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41  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Peach colored clay? on: September 26, 2007 11:18:46 AM
How do I make peach colored clay?  My first thought was mix orange and white and possible a pink but then I wondered if starting with a flesh might be easier?  Opinions?
42  Illinois / Illinois: Central / Anyone in the Springfield area or south? on: September 14, 2007 09:57:42 AM
Just wondering if there's anyone around me or if all of the Illinoisan craftsters are from up north.
43  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Lots of random questions on: September 14, 2007 09:45:42 AM
I want to make round beads (plain colors and translucent or clear) for bracelets.  Since they will be worn a lot they need to be extra durable.  I would like them to have a shiny finish like many glass beads.  In addition to beads, I would like to make pendants of various shapes and sizes.  I found some bezels on www.polymerexpress. com but I wanted a little smaller sizes than what they have.  I thought about making them myself but I'm not exactly sure how I would go about that.  I want to make sure I get the best results possible as this is going to be my new "business" so that I can afford to be home with my kids.  Anyway, the beads and pendants that I am making will have flower petals added to them from weddings and funerals and such.  As far as the colored pieces go, I would like for the petals to be somewhat visible but they don't have to be highly noticeable unless you look close.  As far as the clear beads, I'd like the petals to really show through these.  I'm wondering if clay is the best option for clear or if I might have better luck with resin.  Ok, so here are my questions.

1.  Which clay is best for durability of beads?  I've done some research and I think Kato Polyclay.  Would you agree or suggest something else?

2.  For a glassy finish, Varathane?

3. Suggestions for places to buy bezels or ways to make my own?  I'm thinking dime size would be the biggest I would want.  Circles, squares, ovals, hearts, and maybe rectangles.

4. Which clear clay is the best option for beads with flower petals in them if I want the petals to show through? 

5.  Would resin be a better option for pendants w/ the flower petals showing through? 

6.  Are there bead molds available that have an imprint of a rose on them? 

Thank you so much for all of your help.  I really appreciate it!  I know I will need to practice all of these techniques before I can consider myself a professional but I really appreciate you helping me figure out the best ways to invest my time and $ before I start!  Thanks!
44  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / What tools are essential for bead making? on: September 07, 2007 02:43:53 PM
I mainly just want to make plain, solid colored, round beads.  I don't want to invest a ton of money.  What tools will be the most important?  (I have little polymer clay experience so the only tools I currently have are my hands, toothpicks, and kitchen knives).  Is a pasta machine necessary for conditioning if I'm going to make a lot of these?  I have a bead roller thing, though I haven't quite figured out how it works.  Thanks so much for your help!
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Where to get vintage pin up girls to use on items that you plan sell? on: August 21, 2007 03:57:07 PM
I want to find some vintage pin-up girls that are already on fabric or that I can print on fabric to make bags and other things to sell.  I can't find any images that you are allowed to use for commercial purposes.  Everything says for personal use and I don't want to get into trouble with copyright laws.  I'd be willing to pay for the rights (not a fortune, but I'd pay something).  Anybody know where I can find anything like this?
Thanks.
Rachel

ETA:  I'd like the girls to be at least 6" tall.  Sometimes bigger.  I did find some pin-up fabric but the girls are very small.
46  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I want to make a usable/washable/ photo quilt on: August 21, 2007 03:19:43 PM
Hello!  I have never made a quilt before but I am determined to do one now.  My brother in law was killed in a car accident in June and his wife is pregnant.  I want to use some of his clothes to make a quilt for the baby.  I have the basic idea.  I just plan on doing a very basic block quilt.  And my grandma can help me with the quilting part.  What I need to know is how to make this quilt hold up through the years.  I want the baby to be able to use it daily if he wants to.  So it has to wash well.  Is there a way to print photos that holds up to washing.  Granted it will only hold up as well as regular fabric would in the wash, but how can I make sure the photos don't crack or fade faster than the rest of the quilt?  Also, I'd like to use some T-shirts and jeans and whatever kind of fabric it is that you print on.  Will all of those different types of fabric piece together ok?  I saw SweetMemoriesQui's blog telling how to print pics and what to use.  I just need to know if that holds up through washing and if I can sew that kind of fabric together with the other fabrics I plan to use.  Any other advice for a clueless quilter is appreciated too.  Thanks so much!
Rachel
47  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What is interfacing? on: August 21, 2007 11:54:43 AM
I've made a lot of bags and purses in my lifetime but never really knew what I was doing.  Cheesy Most of them turned out good enough to use them myself but none of them were worthy of selling, or of giving for gifts.  I have the basic idea of bag making.  I even kind of know how to do linings and zippers.  I just need to clean it up a bit.  Anyway, I see interfacing in a lot of tutorials here.  Can you tell me what interfacing is?  What is it's purpose.  Is it necessary for bags/purses with a lining?  Thanks.  I'm clueless!  Obviously right! LOL
48  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Beads made from firing clay on: August 20, 2007 02:06:11 PM
I have about a million questions about making beads from firing clay.  I know nothing about clay or kilns or any of that.  However, I just bought a kiln and 700 ceramic molds.  I don't even know if this kiln will work for beads but it was a good deal.  Anyway, before I post a million questions, is there anyone here who thinks they could help me out?  If so, I'll check out my kiln to see what kind it is and all that.  Also, do the old ceramics sell anymore?  I think the molds I have are all from the 70's and 80's.  I'm not interested in the ceramics really.  I just took the molds because they came with the kiln.  It was my cousin selling them and he said I had to take it all.   Cheesy  Anyway, if I thought I could sell the finished ceramic products, I'd give it a whirl.  Otherwise I think I'll just sell the molds. 
Thanks for any input!
Rachel
49  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby blocks from flannel on: August 20, 2007 07:36:54 AM
I think I'm going to try making some of these cute name blocks that I see you all making.  I'm going to use flannel because I found some that matches the baby's room (for a friend's baby).  Anyway, I was thinking of just cutting the pieces with pinking shears (is that what they're called?  They cut a zigzag).  Then I'd leave the zig zag edges out if that makes sense.  My question is, will they fray?  I don't sew a lot so I've not used flannel enough to know.  I just thought it would be a nice sensory thing for the baby to have those zig zags.  But I could just as easily add the ribbons if the flannel would fray too easily.  Thanks for any input!
Rachel
50  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone make clay beads? (not polymer) on: August 20, 2007 06:37:45 AM
Does anyone here make clay beads?  I'm not sure what the proper name for the clay is.  I've heard it called firing clay but I don't know if I really know what firing clay is.  I just bought a kiln but I know nothing about kilns, clay, etc.  Before I post my lenghty list of questions, do any of you know how to make beads from "firing clay"?  Or can you tell me another name for firing clay so I can google it?  Thanks! Any advice is appreciated.
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