Friday, October 23, 2009
Today is Friday, so it's time for another great recycled find! This week's find is this beautiful
artfulaccents on Etsy who is based in Michigan. Here is what the seller has to say about this item:
"Every time you look at this beautiful mosaic mirror, you will see something different in its collection of vintage broken china, buttons, jewelry, glass tiles, a key, a spoon, and pieces of a miniature tea set.
The pieces of china are among the most beautiful in my collection. Included are some pieces of china with reproductions of paintings from Fragonard, one of my favorite artists of the 18th Century.
Overall dimensions are 11" wide x 12 1/2"high.
This has to be the prettiest mosaic I have ever seen and so uniquely created with recycled "stuff"!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Today's Fabulous Friday Recycled Find is this colorful bracelet made by GoGoGirlz on Etsy and based out of College Station Texas.
This bracelet is made from soda and energy drink can tabs and even the flowers are made from aluminum cans. I have seen stuff made from cans before but this is by far the most colorful and interesting piece I've seen in awhile.
Here is what GoGoGirlz has to say about the item:
"This bright and colorful trashion fashion bracelet is made from recycled energy and soda drink can tabs.
The eco-friendly, 4-layered flower is made from pink, yellow and orange cans. The bottom flower is backed with foam for strength and comfort. The chain is made from can tabs woven together with flexible, colored wire. It measures approximately 8.25 inches and fastens with a lobster clasp. If you have a larger wrist, this is the bracelet for you! Custom sizes and colors can be created at your request. Convo us.
This unique, attention-getting bracelet will turn heads and get you wonderful compliments".
This bracelet is $15.00 with free shipping. Awesome deal for such a unique piece of art/jewelry.
Besides this awesome colorful bracelet, GoGoGirls also offers a selection of other interesting goodies made from recycled items such as book marks, earrings, hair clips, scrapbook embellishments and pendants. Also offered in the shop are beaded bracelets and other jewelry. (I love the cowgirl bling!)
This shop is on my favorites!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Today's Fabulous Friday Recycled find is an Upcycled Capri Sun Wallet
How cool is this? My daughter drinks Capri Sun like there is no tomorrow and it never dawned on me that the pouches could be made into something else. I stumbled upon the creator of this wallet, You've Been Upcycled on Facebook and knew that I wanted to feature one of her creations for today's feature.
Here is what the seller had to say:
"I love this wallet - it's small & fits right into your pocket!
Has pockets for 2 cards & some cash, or 3 cards & some cash (depending on how much cash you have of course).
Would also fit business cards..."
Belts made from Capri Sun pouches are also available as well as bowls made from records and even a cuff bracelet also made from a record.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
1. I finally finished and posted my new tutorial yesterday. Yay! One more thing to cross off of my "to do" list.
2. I have to glue on about 280 bails for a custom order today.
3. Trying to get a consignment package put together today.
4. I have to take photos of some new things I want to post in my shop.
5. I just found out that Patrick Swayze passed away yesterday. Sad. RIP Patrick.
6. I am hungry, so what should I have for breakfast? I think I'll make some oatmeal.
7. I need to do laundry today. Kiddo needs clothes for school.
8. The weather here in Tucson has cooled somewhat. Only 89 now instead of 105. LOL
9. I secretly want to move to California. Oops, it's not a secret anymore...
10. Hope all that has read this far has a wonderful happy and productive day. :)
Monday, September 14, 2009
Here is another tutorial brought to you by me! Enjoy!
Bottle Cap Magnet Tutorial
by Carol Bryce
Here is an easy inexpensive DIY project. These make great gifts and are good sellers at craft shows.
This is what you will need to do this project:
A one inch circle collage of pictures of your choice
Photo paper or card stock
One inch circle punch
Glue stick-I use Aileene's Tacky Glue Stick
E-6000 or other strong holding glue
Glaze sealer-I use 3D Crystal Lacquer
Neodymium(rare earth) magnets size of your choice
All of the above
items are available to purchase on Etsy.com. You can get Aileene's glue sticks, E-6000 glue and the circle punch at a craft store such as Michaels.
The collage sheets that I will use with this tutorial are
courtesy of Magpie Mine. She has a wonderful selection of collage sheets in various sizes for different projects.
Now that you have all of your supplies, it's time to make your magnets! For this tutorial, I will make 4 magnets.
