Where has the Vintage contest gone??

There used to be a Vintage contest, It doesn't close for days yet so I'm wondering why it doesn't appear anywhere anymore?  Thanks, sorry if that is a really dumb question!

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Vintage Pillowcase Challege at Handmade Parade

Got some pillowcases hiding in your closet that probably count as "vintage" by now? Handmade Parade is hosting a Vintage Pillowcase Challenge. Refashion one vintage standard-size pillowcase into something fantastic and submit a tutorial by February 15th, and you'll be in the running to win a gift certificate for one of three great online fabric stores.(And hey, an instructable would be the perfect format for submitting a tutorial, eh? Just email a link to your instructable to the submissions email address at Handmade Parade.) Contest rules, from Claire at Handmade Parade:1. Submissions must be received no later than February 15th and no earlier than January 15th.2. You can only use one standard sized pillowcase (not king) and it should be a vintage piece.3. Please email your entries to handmade_parade@yahoo.comEach entry will be judged by a panel of amazingly talented judges (the list of whom will be posted as we get closer to the 15th) who will be looking for the most creative and fabulous 'entry.'Handmade Parade's Vintage Pillowcase Challenge

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seeking pleated pillow pattern? Answered

I really like the look of this vintage pleated velvet pillow. Does anyone have a pattern or instructions on how to make one like it? thanks!

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Suitcase Chair

ok so i want to build a suitcase chair. I found an old suitcase on the side of the road and want to make it for my gf as a present. I wanna make it like the ones in the link below. Any tips would be very helpful or could someone point me in the direction of some plans or a guide on how to make it. If anyone is down to help me ill post pictures a little later today http://curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/8379-vintage-suitcase-chairs

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Found in my mother's sewing box - what are these used for?

There are several of the football shaped items.  They seems to hold thread. There is a metal bar in the crescent depression on the other object.  When depressed, a tiny hook pops out of a hole on the other side. Also, the metal inside the two small notches on the hook side give in when pushed.  Anyone know how these tools are used?

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Is there something I can put on my vintage fabric books to make them look brighter and healthier?

Is there something I can put on my vintage fabric books to make them look brighter and healthier? I have some vintage books that I want to clean. I tried a damp wash cloth and it took off some of the color. I just want them to look brighter and cleaner. Please only answer this if you have hands on experience with books. 

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Can you make the swing-boat toy shown in our Instructable?

Can you make the swing boat shown in our Vintage Toy-making Instructable? https://www.instructables.com/id/Vintage-Toy-Making-challenge/

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How Do I Make / Where do I find vintage enamel/metal flower jewelry

I love re-using vintage metal/enamel flower earrings or pins in my own jewelry creations and I scoop them up at thrift stores and on ebay whenever I find a good deal. Lately I've discovered a few other inspiring artists (pictured) who use A LOT of vintage flower pins/earrings in their pieces and it's made me wonder if they are actually scavenging like I am or they are making their own somehow. Is it possible to make your own "vintage style" enamel looking flower pieces? If so how? If not, is there a better/cheaper alternative to finding them besides on ebay?

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How to make a journal/book look really old/vintage? Answered

Hi! I am working on a gift for my girlfriend and need some advice.... I am making a journal that is supposed to look old, aging the paper is not a problem and I found some fonts I can use...but... - printing on aged paper does not make the text look old! How can I make the printing look old? - also the printing looks too regular, not like handwritten. How can I achieve a more irregular look? Thanks! Fypsigon btw...handwriting is not an option, at least not my own....

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PC Case Mod Vintage Cola machine help!

Hi! I'm looking to make a pc case modded after a vintage Vendo 1950's Coca Cola machine. The problem i'm having is fabricating the front to look authentic.  eBay has been a help getting coin returns and bottle openers, but i don't know where to find (or how to make) larger pieces I may need. I was wondering what materials I should use, and are there sites that sell 1950's style grills, chrome parts or metal sheets. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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How can I antique my jewelry findings? Answered

I have some shinny silver (plated) and shinny brass jewelry findings and I want them to look less "new". I was wondering if anyone knows a way to antique them.

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What is this type of fastening called and what does it fasten to? Answered

This belonged to my grandmother (the clasp looks post 1930). I assume there would have been some kind of hinged cover over the watch face  (a hinge and catch  are circled). I don't know what the double fanged clip like  thing on the back is called or what it is for.  The double 'fangs' look somewhat like an upholstery pin.  Given that the front is a watch, and one needs to see a watch for it to be useful.... what would this be stuck into or clipped onto?   Anyone familiar with this style? 

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How to redesign an old T-shirt?

