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St. Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, so I thought I would go see what was out there in the world of crafting! What I found were some fun and interesting tutorials by my fellow crafty bloggers. So here I am to share these fun finds with you.

First up, we have a tutorial for a lovely paper heart garland from Chandra over at Oh Lovely Day, a blog devoted to crafts and DIY for weddings. But the heart garland works for Valentine’s Day also!

Heart Garland at Oh Lovely Day.

Paper Heart Garland Tutorial

Next up is a fun and funky Valentine Heart Wreath made with a wire coat hanger and strips of fabric, from Desirée at The 36th Avenue:

Heart Wreath on The 36th Avenue

Heart Wreath Tutorial

And finally, a fun little tutorial on tags with stitched hearts for your Valentine gifts, cards, or scrapbook pages, from Kelly Rowe over at Live, Laugh, Rowe:

Stitched Heart Tag Tutorial

Stitched Heart Tutorial

Have fun exploring the web and making things for Valentine’s Day!

Peace,

Bekka

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Wondering what to do with some of the images you find on my blog?

Well, if you make sure to print them out either on a laser printer, or make photocopies of them, you can make magnets! Check out this cool tutorial from One Artsy Mama! Now, she and her kids used images from a magazine but this will work with any images that aren’t ink jet printed. (Note: Inkjet printed images tend to run when paint, Modge Podge, glue, or anything semi-liquid is applied to them.) Just make sure your images are printed small enough to fit under the little glass pebbles. You could also get glass cabochons (here are some at Firemountain Gems) if you’d like larger magnets.

Anyway, here is the link to the tutorial:

 

Link to the tutorial @ One Artsy Mama. (Image from One Artsy Mama and NOT public domain.)

 

 

Peace,

Bekka

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I love images, and I don’t mind sharing. I also don’t mind sharing some of my sources of images and craft ideas. One of my favorite blogs is Modge Podge Rocks. This week Amy is featuring links to 20of her favorite Valentine’s Day printables!

So, if you are beginning (or have begun) your Valentine’s Day crafting, head on over there and get some printables!

 

Links to free Valentine’s Day printables over at Modge Podge Rocks! (Image from Modge Podge Rocks blog and NOT public domain!)

 

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9
May

New Memory Wire Bracelet Kits in the Store

   Posted by: Tidbit    in Store News

I have just recently put up new memory wire bracelet kits on Artfire. Unlike my old store, now each kit is listed individually (though I may yet list a ‘party pack’). This means you can see the exact mix of beads you are getting in the kit you choose!

These kits are easy, and the only tool you need is a pair of round or chain nosed pliers. Everyone from kids to adults can enjoy them. They make a bracelet like the ones in this picture:

bracelet kits

A sampler of memory wire glass chip bead bracelets.

I had to raise the price of the glass chip kits to $5 for the kit due to rising supply costs (beads, wire, etc.), but they are still a bargain! Check out the color mixes I have listed!

There is only one of each pictured kit (each one is unique, and more unique once you make it!):

Forest Greens and Browns

Memory wire bracelet kit in forest greens and browns. $5


Blues and Purples

Blues, purples, and white bracelet kit. $5


Sea Blues

Ocean / sea blue memory wire bracelet kit. $5

 

Honey brown bracelet kit

Honey brown memory wire bracelet kit. $5

Please stop by my Artfire store for more fun things: Vintage crochet pattern magazines, vintage paper items, collage sheets, ribbon grab bags, and more!

Peace,

Bekka

 

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Looking for ideas for homemade things to make as gifts this year?

Well, this link to the Not Made of Money blog will help you gather ideas. It is a list of links to all sorts of homemade gift ideas that you can either make or use as spring boards to other ideas! Think about giving someone else something homemade!

Peace,

Bekka

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I’ve been hearing a lot by crafters around the net about shirt stenciling using freezer paper. It looks easy and has surprisingly sophisticated results for so humble a technique. But don’t take my word for it, check out this freezer-paper stencil tutorial on Hettie Schott’s Celtic Mommy blog. [Maybe make some Hanukkah t-shirts with the DPDs from a couple of days ago.]

This isn’t the only wonderful ideas she has on her blog, so even though she’s taking a hiatus from it, check out the blog! Learn to recycle broken crayons into fun shaped bigger ones, make your own clog-busting pore-cleaning ‘strips’, and make scrubbing bath salts! Hettie has been having lots of fun with her kids! Check it out!

Peace,

Bekka

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I found this on Craftster.org - “Inna” made a necklace made from recycled CDs.  She gives brief instructions on how it was made, which include putting it in the microwave for 5 seconds to ‘crackle’ it before cutting it into pieces. Since this causes sparks, I’m not sure I’m willing to do that step with my microwave, but the melting it in the conventional oven to give it the cool blue sheen is another story….

