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Tuesday Night Craft Experiment

Knitting, Jewelry, and more knitting January 12, 2011

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The end of 2010 saw the completion of three projects: a hat, a necklace, and a scarf. Let’s work backwards.

My roommate Joe’s mom saw the scarf I made for him and requested a lady version of her own. I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Portland Wine. It’s a beautiful bright eggplant color. I knitted the scarf the same way as Joe’s – so they can be twins.

This necklace I made on New Years Day while watching The Larry Sanders Show marathon on IFC (one of the best shows ever). I was antsy and needed something to do with my hands so I rummaged through my bead box and came across these fake wood pieces I had bought at Michaels for $1.99 forever ago. After consulting with Joe, it was decided that I would use all the pieces to make a pretty draping necklace of fake green wood. Love it!

Lastly is a knitting project that I have had in my ravelry queue for almost a year. It’s called the “Robin’s Egg Blue Hat”, but I call it “Pretty Button hat” because it is not blue (minus that hot button!). It is a very easy pattern involving only knitting, purling, and simple decreases. Its knit from the top up which makes it easier to switch to double pointed needles at the end.

Mine came out a little big with the brim left down, so I folded it up and now its a tad small. I have a weird head. I’m going to play around with it because I absolutely love the colors and style. I knit it using Malabrigo (my favorite!)

 

Sorry for the insanely large picture. It’s either coming out teeny tiny or super huge. I swear I’m like an 80 year old trying to use a computer sometimes.

 

Aside from the numerous personal New Years Resolutions that I have, I’ve made crafting ones as well. I want to become more involved in the crafting community, learn cables and intarsia, take more care in my projects and not be so hasty. Mostly I want to start to be creatively creative. For a musician its the difference between writing your own music and having the ability to perform others. I want to write my own music with yarn, beads, and fabric.

2011 is my year!

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Fabric Covered Buttons December 15, 2010

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For the first time ever One Button at a Time actually has a post about buttons!  This is the first time I have branched away from fiber and household items in a long time.

Someone asked me where my inspiration for projects comes from. I wouldn’t label it as inspiration, but rather I see things I like and I figure out how to make them for myself. Recently, I watched a craftster tutorial on fabric covered buttons and decided that it looked so simple, I could do it and not destroy it.

I went online to the i craft for less website and picked up an assembly tool for a measly $2. I bought the button pieces to match and bobby pins that have a place for me to glue the button to. I used some scrap fabric that I had in the attic for my demo button.

I gathered up everything I needed which was only the fabric, tool, and button pieces. I expected to try and fail at this a million times before I made one that came out perfectly. Watching the craftster tutorial is better than my explanation, but I am going to do my best.

Cut out a piece of fabric about 1/2″ bigger in diameter than the size of the button you are covering.

Put the fabric in the tool facing out.

Press the button piece in the tool.

Push the excess fabric down behind the button piece.

Put the other half of the metal button on top of the fabric. Make sure all the fabric is tucked in.

Press the other half of the tool against the back of the button

Voila!

The first time I tried it, my button came out perfectly. It is absolutely beautiful!

I put it on a bobbie pin, but I plan on getting different sizes for the buttons to use to make earrings, rings, bobbie pins, and regular pins.

 

Buzz May 21, 2010

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Two days ago I had an idea for this necklace. I can’t say where the inspiration came from, but I knew I was trying to come up with something a little different.

I’ve always done things rather quickly. I don’t like projects that drag on and if I want a newvnecklace, I want it now. I didn’t even use tools for this. I just bended the two jump rings to hold everything together and shut them. It honestly took about 45 seconds. Picking out the bee was the longest part of the creative process.

I had a bunch of the giant circles from taking apart a chain. I just needed to find a charm large enough to pass through the circle, but heavy enough to anchor the necklace. Unfortunately the amount of chain that I had at home was just barely enough for my wrestler size neck. I’ll have to get some more chain so that this necklace isn’t constantly busting, but I like the way it came out.

Materials on Hand: Everything but the bee

Bee: $2.99 with some other charms.

Total: $2.99

 

More bling! March 1, 2010

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You guys, can you handle how much I am posting?

At the end of yesterdays post I wrote how I was inspired to make a “catch all” necklace inspired by my friend Gillian’s Forever 21 necklace. Well, I did. I picked out the odds and ends, added a few jump rings, cut a really long chain, and voila. Instant classy.

You’d think I could be happier about it, right?

From left to right we have…

Circle flower pendant

pearl, with a silver bead (from those earrings yesterday – I had one left over)

a little silver bird (who is flying the wrong way)

a black bead with white stripes

a key I found on my bedroom floor

a huge circle from a chair that I cut off

a flat sparkly little charm

Eat your heart out, Forever 21.

 

Ten Minute Bling Bling February 28, 2010

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February has come to a close. I am moved out of my old apartment and moved in to a new one. The last 27 days I have had something I needed to do – either work or moving – and have had very little time to myself.

