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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / New flamework - I think I've learned pendants! (pic obese of course) on: May 18, 2008 06:36:14 PM
I've been very busy this weekend, procrastinating and all (i don't want to study for my calculus and chemistry finals on Monday). I got myself a new propane tank after using up my first (I've only been flameworking for 5 months) and I've been trying to teach myself how to make pendants.
Beware of words, they're all over the place here. You can just look at the pictures if you want to skip my silly mindless babble.


I couldn't decide which to put first, so I figured I could put them all! This is everything I've flameworked this weekend with a little ruler (in Inches) for size reference.

My first (successful) implosion pendant! I'd tried little ones from normal 6mm rods, though I could never get the punties to break off and I could NOT make any kind of bail. I still can't get the punties off, but I think I've found a way to make bails. I know some people make little beads and stick them in the kiln then attach the bead to the pendant after they make the pendant part, which I thought would work best.. except I don't have a kiln. So I made the pendant part (with the red flower in it) and then made the little clear bead while holding the pendant on a punty and keeping it warm so it didn't break. I needed like 4 hands, but I managed and now that's what I do.

I also delved into mushroom pendants for the first time! These aren't my first, I made like 4 prior to these, but these are the best. The brown (supposedly Purple Red) mushroom is blah, but i really like the blue mushroom. The blue one is made with a twistie stringer in cobalt and periwinkle. I can't get them centered no matter what, but it's okay because it kinda looks like they are encapsulated and fell over.

 artist who supplies her beads to the shop. Well I saw some new mushroom beads and I knew I HAD to try something like it. I didn't even get close to her amazing mushrooms, but this is okay for a first try. I like the colors, it's like a neon orange and periwinkle (I use a lot of periwinkle because I have a lot of it lol).

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making earrings with large-hole lampwork beads? on: May 17, 2008 08:31:11 PM
At a bead show a while ago, i bought these lampwork swirls from Bokamo and knew they had to be earrings. While at their booth, I saw a finished pair of earrings make with swirls of the same style with a piece of chain hanging down through the middle with a crystal at the end. I loved the way it looked and decided to make something similar with the ones i bought, though in my folly I didn't look close enough to see how they got the beads and chain attached to the ear wires.

I have NO idea how to go about making earrings like I want. I tried some idea involving an eye pin swirled around itself to make it more like a large headpin with a way to hang the chain, though it didn't work.

Here's some pictures:

The beads. They're a bit more than an inch and quarter long with what I'm estimating to be a 3/16 hole in the top.

This looks a little weird because I had to ley it down to take a picture, but this is to display what I want to do with the chain. The crystal is on a headpin that I'll loop at the top once I figure out what I'm doing.

Does anybody have any suggestions on what I should do? I'll be using regular French ear wires with a coil and ball (because It's all I have and I don't have a chance to buy anything soon).Any suggestions are greatyl appreciated, thanks!  Grin
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mother's Day Flamework Necklace and other goodies! (pic and word obese) on: May 16, 2008 08:25:49 PM
I recently taught myself how to make hearts from an awesome tutorial (I can't remember where I found it though, and the link is on a different computer sorry) and I made a bunch of hearts, one of which I made beads for to turn into a Mother's Day necklace for Mom! Take a look:

The main heart. I made a black bead and tried to draw light pink swirls on it (which actually came out fairly decent) and then i made it into a heart. I didn't aim for the top/bottom parts of the heart but it turned out pretty cool anyway.

The necklace and clasp. I made 4 matching scribble beads (which actually did match) and i used some really tiny shell heishi and silver plated findings. I got the heishi in New Mexico last summer, I'm glad to have finally used it for something. By the way, this is the first time I've made a matching set of beads and the first time I've used my flamework in a finished piece of jewelry. The heart likes to flip over though, I need to make sure I have less glass on top next time.

I call this my zebra bead. I made a black and white twistie stringer (i've been making lots of those recetnly, but I don't really know how to use them lol). I made a small black bead and was going to wrap the stringer around, but ran out halfway through the bead and had to conseratively paint it on weirdly, which is why one side looks bigger and better than the other. This is ONE bead by the way, just two sides photographed.

This idea came from a botched mushroom bead attempt. Scribbled encased stringer looked pretty cool and I tried to take it a step further here. I tried to make an encased stringer with a gradient which didn't go too well. I had a white base and wrapped transparent green around it and then aqua (over the green a little) then purple (over the aqua a little) and then pulled it into a stringer. All but like 2 inches at either end was blue, oh well. I scribbled it on a lopsided-ish black bead. I think it had some cool depth, but I don't know if I like it yet. (This also is ONE bead, but with many pictures)

The base is caled "Red Purple" on the rod, though it doesn't look purple at all. I used a bright red stringer to scribble before making the heart (I don't know how to draw with stringer yet, that's why I just scribble)

Another heart, I was experimenting with a little flourish on the tail of the heart with this and other hearts i made. Dark transparent blue base with black stringer scribbles, that look purple in the tail.

