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I stopped using metal rings for my medicine wheels and dreamcatchers. With high humidity, I had a few that rusted and it came through the leather wrapping. I've been using willow (for baskets) when I can find it, or the wild grape vine that's everywhere around here.

Both can be soaked to make them more pliable. Using a piece with a larger diameter (1/2 inch or larger) I make mitered cuts on the ends for a smooth joint. With smaller pieces, I overlap and secure with synthetic sinew and hide the joint with my leather loop for hanging.

With the grapevine, it only takes 1 or 2 pieces. I start with a piece at least twice the length of the desired circle size. Make the circle and then wrap around that, tucking the loose ends between the wraps.

Both of these look great wrapped in scrap leather or plain. At your home, humidity probably isn't an issue with the metal rings. But then you know me, traditionalist at heart. Rust wasn't my only issue for finding a natural alternative.


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Great ideas, lcp. I did make some hoops from Willow branches last summer and have them hanging in my kitchen. I never thought to soak them first to make them more pliable. One hoop is almost round and the other is an oval shape. I will experiment with these to see how a dreamcatcher or medicine wheel looks. I love the thought of a natural look for a more traditional craft item.

We do not have high humidity here, so the metal rings do not rust -- but, that is something to keep in mind.


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Okay...Okay! I finally have a picture of the military ribbons & what it looked like on the shirt.




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Ohhh - myyyy - gosh!!!

this is beautiful, Beetle. Absolutely beautiful. You should be very proud and pleased with your accomplishments. I cheer loudly for you and dance for the beauty of it that touches my heart.

Awesome!


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I should've re-sized the pictures, but best to leave the resolution.

The ribbons are sitting on a framed canvas that has my first lane stitch project. You can see the 'humps' at the top of the image. I'll toss in a picture of the various projects - loom, peyote, lane.



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Very nicely done. I have not yet been able to achieve the look of humps in my lane stitching. May my rows are too close together?

What are the two E's for on the ribbon?

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Wow... already a remark. Thank You, Phyllis. I can sense that I was very proud last Saturday - my neck is still stiff from holding the head erect. No I just have to do up some beaded mocs to complete my regalia...



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Are you in this picture? Is that you with the fire sticks?

I have some aspercreme for that sore neck of yours.

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The 'E's -
-The lower two ribbons are Rifle Expert & Pistol Expert. Silver 'E' signifies Expert, whereas a bronze 'S' would be Sharpshooter.
-The 2nd from top on right shows I was twice with a unit that was awarded the Navy Battle Efficency (Battle 'E')
-The stars indicate additional awarding of that particular medal or award


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My gosh, Beetle! I feel at a loss for words. I am honored to know such an honored warrior.


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