I have transformed an old T-shirt, it's crossover vintage-style camisole, I do think I have done a good design. However one of my friend thought I could do better on the color combinations, not just grey and white. Is there anyone have deep sight? Pls give me some suggestions.  Oh, forget to say, the link is here. https://www.instructables.com/id/Minimal-Crossover-Vintage-style-Camisole/

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Antique Dress Clip - What Is It? Ceramic and bobbly cat eye type flowers/petals.

Hello you marvellous people, I am totally in love with this website, and thought this might be the place to come to get some advice and information. I've had this dress clip in my collection for years and am starting to sell off lots of it as I need to move city! I could just sell it to a vintage shop somewhere, but then I wouldn't get to find out anything about it, and would only get pennies. It probably isn't worth much, but I still just really want to know! I'm totally stuck on this piece. I've tried to get info on it everywhere, but no luck so far. All I can really say about it, is it's a dress clip, and it's old! Can anyone tell me more? All advice would be most appreciated :) Ophelia

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Vintage Super Mario and Friends Pin Set Original Sealed in Plastic -- Looking for Appraisal

My grandfather was a buyer for KMart in the electronics department, and got a lot of Nintendo memorabilia. I have 3 sets of these pins, 2 are unopened and 1 has been removed from the plastic, but still has all of the pins in excellent condition. I am looking for an appraisal for them, and maybe some selling tips.  Images of the pins can be found here. And here. Thanks!

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Techno-Wearables - Steampunk Handmade Reconstructed Mechanisms

Http://edmdesigns.etsy.comMy creations have been recently featured on with an interview on Wired (gadget lab and Geek dad sections) and notably featured on Boing Boing.Super fantastic for Father's Day and Grads without lining the pockets of corporate mkfgrs- paying homage to the Handmade Arts - People eat this stuff up and always so excited when someone (blogger, editor, reviewer) with an esteemed reputation guides them to cool, sincere places to get these style of items. http://edmdesigns.etsy.comWired Article: http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/05/inside-the-mind.htmlBoing Boing Article: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/04/13/clocky-steamy-jewelr.html

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How do I troubleshoot an old 8-day pendulum mantle clock, pendulum stops after 5 min., even fully wound, Any advice ? Answered

I have an old Plymouth 8-day mantle clock, chimes the hour and half-hour, probably from the 1920s. The gears/ springs/ escapement are mint inside, no bent, rusty, or corroded parts. I scoured local antique shops for a winding key, which I found for it. The clock ran well for one week straight until it stopped. Since then, I can't get the pendulum to run more than about 5 minutes! I leveled the clock, tilting it slightly forward or back, to no avail. I oiled the heck out of it, and wound the springs fully. It is a really cool old clock for my leatherworking studio,  no batteries or electric needed, and want to restore it somewhat original condition.  Any advice on this?  Thank you for your help.

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Does anyone here know about vintage hats/caps?

You know those caps they had back in the 20s and 30s, the ones where the top would kinda hang out over the bill, kinda like the one in the pic, but not exactly. Well, does anybody know how to make one? If you can make one, then please post an I'ble, 'cause I've been needing one for a while and can't find any. By the way, the one on the right is sideways, incase of any confusion. I was kicked off of Yahoo! Answers today. I never realized how much of a slave I was to them. You Instructables people are smarter. I am leaving Yahoo! I have switched over to my Gmail account, and I'm happy. I've asked about this cap on Yahoo, and never got an answer. But you guys/gals are smarter and craftier, and I can actually go a good while on here without calling someone an idiot, unlike Yahoo. Well, have fun crocheting, knitting or sewing a cap from the long ago(if you'd like to).

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I want to embroider on rick rack

In the 50's embroidery on braided rick rack was very popular do you have any vintage ideas?

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Soft T-shirt transfers? Answered

I've seen a couple of vintage shops using really high quality transfers put on t-shirts to make them look old. (So the t-shirt and transfer look old and soft like a genuine vintage tee) The transfers you get in shops always end up feeling crispy and cheap, and looking glossy. Does anyone know where I can get decent transfers or an alternative method? (Not fabric paint!) Thanks! x

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Help make a quacking noise in a wooden toy duck (mechanically, not electronically)

I'm in the process of recreating the LEGO wooden duck toy. I'm only working from a few images I've found online, however; I don't have an actual one to examine. On the originals, the axles operated a couple of mechanisms: the duck head pivots to open and close the beak, and there's a mechanism under the base (I'm assuming) that makes a quacking noise. I've got a pretty good idea how to create a simple cam for the head/beak movement, but I'm not sure how to generate a quacking noise mechanically. My online searches have proved fruitless. Does anyone happen to have one of these vintage LEGO ducks and is willing to snap and share some photos of the mechanisms? Or, does anyone have any good ideas how to make a quacking noise mechanically? My thoughts are a push/pull rod-type crank attached to an axle, but on the other end of the rod . . . not sure.

