Saturday, August 16, 2008

Instructions For Using A Badgeworx Badge/Mirror Maker

Before you begin, it is best to bolt the badge maker to a heavy table or board to stabilise it during use. It is shown fixed to a trestle in the photos below.

To Make A Badge

Components required: - circular metal piece, chosen illustration cut to size with circular cutter, a protective plastic circle, badge back piece.

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1 Remove the bottom part of the badge maker and place it facing the same way up as shown in Photo 1, above.

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2 Add the circular metal piece so that the smooth side faces up as shown in Photo 2.

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3 Add your chosen illustration, followed by the circular piece of plastic.

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4 Put the bottom part of the machine back in place, push the bar to the right as far as it will go.

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5 Pull the lever firmly down. You will feel it ‘clunk’ as it reaches the bottom position – about the angle shown in Photo 5.
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6 The front part of the badge should now be inside the machine. Remove the bottom part from the badge maker.
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7 Flip the bottom part of the machine over.

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8 Add the badge back in the direction shown in the photo above.

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9 Replace the bottom part of the machine.

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10 Push the bar to the left as far as it will go.

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11 Pull the handle down. It will come down further this time.

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12 The badge is complete – back view.

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13 Completed badge – front view.

To Make A Mirror
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14 Components required for making a mirror shown above, plus your choice of picture, cut to size.

Follow instructions 1 – 7, then…

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15 Squeeze the cardboard circle all over to make it thinner. If you don’t do this, you may end up cracking the mirror while making it.

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16 Add the metal ring with the sharp edges facing up.

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17 Add the mirror, mirrored side facing down.

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17 Add the card.

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18 Push the bar to the left.

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19 Pull the handle down, gently but firmly. If you pull down too hard, the mirror may break…

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20 Release the handle, twist the bottom part of the machine about a third of a rotation, and repeat instruction 19. Do this two or three times so that the mirror is evenly set in the backing.

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21 Mirror completed – front view.

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22 Mirror completed – back view – this should perhaps be pressed a bit more to get the metal ring below the level of the green part.

To Make a Bottle Opener Key Ring

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23 Components: - picture cut to size, plastic circle, metal circle, bottle opener back piece, and ring attachment.

Follow instructions 1 – 7 above, then…

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24 Add the washer provided to the bottom part of the machine once you have flipped it (Photo 7).

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25 Add the bottle opener back piece, as shown in Photo 25.

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26 Put the bottom part back into the badge maker, push the bar to the left.

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27 Pull the lever down.

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28 Add the key ring, and the bottle opener key ring is complete.

To Make a Key Ring
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29 Components: - picture, plastic circle, white plastic ring, white plastic back piece, metal circle, key ring attachment.

Follow instructions 1 – 7 above, then…

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30 Add the white plastic ring as shown in Photo 30. Then follow instructions 26 and 27 above.

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31 Your key ring should now look like this.

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32 Press the plastic back into place.

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33 Add the key ring attachment and it is complete.

These instructions and photographs are copyright Julia K Walton 2008

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Peg Bag

peg bag
Originally uploaded by jkw_fire_horse

I made this peg bag using a project from Katie Ebben's book "Fabric Scrapping".
The basic rectangular shape of the bag is shaped to fit your coat hanger at the top. Various flaps and gathered frills are added to the front panel. The opening is hemmed before the sides and bottom of the peg bag are sewn. A row of blanket stitches decorates the bottom edge of the opening.


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