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1  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Re: Who's in Asheville??? on: February 07, 2007 03:15:27 PM
Hi.  I'm more of a lurker here, but I'm in Asheville!  I've been here about two years, myself.

I've been wondering if there's any crafty groups, or any interest in them, for a while now.  Thoughts?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Penpals Take Two on: May 31, 2006 08:33:02 PM
Ok, so I have been lurking on Craftster for quite a while, but a penpal is worth breaking the silence for!

My name's Stephanie.  I'm 21, and I live in lovely, mountainous Asheville, North Carolina.  I moved here a bit over a year ago from my native Philadelphia.  Moving's harder than most people tell ya...  Right now I'm a full time student in a metals/jewerly program. I also work at a yarn shop (not the dream job it sounds like, but you gotta love cheap(er) yarn).

Crafty hobbies:  jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, book-making, pie-baking, stuff-collecting in the hopes of stuff-making (does that one count? or make sense?)

Other hobbies:  reading (though I'm quite a big fan of books on tape at the moment, since I don't sit still well), thrift shopping, travel (when possible, which is of course not often enough), movies (and I'm wierdly obsessed with movie reviews, too. what's up with that?)

To a mildly embarrassing degree, I'm a fan of snarky animated series (The Simpsons, Futurama, and so forth). 

One of my next goals in life is to get a tattoo of Milo from The Phantom Tollbooth, then possibly one of a sea otter (why a sea otter? I just really like them---what, don't you?). 

I own a hell-of-a-lot of ugly owl pendants from the sixties and seventies, and am still looking for a way to display them for maximum impact.

I'd love a pen pal from any background, really, and by email or the old fashioned way.  Swaps could be fun too! 

Waiting expectantly, with fingers crossed...
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chain Maille Earrings on: August 25, 2004 05:26:40 AM
I really like those, esp. the 'bubble weave' ones!

I'd never heard of that weave before; do you suppose you could explain it in a bit more detail?
Is it just like a variation of European 4 in 1? Hmm...

Thanks! Really nice work.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ear threads and Utter Confusion on: August 21, 2004 03:09:23 AM
I've been a tad confused by these as well...

Nearest I can tell, your main concerns with these versus regular long chain earrings would be

1. The smoothness of the ends on the "threader" or the ends of the earrings and
2. The size of the chain used would have to be thin enough to be comy slidin' through your piercing.

It looks to me like those threader ends aren't head pins, but probly just wire tubing, filed all nice and smooth (you know, like the post part of post earrings is basically just wire).  In this case, though, it looks like it's hollow.  I know you can purchase tubing in some pretty small gauges ( you wouldn't want larger than 20 or so, for comfort's sake again). 

These might be soldered, but a good jeweler's cement might work fine:  just take the chain, add a bit o glue, thread into the tubing a bit to keep it secure.  Then you can attatch your beads and prettiness to the other end.

As for the size of chain, go with whatever is just small enough to fit in the tubing.

 Does that make sense?  Hope so--it's late.

I hope that was at all helpful!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: mario inspired xstitch on: August 17, 2004 12:24:18 PM
OH! If you know how to use a bead loom (and it's really not at all hard to learn) you can make some
supremely sweet nintendo jewelry with these grids (or ones like them).

Which I know I have to go do right about now.  Thanks for the inspiration, everybody!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: ~Wallets!!~..... on: July 22, 2004 12:09:56 PM
Those are really cute! Thanks for the pattern.

As a sort of side question: where'd you get the camo yarn?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New(er) chain maille choker with wrapped cabochon on: July 11, 2004 07:17:13 PM
That looks really great!

Quick question, though: just how exactly did you surround the cabochon?  Is it just the maille, or did you add wire or glue or some such for support?

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re:star wars embroidered pillow? on: January 27, 2004 10:54:26 PM
i think it looks really nice! i'd been wondering about how that readymade idea would turn out in real life.

nice work.
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