If you are pretty sure you know the answer...well, you're probably right. This one didn't turn out to be so awfully mysterious. But are you a winner? And what crazy things did people guess this time? Let's find out, shall we?
Mich's Honor Roll Of The Most Creative (Totally Wrong) Guesses:
Just Jaymie: A trapeze ring for Circus Barbie.
Neguri Eva Maria: El palito de los chupa-chups. (A lollipop stick.)
Jinglesmom: The tubes they put in little kids' ears when they have ear problems!
Amy: Mich, you said it wasn't from a hardware or home improvement store, but there's always that feed store you sometimes frequent. So my guess is that they are nose rings for Miss Piggy.
Lisa W: The masts for the pirate ships sails from Kinder Surprise eggs...but I just realized you're in the States where they're illegal, so probably not.
Lora: Barbies Thigh-master!!!
Angi: Ladybug swings.
Michele P: The pink ones are dried out martian arms dipped in peptobismol. Ideal for jewelry-making. Quite rare. Obviously acquired on the black market. And the yellow ones are not even plastic. But often mistaken as such. In fact, they are melted-down canary feathers molded into these plastic-like Aladdin hat shapes and/or sticks. Pretty common stuff really.
Life In Rehab: I can't begin to tell you how frightened I am right now...what kind of person makes jewelry out of cat gynecological supplies? This is WRONG, Mich, and you know it!
Michele kpics: I think there are a few flamingos missing their legs, and somewhere out there a rubber duck is wondering where his beak went!
MeiJo's JOY: The Mayan Apocalypse toothpick.
Love them all - you fabulous wierdos are on fire this week! Lisa, Kinder Eggs are illegal? I must notify my Congressperson immediately! Life In Rehab, don't give me any ideas.
Ready to see the answer?
The clip-on part of a dollar store hair roller. Pretty much everyone figured it out...I hang my head in shame.
Winners, winners! First prize goes to Jessica (one of my fave bloggers, btw, creating magic daily over at Mad In Crafts). Woot! Girl, you are too quick - another win for you! And our lovely runners-up, chosen by Random.org: Jinglesmom and Michele kpics. Congrats to you all, be sure to check for my email.
Now for a MINI DIY
Just the basic idea here, not a full tutorial. Cut the rectangular frame in half, heat a poker and melt little holes. Allow me to demonstrate!
Then connect those two holes with a jump ring, which creates the fun diamond or triangle shape. As you can see with these earrings...
...I simply added a flower dangle and an earwire to the jump ring itself. Optional, a butterfly dangle to the bottom. And voila earrings.
There are lots of ways to use the basic component - in the necklace below, I strung little beads between the melted holes, to kind of stretch out the shape:
Of course, in cutting and reshaping I was trying to disguise the curler for the Mystery Thing game. But the unadulterated object is very nifty on its own. Like a light, colorful frame. Try attaching something inside for an unusual rectangular pendant!
I definitely want to try gluing some paper art inside the frame and stiffening it with Mod Podge - can't wait to see how that comes out.
Thanks SO MUCH for playing, you guys! See you soon.
Postscript. Have you seen the new blog from the Aunt Peaches? ibelieveinstrangers.com is a simple site that seeks to restore some faith in the human race - something I really needed this week. Go see if it makes you feel the same way.