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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I made these earrings and a tutorial. on: July 05, 2011 08:46:44 AM

Making the earrings seemed simple enough but the tutorial made them seem a bit more complicated than I remember it being. I'd like any feedback on both the earrings AND the tutorial. Click on the picture below for tutorial.

Thanks for looking.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I made a hanging paper lamp. on: July 03, 2011 09:22:01 AM
The far corner of my kitchen counter was dark and inaccessible, so I decided to hang a lamp there. My idea came at Home Depot in the hardware department where I saw a dohickey that I still don't know its use:

I glued decorative paper to chicken wire, wrapped the chicken wire around the dohicky, used construction adhesive to glue the chicken wire to the dohicky. The light is a kit. I used the one with an in-line switch. A looooong chain would work well also.

Here it is all shiny and lit:

Hubby says I should make 3 more only much shorter to hang under the cabinets. The hardest part: Gluing the paper to the wire. Added bonus-- I found that chicken wire with decorative paper on it makes for great backdrops in photos for jewelry and such.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Finished but with a question, if I may. on: June 30, 2011 09:22:10 AM
I usually make earrings but once in a while I'll do something different. Like this pin that I think is remeniscent of a seahorse. My son says 'slug'. He's lucky I went through all that trouble to give birth to him.

My question is: How do I work the end to a finer point? I have used files but the point is. . . sloppy. What would work? Knife sharpener?  Hand held sander? A specialty machine that costs hundreds?

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial for Celtic Knot. (Image heavy) on: December 27, 2008 07:08:59 AM
Someone in LJ asked me how I made these Celtic Knot earrings:

So I made another pair and took pictures of each step. I thought perhaps some here might appreciate it.

Cut two even lengths of square wire, lenghth depending on how big you want the knot. I used 2 1/2 inches of 18g.

Bend both in half, forming a U.

Squeeze the legs together.

If you're like me and have trouble finding the exact middle with your eye, you'll have to even the legs at the bottom before you curve them slightly.

Mate the two pieces. Pay no attention to my grubby finger.

Hold both ends with pliers and pull tight.

Curl the legs so that it touches itself over the loop, like this:

The leg curls will have to be squeezed together and adjusted. There, you are done.

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Following the very good advice I got here quite some time ago. on: December 24, 2008 04:21:53 AM
I make earrings. The last time I posted here, someone pointed out that the machine earwires detracted from the overall handmade look of them. Also, it was sort of disingenuous to call them handmade if they had machine made earwires. So, here are two earrings with handmade earwires. What do you think?

Also, I made everyone in my office keychains for Christmas. And no, I didn't make the split rings by hand.

16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pictures of some earrings and a question on: September 22, 2008 04:33:55 AM
Is it a cheat to use manufactured ear wires?

Here are a few pics of some earrings I made.

They all have manufactured ear wires, which I know a lot of people use. I use them because my hand made ear wires do not slip in like butter. Still, I'd like to think that my earrings are all hand made, even the ear wire. Plus, I think they would look better-- more cohesive-- with handmade ear wire.

But what good would all that be if nobody would wear them because they go in so pinchy?
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower knot. on: April 09, 2008 03:56:12 AM
I just want to say that that isn't an errant wire sticking out. It's a piece of crud on my computer table. But I take horrible pictures and this one looked the best.

Here is an example of how bad my pictures usually are:
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ring sets. on: April 05, 2008 11:51:06 AM
Green glass and cat eye.

Yellow glass and silver.
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Instead of laying there all sick, I made two necklaces. on: April 03, 2008 06:52:46 PM
Gold and red jade.


Silver and green.


20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Love making the swirlies so I found another thing to do with 'em. on: March 11, 2008 09:45:25 AM
I made this here bracelet.

My son said he wanted a bracelet but all of the ones I made were to dainty and girly, so I tried to go a little butch:

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