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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Radish Necklace! Now with semi-tutorial on: August 21, 2007 12:51:10 PM

This is my Radish Necklace. I made it after I insisted on having some Luna Lovegood Earrings, but I couldnt find a tut. I liked.

The problem is, it is way to heavy for an earring. And I couldnt just throw it away! So I made it into a necklace.

constructive critism is welcome!

sorry for the pic, I am not sure you can see it too well.  Smiley

Alright. TUTORIAL.

disclaimer *~this may be way more difficult than it has to be, if something is easily substituted, I say go for it! also I am a super messy craftster, my projects are not usually neat and tidy, this involved superglue, please do this in a well ventilated area!!! ( sometimes I wonder if I go out of my way to make it difficult like a twisted adventure of some sort)

heres the thing, Ive been busy, so no pictures Sad when I do this again I promise to take pictures!

Youre going to need
1. cotton pads like http://www.kosmetech.com/item.asp?idProduct=101&idCategory=10&idSubCategory=10 <--that ( I am sure you can substitute it with something similar.

2. white string

3. orangey-red, white, and green seed beads

4. gold wire (for the seed beads)

5. super glue

6. wire cutters

7. a loop for the necklace chain to go through

First what you need to do is take the cotton pad apart. for mine I used about 1/2 of the cotton pad. roll it up.

the string is to help you shape it. knot the strng around the cotton and tie it secruly, then us it to manipulate the ball into the shape you desire (mine was like a tear drop). to get the shape, dont be afraid to wrap it tightly. After your done, either knot it around the ball, or glue it down.

For the leaves. I used the tutorial here http://community.livejournal.com/hp_costuming/793901.html#cutid2 (use the green seed beads and the wire) after I was done, I took the wire ends, and wrapped those around the cotton swab, putting the leaves at the top, and wraping it around the bottom ( this is hard to understand I know, Im sorry) a little glue holds it in place.

after this is where I screwed in the loop between the leaves, its not hard, cause its cotton, again, a little glue to hold it in place.

then for the body... first take some gold wire and secure it around the leaves and loop. then start threading the beads onto the wire. as more and more beads got on, I started to wrap them around the body of the radish, using a tab of glue to secure them as I went, Its a bit of a tedious project, and can get messy. I estimated at about where I wanted to change from the orange to the white, somewhere close to halfway is good. I tried to make it so you cant see any of the cotton underneath ( that was the hardest part)

at the end, you leave a tail for the root of the radish, then you secure the last bead how ever you see fit ( some people knot, some curl the wire, some thread it back though, I threaded it)
Wow, I am sure I just confused anyone who red that, so ask questions, and I will try to fix it soon!  Embarrassed Undecided Grin
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The Delicious Smell of Tea? on: August 16, 2007 08:29:53 AM
Ok so I didnt know really where to put this, and Im not quite sure if you can count this as a craft. If I have put it in the wrong place I appologize!


I have been a tea drinker for a while and I *love* the smell of tea. recently my friend gave me some Tazo Chai Tea, (the kind they sell at Starbucks) and I fell in love. The tea smells delicious too. and I was thinking to myself, it would be awsome if I could get my room to smell like this. So why cant it?

Any ideas as to how to make a room smell more like tea?

Perhaps something with the tea bags??

any help is super appreciated.

(note: I am not looking to make tea, I am looking to get the smell from the tea)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nintendo DS Monokuro Boo Box on: June 11, 2007 06:06:11 PM
Ok so I got my DS Lite today, and I have been planning to get it for a few weeks. I used to have an old school DS but I am giving it to the boyfriend. anyway, so now that I cant really use my old DS accessories, I thought, why not make something? So I did.

Looks like a regular box, but when you open it up....

Its Monokuro Boo (Hes a san-x character) Adorable simple piggys of love!
and that box thingy in the center? that holds, you guessed it, DS Games!

A picture of all the wonderful delicious DS love inside!

Comments are welcome!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / A gift for a boyfriend on: October 19, 2006 04:27:15 PM
So me and my boyfriend are going through a bit of a hard time right now. I want to make him a gift that shows that everything will be ok and that I am sorry for the recent mess we have been in. But I am having a major brain blockage. I have no idea what to make him! Anyone have any ideas? He likes surfing, aikido, anything japanese, and tennis. He is also very... I dont know... hippie-like. I have already made him a kimono and a hakama. I am looking for a romantic kinda thing, without being too mushy. So any help is much appreciated! One thing though... I cant knit.... *sigh* Im working on fixing that!

Thanks in advance!  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / City Skyline Skirt on: January 13, 2006 06:35:50 AM
ok. Pretty sure this goes heres, so ....

I got this jean skirt from Wet Seal. It was one of those things, looked good in the store.... but I get home and it looks .... bland.

so... I got out some acrylics and some old jewels and one hour later....

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / iPod + Shower = not a very good idea. on: November 13, 2005 03:54:07 PM
NO I dont take it in the shower with me!
But ....
I do like music while I am showering, and all my music is on my iPod. When I shower, the water is pretty hot and steams up the entrie bathroom, even with the window open. My old iPod would disfunction after I took a shower, the click wheel would stop working and it just wouldnt work right. I recently got a new one after the old one broke. To help stop the damage with my old one, I would wrap it in cloth. It didnt do much good... but it did something. I am wraping the new one in mounds of washcloths to prevent moisture from touching it.

I have a iSkin Evo2 cover on it, it doesnt do me much good though.

So... Does anyone have any ideas to solve my iPod delema? have you had the same problem? Let me know! I should try and save the new one before its too late!  Grin
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Nintendo DS Accessories and things on: October 11, 2005 04:54:08 PM
This is my first post, I hope I am doing this in the right forum thing. ( I love you craftster and have been a visitor for a while!)


I just got a Nintendo DS... and its kinda boring looking. I have searched a bit but havnt found a whole lot...
Do you have any ideas on how to spruce it up a bit? Ideas for styluses, cases, ect.?

I would absolutly love ideas.

But heres the catch.

I cant Knit (except spool knitting which doesnt really count) and I cant sew really well (but can try!).

Let me know if you have any ideas!
Thank you sooo much!
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