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51  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / With tutorial! Retired Computer Mice on: September 21, 2010 04:17:03 AM
I designed and made these out of used wireless computer mice:

I hope you like them.
If anyone is interested, I could make some sort of tutorial.
Ow, and please feel free to make your own additions to a worldwide family of retired computer mice.
Comments and questions are most welcome!
Kind regards,

added on September 24:
This is how I made them!
step 1
I cleaned the mouse and (if necessary) removed the batteries and scroll ball.
step 2
I glued the mouse to a piece of 3mm grey felt. I made sure there was enough felt at the back of the mouse to cut on a tail.
I let the glue dry for several hours, then cut the felt around the mouse an cut on a tail (be careful not to cut it off!).
Of course you can use a different material for the bottom of the mouse. You could also add a tail later on, from a different material.
step 3
I used two half-round black shank buttons for the eyes. I cut off the shanks and glued them to (what was to become) the mouse's face.
You could use alternatives like black beads, or flat black buttons, or felt. If you use felt, you might want to use some white paint for highlights (so it looks like the eyes are reflecting light).
step 4
I crocheted a snout, using a 3mm crochet hook and some leftover yarn. I made a chain of 18 stitches, then SC in spirals, decreasing 3 stitches in each row. When I had 3 stitches left, I weaved in the tail, but did not (!) cut it off. Instead I used it to sew a little black bead to the end of the snout.
You could use a bead of a different colour, for instance pink. In fact, you could even make the entire snout out of pink yarn.
Or, if you don't crochet, you could make the snout out of a different material (like felt, or leather, or paper-mache).
I stuffed the snout with a little bit of the same yarn, then glued it to the mouse's face. I did not like how the edge looked after the glue dried and then decided to crochet another chain of 20 stitches and glued it around the base of the snout (this is of course optional).
I used some thin black nylon thread that I had lying around for whiskers. Black nylon hairs of a brush will do fine too (or any kind of black wire). I used three and stuck them through the snout, right behind the little bead. To secure them in place, I used a few drops of clear nailpolish.
step 5
I made ears out of black leather (a leather upholstery sample). I first made a paper template: I drew a 3cm circle (with the help of a template). Then I drew a vertical line from the middle of the circle, 3cm down. From there a horizontal line (using the vertical line as the middle point) of 2cm. Then I connected the sides of the circle with the outer points of the horizontal line.
I know, it sounds complicated, but you will get a drawing that has a perfect half circle at the top and then a cone getting slimmer going down.
I was not done yet. I wanted the ears to stand up straight. To achieve that, I cut out a slim triangle at the base of the template, right in the middle, pointing upwards.
Then I traced the paper template twice on the back of my piece of leather, cut it out, and cut out the triangle.
Next I glued the ears on the mouse's head, closing the two sides of the triangle against eachother.
step 6
Now your mouse is ready to get dressed!
You could use all kinds of materials to dress your mouse. Gluing on pieces of paper, felt or fabric is probably the easiest way.
But (of course...) I went for the hardest way and made real clothes! That is: they look like real clothes on top of the mouse, but under the mouse there is nothing but the layer of felt from the beginning.
step 7
Pants! I used jeans for two of my mice and a dark brown stretchy trousers fabric for the girly one. I did not draw up a pattern, since the mice all have different shapes and sizes. Instead I just winged them (I think I have redone all three of them at least once, so you will need some patience and percevierence).
First I cut a piece of fabric that was larger then I actually needed (you can cut the extras off, but you cannot cut any fabric on...). I then layed the mouse on its side on a piece of paper and tried to draw the curve of its back. I then folded the fabric in half (right side in) and handstitched the curve (that I traced from the paper mold). Then I tried it on (and usually had to make adjustments). If the shape is right, cut off most of the seam, so it won't make a big ridge over the back of the mouse.
For the jeans I topstitched the seam with orange embroidery thread.
Then I attached the jeans to the butt of the mouse, with double-sided tape. I did it bit by bit, so there was room to stretch and correct.
When it was attached perfectly, I cut off the excess fabric at the bottom. To prefend the jeans from fraying, I glued the bottom edge to the mouse.
I did not worry about the top of the jeans, since they would be covered by the top clothes.
step 8
The top!
I made three different tops:
- A knitted red sweater.
- A green cotton polkadotted blouse.
- A grey hoodie.
Again: no patterns drawn, I just winged them.
First you want to take the measurements and perhaps draw them on a piece of paper.
The advantages of using knitting or crocheting is that it will stretch. The disadvantage is that you cannot cut of any excess if they turn out too big.
I used the same technique of taping (with double-sided tape) the tops on bit by bit. I even used double-sided tape to hem the blouse and the top part of the hoodie. And to attach the hood to the sweater.
To get neat edges where the tops touch the sides of the mouse, I sewed them onto the felt (at the underside of the mouse) and, if necessary, used clear nail polish to make sure the fabric wouldn't fray.
step 9
I decided my girly mouse needed some earrings to go with her blouse. Therefore I punched her leather ears and used silverplated jumprings and glass beads.

