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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Earrings and bracelet! on: September 30, 2008 04:34:39 PM
I also think you aren't giving yourself enough credit!  It looks really good - I like the beads you chose.

The most obvious thing to me that you should work on (and I mean that in a constructive kind of way) is your bead loops.  Try making a necklace or a couple of bracelets where you just put one bead on an eyepin, turn a loop, use the remaining wire to make another eyepin, and repeat.  (The end result is that you have a piece that's made from a bunch of bead "stations" like the ones you have here on the eyepins.)  It's really good practice for turning loops and before you know it you'll be a pro!

Some advice on how to do that - invest in a good pair of (nickel-plated) round-nose pliers.  Then, to see how big you need to make a loop to match the eyepin loop, stick your round nose pliers into the eyepin loop and make a loop as close to that spot as you can.  I would recommend that you check also your pliers to make sure (mine are uneven - one side is larger in diameter than the other).  There are lots of instructions on how to turn loops and some offer troubleshooting on how to make them more round.

Another thing - I think the bracelet looks a bit insubstantial.  If you're going for a more delicate look then that's fine - but the contrast between the big beads and the single thin strand of chain isn't working for me.  I would try a smaller bead next time if you want a delicate kinda thing.  But for this one, I would recommend that you add a couple of additional strands of chain in to make the whole thing thicker and therefore more balanced with the bigger beads.

As far as design goes - and this is where it counts, I think, because you can improve your technical skill but it's hard to "learn" creativity - you did really well.  So just work on your skill, look at pictures for inspiration on techniques (and there are tons of sites out there with project ideas, my favorite two being michaels.com and firemountaingems.com) and before long you'll be a pro!

Again - great first try and don't be so self-critical!  That's the awesome part about beading - if you don't like it, you can always try again!

Wow! Thanks a lot for the wonderful suggestions, Leika. I need to get some good pliers and a nipper tool. I did not have a nipper when I made this.  Undecided my split rings are agape bcause of my pliers. Sad I did not quite understand about the use of eyepins. In this one, I have used a single eyepin twice, if that's what you have meant.

I would certainly use one or two more strands of chain to match the bracelet. That will match it more with the earrings. Roll Eyes Thanks a lot.

Love you Grin
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cradle purses galore on: September 30, 2008 08:54:03 AM
Okay  Grin. These things are not popular where I come from. We had those bigger dolls like real new borns (not like barbies) to play, to put to sleep and bathe. so I could not relate to this one.

But yes, definitely, little girls would love cradle purs and hiding dollies. Cheesy
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Earrings and bracelet! on: September 29, 2008 06:49:20 PM

Oh thanks.

I think it is a really good "first try." Maybe next time use smaller jump rings at least at the ends so they blend better. Really these aren't bad. Don't be so down Smiley

 I realised about the jump ring problem. Actually, the one with the mouth open was the first try. The rest of them do not look deformed as this one.  Roll Eyes I got the technique right by then. I can replace it tomorrow!

Any more of suggestion are welcome. Thanks again.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earrings and bracelet! on: September 29, 2008 03:49:54 PM
My first attempt at a bracelet with a single plier. I know it is no good.  Cry It does not look pretty. I am a loser.

Please give me your suggestions on improvisation.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cradle purses galore on: September 26, 2008 06:10:13 PM
They are so cute and tiny. but what do u do with them? Huh
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flower Grocery bag on: September 26, 2008 06:06:32 PM
Okay. Thanks. I am a making a multicolored version of it for my mom. I will post pic when I am done.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flower Grocery bag on: September 24, 2008 01:24:48 PM
Pretty bag Smiley. But it looks in the pic that you have used both double crochet and single crochet alternately. Anyway, if I use just double crochet won't it sag miserably?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: cute multicolored digicam pouch on: May 09, 2008 01:56:09 PM
Thanx Grin  I added a small inner pouch for the battery now. I dont prefer keepin the battery inside tha camera when not in use. And your chances of forgetting the battery are more if you keep it aside. So both go in the smae pouch

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flowery Fanny Pack on: May 08, 2008 01:08:33 PM
thats awesome. i am liking it much. what yarn did you use?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with stitches on: May 08, 2008 10:03:56 AM
Actually, if this is a pattern you are coming up with yourself, I would try putting more stitches in the ends.  Instead of 3 stiches on the ends, try 5.

Will surely try that as well. Thanx
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