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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / where to start? Resetting my mom's opals. on: May 15, 2015 10:27:14 AM
I have some opal jewelry in ugly settings I want to reset. I got a quote and figured I could do it myself for the same price and learn something new. I'm just not sure where to start. I've been doing some research on the setting part but before that, I need to get the stones out of their current settings. Since opals are soft stones, I'm concerned about scratching them. Are there any suggestions for that? Is there anything I should know? The earrings are in 4 prong cornet or crown settings, the pendant is in what I think is called a bezel setting.

When it comes time to set the stones, I'm less concerned. I have found lots of helpful tutorials and videos for various techniques and products. And I think I may get some cheap manmade opals and silver settings to practice with first.

These would be special occasion stud earrings, worn a couple times a year at most. Not frequent wear earrings. 

Any advice or pointing to resources to learn more is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Looking for info about fabric and heat... on: November 11, 2013 09:32:42 AM
I want to make a strap for a crockpot, to keep secure the lid. It'll be a gift and I want to make sure they won't burn down the house if they use it while the crockpot is on, not just for travel. I'm unsure about fabric choices and am wondering if anyone out there has a suggestion. I'm thinking wool, maybe... Hoping someone out there has some knowledge that could be helpful...Thanks!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Holidays cards. Because if I don't start early.... on: March 13, 2013 10:07:31 PM
It'll never happen...

So for these first three, I got some cheap holiday tags super cheap after Christmas last year and...yeah.

I think I'm set for holiday card needs...maybe time to create a nice stock of birthday cards.... Anyway, thanks for looking.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Greetings cards are taking over my home.... on: December 08, 2011 07:09:35 PM
For a bridal shower gift earlier this year, my roomie/cousin gave the bride to be a bunch of greeting cards for all occasions. They were a HUGE and major hints ("I want that for Christmas") were dropped... So we've been making a ton more. Some will go to Grandma for Christmas, so we'll keep and actually start sending to peeps and some are going to be donated to my aunt for auction items for her Breast Cancer 3 Day fundraiser parties next year. We have literally made somewhere around 75 cards so this is just a sample of some of my favorites.

I'm also dropping a bunch of holiday cards in the mail tomorrow for our troops so here's about 1/3 of those....

We have had a ton of fun making these and watching our shows. And working together is really great because we inspire each other with new ideas. Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I can't get the hang of this dang Ultra Shape Xpress thing! on: November 25, 2011 05:32:10 PM
I picked up this Fiskars cutting thing today for my paper crafting fun....

But I can't get the dang thing to work. I can get it for freehand but I wanted to cut out windows with a template thing I also picked up.

The template thing is like one of these...

Mine has different types of shapes, including a circle, which is what I'm starting with because it seemed like it would be easiest shape.

Anyway, the blade doesn't seem to want to rotate around the curves. I've tried adjusting the tension, in case I have it wrong for the thickness of paper, pressing more/less firmly. Faster/slower....I just can't get it to work. Any suggestions? Or advice about other tools people use that they like better. I'm back to using the template with my regular Xacto knife or tracing & cutting with scissors. And that makes me sad.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dino corset...what craziness is this? on: July 12, 2011 05:07:07 PM
I tend to get insomnia & desires to sew in the wee hours, which means I use what I have on hand. I wanted to try McCall's 4861 so I dug through the stash to see what I had to work with...awww, good times.

No idea what I'm going to do with it now but it's too fun not to share.  Grin
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 2011 costume idea for this corset I finally finished... on: July 06, 2011 05:22:44 PM
So about 3 years ago I started this corset. I got almost all the way done and life got crazy. I just didn't have the time or inclination to do all the hand stitching to finish the edge (done similarly to a quilt binding, if you've ever done that...takes forever!) So I finally finished a while ago and it looks great!
Problem is I have no idea what to do with it. I can't get past "pirate" which I can't bring myself to do because it's not a terribly unique idea. For the first time in my life, I repeated a costume a couple of years ago and last year's didn't come together how I wanted. This year...

So, any suggestions?


