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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hammered and Oxidized! (Well, some of them are oxidized.) on: August 06, 2007 11:01:05 AM
I've been playing with sterling silver wire, trying to get a feel for hammering it, and this weekend I was finally able to make some earrings that I really, truly like.

These are made from 20 gauge (so they fit standard lobe piercings) sterling silver wire that was hand-shaped and then hammered. Then I used the magic of hard-boiled eggs to oxidize them. The finish isn't as regular as it would be using Liver of Sulfur, but I really like the variegated finish.

These are the same sterling silver wire, also hand-shaped and hammered. I used a magnetic, hematite bead as an accent on the bottom.

Another set that is hammered sterling silver.

And, oh, look! Another!

This set was also oxidized with the hard-boiled egg method. I really enjoy it, but I need to buy more eggs now. *laugh*

ETA: I would love some feedback on these - what you like and don't like and that sort of thing. Thank you!
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Slatted Door Room Screen on: July 30, 2007 10:01:24 AM
My boyfriend and I, every Sunday night, take a drive to some neighborhoods that have household trash pick up on Mondays. We almost always come home with a bunch of awesome curbside finds.

A few weeks ago, we found four slatted doors, the kind that are hinged two together for closet doors. There was no question that we were taking those home.

I browsed the paint chip display to get a feel for what sorts of colors I wanted, then headed over to the spray paint aisle to match colors as best as I could. Rustoleum Painter's Touch, for the record, has a really impressive color selection. I went with Key Lime, Real Orange, Apple Red, and Jade in the gloss finish (there is a satin option). I painted the doors (some colors took more coats than others), my boyfriend hinged them all together, and this is what we ended up with:

Because we reused the original hardware (feet and hinges), the only outlay for this project was for the spray paint, which was under $20, even with the second can of Apple Red and Real Orange. The screen hides a huge air vent without blocking air flow.

33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bubble Wrap Window Sheers on: July 19, 2007 10:52:51 AM
Our living room is taking on this very... pop art kind of feel. Between the Loud Couch and the bright screen and  the road sign and the lava lamps in the fire place....

So, our front door has this largeish pane of glass. And, even though there is a front porch enclosure, at night, if you look at our house, you can see straight through the front door and into the depths of the house. But I really like lots of light so I didn't want any old regular curtain.

Enter, Bubble Wrap Window Sheers

Generally, I have all this stuff (bubble wrap and grommets and bias tape) on-hand, but I've been going through a lot of supplies lately.

You'd think this would be a pretty straight-forward bit of curtain-making, eh? Instead, we waited too long for dinner (trying to get to supply stores before they closed) and wound up thoroughly cranky and then frustrated when things weren't going as anticipated. Originally, there was just going to be one sheet of bubble wrap, but we couldn't find any that was wide enough. Then we had issues getting them to hang properly. The curtain rod was too big. We had a little brass rod on-hand, from a surplus store excursion so that got trimmed to a better length. But our earlier, lack-of-food-induced crankiness made it all too easy to slip over into full-on aggravation.

We finally got everything sorted and then went to bed because we were still aggravated and it was kind of late. The curtains, because they had been so frustrating, really still just seemed mediocre. It wasn't until I was getting ready to leave this morning and I saw the light coming through them just as I'd hoped it would that I really loved these curtains.

Now I have to make another set for the other door in the living room that leads into the back yard. It has the same dimensions and so should work the same. I'm going to use the same blue trim so the sets of curtains match. It's very close to the blue that is in our couch and the blue that is on the slatted door screen.
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