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Crafty Craftiness

Postby Rei » Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:59 pm

Seeing as I'm sure we have at least a few people around here who make things every now and then, a new thread seems to be the thing.

For my part, I made myself a pair of cuff links this evening. They need to be sealed with clear nail polish yet, but otherwise they are basically done:

The fronts.

The backs.

The goal was to make them look like typewriter keys, which I don't think I did so well at. However, I do like the look of them. I went with XP as a friend of mine suggested chi-rho. And then I thought of it as gaining XP. Which was generally cool, in my mind. The images are backwards because I haven't played with the settings on my webcam yet.
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Re: Crafty Craftiness

Postby zeroguy » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:00 am

I went with XP as a friend of mine suggested chi-rho. And then I thought of it as gaining XP. Which was generally cool, in my mind.
So it's not just XP, the emoticon?
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Postby Rei » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:50 am

Nope, it's a 3-way XP!
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Postby VelvetElvis » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:51 pm

I am curious how one goes about making cufflinks.
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Postby Luet » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:48 pm

I'm not sure if I've posted these before but I make earpins. They are a type of earring that slide into the hole in your year and then along the back of the ear (kind of like a bobby pin). It kind of looks like multiple piercings from a distance. I originally saw them on ebay years ago and bought a pair but could never find the same kind again so decided to buy the supplies and figure out how to make them myself. I now make them for friends and family and the occasional sale.

They are made from sterling silver wire & beads and genuine stone beads. If anyone ever wants a pair or two, let me know.

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Postby Rei » Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:36 pm

Those are really neat, Luet! That's really awesome that you use such materials, too.

Helen: I used 12-gauge copper wire and buttons, essentially. And pliers. There was much use of the pliers. One piece of wire loops around and connects to the button to form the post; and the second piece gets hooked onto the first in a loop pattern to form a cross-beam that can spin. Essentially it looks a bit like an I, with the spinning cross beam on one side and the button on the other. If I decide to make another pair I'll take pictures to show the process.
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Postby steph » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:38 pm

Oh, wow, Nomi. Those are absolutely beautiful! I would totally wear those! I have no idea which ones I would choose, though. They are all so gorgeous.
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Postby Jayelle » Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:40 pm

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Sock monkey family!
Paul made the one on the left, I made the two on the right. Sock monkeys are so much fun to make!
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Postby Petra456 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:24 pm

Luet, those are really pretty. I would love something like that!
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Postby 3nder » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:10 pm

Does warhammer count?
if so i have atleast 50 tiny figures about 2 inches high each
it takes hours ot paint them layer by layer.


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Postby Rei » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:18 pm

Woo! Sock monkeys!
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Postby Luet » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:25 pm

Aww, the sock monkeys are great. My mom made us some when we were little. She also made my brother and I Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls. I still have mine.

On the earpins: I can still make them and I got two new stone types, goldstone and olivine jade (a sort of yellow-green color). I'll get up some more pics when I have sample pairs of the new stones done.
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Postby Gravity Defier » Fri May 02, 2008 3:47 am

Nomi, I meant to say something the first time you posted but I'm awful sometimes with remembering to do things. I think the earpins are really quite lovely.

Humor me, please, but how much would it cost to get a pair or two? (I'm ignoring the word free; your time and effort is worth more than that.)
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Postby Luet » Fri May 02, 2008 2:58 pm

I pm'd you Lea. :)

And for everyone else who might be interested...I just made up an album with close up photos of all the available stone choices. It makes it easier to see what they really look like. I have a limited number of beads of: green aventurine, sodalite, snowflake obsidian and turquoise. I didn't include them in the gallery but if anyone wants one of those, let me know. And seriously, I don't mind making these for free! And then you can get help me SELL some to your friends and family (still for cheap). :wink:

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Postby Petra456 » Wed May 14, 2008 8:25 pm

Luet, I got the pair you sent me and I absolutely LOVE them! I've had so many people stop and ask me if they're one earing and where they can get them.
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Postby fawkes » Wed May 14, 2008 10:40 pm

Got mine right before we left for Cali. I absolutely loooove them! I'll let you know if anyone wants to buy some.

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Postby Luet » Thu May 15, 2008 9:25 pm

I'm in CA right now too! For a week, visiting the inlaws. :)
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Mon May 19, 2008 12:02 pm

I got mine today! They are so gorgeous and I've already had people asking for a link to your site.
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Postby Luet » Mon May 19, 2008 10:43 pm

So glad you like them!
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Postby Gravity Defier » Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:04 pm

Nomi, Nomi! Got two pairs today! They're lovely and perfect :D, and great timing, too. The recipients of them will be here next week.

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Postby Dr. Mobius » Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:39 pm

Man, this almost makes me want to pierce my ears.
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Postby Jayelle » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:22 am

Me too!
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Postby Luet » Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:12 pm

I just opened an etsy shop to sell my earpins. I made 2 sales within the first day!

http://www.lutyalapo.etsy.com/
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Postby Jayelle » Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:26 pm

That's awesome, Luet!! Esty is so cool.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:50 am

That's awesome! I keep getting comments on the earrings you sent me, and now I can give people the link! Yay!
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Postby locke » Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:54 am

That etsy site is really cool. I sent it to my sister because she's getting very crafty, she just made a baby quilt for our next niece her first attempt at quilting. that reminds me... I need a new quilt. :)

what is an ear slide? does it require pierced ears?
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Postby Young Val » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:25 am

I loooooooooooove Etsy! I'm definitely adding you to my favorite sellers, Nomi!
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Postby Jayelle » Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:45 am

I recently made my own BabyLegs. For those who don't know, you can buy legwarmers for kids that are great, because they make diaper changes easier (instead of having to pull off pants or tights) and keep babies legs warm.
However, they are $12+ a pair and only come in one size.
So, I bought dollarstore socks and made a bunch of my own:

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Postby Luet » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:58 am

Very cool! And I love your Boppy too. :)
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Postby starlooker » Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:20 pm

Awww. :) She just looks so long.
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Postby locke » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:14 am

any ideas of what would be a great $30 ish christmas present for a crafty craftperson? my sister's gotten very crafty with sewing and making a baby quilt and her own sidewalk paint and so on, and I'd like to get her something crafty-oriented.
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Postby Dr. Mobius » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:53 pm

Gift card to Michaels?
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Postby locke » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:08 pm

I loath giving gift cards.

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don't mind getting them though.
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Postby Hector.Victorious » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:21 pm

I loath giving gift cards.

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don't mind getting them though.
I agree. For some reason I just fell like giving a gift card means I didn't pu any thought or effort into the gift. Getting them is great though, because then I don't have to worry about not liking the gift.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:22 pm

Some nice yarns.
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