First you will need to print your collage. I would recommend printing on soft gloss photo paper(you can get it at Target) or use 90-110 lb white card stock(you can get it at any office supply store) if you are printing at home. You can also have your collages printed at any office supply store, however I do not recommend drug store or self service printing. It has been my experience that the colors fade with time with these printers. Set your printer for whatever size your collage is-most are 8x10- and print. If you have a collage of circles that happen to be 2”, you can set your printer to print at 5x7 instead of 8x10 to have the circles turn out to 1”. Select the circle you want to use and punch it out with your circle punch.
Next apply some of your glue stick on the back of the circle, a little heavier at the outer edges of the circle. Place the circle on the inside of a bottle cap and press down the circle with the end of the glue stick body. This will help it stick. Let the glue dry for about 15 mins.
The next step is to apply the glaze. This will seal the circle inside the bottle cap and give it a nice shine.
Place the tip of the bottle at the edge of the circle and go around the circle with gentle pressure, making sure the glaze goes between the circle and the sides of the bottle cap. Next fill in the rest of the circle going from side to side using gentle squeezing pressure on the bottle. Do not
apply the glaze in a circular motion as this creates air bubbles. If air bubbles do form, just pop the
m with the tip of the bottle or with a push pin or a toothpick. Let the glaze dry for at least 8 hours.
After the glaze is dry, just glue on your neodymium magnet to the back with E-6000 or other super glue.
Friday, September 11, 2009
This week's Fabulous Friday Find is an adorable Scandinavian style dress and sunhat made with a recycled vintage tablecloth.
This can be found on Etsy in a lovely shop based out of Sweden, KajaDesign
Here is what the seller had to say about the dress:
"This is a dress from what I like to refer to as my "Table cloth collection". Vintage fabric, mostly from the 60's and 70's. Very retro and very eco friendly!
This one has some of our most beloved summer flowers, so I combined it with lavender blue lining and a matching seam binding.
The pattern is my own and has a very good fit, and is superpractical. Especially for small children, since you don't have to pull it over the head. Just slip it over the bottom and button it up over the shoulders. Perfect over a tee or a onesie!
This is a complete set with a sunhat. This model was very popular in the 50's here in Scandivia. It is tied under the cheek and has two holes, which was used to pull out the pony tails or pig tails through for older children."
I am always amazed at what I find when looking for recycled items. The possibilities are endless. This is one more item that will not be in a landfill for a very long time.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
1. I've been out of the loop for a couple of weeks, was tagging along with bf in his big ole truck to California and back. Let me just say that I have a lot more respect for truckers than I used to. It's a tough job.
2. There's no way in hell that I could drive a vehicle that huge and still have my nerves intact.
3. I encountered a few female truckers along the way. I admire their bravery.
4. Grape processing plants and beer making plants STINK!! We went to a grape processing plant in Fresno that literally smelled like vomit. I'm not sure how to describe the beer plant smell in Van Nuys. Had a cornish smell. The plant in Irwindale didn't smell too bad, but it was obvious that they made beer!!
5. Truck stops charge a lot for their stuff. 10 bucks for a shower. Really? At that price the shower should include more than the soap dispenser on the wall and a towel. One truck stop in Ontario was going to charge to park the truck. Come on.
6. Found out that GPS can go nuts if the signal is weak. I have GPS navagation on my phone. One day a couple of weeks ago we were on the way back from Fresno looking for a truck stop, so I plugged it into the navagation and the thing went beserk and took us into the middle of an orchard. It was screaming at us to turn right, but right was into a grove of trees. Interesting. So we had to turn the semi around and go back on the highway all along the GPS was screaming at us that we were off track. No silly GPS, YOU are off track. The truck stop ended up being at the next exit about 5 miles down the road. We are still laughing about it.
7. Hey Sprint...put up a couple more towers in the San Joaquin Valley, will ya?
8. Finally found a place hotter than Tucson. The desert in California was murder. The thermometer on the truck dashboard said 120. I seriously believe it. We got out of the truck at a truck stop right before we got to the Arizona border and I thought I was going to melt before I got inside.
9. Speaking of heat, I was very surprised at how hot it was in the LA area last week. I was beginning to think that the Tucson heat followed me to LA.
10. What you've heard about California drivers is somewhat true. I was expecting the drivers and the traffic to be a lot worse, but it really wasn't bad. The highways were busy, but moving. But then again, I wasn't driving...
