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1  stamp bracelet... (who is this lady?) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alycimo on: August 16, 2005 09:46:42 PM
So, I made a bracelet... Does anyone know whose lovely face this is?

 I'm thinking - you don't get to be on postage unless someone knows who you are....
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2  3 bracelets {buttons starwars sampler} in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alycimo on: August 06, 2005 10:21:31 PM

yes.  just buttons ala ribbon.

c3po's strategy "let the wookie win..."

scanned from my comic book. ironed onto an old teeshirt. stitched onto red leather. punched holes. hammer snaps.  { i love to hammer snaps.  (thanks amanda's dad for my anvil.)}

back in "the day" people learned how to do embroidery stitches with a funny sampler that said home is where the heart... or an apple a day...
this is my sampler-on-ribbon bracelet.
now.  you may comment.
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3  Spider and Daisy Pillow - (amy butler pattern) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by alycimo on: July 08, 2005 11:31:34 PM
this is from an amy butler pattern, i love how it turned out...
It was pretty easy too... (i'm totally a novice sewer.  seamstress.  something...)

this spider is made out of scrappy little bits I found around my house,
(except his little boots, are made of felt that i had to buy...)
The pillow is (mostly) recontructed out of old shirts from high school,
 a napkin from my wedding, old curtains, dresses...
and one piece of amy butler fabric...

it's big and squashy... so are her cheeks...

she likes da spider...
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4  Re: postage stamp necklaces... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alycimo on: June 20, 2005 11:55:41 PM
So, its easy peasy.  My husband taught me some techniques for soldering, but there are some simple instructions to make similar fun things, and absurdly cutey-pooty things on the site that I got the idea for using the microscope slides at (a scrapbooking place, http://scrapalatte.net/) and thats where I get the solder, copper tape, and flux. (so I can be sure its safe, not leaking toxic-lead-gunk into my neck.)  I get my slides at microscope depot its much cheaper.  But if you wanna read it here -  This is how I do it
a) Choose stamp, score and break the microscope slides(with a glass cutter), mount the stamp to a nice piece of paper,
(or not.  If you do it can be double sided. and as martha would say "that's a good thing.")
b)  Make a glass-stamp-glass sandwich, holding it closed with a springy clamp thing. 
Size counts, make an effort to use pieces of glass that really match well

 Wrap the edges in copper tape, rubbing it aggressively down to make some really good contact with the glass.
 c) One edge at a time:  paint with flux, and solder.  Its hot. Dont burn yourself.
 it should be resting on a heatproof surface (perhaps a piece of glass.)
I like to have the clamp on the bottom holding it steady. eddie. 
d) Make a nice extra blob of solder,  where the jump ring can be attached.  Flux the ring and the blob. 
 Holding the ring (with pliers) heat the blob until just molten, and then jam that ring in.
Hold for a few seconds, and then admire. 
e) ooh

 This is my first attempt at posting a tutorial... it's time for bed now. 
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5  postage stamp necklaces... (tutorial added.) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alycimo on: June 12, 2005 04:55:57 PM
i just joined today, I've been observing for a week...  You kids rock...
(hopefully i wont post this completely wrong)

I found a giant bag of old and ( sometimes crusty ) stamps at a thrift store.   
I knew they would make great jewelry, but it's has taken me a year to figure it out...

at last.  Success...
(and I got to learn how to solder)
*tutorial on page 2...*
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