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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene Swap signups 6/5/15 - 6/12/15, sendouts 7/10/15 on: Today at 04:57:55 AM
Sticky wax is a great idea, Ludi. There are different kinds available, and one meant for dollhouse use would be a good idea. We use one called something like "Museum Wax" in theatre, but it's only good for holding non-absorbent items like glass or ceramic. Our main temporary stick-it is a kind of clear sticky rubber that's used in automotive glass installation. But it's an industrial thing that's hard to find retail, and is too bulky for miniature work. Florists use a sticky wax for adhering things into vases, and it's quite good for small things, if perhaps a bit hard to clean off. Michael's probably carries it.

Wulf
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: OMG - I need a drink swap (Sign ups May 23 - June 11, send outs July 10) on: July 03, 2015 09:23:05 AM
Anyways, Wulf, what are you looking for, perhaps I can help you with a potential closer downtown option/source.

I did find what I was looking for, without having to go to Michael's. By the way, do you know when the new downtown Michael's is supposed to open? It looks ready to go, but was still papered-over when I went by there last week.

And I found something else today that I had almost given up finding (drink-related, rather than craft-supply), and although it's not actually what I'd been looking for, this is even better. Now I just have to figure out what to do with it.

I'm certainly not going to be sending early - last day as usual, I think!

Wulf
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Stop Smoking Coach Turned Out to be a Bit of a Weasel on: July 03, 2015 09:15:54 AM
Your papier mache sculpting posts get me every time - I'm always startled when you finally show the finished figure in your hand and I realize I've been assuming it was about four times its actual size. I guess I just can't imagine working with newsprint and glue on such a small scale.

Wheezy is really brilliant, especially the teeny cigarettes!

Wulf
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Monthly Dotee Swap - July ~Around The World~ (SU July 1 - 10, SO July 31) on: July 02, 2015 04:22:53 PM
A great theme!

5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene Swap signups 6/5/15 - 6/12/15, sendouts 7/10/15 on: July 02, 2015 04:20:10 PM
My mother-in-law gave me a Dremel-like tool meant for engraving that I keep forgetting I have too. It's still in its original packaging and I'm not sure what to use it for.  Huh

Unfortunately, those are pretty much only useful for engraving things. You can use it to mark your name on your other Dremel. Cheesy But if you're at a store that sells Dremel accessories (most big-box building stores, for example), it is well worth buying a toothed circular saw bit. You'll be amazed at how well it cuts your thin wood.

Wulf
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Monthly Dotee Swap - JUNE OCEAN GALLERY on: July 02, 2015 04:16:10 PM
Oh, she is great! I love the variety of materials and embellishments - it just proves you can never have too much!

Wulf
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: quick and dirty, make a new dress out of two small (thrift shop) ones-Tute on: July 01, 2015 05:02:57 AM
So glad you  featured this, Racky - I would have missed it otherwise.

You look great in this creation, Edel, and you'd never know it was once two thrift-shop waif-size dresses! The colours suit you very well, and it's nice to see someone who gets how great bold patterns can look.

The great thing about modifying purchased clothing, even if you completely cut it apart and re-build it, is that all the annoyingly time-consuming parts, like pockets, flys, zippers, buttonholes, plackets, etc. are already done. I like your advice about choosing dresses that are the same length - it's easier to line up hems than to have to make a new hem on the insert to match the rest of the dress.

Wulf
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: A T-shirt and a cap on: July 01, 2015 04:44:51 AM
If you didn't already say, what brand of fabric pen did you use? It seems to be very sharp, with no bleeding.

Wulf
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Baba Yaga Matchbox house on: June 30, 2015 07:13:33 PM
It certainly does have a good home here. In fact, just the other day I caught sight of it unexpectedly and was amazed and enchanted all over again!

Wulf
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene Swap signups 6/5/15 - 6/12/15, sendouts 7/10/15 on: June 30, 2015 03:46:29 PM
I think I need some lessons on using a Dremel. I broke three of those disc-type bit pieces working with my husband's over the weekend trying to work on something for Gozer. Whoopsie Tongue

Not your fault, PB. Those thin, stone-like disks that come with the Dremel kit look like they're meant for cutting all sorts of things, but they're really pretty useless. They're okay for fairly soft metals like copper or aluminium, but even then you have to go carefully. With any other materials they will either break or get clogged up and become unusable. There's a good reason why they give you a whole stack of them - they're basically disposable.

Dremel does make very useful cutting disks, though they don't usually include them with the basic set. Look for rough, textured ones that are impregnated into a mesh (they're excellent  for cutting steel and other metals), diamond grit disks (good for very fine cutting of metals), or fine-toothed circular saw blades, which are excellent for wood, plastic, bone, etc. Generally speaking, few of the bits that come with the Dremel are very useful, which is a poor choice by the company, because it must turn a lot of new users off the tool right from the start. I'd say the bits I use the most are the toothed saw, a couple of small, round burrs, and some tiny drill bits, all of which I had to buy separately.

On the home front, I've just made a ridiculously cute item. I don't really know what it is, as the old catalogue I've copied it from doesn't properly identify it, but it was too sweet to pass up. I think even in full-scale it would be awfully charming.

Wulf
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