I love this heart. I made a stringer with yellow wrapped in transparent green to scribble on a black bead for a heart. I made a couple beads to go with it, though they don't really match at all so I'm going to try it again later and probably mix them with Jet and Olivine crystals in some kind of necklace.

Sorry to make you endure my wordiness, I always tend to write too much. Enjoy!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crystal Earth Bracelet on: May 16, 2008 07:44:58 PM
I made this a while ago, and I think it came out pretty nice, though unfortunately much too big for me to wear. I used an assorted pack of Swarovski crystals in "Earthtone", Delicas, Nymo, and gold plated findings. I priced it for the art show (which was canceled, oh well) but I don't remember what I priced it as. Take a look:

An assortment of 4mm bicone crystals on a Right Angle Weave base.

The clasp, obviously.

The back. You can see there are 2 beads per side of each 'square' in the weave, which makes it weird and lumpy but I think it gives it a more organic, handmade feel (aka I'm too lazy to fix it because it doesn't' look so bad i guess lol)


P.S. as a bonus I'll show you some caterpillars I made from Diane Fitzgerald's book 'The Beaded Garden'. I want to make a necklace of beaded hole-y leaves and put one of these guys on it once I magic me up some patience.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / LED Necklaces?? on: April 07, 2008 07:45:41 PM
I long time ago, I remember getting a light up necklace as a reward for selling Girl Scout cookies. The magnetic clasp held the batteries and there was an LED in the middle of the necklace. The clear frosted plastic pendants were interchangeable and there was like a heart and a yin yang and other stuff. I don't remember clearly, but I think the LED was exposed when the pendant was removed.

That would be perfect for something I am trying to make, though I can't find anything like it! I figured Oriental Trading probably carried some, and they have something like it but from the pictures it looks like the LED is hidden inside a plastic silver ball, and the pendant is not meant to come off.

I thought if I just bought an LED, some wires, and some button batteries that I could be set but my dad tells me it's more complicated than that (I don't know why, though). I took apart a pen I have that has an LED in it and it has a chunky casing behind it that must hold something important to the function of the LED. It doesn't work for what I need, however. I wish I kept that cheapo necklace around lol. Anyway, does anybody know where I could find something similar to the LED necklace like the one I had years ago? Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly Tee to Not-So-Bad Recon for NAHS on: April 03, 2008 09:04:51 PM
In National Art Honors Society (NAHS) we are going to be reconstructing t-shirts as a fundraiser. I made a pretty cool purse (the Shag Bag in the Challenge 26 Entries) and suddenly everyone thought I was some kind of sewing god, so I got appointed with the VP and others to recon some shirts. I brought in a bunch of supplies and shirts to recon at the meeting afterschool today, though we only ended up making 1 shirt with almost no sewing. Oh, and I really don't have much of a clue about sewing.

I don't have any pictures of the shirt beforehand, but it was the bleh green kind of color and completely shapeless. I made a tree stencil and bleached around it (along with the neckline, sleeves, and bottom edge) turning the bleached areas a kind of purple color. I hated it and hid it in a drawer.

We decided to destroy that shirt first, and Shannon (the VP) came up with some pretty cool ideas for it. I think we did pretty amazingly considering we had no directions or anything.

Btw, some dude named Chris was our model (a dude for a girl's shirt but whatever) but he got called away to help paint a sculpture or something. I have some nice pictures, but I think he would rather appreciate my not posting them on the internet lol. I happened to be wearing an undershirt so I become the model after him.

Shannon wearing the shirt. I think it fits her nicely, though radically different then it fits me. It's a little awkward in the chest area. but whatever. I have no idea what she's laughing at lol. Oh, and you might see some random green spots on the shirt. Those are chalk marks for positioning stuff.

Me wearing the shirt over my black undershirt. Like I said, it fits us much differently. The front is just whatever, but the back got the most work. Shannon took extra fabric from cutting and braided straps. It's kinda cool because theres a bunch of green/purple variation. She also cut and tied strips in the back. The side seams are the original seams. We did no hemming at all, even though we cut off every hem. The straps are sewn on with an ugly yellow thread. Yellow because that was the bobbin in my sewing machine, and I don't know how to change the bobbin. Besides, this is just practice for when people order recons and give us the shirt to work with. ... Oh, and ignore my stupid pose. I was just messing around and she took the picture anyway.

