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« on: April 11, 2006 05:15:54 PM »


i'm working on this for a friend of mine for her birthday.  it's a pissy job, so i thought i would post and refresh myself.  Wink  it was going to be part of a mobile, but i might just make it a pendant.  it's about 1" wide.
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2006 05:18:13 PM »

ohhh thats pretty! I like how it is between the slide, all the different things combined look really nice! Very unique, Good Job!
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006 05:27:38 PM »

i really like that!! very unique from the ones i've seen
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2006 05:47:33 PM »

someone posted one recently using wire mesh inside, but i can't find the post now...i'd tried it a while back with not-great results and her post re-inspired me, but now i can't find it.  Sad 
i wish i were better at cutting the glass.  it's never straight!
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2006 06:11:47 PM »

I think it would make a terrific pendant - very nice work - such a simple, pretty design.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2006 08:34:41 PM »

ooh i think it's really cute!
it would make a very lovely pendant
your friend is going to love it
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2006 08:40:38 PM »

chicken wire necklace: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=84019.0
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2006 09:04:17 PM »

hey this is gorgeous!, i have some pretty copper wire coated in red stuff, it would look stunning with this sort of set-up only using silver beads i think...did u use microscope slides? I have leadlight glass, it's thicker than microscope glass and my copper tape doesnt quiiiite reach around the edges, could i lay two strips side by side do you reckon - on a piece of baking paper or something? Like, to make one big strip that's 2ce as thick? (or thereabouts)
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2006 10:18:52 PM »

thanks, thebon!
this is my rough first--and as for the "is the tape wide enough" question, you can see it's sloppy here, not fully reaching over.
the thing i've found that makes this a problem with other designs that i've tried is that if it isn't a closed design, like my heart, then the beads go up and stick to the "open" tape in the sandwich of the glass--the edges.  so designs that are open, i'm thinking, should incorporate this on purpose and just expect a bead "frame" and a couple layers of tape.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2006 11:18:51 AM »

hey this is gorgeous!, i have some pretty copper wire coated in red stuff, it would look stunning with this sort of set-up only using silver beads i think...did u use microscope slides? I have leadlight glass, it's thicker than microscope glass and my copper tape doesnt quiiiite reach around the edges, could i lay two strips side by side do you reckon - on a piece of baking paper or something? Like, to make one big strip that's 2ce as thick? (or thereabouts)


copper tape comes in various widths.  buy the one that fits.  it's really the easiest thing to do.
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2006 08:53:15 PM »

Wow, likalika,
I have never seen any copper tape wider than Scrapalatte's 5/16", but I just went there to check and now they have ONE HALF INCH WIDE tape!! http://scrapalatte.net/simply_solder_kit.html
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this is the kind i use:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Conductive-self-adhesive-copper-foil-tape-shielding_W0QQitemZ9707745410QQcategoryZ14968QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2006 08:17:26 AM »

someone posted one recently using wire mesh inside, but i can't find the post now...i'd tried it a while back with not-great results and her post re-inspired me, but now i can't find it.  Sad 
i wish i were better at cutting the glass.  it's never straight!

That is an awesome pendant.  With regards to cutting the glass, I finally had to go and get myself a better glass cutter.  It's one that you have put little bit of oil into and it cuts with minimal pressure.  It was about $35 but it'll last me forever and I waste so much less glass than I used to.  That is such a pain not to get a good score and then it's all crooked!
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someone posted one recently using wire mesh inside, but i can't find the post now...i'd tried it a while back with not-great results and her post re-inspired me, but now i can't find it.  Sad 
i wish i were better at cutting the glass.  it's never straight!

That is an awesome pendant.  With regards to cutting the glass, I finally had to go and get myself a better glass cutter.  It's one that you have put little bit of oil into and it cuts with minimal pressure.  It was about $35 but it'll last me forever and I waste so much less glass than I used to.  That is such a pain not to get a good score and then it's all crooked!

I bought a better glass cutter, too, but mine was about $20 at Hobby Lobby, and I used a coupon to get a 40% discount on top of that. You're supposed to use some kind of mineral oil but I used transmission fluid instead, and it works fine.  I haven't cut any curves yet, but my glass mortality rate has dropped significantly on the straight cuts..

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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2006 08:57:31 PM »

that's good advice.  i'm always trying to get by or cut corners on things that just seem to end up making me spend more money on wasted resources in the long run!
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2006 06:49:41 PM »


here is the "finished" version that i'm giving to my friend tomorrow.  it's a little rough around the edges, but that's my style...right?  Wink  i hope she likes it!
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« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2006 06:55:29 PM »

That's really neat!
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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2006 07:25:32 PM »

Oh, I LOVE IT! Terrific the way you finished it!
I'm definitely going to remember this!
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« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2006 07:37:32 PM »

 I LIKE IT!
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The roughness around the edges really adds to its character. Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2006 07:48:13 PM »

thanks, everyone!  my friend is such a great beader and jewelry maker that it makes me not want to make things for her sometimes...i get all self-conscious.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2006 12:04:33 AM »

THAT is HOTT!!!
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« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2006 04:08:31 PM »

i love the way you've wrapped the wire around the outside, definately opened my eyes to a million new possibilities!! Thaks for sharing such a cool necklace Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2006 04:22:40 PM »

ha!  one of the best things about that particular wire is that my cousins are electricians and i got about a 20 lb. coil of that copper wire from them for free.  Smiley  i love copper!
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« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2006 04:57:36 PM »

that looks great! now i know what you've been up to over on your side of the bridge Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2006 05:56:30 PM »

i love this !!!
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« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2006 07:43:13 PM »

i've been working on my tree necklace, but i ran out of big glass slides...i'm all excited about it, though...or maybe i just don't want to do my homework.
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I hope your friend likes it because it's very cute
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« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2006 05:37:36 PM »

thanks!  she said she did...but i haven't seen her actually wear it since then.  Sad
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« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2006 07:38:35 PM »

wow that is a great pendant! Your style is so unique and it is all perfect together! No matter if she wears it or not it's a fine piece of work!
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« Reply #30 on: August 09, 2006 05:37:25 PM »

I adore this!  I like "rough around the edges", too.
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Hey, that's a really creative and pretty pendant.  I like the way you used copper throughout.  It's a nice combination with the red beads.

About cutting a straight line on glass, I've had the same problem.  I've found that I get a better cut if I put a piece of tape along where I want to cut and then put a straight edge on that line as well so I have something to guide me.  I'm by no means perfect at it, but I've found that a little downward pressure on the ruler-holding-hand helps to keep the cutter in line as I slide it along the straight edge.  Hope that made sense!

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« Reply #32 on: August 11, 2006 10:17:08 AM »

thanks for the kind words and encouragement.  i loved this idea, but then got distracted by other projects, so i haven't done much else.  it's a gloomy day--maybe it's time to pick it up again!
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Love this.  No pun intended. Cheesy
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so cool! I think this would make such a unique gift that someone would treasure.
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