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1  Re: Sesame Street/Muppet Show Quilts (In Progress) in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by DLSDesigns on: April 19, 2007 02:09:55 PM
Wow! Everyone's work is amazing! I would love to try this one my own. Roxy Nova, how do you do the edges around the applique? I would love to do that when I start mine.
hey anna!
your quilt looks awesome!! i thought i'd show you some of the blocks i've done so far. i'm getting really excited about how the rest are going to turn out!! excuse my rough edges. they all still have their stabilizer attached to the back...

anyway, here's bert:
cookie monster (who still needs some chocolate chips embroidered onto his delicious cookie):


rizzo, my boyfriend's favorite:


and finally kermit, who for some reason wouldn't let me take a clear picture of him. i guess maybe he's embarrassed by the wonky applique around his eyes...:

anyway, i still have ALOT of work to do, but i'm learning patience with this one! can't wait to see yours all finished! have a wonderful day everybody!!!

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2  Re: Mermaid beaded art doll craftalong in Craftalongs by DLSDesigns on: October 17, 2006 11:57:42 AM
Here are some WIP photos. The face is a bit small compared to the shell bra and the real shells, so I think I will make sure I use a larger face next time. The bottom half will use the beads I used around the waist and green beads. What do you think?

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3  Re: Mermaid beaded art doll craftalong in Craftalongs by DLSDesigns on: October 16, 2006 11:15:47 AM
I hope it's okay that I modified the body. She just screamed "I need arms" to me. I couldn't find what I wanted for her face, so I am using a modified button. It is the center of a flower button with the shank removed. I plan on working on beading her later today.

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4  Melted Bead Coasters-MY FIRST POST in Beads: Completed Projects by DLSDesigns on: October 14, 2006 10:22:49 PM
I saw tiffie1023's post, the melted bead bowl https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99668.0. I just HAD to try it for myself. I have been a beader for 12 almost 13 years, so everyone here knows how many beads I must have. I went searching through my mounds of beads, but couldn't find the exact ones everyone was using. I found some star and heart shaped pony beads and some recycled red opaque octagonal beads. Here are the results. As you can tell the coaster in the upper right corner didn't melt all the way, so I think I might end up remelting it. I put the beads in muffin tins since it was a trial. What do you think? I ended up putting them in for 40 minutes on one side, then I flipped them over and put them in for 40 minutes on the other. I had the oven at 350 degrees. My boyfriend complained about the smell for the entire last 40 minutes. Men can be such babies. Hopefully I can do some more when he at work or sleeping.

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5  Re: New to jewelry making! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by DLSDesigns on: October 14, 2006 09:54:42 PM
I can't really help you on tool brands, but I can help you on the names of the basic tools. See the images below each description to see what I am talking about.

Chain Nose Pliers- These are half round. i.e. flat on the inside and round on the outside. These are used for hold things and also for earring making

Round Nose Pliers- These are round and used for making the loops on earrings and the dangles on bracelets

Light Wire cutter- This are used for cutting head pins to make earring dangles and for cutting Tiger tail(ie softflex). For these I reccommend Bead Smith Brand. This is the brand which we reccommend at the bead store I work part time at.

Heavy Wire Cutter(Dikes)- These are used for really heavy duty wire wrapping. I would not reccommend something like this for the beginner.

Memory Wire Cutter- These are used specifically for cutting memory wire. I wouldn't reccomend these unless you know what memory wire is and plan on using it.
Memory Wire-http://www.beadsworldusa.com/images/Memory-Wire.jpg
Memory Wire Cutter-[img width=386 http://www.abeadstore.com/images/MemoryWireCutter1.JPG

Micro Split Ring Pliers- These are used to open split rings(key chain-like).

Split Ring Pliers- These are used to open split rings like the Micro ones, but open the rings wider. If you plan on using real sterling silver I recommend the Micro pliers, because silver is so soft.

Crimping Pliers- These are used to crimp crimp beads, but crimp beads can also be squashed with the Chain Nose pliers. There are different size crimpers, but I can't remember which size I use. I KNOW it isn't the micro crimpers.

Diamond Bead Reamer- This is great if you need to make the wholes in your beads larger.

Jump Ring Pliers- This are used to open and close jump rings, but I have been beading for 12 years and have never found them useful. I prefer split rings.

Jump Ring Opener Ring- I have never used this, but I know people who do
I would also recommend buying an awl.

In conclusion if I were a beginning beader, I would NEED round, chain nose pliers, and the light wire cutters. I would reccommend an awl, the crimping pliers, and the Micro Split Ring Opener. I hope this helps.

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