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151  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: my wooden journals on: March 07, 2009 05:38:23 PM
For on top of the feather:

Perhaps Verithane brand Polyurethane? I used it once to shellack a giant American Flag that I made out of colored tortilla chips. Spray gloss was not sticking to them well, they just got greasy because of the oil in them, so I went with something thicker. Polyurethane is great because it's thick, will glue or coat down anything (I had a sculpture covered in glitter that kept falling off... so I painted it with the stuff and it helped immensely). Think of it as a really thick gloss or varnish. The brand I mentioned dries crystal clear and can be found at any hardware store, near the paint and wood stains. You wouldn't need to glue the feather down first, just hold it where you want it in posistion and brush on a thick coat of the gloss.

152  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: best sleeping mask EVER (don't peek sophieangele!!) on: March 07, 2009 05:28:53 PM
Very cute. They sell one at fredflare.com, but it's such a crafty looking thing that it just begs to be made by hand. I've been thinking of making one for my sister.
153  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: We'll build a house around her! (image heavy) on: March 07, 2009 05:22:58 PM
I am so excited to see this! Building a cob house is one of my life's goals (along with sailing a tall ship, learning to play the banjo, being a an excellent bartender, and working as a pyrotechnical, all COMPLETELY unrelated to anything I'm doing or studying right now). I love reading about it all, and I explain it to my friends and art professors. I'm always surprised about how many people have never heard of cob or other natural building... the techniques have been around for 1000s of years, and some structures in Europe are hundreds of years old! It's amazing.

It's really a lovely little room you've built, perfect for guests. I want to take some workshops on natural building like you did, especially with Cob Cottage Company, because I've read a bit about them and they seem to be at the head of the game! I live (well, not currently, but my hometown is in) Northern California, where I hope to return to permanently someday. We have a lot of hippies around, and possibly some natural buildings and people who participate in it, but only one place that teaches workshops and classes that I know of. Oregon's not too far, maybe I could make up there to really learn about it. Unfortunately, down here in SoCal it's almost impossible to find this kind of stuff... we have very little rural areas, and too many cities with stupid building codes that don't account for natural building!
154  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: DIY Color Film Developing (extremely pic heavy!) on: February 09, 2009 01:17:57 AM
Love these pictures! I know nothing about photography, but I'm starting to learn. I'm taking the intro-level course in my art dept this year in school. We're going to do everything ourselves, with developing and printing and all manual cameras, but we're only doing 35mm b&w. My dad left me his old Pentax for the class, along with his really old and cheap Yashica A TLR. I'm excited to learn how to use that one! I think I really like low-fi photography... it's very successful as a gallery art form, in my opinion. I've been intrigued by all the stuff from lomography, but their stuff is manufactured new to imitate old and cheap, and yet still costs a fortune! I'm excited to read about your DIY stuff and low-cost low-fi techniques like cheap, expired film and home developing kits. I can't wait to get better at this stuff so I can explore it all!
155  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Fabric Curlers *w/tutorial link **UPDATED pics of outcome p.1 ***AFTER WORK p.5 on: January 24, 2009 03:53:36 PM
I love these! I cannot wait to make them.
I have straight, tangley hair, often borderline ratty or frizzy, that won't curl at all!
It won't hold a heat set ever, and the only way I can set it is to dampen it with a product like mousse or spray, and then roll it and leave it for about 6 hours. So i really need a curler I can sleep in but won't make funny kinks like those foam ones! This looks like it will work perfectly.
156  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Freezer paper made my clothes cool on: December 11, 2008 11:43:20 PM
Fabulous! I love House, and it's so true: it's never lupus!
157  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: I can make that -- so I did. *Now with bunny-lovin' pics on PG 4* on: December 11, 2008 10:54:36 PM
This bunny is perfect! I've been looking for a plushie to make my newborn baby cousin for Christmas, but all the unique and handmade designs that I love (such as sea creatures, stuffed food, inanimate objects with little faces, fancy little birds) might seem a bit weird to my aunt and uncle (they're from Alabama and don't really get a lot of the "indie" type styles). This bunny is just imple and old fashioned enough to be the best of both worlds! I hope that it will be something that she (new baby Carly) grows attached to keeps for a long time. Thank you so much for this patter! I will post pics when it is completed. Smiley
158  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: super soft long sleeve recon for fall on: August 17, 2007 07:38:09 PM
i love this, especially since i have extra long arms and and no long sleeve shirt ever covers them enough! i've been meaning to do something like this, but i didn't think of the cowl neck. it looks great!
159  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gathered Tank I Can Be Proud Of. on: August 17, 2007 07:25:35 PM
that looks amazing and i am insanely jealous.
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