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
There are a lot of great items that have been made from something that would have ended up in the trash. I have found most, if not all of them on Etsy. However, I recently discovered a great website(from the Etsy forums of course), Greenwala, which is a "green" social network. Here is a little blurb about them taken from the website: "Greenwala is a For Profit Philanthropic company focused on harnessing the power of a community to create opportunity for people to "Go Green" and improve their lives. We believe that every individual has the power to foster change and it is through that belief that we feel that the Greenwala community will be the destination for those wishing not to just Green their lives but to improve the lives of those around them."
Greenwala is currently running a few contests, one in particular that I love is a contest sponsored by HP which the entrants submit photos of things they have created from something that would have been thrown away. The person that gets the most votes for their creation will win an eco friendly laptop and printer. While it would be nice to win a new laptop as mine recently died and now renting one, I am not too lucky with contests but entered my recycled paper snowman ornaments anyways.
What I would like everyone to do that reads this is to vote not only for me but for at least 4 other entrants as well. It only takes a couple of seconds and you don't have to join the site to vote-that is as far as I know. All of the creations are fabulous and just think that stuff would have ended up in the trash. I love them all.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
1. I will be offering advertising on my blog soon. I just need to figure out the details. Project Wonderful wasn't working for me.
2. I will also have my giveaway sometime soon, just too much going on right now to sit and plan it.
3. I am currently working on a large custom order which has been a lot of fun, yet challenging at the same time.
4. I am going to start making snowman ornaments soon. I have made them for the last couple of years from recycled paper-junk mail, school papers, receipts, etc. Those are fun to make too and it's less paper to end up in the landfills. Here's a link to some I sold last year: snowmen
5. BF is doing well after his transplant. Even got a new job. :)
6. As for me, still laid off but working two days a week instead of one. Broke as heck.
7. Can't wait for cooler weather. I don't recall sweating so much last summer. Hurry October! I never got around to inventing that seat cooler for my car. I think I need to invent a steering wheel cooler, too. LOL
8. Daughter started school Thursday. She likes the new school-so far...
9. My desk is looking pretty cluttered. Man I wish I had a craft room or my own house for that matter.
10. Hey, it may rain today. I just realized that it's cloudy outside. Woo hoo!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Happy Friday everyone! This week went by really fast. This week I will feature one of my own recycled creations, so here we go:
This week's fabulous recycled find is a set of 4 magnets made with recycled bottlecaps featuring a recycle theme.
These were made by me with recycled bottle caps and the recycle theme fits the purpose of them perfectly. I glued a rare earth/neodymium magnet to the back for a super strong hold to a metal surface. These would look great on a refrigerator, file cabinet, school locker, or any other metal surface.
These can be found in my shop on ArtFire
along with a ring and a bracelet that were also made with recycled bottle caps.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
1. My daughter goes back to school Thursday. She seems excited as she will now be in middle school and finally going to a new school.
2. Is it just me or do they go back earlier every year? and why are they starting on a Thursday?
3. It's been so freaking hot in Tucson this summer, so ready for it to be over already. Hurry October!!!!!!
4. Last night at around 8:30ish it was still 94 degrees. At 3:30 this am it was 84 and really sticky. ugh.
5. I am working on new listings/photos for my shops on Etsy and on Artfire. I have decided to move my bottle cap creations to Artfire and close my other Etsy shop.
6. Is it just me or is Artfire starting to have an increase in traffic? My views have increased a lot in the last couple of months.
7. I had almost equal number of shop hits Sunday for Etsy and Artfire shops. That amazed me. I really think that things are going to take off soon and give Etsy a run for their money.
8. I'm hungry. What's for breakfast?
9. I have a couple of errands to run today and then off to work this afternoon. yay.
10. I am working two days a week now instead one. This has been the worst summer of my life. I have had my hours cut since the end of May. Struggling for money for everything. Ah well, I am comforted by the fact that I am not alone. I am sure there are others in the same boat.
Friday, July 31, 2009
I have been featuring handmade items on Fridays that are made from recycled materials. It's always amazing to me the things that can be made from something that would have ended up in a landfill somewhere. Purses from plastic bags, bowls from old dish towels, windchimes from odds and ends from the kitchen. I also make items from recycled stuff from time to time. I made a ring and bracelet from recycled bottle caps, which can be found on my Artfire shop: Ring Bracelet I forgot to mention my bottle cap magnets, too.
