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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / can't get donuts around here . .. so washery-goodness + maille and some wrapping on: January 19, 2009 06:37:06 PM
my new stuff:

the girly-version of the manly one I posted not too long ago:

rainbow craziness!

a bracelet:

wire wrapped pendant:

My first time stitching rings!

That one is my fav! Hope you all liked . . this was seriously my first time venturing into the world of needles + thread for beading . .. I could never ever understand patterns, so I didn't try until I saw one of the vids from auntiesbeads.com. (awesome, btw!)

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Girly-version washer necklace and some othe new stuff on: January 04, 2009 09:53:01 AM

The washer was a bit more beat-up than I wished, but it still looks neat

a simple wrapped swarovski ring

springy bracelet

thanks for looking!
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / second-time chain maille, tof, and a HOT manly necklace on: December 26, 2008 05:46:24 PM
I am SOOOO happy with how this necklace turned out . . . and he loves it

my second time with 4-in-one, using my first hand-made rings

a tof pendant

and springs & rings

thanks for looking!
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklace/bracelet/belt, bling ring from handmade finding and MORE on: November 22, 2008 10:01:12 AM
First of all the ring; I always liked those bling rings but have not found a ring blank anywhere around here like that, so I figured out how to make my own and it it sooooooo simple!

What inspired it - necklace that can be worn as a bracelet and belt too! Made with glass cubes, glass bicones, pressed glass, and split rings:

as a necklace:

as a bracelet:

as a belt:

I also made ones with fake white and coloured pearls:

green zebra:

And, alas . . .  the bracelet made with some of my few and precious swarovski crystals that I LOST the first time I wore it . . .  Have to stick to making my OWN clasps . .  do not trust pretty fabricated made ones anymore!

Thanks for looking!
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / been in a dangly mood lately - new stuff; WAY more than I thought! on: November 08, 2008 10:14:11 AM
My absolute favorite that I can't seem to reproduce; smoky gray wrapped chandalier drop:

it seems like if I take a LONG break from wrapping, I'm awesome, but keep trying to do it and I suck!

black wire-wrapped circle with a beaded bead:

feeling halloween-y . . czech pressed glass

turquoise swarovski set

what i made on the bus, worked on it every morning!

very artsy! I don't know if I like it

woven hair clippies! just love these

And Finally took out the wig jig again:

sorry for such a pic overload . . didn't think it had been that long since I posted! Hoped you like my very big range of pretties!

26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pink & green glass rings - first lariats! on: October 12, 2008 07:59:54 AM
I had these rings for a while and didn't know what to do with them  ..  now I know what to do with ALL of them!

thanks for looking!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / wire-wrapped bangle, ring and more! on: September 27, 2008 06:37:08 AM

for the lastone, sure would help if walmart sold uniform beads! JEEZ!

Hope you like everything!
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / shelf liner & duct tape books! tutorial added! on: September 09, 2008 08:17:38 PM
These are some books I made for my boy . . . I had two more but they got lost when we moved!!!!

I took pics of the making of the shape book, so if anyone wants a tut, just let me know! Honestly, the possibilities are endless . .  it doesn't even have to be for children!

Here is my tutorial - first one, so warning in advance, it might be a bit windy, lol.

You will need:

clear sticky shelf liner
scissors or paper trimmer (which works AWESOME)
duct tape (colours are always cool)

After you decide what to make a book of, figure out your paper size. I just cut my paper in half width-wise and set up my printer to print as such. You have to make sure that you leave a wide margin for where the pages will be bound. Very important! You can print double-sided, but I would get too confused, lol, so I just print out each side of the "one" page seperately.

When done printing I have a set like this:

my book was lengthwise so my margins are at the top and bottom, but it is fine to make one landscape as well.

So, if you didn't print in colour, colour everything (yay!), or put your kids to work.

get your shelf liner ready . . . cut a piece big enough so it can fold back on itself with some overhand on the sides and lengthwise, about half an inch - like a pocket for the paper. dont worry about cutting straight! Peel off the backing and lay it sticky side up. Now, lay your piece (if you printed double-sided) or pieces (if you printed each side seperately) of paper on the liner with the margined side being where the shelf liner will fold . make sure if you printed each side that your margins are on the same side.

There are two pieces here laying on the shelf paper:

This is very important when it gets to the binding stage . . . you want a straight, consistent edge where the tape will go.

Now to fold: the margined side has a flat fold, the unmargined has the overhang

Now, for me, so I don't get all mixed up with the margins, it helps to lay down everything the same way I want the book to go. One page at a time

You can see here that "circle" is on the back of "triangle"  . . hopefully pic makes more sense of margins than I do

K, now that they are all lined, it is time for the binding. I start with the first pages and work my way to the back, but for a thicker book, you will want to start binding in the middle and work your way forward from the middle, then back from the middle.
Lay your first two pages down against eachother, how they will be bound, then tape them together like this:

The tape also helps to hold everything in place while you are working!

Then, fold the second page over onto the first and line everything up so you have a straight edge again, and get your next piece to tape:

Now continue fighting with the duct tape

When you get to the end, it should look like this:

I put one more piece on the top to cover up everything and trim everything all up. Make sure you leave some overlap of the liner or the book will not be as indestructable.

Be careful with the shelf liner - It loves to pick up any ink and pencil crayon markings so it is not easy to just take it apart if you wrinkle it or something while folding it over. You will have to use a new piece.

So there you have a baby-proof, water resistant book!

I'm working on a vegetable one now. I have made him the shapes one, a fruit one, numbers, and an animal one with an animal for each letter of the alphabet. For that one, I had printed out clipart seperately and glued everything on the cardstock, so that works well too.
I had also made him a small one with photos of his dad (who was a long haul trucker and away all the time) so he could touch the pictures without wrecking them

Man, I am soooo horrible at explaining things - - - why I decided not to be a teacher!!!!

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How did you all learn?? So inspired! on: August 17, 2008 08:18:24 AM
Wow, everytime I look through Hottest New Topics, or Most Recent With Pics, I just cannot BELIEVE the amazing clothing that comes up that some say are "So simple" or "easy". Everything is so beautiful!!!
So, I'm inspired enough that I would like to maybe try some things, but lol, my dad finished my home ec. project for me years agoo b/c I was not too great at sewing . . that was like 9 years ago though
How did you all learn? From relatives and such? Anyone learn through classes? Maybe that's what I should try!
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / chain maille & swarovski tutorial (looking for) on: July 04, 2008 11:31:15 PM
I remember seeing a long time ago a tutorial SOMEWHERE on the net for a chain maille weave that had captured swarovski beads inside . . . like there was nothing through the beads, the weave went around them and trapped them. But, man, i have no idea where I found it! I really wanted to try maille and remember that was a beginner project . . . can someone help?Huh?
I even can picture the photo in my mind . . . the beads were blue!
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