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71  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower hair goodies w/ *new* pic tutorial 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!


72  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] bead-only board on: September 09, 2004 08:45:29 AM
There are so many things you can do with beads- what do you guys think of giving beads their own board?
73  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / The Happy Cactus Custom Art on: June 20, 2004 02:26:33 PM

For now it's on my friend's webspace, but if some stuff that I'm selling at a local gallery goes well, I'll purchase my own.

I would love your opinions on layout, ecommerce, and how much I should charge or a good system to use to figure out what to charge.

74  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Hair Sticks *NOW* with 100% daily value of Vitamin Tutorial on: June 04, 2004 09:49:59 PM

75  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Special Robot 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.
76  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Art Noveau Cigar Box Purse: UPDATE I need your suggestions 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)
77  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earring, Pendant, and Necklace display/holder,with Pics and Tutorial 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!
78  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Columbus Craft Fair- Share a booth? on: May 26, 2004 12:42:03 PM
Hey, Any crafty Columbus ladies/gents want to split the cost of a table at a craft fair sometime?

 I have some stuff to sell, but not enough to justify spending like 200 big ones just to rent a table. I figure we could be clever with the space and be able to fit in one booth at half the costs, thus maximizing profits!

Let me know if anyone is interested, we can discuss!
79  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Crafster girl on the verge... Help a sister out! on: May 24, 2004 10:34:00 PM
So... close...

My friend has a web design company and he made me a beautiful, functioning website free of charge. It is loaded with oodles of my items and examples of my work (I focus on custom mural painting, plus some smaller stuff, I get lots of inspiration for that from the people here at craftster)

Anyway, I have a sizeable stock of stuff, I've researched Ohio's tax laws and legal issues. I've got promotions lined up, and a solid marketing strategy.

One problem. The bill for the server will be $120 a year (not too bad), but to allow people to purchase things, I need a secure server and all this other stuff totaling, with everything, (as I was quoted) at around $650.


I am a college student, so I don't have that money to spare. Any advice on how you guys handle your ecommerce? Does asking for money orders work?Paypal? Anything? I am willing to invest time and effort and money, but I am looking for the cheapest possible route, even if that means less customers. I want my site to function mainly as a portfolio and do custom work, but people still have to pay me somehow. Advice? Thoughts?

Please give me your realistic opinions and experiences to a girl in need. Thanks! I'm so close!

80  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Master Combination Locks? on: May 23, 2004 11:21:28 AM
I got an ASSLOAD of black MasterLock brand locks from Target because they were 16 cents for no apparent reason... they work just fine.

I think I have about 10, I dunno I just grabbed some off the shelf.

I am about to move into an apartment... any ideas for maybe home decorating stuffs?
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