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1  Pressie for my friends B'day... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by summer_lover on: January 29, 2008 05:36:51 PM
ok.......so i've always wanted to make something for someone as a pressie...but never had the guts 1. coz i didnt know i they'd think it's cheap and 2. because my "creations" are poop on a stick! Tongue

so...........i made the butterfly for this a while back before i met her.....anyways, i thought it would be ideal for her as she likes pink and sparkley things, and i thought it would be a shame for it to go unused......so i added a simple bead bracelet to it.....and hey presto! here it is..............

i'm not sure if she'll like it, or what she'll think.....so i got her a big pressie to go with it (lots of lush bath goodies! because she luuuuuurves her baths! Tongue inc. are some pink glittery bath bombs teehee!)

it was really hard to capture on my cam.......i think it looks stunning in person just because the swarovski crystals sparkle so much! not because it looks good Tongue they really catch the light when put under a good one (not the kind in student digs haha!)

anyways........would like to know what you think.......be honest, it's more appreciated Smiley i'm giving it to her tomoz anyways so i'll let you know how it goes Tongue

SL x
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2  Ques ~ BIRTHDAY CAKE DECORATIONS in Dessert by summer_lover on: August 26, 2007 06:47:28 AM

I was wondering if anybody could tell me how you make icing/frosting roses, the kind that you see on wedding cakes etc.....

my mums birthday is coming up on 2nd sept and i wanted to make her a cool cake....

this was my first/last attempt on mothers day....i was quite impressed seeing as it's the only cake i've ever made (and almost the only thing i've ever cooked hahaha!!)

but i'm feeling a bit more adventurous this time round and wanted to do some roses or something........if you have any other ideas for decorations then just post them....the more ideas you can offer, the better Smiley

thanks for any help you can offer Smiley

h Smiley
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3  Re: looking for ~ Audrey Hepburn Dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by summer_lover on: August 12, 2007 12:07:13 PM
hmm at least i know there's a chance that i might find one out there Wink

was the dress in 2 parts like it is in the film?
in case you haven't seen it....the dress is actually a slim line dress and the back part of the dress that flares out kinda detaches from it (if my memory serves me correctly...)

this picture illustrates my point a little better.....

i'd rather it was one whole piece though....

thanks for your help Smiley how come you didn't pick it as your wedding dress??

h Smiley
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4  looking for ~ Audrey Hepburn Dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by summer_lover on: August 12, 2007 11:41:47 AM
does anybody know where I can find a dress that is similar to the one that Audrey Hepburn wears in the film 'Sabrina'

thanks for any help you can offer...

h Smiley

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5  URGENT HELP ~ Moomin toy/teddy/plush thingymabob in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by summer_lover on: March 12, 2007 09:17:18 AM
i don't know quite what to call it as i'm not really sure how to go about making it Tongue

basically, i wanted to make a moomin creature for my moomin Wink on mothers day...i know it's a bit late (it crept up on me!!) but she can get it late because i've already got her a spa day....i'm nice like that Wink

ok...so i've never made anything like this before, and i was thinking of making it out of felt...? but then i decided that i didn't really know what i was doing Tongue so i thought i'd turn to my fellow craftsters for some much needed help!! Tongue

so, any ideas how i could go about doing this??? remember i've not attempted anything like this before so i'm a complete newbie! so maybe if you thought of a pattern you could send me a copy Cheesy

here's a few pics of moomin's incase you havent heard of them before...the one with the apron is mama moomin Tongue not sure whether to do that one or not

hmm just thought...a similar lookin hippo teddy could work haha! Cheesy

kiwi Smiley
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6  Re: 1000 Paper cranes in memory of Sadako. in Craftalongs by summer_lover on: February 13, 2007 07:21:41 AM
ok so i found this picture of the cranes at the Sadako statue....so I think this maybe what they mean by garlands......

they look so pretty, but when i pictured them in my head, they were more spaced out, so you could see each individual crane, do you think they wouldn't let you do that because it takes up too much space?

sl x
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7  Re: What are these beads for??! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by summer_lover on: January 14, 2007 03:11:37 PM
argh! i've been looking for these in the UK for ages!! but i couldn't find any with the four holes in...

i was going to use them on feather fascinators and tiaras etc, because i saw a lot of them used in wedding accessories when i was at work (i worked in a hotel)

because they're easy to wrap wire through and then twist it.

like so, but my idea was a bit different


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8  Re: big victorian wire wrapped pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by summer_lover on: November 29, 2006 03:33:37 AM
just fab!!

how about a chiffon ribbon?

or maybe a handcrafted wire chain, seeing as you are so good at working with wire, a bit like this

sl x
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9  Re: Grab the hammer, wire and bicone crystals...Shooting Star Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by summer_lover on: November 26, 2006 05:30:26 AM
ok, so here's my attempt....i kinda didn't read the instructions so its a bit different Tongue and i only managed to make one as i was getting yelled at for the amount of noise i was making hehe! also, dont have a 8mm jumpring, so i used a make shift thingy for now! but they are a cool creation! thanks stevenjames  Grin

remind me of fireworks! Cheesy - it was very hard to photograph!! this was the best one

it's a mixture of 4mm crystal AB swarovski, 4mm fire opal (which i bought on me hols and have been dying to use with something for ages!!) and 2 6mm swarovski crystal AB

just used a regular hammer and the side of another hammer as the anvil haha! worked ok i think Tongue

sl x

(one swarovski was hurt in the making of these earrings  Cry Cheesy)

took some other photos, a tiny bit clearer, still not the best shots

kinda side view and spread out
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10  Re: New to jewellery making - advice? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by summer_lover on: November 23, 2006 05:17:11 AM
do you live in USA or the UK?

i get most of my things from ebay because i live in the UK and things over here are sooooo expensive!! i get so jealous listening to all the American craftsters talk about cheap jewellery things  Cry

when i started off (and haven't progressed much) i bought the necessary tools, just did a search for jewellery tools or something like that on ebay Tongue then figured out what to do with it all, kinda self taught myself (thats why i'm not as advanced, excuses...i know)

eventually you become a bit more adventurous and try new things....sometimes they dont always work but you have to be patient...i'm by no means the best jewellery maker at all, i just do it for a hobby, so i dont feel like i can say much more Tongue

but the essentials are:
the tools! - must have
(basically what you want [& these usually come in sets]:
* roundnose pliers - have two round shaped jaws which are used for making loops, mostly on headpins. Round nose pliers are an essential tool for wire workers and tiara makers!
* flatnose pliers - excellent for crimping and manipulating wire, as well as holding jewellery pieces. The flat nose pliers have a squared chunky jaw which will help to make angular shapes in your wire.
*cutter - to cut the wire
then you may want to try and branch out and make some floating necklaces where you'll need 'crimping pliers' which are used to achieve a neater crushed crimp - but i dont want to confuse you and make things complicated!
You said you like wire work so maybe you might like the idea of wigjigs which allows you to make wire designs quite easily)

some chain (or whatever you want to use as your base)
jump rings (although i tend to use those less now)
beads - of course!!
clasps - to finish your jewellery off
fish hooks / ear wires - for earrings

and there you go

these might help give you a better idea of how to get started, sorry they're a bit small and unclear

(you can also do the earring things but attach it to a chain to make a necklace instead of a fish hook for earrings)

hope this helps Smiley

sl x
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