ETA: I've already done steampunk...that was my repeat costume. Just can't do it again. That is my only other idea.
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / loosely Victorian inspired Steampunk jacket & skirt. (lots o' pics!) on: May 11, 2011 04:26:32 PM
Finally decided to finish this little jacket (mostly) but it's not that awesome so I wasn't going to post it. But, since I'm putting up this skirt, which I'm more proud of, I thought they could share a post.

First, the skirt.No pattern, just made it up as I went along.

Initially, I was just going to make a really full skirt & add some straps to pull up the front (inspired by https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276754.0) but then decided I wanted it with, basically, all the gathering in the back. But I couldn't really figure out how to do that. So I decided the gathered part would have it's own waistband bit that would attach to the rest of the waistband. So I cut the fabric, sewed it back up, pressed the seam open & sewed the edges where the front & back "separate" then attached the "main" waistband. (It's at this point that I decided to start taking pictures.)
<a href="http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/spaz2phreek/craftster/on%20craftster/?action=view&amp;current=DSCI0040.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/spaz2phreek/craftster/on%20craftster/DSCI0040.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

So then came the back part. I did it wide at first (so it went from one side to the other) but didn't like it so I folded it in on itself and proceeded to test the limits of my sewing machine trying to sew it all together. (At some point I had also added a pocket...)

So now I've got to decide how to fasten the whole thing. There's been some...changes in my weight that I'm unsure if I really will be motivated enough to change back so I wanted it to be a little adjustable. So, the "main" waistband is sort of like a bra, one set of hooks & 2 rows of "eyes". Then I added some buttons to the "main" and "back" waistbands & wrapped a couple of elastic hair ties around them. Viola!

Front shot:

Back shot:

And the jacket.
Used a pattern, Butterick 4926. What a pain! The sleeves at the wrist are pretty small and it was a total pain to sew. I don't love the sleeves as they aren't quite gathered evenly but it's not bad if you don't look closely. And I can't decide on which button for the neck so that's not done yet. I like the design but hated making it.

Thanks for looking!

9  COOKING / Dessert / Simple cake decorating suggestions? on: April 18, 2011 08:36:36 PM
For my boyfriend's birthday, I wanted to get him a train themed ice cream cake, based on a fond childhood memory he shared with me the other day. So far, I'm having trouble finding a place that offers a train theme option. While I'm looking into several options to try to find a professional in my area who can do it, so far, no luck. So I am working on a back up plan, which is get a plain ice cream cake & decorate it myself. The thing is I have no idea where to start to know what kind of things to look for. So, anyone out there have some suggestions?

I have seen train cake pans. Is making an ice cream cake hard? Maybe I should try that...

Any advice or guidance is appreciated! Thanks!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Advice about cute, girly monster costume. on: October 21, 2010 02:12:00 PM
So I'm going to be a cute, girly monster for Halloween this year. Here's the plan:
Purple fur, sort of form fitting dress.
Tights. One pair worn regular way, another cut out at the crotch & worn as a top for color on my arms. Cuffs of the fur.
Shoes either painted or covered in fur.

Hair - Curly, wild & sprayed purple to match the fur dress.
Makeup - vivid eyeshadow that will spread out towards the temples & upper cheekbone area
Wild false lashes (have you seen some of these faux lashes these days? Awesome!)

And now, my question.
Should I be all purple or should I use contrasting color tights? Problem is, I don't think I want to do green as Barnie sort of made purple & green impossible to wear without being ridiculed. I don't like pink. I'd love to do a vivid, teal/aqua -ish blue but I can't hardly find any tights without ordering them online & paying unholy amounts of money.
Yellow, orange, red are all icky with purple.
So I'm thinking black but I feel like black & purple gets a little too gloomy. I want to be a fun, party monster. Not a doom & gloom type monster. Maybe black & white striped...Problem there is I'm short & a curvy version of a fairly thing girl. I worry that horizontal stripes would make me look...squat. Shorter & wider.

I'm open to all feedback/suggestions. Thanks so much.

*Also, credit for this idea goes to a fellow Craftster, though it's been years since I saw that post & I can't find it anymore. But it wasn't my idea & I'm not going to pretend it was.*
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