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1041  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Decopauge Dominos (img heavy) on: August 13, 2006 10:14:21 AM
wow i just read a thread on asking for tutorials. so i hope i didnt offend you by simply asking, i just liked what you had done. dont feel pressured to do one if you dont want to. but if you do i will be appreciative.
cheers cyndiq

Not offended in the least cyndiq. I think it is great that you'd like to know. I don't feel pressured either  Smiley I actually started taking photos for it at 3am when I couldn't sleep. If I don't have it up within a few hours, definately check tomorrow. I'm a crafting machine lately! haha.
1042  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Decopauge Dominos (img heavy) on: August 12, 2006 09:04:58 PM
They are all beautiful!  How long did it take you to craft those?

Thanks so much!! They didn't take long at all actually. The longest part is waiting for the decopauge glue to dry. It's nothing more than a domino, a magazine clipping, some glue, and some floral wire. As I have mentioned to cyndiq, I am going to be posting a tutorial in a day or two.  Smiley
1043  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Decopauge Dominos (img heavy) on: August 12, 2006 08:50:07 PM
Hi cyndiq! I have never done a tutorial before, but I am willing to give it a try. Give me a day or two and I will gladly post something. I promise you it is super simple to do. Thanks for your kind words too.  Smiley
1044  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Decopauge Dominos (NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!) Img crazy! on: August 12, 2006 04:50:19 PM
Alright, so cyndiq asked me for a tutorial yesterday and I'm ready to give it a whirl. Please excuse any blurry photos. It's hard to craft and take pictures at the same time. Haha. I will be as descriptive as possible. If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact me. Hope you all enjoy!!

Supplies you will need:
Paper plate
Decoupage (I use Royal Coat)
Foam brush (20 for $1.00 at AC Moore)
Drill and 5/64 bit
Piece of wood to drill on
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters
22g floral wire
Magazine or image


1. Select a domino you would like to use. Any size works as long as it fits the image you would like to use. Once you have selected both, lay your domino on the image.

2. Pick up the paper from underneath and fold all four side of the image up around the sides of the domino. You don't have to go crazy because you will be able to see the creases.

3. Take a pair of scissors and cut around the creases. Doesn't have to be exact because extra space is always better. If you want your image to lay perfect on the domino, your best bet is to continues with scissors. I personally like to take the image and tear away the excess for a rough edge type of look.

4. Lay your domino on the paper plate and dip your foam brush in the decoupage. Put a thin coat (you don't want it to be goopy) on your domino and place your image where you would like it. Take your scraper and gently pull it across the length of the domino to remove any air bubbles.

5. Once you have removed the air bubbles, put another coat over the image to seal it. I like to put 3-4 coats just to make sure it's sealed. However many you choose to do, your best bet is to let the final coat dry overnight.

6. After your decoupage is dry, you may notice that you have had some excess drip down the sides. Take your sandpaper and GENTLY(I can't stress this part enough) rub the excess off. You don't want to go too close to the top though as it will unseal the image from your domino.

7. After you are done sanding, place your domino on the piece of wood and get your drill ready. Hold the domino with one hand and place the drill in the center most part of the domino(if you are doing a horizontal image like this domino, you can actually turn it over and use the line for your center point). Apply pressure and drill your hole. You don't have to push too hard as most dominos these days are plastic.

8. Grab your floral wire and using your cutters, cut a piece approximately 7 inches long. A little more or a little less is ok.

9. Take your piece of wire and push about 2 inches through the opening.

10. Wrap the shorter piece of wire around the longer piece. Using your needle nose pliers, squeeze the edge of the wire so it does not remain sharp.

11. Make a loop with remaining piece of wire and wrap it around just as you did the first piece. Squeeze the edge like you did the first time and make sure no sharp pieces are sticking out.

12. You're done! This is what you should have(minus the camera glare) haha

ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Hi everybody! I've been a crafting fiend lately and I tried some decoupage dominos. I hope you like them. All comments are always appreciated!  Smiley

1045  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Many Uses For / Incarnations Of Picture Marbles on: August 12, 2006 04:46:52 PM
Hey CD! I just went and took special pictures just for you! Haha. I am not so good at getting away from the glare, but these are the only other barettes I have made. I also made a set of 5 push pins from the "extras". Hope you like!!

1046  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Many Uses For / Incarnations Of Picture Marbles on: August 12, 2006 10:34:01 AM
Crazydoc, those are awesome!! I'm jealous! Haha. I tried to make a few with images I printed from the computer, but they just tend to smear or be blurry like you had said. I've found the best thing to use to be scrapbooking paper. You can get almost any image or pattern you want and you can make a ton from just one page. That is actually where the Dr. Seuss images came from(thanks Mom!). I just picked up a few more pages of deisgns and patterns so I'm going to make some push pins today. I went to about 5 stores to try to find those blank bracelet templates, but no one seems to have them. Ohwell, I'd love to try something like you made. They look great. I'd love if you could share some tips!! Thanks!
1047  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Awesome shaker boxes on: August 12, 2006 08:39:58 AM
Hi everyone! My mom is a regular Martha Stewart who makes very traditional country crafts. Recently, she's been trying new things and aside from wire wrapped pendats(which are awesome and posted under jewelry), she has been doing some shaker boxes. These happen to be my favorite and if she continues to refuse me on purchasing the fall one, I will have to sneak into her house one night, leave money, snatch it, and run!! Haha. What do you guys think? She is doing some shows in the fall and although this isn't THAT kind of board, everyone seems cool about different genres. Thanks for looking!!

1048  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped pendants(img heavy) on: August 12, 2006 08:33:54 AM
Hi everyone! I'm posting these on behalf of my mom. She does very traditional country crafts, but recently she tried her hand at something else. She's doing some craft shows this fall and I think these are awesome, but she has her doubts. We were thinking of charging $8 for the pendant and a piece of nylon cord for the necklace. What do you guys think? There are far too many to show so I will put a few of my favorites!! Thanks for looking and any comments would be greatly apprecaited!  Grin

1049  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Many Uses For / Incarnations Of Picture Marbles on: August 12, 2006 08:20:13 AM
I have a likely lame question, but am going to ask it anyway.

I need some advice for getting the glue residue OFF the marbles after I've done all this gluing. There seems to be a lot of it, and I'm not having a lot of luck with just picking it off. Maybe soap/water? I fear using the water, as I don't want it seeping into/between the two marbles causing them to split apart.

This is probably a lame answer so I guess we will go hand in hand. Haha. What about trying to use the corner of a blade to scrape it off. Obviously you don't want to push too hard so it doesn't scratch the marble, but it could work. Also, what kind of glue are you using? I use decoupage on the base of the stones and then stick them to the paper and let them dry for awhile. After that, I decoupage a piece of vellum before I glue any sort of magnet, pin, etc. on it. I think 2 part epoxy (the syringe type) works best. I tried the E6000 that everyone talks about and I must say within 5 minutes, I was starting to get sick from the smell even with all the windows open. Yuck! Sorry I rambled on, but I hope this helps you out a little bit.

Here's a photo of a barette I recently made. I forget who suggested it, but putting a piece of fabric first really does make a difference!

I've also been a magnet whore lately. These aren't even all of the ones I have made, but they are all that fit on the back of our white trash light up beer sign. Haha.

Any comments are always welcome!! Thanks  Grin Grin Grin
1050  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Greatest Garden of the Gods Contest Pictures.......Way too many pictures! on: August 11, 2006 10:14:24 AM
Can I move in and tend to the garden? Haha. It's simply beautiful!!  Smiley
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