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Better than Tiffanys

Better than Tiffanys
Have some spare time? Feeling crafty? Check out this old school way to make ring I just HAD to try! Here is a simple ring that is MADE from money. So how bout changing this: Yep, I did it! I saw rings like this on etsy, and thought “how did they do that!” Ready? Find a quarter, or similar looking foreign coin (I used a 10 pence because I couldnt find a good quarter). Got your quarter? Grab a hammer. Back in the day, I’ve heard they used to use spoons for this part, and tapped instead of hammered…but I cannot even IMAGINE how long that would take. Anyway, you want to hammer the edges. Just keep hammering, and spinning it in a circle. Yes your hands will get black. Next, you will want a drill. Anyway, keep moving up sizes of drill bits until you get too close to the edge. If you have a dremel, or a sander type bit for your drill…USE IT. Now file it down until you’ve got the ring size you are looking for! How much fun right?! Related:  craft

KNOW AND TELL CRAFTS: DIY LIGHT BOX! I have been working on my photography and to all the other bloggers out there, I want to help! Don't spend hundreds of dollars buying "professional light boxes" when you can make your own practically for free! Here is how you make a simple light box, in only 5 steps to get "picture perfect" pics! 1.Get a box, preferably square and is sturdy! 2.Cut squares out of the top, left, and right sides. 3.Get about 3ft. of light meshy white fabric and cover the sides you cut out. 4.Cut white foam board to fit inside of the box, there will be a small crease but it really isn't noticeable. 5.Get a nice light or lamp and light over the top of the box, the fabric acts as a filter, evening the light out. Here are the pictures I got with my new light box: My nicely oversized watch :). Some letter beads, I had laying around. And my header (a little different), that I made with the crystal clear white background, using scrabble tiles. My elephant:) I <3 Scrabble tiles. And to finish, LOVE...

Longstitch Bookbinding Tutorial for a Leather Journal | tortagialla The most common type of sewn bookbinding that I often default to, falls into the category of longstitch binding. It’s really a general categorization for many different methods of sewn binding. People have invented their own patterns and techniques and have probably called it something else as well. Suffice to say, it’s a general way to denote sewing your paper to the cover of your book. The materials for this project include leather, paper, thread, needle, an awl and cutting device of some sort. Regarding the thread, I’m using a natural linen thread in this example, but you can also use waxed thread sold specifically for bookbinding to prevent knotting up when sewing. Regarding my little awl, I use it to punch holes in the paper. Let me first explain how I made my leather cover, although you can do this with any other type of material. If I use a very heavy weight type of leather, I usually just cut it to size and consider it ready. This is what you see on the outside binding…

Une bague de dentelle L’été, quand il fait vraiment chaud, c’est assez difficile pour moi de supporter trop de bijoux. En ce moment je ne mets que des bagues légères et des colliers très fins. Je me suis fabriquée quelques pièces, notamment le collier que je porte sur ces photos. Des simples cordelettes fluo très fines glissées dans une perle métallique en forme de tube (que j’ai acheté dans cette boutique Etsy), c’est tout simple et parfait pour les grosses chaleurs ! Pour la bague, pareil, j’ai eu envie de me fabriquer une bague si lègre que je la sens à peine. Il vous faut : un ruban de dentelleun stylo de la circonférence de votre doigtdu durcisseur textile (on en trouve dans les magasins de loisir créatif comme Rougier et plé)un pinceauune épingle Pour commencer, trouvez un stylo ou un objet qui fasse à peu près la même circonférence de votre doigt. Placez le ruban autour du stylo, coupez de façon à laisser superposer 5-6mm environ pour fermer la bague. You will need :

ReFabulous... it's new again.: Make your own paperback wallet! I wanted to share my tutorial for making wallets out of old paperback books (or any paper media, really.) This basic wallet was not my idea... the original link does not work (but here it is anyway.) The original design was flawed, and the wallets ripped the first time you opened them. I changed the design, and made them much, much stronger. (And let me apologize in advance for the book cover I used in the tutorial. Enjoy! Gather your supplies: paperback (or other paper media) that measures at least 4 inches wide, and 7 inches longscrap paper for template (cut to 4" X 7")cardstock for interiorscissorsrulerpacking tape (or other strong tape)glue (optional)pen or pencilsnaps (I prefer heavy-duty)snap fastening tool (optional -- many snaps contain the tool)hammerclear vinyl -- available on the bolt and in many remnant bins at fabric stores or even Wal-Martthreadtissue paper (optional, but recommended)sewing machine (recommended, but not necessary if you like to hand sew) Reinforce: Sew:

Bleach Painting on Textiles D.I.Y. Today Jill of Lune is going to share the next part of our textile printing series, how to paint with bleach. I love the simplicity of her design and can't wait to try this. Enjoy! Bleach painting is a fun, easy and inexpensive way to play with fabric dying and I know you'll love the results! I chose to create a simple tank with the phrase "We are made of stars" which is adapted from a famous Carl Sagan quote. I hope you enjoy my take on painting with bleach! Supplies Needed: Fabric safe household bleach, inexpensive synthetic bristle paint brush, glass or ceramic bowl, dark colored cotton blend top, a white towel or rag, white chalk, cardboard. Safety: Bleach is toxic, so be careful to keep it safely out of reach of children. 1. There are so many options for bleach painting. Thanks so much for sharing this technique with us today, Jill.