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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first filet chart!!! on: August 01, 2008 07:26:18 PM
I love the way filet crochet looks when it's done.  There are some amazing things done with it.  I've been wanting to make my own chart for awhile now and after a full night of working on it and staying up untill 5am to get it perfect, I finally did it!  I also made one with a gingerbread man.  I'm still a little torn with that one though.  


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/2723392545_6f0c67ff11_o.jp

Anyone want to test it for me??? lol
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stretched Record Bowls -With Tutorial- on: May 05, 2008 02:32:06 PM

http://a550.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/62/l_798d909e635dd8cc5a936f6b03cb5e1d.jpg
http://a740.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/120/l_ba649778ef7ee115d4683fd0f5ad848b.jpg

(Make sure you have a few extra records because you'll be doing a big of experimenting to get it right)

What you need:
-A large metal bowl. The rim of the bowl needs to match up with the edge of the record.
-A smaller bowl for the center.
-Black triangle binder clips (you can get a pack of them from the dollar store)
-A heat gun
-Hands that can handle a bit of heat
-And a WIDE open window, this stuff stinks lol.

Precautions:
-The smaller bowls you will use on the inside will get pretty warm.  So will your fingers from pushing on it and from the heat gun going around them.
-Keep your heat and pressure even.  If you don't, it'll be lopsided.
-Make sure your clips are evenly spaced around and that you have about six or 8 of them.
-You will need to rotate the clips around as you go or they will leave indentions on the edge.
-Don't put the heat gun too close to the record or you will get a hot spot and it will bubble and be too thin in that part and tear.
-When you heat it with the heat gun, make full circles around it, evenly and only for short periods of time.

1. Line up your record with the edges of the bowl, make sure it's perfect, and place the binder clips, evenly, all the way around.  Take your small bowl and lay it top down ontop of the record.  Make sure it's evenly centered.  A good way to do that is to follow the rings in the record.

2. Turn on your heat gun and with the end of it about an inch or an inch and a half away from the record, make even rings around the outside of the little bowl but not too close to the edge of the record (trust me, it's bad to go to the edge).  While you're heating the edge, take one hand and put light pressure on the small bowl.  You will start to see that it's sinking.  Don't heat it for too long because the air inside the large bowl will want to push out from under the record and will ripple the edge.  If this happens, quickly put down the gun and move the clips around.  Keep them even.  

Let it cool between heating.

3. Keep repeating this untill you get it where you want it.  You won't be able to get it more than a couple inches deep because it'll get to thin and tear.  I suggest using a medium size bowl for the top so it's more like a tray.  Oh, and don't bother trying to use a potholder on the small bowl to keep your hands cool.... it'll just get in the way.

Good luck and have fun!!
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Record Wall Light on: May 05, 2008 01:30:26 AM
I saw one on a Nesquick (powdered chocolate milk mix for those of you who are unfamiliar with the stuff) commercial and loved it.  I had a few records left over from when I was making bowls out of them (I figured out how to make stretched ones so they really look like bowls!).  Turns out, I only had five left, I wish I had more but..... Here's what I made from the five I had left.  It looks a lot better in person than it does on the wall.  I just couldn't get any -really good- pictures of it... It's supprisingly bright, it gives off enough light to see clearly in my livingroom.

Lights on:


Lights off:
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cable Problems.... on: April 26, 2008 06:34:52 PM
For the life of me, I can not do a cable any fatter than two stitches at a time, I guess that'd be 4 stitches wide for both sides... whatever, that's not the point.  The point is, I want to do fat cables like this: http://www.lionbrand.com/stores/lionbrand/pictures/70071ada.jpg and can't do it!  I haven't been knitting for very long but am doing pretty well with it... except those damn fat cables! lol. 

Can anyone help me or give me any tips on how to get those done right?Huh  PLEASE!!!

Thank you for your time.
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / CONTENT REMOVED: Best Batch of Pretzel Dogs Ever!! on: April 23, 2008 10:46:53 PM
This user chose to remove her content from Craftster.  The thread is being left in case there is helpful information in the remaining posts. - jungrrl
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Photo Challenge - Mr. Fly on: April 21, 2008 01:59:32 AM
Sooo... like many other people on here, this is my first challenge.  I love photography and have been doing it for years.  Macro seems to be my favorite so, this is the perfect one for me to enter.

