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1  Beds for less fortunate pets! in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by long.white.cloud on: April 02, 2008 09:56:39 AM
I have just discovered this wonderful forum and thought I would share my most loved hobby.

I volunteer at an animal shelter here in Georgia and have made a huge collection of donut-style pet beds for the residents. I know the shelter really loves that theyre totally washable and I usually use fabrics (from old blankets, etc) that have been donated to create them. At first I used my entire fabric stash making them, before I discovered I could use donated things too! I've found the cheap fleece from Walmart to be quite appropriate and very durable too and the addition of catnip is well received.
I've managed to make enough for every cat cage (30 cages) over the last couple of months. Some of the smaller dogs love them too! I've also made flat cushion style beds for the larger dogs out of comforters.
It really has helped the pets to feel happier and more comfortable, so I feel wonderful that theyre so appreciated and whenever I visit them, they get a clean fresh bed and the old one goes in the wash! Whats best is that I now only spend 30 minutes making one. Practice makes perfect!
I'd be happy to make a tutorial or pattern for those interested in making some for their local homeless animals. It really does make the world of difference. More homeless pets need something soft to rest their head on!

Some pictures:

[Edit]: I'm so happy (and a little blown away) to see so much interest in my beds! I will get to work on a tutorial this weekend. Hopefully we can spread the snuggly, fleecey, nip-filled love a little further!
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2  Fold-form copper cuffs. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by long.white.cloud on: November 06, 2007 09:36:26 AM
So this is what I spent last weekend doing. Hammering metal is more therapeutic than one would expect!
I have some silver for the next ones. I also have plans for a choker/necklace in the same style and some earrings. I need a torch, asap!

This one is about 2 inches in width.

This one was more challenging. It's 3 inches wide and it took a while to get the folds shaped so it sat comfortably on the wrist.

This one is only about 1 inch wide and was a little easier to get into shape. After I'd finished it, I used Liver of Sulfur to darken it a bit. I wanted it to be darker but it will naturally do that over time anyway.

I prefer the wider ones but I've always liked big, bold jewelry. I love the natural patina that copper forms over time and they're all already doing it.
I also love that each of these and probably any others I make, will all be completely original and unique. They're virtually impossible to remake exactly the same. They could definitely be similar but never the same. They became their own works of art in a way.

Any thoughts are very welcome!

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3  Lotus flower necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by long.white.cloud on: October 28, 2007 09:25:23 PM
I've been lurking on the forums for a while now and am inspired every day by the wonderful things I see here.
I recently finished a really wonderful metal smithing course and I wanted to share the finished product.
It is a sterling silver lotus flower pendant on a plain silver choker. There are some imperfections, but it was my first go at anything of this nature so I don't worry myself about it.
I had an amazing time making it and the class was such a blast! I cant wait to gather some tools and space and get all of these ideas for pretty silver things out of my head.
If anyone has any comments, I'd love to hear them!

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