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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Re: heavy metal: hardware jewelry set on: December 13, 2005 06:06:11 PM
Thanks everyone for the awesome feedback!  in response to a few questions: yes they are a bit jangly, mostly the bracelet ;-)  But if thats your thing, you could add a few tiny bells in amongst the hardware- could be a nice effect.  As for it getting caught in my clothes, not really.  all the hardware pieces are closed loops, and the sprockets too small to catch much.  Though the headband is sometimes a little hard to get out of my hair, i'll admit!
I've been really impressed with everybody's projects!  I am always looking to craftster for my inspiration- im happy to think some people will take something from my ideas as well!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Re: heavy metal: hardware jewelry set on: December 05, 2005 03:27:10 PM
Gorgeous stuff!    Is it very heavy?

Thanks!  yes, actually i did have an issue with the heaviness of the earrings.  The first version  was almost twice as long!  but i shortened them and made sure not to use the more solid pieces (nuts, wingnuts) on them.  If i stuck with the thin washers (and i included some thin chain as well) they were fine.  But ingeneral the other pieces aren't too heavy.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / heavy metal: hardware jewelry set on: December 05, 2005 09:58:34 AM
Here is my first craft challenge entry!  (and with finals in two days, it was fabulous procrastination ;-)

So I tried to find the funkiest stuff in the hardware store and came across all these little sprockets and doo-hickeys.  Theyre only like 5 cents each so I was able to get a whole bunch (a variety of course) for 10 bucks and made this hardcore hardware jewelry set:

The set includes two pairs of earrings, a bracelet, and a choker/headband.  The first pair of earrings is just made of two little nut covers that I epoxyd to some post earring backs.  The dangly earrings have lengths of chain decorated with the little sprockets.  The bracelet I am particularly proud of, as I figured out how to make a toggle closure out of a gasket and wingnut.  The final piece can be worn a number of ways.  It is made of chain and sprockets on a memory wire frame, so it can be worn on the wrist, around the neck choker-style, or my personal fav: in the hair!

Most of the pieces are nuts and chain I picked up at the hardware store.  Additional crafty materials I supplied: jewelry jump rings, memory wire, epoxy, earring backs/loops, and pliers.  Hope you like!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / slide chandelier on: September 05, 2005 07:35:41 PM
ok so this is not an entirely original idea.

I saw a project idea for a chandelier made from various hanging things in Bust Magazine.  I combined this with an idea I had seen previously ( in ReadyMade i think- just trying to give credit where credit is due ;-) for a lampshade made entirely of linked slides.  this is what i came up with:

sorry, the pic is kinda blurry, but you get the idea.  anyway, it was really pretty easy.  i had a bunch of colorful if not incredibly inspired old slide photos lying around from my brief flirtation with a career in underwater photography.  i drilled a hole in the top and bottom of each slide mount and made strings of them by linking them with jewelry o rings.  then i hung the different length strands from two rings i cut from the top and bottom of a normal lampshade and decorated with some fabric trim.  a lightbulb suspended in the center is the light source and the whole thing is hung with fishing line.  it makes a nice colorful underwater lightshow, and makes me feel better about wasting all that film ;-)

hope you like it!
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