How I got the picture: Sadly, I hadn't done dishes since the day before (ew, right? lol) and I had our front door open.  A fly came in the house and I saw him on a dish when I had gone into the kitchen to get some water.  I ran to grab my camera, a Canon PowerShot SD600 which I am absolutely in love with, and followed it around the kitchen taking tons of pictures of it.  He was supprisingly cooperative and let me get a few good pictures before I decided to shoo him out of the house.

Now, with out boring you any further, I present my first Crafster challenge entry...... Mr. Fly.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 2nd Plastic Bag.... Well... Bag! on: April 17, 2008 06:24:00 PM
After my first one (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231876.msg2529110#msg2529110), I got tired of it and sold it on eBay lol.  Then, I started a new one.  This one only took me like two weeks -if you put all the time together-.  I like this one a lot more.  I made the plastic yarn twice as thick so it feels quite a bit sturdier.  It's not quite as bulky but, since I made the top bigger, it should still hold a good amount of stuff.  I made the pocket on the inside, mesh so thinkgs could be seen easier and it would stretch a little bit.  The top is about 23 inches across and the bottom is about 11 inches across.  Again, this one is 100% recycled too.  I hope you like it!  (I already started cutting up more bags to make a new one!!!! lol)



(I have woven in that last little piece hanging out on the bottom right side of the pocket)
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Making Pie Crust, suggestions? on: April 16, 2008 12:50:13 AM
From the Cooking mod....

This person was looking for suggestions on pie crusts.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / How to make plastic yarn, for those that don't know. on: March 05, 2008 09:22:37 PM
What you need:

-Two containers
-Scissors
-Ziploc bag
-Plastic grocery bags

1. Lay the bag flat, put one finger in the fold that's in the bottom and pull the handle on the same side to flatten out that side.


2. Repeat on the other side so the whole thing's flat.


3. Fold it in half.


4. In half again.


5. One more time.


6. Hold it in the hand that you don't write with and hold it over one container.  cut the end off (doesn't matter which one).


7. Now, hold it over your second container and start cutting your strips.  Make sure you stop just a little bit before you get to the handles (or start a little after if you're starting on that end) because your strip will have a tear or cut in it if you don't.


8. You'll end up with your stuff like this.  Then, put them all in a ziploc bag so they don't go all over the place.


Now, to make the 'yarn' it's self.

9. Take two pieces.


10. Pull them both out straight.


11. Hold one end in your hand and open the loop.


12. Next, take one end of the second piece and push it through the loop in your hand.


13.  (this might be a little confusing) Hold the first loop tight now.  Put the long end of the second loop, through the small end that you put through the first loop.


14.Pull the long end of the second piece to tighten it.  But, be careful, you might have to pull one side at a time and don't pull too hard because you'll stretch the plastic and that's not good.


15. This is what your knot should look like.


I hope all that made sense and the pictures help.  This was made to go with the plastic bag beach bag that I just finished. That is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231876.0
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Plastic Bag Beach Bag on: March 05, 2008 05:23:17 PM
I absolutely love how this came out.  It's not perfect but, I still love it.  I started this bag last summer and put it away because it got boring and tedius because of all the repetition.  I finally picked it back up last week and finished it last night.  It is entirely 100% recycled, made of plastic grocery bags, VHS tape and a button that my sister in law gave me off of some of her old clothing.  It's a bit on the XL side (it's about 19in. across) but, that's good because I plan on cramming it full of crap when we finally go to the beach.  I started this because I didn't want to buy a bag and have it ruined by salt water and sand at the beach so, I thought of plastic but, didn't want the sand to stay in the bag.  So, I crocheted it using an H (5mm) hook so it'd have small holes for the sand to fall out of.  Finally, here is my Plastic Bag Beach Bag!
Front:

Back:

Inside:

Outside Pocket:

Button:

VHS Tape:


I'm even starting another one.  Not the same as this one but, still made out of the plastic bags.

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This is my new one.  I've done a little more work since I took these pictures.  I finished off the edges of the straps and added a flower made from a pink plastic bag and a yellow button and a magnetic closure.  The pink's a little brighter than the picture shows, my closet light isn't the greatest.




I love this bag.  It's very comfortable and soft.  And I get a lot of compliments and comments on it!
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