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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Tips for the newbie making her first 'real' piece of jewelry? on: March 11, 2008 05:48:17 AM
My son bought me a book and a few supplies for making jewelry this past Christmas and I've taken to it like shine to silver. So far I've made a ton of stuff using craft wire: practicing different techniques and learning how to use the tools, experimenting. . . you know. Learning. Recently I made this:

and wore it to work. A co-worker asked me if I could make it in silver. This co-worker has been very, very kind to me in the past and I'd like to make her something real-- that won't turn.

Some questions:
Does sterling silver dead soft = bulk wire in malleability?
Is finishing mandatory or just recommended? If it should be finished-- cloth charged with tripoli or rouge or pickling? Which is the easiest for a beginner. Cheapest?
Is working sterling much different than working the cheap stuff?
Anything else I should know that I don't know enough to know I should know?
Should I splurge and make matching earrings?

O.K., that last question is on me.
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I think it looks better in real life on: February 24, 2008 01:20:39 PM

The swirly links were fun to make but a killer to link together.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first bezel. . . and I made it backwards! on: February 13, 2008 04:31:53 AM
After many tries, I was finally able to get all the parts right and set the glass stone. Only to realize I put it in the wrong way.

Since I'm not so easily discouraged, I tried again. Everything is facing the righ direction. Yay!

And then I made this masochist's ring. I really have to work on tucking my ends in. Maybe a good filing. . .

24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Instant gratification! on: February 10, 2008 10:28:26 AM
During a trip to the craft store to get Christmas stuff, I mentioned in passing that I'd like to start making jewelry as soon as they add a few more hours to the day. My son was with me when I said this. For my birthday at the end of January he bought me a how to book, a bead kit, some wire and some tools.

I have not slept since!

My favorite so far:

The links:

P.S. Is there a site that shows how to make different kinds of links (with pictures-- just words doesn't translate in my head). Or maybe there are some here and I don't know how to search for them?
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Bookcase spiffing up question. on: November 01, 2007 07:17:40 PM
Hi! It's been a while since I've posted here what with moving into my first house and everything that goes along with that. Like trying to get the stuff from our small apartment to work in our house. One thing I'm thinking of doing is stacking two completely different bookcases , screwing them together, adding moulding to the front and painting it all so that it looks uniform.

My question, should you choose to answer it, is-- what kind of paint or technique will best unify these two bookcases. One is a blond wood-like compressed cheapy type bookcase and the other is real wood stained a medium tone.

Ifn anyone asks, I can post a pic.
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Flocked paper edging help! on: January 14, 2007 08:29:28 AM
I've found flocked paper which I love. The only problem is that my craft knife leaves jagged edges and since I can't for the life of me line up edges perfectly freehand, I rely on my craft knife to clean things up. Also, the flocked paper is very thick turning edges with it leads to popping up problems.

See here for examples of the not so nice edges.



Oh, I got light blue, purple, cherry and orange flocked paper and am wracking my brain for other ways to use it 'cuz it think it is sooooo pretty.

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I like boxes. on: January 05, 2007 10:25:21 AM
So I got a bunch of cigar boxes on eBay. I've made a sewing box, I've mosaic'd a few and I did these things also:

This is a repeat. I'm sorry if that's not allowed. It was posted in the Holiday forum.


Painted box.


I Love You box


I was thinking of making a few more boxes with knobs and then putting them in some sort of frame work to actuall use for storage. But I'm not a woodworker so that thought fell through.

Need to do something with the lid of the box with the knob, so I did this:

I'm always so frightened that I'm making a posting faux pas. Hope this is OK.

28  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / My very first two mosaic projects. on: December 24, 2006 06:18:43 AM
I have a few cigar boxes that I mosaic'd (is that a word?) for my twins birthday last June. I made hers into a jewelry box and stuffed it full of fun cheap jewelry. His got filled with small toy cars and helicopters and trucks.

I enjoyed this so much, I went mosaic crazy:

Close ups of my two better efforts:

My daughter has asked me to do a large mosaic to hang over her bed. I'm not sure how to go about doing that since everything I've made so far is small. And there's the safety factor. Even those little 4"x5"s are kinda of heavy. Anyone have suggestions or maybe a site that could guide me in this?
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas candles from the 99 cent store (complete w/ photos) on: December 23, 2006 07:55:02 PM
All the glassware, the stones and glass marbles, the ribbon and the wrapping paper came from the 99 cent store. I decoupaged the bottom of the plates, filled the large glasses with stones, marbles and water and floated tea lights inside. The smaller glasses only have stones and marbles in them.

I found this site linked to a crafting blog I'm a member of. This is my first post-- I hope I did it right.
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