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51  Stylin' Men's Tie Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RachOfTheJungle on: December 07, 2004 06:47:53 PM
I tried making a skirt out of ties. I failed because I forgot to take my butt into account when doing measurements...  Undecided

Long story short, I think polyester seventies ties are the cat's pajamas, so I had to do something with them.

And why not a purse?



I rather like the dangly ends of the ties. I was originally gonna chop em off, but I've grown attached. They're kinda funky, I think.

Also, I was thinking of using the tip of one end as a button loop and putting a dress button from a men's suit as a clasp.

What are your opinions? This is a prototype, so I'll be keeping it (SHUCKY DARNS!) But I am making one as a gift for a friend, and also a few to sell. (I can post a tutorial if you guys want when I am making the next and hopefully better one) But what could be improved? Suggestions? Thoughts? Anyone?

I have soooo many ties, I think my next one will be mauve and tan, my friend's fav. colors.

That is all.


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52  Celestial Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: December 06, 2004 06:18:15 PM
I made this necklace from a bunch of celestial-themed charms I bought. I also used dark blue glass beads, seed pearls, and assorted shinyness objects I had lying about my "Office of Craftsterbation" that I just got done organizing...

I'm not a big astrology person, but I love astronomy a lot and this is my way of expressing it!
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53  skull landscape in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RachOfTheJungle on: November 19, 2004 07:56:53 PM
I have this cool muskrat skull I got as a "gift" from a kid at the summer camp I worked at (I was really excited to get it! all the other kids heard and from that day on I got every bone out of those woods I swear.)

Anyway, I wanted to paint it but since I've been doing the whole semi-abstract thing lately I tried to make it more interesting so I made it into a landscape.

It is acrylic on canvas.

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54  Flower hair goodies w/ *new* pic tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: November 19, 2004 07:42:32 PM
To indulge my often hidden girly side, I made these headbands from some awesome 50 cent plastic beads from hobby lobby:

in action:

and hairclips for a more subtle look:


You will need:

*Plastic Flower Beads (from Hobby Lobby. Heck you could use any kind of bead I guess. Go nuts!)
*Assorted smaller beads for accent purposes. Pearls look cute!
*thick gauge wire (for headband)
*thin gauge wire (for beading and wrapping)

1.) Cut and shape thick gauge wire to desired size and shape for your head. Curl the ends in to prevent hair snags. I dabbed some hot glue on the ends also to make it more snag-resistant.

2.) Begin wrapping a 1-2 foot length of wire around one side (left or right) of the headband. Then begin threading the beads on the wire and continue wrapping.

3.) Here's how to make the beads stay in the center of the flower:
          *First, thread the wire up through the bottom of the flower.
          *Then, slide a bead onto the wire
          *Finally, put the free end of the wire back through the hole in the flower

And there you have it. Let me know if anything's unclear. Enjoy!


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55  Re: Beaded Hair Sticks in Beads: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: June 08, 2004 05:39:42 PM
By popular (and by popular, I mean not) demand, here is one of my infamous Microsoft Paint tutorials :-D

You'll need:

*a dow rod about the circumference of a pencil
*access to a belt sander and bandsaw
(all below are optional)
  *eyescrews (if you want bead tassles)
  *beads and hemp

^*^First, cut the dow rod into even sections (however long you want your sticks to be)

^*^Then gently and evenly press the end of the dow rod to the sander and twirl slowly until you have the tip you want.

^*^Put an eyescrew on and attach bead tassles if desired

^*^Paint and seal with fixative

^*^Thread hemp through bead. Place on top of stick. Then, holding the hemp firmly in place, wrap tightly. Apply 90 second epoxy liberally. This takes massive patience and oerhaps the sacrifice of your fingers :-P.

Hope that helps. :-D

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56  Beaded Hair Sticks *NOW* with 100% daily value of Vitamin Tutorial in Beads: Completed Projects by RachOfTheJungle on: June 04, 2004 09:49:59 PM

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57  Special Robot in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: June 04, 2004 09:46:37 PM
Here is my "special" robot. His blue screen is for gum. He loves you!

PS he has little black feet, you have to look close.
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58  Re: Art Noveau Cigar Box Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RachOfTheJungle on: June 02, 2004 08:23:24 AM
Thank you guys!

Jule & Bonogroupie- Yep, the inside is felt. I just cut the squares to fit and used carpender's glue to affix them. In one spot on the lid where the felt overlapped, I used red piping to make it look nicer and to keep it from peeling.

craftpunk & bonogroupie- Yeah, I beaded the handle. I just got a plain wire handle from Hobby Lobby (they have them at Michael's too) for like a dollar or two. The bottom bits unscrew, and then all you have to do is find beads with holes large enough to thread on there (i bought a bunch of beautiful beads only to find out the hole was to small!) :-) Then, you buy these little "feet" to hold the handle in place. Loop the handle's end under the arch and then screw it onto the top of the box.

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59  Art Noveau Cigar Box Purse: UPDATE I need your suggestions in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RachOfTheJungle on: June 01, 2004 03:09:36 PM
UPDATE: My lovely craft ladies, I need your opinion. I am trying to start a custom art business, and I plan to include custom cigar box purses. What/by what system should I charge, because each will vary in the time it takes depending on complexity. Thank you in advance!

My roommate hooked me up with a nice wooden cigar box that she found at a garage sale, and this is what I did with it:



Side: (the other side is identical, but the flowers are pink)



I freehanded some designs, then transferred them onto the gessoed box with carbon paper. I painted them with acrylics, outlined the pictures with pen, then shellaced the hell out of it. I've seen some cigar boxes, but not many with paintings on them.

(In case you're wondering, the designs my own, based on the style of Alphonse Mucha, who rocks hardcore :-D)
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60  Earring, Pendant, and Necklace display/holder,with Pics and Tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by RachOfTheJungle on: May 26, 2004 01:55:10 PM
At last! A chance for me to contribute something original!

I have gleaned much knowlege and ideas from you ladies, here's a small something in return, I hope it comes in handy.

I made this in preparation for my first craft show:

Here is a detail of the felt earring holder (with earrings that I did NOT make)

And a detail of the pendant holder with pendants, which I DID make :-D

If you are interested in making one like it or of your own design, here's what you'll need:

 *access to a bandsaw or something similar
 *nailgun or hammer and nails

-First, design the wood peice(s) that you want to use for the body. Cut them out.  Assemble them (I suggest a heavy block on the back for stablility)

-Put eyescrews on the sides opposite one another for as many rows as you'd like, as in FIG A.

-Paint and decorate.

-Thread ribbon through eyescres. I used a permanently attached ribbon so that I could slide the pendants off with ease when someone wanted them. To do this, I sewed a bra hook on the opposite end (FIG B) that can hook onto another eyescrew.

-To make an earring holder, sew large stiches on a piece of felt, as in FIG C. Then, hook the earrings in thusly. (I love that word.) FIG D

-Glue the felt on wherever you'd like

-If you liked my design, FIGS E,F,G showed the order that I assembled them in.

Hope you guys like it, hope it comes in handy for your house or craft fairs!

Thanks again for all of your ideas. You guys are the greatest!
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