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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Shattered Dreams on: April 27, 2016 09:42:35 PM
Snippets of blue and green paper cut from old magazines and glued to canvas board that I painted black. Sorry the photo's not great, this is the best I could manage for the time being.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Abstract Collage on: February 23, 2016 02:08:15 PM
Torn as to whether this should actually be posted on the paper crafts board rather than here. What makes something art as opposed to craft and does it really matter? Anyway, here is my little abstract collage that I have decided to call 'Cut and Paste', hope you like it.

ETA: Regardless of your opinion of my work, I would love it if you would share your thoughts relating to art vs craft.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Upcycled Ornaments on: December 12, 2015 07:54:44 PM
These are a couple of Christmas tree ornaments that I made by upcycling household rubbish.

The red one on the left is made with a couple of sauce bottle lids held together with some reclaimed copper wire and the silver one on the right is made with can tabs. The can tab ornament in this picture is also made copper wire (and I think perhaps a guitar string as well), however I have since discovered that it's much quicker and easier to just use jute twine.

I haven't bought new Christmas decorations for over 5 years and I hope I never have to again!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Soda can/earphone cord double wrap bracelet on: October 27, 2014 04:57:22 PM
Thought I'd try my hand at a wrap bracelet using my new found obsession for soda can beads. I used cord from an old set of earphones to weave them onto. I really would have liked to use the earphone itself for the button/clasp but the cord was too long and I couldn't get it to work.

In my quest for an earphone clasp and a tapered end I started making another using creaming soda beads. I used some kind of really cheap jewelry wire this time and when now that I've run out of length I can't for the life of me work out how to join a new bit to it without crimping beads (I don't have ANY tools). Here's a pic of it anyway, just so you can see the pretty pink beads Roll Eyes

If I make any more of these I would like to use reclaimed fishing line off the beach so that the bracelets would be 100% upcycled (even though my husband thinks I'm completely insane!). Unfortunately, I find rolling the beads really, really hurts my hand after a while and I've decided to lay off them for a while.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Aluminium can cuff bracelet on: October 27, 2014 04:40:50 PM
I made beads by rolling strips of aluminium can then square stitched them with elastic thread to make this stretchy cuff bracelet.

I got the idea for the beads from a fabulous ebook called 'Keeping Tabs' that I downloaded from www.aluminouspublishing.com for FREE! The author, Alice Lund, uses them for the strap on a handbag.

If I had metal stamping equipment I would love to try stamping on the flat side of the beads.

ETA. It seems the link above is now a blog about something entirely unrelated, sorry 'bout that.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re-use craft site on: September 21, 2014 03:33:47 PM
My local council's web-site has a link to an amazing site http://www.co-oproduct.org/.  I swear this isn't spam, but anyone interested in making stuff from junk ought to check it out.

It would seem that the majority of tutorials are submitted by design students at University of Nottingham in the UK.  The projects are classified by the waste material used so is great for 'what could I do with this?' situations.
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Recycled crafter from Down Under on: May 15, 2014 06:27:26 PM
Hello to all you wonderful creative people out there!

I love to make things out of stuff that would usually be thrown out, but mostly because I'm cheap frugal and not because I'm an eco-warrior (but shhhh, don't tell anyone).

Like most crafters, I'm a shocker for starting new projects before completing old ones, so I don't have much to show as far as examples of my work. Perhaps by the time I've posted 10 times and am allowed to post photos I will have finished some more stuff.  I did manage to upload a photo to my member gallery of a basket I made out of plastic bottles and plarn, but I can't actually post it cause I'm too new.

I'm really looking forward to diving in a bit further and getting to know some of the awesome people who hang out around here.

ETA: managed to use my basket picture as an avatar, but it makes an already slightly wonky basket look even wonkier!
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