This makes us look like little busy bees. We were messing around most of the time lol. I think Shannon is cutting the strips for the back and I'm sewing the straps on.

I still think the original shirt is ugly as freakin anything. This shirt doesn't look too great, but design wise, what do you guys think? We came up with this randomly, though Shannon has Generation T or some book she was supposed to bring in I think. Well, I hope you guys don't think this sucks too, too bad.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / The Shag Bag!! on: April 03, 2008 05:06:09 PM
My first time entering a contest, yay! Please bear with me through my insane wordiness lol. I had no idea what to do, so I wandered around a dollar store trying to force ideas out of anything. I originally thought about finding something glass to recycle and flamework, though my dad wasn't happy with the idea.

Eventually I found something that I KNEW was perfect. It was a microfiber glove/mitten thing for cleaning your car. And it came is neon lime green! It begged to be turned into a purse, and I knew one glove was a decent size for a purse, though I would need a second one for a strap or flap or pocket or anything. I bought two at a bit less than $5 a piece, which left no room for embellishment.

I can't believe I forgot to take in-progress pictures. Oh well. I spent a couple hours ripping seams to start. There was an ugly cuff that my dad said I should embellish the edges of the purse with, but I thought would look really bad. I turned the glove inside out and ripped the seams of the cuff off and ripped one long side open (one short end already had a hole from the cuff).

I cut and pulled a row of the green microfiber noddles off the open long side so I would have room to hem and I used yellow thread (for lack of green and no transportation to the store). I was worried about sewing the noodles so I used painter's tape to hold them down and out of the way. This went well on my mom's sewing machine.

Sewing up the short side was a different story. There was this nasty white lining, like the kind that gets stuck to everything, but I kept it because the outer fabric was pretty fragile. I taped the noodles and turned it inside out to sew it shut. I pulled out a row of noodles here also. The sewing machine did not like it at all. It ended up only sewing the lining and not the outer green part. So I ended up slip stitching that side shut by hand.

The strap is a strip of fabric from the other glove, cut at the longest continuous length possible. The fabric really liked to fray, so I covered the edges in fabric glue which looked pretty nasty but kinda discreet. I backstitched the strap on in such a way that the noodles lined up well, with two rows of stitching for security.

Anyhow, onto the photos!
The purse! This was shortly after I finished, I put it on my couch for this picture. I adorned it with a button I used to put on whichever purse I was using, though I got more buttons and they didn't fare well so i took them all off. Whatever.

Me posing with my purse. My hair was yellow/orange (and messy, blah) at the time. Now my hair is blue lol. You can see where the purse sits, my mom thought the strap would be too small but I like it.

The lining which I don't like but it's better than nothing. And the ugly not-straight hem. I'm honestly no good at sewing, especially not in a straight line. And because I made this everyone thinks I'm a sewing god and I got appointed to making reconstructed t-shirts for NAHS, bleh.

FUZZY NOODLE THINGS! ^^; They are so much fun to play with. The purse is more yellow than this picture appears (on my comp at least), I wish it was really this color though.

Action shots!
These are all from videos I (and others) made today during my lunch period. Crazy people doing crazy things, but my purse made it in a couple times.

I told you my hair was blue now, lol. From "Joe's Video Crisis": I'm hiding my face from the camera and Joe, the person filming, is playing with it's fuzziness. Joe says as I hide my face: "Heather's opinion on--Ah! It's fuzzy!"

Me, hiding my face again, with my purse sitting on my Chemistry and Calculus books as usual. Joe is the dude on the left, who has just had the camera taken away from him.

My carrying my purse in a normal fashion, along with my ginormous bookbag and pile of books. Other people in the shot: Natasha, Casey, Noah, and various people leaving lunch. You can't tell, but my purse was particularly bulky today which makes it hard to carry under my arm with a short strap, oh well.

So far, it has fared well. The lining likes to stick to my pencils, and it doesn't hold nearly as much as my other purses do, but i love it. And so does everybody at my high school. Tons and tons of people, some I know and some I don't, like to touch and hug and feel my purse. I have quite a few friends who cannot resist rubbing my soft and fuzzy purse every day. My one friend even wants to pay me to make her one. I hope you guys like it as much as they do! (Too bad you can't feel it through your computers, it is the most awesome feeling fabric ever.. except for that of the blanket my aunt made).

