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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / advice on how to make a polymer clay + porcelain item on: January 15, 2015 01:08:51 PM
Hi all!

I would like to make a similar piece to this by the amazing Betsy Youngquist for my home because I can't afford her price tag and Edward has already swam off to live with someone else.  Smiley
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/72620612714125175/

But instead of using foam for the body like she did I would like to use polymer clay and then affix the beads into the crystal clay.

I have a few questions since I have never used polymer clay and I hope someone can help me.

How much shrinkage can I expect from baking?  I need to know this because I would like to sculpt the body around the head and would like them to fit together as nicely as possible. 

This also means that they would need to be joined with something.  I was thinking of using some of the crystal clay to smooth over the join, but have no idea what glue to use...E6000?

Also I am thinking of making the biggest parts with foil and putting the polymer clay on top of that.  Will this work?  What is the minimum thickness I need...I don't want the clay to crack if it shrinks.

Thanks in advance for your sage advice!
Roxanne
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 (CLOSED, Send by Mar 31) on: January 10, 2015 01:45:21 AM


Swap name:  Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: underthemountain
Sign-up date range:  Jan 10 - Jan 24, 2015
Date to send item by:  March 31, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement?  30 years old or older before Jan 2015

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 30 years old: YES/NO


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YE
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 30 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap: (thanks to Dulcinea and Sevsonlygirl!)
This is a swap for the geezers.  The idea here is that we've all been crafting for eons, and are pretty good at what we do.

This is also a swap where there is a sizeable commitment, both for time, and resources.  We are going to be crafting one really big, really nice item for our partner.  If you cannot commit to the time or resources, please consider carefully before signing up for this swap.

You'll make up a list of 5-10 large things that you would love if someone made for you.  You'll also make up a list of 5-10 things that you're really good at, that you'd love to make for your fellow geezers.  And if you can make it from your stash, and reduce the stash, making room for more, NEW stash, so much the better.  

What's a large item, you ask?  generally, we're talking something that takes 3 or more hours, is large in physical size, or costs $30 or more in materials (or any combination of those).

You need to post to this thread, so that it comes up as unread replies if I have something to tell y'all.

I will not tolerate flakers.  We all will have two months to craft and send out.  That should be enough time.  A DC or Customs number is required, if available.  If you do not have a DC or Customs number, you MUST send me a scan of your postal receipt, showing that the package was sent out.

If you are a week late sending (after the sendout date), you will receive a temporary negative.  This will be changed back to In Progress upon proof of sending.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that you are 30 years old or older before Jan 2015 (yes/no)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country (If so you MUST be willing to ship air postal or an equivalent which will take a maximum of 3 weeks.) Are you willing?
Do you promise to take pictures of the goodies you send/receive?

Here are the things I would love to death if someone made for me (don't forget to include color and size preferences, and link if an example or the pattern is out there on the web)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Which one would you want the most? (that's right, you have to pick one):

Here are the things I'm really really good at, and would love to make for my fellow geezers (don't forget to include link if an example or the pattern is out there on the web):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

URL of my wist:
URL of my Pinterest:
URL of my blog:

Relevant sizes for the things I'd love to receive:

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Symbols/patterns you like:

Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Anything you do not want to receive:

Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?

Do you have pets?  What kinds? (allergy reasons)

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

Any other information you want to pass along - allergies, strong preferences, etc.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Here are links to the previous rounds:
Discussion Threads:
round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217022.0 (Dulcinea)
round 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305081.0 (SevsOnlyGirl)
round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345358
round 4: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383646.0
round 5: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408008

Galleries:
round 1:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219680.0
round 2:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311538.0
round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348957
round 4: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387016.0
round 5:   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408009.0

Yay!  Can't wait to play with my old friends again!  Smiley  Please join us!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another round of the Geezers swap, anyone? on: January 05, 2015 03:07:47 PM
I was looking thru my old swaps and was wondering if any of you would be up for a Geezer Swap.  They are pretty fun.  Basically any crafter over 30 years old can play.

