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151  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Proposals For New Swap Themes on: May 26, 2004 07:39:46 AM
I have been thinking of hosting an EARRING SWAP this summer

please PM me if you are interested. 

152  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / New classes coming up on: May 19, 2004 06:54:59 AM
Here are the jewelry classes coming up in July and August - great if you like instant gratification and  personal adornment. Not just for jewelry, I have had people make decorations for books, purses, etc.  It is fun and you make great stuff.  Classes are during the evenings.  Hope to see you there!

July 12 & 19 - a Beginning PMC class through the U of M minicourses.

August 2 & 9 - Pure Silver, Pure Fun, beginning PMC class at ArtiCulture, 3745 Minnehaha Ave. S. Minneapolis

We are starting an open studio at ArtiCulture for PMC or other jewelry on August 16 & 23.

153  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / MN Metal Clay on: May 19, 2004 06:46:12 AM
FYI for anyone who is using PMC or ACS - we have started a state-wide group for people interested in metal clays.  The next meeting is June 8, in Minneapolis this time, but we are going to be rotating the meetings.  If you are interested let me know!

154  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Twin Cities: Craft Fairs and stores on: May 19, 2004 06:40:58 AM
I recommend a magazine called Midwest Art Fairs - www.midwestartfairs.com

Don't know what you make, but there are some consignment shops on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, you may just want to take some time to visit with the owners and see if they are interested.

I make jewelry and have found the larger art fairs in Minneapolis to be very competitive.

Good luck.

155  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: creative wrapping paper/ wrapping paper alternative? on: May 10, 2004 01:28:03 PM
I wrapped these up for my 7th year anniversary with my boyfriend.  I used old magazine ads and taped them together into a big sheet.

I don't think I will buy wrapping paper ever again, not when there is so much paper out there to be recycled!

156  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glass Marble Magnets on: May 10, 2004 01:22:55 PM
For Mom's Day I made my mother a set of magnets wit out family's photos (including pets).  I wanted it to look like a box of candy, so I put them in the mini cup liners

I hope they made her laugh.
157  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:Drilling metal and glass on: May 03, 2004 12:58:13 PM
I make a lot of jewelry and fused glass, too.  While it is important to hold the object you are drilling securely, another thing that is happening is that friction, (drill bit going through metal or glass) is making the object hot and hard to hold on to.  For this reason, you want to hold the object in a small dish of water, or dip object in water every 10 seconds, or use a lubricating product, or even beeswax on the drill bit.  

I have found 1 or 1.25 mm diamond drill bits (they cost about $9 for 5) are the best for making small holes for jump rings to fit through.  I use a product called "Burr life" as a lubricant.  Both of these items I order from Rio Grande.  But maybe you are going for larger holes?

Also, please wear eye protection and tie back long hair.  Better safe than sorry.

158  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re:Who's who? on: April 19, 2004 11:52:53 AM
Just letting you know that my name is Valerie and I am really inspired by the ideas on this website.  I also teach classes in Minneapolis and nearby areas, specifically jewelry classes.  You can see more at www.valoirdesigns.com

I am thinking about trying to get some one evening projects together from this website and offer "crafty time" at Articulture (3745 Minnehaha Ave. S.) I'd be curious to know if anyone would be interested.

- Valerie

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