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    Rather than being dedicated to a specific craft I figured a general hobby thread would be a good idea for people to talk about the things they make/do, from textiles to woodworking, fixing up cars or art projects. I've found that there's some overlap in skills as well so often read about things that don't necessarily apply to my projects. For instance, I just bought some steel pieces and find myself in auto-body forums looking for tips on removing rust or fixing dents. I've been working on some live edge shelves off an on for a while, need to get back to them, and am almost done with a small chest of drawers with corian top and bottom that I refinished. And I have a steel shop table underway. I always have too many irons in the fire.

    Also, if you want to show off what you've done or are working on you can do it here. I like to see other people's work. Here are a couple of posts from LJ from things I do, which is mostly hacking or rehabbing furniture. The second one is the two new pieces.

    hip_domestics: The dresser that tried to kill me

    hip_domestics: Metal furniture restoration

    I'm also interested in concrete or possibly rammed earth, although on a smaller scale. For instance, the possibility of making rammed earth benches or planters.
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    I love how the dresser turned out! Great job! I've never heard of rammed earth though, I'll have to go look that up.

    I love doing crafts, but a hobby of mine that I've been doing off and on for 7 years is bellydance. I used to be part of a troupe that performed regularly at a cool little coffee shop and a few years ago taught bellydance classes at a YMCA while in college. I stopped dancing when I got fat (I'm very self conscious). But now that the weight is coming off thanks to primal living, I'm interested in dancing again! I'm pretty excited about starting to dance again.

    Here's a pic of me dancing at the coffee shop several years ago.

    http://images.tribe.net/tribe/upload...8-e2d18ad9a094

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    • #3
      Very nice dresser transformation, and I like the idea for this thread. I am more of a "make it work" project person than making beautiful things, so I really admire your persistence toward just what you want.

      Will have to think if I have anything worth posting...
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      • #4
        My very first pair of homemade shoes:


        A couple of shoes I'm quite proud of:
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        • #5
          Wow, that's awesome sbhikes!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by aix_sponsa View Post
            I love how the dresser turned out! Great job! I've never heard of rammed earth though, I'll have to go look that up.

            I love doing crafts, but a hobby of mine that I've been doing off and on for 7 years is bellydance. I used to be part of a troupe that performed regularly at a cool little coffee shop and a few years ago taught bellydance classes at a YMCA while in college. I stopped dancing when I got fat (I'm very self conscious). But now that the weight is coming off thanks to primal living, I'm interested in dancing again! I'm pretty excited about starting to dance again.

            Here's a pic of me dancing at the coffee shop several years ago.

            http://images.tribe.net/tribe/upload...8-e2d18ad9a094

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            Thank you! I was going to say that you need to post video of this belly dancing but that's a great picture. Belly dancing always amazes me how women can move their hips independent of the rest of their bodies. I think I would be way too self conscious even not overweight but good for you starting again.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by beachrat View Post
              Very nice dresser transformation, and I like the idea for this thread. I am more of a "make it work" project person than making beautiful things, so I really admire your persistence toward just what you want.

              Will have to think if I have anything worth posting...
              "Make it work" is is a good thing. Whenever I fix something or learn to do something I'm always really proud of myself. It feels really good to be able to do stuff yourself. I've got (literally) tons of soil that needs to be shoveled against the garage and graded and I kinda look forward to doing it (free workout) because it means we don't have to pay anyone to do it for us.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                My very first pair of homemade shoes:


                A couple of shoes I'm quite proud of:
                Those shoes are REALLY, REALLY cool. Oh gawd, maybe I shouldn't have started this thread because now I want to learn to make shoes, which is actually a pretty damned cool thing to learn. Especially because we're making plans to move to Ecuador in the next couple of years and my boyfriend has bigger feet than the average Ecuadorian man, meaning way expensive.
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                • #9
                  For some reason I want to build boats even though I don't have the tools nor do I live on a lake/river
                  Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
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                  Current Weight: 235 pounds
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                  • #10
                    I make beaded jewellery:

                    Beadminster jewellery - Beadminster - Home

                    Yep, there are some broken links on the site, as I've not maintained it for well over a year, and the visitor number counter has disappeared. I had to wind down the business when it got down to break-even stage. Just too much competition, in a recession, plus lousy service from event organisers.

                    I love making jewellery though, and some of my later designs for one-off necklaces were much more sophisticated than those in the photos on the site. Necklace/bracelet/earring sets using sea jasper and picasso jasper beads imported from Hong Kong were very popular. Those were stunning natural materials to work with.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kenn View Post
                      For some reason I want to build boats even though I don't have the tools nor do I live on a lake/river
                      Well, if you live close enough and have a vehicle you could put it in/tow it behind. A friend of mine's husband built a boat having no idea what he was doing and it turned out really well. We've thought about it, and it would be a really cool thing to do, but too many other things going on and the practicality of it wouldn't be all that great.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                        I make beaded jewellery:

                        Beadminster jewellery - Beadminster - Home

                        Yep, there are some broken links on the site, as I've not maintained it for well over a year, and the visitor number counter has disappeared. I had to wind down the business when it got down to break-even stage. Just too much competition, in a recession, plus lousy service from event organisers.

                        I love making jewellery though, and some of my later designs for one-off necklaces were much more sophisticated than those in the photos on the site. Necklace/bracelet/earring sets using sea jasper and picasso jasper beads imported from Hong Kong were very popular. Those were stunning natural materials to work with.
                        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.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
                          Well, if you live close enough and have a vehicle you could put it in/tow it behind. A friend of mine's husband built a boat having no idea what he was doing and it turned out really well. We've thought about it, and it would be a really cool thing to do, but too many other things going on and the practicality of it wouldn't be all that great.
                          More info?
                          Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
                          Starting Weight: 294 pounds
                          Current Weight: 235 pounds
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                          • #14
                            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.
                            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.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kenn View Post
                              More info?
                              According to her he didn't know what he was doing, just wanted to build one, went online and found info and build it out of "Believe it or not the ply wood floor from our garage, bondo, fiberglass, common tarps, other odds & ends wood". Don't know if he's built another one but she said he was talking about it.

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