Well, that was about it.
I hope it all made sense to you, since English is not my first language.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask!
I hope you will have as much fun as I had, making your retired computer mice.
Kind regards,

PS (7 Dec. 2015): I made a new addition to the family: Santa Mouse.
You can find him here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442058.msg5356424#msg5356424
52  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wooden beads bracelets galore on: July 31, 2009 10:15:21 AM
Romy (10), her dad and I, made a pile of bracelets for an upcoming flea market on our doorstep:

We used wooden beads and elastic.
Don't they look festive?
53  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Pastel Easter Eggs (edited to add new eggs) on: March 15, 2009 09:49:49 AM
Here are my crocheted pastel Easter eggs:

I hope you like them.

Added on 23 March: similar Easter eggs in yellow!

Thank you for looking.
How do you like these?
54  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Chocolate Easter Eggs Wreath on: March 15, 2009 09:46:41 AM
Here's a wreath I made, using 2 kilos of chocolate Easter eggs!

Edited to add: I glued the wrapped chocolate eggs with a hot glue gun on a straw wreath.

I hope you like it.

Edited to add:
PS: we don't put our wreaths on the outside of a door.
Instead we hang them on the wall of for instance our living room, put them on a mantle piece or a cupboard or a bookshell, etc.
Or we ly them flat on a table, for instance as a centerpiece on a dinner table.
This particular one should not be hung/put on a sunny spot!
Or close to a chocolate addict..., lol.
55  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Our handmade Halloween decorations on: November 06, 2008 04:30:27 AM
We had a lovely Halloween party for Marc's 9 year old daughter and her friends.
Marc and I spent some fun hours crafting for it:

Halloween 2008, pic.01 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic.02 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic05 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic03 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic04 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic07 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic08 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic09 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic11 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic10 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

Halloween 2008, pic06 by Made by BeaG, on Flickr

56  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / January sales numbers on: February 01, 2007 06:54:03 AM
How many items did you sell from your Etsy shop in January?
I sold 27 items (two of them have not been paid for yet).
I think that is pretty good, considering January is supposed to be a slow month.
57  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Any European Craftsters on Etsy? on: June 16, 2006 09:18:27 AM
I am thinking about opening a small Etsy shop, but shipping rates from here (The Netherlands) to for instance the United States are sky high.
I would like to hear experiences from other European Etsy shop owners.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
58  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Would like to get tips on knitting with ribbon yarn on: January 10, 2006 11:53:40 AM
The only thriftstore around here started selling lots of different yarns for only 0,75 ($ 0,90) per 50 grams. Yeah! You can figure I built up quite a stash already...
I have 10 x 50 grams of Idena Carisio (multicoloured) and 10 x 50 grams of Idena Candy (light blue), both ribbon yarns.
This is the only example I could find on the internet (btw: did you see the price?).
But I have never knitted with ribbon yarn before. So I could do with some tips.
What is the best stitch to use?
The only use I can think of is for scarves. Would 500 grams be enough for other projects?
If I use large size needles, will my project stretch out?
Well, any tip on working with ribbon yarn is welcome.
59  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / Too small? on: November 17, 2005 06:21:42 AM
I'm starting to get into bandwith trouble for direct linking from my Photobucket, so I looked into the picture hosting possibility here at Craftster.
I find that resizing my pictures to a max. of 75K or 350x350 pixels makes them too small and of very poor quality.
Anybody else experiencing this problem?
60  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I finished another consignment (double) portrait on: October 07, 2005 01:23:39 AM
Here it is.
It is very difficult to take a picture of a coloured pencil drawing, so keep in mind that the original artwork looks better.
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