Tonight, I decided to go through my jewelry and challenge myself to make a necklace in ten minutes based on items I already had. The result:

I’m a fan. I’ve wanted to have a lower hanging necklace for a while and it’s just shiny enough. I might have to move the stars around so that the wrapping around them looks the same on each one.

I also decided to make two pairs of earrings using left over beads. I love super low hanging earrings. The bead one is my favorite of the two.

These side by side images are not flattering to my face. Oh, well.

I’ve been inspired by a co-worker to make a clunky low hanging necklace full of odds and ends. I have plenty of that stuff laying around. I think I’ll get started now!

Total Cost for Project: $0

Items purchased: None

Items already obtained: All

 

Wire Wrapping January 8, 2010

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Early in December I took a free wire wrapping class at Bead and Pearl in Newton Highlands. Bead and Pearl is an adorable little shop that is a total pain in the ass for me to get to. (Note: I consider anything that requires the mass pike to be a pain in the ass to get to).  The shop, while small, has an abundance of beads in every shape, size, and color. They have strands, tubes, clusters, etc. It’s on the pricier side, but I saw some beads there that, if I were in a better financial situation, I would say I could not live without. We’re in a recession, people!

The project that we were working on were wire wrapped earrings called the Rosebud Vine Earrings. To me, these are perfect earrings. Fancy, yet artsy and unique. They also look far more complicated than they actually are. I was worried about making the earrings look identical, but it was surprisingly easy. Actually, the whole project was surprisingly easy.

After a little guidance and being shown how to start the project, we were left to our own devices. It’s all about twisting and stringing beads. I chose to go with more of a tree theme while others emulated the vine option. Everyone’s earrings were gorgeous. I had to stop and restart a few times, but you don’t need to worry about the shape of the wire throughout this process since you can bend it into whatever shape you want and it will hold. It was a quick and addictive project.

(Can you tell this picture was hastily taken at 7:30am this morning? It’s huge for detail)

All said the beads, hoops, findings, and wire cost under $20 and came with a complimentary glass of red wine. Even with a slight buzz on, I think they came out pretty neat looking. Maybe a little sloppy, but I hope to try it again soon!

I was psyched when Erin found this class since this was an advanced jewelry making method I had yet to try. I also love the wire wrapped pieces that I have. Last Christmas, I received a wonderful wire wrapped Tree of Life Pendant  from a friend. The woman that runs the store it was purchased from is a fixture on craftster and recently made me a bird’s nest charm as well – which also looked intimidating to make. There are an abundance of them in craftster swaps and everyone wants one because they’re just so stunning and creative.

The Tree of Life is still a little too intense for me. Someday!

 

I Made It Over The Course of Three Sundays: My “Jewelry Piece” October 29, 2009

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Let me preface this entry by saying that this is a “piece of jewelry.” This is not a series of beads strung on some wire and twisted around to make a cocktail ring.  This ring is not made of two pre-made pieces and glued together. This piece gave me the official title of  “Metalsmither” for three Sundays this month.

As I stare at my piece right now I am completely overcome with joy. I don’t ever think I imagined that anything I made from complete scratch could look this good, but it does. And I am very proud.

The process started by cutting a thin piece of silver into the size that I needed to be my actual ring. There was a tool that the teacher provided us with to do this and I chose my own route of not taking measurements.  I hate measurements and find that they are often times not accurate. I would rather wrap a piece of paper around my finger and mark it off accurately. I did just that and it fits perfectly. I did this same method when measuring the circumference of my ring. Take that, math. (An adult ed learner commented that mine was “way longer” than hers. First of all, “thats what she said.” Second, I have huge fingers. Can it.)

One my piece of metal was cut for my ring there was lots of sanding, smoothing, pounding, and SOLDERING. Blowtorch and all. Cover the ring with some flux (a pasty residue used to help your piece from melting and to distribute the heat evenly around the metal), blowtorch, drop in some acid, rinse in some water, move on.

For the stone I picked this rather large metallic black/silver stone. It’s gorgeous.  Next I made a bevel – which is the silver piece that keeps my stone in place by encasing it in a silver tray type object. File, sandpaper, flux, solder were all done mutliple times. And since the bevel consisted of two pieces, you can only imagine how long that too.

After I finished my bevel, I drilled a hole in the back so that I could pop my stone in and still be able to pop it out when I needed to. File, sand, etc the back of the bevel to even off the drilled hole. (Does this sound like a lot of work yet?)

During the last class, I solder the bevel and the ring together, pop my stone in, set, and polish. Simple right? Well all that took about three hours.

The class was awesome and I feel like I learned a lot from it. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to continue with this hobby because of my access to the necessary items in a rentable studio space. Plus, I needed guidance with this. It’s complicated. You can only go in one direction with the file or it scars the piece, which was my most common mistake. I made plenty of common mistakes and some not so common.

I am absolutely thrilled with my piece. I think it looks professional and shiny! I’m glad that I took this class and learned just how much painstaking effort and attention to detail goes into metalsmithing. It’s awesome. I am so proud of it. So unbelievably proud!

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