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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / where is a good place to get sequins? on: March 07, 2007 02:01:35 PM
Hello all-- I am looking to buy uniform 6-10mm sequins, and my local craft stores are terribly unsatisfying-- limited colors, etc.  What I want is cup sequins with a hole in the middle. My online searches yield only overpriced (albeit nicer) sequins that seem ridiculous for tiny pieces of plastic. Does anyone have any ideas as to where I could find sequins at a reasonable cost but still with a variety of colors?  Does Walmart carry sequins?
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / and another resin necklace... anyone help me think of a clever name for this? on: February 14, 2007 02:00:23 PM
Again, hand tinted/casted, shaped and drilled. This time with copper toned wire wrapping, and black porcelain rondelles for spacers.
I am really happy with how this turned out!!

Anyone help me think of a clever "title" or name for this necklace?
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / hand casted resin bead necklace on: February 14, 2007 01:56:11 PM
So, I have been experimenting with resin casting for a little while now, and I have gotten a lot better at it-- but I thought I would share one of my first necklaces that used some of the first beads I made--

I hand tinted/cast, shaped and drilled all of the beads.  The focal bead has old vintage plastic beads imbedded in it:

There is even a cast of a vintage button:

I added silver spacers and silver tone wire to reinforce everything-- when you drill your own holes, they never, well-- MINE never go straight through so that the bead will be balanced, they have a tendency to want to flip around all the time.  So the necklace is more rigid, but bendy, which I like.  I know my wire wrapping is a little rough, I have figured out how to do it a little better.

and the action shot:

I love resin. I am always excited to get home from work or class to demold, shape/drill, mix a new batch or do another layer.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / pins/buttons? Is this where this goes? on: February 09, 2007 08:20:04 PM
So I have finally put my badge-a-minit to use.... this is my first button, with original art even  *high five*

it is called "SQURL on Chainlink"
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / chunky Jasper necklace on: February 09, 2007 08:15:37 PM
again, simple stuff, really.
I love how chunky it is, and the stone in front is kind of serendipitously reversable-- green on one side, carnelian on the other....
It has fancy jasper, ocean jasper, and silver lace jasper, I believe. Sometimes I have beads for so long I forget what they are....
"Miscellaneous jasper".  It is mysterious like that.

26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Green Weed Necklace on: February 05, 2007 12:35:24 PM
This one is made out of mother of pearl branches, but they remind me of dandelion leaves for some reason, hence the name....

27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / vintage buttons, wire necklace-- 4 pics, beware. on: February 05, 2007 12:32:15 PM
Hello-- this is by no means an original idea, but I came upon a great lot of vintage buttons, so I thought I would show you my first enterprise....
it's supersoft silvertone wire-- my favorite part is that the button/loop clasp fits in with the design so well that you can wear it facing any direction, showcasing your favorite side to the front....
I love vintage buttons.....

sorry to post so many pictures, but it looks different on each side....
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / clay shape cutter lube? on: January 16, 2007 09:44:00 AM
I tried searching this but I am not getting the results I am looking for--  I have little cookie-cutter like tools for poly clay, but with thicker widths of clay, I have to push rather hard to get the shape out of the cutter, which leaves fingerprint dents and warps not only the clay shapes but my cutters as well--
is there something I can do to my cutters to lube them up so that the clay shapes easily fall out?  I dont know if I should use an oil base or a silicon base as it might affect the finish of the clay when baked-- any suggestions?
Thanks in advance
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / chain chain chaaaaaiiin on: December 27, 2006 02:03:55 PM
I am trying to get my act together to set up a shop on etsy, but need to find some chains (finished or sans clasps) preferably in sterling silver for pendants. 
Why is chain so awfully expensive? in some cases, it would more than double the cost!. 
Also, I have seen some chain that looks painted or enameled, like black or colored-- but I can't find it at the beading sites I usually buy from-- do you know where to find colored chain?
what do people do? just not provide chains?
thanks in advance....
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Speedy Bead Stringer? on: December 27, 2006 12:31:44 PM
Has anyone tried this apparatus?  Seems like a spinning cylinder that miraculously throws your beads onto your needle to speed up beading.  I can't find anywhere that sells it, but saw it mentioned in two tutorials on firemountaingems.com.  Anyone familiar with this? If so, is there anything mysterious about its workings, or could someone make their own?
Do you know where I could get one?
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