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« on: April 01, 2004 08:04:08 AM »

I want to make a door hanging something the door beads hang within the door frame. I want to limit view to my craft room from my living room without blocking out the light coming thru. I don't want purchase something - want to make it myself. Beads are too expensive. I'd like to recycle something.

Anyone have any great ideas?Huh??

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2004 08:35:51 AM »

I think stringing the tabs from soda cans would be neat....

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2004 08:36:34 AM »

Oh, door beads!  So many possibilities!
If you have a large supply of bottle caps you can use pliers to fold them in half, sandwiching them between fishing line and tying them to a dowel rod (a couple dollars at the craft store).  You can also use a sheer piece of fabric and make a curtain separating the two rooms.  Or, you could purchase a whole bunch of wooden beads (usually pretty cheap) and roll them around in paint to coat them (the color of your choice) and string them onto fishing line.

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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2004 08:53:05 AM »

I was gonna say bottle caps!  Ok, how about drinking straws in lots of neat colors.  If  you only want one or two colors, Ikea often has packs of 200 in two coordinating colors for like a buck (I got some baby blue and light green ones about a year ago) here they are it looks like they have  a pack with 4 colors now - black, grey, hot pink, and stripey - in the store they might have other color combos.  You could either cut them into shorter segments, or use them as is and string them onto yarn or fishing line.  You could even put a bigish bead in between straws.  Much cheaper than doing the whole thing in beads, but the individual beads would still catch the light prettily.
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2004 08:56:52 AM »

You could cut out shapes (circles, stars, squares, whatever) from fabric in pairs, use normal, cheap pva-glue (brushed on to cover entire shape) and stick them together with fishing line or twine inbetween. and then brush on more pva on the outside afterwards to make it shiny and plasticlike. The pva should make the fabric stiff and thus hold it's shape. Badly explained but you catch my drift hopefully...
Actually, you could do the same with paper/card. Tissue paper looks gorgeous when it's applied to paper and covered with pva.
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2004 09:12:23 AM »

I like the straws too!

Also, maybe get some of the small marbles (the kind you make marble magnets with) and glue two together with fishing line in the middle? Those are really cheap and there are tons in the bag. The clear would let light in.

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2004 09:37:36 AM »

a craftster by the name of cloudbreakchick started a topic about a playing card curtain she made for her b/f i think...   anyways here is the link i think..  http://photos.yahoo.com/xallyemokidx

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2004 09:51:47 AM »

The drinking straw curtains are so much fun !  We have made them for gifts and actually did designs in the curtain. The best was the flame one...we couldn't find dark red straws so we had everyone grabbing a few extra when the got slushies, those are really tall straws !!  Putting faceted beads in the design  is great.

You could also  use the skinny bamboo. It's cheap at our craft store.   Also recycle paper tubes, paint them or do the faux bamboo look from Christopher Lowell.
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2004 10:47:40 AM »

This sounds like a job for those formica chips someone was talking about in another thread.  They already have a hole on one end, just drill a hole on the other then connect them end to end.

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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2004 11:00:08 AM »

WOW, thanks guys! you've got lots of great ideas.

I'm the one who has the formica chips, but they would be heavy and unfriendly to rush through as I take my burning pots off the stove.

the other ideas sound feasible. I do have a lot of fabric and paper samples around I could use.

You are opening up possibilities to me - If we all got together in one place I bet there's NOTHING we couldn't make!
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