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Saturday, December 26th, 2009
8:04 pm
Anybody know anything about batik?
I've always wanted to get into batik, and I got some Christmas money, so I thought I'd order supplies. I've done a bunch of research online about it, and I love the tjanting copper prints the Javanese use with the wax to make designs. Making my own copper or brass tjantings is really out of the question, so I was wondering if I could use wood or linoleum block prints instead. Does anybody know anything about this? Do the carved parts need to be really deep? Will linoleum react badly with really hot wax?
Saturday, November 28th, 2009
10:11 pm
Ornament holder-reclaimed and recycled fences
Here is a thing I came up with today while slumping some glass. I made it from reclaimed electric fencing wire. I thought this would be neat to display those super special/old/breakable ornaments that you don't want the dogs/cats/kids to knock off the tree and break, or maybe for someone with a really small place with no room for a tree.

It still needs to be cleaned and painted before it goes up in my shop.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
6:16 pm
Anyone out there?
Hi All

Just went on a course on how to do devoré and wondered if anyone was interested to discuss / have a look at what I've been up to etc.

Do let me know!

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
7:56 pm
Latest bits - silk painting
Hello All

Long-time lurker, never posted. So nice to have a comm where people aren't advertising!

I've been doing some silk painting for fun over the last few weeks, for a change. I'm currently working on my City & Guilds course (2 modules completed, 6 to go!).

Thought I'd start posting here, to give me an incentive to continue (I did start ages ago posting stuff to creativesilk but it was just me, so I thought I'd come and join you!)

So, without further ado, on to the stuff! Here's a cushion I made a few weeks ago:

and some detail and more bits: Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: creative
Friday, October 5th, 2007
10:10 pm
crafts and pets
I have four cats and a long haired dog (yes I know, I'm crazy) and I don't have the luxury of having a separate room to keep my craft supplies or make my candles and soap in that can be shut off from the cats. I keep my wax and soap base in a cupboard and my dyes in zip lock baggies but it seems like even in the cupboard my wax ends up with bits of dust (I do keep my house clean I don't know where it comes from!) and kitty hair on it. I end up with candles and soap that have visible hairs or bits of dust at the top, even if I think that I've for sure removed every bit of it. How do you guys keep your craft area's pet hair free? Even those of you without pets how do you prevent the bits of dust?
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
2:38 pm
Any suggestions?
Hi everyone! I am trying to make a blanket for a friend who is really into mario. I am looking for any ideas or suggestions about how to do this. I am a fairly good crochet(er), not so much a knitter, can sew and cross stitch. Any ideas would be welcome and greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much in advance for any ideas!

Current Mood: confused
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
8:42 pm
Wow, so...it's been a way long time since I posted here, and honestly, I'm not even sure if I ever ended up posting a project here. But, there's a first time for everything!

I got accepted as a vendor to a local convention, and so I've been working like mad to get things ready for it, though I know that, in the end, there's no way I'll be ready. ANYway, so, one of the things that I've been working on is an even-count, flat peyote bracelet, 14 beads wide and 197 rows long, in a goddess pattern.

Pictures at the gallery here. (I tried to link one in, but the images are pretty big, and I can't figure out yet how to link straight from Gallery, and I am too tired (and my fingers too sore!) to deal with it right now, but maybe later on. :)

The beads are some kind of Japanese seed, though any future repetitions of this pattern will be done with Delicas, since there are some small issues with size variation in the beads I got with the kit (from Second Story Beadwork, via The Beadin' Path in Freeport, ME, where we visited while on vacation in Boston not long ago). The Delicas just fit so nicely together with any kind of peyote/brick/loom stitch, and I think that'll eliminate the small shifts in size and the like later on.

I also didn't *quite* have enough to finish the border beads, so ended up having to substitute three or four Mill Hills in there at the very end, which is no big deal, except that they're slightly bigger than the rest of the seeds used. Most people probably won't notice, I guess, but it'll bug me every time. :)

The project took about 10-12 hours over 7 or so days to finish. It's 6 3/4" in length and about an inch and a half wide.

