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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Copper Viking Knit Choker on: July 21, 2012 08:33:04 AM
Copper tarnishes.  That's it's makeup.  you can clean it in a jiffy with a solution of lemon juice and salt.  Keep it in plastic container in the refrigerator and it will be able to be used for ages.  And since this piece looks as if it has a glass stone, no harm done.  Just dip it in, rinse it off.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My cool new earrings on: March 19, 2012 03:34:18 AM
They look almost exactly like Marsha Neal's earrings in Step by Step wire jewelry; current issue.

Good use of adapting materials at hand.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mixed Rings Charm Bracelet on: January 14, 2012 03:06:50 PM
Interesting look if you have small size fingers and rings. I just see those rings as getting in the way of everything.  Probably better to be worn when you have nothing to do.

Great concept, though...I LOVE charm bracelets.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fun with Chainmaille on: September 14, 2011 10:48:03 AM
These are nice, but be careful of the way you cut your rings.  These were cut with a pinch cutter, that's why they're not closed well.  You should not be able to see a closure on chainmaille.  It's best to saw cut the rings so that you have a flush closure, thereby avoiding the chance for them to be pulled open, scratch the wearer, or snag on close.
Also, be careful of the ring sizes.  These weaves (and basically all weaves) should be nice and tight.  That's why the Aspect Ratio (AR) is so important.  The Rhinos spouting Draino is a perfect example.

Again, great start, Jeff writes great tutorials!  You'll learn a lot from his and the ones on mailleartisans.org.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need a custom sized clear cabochon! on: July 07, 2011 06:56:49 PM
RESIN. And if you're afraid of mixing and setting and getting dust in it, etc, Lisa Pavelka has a UV resin that sets up quickly in the sun or under a UV lamp.  I use it when I don't have the patience of Job, or when I want lots of layers and colors.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another paint necklace! I call it the Outpour Necklace :) on: July 07, 2011 03:50:48 PM
even one great swarovski crystal placed on one of the paint "drips" would be great.  these are fabulous!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pride Maille on: July 07, 2011 03:38:26 PM
1st off, these are fabulous!
2ndly, I am totally jealous because I still can't do HP 3-1...Mine ALWAYS falls apart!!!
3rdly, I'm definitely gonna have to do something like this for Portland Cheesy

can you do euro 4-1?  if you can, build a chain that is 5 rings long.  then build the hp on the edge.  after you have the first 4 hp 3-1 done, undo the euro, and voila, hp 3 in 1

do you see how the rubber euro 4-1 is in the pic?  hold it that way.  those are your base rings for the hp 3-1.  go down and up in those rings and your hp will be a snap.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finished but with a question, if I may. 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!

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Little Chainmaille (first try) on: July 07, 2011 09:12:07 AM
Thanks! In hindsight, I've been trying some more difficult weaves and have decided I'm not so addicted to it after all...Tongue

that's so funny that you're not so addicted!  those of us who are, are, and become addicted at the first weave.  shaggy loops isn't really a weave...it's chain, not maille (and was created by my friend , the owner of metaldesignz in canada).  maille can be a bit more difficult, but if you learn euro 4 in 1 first, that's a great building block for the european weaves.  then you learn japanese 6 in 1 and learn the japanese weaves , and so on.  then you start creating your own weaves and on and on!  LOL.

what you've done is chain making, and a really fine job.  people tend to call "it" chainmaille when it isn't.  chain is round and 3-d if you will; maille is flat and mesh (maille is the french word for mesh, hence the word).

don't be discouraged, but also, don't worry...there are plenty of other addictions, so if chain and maille are not it...you'll find others.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Safety Pin Bracelets on: June 28, 2011 07:24:58 PM
Never having made one of these, this may be a stupid question:
Could you buy a piece of black/white elastic used in maybe say,
a skirt waistband, and sew it to make a loop the right size to fit
the wrist, then open the safety pin & close it so it encloses the elastic?
I'm not a fan of the invisible elastic string stuff because I found that
it stretches out. Do you find that? Or maybe it is the kind I have. IDK

I really like this idea because you can choose beads that co-ordinate
with what you're wearing and arrange the beads to make a pattern.
Neat! Thanks for sharing

That's how I used to make them when I was a young girl, for just that reason.  Although, now, if you buy Elastomer, or Elasticity, they are jewelry grade elastics that do not stretch out.  That just shows you how old I am LOL.  I wouldn't use stretch magic or any of those that you can buy in the plain old craft stores.
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