Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Mystery Thing Revealed! Winners! And Flower Dome Tutorial.

Hi!  Way back on Tuesday, I posted a Mystery Thing guessing game, in which I asked people to name that dome:


Well, it was not my intention to make you guys wait so long to see the answer, but on the spur of the moment I was whisked away on a camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park, and spent the week communing with desert tortoises, giant hares and tiny vanilla lizards impersonating twigs.


I made up the name Vanilla Lizard.  Nobody take it, I am thinking of starting a band.


I am happy to report, a couple of clever readers guessed this Mystery Thing, so we have a winner!  It is Monica, the first one to guess:


Plastic rattle party favors from the dollar store!  Congrats and a half, Monica!  We also have two random winners, chosen by random.org's lucky integer spitter.  It spit out numbers 10 and 27, so congrats to MissKoolAid and Daffy's Dream.  I will email all of you soon. 

Of course, I am the real winner in this game.  Because you weirdos, er, people, have me in whoops every time.  I hereby introduce a brand new feature:

Mich's Best (Wrong!) Guesses Honor Roll

Annie: Barbie's salad bowl
Periwinkle Dzyns: pasties for a cosmic cow
Betsy: rock candy crystal from Ming Dynasty molds
Saraccino: lollipop safety storage
Allison: half a teeny tiny hamster exercise ball
Michele: particle accelerator buttons, because if you were accelerating particles all day, wouldn't you like some lovely buttons to press?
Just Jaymie: ta-ta covers
Sarah: party yarmulkes for a Ken doll
Anji: fairy jello molds
Pete: a gamer's 100-sided die cover (Pete gets style points for including a jpeg!)
Chrysty: My Little Pony contact lenses
Sunny: a wicked uncomfortable diaphragm

HEEEhahaha!  Brilliance!

Now on to a tutorial.

Place your rattle in a plastic bag, unless you truly want the rattly bits scattered ALL over your floor.  Whack the edge lightly with a hammer.  The pieces will pop apart like magic!  Now you have a pink dome and a crystal dome with which to play.



Heat a metal poker and melt two holes in the dome, top and bottom.  Insert an eyepin (a wire with a loop on one end), and feed in some beads to fill the space.  Turn another little loop with the extra wire that pokes out the other side.  Like so:





Attach any tassel or dangly thing to the bottom loop, and a jump ring to the top loop.  String onto a chain, ribbon or neckwire.  Done!  Cute, right?





For an opaque pink version, I made two holes at the top, one at the bottom.  And used a single piece of wire for the top loops.




And there you have it!  Another Mystery solved - another cool jewel born of the dollar store.



Thanks for playing, lovely blog readers!  And wait'll you see what else I'm going to make with these domes.

21 comments:

  1. I am so excited to get one of these cool necklaces in the mail. Thanks for the possibility.

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  2. oooooo..you are so clever dear Mich..well what i can say more :)
    keep rocking with your mysteries

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  3. Congratulations to the winners!!! And what cool comments by everyone else. They keep us smiling and laughing. This is always a fun game and you keep us guessing. And what you create out of a rattle, well, it is beautiful!

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  4. Please let us all know when Vanilla Lizard makes its debut; I want a front row seat.
    Little rattles, how cute! I was reading the Dollar Store flyer from the paper today. I just can't look at their stuff without thinking of you:)

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  5. someone actually got the actual real actual answer? well i'm beyond impressed! congrats to the correct guessers! go yous!

    and Michelle you are so resourceful and have such a good eye for spotting the potential of things... you never cease to amaze me! go you!

    i like the new added feature by the way, so fun!

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  6. booyah! another great context Michele - and all the funny answers had me in stitches too

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  7. Just saw my name in ur website, Im all excited thank you so much huh!

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  8. Vanilla lizard??? Bwahahahahaha!

    I never would have guessed this was made from a rattle- VERY cool!

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  9. Those are perfectly spring-y and cute. Love the little tassles!!

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  10. DAMMIT!!! I had a proper long comment written up, and then blogger tells me it can't cope with my meek request. Long story short- LOVE the suggestions, ADORE the original idea and need my keyboard fixed after accidental liquid damage. x

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  11. I love that you added a list of the guesses. They're all creative and hilarious at the same time.

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  12. Oh I'm constantly amazed at everyone's creativity! Yours for all the incredible things you make out of absolutely everything -and everyone else's for such interesting guesses!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  13. :) Looking forward to the next mystery challenge!

    (I could have sworn those were fairy jello molds you know ;)

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  14. "Now you have a pink dome and a crystal dome with which to play."

    Not to mention, a cute teeny tiny bubble blower!

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  15. Platic rattle, hilariously small and adorable, even better as a necklace! Thank you for linking up to Ucycled Awesome at www.thetshirtdiaries.com.

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  16. That is so,so neat!!!! I wouldn't have thought of that in a million years!!! You are extremely creative!!!

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  17. That's really cute and playful- I love it! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

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  18. That is such a nifty project.

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  19. I'm honored to be on the honor roll. :) Thanks for keeping us guessing!

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  20. You are very creative and you come up with things that I would never think of! I love reading your blog and I plan on making the baby rattle favor necklace. Very pretty. I wanted to ask if you knew what to do with tulle (I have a lot of of it on a bolt leftover from my wedding) and those pearls on a spool http://www.afloral.com/Floral-Supplies/Ribbon/6mm-Pearls-on-a-Spool-in-Cream-50-ft. I was also wondering if you would be interested in trading some items for stashbust? If you get a chance check out my blog http://shannoninthekitchen.blogspot.com, with lots of goodies to trade.
    Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day :O)
    Shannon

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Why not leave me a little comment? It is great Karma - and every single one is my favorite comment EVER.