And now, back off to some easier stuff, like stringing magnetic bracelets in the colors of the Harry Potter houses! :)
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
12:26 pm

Hi all,

I'm starting a new project called 'Crafted With Love'. It's created to offer a helping hand to animals in need while at the same time, support independent crafters/businesses/designers who handcraft their items. The blog will showcase and sell jewelry donated by generous souls (their contacts can be found in the links page). The proceeds will then be donated to participating animal shelter groups.

Currently, I'm looking for more crafters who are interested to lend a helping hand to these animals. If you're interested or you know somebody who may be, please feel free to email any enquiry to
crafted.with.love@gmail.com. Or you can visit the blog at http://www.crafted-with-love.blogspot.com for details. =) 

Monday, December 11th, 2006
11:13 am
New to Community
*waves* Hi everyone! Been searching everywhere for a craft community that doesn't have a bunch of "buy my stuff here"s. And I found you guys. :) Anyway, as the title suggests, I'm new to this community. I've been crafting since I can remember--it was a family pastime growing up. I didn't get into crocheting and knitting however, until high school (We had a crochet/knit club that I joined freshman year). I love to crochet, but I suck at knitting. I suck at it so bad.

Anyway, so as winter is just around the corner, and I live in the MidWest and it will be snowing soon, I wanted to make my daughter a nice little bean-cap for her to wear out in the cold. I just finished it. I don't know how long it took me since I have to do most of my craftwork during my free time. Somewhere between that student thing, working thing and mom thing....yeah. I digress.

The end.
Friday, August 4th, 2006
6:47 pm
custom jewels. <3
my jewelry is made out of thick plastic = thickness of a nickel. there are many things to choose from, or i can make anything you'd like custom. i'm always looking for affiliates and new friends. just drop me a line.


Friday, July 14th, 2006
12:58 pm
hi everyone!

I am new to the community and new to beading. Since the beginning of this summer, I have been searching for earrings that I like and never found anything so I finally gave up and started making them myself! I ahve crocheted for years, and last year took up knitting and cross stitch...I guess I am adding something else to the list!

Moving on...I was wondering if anyone could point me in the dirstion of a website that has good prices on beads. I already found fire mountain...but would like some comparison! I live in downtown Milwaukee and there is a place called Planet Bead here...but they are VERY overpriced! Between $0.50-$2 per bead! And these are just simple glass beads...nothing fancy! SO I am looking elsewhere.


Current Mood: excited
Monday, June 12th, 2006
11:15 pm
Today's design...
Pictures aren't doing it justice...if anyone has advice on how to get the pictures to sparkle like they SHOULD, I'd love to hear it.

new choker!Collapse )
Saturday, May 27th, 2006
9:25 pm
I made one of these today while waiting for my hubby to come home from work. Tell me what you think. My son crochet the drawstring. It turned out so cute I may make more to sell. Made out of a leg from a worn pair of jeans. Crochet trim , drawstring, and strap.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
11:40 am
my wrist is finally better and I started making some stuff this past week.
New Pretties thisawayCollapse )
Sunday, January 8th, 2006
4:23 pm
I have not posted in a while! These are just some things that I've done lately.
New Stuff!Collapse )
Monday, November 28th, 2005
3:53 pm
Heya...I just joined...

I've spent ages trying to find a community that didn't include ad's for selling jewellery/crafts, a place where people could discuss and show jewellery/crafts without having to filter through the sales pitches...and YAY I guess I've found it!

I have just recently started making jewellery, another 'craft' to add to my growing list, I also paint and do a bit of photography. When I was younger I did cross-stitch, embroidery, a lil sewing, and sculpture.

I have made extremely basic 'kids' jewellery (i.e. elasticated bead bracelets for my sister) before but this is the first time I have made something like these. I am having a little trouble whit making the "eyes" on eye pins (i.e. getting them round) so a little more practice is needed, and a set of round-nose pliers, I'm currently using a set of needle-nose pliers which are sort of oval shaped.

Please feel free to comment, I am open to suggestions, and help with techniques. Any information on wire working would be appreciated as well, I have always been fascinated with wire and wire working.

My first attempts at earrings...Collapse )

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