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1  Stripiest flippin' thing you ever saw in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Ezrainiel on: March 09, 2006 07:02:49 PM
So the Jo-Ann's in my hometown had a corduroy sale.  I'm in love with corduroy.  And this insanely stripey stuff just jumped out at me.  Later, I found a soft purple remnant that would make a decent lining .. and here it is.

Unfortunate thing .. a little error in planning out my pattern led me to make the little flaps on top that attach to the zipper .. well .. inadequate  Embarrassed  So there's a ton of the white zipper exposed, because if I sewed it so the zipper was covered, the bag kinda puckered at the top.  Oh, and I can't sew a straight line for the life of me *sigh*  Perhaps this should have gone in "Stitch and Botch".
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2  Re: Boys Sewing = Sexy! (Image Heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ezrainiel on: January 29, 2006 08:35:14 PM
Ezrainiel - wow - you are a lucky lady - a shame about the event - is there another event you can go to?

Well .. wayy the heck back when I posted that, he was my ex.  Now, he's not only my boyfriend again, but even better .. fianc.  Clearly, I should have tried to hang on to my crafty man the first time.  And I am lucky to have regained him.  Mrow.

Unfortunately, in my bitterness after our break-up, I cut up the dress he made for me and made it into a nice, full skirt.  But yeah, this event is yearly .. http://www.dagorhir.com/ragnarok/index.html  *geeked .. I may actually make it this time!*

Anyway, last night he asked me to help him with a choker he wanted to make for a friend (if he ever finishes it, I'll post .. it could be very, very pretty).  So I assisted him in picking up beading needles for the very first time .. then whipped out the camera  Grin

Big man, little beads .. I love the boy.  And yeah, his hair is pink  Cheesy
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3  Chainmail choker in Vogue in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by Ezrainiel on: January 23, 2006 04:02:09 PM
I was just flipping through an old Vogue my roommate had lying around, and came across this in an ad :

It looks like the rows are alternating plain rings and twisty-looking ones.  I'm intrigued.  And, naturally, wanna make something like it.

Now .. I know how to make chainmail, having helped my boyfriend make Dagorhir armor more than once.  And I know that I could weedle my way into using his coil-making thing to make the plain rings .. but the twisty looking ones puzzle me.  I don't think it would work to just twist a few strands of wire together and then coil the bunch, either .. it seems like, once you cut a ring from it, it would fall apart.  All the mail I've made is butted, not welded, and I don't have the equipment to seal the ends together anyway.

So .. has anyone come across rings like this before?  Or does anyone have a better idea how to make them myself?  (Following the design in the ad, it wouldn't be a problem if the twisty rings weren't cut.  It might actually make things a lot easier if they weren't!)
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4  Re: Make your own beads in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Ezrainiel on: November 21, 2005 04:43:37 PM
OK, the afore-mentioned 2-liter has been mauled!

I cut it a different way than you did - into little random shapes - and was all ready to wrap the plastic around something to make it bead-shaped .. then put it in the water and figured out that it curls up all by itself.  Ha  Roll Eyes

The triangle shapes made the best beads, placed into the water edge-first and allowed to curl up about themselves.  The top four in the photo are like that.  The other two .. well, they were random.  One was made with a narrow strip and curled up in a way that's a little useless as a bead, but kinda cool.  The other one is just pretty!

I was worried about the durability (softness) of the plastic, but it seems good and firm ^_^  Thanks for the idea!
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5  A couple of things I made ^_^ in Beads: Completed Projects by Ezrainiel on: September 25, 2005 10:14:23 AM

I drew out the pattern from a photo, peyote-stitched it together and here we are, a choker.  It droops less than I was afraid it would.

A belled anklet.  Must be careful not to wear it places like a library.

This was for a friend with little hands who liked my chainmail handflower but wanted something girlier.  The silver beads have roses on them.
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