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341  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / homemade dress mannequin on: November 27, 2006 01:42:11 PM
so rather than buy a dress mannequin for $130 i decided to make my own.  my weekend was spent doing this.  Its not bad for my first try, i think.

i first put a turtleneck on my skinny little 15 year old niece.  wrapped her in duct tape from her neck down to her butt, then i cut it off of her stuffed it and taped it back up.  i paper mached it and decoupaged some old cut up sewing patterns onto it.  I used the base of an old floor lamp as the stand and viola!!  It turned out kinda small (because she is really small) but she made a good guinea pig anyway...lol.

342  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / coke candles(made with pop cans as molds) on: November 27, 2006 12:05:57 PM
Hi everyone, I am a new member.  This is my first post, Im just trying to figure out how to do everything on here.

I dont know if anyone has seen these before, but they are candles made using a coke can as the mold.  The wax and wicks are completely recycled from candles i bought at yard sales.

I used an xacto knife to cut the top off of the can, then poked a small hole through the center of the bottom (big enough to stick the wick through)  then use some sort of clay or putty (i used poster putty)  to seal off the hole and keep the wick in place.  

Then tie the other end of the wick to a dowel rod (or i used a pencil Smiley) and let it rest on top of the can.  

After wax is melted (stove, microwave, or candle warmer-I've used all three) pour the wax into the can.  It takes a few hours for the wax to dry completely.

When the wax is dry cut a small snip in the top of the can to get you started, then peel the can off.  be careful when removing the bottom of the can because sometimes the bottom ring wants to chip off (you can tell thats what happened with the yellow one).  

The bottom of the coke can now becomes the top of your candle, and youre finished.

I put buttons in the bottom of the yellow one, and for the blue and white one, i used cut up chunks of another candle, then poured the white wax around it.

well if you guys have already seen this done, im sorry if i bored you. Im a newbie...lol.
343  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Re: any college students on here? on: November 27, 2006 11:29:07 AM
I'm a freshman at WKU, and im new to this website, but hi everyone.
344  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: drink umbrellas + ikea lantern = lamp! on: November 26, 2006 08:31:21 AM
i just love coming across crafts that are so cool, yet so simple.  Thats a great idea!!
345  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: i live inside a TANGERINE. on: November 24, 2006 05:56:27 AM
I third it...i am so adicted to yard sales and thrift stores, and I've made so many things out of yard sale stuff.
346  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: jones soda bottles. on: November 23, 2006 05:10:50 PM
my friend took all the labels off, and made a purse using contact paper and duct tape.
347  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: i live inside a TANGERINE. on: November 21, 2006 05:57:20 PM
I love the thread holder!!!
348  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Sobe Lids, Starburst rappers, on: November 21, 2006 11:54:44 AM
ive made purses using duct tape and contact paper featuring starburst wrappers (or any candy wrappers)

349  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / earplugs? on: November 21, 2006 11:25:45 AM
I work in a factory part time till i get through college, and we are required to wear earplugs.  We have all different brands that are different colors, and i just cant bring myself to throw them away because there must be something that can be done with them.  Does anyone have any ideas?  they are foam earplugs.
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