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  • #16
    Now I want old-style lightbulbs to make vases out of - that pic was incredible!
    Lorna x

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    • #17
      Beer traps work well for slugs. use the bottom of an old plastic bottle/ yogurt pot/ etc and 3/4 fill it with beer. Sink it into the garden leaving a small lip to stop beetles, etc falling in.
      Julia

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      • #18
        I didn't see this thread when it must have originally popped up but I love those vases - why can I never think of really cute ideas like that? (no answer required thank you )

        Bodrighy, you don't strike me as the kinda guy with a large glitter or glass paint supply but would you be able to turn a mini snowman and make a snowglobe of sorts?

        As for slugs copper strip will repel them as they get shocked if they walk on it apparently - only really useful I would think around tubs or planters.

        Salt is also a good deterrent but would get washed away in the rain.

        As mentioned beer is popular with slugs, cheap lager don't use the good stuff. The traps do work well, only thing is nasty beer soaked dead slugs to dispose of which I don't think are recyclable.

        I believe iron phosphate is also good and wont harm other wildlife etc. Not sure where you get it though.
        Terry xxx
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        • #19
          Yes my father swears by the beer for slugs theory. I do wonder if its just an excuse to drink beer in his vegetable plot!

          We have some gorgeous bottles shaped like lightbulbs from Gloji drink. They come with a flatbase so i can't wait to recycle those into vases etc.
          Thanks for all those ideas
          Got to love what Lina Peterson and Erica Wakerly are up to right now.

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          • #20
            Is anything really un-recyclable? I do just recycled crafts, and many things I use people will consider unrecyclable, crisp packets (made into purses), floppy discs (pen holders and currently working on a handbag idea) bullet shells (cute little critters).

            Almost anything can be turned into jewellry or set in resin to make brooches and pendants. The group of crafters I attend regular fairs with like to set me challenges with items, they will give me an item and say use it in something you can sell. Most recently I was given a couple of old disposable camera's - when you take them apart they have quite a few interesting pieces that I used on earrings, they sold at the first fair I took them to.

            I'm constantly looking for new things/ways to recycle so would love to hear any other items you think are unrecyclable to get me thinking about how they could be used.

            Janette x

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            • #21
              I do love random jewellry made from things... you know like Lego brick earrings and keyrings made from shrunk crisp packets! I don't know why but they amuse and amaze me that people think to make things from what most of us would call nothing.

              The only things I would say are unrecyclable would be anything dangerous or toxic, like things with dangerous chemicals, but most of these can be disposed of responsibly.
              So many things to make, so little time!
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              • #22
                Hi Pete
                The "old fashioned" light bulbs are very handy to burnish leather hard clay with, and while we are on the subject of recycling, have you tried cutting open a tomato puree tube?

                Chris
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Decima View Post
                  Hi Pete
                  have you tried cutting open a tomato puree tube?

                  Chris

                  OK you have me curious, I haven't but I will when I finish the one in the fridge. Fancy saying more on this?

                  Pete
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                  • #24
                    Absolutely beautiful gold/copper colour inside, depending on which supermarket you buy it from. When washed it can be easily cut with scissors, punched/die cut, pierced, used in card making, jewellery making, scrapbooking or anything that requires metal. Very cheap and easy to use.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
                      OK you have me curious, I haven't but I will when I finish the one in the fridge. Fancy saying more on this?

                      Pete
                      If you do this, wear protective gloves so you don't cut yourself on the metal.
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                      • #26
                        I've just been thinking now that there's so much in my kitchen that we just throw away! I remember now at my parents' house, we recycled anything we could (mostly in the conventional ways, compost bins and council cardboard etc) but I've just found a load of pretty things in the bottom of an old box of craft stuff! There's scraps of paper from god knows where, bits of broken jewellry, pretty colours of wire and even an old roll of insulating tape I rescued from my dad's garage (it's purple!).
                        I think I'll have my eyes open now for the pretty things that hide around the house!

                        EDIT: I just realised that it's nearly Easter! Think of all the pretty coloured sweet wrappers and boxes! I still have a pile of sweet wrappers from Christmas though, heehee.
                        Last edited by MelaniesCraft; 11-03-2010, 05:10 PM.
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                        • #27
                          Love this thread, im inspired!
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                          • #28
                            Wow, there are some amazing uses for lightbulbs!!!! I love the hanging vase idea

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Decima View Post
                              Absolutely beautiful gold/copper colour inside, depending on which supermarket you buy it from. When washed it can be easily cut with scissors, punched/die cut, pierced, used in card making, jewellery making, scrapbooking or anything that requires metal. Very cheap and easy to use.
                              Ok thank you for this! Now going to stop buying the stuff in cartons and buy the tubey stuff instead! :P
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