a ten foot long snake for a production of "THe Magic Flute", and I've been left with a lot of the snakeskin. It's only thin, and quite stretchy, so I'm not sure how practical it'd work out for clothing.

Any suggestions?
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewellery - necklace, earrings and handbag charm on: May 06, 2006 08:12:04 AM
Just a few things I made and wanetd to share!

A green and crystal glass bead handbag charm I made last night to go with a green evening bag:

A necklace I made using plastic beads and chain:

And two pairs of earrings:

The left one's a glittery fish, and the right one's a green aeroplane. They're to match the necklace.

Handy way to keep my spare locker key. I can't possibly lose all three of the spares!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Roses are red... on: January 21, 2006 04:15:06 PM
I've finally reclaimed my old art exam work, and wanted to share a skirt I made for part of the coursework...

For the main project, we had to choose a piece by an artist to base the work on. I chose to work around Salvador Dal's Bleeding Roses. (a picture can be found at http://www.csgen.it/gif/dali/gal03.jpg

The skirt was originally mde for a friend's Rocky Horror/Gothy birthday party, so I decided to adapt it to fit with my work.

I used a tutorial from http://gothfashion.info/ (projects ---> net skirt) to make the main body of the skirt, with a strip of velvet for the waistband and a velcro tab at the back to fasten it, which I concealed with a green ribbon and black net bow. It ended up five layers of net thick, so it's pretty see through!

After I'd made the skirt, I bought paper florist's roses and attached them to the net at the front and back. To attach one, I poked the wire attached to the back of the rose through the net, then wound the end of the wire round a chopstick, removed the chopstick and bent the wire flat so it was flush to the back of the rose.

Front view of the skirt:

...and the back view:

The whole thing took me about five months' work on and off, because I didn't buy enough roses at first and the shop I bought them from didn't have any more in for ages!
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / My bag totoro on: November 06, 2005 06:06:24 AM
(Afraid I'd already posted this, but it fits the challenge!)

I didn't think to submit this when I was making it, so unfortunately there's no pictures. It should be straightforward enough, I think. The making of the bag too about an hour, mostly because I couldn't sew trim on in a straight line!
The decoration took about two and a half hours; I had to wait for a stencil layer to dry and fix it before I could paint the next one, and on denim, the white fabric paint too a couple of layers to cover.

The finished handbag (apologies for the focus on the first picture. I had to hang the bag on my door handle and kneel at the top of the stairs to take it)

I needed a funky bag for the holidays, and one that wasn't too bulky.
I bought a pair of Levis in a charity shop for 1 (probably about 50c) and turned them into a handbag. They were about two sizes too small for me, but the waist size is perfect for a handbag!
The overall cost of it was the cost of the jeans, because everything else was sundries or bits (like the trim and buttons) I had left over from old projects.
I cut the legs off on an angle so they resembled a pair of hotpants, and sewed some beaded trim along the bottom. I sewed the remainder of the trim across the top of the watch pocket on the right hand pocket.
Then, I cut the legs and sewed the lengths together to make a strap long enough so that the bag would hang at my waist level. I left the edges frayed to give it a more 'worn' look (unfortunately, this means bits keep coming off when I use it!).
Finally, I sewed the zip closed from inside. I can still open the zip, but nothing can fall out through it.
To decorate, I made stencils of the separate pieces from a drawing of the littlest totoro. I cut out the grass with the totoro's outline and the flower taken out, the littlest totoro itself, and the flower shape. I stencilled these on in fabric paint, fixing each layer after it dried. Everything else, like the rocks and dragonfly, I painted on.
I added details like the shading lines on the grass and rocks and the totoro's eyes with fabric markers.
The button in the bottom corner of the stencil says "Made in England". I found it in a bag of mixed buttons I bought at a haberdasher's in town.
After I took the picture, I've added on a rainbow stripy belt through the belt loops, and my old school librarian's and prefect badges.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Customising a jacket? on: October 31, 2005 07:33:10 AM
I've got a khaki sort-of-military style jacket and I want to customise the back of it, proably with a stencil.
I'm a girl, and more interested in music, art and japanese cartoons.
I was thinking of looking for a stencil in the same style as all the Che Guevara motifs you see; black and white, with all the shadows as a block, if that makes sense.
I quite like the idea of painting an actual picture onto the back. I'm doing art (A level in Engand; last year of school), so I could copy with stencils.
Does anyone have any ideas?
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My bag totoro on: October 01, 2005 09:43:13 AM
Another handbag!
I use this for everything. it's not the best finished bag in the world, but...
I made the bag from an old pair of jeans I found at a charity shop. I cut the legs off short and sewed fringing across them (so they look like very short shorts). I then sewed the fly shut so I could unzip it but not lose anything.  I cut the legs into strips to make the strap from, and sewed them to the waistband, cutting through the cotton where it'd sewn the belt loops together.
For the finishing touch, I used stencils I made up and fabric paint ad transferred a picture of the littlest totoro onto one leg. The button on the bottom right of the picture says "made in England".
It's now got an old belt on the waist, but I added it on a while after I took the pictures.

The bag...

And a close up:

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Astroturf handbag (a couple of larg-ish pictures) on: October 01, 2005 09:32:53 AM
I needed a green evening bag to go with a dress I'd bought and I couldn't find one anywhere... So I made my own!
The bag's a simple pouch made from astroturf lined with duct tape (to stop it moulting everywhere; I'm still finding green bits around the house from three months ago). I used yellow cotton for the lining, and green garden wire inside surgical tubing for the handles. The flowers are all felt with button centres, and the butterfly's made from feathers. The fastening is a small press
stud/snap fastening.

The bag itself:

And a close up...

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Jeans pattern/tutorial? on: June 01, 2005 06:45:50 AM
...I've been lurking on Craftster for a while now, and could do with some help.
I've been making my own clothes from scratch and old shirts, etc, for a while now, and I want to make a pair of jeans. I can never find pairs to fit me in the shops, because if they fit my hips, they won't fir my waist...
if anyone knows of a good free pattern (preferably idiot proof) to make them, or has a tutorial, I'd really appreciate the help.
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