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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beetle earrings (based off of Moonrise Kingdom) on: June 16, 2013 07:54:04 AM
My boyfriend and I rented the movie "Moonrise Kingdom" a few months ago, and since then I've been scouring town for a pair of plastic beetles to recreate a pair seen in the movie (for reference, a boy and girl run away together, and at one point he gives her a pair of earrings made from beetles and fish hooks).

Here's my attempt:

The beetles (which were originally lady bugs- the place I got them from only had one beetle on hand!) came from an educational toy store, after scouring the dollar store and party city. I painted them with a metallic acrylic paint, mixed with other colors to get the right shade, then coated with a layer of clear protective finish. I nailed a hole through their poor little heads (thankfully not too squeamish lol), and then used jump rings to attach to the earring.

Not bad for 30 minutes work all told (and endless beetle-searching lol).
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find a manual for my sewing machine? (Kenmore) on: September 03, 2011 01:59:06 PM
I just got a new old sewing machine (a Kenmore from the early 70's, series 158 model 1410 (or something like that)) from the thrift store, and having made sure it actually *works*, I need to find a manual for it, so I can clean it up and oil it and such, and so I can figure out how to use it (my mom usually knows how to do that stuff, but I'm now living in a different state). Anyone have a favorite place to get manuals from?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Bottle caps- how do I...? on: November 15, 2009 07:37:33 PM
Ok, so I've been seeing a lot of bottle cap jewelry lately (the ones from like beer bottles and such), and I have a small stash of caps from glass soda bottles. I was wondering, I want to make a necklace with the printed side out (with the soda name and such). Do I need to do anything to the edge of the metal on the back of the cap, so that it's not scratchy? Any suggestions?

Also, what is the best way to punch holes in bottle caps? I want to string a couple of them together.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Feed the FUZE! (may be slightly pic heavy) on: November 06, 2007 01:25:08 PM
 Cheesy So, I was bored. And I had an empty fuse bottle. And some change.

All in all, it took me like 15 minutes maybe.

Why feed the fuze? Because the fuze wants money. Oh, yeah.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Where do you guys get supplies for making soap, etc? on: May 31, 2007 04:00:03 PM
Hi. I just got back from an unproductive trip to the "natural foods" store (the closest thing to a health food store in our area). I went in with a list of things I needed, and came out empty handed.

And so I ask: where do you get your oils etc.? Specifically, palm oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter? I want to try making lotion bars, and maybe try my hand at making soap, but I need to get the stuff to make it with first!

I've tried three out of the four local-ish grocery stores, wal-mart (just a regular one, not a super walmart), target, and the health food store. I don't really want to order online because I don't want to pay shipping and don't want to buy mass quantities because I'm just starting out. Also, out of curiosity, what is the average price for what I'm looking for?
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Thinking about making soap, but I have a few questions... on: April 07, 2007 02:51:12 PM
I've been looking into making soap for a while now, but I have some things I've been wondering about...

1)Molds: I've heard that you can use just about any old container, but... how big does it have to be? It doesn't mention it anywhere I've read.

2)Shapes: If I were to use a funny-shaped mold (or actually, anything that isn't square), would the soap be hard enough to keep the shape after I removed it approx. 24 hours after pouring it in the mold?

3)Curing: WHERE do I cure soap? I don't think my mom wants it sitting on the kitchen table for a month, so what are the 'ideal' conditions? Would it work to store it somewhere cool and dark, like in the basement (if this is a stupid idea, tell me because I really have no clue!)?

4)Shelf-life: I know that certain oils and such have a shorter shelf life. If I use something like this in soap, will the soap 'get old' and *gasp* need to be thrown out, or will it pretty much last forever (figuratively speaking) without any adverse effects?

If anyone has any tips or anything for a newbie soaper, go right ahead and share them- I'd like all the help I can get!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Another Amineko (warning: pictures of cuteness) on: January 26, 2007 07:29:59 PM
So, this afternoon I finally got off my butt and embroidered the face on my amineko that has been pretty much done since august but didn't have a face or an attached head Cheesy So here it is:

Gurke the Amineko (Gurke is german for cucumber, although I was actually thinking of a book character when I named her). She has a scarf, a backpack, and a little pink teddy bear!
Another pic:

I thought it would be fun to imitate the picture with the dogs playing poker, but I don't have the props for that. The nose didn't turn out quite right, but I like her loads more than I did before- the face just adds so much character!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / indestructible cat toys? on: January 01, 2007 06:03:36 PM
I'm looking for ideas on what to make cat toys out of/ how to make cat toys that are durable enough for my kitty (my sisters cat, but anyway...)

She's a six month old kitten that likes to chew on things, like these toy mice:

As you might be able to tell, the tail is about an inch or so shorter than it was when she got it... Shocked The thing is, I have no idea what happened to it... Huh Anyone have any ideas?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ceramic Houses painting thingys... where to get one? on: December 17, 2006 06:55:31 PM
I was just looking today for one of those ceramic houses that you paint- my mom really likes to paint them, and I wanted to get her one for christmas. Anyway, I'm searching like every shelf at Joann's and I ask a girl who works there, and she says they don't have any- just the wooden ornaments and stuff. So my question is- where do I get something like that? I would have looked at Michaels, but I was tired and I don't know how late they're open...would they carry something like this, or where should I look? I have no idea what to get her otherwise...

Any help would be greatly appreciated...
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