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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Clay & Resin Pendants - Hepburn, Sanrio, etc. on: May 04, 2009 02:23:06 AM
Yay! I've been very crafty lately and I finally had some time to take pics. They are not finished yet, of course. I still need to add the bails and chains to these pendants.

These are clay pendants with images decoupaged on top. I sanded the edges to round the corners and I used resin to seal the images so they are nice and shiny and water resistant:

The white clay is the best stuff ever. Its Fimo clay with glitter already mixed in. It's very forgiving. I've only ever used Sculpey and honestly, I like the Fimo better. It seems to sand nicely too compared to Sculpey and I think I will use it from now on. The red and pink clay is also Fimo with glitter.

I was going to try the whole "transferring images onto clay" thing, but I thought it was a waste since I would probably top those with resin anyway. Why not just decoupage instead? Seems easier to me.

Then I also made some straight resin pendants with candy, glitter, and alphabet beads. I know, its way over done these days, but I love them:

I still need to sand the edges of the resin pieces.

I have TONS more pendants. Like at least 100 or more. I did a lot of wood pendants with retro images, etc. too. Can't wait to finally add chains to all of them and take photos. I hate the fact that there are only 24 hours in one day. Sad
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Eddie Izzard Notebook (& Danger Danger - who?????) on: March 05, 2008 01:48:58 PM
So I posted my very first journal a few weeks ago (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227296.0) and have become addicted to them ever since.

I just purchased tickets to see Eddie Izzard in June and that gave me the idea to make a little Eddie notebook. I made a collage in photoshop and then laminated the cover. I glued some one inch buttons on the cover for decoration. The back is chipboard covered in scrapbooking paper. I decided to give it to my husband, who is a huge Eddie fan, so I used a more masculine paper for the back ("masculine" which is funny considering Eddie is a cross-dresser!). It measures 4x6 and has 100 blank sheets with some thicker black sheets as dividers.

Then, while I was on a roll, I made one for my friend Melissa who loves 80's hair bands, one of them being a band called Danger Danger:

Thanks for lookin'! I'm sure I will be inundating you with journals in the upcoming months.  Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My First Journal - vintage children's book theme on: February 13, 2008 12:08:11 PM
This is my first time ever making a journal, so please bear with me. I'm usually on the jewelry or purse boards. Anyway, I really love books and have wanted to make them for a while. I finally bought a binding system, although I would love to explore more traditional methods of bookbinding (I have some books on the way). I can tell though that most of my books will use this kind of binding because I don't have a lot of time on my hands for sewing pages together, etc.

I used chipboard, scrap booking paper, and my xyron sticker machine for the covers and then I laminated them. The inside has a few pages here and there from a vintage children's book. I added a white label on that first page with the stripes in order to put your name or the title, etc. and then I broke out some of my buttons and jewelry-making supplies to embellish the cover:

Inside front cover and first page:

Random pages inside:

This is the inside of the back cover:


It measures 4 x 6, but this was just a test and I'd rather make them bigger from now on.

Changes I'll make next next time include not laminating the covers and making sure the binding wire is centered (notice it doesn't start at the very top but ends at the very bottom? yes, I am picky.) Also, I cut the inside pages down to size by hand and it was so time consuming. I'll probably buy paper pre-cut next time.

Thanks for looking! I hope to be back soon!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I'm A Crappy Sister - Sorta - Lotsa Pics!! on: December 24, 2007 06:08:28 PM
So my sister-in-law's birthday was three months ago. Yes, THREE MONTHS AGO, which is when I started this purse. But then one thing came up after another and I didn't get to finish it until yesterday. I am giving it to her tomorrow, in birthday wrapping, not xmas wrapping, because I got her something else for xmas. I feel like a tool, but hopefully she'll love the purse and she'll forgive me!

I did the rainbow and hearts by hand with felt:

The circle thingy is a little contraption I made to hold the Deery Lou mirror I made her with my button machine. I also made her another mirror so she can swap them out.

