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11  pop tab necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by chocodog on: August 28, 2004 01:51:17 PM
So I was inspired by a posted reply on an LJ community regarding how to make pop tab bracelets. I followed one of the sets of directions that were posted, but was unpleased with the results. So I altered the tecnique of assembly, and came up with this. Hope you enjoy. Finally, I can wear my obsession with diet pepsi on my neck!

Let me know if anyone wants a tutorial. I changed a few things for looks and durability.
Here's the original set of instructions: http://www.livejournal.com/community/bracelet_whore/2071150.html
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12  Re: square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by chocodog on: August 26, 2004 02:00:48 PM
I made one too. I guess that's 2,000,000 Jordy bags on this website. I cut the fabric a little differently.

Here's mine. Please ignore the cheeseball flames. I thought they were cool, then immediately regretted the purchase. Maybe they're ok.

See, the top tapers.

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13  Re: jewelry making- beads and wire in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by chocodog on: July 16, 2004 11:06:56 AM
My first sterling experience. Very nice to work with.

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14  Re: jewelry making- beads and wire in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by chocodog on: July 10, 2004 11:51:01 PM
Here's some of the latest stuff. I'd love to check out anyone's pieces!

This is a bracelet I made tonight. I tried the same technique I've been using, but with the addition of twisting the wire ends around the base. It looks sloppy. I don't know how to fix it.

This one was completed yesterday, and it has a cool centerpiece. I think it looks like a mini chandelier.

Here's what I made with the same green beads as before. Little different technique. It gets sort of tangled easily. Is this because the loops are so small?
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15  jewelry making- beads and wire in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by chocodog on: July 07, 2004 11:34:29 AM
I made this necklace last night, and it's so much easier since I broke down and bought some jewelry making tools. I was using needlenose pliers, and that was not working for me. I thought I would start this thread to trade ideas about how to make this sort of beaded jewelry. I have got the hang of jump rings, and I have also made some settings for the beads... they look like this:
0----0, and the bead sits on the middle part. I hope to make some tutorials, but I'm sure there's a more "correct" way to do what I'm doing. So what's next? What is my next jewelry making ambition? What are some other ways to set the beads? Oh, and tell me what you think of my first quality necklace. What can I do better? What looks cool?? Thanks so much in advance.

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16  Father's Day Simpsons XStitch/Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by chocodog on: June 22, 2004 06:35:19 PM
My dad loves Homer, so I made him this for Father's Day. I thought it came out well, but it took FOREVER.

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17  mario inspired xstitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by chocodog on: May 23, 2004 10:04:48 PM

And the pattern for the 1-up.

I know it's weird. Any ideas about what to put these kind of images on? I was thinking some article of clothing or something. Any ideas?
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18  YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by chocodog on: March 28, 2004 09:27:20 AM
I have recently been experimenting with yarn dyeing. It's so fun to give your pieces a personalized look.

Here's how to do it:

I used online sources, and kind of mixed and matched info I found.

1. Take the yarn (animal fiber only) out of a skein, and into a large loop. I wrapped it around the back of a chair. I tied it with 6 bits of yarn in 6 places, evenly spaced around the circle.

2. Soak in warm water w/ 2 oz white vinegar for 30 min. I used water as hot as my tap would go, pretty hot, actually.

3. Take out of water, let water drip out, squeeze gently, wrap in old towel, and roll it up and squeeze even more water out.

4. Arrange in pyrex casserole dish, so the yarn is not overlapping itself. Make sure this pan will and can go into the microwave.

5. Mix kool-aid. 1 packet of koolaid with 6 oz warm H2O with 2 oz white vinegar. Swirl up so there is no powder. I did one color at a time, but you could do them all in separate bowls. I didn't want to do any more dishes than I had to.

6. Take baster (the thing for squirting turkey juice all over a turkey) and suck up some koolaid, and squirt on sections of yarn. If you tied the hank together evenly, you can use the ties as guides for spacing color evenly. Repeat for all colors. I used blue razzberry for the blues, and lemonade mixed with lemon lime for the greens. The juices will settle in the bottom of the pan. This is ok. I used 1 pack of koolaid mix (mixed as indicated above) for each oz of yarn. So 4 batches all together for a 4oz skein of lambs pride.

Note: Next time I'm going to try dipping half the hank into one color, and half into another, a la easter eggs. Smiley

7. Then you take the pan, and cover with saran wrap with holes, and microwave on high, checking every 2 min to see if the water in the bottom is clear yet. It was like magic, after 8 min, mine turned clear. I couldn't believe it.

8. Take the skein out carefully, it will be very hot and steamy. VERY HOT! I put the thing in the sink and ran hot tap water down the side of the sink. I guess you don't want the water, especially if it's considerably cooler than the temp of the yarn to run directly on the yarn, but through it. I think it would felt otherwise. Then I gradually made the water cooler and cooler, until I could pick it up. I squeezed the H20 out, rolled in the towel, and hung to dry.

It's so much fun, I would highly recommend.
Hope you all enjoy.
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19  Re:stitch n' bitch felted marsupial tote in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by chocodog on: February 29, 2004 07:23:23 PM

YES! 1st BIG project! (i.e. not a scarf)
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