Details of swap: (thanks to Dulcinea and Sevsonlygirl!)
This is a swap for the geezers.  The idea here is that we've all been crafting for eons, and are pretty good at what we do.

This is also a swap where there is a sizeable commitment, both for time, and resources.  We are going to be crafting one really big, really nice item for our partner.  If you cannot commit to the time or resources, please consider carefully before signing up for this swap.

You'll make up a list of 5-10 large things that you would love if someone made for you.  You'll also make up a list of 5-10 things that you're really good at, that you'd love to make for your fellow geezers.  And if you can make it from your stash, and reduce the stash, making room for more, NEW stash, so much the better. 

What's a large item, you ask?  generally, we're talking something that takes 3 or more hours, is large in physical size, or costs $30 or more in materials (or any combination of those).

Here are links to some of the rounds:
Discussion Threads:
round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217022.0 (Dulcinea)
round 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305081.0 (SevsOnlyGirl)
round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345358
round 4: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383646.0
round 5: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408008

Galleries:
round 1:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=219680.0
round 2:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311538.0
round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=348957
round 4: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387016.0
round 5:   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408009.0

So whaddah think?



4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Simple photo ornaments on: December 31, 2014 07:08:58 AM
Hi all!
Every year I try to make photo ornaments for my family.  They love photos so I usually do this and photo mugs.  Anyhow just wanted to share them with you.

Mini tut: I started with 3" wood ornaments from ACMoore/Michaels.   The picture part is roughly 2" x 2".  I painted the ornaments black with acrylic paint.  Then printed out photos to size.  (Note the cut off edges on the wood blocks: to figure out where to cut them I pressed them around the corners.  Each of the blocks were different so it wasn't as simple as just taking a measurement.)  Finally I used rubber cement to adhere them to the block.  I've since added some nice red grosgrain ribbon to them.

Here's the group for my mom, my sis, my brother, and us.  Each has the names of the family members on the back and various photos of them.  My fav is my mom's with her 4 grandkids.  Smiley


a closeup so that you can see how they meet up between block faces.


I liked the way they turned out and will have my eyes open for new block designs next Christmas.
Thanks for looking!
Roxanne


5  COOKING / Dessert / Lana Bakes Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream on: April 05, 2014 06:44:06 PM
Hi! This is a recipe that Lana made in her camp cooking class over the summer.  She recently wanted to make it all by herself as a gift to some friends that we were visiting.  I took pics of her as she worked her way through the recipe and thought it would be fun to make a pictorial tutorial for you.  Smiley

Ingredients for the cake:
6 egg yolks
2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1T plus 1tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
zest of 2 lemons
6oz (1 1/2 sticks) of butter
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour

Ingredients for the vanilla buttercream:
8 oz (2 sticks) soft butter
8 oz confectioner's sugar (about 1 cup)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
cooking spray

First gather all the ingredients!  Take a long drink. That was hard work!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

add flour, baking powder and salt to a mixing bowl

combine sugar and lemon zest and mix into flour mixture

add butter and milk and mix

add egg yolks and vanilla extract

remember to scrape down the sides as you mix

pour into cupcake molds

bake for 15 minutes and move to wire rack to cool

prepare buttercream by mixing all those ingredients together, frost, and finally ENJOY!


The cake is nice and a bit denser than a boxed recipe.  The lemony scents are heavenly!!  Hope you give this a try!

Rox
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I <3 You pendants, or should it be Eye Heart You? on: March 28, 2014 07:55:23 AM
So a while back Sheepblue had these amazing heart/eye pendants on her OWS list.  I just happened to have those heart bezels lying around so once I got some eyes I decided to make some of my own....but with a twist.  I did mine in resin!  This was my first resin adventure and I must say I'm hooked.  Smiley 




C & C welcome.  Thanks for looking!
Rox
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fill a flat rate box, anyone? on: March 02, 2014 04:06:59 PM
Hi all!

