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61  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Special Shapes on: July 09, 2004 09:07:09 PM
Okay.  I'm not great at sewing, but I'm dying to be.  I always have a hard time sewing special shapes, especially rounded shapes, like a rounded purse or, in particular with sewing little pieces onto fabric. 
Let me see if I can be more clear:
Let's say I cut out a little bird shape out of felt to sew on top of a purse.  Is there any special way to do it, other than by hand?  I have tried sewing shapes on before with my machine, but I don't feel like I have control, going at the speed a sewing machine goes at.  All my stitching then appears sloppy.  Same goes for rounded purses.  Usually my stitching is more unruly and inconsistent.  I want a clean stitch all around.  Any suggestions?  Or does it just take years of practice to get the hang of it?

62  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: pictures from my finale-project in art on: July 09, 2004 08:44:22 PM
Wow.  I dig your work.  You're a strong painter, especially for being so young (high school . . . just completed, right?).  Very nice work!
63  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Charcoal, Paper, 45 Minutes on: July 09, 2004 08:18:32 PM
I can't get to your site.  The link isn't working for me. . .
64  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: button pins on: July 01, 2004 08:20:35 AM
These buttons are so pretty and vintage sophisticate!
65  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skull & Bones Necklace on: June 26, 2004 02:54:19 AM
Your skull reminds me of the Dia de los Muertos figures which I also love... have you ever tried making those??? 
Don't those look like they'd be a riot to make?
Have you given Mary her gift yet??
Diane B.

No, I haven't given Mary her gift yet.  Her birthday is in August.  But, I'm not great at keeping a lid on things.  I'll have to give it to her early. 

I'm totally familiar with the Dia De Los Muertos skulls and I, too, LOVE them!  I'm Latina, with Mexican Heritage to be more specific and living on the Texas border, I'm very aware of the celebrations. 

I think it would be fun to make a series of the little characters.  One of the things I LOVE about the skeleton figures is that they are given everyday roles.  I've seen a prostitute skeleton.  A surfer skeleton.  And the 3 Mariachi singer skeletons rule!  The list goes on and on.

Thanks for the compliments, everyone!
66  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Metal Lunch Box Bracelette/Cuff on: June 24, 2004 04:31:45 PM
I imagine that you could cut the strip out with tin shears or with the jeweler's saw.  I'm familiar with the saw, but not with the shears.  I know, when I took metals, to cut shapes from sheet metal we would pierce a hole into the metal in close proximity to the area you want to remove.  Then you can insert the blade and saw away. 

You can see what these saws look like here:

good luck!  Sounds like a fabuolous idea!
67  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: fork bracelete on: June 24, 2004 03:53:49 PM
Love this!  It's so BeetleJuice!

68  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Skull & Bones Necklace on: June 24, 2004 03:40:33 PM
Hello, Craftsters!
This is my first post, and so I'd like to start by saying how you guys rock!  This is the most supportive art network I've ever had to pleasure to become involved in. 

I'd like to post my newest necklace which I made for my friend Mary.  She loves pirates and she has a strange aesthetic, like me.  So, I made her this sterling silver chain necklace with skull and bones pendants for her upcoming birthday.


Sculpey Colored Clay (black & white)
20 inches of ss chain
3 headpins
1 ss clasp
1 ss jump ring

This was pretty easy to make.  Sculpt the skull & bones and pierce with a headpin.  Bake at 275 for about 20 minutes.  Cool the beads and turn them into charms with one head pin each that should be looped at the end.  Then attach the pendants to chain in any manner you like.  It's so easy to customize this to numerous configurations.  Anyone can make this truly original.

What do you think?  Questions? 
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