Anyway, so here is this week's Fabulous Recycled Find:
Set of 5 Christmas ornaments made with recycled juice can lids
These cute ornaments were made by ScrappinCorner on Etsy.
Here is what the seller had to say about them: "I love how these cute ornaments turned out! I cut out a vintage image and decorated the front and back of these lids! They are perfect for stocking stuffers, tie them on a gift, or give as a teachers gift!
If you need more or less, let me know and I can set up a special order for you!"
...and shipping is free for this item as well.
What a great way to recycle!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
1. My laptop has decided to take a dump on me, so I am limited to the computers at the local library until I get it fixed.
2. This is bad because all of my pictures, collages, photo editing software are on my laptop. Really bad.
3. Will have to wait for awhile to get it fixed until either me or bf goes back to work full-time. I won't go back until August, bf is any day now.
4. Thinking about renting a laptop until I get mine fixed. I have a desk top that I rarely use, but no internet at home, so it doesn't help much with internet stuff.
5. BF is doing well with his new kidney. So far everything is working like it should.
6. I like this computer at the library. It's got a nice wide screen and a new keyboard.
7. The only thing I don't like is waiting my turn. Yes, I am selfish that way...LOL
8. I was looking at a really interesting book about making mixed media journals while waiting my turn to use the computer. Maybe that will be my next craft to try.
9. Not sure when I will be able to update next, since I am limited to an hour a day at the library computer.
10. Until next time, peace!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Happy Friday! I found a lot of great recycled items this week and was hard choosing just one. I may have to start featuring two at a time! So, here is this weeks find!
Black, White and Red Fabric Coiled Basket
This is a basket made with dishcloth scraps and was made by klosti,based out of Illinois and on Etsy. Here is a clip from the listing: "The great texture of this catchall is created by wrapping a variety of torn red, black and white dish towel fabric strips around cotton clothesline and stitching it by machine. It measures 6 1/2" across the bottom, 8 1/2" across the top and 2 3/4" tall."
Sunny yellow trivets are also available using the same method. Klosti also offers adorable dresses to "dress" up your kitchen also made with dishtowels. What a unique shop! I will not look at dishtowels in the same way again. :)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
1. It's hard to type when you have the hiccups.
2. It's the only time I wouldn't get mad at my daughter for scaring me. :)
3. The Air National Guard is practicing or something today. Planes flying over the house are LOUD.
4. It's a good thing that I don't work graveyard shift, I would have a hard time sleeping with all the planes flying over today.
5. BF is doing great after his transplant. It's been two weeks since his surgery. Staples are supposed to come out Thursday. He's lost a lot of weight which I think was probably mostly fluid.
6. He said last night that we should get married. So was that a proposal or what?
7. TV goes all digital soon. Are you prepared? We aren't. No cable TV and old TV's leaves us in the dinosaur age.
8. I tried to use one of the so called government coupons back in October on the day it expired and stoopid Wally Mart wouldn't take it. Hello, it's not expired yet. Yep, I was po'ed. So yea, we have no converter boxes. Life is going to be boring until we get one.
9. Supposed to be nice day in the Old Pueblo today. "cool" for this time of year. Yay! No burnt buns today.
10. I'm hungry. What's for breakfast?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Today's Fabulous Friday Recycled Find is Hey Copper, a fabulous recycled copper teapot turned into a wind chime! Hey Copper was made by Sharon of Studio Musings on Etsy.com based out of California.
Here is what Sharon had to say in her listing: "Anyone longing for spring?
Made from a found, vintage copper tea pot, this chime will brighten up any corner of the garden! It has copper tubes for the chimes, along with beads in orange, green and yellow.
I painted the wooden lid knob a bright green and attached an old metal flower to it.
Although I cleaned it thoroughly, I left the natural patina on the pot.
It is on a swivel and will rotate with the breeze.
Great for indoor or outdoor hanging."
I love this wind chime. Great use for an unloved tea pot! Besides wind chimes, Sharon also creates beautiful mosaics and wall masks made with recycled items.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Well, today is Tuesday. This past week has been crazy, I may need more than 10 lines!!
