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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bottle cap basket with tutorial on: April 08, 2009 11:50:57 AM
I made this basket patterned after a basket my husband brought back from Africa.  The one he bought was made from metal coke caps.  We don't buy anything that has metal tops, only plastic so I wanted to see if I could make something similar with plastic caps... It actually worked!  Here is the first one I made

I have instructions if you would like to make this, I will post some pictures here but it requires a lot of pictures so you can DOWNLOAD a PDF from my blog here:

Here are some more pictures and written instructions

for a basket the same size as the one in my original post you will need 63 caps
(5 caps by 3 caps and 3 caps tall)

these are the tools you need:
wire (I used steel 18 gage)
wire cutters
needle nose pliers
1/16" hole punch

cut the wire to these lengths:
3 pieces of wire 19" long
5 pieces of wire 16" long
4 pieces of wire 22" long

punch 4 holes in each cap (evenly spaced)

take one of the 19" wires and one 16" wire and string them through the holes on one cap

on the 19" wire place 4 more caps on it, then string the other 4 - 16" wires though those caps (as picture shows)

string on another row of caps then place a 19" wire through those caps

add the last row for the bottom section and string the last 19" wire through those

push the caps together and straighten them as best as you can then bend up the wires on each side

add one row of caps all the way around the basket, this will take 16 caps

then string one of the 22" wires through those caps, you may need to use the needle nose pliers to help guide the wire into the punched holes

the caps might slide up when you are putting the wire through (this is ok) you will be able to push them back down later

when the 2 ends of the 22" wire meet bend them in and then twist them around each other on the inside of the basket

then clip the ends leaving enough to bend the point of the wire into the caps

once all the sides are done you will want to square out the basket, just mold it to look good and have straight walls

once you have your basket in a shape you are happy with you will need to place the last of the longest wire around the top of the basket, keep it in place by bending the wall wires over it

also where the ends of the wire meet twist them around each other and bend the ends up into the nearby caps

once you have bent down the wires trim them leaving just enough to bend them up into the caps
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / recycled plastic gift wrap on: January 06, 2009 12:00:40 AM
I'm sure many of you have ironed plastic bags together to make fused plastic.  I really enjoy making this stuff for various projects.  Here it is as gift wrap. 

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / round paper ornament with video tutorial on: December 02, 2008 07:40:44 PM
I love making these ornaments for Christmas and as a decoration throughout the year.  If you want to see a tut I have one here.  www.infusedgoods.blogspot.com

Happy Holiday Crafting
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / making a bobbin winder on: August 01, 2008 12:42:55 AM
Has anyone made a bobbin winder or known anyone else that has?  If you've seen any homemade ones let me know.  I hope to go to the hardware store this weekend.  We'll see...
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / living room tissue paper lamp on: May 04, 2008 11:36:32 PM
I made this lamp kinda based off my entry to the last challenge, but these don't fold.
I had a lot of lamp parts since years ago I would take lamps apart for fun and *tried* to make new ones.  We needed a lamp in the living room so this is what I made.

With the lights on.

the parts I used are:  a white lamp base and a silver rod.  Then I needed to extend the rod so I used a part from an old coffee pot it also had a flat circle attached which would hold up the shade.  Christmas lights used for the lighting and 2 zip ties.

the shade was made from this natural looking tissue paper and wood craft sticks (not pictured)

lamp with lights off

I also made a shade with the red tissue paper.  I think I like the white better though.

Thanks for looking.
6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Junk Mail Challenge on: April 06, 2008 02:09:21 AM
This idea just came to me!  I have all this junk mail I keep hoping to make stuff from it (it's a problem I know).  But I have made a couple things in the past so maybe it's ok...
If anyone else sees potential in junk mail let me know.

You can do a lot with paper or the fake plastic credit cards or credit card stickers?  Any other ideas?

7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / paper lanterns - they fold LOTS OF PICS on: April 05, 2008 09:36:15 PM
Edit:   http://infusedgoods.blogspot.com/2008/04/folding-paper-lantern-tutorial.html
Click on the word "here"  that takes you to div share click on download this file, it may take about a minute.   Have fun.

I made these out of tissue paper, wood craft sticks, L.E.D. tea lights, glue, thread and embroidery floss.  I made two different sets with different color schemes. 

The first picture is blues and greens but with the lights they seem to change to all blues or all greens.

So the things I bought at the dollar store where:

Wood craft sticks - 2 packs $2
Tissue paper - 1 pack  $1
Led color changing lights - 5 = $5
Total = $8

green and blue lanterns with lights on

again the green and blue lanterns with lights

green and blue with L.E.D. lights off

the pink and red ones with out lights (I could not afford lights for both but I can move the lights around) I like how these match our living room...

closer of the pink and red ones

these are supplies I bought from the dollar tree (this is before I went back for more lights and craft sticks)

a pic in progress

a lantern folded

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Woven Mini Baskets on: January 22, 2008 10:58:22 PM
I love making these things.

Thanks for looking.

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / 4 pack of tiny TP on: August 03, 2006 11:14:35 AM
I made something that we all cherish...  Also I enjoy working with paper.  Here is some tiny TP.

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / pipecleaner potholder transforms to candydish on: June 05, 2006 01:34:05 PM
I'm a minimalist and a weaver so I didn't use any extra materials except a little paint.  This is what I used and what I came up with.
I wove pipecleaners together and strung in some plastic lacing to enhance the pattern.  I painted small pasta pieces light pink for the ends.  The great thing about using pipeclears for this is that with the metal core you can bend it into all sorts of shapes for holding things.
Here are the pictures of my kitschy craft.

potholder or hotplate whatever you call it

potholder with pan

Now as a candy dish
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