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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Starter guides and patterns? on: August 17, 2009 05:28:27 AM

Good afternoon all!

Jewellery making is an art i have only really childishy dabbled in before, chucking beads only coloured embroidery thread and knotting up, that sort of thing, but I really would love to learn how to do considerably good, at least semi good quality pieces. After bringing this up my grandmother said "You know that would be marvelous! I would love some necklace and earring sets to be proud to wear to church and on holidays and at parties and be able to say 'my grandaughter made that!' Make me some please and tell me how much i owe you!"

Well my grandmother wants something special from me, what can i say to that! I was so flattered, but i'm not really sure where to start. I've been scouring supply sites, browsing threads of information and ideas, and while i'm picking up on some things i am still a bit lost.

What with all the different findings, how different ones work with different threads and wires, when to use them, all the different tools and pliars its suggested having, jump ring and head/needle pins uses, etc... I'm just blown away completely.

Is there a Jewellery Making For Idiots type set up anywhere, or even a starter guide for people with tutorials and patterns that introduce you to different techniques and findings and their uses? Or is the a 'Toddler Talk' starters guide somewhere that will help?

I have to admit, after reading so much I do feel a little like i should call my nan and send her to Etsy or something as apposed to me doing anything. Sad Feeling a little bit like I'd make a complete mess.

Any assistance would be hugely appreciated!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Some tutorials for a new plushie maker pweese? on: October 31, 2008 04:01:17 AM
Hi ho silver away!

I'm feeling the tremble of a distant craving for sewing cute things stampeding my way. I'm off to get a bunch of fabric and the sewing machine is revving its wheels. I've only ever made my own pattern of one thing before, but i want to try other ideas, so i wondered if there were any animally and birdy tutorials and patterns out thar for me? Any suggestions?

I plan to smother my house in cute. Help in my escapades!

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Glazes to use when clay is painted and has contact with water. on: August 30, 2007 12:36:56 AM
What is best reccomended to use when clay has paint detail on it that you dont want to run? For instance brush strokes might disturb it? Or should you use a spray version? Or perhaps poor varnish into a pool and dunk the item into it?

Also with decorated cutlery in mind, which can be washed? I believe the British version of Future is Klear? And i think that comes off with much contact with water.

So what would folks reccomend? And where can i get it?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Sending dry foods abroad on: August 29, 2007 09:48:59 AM
In the hopes that my partner for this gift doesn't see this, and never mind if she does, are there restrictions on sending ingredients from Britain to the US? Not silly things like eggs and liquids, i mean like packets of powders, dry item kits with recipes, and boxed mixes, etc.

Its unclear if these can be sent, so i was wandering if anyone had the answer...
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Christmas Decoration swap - a long drawn out one? on: August 17, 2007 11:49:56 PM
Is it too early?

See i just moved in with my boyfriend, and after talking about christmas declared that he had no christmas decorations.

I went into shock and severely needed ice cream urgently.

I'm a big christmas person, and although the sun is still shining, i was wandering if people fancied a christmas decoration swap theme, table pieces, tree bits, window hangers, wreathes, anything! It could be a really long drawn out one done between the end of September to say End of November, getting in December ready to put up!

We could each name out favourite christmas icons, penguins and robins, or the nativity, or the victorian style, holly and sleighrides scene, with your favourite christmas colour combos, and a list of what you dont have already, a table centre piece, or that elusive decoration that never reaches the bathroom. Someone should invent a bathroom decoration...

Anyhoodle, any christmas fans fancy it?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / I.d. tags personalised on: August 07, 2007 02:54:18 AM
Any one know if there is a kit you can buy to make these at home?
I own a rattery, and i've decided it would be nice to have all their names on their own tags for when we go to vets, shows, etc, and of course, for a memorial when they pass away.

Otherwise, is there a crafter on here who i could commission?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Band tshirts on: July 23, 2007 03:28:30 AM
I forget what the term is, but tshirt printing, your typical band tshirt stylee.

My friends band are getting big! They're touring the UK all over the place at the moment, and are about to release their 3rd album which will hit stores nationally, and even to this point, they still dont have tshirts!

Can someone point me in the direction of solving this problem?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Polymark Fabric Paint in the UK on: July 21, 2007 12:18:53 AM
I've just run out of my favourite paint! And typically im half way through using it.

I've had a bit of a bash about on the internet and it doesnt seem to be around in the UK anymore.

Someone please tell me i'm wrong? Is there a chain store than generally has it? Or a place i can order online that doesnt insist i buy in bulk?
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Glaze? Varnish? on: June 07, 2007 08:01:25 AM
Very new to using Polymer clay, i'm hoping to have a bash at it quite soon! I was just wandering what is used to glaze most items made, rather than keep the matt effect?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / shorts/hot pants modding ideas... on: June 02, 2007 09:35:30 AM
Well i'm stuck.

The love of my life Oakleys jeans have finally died. Its a very sad day.

In 2 weeks time i'm off on holiday to Barcelona! Huzzah!

I want these reincarnated please! Cheesy Any ideas?

I wear all sorts of things, Moroccan paisley sequins right through to punky/kitch stuff. I've already cut these down. See photos. I haven't posted enough yet for the privilege of posting pictures.


Its officially really weird and really difficult to take photos of your own bum.

One problem or at least fix-er-upper is the fact i've worn them to hole-age on the inside thighs. Heeh. I tried to make them last.  Grin

Send forth your ideas! For i am idealess.
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