1. My bf had a kidney transplant last Tuesday. Was released Saturday. Doing great.
2. We are now a walking pharmacy. He's on 16 different medications, everything from anti-fungals to anti-rejection to blood pressure meds. We have a pill box for everyday and have a list of meds and check them off as they go in the box. Yep. a bit overwhelming.
3. He has to get blood drawn twice a week for awhile to make sure he has enough anti-rejection meds in his system and to make sure the new baby is alive and kicking.
4. More than ever now I support organ donation. This transplant will let him have more of a 'normal' life.
5. I saw a little girl at the hospital yesterday who was a kidney transplant recipient. She must have been about 8 years old. Her mom looked really tired.
6. My daughter graduated from 5th grade last week. The school had a ceremony for them. I cried.
7. I am a bit behind with shipping for my shops. Thank goodness I don't have a lot of orders. Will be catching up today for sure. The rest of the week will be busy as well.
8. My mom had a test done last week that showed she has a hole in her bladder. I think it's from the radiation treatments she had a few years ago for her cancer. She had to go back on chemo treatments last month.
9. Cancer sucks.
10. As for me, no stress... :)
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Good Friday morning! Things are starting to mellow out a bit. BF is doing fine, he's already complaining that he's bored. Looks like he'll get to come home on Saturday. Yay!
So, on to this week's recycled find! Last week I put out a call on the Etsy forums for recycled items and had a great response, so I chose from this forum thread again for this week's feature:
Recycled Diet Pepsi soda can earrings by KimTetmeyerJewelry
Looking for recycled 'green' jewelry? Or maybe(like me) you just can't live without you daily caffeine fix. If so..These fun and funky earrings are for you. They are made out of a recycled Diet Pepsi can! There are no sharp edges...I promise! There is a ring that matches this necklace ...Check it out http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24557944 Feel free to convo. me if you would like this item made out of a different beverage can.
These red, white,and Blue earrings are perfect for all the upcomming summer holidays(4th of July, Memorial Day, etc..)
Besides these great recycled earrings, Kim has other interesting items in her shop including wire wrapped jewelry, "mermaid" glass jewelry items, and even yummy candy resin pendants.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I just reduced the price of my wholesale lot of earrings on Art Fire to $21.00. Yep, that's a buck a pair. I really need to move these out because they are lonely and need a new home. Here's your chance to get a bunch of great handmade earrings for a STEAL! These would make great gifts for Christmas or even as party favors. Come and get them while you can!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Today is Friday, so here is my recycled find! I had a lot of great items to choose from this week and was hard to pick only one!!
Today's pick is Recolored Crayons by TalkTagz on Etsy.com
So what's a recolored crayon?? Here's a description from the listing:
What do you do with the broken crayons in the bottom of that crayon box? You recycle them of course....This set of WE LOVE HEARTS have turned into little pieces of art that are ready to create again....
Each Recolored Crayon measures approx. 2 1/2" tall by approx. 2 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick. Perfect jumbo size for little fingers. Kids love to be suprised by the different colors they find inside.
This is a great way to recycle, I love this idea. Be sure to stop by TalkTagz's shop for other great items including recycled coasters, scrapbooking tags and cute ponytail holders.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
1. I'm happy that I am actually keeping up with my blog! Yay me!
2. BF had to go to the ER last night. He's on dialysis and had a reaction to something in the dialysis machine. I'm a bit miffed at his clinic because they refused to tell me anything because my name wasn't on "the list", so I had to to call the ER's and find him myself. Said they couldn't tell me anything because of HIPPA. Fine, just tell me which hospital so I don't have to call 6 hospitals. Really.
3. HIPPA law is a joke because we overheard a patients entire health history in the ER. So much for privacy laws.
4. It's gonna be another hot day in Tucson. Someone needs to turn down the furnace.
5. I have the next few days off from work, we are in between semesters. No students to feed, so no work. Hours might be skimpy even when we go back. Summer is slow. May have to look for a second job or start praying that I sell a lot of pendants.
6. I am working on a bunch of new pendants, including a few map pendants for my Road Trip line. The sealer is cooperating nicely this time. The last batch had bubbles for some reason. Maybe just have a funky batch of sealer this time.
7. My daughter will be "graduating" from 5th grade next week. She's looking forward to middle school. Yea, she says this now, just wait...