I was thinking that Spring just around the corner some of us might want some new goodies to play with and what better way could there be than swapping away some unloved goodies to make room for some new ones.  Smiley
The swap is basically to fill a medium flat rate box ($12.35 US) with goodies that your partner will love and to receive one in return. 

Check out this past round
Discussion
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422127
Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422441

Any takers?  I was thinking of a week of signups and 2 weeks to send.  Easy peasy.

Roxanne
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fill-A-Box Lucky 13 - US Only GALLERY (MAIL BY 4/27/13) on: April 07, 2013 07:45:26 PM


Sent = green
Received = orange
Sent & Received = blue
Strike through = Feedback Given
Contact me ASAP = red

Partners!  --> means sending to
kbrison ->LovelyMiss--> VegasZombie--> LeapFeetFirst--> thehappycrochetchic--> Ludi--> quaggy--> deathbeforedishes--> hgddm--> underthemountain- ->Alatarial->- amnesia--> Rae-mazing--> thepurplewitch--> Pupper--> ThriftyLiving4U--> mom2em--> geekgirl1000100-->Tree27- ->DaphadillyArt-->Luckdragon--> Mamaphunk--> noushi --> Eclectic Dreamer-> kbrison


Woohoo!  Seems like we're getting a sender tomorrow so I've started the gallery!!


9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fill-A-Box Lucky 13 - US Only; (SIGNUPS 3/31/13-4/7/13 ; MAIL BY 4/27/13 on: March 31, 2013 10:57:08 AM



Come join the FILL-A-BOX Lucky 13 Swap.  It's the perfect way to start off Springtime with a bunch of new supplies and goodies to play with!!  And you get to clear out some of those craft supplies that are gathering dust!  Woot!

Swap name: Fill-a-Box Lucky 13 Swap (aka: US Flat Rate Box Swap)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: underthemountain
Sign-up date range: 3/31/13-4/7/13
Date to send item by: 4/27/13

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: NO, limiting to 24!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES. This is a Fill a "US Postal Service Flat Rate Box" Swap so unfortunately it is limited to individuals in the U.S. Sorry.

Age Restrictions: Over 16, as stipulated in swapping rules

As a reminder each participant must meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old
**Additionally - each participant must have already received feedback for the previous round of the fill-a-box swap if you participated in it.

Details of swap:
Fill-a-Box 12 Happy New Year (US Flat-Rate Box Swap!)

Let's welcome Spring by cleaning out our forgotten craft supplies and getting new supplies to use in the coming year!  

You'll fill a MEDIUM-SIZE FLAT-RATE US Postal Service rectangular box with as much as you can comfortably jam in and send it to your partner (Don't forget the Delivery Confirmation). Information about USPS flat-rate shipping can be found here:
http://postcalc.usps.com/Default.aspx

**The $12.35 price is for 2 different flat rate boxes; one is a squarish one (11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2") and one is a flatter rectangular one (13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"). The one that most people use is the flatter rectangular one, FRB2. Because a lot of people will send 8.5 x 11 sized books and patterns from time to time, this is the preferred one and that way too everyone is on the same playing field.**

**You can use the squarish sized box if you and your partner agree to it, so long as it's the same priced box**

Gently Used supplies are fine but, please make sure that you are sending something that you would like to receive. Supplies - even those gently used - should be in good clean condition. Personally, when it comes to my own stash if I question the quality I go by this motto: "When in doubt, throw it out". If you wouldn't use it because you think it's in poor condition, chances are someone else will feel the same way.

Because of the special type of box (only $12.35 plus delivery confirmation) this is limited to US participants only and in this round I'm limiting sending to 1 box to make life easier.  The threads for this swap tend to have heavy traffic, so the use of the PM is extremely important to communicate with your organizer(s). Please be sure to PM your organizer(s) and your partner each time you send and receive. Also - I can't guarantee that I'll be able to pair you up with someone you "claim" on the thread or any supplies that are you post on the thread. I'll do the best I can to keep up though!
This will be a round robin style swap to maximize everyone's chances of getting supplies that they will be able to use.  In a round robin people are set up in chains so that A -> (sends to) B -> C ->D -> A

Sign-ups will run from 3/31/13 to 4/7/13 noon. Partners will be sent a couple days after signups close and then you will have 2 full weeks to send.  Please do not start packing your boxes until you have received your partnering.  The idea is to send supplies that reflect the wants/needs of your partners...not to merely destash.