Necklace made from a recycled CD by Inna from Craftster.org. Picture by Inna, c. 2006, used by permission. Click picture to see it full-sized.

Necklace made from a recycled CD by Inna from Craftster.org. Picture by Inna, c. 2006, used by permission. Click picture to see it full-sized.

Inna’s original brief tutorial was simply this:

I took a CD and Nuked it in the microwave for 5 seconds, then cut it with scissors into equal sized pieces, then drilled holes with the dremel tool, and then baked them in my oven at 400 degrees until they started to soften. They go from the iridescence to this wild blue color when they melt. Then I didn’t have anything to make a chain out of so I used bead pins to make a chain. – Inna, CD Necklace, 8 July 2004 (last edited 16 May 2007), message id #69540, Craftster.org

Here I will quote a post by Sparkette, another Craftster.org user, who summarized nearly 39 pages of posts that followed this topic and tutorial, and had some insight that I think ought to be shared and might be missed, involving this craft:

All the answers are here!  I’ve just read 39 pages in three plus hours!  This is awesome!  The pictures you’ve posted are beautiful. 

So let me paraphrase from memory what I’ve learned from ALL 39 pages of YOUR Experiences:

Microwave for only a few seconds (1-7), STOP when the sparking starts.  C D laid on a paper plate or directly on the rotating glass.  OR…

Place C D down in a microwavable bowl full of water and microwave for approx. two (2) minutes…this seems to minimize the fumes and creates a unique patterning of its own.

THE MICROWAVE GIVES THE C D THE CRACKLY LOOK TO THE SURFACE.  IT DOES NOT CHANGE ITS COLOR.  YOU GET THE COLOR OF THE C D YOU STARTED WITH.

Use: Heavy duty scissors, tin snips, glass cutter (to score and snap), a burning tool (can’t remember the name), to shape the microwaved C D into smaller pieces. (Wear Safety glasses and gloves).  Someone suggested placing the microwaved C Ds down in very hot water before trying to cut or shape them, they said it made them more pliable.

Place shaped C D pieces onto foil, old pie tins, (or use your imagination), and place into an electric oven, a toaster oven, a countertop oven, at 400 degrees for, I heard anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.  (The longer in the oven the more failures I heard about.)  I also heard 250 degrees for about 10 minutes once.

There was also talk of using a Flame source such as a torch, a bunson burner, a BBQ grill, or campfire with a metal grate over it, upon which to place the pans of pieces.

THE OVEN MELTS THE PLASTIC IN THE C D AND CREATES BUBBLES AND SOMETIMES CURLS EDGES.  IT SEEMS THE LONGER YOU LEAVE THEM IN THE OVEN THE MORE MISSHAPEN THEY ARE REPORTED TO BE AND THE MORE THEY SMELLED BAD.  SO WATCHING THEM IS IMPERATIVE!  TAKE THEM OUT WHEN THEY LOOK LIKE WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO LOOK LIKE.

Holes can be accomplished by Dremel tool, battery or electric drill with small drill bit (Caution should be used here. Wear gloves and safety glasses and place the piece being drilled so that it cannot spin and cut fingers), OR I also heard that by heating a large needle with a candleflame, that it pierces the pieces like butter (again, gloves and caution).  Other heated tools would do the same. 

OR go to a bead shop/jewelry making shop and pick up the jewelry findings that just glue onto the top of the piece and has a ready made place to thread a chain or string.

For those worried about the dangers, over just the last few pages, all of those concerns were approached in a very professional way.  The manufacturers were asked and their answers are there.

Also the use of the Microwave and Oven were discussed.  Suggestions are:  get a Microwave at a second hand store or garage sale just for this purpose, and find a toaster- or countertop oven, and use it outside for proper ventilation of the fumes.

This is a well done subject.  There is still much interest.  Maybe if some of the “ooh and aah” posts were cleaned out, more people would be encouraged to read all the pages instead of asking the same questions over and over.  Just a thot and suggestion to the moderator. 

Beautiful work ladies!  Please continue to post your new experiences and ideas. I am obviously three years late to the craze, but have benefitted by all the experience.  Thank you.

ps.  So has anyone tried them in the opposite order?  The oven first and then the microwave?  OR the microwave AGAIN? – Sparkette, “Re: CD Necklace”, reply #385 posted on 5 Nov. 2007, message id #2201094, Craftster.org

Awesome recycling everyone! Hope these two bits from a very interesting thread help someone else make something awesome also!

Peace,

Bekka

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