8. I love the Goodwill shops here. Some things can be a bit pricey, but I have found two complete Scrabble games in the last month for reallly cheap. One was a buck, the other was two bucks. Yay me! Most of my and my daughter's wardrobes come from Goodwill or Savers.
9. I'm hungry. What's for breakfast??
10. Will be back Wednesday with a cool pic for wordless Wednesday. :)
Friday, May 15, 2009
Today's Fabulous Friday Recycled Etsy find is an
Here is an awesome bag made with "plarn". What's plarn you ask?
"Plarn is made by cutting strips of plastic bags that are turned into a 'Yarn'."
Debs1967 made this bag by tightly crocheting together plastic grocery bags and light green string.
Tight stitches add to the strength and durability, leaving "no holes" that your change could fall through.
Also has a double layered handle.
It's lightweight and versatile enough to use for the store or as a purse, the beach, for the library, or anything else you can think of.
Debs1967 is based out of Melbourne Florida and has her shop open since April of 2008. Besides recycled bags, she also offers other beautiful crocheted items such as kitchen scrubbies and towels, appliques and even crocheted doughnuts! She is offering free shipping on selected items as well as a free gift with your purchase.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
1. I apologize for not updating in over two weeks.
2. I am happy that I now have a blogging idea.
3. It's going to be another hot day in the Old Pueblo. 100 degrees. Yea buddy, time to get out the oven mitts for the steering wheel of my car.
4. I think I should invent an air-conditioned seat for my car. My bf said yesterday that Chrysler makes Sebrings with heated seats, so why not an air-conditioned seat?
5. I wonder if the peeps from Chrysler have ever sat on a leather seat that's been baking in the Arizona sun? Esp with shorts on? Oh yea. Baked and burnt buns.
6. I love Arizona, but not in the summer. I hibernate in my house on my days off.
7. This blog needs a new banner and layout.
8. I have an addiction to buying collage sheets for my pendants. Hello, my name is Carol and I am an addict. I have a gazzilion of them hearted for future fixes.
9. I have 5 sheets drying after being sprayed with gloss, just waiting to be turned into pendants.
10. I better go fetch them from outside, the wind may be blowing them away...
Friday, April 24, 2009
Fabulous Friday Find!Trans-Canada Etsy Team Blog: Earth Day Preview : Eco-friendly Products and Upcycling Tutorial
Trans-Canada Etsy Team Blog: Earth Day Preview : Eco-friendly Products and Upcycling Tutorial
Save your cereal boxes and other boxes to use for mailers. I am going to try this.
Friday, April 17, 2009
While browsing on the Etsy forums this morning, I had the pleasure of encountering angeldamico who offers ONE OF A KIND hand screen printed, hand dyed, hand painted, unique items such as shirts, handbags, hankies, scarves and even prints of her artwork. I really like her handbags and that they are one of a kind. She is based out of Chicago which is close to my heart because I was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Joliet. She's had her shop open since 2006 and it looks like she's doing well with 800 sales and great feedback. Go check out her stuff at: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=48554
Friday, April 10, 2009
Carol, awesome tutorial!! Can you share the differences you found between 3D Crystal Lacquer vs. the ArtDeco Triple Thick glaze? Do you get a good hard coat with either? Is one clearer? Are either prone to cracking or bubbling? I can't find these locally and wanted to ask an expert before ordering online. :)
April 2, 2009 9:09 PM
Thanks for the question, She-ality. First of all, I am far from being an expert, but I have used both and here are my observations:
I used Triple Thick when I first started making bottle caps(about 2 years ago). It is available at craft stores such as Micheal's. Our Micheal's always had the large 8oz jar locked in the cage with the spray paints. Dunno why because the small 2oz jars are usually next to the paints. Anyways, I love Triple Thick for the paper mache snowmen that I make around Christmastime. I don't like it for bottle caps anymore because it bubbles like crazy, which in turn drives me crazy because I have to waste another image. Sometimes it did play nice without bubbles but after the caps sat for awhile, they magically appeared. I have also found that it does not dry hard even after a week. I can poke my finger on it and it leaves prints. Not nice for bottle caps. Weird because it dries rock hard on my snowmen. I have also placed clear nail polish over Triple Thick once it dried, but it yellows after about a week and DO NOT recommend this step at all. I had no problems with cracking. It clouds if your layers are too thick.
