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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Obi-Wan Kenobi Sock Monkey on: April 20, 2009 02:37:15 AM
Just wondering if it is pure "coincidence" that the monkey looks a lot like Siansurys'?

http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=7341323
http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=7499846
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the safest varnish to put over acrylic painted wood toys? on: June 03, 2008 10:32:11 PM
But that won't work on Acrylics, right?

I would probably forgo the acrylics and use natural varnish. But if your daughter is past the "I'll put anything in my mouth" phase, just use acrylics and ask in the DIY which varnish is recommended for toys.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuffing help! on: May 31, 2008 11:34:31 AM
My seller is German, so probably no big help. Smiley

But would these help?
http://cgi.ebay.com/5-POUND-BULK-BOX-100-NATURAL-RAW-COTTON-STUFFING_W0QQitemZ160243599735QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item160243599735&_trkparms=72%3A552%7C39%3A1%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.com/10-LBS-Shred-Shredded-Loose-Memory-Foam-Pillow-Stuffing_W0QQitemZ140237270988QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item140237270988&_trkparms=72%3A552%7C39%3A1%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuffing help! on: May 29, 2008 10:52:33 PM
Have you tried ebay?

I actually use cut up, B-grade blankets and pillows, sold in 15 kilo boxes on eBay. The stuffing is way better than what regular craft stuffing is (softer, easier to handle), and because of the huge box, way cheaper as well.
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a millefiori paperweight with fused glass? on: May 21, 2008 09:26:05 PM
I think most millefiori I have seen was COE 96, but I thought Delphi had COE 90, too.

Other than that - you might settle for stacking clear glass with millefiori and then doing a full-fuse... if it's high enough, you should get some sort of paperweight, without the mold impression.
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there a way of permanently transfering images onto glass? on: May 21, 2008 09:22:48 PM
Delphi has decal paper that can be printed with old-style printers, then fused onto the glass - it turns sepia, though. If you want to be 100% sure that it is okay for dishware, fuse another layer of clear glass on top.

And I have just seen coloured pencils that you use to draw on glass, then fuse it. Looks really cool. I think it was in this brochure:
http://www.glsgmbh.de/pdf/katalog/ofenplatten_hilfsmittel.pdf
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making toys for a baby? on: May 21, 2008 09:14:37 PM
Obviously, I would vote for a sock monkey, but something that is easy to make from socks can be found here:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8080873
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6740900

With the bunny, the ears are made first, inside out, then the legs, leaving an opening. I then stuff everything, stitch the face, then close the gap. Tiny stitches pulled together get the neck.

The blimp is even easier, because the face is done in felt and it only has ears.

When buying socks, just make sure they have been tested for toxics (most will), and that you use smaller sizes without a huge amount of stretch - I was surprised once how large baby socks could get when stuffed.

Let me know if you have any other questions?
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Glass Fusing Q&A Thread on: May 02, 2008 11:43:16 AM
Ha, I'll be joining this discussion. Smiley

I am picking up my Uhlig U15 900W kiln tomorrow, will hopefully get started sometime this month. I actually read through "Introduction to Glass Fusing" by Petra Kaiser already and picked up loads of hints.

Now I have ordered 4lbs of COE90 in the States, since it is a hassle to get it in Germany, and will start buying a glass cutter, a Morton cutting board, some temperature indicator, bails, fiberboard, etc...
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with sock dolls! Ugh!!! Stuffing and embroidery of faces on: April 26, 2008 11:56:02 PM
I have worked with different kinds of fills - my current favorite is high-quality bedding, which is way softer than the regular fiber fill. I get that 16kilo's at a time, though.

With either fill, I usually fluff it up/ pull it apart before putting it in. I actually work with large pieces when stuffing, not small ones.

I usually embroider when everything is stuffed but not closed yet.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plush toy design software, you will NOT believe how cool! on: January 20, 2008 07:04:53 AM
Nope, it does the same on my XP. Smiley I have de-installed since then... it was fun to look at, but no help at all.
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