This is a crappy picture of the inside because my camera was being weird, but its lined with red fabric that has tiny white hearts on it. The closure is a long strip of velcro and there is a pocket for a pen, etc. I don't really prefer velcro, but I totally forgot about the closure til the last minute and ended up having to do it by hand. I'd prefer a nice zipper or snap next time.

Then I made her a coin purse with comic book fabric, which is lined with the same fabric as the purse.

Also, at the last minute, I made her this pendant, which it totally unrelated to this section of Craftster, but oh well!

I'm just glad I finally finished it. I am also making her a little monster plushie as we speak and hopefully it will come out like I plan (my projects rarely do!).

Thanks for lookin'!!!!!!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt + Shirt + 5 cups of coffee = PURSE!!! on: October 01, 2007 08:06:05 PM
I am a certified purse addict, so its a good thing I know how to make them, otherwise I'd have no money to put into the purse!

So I had a pinstripe skirt from my pre-prego days that no longer fits.

Then I spotted a cute skull shirt for $4 from the toddler section at walmart. I thought it would make a cute pocket for my purse.

I added some lace as a border

and threw it all together

I added some clear vinyl over the skull. That whole part is a pocket for my cellphone because if its one thing I hate, its when my phone is ringing and I have to DIG!!!

The inside has a pocket for my pen and other junk

Its not really a style that a lot of people like, but I'm a punky 80's chick.  Smiley

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Soldered Necklace - Round one this time! on: August 06, 2007 02:48:22 AM
Since I have only been soldering for a few months now, I was unsure of my ability to solder something round. I was finally in the mood to tackle it last night. My plan was just to make the blue pendant. When I finished it, I started to make the red one and then realized I should put the darn things together!

Those are just your plain old glass marble thingies from the floral dept of every store on earth. And I got 'em for half price! Yay!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / One Inch Button Photo Frames - vintage book illustrations on: July 13, 2007 12:52:28 PM
Hello! I've never posted over here before. I tried to stay away because the jewelry and purse boards keep me pretty busy, but I can't help myself....

Damn you Craftster!!!!  Smiley

I made several 4 X 6 photo frames out of one inch buttons and vintage children's books:

We are buying a new house and I will have my own craft room finally! I plan on making a bunch of these for the room. My daughter will have her own room now too, so I'll be making some for her I'm sure. I can't wait!!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bamboo Tile Pendants - Children's Book Images (Tutorials added) on: July 06, 2007 03:03:58 PM
I finally got around to making some bamboo tile pendants. I still have to add the chains, but I got impatient and wanted to post them asap! The images are from old children's books. I coated the tops with resin for that really glossy look. I was having trouble with resin seeping through and ruining my images a few months ago. I recently switched to Aleene's Instant Decoupage Glue instead and I love it soooo much better than Mod Podge. It really seems to protect the image from the resin a lot better.

So.... what do you think??



9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My First Soldered Pendants - Finally! on: May 06, 2007 03:56:23 PM
So I've been wanting to try the whole microscope slide soldered pendant thing for at least 6 months now. No time! But I finally bought everything and made a resolution to just sit my ass down and do it already. Especially because it is my mother-in-laws birthday and my husband didn't tell me! I had to whip something up. I was hoping I would do okay at this since I need to give her something asap. I made her the one on the left (my daughter). The other one is my son, which is for my dad, and the Audrey one is for me! I have never soldered anything in my entire life. I was so paranoid about burning myself. No burns, yay! Overall, I am pretty happy with the results. What do you think??

Now I just want to solder everything in sight. Sometimes I think my love of crafting is a curse.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dress For My Baby Girl on: May 07, 2006 03:55:33 AM
I've never been on this side of the forum before. I'm always in the purse section, so hello! I've been looking at everyones stuff and I'm so jealous. I've always wanted to be able to sew clothing, but it's very intimidating. I thought I would take a crack at it by making this simple dress for my 3 month old girl Sam. It's just a plain dress, but it's my first ever and I had to share it with someone right this minute because my husbands at work and i'm excited:

Every girl needs a little black dress, even if it does get puked on every once in a while!

Now that I've gotten a taste of clothing patterns, I'd like to make something for myself. Now if only I could completely understand patterns......
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