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What do you want to know about handmade jewelry?

I like to know what people want to see in a jewelry tutorial. 

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How can I make this book cover look old?

I'm making the Book of the Vishanti from Doctor Strange out of an old textbook, but since it was so clean and well-preserved (as well as the wrong color) I decoupaged some crumpled tissue paper to the cover and painted it with some acrylic paint. Now my problem is that the cover looks a little too much like it was painted, and is really just one flat color. Are there any techniques I can use to make it look more worn and ancient?  Note: in person, the cover looks a lot more drab and consistent in its color.

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hand drill problems?? Answered

I bought a old hand drill for really cheaply it just needed cleaning up im having some problems how do i remove the chuck its stuck it dosent have any screws in the chuck so how do i remove it?

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I want to make wall tiles out wooden blocks/paper - is decoupage best? How should I seal it? Answered

I have tons of vintage paper.. and tons of 4 x 6 wooden blocks - I want to make wall tiles... i sanded the tiles, and I think I should decoupage the paper to the tiles and then seal it??? Sound best?

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any ideas for a large dining room table with out having to actually spend tons of money on it? ?

Thinking about doors for the top, not sure what for the legs. thinking of a saw horse but not sure how this would work. wanting to seat 10 people. need the cost to be extremely low and it to be a mix of vintage, eclectic and earthy to match the rest of my house. anyone have any ideas?

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How can I make a new t-shirt softer?

I have a few t-shirts I have gotten as gifts that I absolutely love, but they are that new, "stiff" feeling cotton shirts... I would love to find a way to make them feel more "well-worn" and aged. Not necessarily vintage-y, just softer, more broken in, as if they've been worn for years. Is there any way to do this, besides just using copious amounts of fabric softener?

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easy to int.(timewise) diy artsymaybe decor see alot in house etc retro vintage or new mod. Anybody have a idea?

I just want to make some stuff crazy cool stuff or gifts. Things that you look and and want to learn how you can have the sane! things that you see at vendors at cool art shows every blue moon..can be made from anything but i prefer to hear an idea thats cheap that you mght have  a ton of stuff to make it but need ideas!!! colorful and black and white...or just wood.,... just be unique... i am out of work for a couple weeks after a wreck and would like to spend my time making and learning neat thing.....if it is helpful that would be cool to!  Think everyting from a hideaway stash thing made from chapstick to a basket made of magazine....anything!!!!thank you all!!

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Where do I find a base to make my own stud earrings?

I want to glue (or whatever you recommend) buttons and other small knick-knacks onto some type of stud earring base.I'm not sure if this is it (the 2nd from the left): http://www.silverenchantments.com/bezel-cups-sterling-silver.htmlbecause it's a "cup", possibly designed for a gemstone or something? I was looking for a sort of flat surface w/ a post coming out (and a backing of course) to glue vintage buttons on. Seems pretty easy to me, any precaution? I don't have a glue gun... will superglue work, or is there some sticky crafty substance I don't know about that would stand the test of time?

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how do I fake a color offset print of a 1940's pulp comic book with today's laser digital printers and bond paper?

I need to print a comic book image in the same style and paper as the comic books of the 1940s...but real offset printing will only print hundreds or thousands of copies - and I just need 4 or 5. I have thought about printing digitally on modern bond paper and then aging the paper with tea, but I dont know if that will work. If anyone's done this before and wouldnt mind sharing their experiment results with me, I'd be very grateful! :) thanks! Javier

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Homemade wax paper wrappings? Answered

Hello everyone! This is the first time I've used this feature on Instructables, so here goes. :) I'm trying to recreate vintage sweet wrappers for a friend who will use them in a film he's making for uni, and I wondered if I could somehow impregnate the wrappers in wax to make them "chocolate proof" so I could let a friend re-live times from long ago. :) I'd be using standard printer paper and inkjet ink, would this survive the waxing? Also how would I coat the paper in a layer of wax thin enough not to crack when the package is assembled? I was also planning on heat sealing the edges wsing a warmed metal tooling to first fold the paper into a tube, then crimp the edges. Thanks for any help :) (Sorry if this is in the wrong section, as its technically a wax and paper mess-afound i think it's closer to Art than anything else. :) )

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Help with stage props

Hello Instructables community users, My name is Jezen Thomas and I'm here to ask for help with designing and creating some stage props to be used during a music performance. I'm not necessarily asking for free blueprints, although I'm clueless as to where I should start and I'd appreciate being pointed in the right direction. The first prop I need to produce is a giant telephone. I'm not 100% sure yet if I want it to be a modern styled mobile phone, or a vintage circular-dial type phone. I know aesthetically it's a big difference, but I'm sure thematically either would be just as effective on stage. I would like the phone to be similar in size and design to the giant mobile phone used on the old British comedy show, Trigger Happy TV. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can see exactly what I mean here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRWRJtIY5to Again, any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance, and best regards, - Jezen Thomashttp://www.jezenthomas.co.uk

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how to make a large wristwatch case?

