Bath & body products: Introduction

I love making bath & body products probably more than any other craft. It brings together science and art in an amazing combination you can use every day. And it does save you money big time, which is always a concern in this economic climate. SOME BASICSPreservatives: I know some people are really against preservatives,...

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March is National Crafting Month (2 days early!)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! March is National Crafting Month!I love crafting. I had a moment a few weeks ago when I realized that almost everything I was wearing (my boots, socks, and undergarments aside), everything I had used to get ready that moment, and everything in my purse, including my purse,...

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CRAFT GROUP CANCELLED TONIGHT

I’ve cancelled craft group tonight because of the icy conditions we’re expecting now that the sun is out and melting the snow. We’ll do the jewellery making class in the next few weeks and bump something else back!...

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Jewellery Making: Using crimping beads

More bracelet-y fun! Today we’re going to make a bracelet using flexible wire and crimping beads. I have no idea what to call this bracelet — “Super Happy Fun Butterfly Time”, perhaps? — but this is what we’re doing in craft group tonight! WHAT YOU’LL LEARN TODAYHow to use flexible wireHow to use a crimper...

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Jewellery Making: Chandelier earrings

I have only recently started wearing earrings (thanks to the wonders of plastic hooks!) and I’ve fallen in love with wearing chandelier earrings. I have a lot of hair, so I need larger, longer earrings if you’re going to see them. Chandelier earrings are easy to make once you’ve mastered the one loop and two...

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Jewellery Making: Two loop bracelets

To your left you will see my “Water” bracelet. It’s supposed to represent one oxygen (white) and two hydrogen. (Remember: I’m a chemistry geek!) I’ve put loops on both ends and connected them with jump rings to the next charm, although in this case I’ve used two jump rings as my wrists are quite large....

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Jewellery Making: Two loop projects

Now you know how to make a loop on a head pin. So why not learn to make a loop on the other end? You can cut off the pin part of the head and make a loop so you have two loops per post or you can buy some eye pins and have a...

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Jewellery Making: Basic hanging earrings

If you’ve never done it before, jewellery making can seem really intimidating. First, you have to go into the shop and choose some beads…and those stores are filled with beads! How can you choose??? Then you have to get some findings, and there are tons of those. Then do you want to make a bracelet,...

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Random Saturday links

Work has been crazy busy this week, and I’m trying to get ready for the jewellery making class next week, so I know I’m falling behind in posting (the mineral make-up post, for instance), but I’m feeling very random today, so here’s a bunch of stuff, accompanied by a picture of Raymond petting a chicken....

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