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  • #16
    Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
    Making high quality beads as you describe would be cool. That's something I've not invested any time and money into attempting and am not sure that I would be successful at it. As you have the necessary skills you could do well making and selling beads to jewellery makers.

    That said, I'm sure that it is immensely satisfying to make both the beads and the jewellery. I would like one day to do the whole thing, from making my own lampwork beads or semi-precious beads through to making the jewellery. I found learning how to do the findings quite easy - I googled it. It was fiddly but only took a couple of days to master, perhaps because I am short-sighted and have very good fine motor skills in my hands that require very little strength.
    Yeah, it was the fiddliness that kind of got to me. Not sure I'd want to make beads, as that might get to me as well, but pendants would be fun to do. Something like this, although the detail on this would take some practice. I've seen some neat rings as well.
    Buy house, Demolish house, Build house.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
      That's another thing that I would love to be able to do. I bought some wire just to mess around with but it didn't get very far. Whenever we're out on walks with the dogs we take them to the creek and I always find interesting stones, pieces of glass that have been worn down by the water, assorted 'stuff' and bring it home. Maybe this winter when I can't work outside as much. We have a Dremel tool that I've messed around with a bit and want to check out some tutorials for. We also have some big Corian remnants in the garage (I want to go scrounge up the rest. A cabinet company dumped them.) that I was going to get my boyfriend to cut into small pieces on the table saw then I'll shape, drill and polish, which is actually pretty easy.
      One thing you could do is wrap silver wire around the stones and things rather than drill holes in it. I've seen some stuff done that way and it's really pretty.

      I really like beaded jewelry. It takes talent to make nice looking jewelry.
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • #18
        Some of what I do...
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        But not just painting...
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        It's why I don't have time to crochet.
        Female, age 51, 5' 9"
        SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

        Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
        2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

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        • #19
          I knit and sew (including recently taking up quilting) and do paper crafts (mostly cards, but sometimes scrapbooking).

          I've got a whole crafting/cooking blog - modernishhomemaker.blogspot.com if you want to check out some of my projects. It's been a while since I have finished something new though, between finishing my masters, getting a new job and moving - plus fall and winter are just generally my more productive times for those type of projects, since I want to enjoy the outdoors in the spring and summer.

          I am currently finishing up 3 scarves though. One of which will be part of a set including hand warmers and cabled boot toppers (like a half a leg warmer, that you can flip over the top of your boots or let it poke out to look like knee socks but without the bulk). And my next big projects are curtains for the new place and an idea I had for a flannel fall quilt.
          Healthy Bucket List:
          • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
          • Hike the Appalachian Trail
          • Do a real pull-up
          • Run a 5k
          • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



          Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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          • #20
            I do as many forms of needlework as I can learn, lacemaking of several varieties, spinning, weaving, dying threads, pewtercasting, lampwork, stone and bone carving and some metal work. Pretty much anything I can get instructions to and try. I do historical re-enactment and have aquired quite a few hobbies and classes there. I like starting from the ground up and making things to the finished product. On the historical hobbies I also do nalbinding and tablet weaving. I have three kids, two girls and a boy so I can dress them nicely and make all kinds of baubles for them to play with or decorate themselves with. My brain is an ADD squirrel on crack(no real drugs) and if I don't do something to keep it busy I start climbing the walls.

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            • #21
              I am a cabinet maker, I also make and sell medieval Bows and arrows occasionally.I make walking sticks, I do leather work and I am learning to make good slingshots.
              Primal since April 2012 Male 6' 3" SW 345lbs CW 240lbs GW 220lbs and when I get there I am getting a utlikilt. This one http://www.utilikilts.com/company/pr...ilts/workmans/ actually.

              Join me at www.paleoplanet.net, where all the cavemen hang out.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
                Yeah, it was the fiddliness that kind of got to me. Not sure I'd want to make beads, as that might get to me as well, but pendants would be fun to do. Something like this, although the detail on this would take some practice. I've seen some neat rings as well.
                That's a very beautiful pendant with lovely organic shapes.

                I can do the high-dexterity fiddly stuff but I have problems with strength in my fingers due to having hypermobile joints.

                Hence, I can do life drawing in pencil/charcoal reasonably well, and can string beads.

                And so, I doubt I have the ability to make shoes, as sbhikes does. I love her red shoes.
                F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                • #23
                  i mosaic skulls! I've only done 2 so far, working on a 3rd which i had to shelve temporarily due to condo upgrades. The flowered one didn't come out exactly how i thought it would, i might try that style again.







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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Warmbear View Post

                    OMG, UTILIKILT! I WANT ONE!

                    And everything else, COOL! Pictures? I eventually want to do more actually making, as opposed to 'hacking'.

                    I just finished a small set of drawers last night. Corian top and bottom.



                    And I got the paint and rust off of the steel stool seat that I'm playing around with. Not sure what I'm going to do with it though, as the seat is fairly pitted. I like the raw steel look although I may bondo the center and paint it while doing the rest with a clear coat.

                    Buy house, Demolish house, Build house.

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                    • #25
                      I knit, crochet, and spin. I sew and embroider a little. I make beaded rosaries, and jewelry recently as an outgrowth of the former. I have also made some of my own scientific equipment - very low-tech single-fill water samplers and anchored sediment traps.

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                      • #26
                        I Quilt
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                        this is actually the 6th quilt I have done I have been sewing for years and it has grown into machine embroidery and digitizing.

                        I am also into amature photography
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                        • #27
                          Photography is a hobby of mine.
                          http:\\cloudysoul.deviantart.com\

                          I'm also a terrible sewer.
                          (resizing a jacket back in 2008)

                          I used to have a 1974 VW Bug, so I now know how to do some basic mechanical work (changing tires, various fluids, changing drum brakes/part of drum brakes, how to check blown fuses, some basic electrical troubleshooting).

                          When I got it


                          Before I sold it
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                          • #28
                            I dig that car ... nice work. I would have kept the light blue/turquoise, personally speaking. I'm a big fan of VWs, and of the colour combo of orange and turquoise.

                            My current VW is light blue, carrying an orange and yellow hula-hoop on the back seats.
                            F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Catherine View Post
                              i mosaic skulls! I've only done 2 so far, working on a 3rd which i had to shelve temporarily due to condo upgrades. The flowered one didn't come out exactly how i thought it would, i might try that style again.







                              These are stunning. The colours in the floral skull are perfectly pretty, exuberant and contradictory. Is Picasso an inspiration for these pieces?

                              I find the monochromatic skull very static, sinister and mask-like, and it reminds me of Donnie Darko.
                              F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                                I dig that car ... nice work. I would have kept the light blue/turquoise, personally speaking. I'm a big fan of VWs, and of the colour combo of orange and turquoise.

                                My current VW is light blue, carrying an orange and yellow hula-hoop on the back seats.
                                That would have been nice, but the paint was all in terrible condition (and so was the fiberglass of the fenders). Also the hood was black. I was going to go pumpkin-inspired and have some black on it, but never got around to it. I also had some purple and leopard/zebra print seat covers
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