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to underthemountain(the organizer):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Fill-a-Box Swap Lucky 13 Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Can you verify that you are over 16 years old?:

Remember that when filling out the questionnaire the more details you provide the better your match will be in terms of who you are sending to and receiving from.  Smiley

1) What types of crafts do you do?
2) Are there any specific supplies you would like to receive?
3) What types of supplies do you anticipate including in the package? Please comment on quantity as well in terms of a percentage of filling up the box.
i.e. fabric 100%, scrapbooking paper 50%, beads 10% (note this can total to more than 100%)
vs fabric 50%, scrapbooking paper 10%, beads 50%
that way if I get someone that only wants paper/fabric I'd give you the first swap partner instead of the second.  Without the percentage information I might have given you the second partner which might not be as good for you.
4) Are there any unusual supplies you plan on including?
5) Please verify that you will be sure to send a PM each time you send or receive a package (inclusive of the DC# for sent packages):
6) Are you able to take photos of things you send/receive?
7 ) Is there anything else you would like your partner to know in order to send you a great box? Wist? Blog? Allergies? Allergens?

<--- These Quick Questions make sure people are paired with people whose extra craft supplies they are likely to use.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide (found here: http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html#anchor4) to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Participants!

1. underthemountain
2. DaphadillyArt
3. geekgirl1000100
4. Ludi
5. mom2em
6. ThriftyLiving4U
7. Tree27
8. hgddm
9. quaggy
10. LeapFeetFirst
11. deathbeforedishes
12. Eclectic Dreamer
13. LovelyMiss
14. noushi
15. Mamaphunk
16. thehappycrochetchic
17. thepurplewitch
18. VegasZombie
19. amnesia
20. Pupper
21. kbrison
22. Rae-mazing
23. Alatarial
24. Luckdragon

Thanks to Shadeweaver for the much of the content here.  Smiley

Partners!  --> means sending to
kbrison ->LovelyMiss --> VegasZombie--> LeapFeetFirst--> thehappycrochetchic--> Ludi--> quaggy - deathbeforedishes--> hgddm--> underthemountain- ->Alatarial->- amnesia--> Rae-mazing--> thepurplewitch--> Pupper--> ThriftyLiving4U--> mom2em--> geekgirl1000100-->Tree27- ->DaphadillyArt-->Luckdragon--> Mamaphunk--> noushi --> Eclectic Dreamer-> kbrison

Gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422441
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone up for a Fill A Box Swap? on: March 09, 2013 02:57:17 PM
Hi all!

Spring is right around the corner and for me this is the perfect time to purge unloved goodies that need a better home.  If you find yourself in the same spot then this is the swap for you!  Not only do you find a good home for your unloved goodies, but in return you will be matched with a partner that can fulfill your crafty desires!

We'd be using a MEDIUM-SIZE FLAT-RATE US Postal Service rectangular box filled with as much as you can comfortably jam in and send it to your partner.

This would be a US only swap (sorry) because we are using medium size flat rate boxes.  The cost of these is $12.35 for either of the 2 different flat rate boxes; one is a squarish one (11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2") and one is a flatter rectangular one (13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"). The one that most people use is the flatter rectangular one, FRB2. Because a lot of people will send 8.5 x 11 sized books and patterns from time to time, this is the preferred one and that way too everyone is on the same playing field.  But if you and your partner agree to it you can use the squarish sized box.

This will be a round robin style swap to maximize everyone's chances of getting supplies that they will be able to use.

past rounds:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368568#axzz2N5JveMdt

Any interest?
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