Oh and it's name "The Shag Bag" came from my friend Chip, who said something about a shag carpet and conceived the name 'Shag Bag'. Others said it looked like a monster, and many people said it looked something from the sea which lead to a couple of names but Shag Bag won. Enjoy!
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / I feel kind of stupid for asking, but I can't figure it out... on: March 14, 2008 10:02:13 PM
How do people get the text UNDER their icons? I found the entry form to get the text above, but I see tons of people with the text under, and I cannot find it anywhere. I searched craftster for an answer, but either I don't search well or I'm the only one slow enough to not figure it out. Like I have "By "we" I mean me and the voices" above my icon (lame, I know but whatever) but I can't find where to type to get it underneath. What's the difference?? I feel stupid, but I do want to know.  Huh Anybody want to clarify this for oh-so-slow me?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first (and only) ATCs on: March 14, 2008 09:49:22 PM
I got really into ATCs about two years ago (according to the dates I put on my cards, I don't remember it being that long ago) but school and my short attention span killed that passion. The materials I'd bought didn't go to waste though, as my mom is an avid cardmaker. I will probably never make another ATC, despite how I love getting mail. I felt a want to share my designs and hopefully inspire those of you who will be making more ATCs. Anyhow, I will try to keep this brief as I tend to be wordy. Onto the pictures!

My very first ATC for a challenge called "Moody Blues". The local scrapbooking place (which was awesome, but closed down a while ago) would give a monthly challenge and serve as the host, collecting and distributing cards to the participants. It's hard to see because I had to use a flash but it says "Art is emotion dancing from the heart of one to the eyes of another". I stamped a background stamp on vellum and let it dry. The quote is stamped and embossed on the vellum and secured on Bazill paper with brads (the blue circles and the face/word)

I made a bunch of these for no purpose other than I loved the papers and the punches I used. All three flowers (stacked) are from the same double-sided paper called "Mauve Towel" or something. Background is light blue, dark blue was torn and glued on. I traded these, among others, online and people apparently liked them a lot.

Another from a purposeless set. White rose paper on cream cardstock, white rose embellishment, and vine-like ribbon.

For "Hats Off To You" challenge (by challenge, I mean a challenge hosted either at the local store or the ATC trading site I used to frequent, not here on craftster) I made the background on the computer and printed it on cardstock. I cut lots and lots of individual mannequin heads from cardstock (the sets had to be of like 15 or so, lots of people traded) The hat was a QuickCutz punch from scrap paper (all hats were different for each card).

Not particularly fond of these. It was for a Set of Three challenge. Base is sticky felt? It was a sheet of stiff felt with a sticker backing that I stuck to cardstock. Mini-cards are Josie's(I think thats what they're called?) embellishments. The "deck" is an upside down card on dimensional sticky squares to make it seem thicker. All the chips are punched from images I printed out on sticker paper.

Don't remember why I made these. I printed the image onto the flowery paper and glues the ribbon with button on. Simple, but I like it. I think I made only 3 or so.

I think this was from a challenge, because I remember making lots of these. Of course, I could get off my lazy bum and go look at the backs but whatever. I found the image somewhere and altered it before printing it on cardstock. I punched the tags and stamped each letter.

This was from an ATC Night challenge. ATC night was a once-every-two-months deal held at the local scrapbooking store and they gave us all soemthing and we had to make cards for everybody to trade. We were given the image of the woman with some things in the background.

Another ATC Night challenge. We were given scrap paper from demonstrations, and this is one I made. Its just paper on cardstock with a brad and a copper embellishment.

I love this one, though it was the most tedious to make. It was for a Madame Butterfly challenge and I had to make like 10 or 12 of them. The butterfly I cut out from cards that were from a glitter-card-making kit. The butterfly was insanely hard to color, I used glittery gel pen after much trial with other mediums. I glued the green paper to this awesome natural paper that had flower petals in it and used a template to cut it out. I stamped the fairy and the individual letters. I used color gel pens, clear silver glitter pens, and "Twinkling H2Os" to color the fairy. Making it over and over sucked, but I do love it so.

I hope you enjoy, despite my annoying wordiness.
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Squares Dish on: March 05, 2008 07:38:32 PM
I made this last school year in Sculpture class, but never posted it here. It's a fused trinket dish. I worked on a clear square that was provided. I found many types of greens and cut squares. I used just a little white glue to attach each square. I had to choose between navy and orange frit for between the squares. It was a tough call, but I'm glass I went with orange (though it was unexpectedly transparent). After it was fused, I slumped it over a ceramic dish coated with kiln was. I wish my Crafts2 class this year would do something like this.

The dish. Sorry about blurry pictures, flash was a no-go with reflective glass. It isn't deep and it doesn't sit very flat, but I love it.

Closeup. Theres a ton of different green squares. The one that looks blue-orange like in the middle is actually black with some kind of pretty coating that normally looks green, i think it's the only color that's opaque in the whole thing. My favorite squares are the glittery ones. It looks kind of funky because it's transparent and sitting on my spotty-marbley countertop.

I hope you all enjoy!
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