I am a collector and amateur restorer of wristwatches and I have a couple of projects which require purpose made watch cases. This is because they are old pocket watch movements that are typically 40mm plus in diameter and in one case the crown is at 12 o'clock not 3 like a normal wristwatch. The standard OEM watch cases are generally too small and I am looking for something a little more elegant (but still masculine) to show off these beautiful vintage movements and dials (as such I intend to use a crystal back as well as front). I would like to do one of the watches with a yellow gold front bezel (if not a gold body) to set off the gold leaf/plate(?) numerals and hands (on a white dial). The body, lugs and back crystal bezel could be in silver (may even be preferable) as the exposed side of the movement is predominantly white metal with gold train and jewel holes. I have been thinking stirling silver for the main body and perhaps 18Kt gold filled base metal or solid 18kt gold for the bezel. I have no experience with jewellry making and would be very grateful for any suggestions regarding techniques that a keen novice could use to get a professional result. I would also be looking at jewellers screws to connect the 3 pieces. Just out of interest the second movement does not have a particularly interesting or aesthetically worthy dial so I am toying with titanium for the second project...........

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The Sting Behind the Bling - what is the true cost of a little style?

The mining of jewels is often inhumane, illegal and highly toxic. So think before you sparkle.Whether future heirloom or fun trinket, jewellery is one of life's luxurious pleasures. Even if you aren't decked out in multiple carats, a bit of bling can make you feel a million dollars. But the path your jewellery takes to reach your earlobe, neck, wrist or finger can be harrowing.Worldwide, the people - including about a million children - employed on minimal wages to mine and process supposedly legitimate diamonds, gemstones and precious metals often endure some of the worst working conditions imaginable. Toiling in Asian and African countries with little or no union support means health and safety precautions are slender at best. There's a serious risk of work-related death, injury or chronic illness as workers scratch out a living in remote mines extracting precious and semi-precious stones.This is just one article from the BBC's online magazine Thread, which I have not read before, mainly because "fashion" is not something I generally think about.Thread is the online fashion magazine dedicated to bringing you the latest in eco-fabulous style.Ethical fashion is fashion that has been made, worn and passed on in a way that looks after people, animals and the environment. The clothes we feature in Thread support this approach, making us essential viewing for fashion-conscious people who care about where their clothes come from. All clothes tick off at least one of these principles:Made and traded sustainablyMade of sustainable materialsRecycled or vintageThread shows you how to get the look you want in an eco-glam way through our unique mix of affordable fashion, exclusive videos, photo galleries and thought-provoking features.Link to full articleMagazine homepage.

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X-Ray Polaroids

Here's a good use of old radioactive material. Use it to expose Polaroid film to create some ghostly images of old items.Why would anyone do this? The author puts it out there pretty clearly:For some time I've been fascinated with the idea of reproducing these types of images in my home lab without great cost and with relative safety. As a collector of radioactive minerals and other ephemera, I decided that I wanted to use naturally radioactive materials as the source for my 'penetrating rays' rather than an amateur electrical x-ray machine setup.Polaroid film is readily available and it develops itself. However, a workable technique needed to be developed. How to expose the film for hours or days without the need for absolute darkness? How would I develop the film reliably after an exposure was made?The answer came from Kevin Clark of the Yahoo group, "GeigerCounterEnthusiasts". It was here that Clark explained his simple, yet reliable, technique for creating inexpensive Polaradiographs.Items you'll need: 1. A Polaroid SX-70, Type 600, or Spectra camera 2. A package of unexposed Type 600 or Spectra Polaroid film 3. One metal cookie tin at least six inches in diameter 4. A few sheets/roll of aluminum foil 5. Radioactive materialThat radioactive material can include:- Old, unused lantern mantles- Salt substitute or certain rock salts (Potassium Chloride)- Vaseline glass (plates, cups, or marbles)- Fiestaware plates and dishes- Welding rods- Old camera lens or vintage prescription eyeglasses (look for yellowed or browned optical glass)- Uranium ores and minerals- Exempt, unlicensed radioactive calibration sources- Radium containing clocks, watch hands, compasses, dials, and gauges- Tritium gunsights and keychain fobsCheck out the site itself for the full story. It's a good read with plenty of information about the history of x-ray photography.via Neatorama

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