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1  California / California: North / November 15 - 18 - BABE Show - Learn how to Torch Enamel on: August 25, 2013 11:17:54 AM
Hey Bay Area Craftsters!  

Join me for a new set of torch enameling classes at the BABE Show in Oakland.  
Classes begin on November 15, 2013!

Get more information here
http://macaroniandglitter.com/classes or click the links below.

Hope to see you in class!
Steven James

Classes, Events & Workshops

Oakland, California - BABE: Bay Area Bead Extravangaza.  Join me for ALL NEW enameling classes beginning on November 15th.  To register for any of the classes, click the link below.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Painting with Enamels
http://www.beadextravaganza.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_2&products_id=61

Enameled Bubble Components
http://www.beadextravaganza.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_2&products_id=65

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Torch Enameling - Back to the Basics
http://www.beadextravaganza.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_3&products_id=83

Textured & Embedded Enamel Designs
http://www.beadextravaganza.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_3&products_id=88

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Enameled Silver Bowl Components
http://www.beadextravaganza.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_4&products_id=99

Enameled Yo-Yo Components
http://www.beadextravaganza.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_4&products_id=105











2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bride & Groom Oreo Cookies... on: May 22, 2010 10:58:52 AM
Wedding season is just around the corner and I've got some fun ideas for wedding decor and favors! Here's the first one, Bride and Groom Oreo Cookies.  The perfect couple deserves another, milk and cookies. Create these flavorful favors with purchased (or homemade) chocolate-dipped Oreos and a set of cake decorating tools. Serve with ice-cold milk in etched champagne flutes.


I have the step-by-step slide show on my website and I'm hoping to add them here today.

To create a cookie couple youll need:

    * 2 chocolate-dipped Oreo cookies (store bought or handmade)
    * Royal Icing in the following colors (recipe follows for best results use coloring gels:
    * White
    * Black
    * Flesh tone (tones will vary)
    * Pastry bags with size appropriate tips or bamboo skewer
    * Small off set spatula
    * Plastic gloves intended for food handling


The less the cookie is handled the better. Pre-dipped chocolate Oreo's are available in certain areas. Check your grocer to see if they carry them. If not you can always dip your own. To do so melt quality chocolate and spoon over the cookie, allow chocolate to set.  For optional instructions click here.

Prepare the Royal Icing as needed, it should be runny enough to flow, but not so much so it runs over the sides of the cookie. To create the groom, create a V shape with white icing, use the off set spatula to flood the surface of the cookie with the icing and allow to set. Next, flood the remaining surface of the cookie with black icing, again allow to set. Now use a pastry bag to add buttons and a bowtie.

To create a blushing bride, flood the surface of the cookie with flesh colored icing, allow to set. Next, use the off set spatula to apply the white icing, creating the shape of the letter M, imagine what the top of strapless gown would resemble. Use pastry bag or bamboo skewer to add necklace details.

To make 3 cups of Royal Icing, you'll need:

3 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups confectioners sugar
6 tablespoons warm water

With a mixer, beat all ingredients at low speed until icing forms peaks, 7- 10 minutes. To prepare the individual colors, divide the icing, one cup each into separate bowls and add a few drops of selected color gels, stir to blend, continue to add color until desired effect is achieved.

TIPS:
If youve not used cake decorating tools before, take time to practice piping and using Royal Icing. It will make the decorating process much easier.

If youre adept at using a pastry bag for decorating, do so to flood and pipe icing for the necklace, button and bow tie. If however, cake decorating isnt your bag, the offset spatula and bamboo skewer is sufficient.

To avoid mixing colors, allow each application of icing to set up before adding the next color. 
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Hearts for Haiti on: February 05, 2010 03:07:48 PM
This is a great project for all you teachers out there!

My class of second graders (Yes, during the day I'm an elementary school teacher) decided they wanted to do something to help the people of Haiti.  Their ideas ranged from  holding a bake sale to simply sending their old clothes and canned food to the island.  In the end they decided to sell Valentine's Day cards.

It's a wonderfully creative idea.  I realize we can't post a link to the actually charity site, but it is in my signature.

Here's some of their work.






I'd love to see if anyone else is working with kids to help raise funds?


4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / Fatal Attraction Easter Bunny Basket on: September 05, 2009 07:39:37 PM
I decided to dust off this idea, as the bunny, tape and resist stickers were from a dollar store and the project when done right cost far less than $10.00.  And while I used an old pot I already had, I've seen some pretty cheap pots at the dollar store (none I would ever cook with) which is why they might be perfect for this project! 