Okay and on to 3D Crystal Lacquer. I stumbled upon this one day when I was browsing on Etsy. I am skeptical by nature so I was hesitant to buy it. I used Diamond Glaze after Triple Thick and had problems with bubbles again so I thought that all of it bubbles. I was even at the point where I was going to stop making caps because I had no hair left from pulling it out in frustration over those nasty bubbles. Well, let me tell you that I am glad I purchased it because it is like manna from heaven. Little to no bubbles, dries hard and has a very nice clear shine. It does make ink jet prints run or fade, so I use a high gloss spray (I am still experimenting with sprays, so can't recommend one yet) after printing and problem solved. I also had runny/fading pictures with Diamond Glaze and Triple Thick, so I guess that's the norm. I had no problems with fading or the runs with prints that I got from commercial printers, like Office Max. I don't go there as often anymore since I found the trick to conquer ink jet prints. They are also a little pricey at about a buck a sheet printed on card stock.
My only complaint about 3D Crystal Lacquer is that the tip of the bottle clogs after using and I have to buy it online. I can't use my 40% off coupon at Micheal's to buy it. :( LOL
I can glaze about 80-100 caps-maybe more or less, this is a guess-with a 4 oz bottle. It does come in a refill bottle, 20 oz I think.
Thanks again She-ality for the question and giving me something to blog about. I was just thinking last night about my next post.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thanks to all of you that participated in my poll. The lucky winner was "buy three items and get free shipping". Actually I was surprised because I would have chosen "buy three items, get one free and pay shipping". I am still contemplating a bonus for my shop, it will be along these lines. I think I'll wait until I have more items to choose from before offering a bonus-maybe like 20 more items, then I'll have about 70 things to pick from.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
1. Buy three, get one free or a free chain
2. Buy three, get free shipping
3. or buy two...
4. leave it as is
It would help me if you could fill out the poll----->>>>> or comment with your answer.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I haven't updated in awhile! Time is flying by anymore. I have been working on some new ideas for my pendant shop and I have new ideas for my bottle cap shop that I still need to start. Anyways, I found an old Rummikube game at one of our local Goodwill shops that had all of the pieces and all of the stands, not to mention very well priced...so I have been making collage sheets to fit the Rummikube pieces and have found some neat scrapbooking paper and stickers that work well on these. I also put together a few button stacks and will make them into pendants as well. I got the idea from a purchase of some stacked buttons on Etsy from kitsandcaboodles. I added a larger button to some of her stacks. I also got a huge bag of buttons at Michaels that had some interesting buttons in it. Most of these new pendants probably will not make it to Etsy, will be going to consignment instead. I am also planning on finding a couple of shows to do as well. Busy, busy!
Friday, March 13, 2009
This tute may be more beneficial to those already familiar with GIMP or Paint Shop Pro.
Making a collage with GIMP
by Carol Bryce
This is how I make collages using GIMP!
If making a circle collage, click the little icon on the left side that is round/oval. Click on file then click on new. This opens a box called Create a New Image. This will be where you will create your round images.
Next set the size for your image. For one inch circles, it is 300 pixels for width and height. Then click on advanced options and set your x y resolution to 300. This is for good print quality. Then click OK.
You will have a box with dotted lines.
Next, click on file and new. This will be a new image and where you will paste your circles into. I usually make 4x6 size, but you can make it any size you want. From the drop down menu select inches and type in the appropriate size. Make sure your xy resolutions are at 300. You will have another Create a New Image box with dotted lines.
Go back to your one inch square image box and mouse over to the left side of the box where the measurement line is. You should see a bold circle and a thingy that looks like a cross. Place it at about 150 at the dotted line and drag the mouse to the other side of the box moving the mouse up slightly, ending right at the dotted line. You should see a circle forming. Go to the middle of the circle you just drew and look for a little arrow. Move the mouse up to make the circle go to the top of the box, not crossing the dotted lines. Next go back to the bottom of the partial circle and drag the mouse to the bottom of the box to finish the circle. You should see a circle with moving dotted lines. Now click on one of the boxes that appear in the corners and you should have a circle with moving lines. Do not click in the gray areas because you will lose your circle and will have to start over making another circle.
