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1  Re: Trying Jewelry now... in Beads: Completed Projects by BagLady on: February 06, 2005 08:49:14 AM
I made some more last night, and I'm really excited with how they turned out! What do you think?

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2  Some New Jewelry in Beads: Completed Projects by BagLady on: February 05, 2005 01:58:51 PM
I just wanted to get some opinions... I've been wanting to try making jewelry for awhile, and have been collecting supplies and decided to go ahead and give it a shot...

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3  Re: Bottle Cap Magnets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by BagLady on: February 03, 2005 08:21:46 AM
I started off beating the heck out of my bottlecaps with a rubber mallet, and got this:

I wasn't very happy with it (I was also using the diamond glaze instead of resin...)
I bought some new bottlecaps (you can get them in the scrapbook section of craft stores, or on e-bay) and some two part resin, and am much more pleased with the results:

Plus... it's a lot less manual labor, lol...
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4  Re: ~Bottlecap Necklaces~ **Tutorial Added** in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BagLady on: December 07, 2004 07:35:24 PM
Just wanted to post some more that I made, they are so much fun  Wink
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5  Re: My cellphone "BLING-BLING" in Completed Projects by BagLady on: December 02, 2004 08:36:38 PM
I got so excited when I saw this post, I grabbed my cell phone and went to work! I am not sure if it's complete yet, seems to be missing something....  and the color is off in this picture, those are clear and very pale pink rhinestones.

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6  Rebatched Goatsmilk Soaps in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by BagLady on: November 25, 2004 08:56:02 PM
I've been interested in making soap for awhile, but the thought of working with lye (with kids and animals underfoot) frightens me ..... so after much searching, reading and collecting materials, I found an awesome lady in PA who lives on a Dairy Goat Farm and makes goatsmilk soap with fresh goatsmilk, soybean oil and coconut oil and sells them for rebatching purposes. I first ordered a small 5lb batch to see if I'd like it, and I LOVE IT!!! I just got my 30 lb order and am about to order MORE already - I'm so addicted!!! Here are some pictures of my two 1st sizeable batches made with the soap (lots of malfunctioned ones before these, lol).... the ingredients are under the pictures, and they are both deeeelicious!!!

ingredients: goatsmilk soap base (mentioned above), coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, ground coffee beans, Caramel fragrance, unrefined shea butter, all natural honey, cocoa powder (for colorant), and it's topped off with semi-ground coffee beans. (I brought some to Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma's house today and everyone thought it was dessert! LOL)

ingredients: goatsmilk soap base (mentioned above), coconut oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, unrefined shea butter, beeswax, ground wheat germ, Ylang Ylang fragrance.

I'm so proud of these :-) I can't believe how amazing they smell, and how refreshing they are to bathe with!! I don't even have to use lotion after bathing with one of these babies  Wink

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7  ~Bottlecap Necklaces~ **Tutorial Added** in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BagLady on: November 24, 2004 08:20:58 PM
I have been dying to make these, and finally acquired all of the materials and I think I'm addicted  Cheesy

Lots of room for improvement, but I'm pretty pleased with they way they turned out. I don't think I let the glitter glue sit long enough (impatience strikes again!) before sealing them, but oh well - these are for my friend and I  Wink
And so here I go with a tutorial......

Use your pliers, or whatever is handy, to open up the bottlecap some (if you want it to have the "open" look) - then I use a rubber mallet to gently tap it to make sure it's open evenly all the way around... don't pound to hard, or you'll get something that looks like this....

Remove the plastic liner inside the bottlecap. I've found that heating it a bit with a lighter (be careful, it will get HOT) helps in removal - and scissors and a straight pen for that ring around the liner that can be difficult ;-) Then paint your bottlecap the color of your choice, using either spray paint or acrylic paint.

Next, insert your circle image into the bottlecap. Either cut it out, or use a 1" circle punch (fits perfectly!) - I use rubber cement to attach mine inside the cap. Get your glitter glue (or you can put a ring of glue around the picture, and sprinkle glitter, but I find the glitter glue in the tube is easier for application) and your gem/large glitter/ whatever you choose....
If you're going to put a gem in the bottlecap, do that first - using a straight pen to apply the glue (rubber cement, again, is my preference) and placing it on the picture... then use the glitter glue tube to make a circular frame around the picture (this one got a little sloppy, so there will be an additional one in the rest of the pictures lol)
This can get tricky - I've read that some people use resin for their bottlecaps, but I chose to try Diamond Glaze, and it works great - just squirt a blob of it inside the bottlecap (after your glitter is GOOD and dry) and pick up the bottlecap and tilt it from side to side to spread it around - keep a straight pen handy to pop bubbles, they can be a nightmare! (tip: store your glue upside down for less air bubbles)
Drying time is 3-6 hours... I tried coating these with a clear gloss, but I'm not sure yet if it's a good thing or a bad thing  Huh ...then get a hammer and nail (or if you have one, a drill) and either a cutting board or a piece of wood... place the nail where you want the hole for the top of your necklace, and hammer away... then if you want to add a charm, do the same to the bottom of the bottlecap where you want your charm to hang from...

attach your split rings (and charms), and Viola! It's ready to add to the necklace of your choice ;-)

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8  Re: Glass Marble Magnets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BagLady on: November 09, 2004 08:55:28 PM
I recently made these magnets (I've been on a "pin up girl" kick lately)

We are getting ready for a "community sale" (the closest thing we will EVER have to a craft show in this part of the country, LoL) and I was wondering about packaging - I have seen the altoid size tins, but would like to keep the price down, so I was wondering if this packaging is too cheesy? It's still in it's developmental stages (excuse the scissors in the corner holding it flat, I haven't stapled it down yet lol)

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9  Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) in The Swap Gallery by BagLady on: November 09, 2004 08:40:58 PM
I got another package today from my awesome secret craftster!!! Love all of it!!! THANK YOU!!!

(hard to tell in the picture, but that's a pair of jade earrings on that piece of fabric)
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10  Very Girly Greeting Cards!!! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BagLady on: October 12, 2004 10:04:16 PM
Here are some cards I've been making - I'm so addicted!!! I am thinking of offering them for sale on my site, individually, and/or in sets (maybe a "create your own pack of greeting cards" ?) What do you think? Are they decent enough for that?

(the one with the glitter is not *really* that shiny, I guess the flash from the camera and the glitter didn't get along so well  Undecided )

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