This is what happens when you combine my sense of humor with one of my favorite holidays AND a scene from one of my favorite movies.  It's the Fatal Attraction Easter Bunny Basket and yes it's intended for a mature recipient with a sense of humor.  Haven't seen the movie? I insist you add it to your Netflix queue!  An unassuming pot on the outside, but tucked away it's Easter magic, not the unfortunate hare from the movie.

Will your giftee be shocked by the cuddly rabbit securely fastened to the lid OR the goodies hanging out inside?

Hand painted with a motif of red dots in a field of orange, the colors are complemented by a field of yellow grass.

Somehow, I think Corky missed this opportunity to stock his Waiting for Guffman gift shop with these puppies.





To create you'll need a few things, mainly a stuffed bunny and an old pot.   I like one with handles.  The doll should fit snuggly inside the diameter of the pot lid, you'll be attaching the doll directly to the pot lid, so you need a lid with a top handle that is "screwed in":


To keep paint off the pot handles cover them with tape:


To begin, apply a base coat of white paint to the bottom of the pot:


Allow the paint to dry and apply your first base coat.  I chose red, because I was trying to mimic the color of flames: 


Once you have covered the bottom of the pot, apply some sort of resist sticker, I used dots, but you could create stripes with painters tape:


Now, apply the next color, in this case I used bright orange:


Once dry remove the stickers - leaving behind a beautiful pattern of color.  Remove the tape from the handles:


Now it's time to operate on the bunny.  With a small pair of scissors, make a small incision in his belly button.   Unscrew the lid handle and place the screw through this incision to protrude out through his back.   Carefully screw the bunny directly to the bottom of the lid (You might even consider adding a washing under the screw):


See how he hangs from the lid - it's perfect when you open the basket:


Opening the basket to reveal EASTER MAGIC!


I won't be ignored!  (One of my favorite lines from the movie)


5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES / Photo Album Ornament on: July 02, 2009 06:54:00 PM
Armed with over 7,000 digital photos to choose from (the rules did say we could use more than one photo) I made this photo album ornament. It's takes a little over an hour to make one, but the finished results are very impressive. 



Each ornament is unique and no two are ever the same. Family and friends will love getting the ornament, spending time looking for photos and even displaying it long after the holidays have passed.

And while Im currently feeling the Christmas in July vibe, this is a great project for reunions or other large family gatherings.

The best way to begin this project is to print your digital photos using the contact sheet formatting on your printer. The smaller the photos, the better.

Review your digital photo program to see your printing options. Most stores that print digital photos also provide a contact sheet with the prints. I've had mixed results with photo paper, so I suggest printing your images on standard copy paper.

To create you'll need:

- Modge Podge
- Glue stick
- Approximately 130 photos/images
- One clear glass bulb
- Foam brush
- Bamboo skewer
- Water-based sealant (optional)

To begin, print contact sheet of the selected images



and carefully remove the metallic lid from the top of the bulb.

Next, cut out the images using a small circular paper punch.



Apply paper cut outs with a glue stick, this allows for repositioning misplaced images. Once the bulb is completely covered with images use the foam brush to coat the entire surface with Modge Podge sealant.

The secret to working with this project is to use bamboo skewers to "hold" it while you are adding the photos and the Modge Podge. The skewers allow you to work with the bulb and dry the project without laying it down. If you need a break while you work with the project place the skewer in a tall drinking glass.



Once dry, the project can be sealed with a glossy water-based sealant. This is optional, but I think it gives a little more pop to the pictures.

After the sealant has dried, replace the metallic lid.

Good luck!
6  COOKING / Dessert / July 4th Cookie Party on: July 01, 2009 09:04:22 AM


I make this for 4th of July parties and thought I'd share.  My favorite part of the platter - the wavy stripes.  They are LONG cookies, so you can really enjoy them and I guess share if you wish.  If you're having a large party consider doubling the recipe, any extra or unused dough can be frozen!

Star Spangled Cookie Party


To make the cookies you'll need:

4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside. Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Preheat oven to 325. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using a small knife or pizza cutter create 13 wavy stripes. Next roll out the remaining dough and create additional cookies with the star-shaped cookies. Transfer cookies to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and bake until edges begin to brown around 8 to 10 minutes.

Carefully remove cookies and cool on wire racks. Next prepare the icing for the cookies.