Now that you have your circle, click on file and open to open a picture on your computer. Select your picture. I have found it to be easier to make circles with GIMP if the picture is 300 pixels. So, if you need scale the image, click on image and click on scale image. Click on the little icon that looks like a chain link-that will unlock the image dimensions for editing. Type in 300 for height and width and change x y resolution to 300. Then click scale. Click edit, then cut. You will see a checkered background. Now go to your circle image and click on edit, then paste into. Your picture should now be round. Click edit, then copy. Now go to your 4x6 image and click edit, paste (or ctrl v). Your circle will appear in a box and will be in or near the middle of the 4x6 image. Now, click on the circle with your mouse and move it to the top of the page, leaving some room between the circle and the lines on the image. If you want duplicates, just repeat the ctrl/v or paste. You can fit three circles across the collage. You can do four, but I find it to be too crowded. Repeat the steps until your 4x6 page is full. Once the page is full, you will need to save the finished collage to your computer. Click on file, save as. Give your collage a name, such as one inch circles 4x6. Go down the page until you see the line that says select file type and click on the little plus sign. This will open up your file options. I usually use jpg/jpeg. Select your file type then click on save. A box will pop up with the photo quality. I slide the bar all the way to 100 then click save. You may also have another box pop up that will tell you to export the image from GIMP to jpeg. Click on export and you should be all set.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I have made a few pendants for St Patrick's Day and have them all listed. I have some time off this week, so I will have some time to work on new stuff. Yay!!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
To celebrate the opening of Pendant Patch, all pendants are on Sale for $4.00!
Buy 3 and get free shipping. Shipping will be refunded!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I know I don't post a whole lot of stuff about me on my blog, my creations are more interesting than I am!!! Since I have a fair amount of followers now, I thought it would be kinda cool to interview/introduce myself. I have been thinking about interviewing other people as well, so if you want to have a spot in my blog, let me know! So, heeeeere's Carol! My picture was taken in 2004, so it's a little old. :) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
My name is Carol and I am originally from the Chicago suburbs-Joliet, IL. I moved to Tucson with my daughter and my family in 2000. I love the winters here, no snow to shovel! I have always had an interest in creating things. I can remember making wreaths and other wall decorations as a teenager. I also made macrame plant hangers that I learned how to make in Home Ec in junior high. A few years ago, I made hair barrettes from beads and safety pins, then jewelry, bottle cap stuff and now pendants. I enjoy cooking and baking as well. I am an evening shift supervisor at one of our local community colleges. We make pre-packaged food items for all campuses. It's fun and I like my job.
I got into the bead biz first on eBay about 6 years ago. I began selling beads after a failed attempt at making hair barrettes from beads and safety pins. I sold off the rest of the beads that I had and found that the beads sold better than the finished products, so Beads Out West was born. I bought beads in lots and divided them up and sold them. I began attending the annual gem and mineral/jewelry/bead shows here in Tucson and bought things there for my shop. I left eBay after the last fee increase nearly three years ago and found Etsy shortly after. I opened my supply shop on Etsy and about a year later, I started making things again-mainly earrings and bracelets and decided to try to sell my finished work. It was not very successful, so I tried a new craft with making things from bottle caps, it's going okay. I love making things with bottle caps. I finally sold off the rest of my beads and closed my bead shop in August 08. So, around Christmastime this year, I decided to try yet another craft, seriously trying to find my niche...I started to plan out a new shop, took a LOT of notes, wrote down a ton of ideas and Pendant Patch was born. I have only about 20 things listed so far, I am waiting for a shipment of bails to come in so I can list some more of my wooden tile pendants. Crossing my fingers that this is my niche!
My online presence:
Etsy: bottlecapsgalore.etsy.com and pendantpatch.etsy.com
Flickr photos: flickr.com/photos/beadsoutwest
My Space: myspace.com/cantinacarolina
Where do I get inspiration?
I get inspiration mostly from reading bead magazines and craft books. Sometimes ideas come to me when I am browsing the craft shops. Bead Style is my favorite magazine. I check out craft books from our local library. I also like Tammy Powley's work. Etsy sellers are also a great inspiration for me. If they can do it, so can I!!
The next craft I want to try:
I want to start making soap again. That is also a lot of fun.
What I am working on now:
My next creation will be more pendants! I have a bunch of graphics that I need to print and get busy!
I have so much ambition, but not enough money and time to do it all. So I guess I will take it one baby step at a time.
Thanks so much for learning about me. I hope you found it interesting and entertaining...LOL