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1  Re: Finished but with a question, if I may. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by funkyjunkdesigns on: July 07, 2011 12:54:57 PM
I usually make earrings but once in a while I'll do something different. Like this pin that I think is remeniscent of a seahorse. My son says 'slug'. He's lucky I went through all that trouble to give birth to him.

My question is: How do I work the end to a finer point? I have used files but the point is. . . sloppy. What would work? Knife sharpener?  Hand held sander? A specialty machine that costs hundreds?

a whetstone/sharpening stone/oilstone.  the dremel will rip your hand off as well as half of the metal.  the whetstone will give you a beautifully sharp point on pins and earrings.  no jewelry toolbox should be without one!

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2  All Wash(er)ed Up in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by funkyjunkdesigns on: March 10, 2007 03:06:05 PM
So, I needed 2 washers, but the hardware store had them only in bags of 50.  So, what to do with the other 48?  Make a bracelet, of course.  I'll wear it every time I go to the hardware store, which is much too often.

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3  My Niece's Chainmail in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by funkyjunkdesigns on: February 14, 2007 08:25:07 PM
I have been a professional, make my living through jewelry for many years.
My niece, who will be 13 in April, has always been interested in it, and a few years ago, I started to teach her metalsmithing.

For her upcoming birthday, she wants me to teach the girls chainmail.  BUT she decided that she wanted to learn first, so that she could make them each a bracelet as a party favor.

So, since she is not a member of this or any other forum (her parents don't let her have a lot of computer time for good reason) I told her that I would post her bracelets for her friends so that everyone could oooooh and aaah over them.


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4  Re: this one's tricky....hundreds of hotel door keys (the plastic card thingy) in What the heck can I do with THIS? by funkyjunkdesigns on: June 23, 2006 03:25:46 PM
Send some to me. We use them for bracelets and watches.   Grin

We make a great watch, and am sold out so can't post, from used credit cards.  The title of the watch is of course, "Time to cut up your credit cards".

We've made them here at FJD with fishing swivels, cutting the cards in standard, rectangular shapes.  The ones we make now use the cards cut in more random shapes and are loaded onto a sterling bracelet with pearls and sterling beads.

Here's a pic of one:

You can even cut them, then put them in a low oven to soften them, and bend them into interesting shapes.

You can cut them into random shapes and use the like mosaic tiles.  You can grout them using sandless grout.

etc, etc.


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