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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mother of the Bride earrings on: April 19, 2007 09:04:07 PM
So...I'm a bridesmaid in a friends wedding in May and I made her a purse, makeup bags and a handmirror for her bridal shower...then was 'commissioned' to make her mother earrings to go with her dress.  I guess she had everything she needed, except earrings.  Here's what I came up with:

I really didn't know what to do at first because she doesn't have pierced ears, but I found these faux leverback clip ons.  Her dress is navy/dark blue with light blue and silver sparkles.  She wanted them dangly, so they are about an inch and a half to 2 inches long.  I think I might add some more of the dark crystals to the top 1/2 to fill it out a little.

Whatcha think?
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheted crochet needle holder pattern? on: April 15, 2007 03:54:27 PM
Has anyone seen anything like this before, or seen a pattern anywhere online?  I saved this picture a while ago, but would really like to make one.  Please let me know even if you have an idea of how it is made.  Does it look like the greenish/brown main part is felted possibly? or maybe it wasn't crocheted?

13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer clay hand mirrors [tutorial added to first post] on: April 06, 2007 06:11:22 PM
Ok.  So I've made quite a few of these...but here are the most recent. 

This one is going in the bag I'm making for a bridal shower gift.  I'm one of the bridesmaids.  The blue color matches the bridesmaids dresses.

Here is the first one I tried with this blue pattern...but I put this silver powder on the raised parts.  I like the one above better.

And this one is my absolute favorite.  It is a honeycomb pattern that I used gold and transparent yellow for.  I think the really thin layer of yellow that I used on top really adds dimension.  And I like the 'bly' on the front.  It's a bly because it was supposed to be a bee...but somehow looks more like a fly.

Whatcha think?  If I get better at them I might try to sell them in a local boutique here.  Who knows.  Someone might want them.


Ok.  So I made 2 more last night and took pictures along the way for the 1st one.  I also did the imprinting for it...but it is a lot easier if you don't.  You can do it whichever way you want...but I'll show you the more complicated one. 

This is what I use...

I first condition the clay to make it soft and easy to work with.

From experience...I powder the mold lightly with baby powder to keep it from sticking and tearing the clay later.

I lay the transparent layer over the design(a very thin layer-as thin as I can get it on the pasta machine and then I pull at it a little to stretch it farther without tearing it) and position it where I want.  Do not push down.  Just let the clay sit on top.

Decide which other color you'd like and do the same as with the transparent clay...only leave it a little thicker.

After they are both positioned where you'd like them, go ahead and start pressing down.  You'll have to be careful because the powder will make it want to stick to your fingers and lift off the mold.  You can lightly powder your fingers or you can just be really careful to not let the clay move position.

Make sure to turn it over carefully after you've pressed it down fully to make sure there are no air bubbles.  This is the time to get them out if you made any.  If you see big bubbles take a toothpick or clay tool and poke a whole down to the mold.  Work the air out and then smooth out the hole.  You'll never know after it is baked.

Push down your mirror onto the clay and start to lift up the clay around the edges.  DO NOT LIFT THE CLAY FULLY.  Work your way around pressing lightly around the edges to make contact around the edge of the mirror.

This is what it should look like once you've made your way around.

Take your clay knife or razor and start cutting the clay away.  Move the knife from the outside of the clay toward the middle of the mirror as you cut.  This helps push the clay up against the side of the mirror.  Cut the clay flush with the mirror.

You may not have a template, but you can use another mirror for this step.  Roll your scrap clay...or whatever color...out into a piece big enough to fit on the mirror side of the mirror.  Cut out a circle.

Set the circle on top of the mirror and center it as much as possible.

Smooth the clay down onto the sides.  I just move back and forth with my finger lightly until there are no open seams.  Make sure not to push too much because the side of the mirror might peak through.  If this happens, just take a scrap of clay and smooth it down over the edge.  I have a tendency to push too hard.

With the mirror still pressed on the template, cut out a smaller circle of clay and carefully pull it off the mirror. 

Smooth down the cut edges so there is a nice circle.

VERY CAREFULLY lift the mirror off of the template once the mirror side is finished to your liking.  I find this easiest to turn the template upside down and bend the edges back working my way around the mirror.  This takes a little bit and is slow...but I haven't ripped my clay yet.  Also moving to quickly will create air bubbles under the clay.  If this happens, carefully make a cut at the edge of the mirror and move the air out.  You can easily smooth over the cut without disturbing the pattern.

This is the finished mirror before it is glazed.

This is after glazing.  I call this one the beefy mirror, because it looks like raw ground beef with hardened grease/fat on it.  Kinda gross, but kinda cool.  I don't eat beef by the way.  That is why it has the grossness.

This is my second one from last night.  This one was transparent purple with silver underneath.  I didn't get the purple thin enough, so the silver doesn't show through too much.

Sorry for this being soooo long.  Post pics if you try it!  I'd love to see!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another hat on: March 25, 2007 12:03:07 PM
I just finished this hat a couple hours ago and I LOVE IT!  I am going to wear it everywhere all the time.  It took me longer than I thought because I made it a tad too small and had to take some seams out and redo them a little bigger.  ANYWAYS.  I love my hat...whatcha think? 
This is my fresh out of the shower, no makeup look.

...and I thought I'd share a picture of one of my kitties...that loves to mark me with his white fur.

Edit: Here are 2 more pics of the hat.  Didn't want to take it off...but I did.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My 1stish hat! on: March 21, 2007 06:01:23 PM
I am SO not a hat person, but I figure that if I wear a hat during all of my free time, I will finally think I look ok in them.  I plan to make a number of different styles to try out, but here is the 1stish try.  Let me know what you think.

This picture is so dark...but it is a 'cabbie' style hat. 

I think I did pretty good on the stitching...

Here is the inside...I love it!

And you probably won't see a picture of me again...I hate myself in pictures...

I also made my friend the same hat, and this is the inside of hers...she looked so much better in it.

16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Poison wristcuff on: March 21, 2007 05:41:12 PM
I just hand embroidered this last night(with a Clover Hand Embroidery Tool) and sewed it up into a bracelet/cuff.  I love it and it is so comfortable.  I wish I could have matched the floss with the inside fabric more, but oh well.  I also don't like that the stitches get a little flattened on the front side after ironing the glue stuff that secures the stitches.  Does anyone have a trick to maybe puff the stitches out a little after ironing? 

Please forgive all the cat hair.  I'm cursed with a love of white cats and black things.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Poison ducttape wallet on: March 08, 2007 03:46:29 PM
Well.  I have never posted on a forum before...but have been watching you all craft for some time now. 

I made this wallet for a friends birthday tomorrow.  The entire wallet, bottle and crossbones are all ducttape.  The skull is a piece of halloween confetti secured in place with double sided tape.  I covered the entire bottle with a piece of clear vinyl after I took the picture so that it is protected from going in and out of his pocket.  The inside has 6 green card pockets also. 

I'm sure he'll love it.  What do you guys think? 
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