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Making Memory Candles {A project from the Inspired Ideas Archives} This is such a fun way to display photographs! The technique uses black and white photocopies and transparent contact paper to transfer images to glass votive candleholders. What happens is that the black ink sticks to the contact paper. I recommend using the small votive cylinder candleholders found commonly at craft stores. Cut a piece of the transparent contact paper (usually found with the shelf-liner papers at discount stores) to fit over your photo layout. Peel the backing from the contact paper and place the photocopied image ink-side to the sticky side of the contact paper. Burnish or rub the contact paper to the inked parts of the photocopy. Trim the contact-paper-covered print out to size. Next, soak the paper-covered plastic in a sink of warm water for at least 7 minutes. Some of the paper may begin to fall off on its own. Don't rub too hard or the ink will start to come off. Wouldn't this make a terrific gift? Related:  TutorialsCrafty Crap

Free Knitting or Crochet Pattern Tutorial: Coffee Cozy Every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings, my girlfriends and I gather together at the coffee shop and knit, and talk, and laugh, and cry, and knit some more. Some of us are happy just to watch, while some of us knit row after row of perfectly executed garter stitch, and some of us are just a wee bit obsessed. The magic of our needles and camaraderie brings an ever changing blend of men, women, grandparents and children to the large round table; watching in awe or sharing stories. Today, the tone at the table grew to sheer panic! I also know that we are not the only ones panicking, so I have a gift for you... a really easy, quick gift to make; Coffee Cozies. *KNIT Version*Materials: 40g of worsted weight or chunky wool yarn, Size 8 needles, 2 buttons, needle for darning in ends.Finished Measurements: 4" wide X 10" long With two strands of worsted weight yarn or one strand of chunky weight yarn, chain 15 and turn.Single crochet in second chain from hook.

bottle cap candles TUTORIAL | Craftaholics Anonymous how make tiny candles using old bottle caps! fun easy diy tutorial. these tiny candles are a really fun to make and come together quickly. AND you can up-cycle several materials in the process, which makes this a fabulous Earth Day craft :) {Earth Day is April 22} to make these colorful tiny candles, i used several materials that usually end up in a land fill: bottle caps, broken crayons, and empty soup cans. the only thing i bought to make them was the pre-waxed wicks which cost me $1.50 for a set of 12. these make a great kid craft {with supervision, of course!} How to Make Bottle Cap Candlessupplies: bottle caps, crayons {or wax}, pre-waxed wicks, soup cans, wax paper {optional}, small cooking pan, scissors, and water remove paper from crayons. you can also use candle wax if you wanted. put crayons in clean, empty soup cans. take your pre-waxed wicks and… bottle caps put wicks inside the bottle caps. i placed my bottle caps on wax paper in case i spilled some wax. happy crafting!

Copper Pipe Pendants A while back I picked up a book by Stephanie Lee called Semi-precious salvage. I just love her designs, as I'm quite enamored with the vintage-y, rough, dug out of the dirt look. Mixed media jewellery is quite intriguing to me - and I plan to explore it more over the next little while. In Stephanie Lee's book, she used copper pipes and copper sheet to create bezels, she further roughens up the look by covering the whole thing in solder. First step is to cut the tubing into little slices - for this, you'll need a tube cutter from the hardware store. I then used our handy hole punch pliers to create 2 holes on opposite sides. To create a flat surface to stick my paper on, I used some transparent polymer clay, and then baked it in place. Once my images were in place, I then filled each side with resin, letting each side dry for 2 days before filling the other side. Once the pendants were fully cured, I used some renaissance wax to seal the copper to help prevent tarnishing.

Rare Book Room - Book Care Tips For the most part books are a fairly sturdy invention designed to last and are meant to be handled, with care. That said there are a few steps to ensure your books remain in the best possible condition for the longest possible time. There are also some further measures you can take for extra special volumes in your collection. These are tips that every book owner should follow even if they do not consider themselves a collector. One cannot afford to give the upmost protection to every volume as advanced protection methods can be become very expensive. The best protection you can provide your most treasured books is a custom-made case or box. Owing to the value placed on books in their original state, any repairs made to highly collectible books ought to be completed only after considerable thought and research. Once you are sure that repairing your book is the best course of action find a book binder or restorer who specializes in the type of repair you require.

Project 1: Rock + Bowl + Flame ( 31 DIY Projects for Busy Gals) 31 minute project You'll need: Sakrete Quickset Concrete a bunch of rocks (perhaps dug up from your yard) a plastic bowl a large canned good chafing dish gel fuel pack PAM cooking spray newspaper plastic tub for mixing concrete stick to stir concrete You are going to create one of these (which, FYI, Restoration Hardware doesn't sale anymore, hence why we are making our own) In pictures: For the readers: 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. and 7. Fun ambiance for the whole family. Check out what's to come with 31 DIY projects for Busy Gals by clicking the log above. Linking up here:DIY Under $15 @ A Little TipsyTutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios Loving b3HD? Have a life and can't view the whole blog in one sitting? Then stalk us already! Promise not to stalk you back.

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. (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) Make template and cut pieces: Reinforce: Place vinyl: Mark snap placement: Sew:

Best way to make fried marbles+a suncatcher... kind of. - MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS I made fried marbles!! There are already several people who have posted these around this site, and on each post there are people trying to figure out the best way to make them. So I took the liberty of trying all of the methods to see which is best. I tried boiling, "frying" in a cast iron pan... And here's my idea for what to do with them. Hope this inspires someone. Make Your Own Confetti Party Ware Don’t throw away or recycle all your glass bottles and jars. Instead turn some of them into these brightly colored party ware items. I picture these as centerpiece items at a picnic or barbecue with a pretty flower perched inside. Use larger mouthed jars to hold silverware, napkins or straws. This pretty confetti design is easy to create and makes for an impressive table setting. Above from left: Bottles are from – Oyster sauce, Balsamic vinegar, Hoisin sauce and blackberry jam. I did draw some inspiration for this project, though it totally took a different turn. All you will need are your jars, some rubbing alcohol, and some Americana 3D Writer Gloss Enamels. First you want to wash your bottles and jars and make sure all labels, residue, and oils have been removed. Basically all you need to do is draw on your glass with the 3D Writers. To cover up the threaded rims and make them look prettier, I used the red 3D Writer and just covered the sides and top of the rim completely. Done!