To make royal icing you'll need:
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
4 cups of confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
Red, white and blue food coloring gels

Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a kitchen mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer). Separate icing into three bowls, next tint one red, one white and one blue, "build" your color, as opposed to adding to much gel at one time. Once tinted, use an offset spatula to ice the cookies. Add a little icing at first and carefully spread, allow icing to flow to the edge of the cookie. Set the cookies aside and allow the icing to set up. Recipe makes 3 cups.
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Thai Spirit Houses - What are the "winged dragons" on the roof called? on: June 13, 2009 10:29:21 AM
I know this might be an odd question, but on Thai Spirit Houses, there are what I call "winged dragons".  Does anyone know what they are really called?  Thanks.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Coupon Booklet - Last Minute Gift Idea on: December 23, 2008 09:14:31 AM
So, if you're like me you waited until the last minute to make gifts.  Well, I decided I'd go back in time and give the coupon booklets I made when I was a kid.   I'm a bit older now, so the sayings are a bit more clever, but the sentiment is still there.

I figure there are enough craftsters that know there way around a computer, so you just need to cut and paste these phrases into your own design using Microsoft Word or Illustrator.

Good luck!

Human Dishwasher
Pass the scrub brush. Redeem this coupon when you want me to wash dishes.

Wash Me
If cars had fingers, they wouldn't need humans to write on their dirty windows. Redeem this coupon when you want me to wash the car. I'll drop everything and do it.


Parade the Pooch

If you ever want the dog to pull you out of a burning building or dial 911 with its paw, it needs daily exercise. Redeem this coupon for a free dog walk.

Feed Me
I'll make dinner tonight.  Redeem this coupon when you're ready to experience gastronomic nirvana.

Super Soaker
It's a small favor, but redeem this coupon, and I'll draw you a hot bath.

Pass the Remote
Redeem this coupon for one free channel change. No questions asked. 

Clear a Room
Whichever room in the house needs emergency disaster clean up, this coupon means I'm on it.

Shovels, Rakes, & Brooms
Snow, leaves, sand, dirt, dog poop...redeem this coupon and it's gone, courtesy of me.

Coupon Gone Wild
This coupon is good for whatever you decide, limited only by your imagination. Scary!

Weight Lifter
Got something heavy that needs moving? With this coupon, I will bend at the knees and do it.

Great Escape
Everyone needs a mini vacation. Go! I will mind the fort for ___ hours.

Silence is Golden
Redeem this coupon for some peace and quiet.  I'll gather up the clan and give you some space.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Vampire Suckers - Just in time for Halloween on: October 04, 2008 09:04:47 PM
Hello Vampire Suckers

I think these bad boys are pretty functional.  They are a Halloween decoration and edible!

Kids will love 'em (I hope) and these days, traditional homemade treats such as caramel apples are not so popular with cautious parents.
However, decorating store-bought candy is an easy way to give something special to your trick-or-treaters.

To create youll need:

Paper bag, which comes with the groceries! - Free!  (Although you should really use a canvas bag when shopping for groceries)
Vampire Faces made with with white paper (I ask the checker for two sheets of white paper from her register, she's such a sweetheart!) - Free
Tootsie Pops (hello, edible portion of the project) - $2.50 for a bag of about 22 pops.
Black marker - fine point tip - $1.75
Red marker - fine point tip - $1.75
Black marker - thick point - $2.98
Scissor and glue gun (which I think we can use from home, yes?)

My total - 8.98 plus tax = $9.30 for 22 Vampire Suckers.


You'll need one vampire face and one vest for each sucker.  I created a Vampire Face with the thick and thin black marker.  (I decided to scan that bad boy in here, so you too can make these puppies, just print the pdf here:  http://www.macaroniandglitter.com/VampireVests.pdf

Make your vampire fearless with a dab of red marker on the fangs; want a friendlier look forget the marker. 

To make one sucker:

First, ball up the brown bag to make a it all "crinkly" and then color with the thick black marker, be sure to color the front and the back side. 
Cut a rectangular piece measuring 3 inches by 8 inches long.



Apply glue to the sucker wrapper and fold paper over sucker.



Apply glue to the vest cut out and attach it to the middle of the sucker.

Apply glue to the top two corners of the paper and wrap around to cover the top portion of the vest, forming a collar.



Apply glue to the bottom back portion of the face cut out and attach it to the top portion of the sucker.



Allow to dry and repeat process with remaining candy.







10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sit & Spin Pendants on: September 27, 2008 08:05:21 PM
I finally found some free time in my workshop.

Well, it wasn't actually free, as I was putting off studying for a test.

But I think these Sit&Spin pendants turned out well, so at least it was time well spent.

They little arrows actually spin, thanks to riveting! 

I'm going to try and create a video so everyone can see them in action!

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