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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What is the standard price of beads? on: September 04, 2007 05:14:41 PM
Yesterday I discovered a craft store not too far from where I live in Israel.  I went inside and started looking around but the prices seemed exaggeratedly high.  They were charging about 6 shekels PER bead, which is about $1.45.  This is the price PER little bead!!!  Call me crazy but I felt it was waaay overpriced.

So I wanted to ask Craftsters: what is the standard price of beads where you're from?
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Stencil image of my bf and I on a shot glass on: September 03, 2007 11:12:14 AM
I'm not sure if this is the proper place to put this project but here goes!

My boyfriend collects tequila shot glasses and I thought he would really like one with a picture of us on it.  So I tried to paint one on the glass but try as I would, it refused to look right!!  The glass was really curvey and I kept blotching the image bc it was so small.  So, after hours of patient attempts I ended up printing the image, cutting it and pasting it on the tequila shot glass. Surprisingly, it blended in perfectly with the black background I had painted on the glass before pasting the image. My boyfriend, not being a craft connoisseur couldn't tell it was a printout glued unto the glass and he absolutely loved his present Wink



3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / How to make your own freezer paper! (for those of us who live outside the US) on: August 21, 2007 05:09:49 AM
I wasn't able to find freezer paper in Israel, so after a TON of experimenting, my sister and I finally figured out how to make our own freezer paper using regular paper, an iron, and plastic bags! 

I'm too lazy to make my own tutorial, so I googled it and found a great one that uses more or less the same process.  I posted it up already on the completed tutorial threads, but it seems more fitting in the discussion and questions area.  Here's the link:

And if you want to see how the stencils turn out, here's a link to the ones I made using this process.  You can see that the lines come out very clear, there's no smudges or bleeding, and overall except for the slight annoyances I mentioned on the thread, it works great!

Good luck!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first stencils EVER! (and how to make your own freezer paper) *Image Heavy!* on: August 20, 2007 06:09:58 PM
After a lot of stress from not finding any freezer paper my sister and I finally figured out how to create our own by ironing regular paper to plastic bags!  We were super excited about the discovery. Cheesy  It's not ideal, and it actually be quite annoying at times.  The bag unsticks from parts of the paper a lot (especially when cutting out parts of the stencil), melts under the iron which can get really stinky, and sometimes unglues from the shirt.. but all in all, it does the job!

Here's a link to step by step instructions on how to make your own freezer paper for those of you who don't have it available to you:
http://www.instructables.com/id/ELK2KQFF0H63NMF/?ALLSTEPS

Sorry about the pics... when I posted them up I realized the size reduction made the stenciled images lose some color and precision.. bear with me Cheesy

And now, ta-da! The hours of work and devotation and my first ever stenciling project:


The mouse was my trial stencil... I made it on an old piece of cloth because I didn't think it would work. To our surprise it did, and it actually came out very cute! I painted the face on later by using another stencil. (Excuse the dirty stains please, it's the consequence of using an old, old piece of cloth Cheesy)


This is a seahorse my ten year old sister drew and painted on the cloth.  It came out quite cute!




Two shirts I made for my sister... sorry for the bad pictures, the color and texture of the shirts and the paint did not agree with the camera.  My sis didn't like the stencil look and made me paint in the empty areas, but she loved the shirts.  She has been wearing them around with pride.  Grin


We took this image from a beautiful stencil drawn by scatterkincaid. It's shown on this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=188872.0 .  My sister absolutely loved the guitar and wanted one on her orange shirt. (She's a rockstar, you see...)  By this point I had gotten a lot better with the stenciling and I'm really proud of the way this one came out.  The picture lost a lot of the definition on the guitar, in reality it came out so exact!




Close up:


This one I made for my boyfriend's birthday.  He is absolutely obsessed with harmonicas but never had a shirt about them.  So I thought it would be a perfect gift, and I was right: he loved it! I accidentally dropped the paintbrush twice and made two smudges which I tried to fix with no avail... I used three different stencils to make each image, and then had to use a needle and toothpicks to fix each and every one of them because my homemade freezer paper was not agreeing with me.  But the pics make them look kinda messy and unexact, which they weren't Embarrassed  (Excuse my bedsheets please, I should have made my bed better before taking pics!)


Close ups:

 
I love the tiny sock!


Sunday was the very last Israel Baseball League game, so I made a shirt for my boyfriend supporting his team the Blue Sox. (and yay, they won the championship!!!)  My sister and I had quite a laugh with the design when I made it look like the baseball player had hit the team's sock logo instead of a ball.  Unfortunately the pic came out kinda blurrish and unexact so it's hard to see the precision of the stenciled images. Aside from his excitment and pride to wear my shirt and especially since the team won the championship, after the game one of the Blue Sox players came up to my boyfriend and asked him where he bought the shirt because he wanted one too!!! So now I am making a similar shirt for one of the players Cheesy

That's it for now!  Comments, questions, anything?  I'd love to hear some feedback. 

PS - If any of you want stencils in Hebrew, please feel free to ask!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / I need ideas for a present for my boyfriend! on: August 05, 2007 01:30:29 PM
Hi Craftsters!

I'm new to the crafting world, but I fell in love with this site from the moment I saw it.

My boyfriend is turning 25 in a week and a half and I want to make something creative and meaningful for his birthday. 

For our anniversary, I made him a calendar of our last year together with pictures and all the important dates,  which he LOVED because it was so heartfelt.  Cheesy  So this time, I want to move away from something that uses pictures of us.

Also, I don't know how to sew (yet Smiley) so I can't make all those amazing crafts you all make that involve sewing.  Ah, and I live in Israel, so keep in mind that craft materials that are easily available in the US are not available here.. (if anyone knows of a crafts store in Israel that sells all that great stuff, please share the info!)

Any ideas are most welcome!

Thank you,

Ronit
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I need ideas for a present for my boyfriend! on: August 05, 2007 01:04:36 PM
Hi Craftsters!

I'm new to the crafting world, but I fell in love with this site from the moment I saw it.

My boyfriend is turning 25 in a week and a half and I want to make something creative and meaningful for his birthday. 

For our anniversary, I made him a calendar of our last year together with pictures and all the important dates,  which he LOVED because it was so heartfelt.  Cheesy  So this time, I want to move away from something that uses pictures of us.

Also, I don't know how to sew (yet Smiley) so I can't make all those amazing crafts you all make that involve sewing.  Ah, and I live in Israel, so keep in mind that craft materials that are easily available in the US are not available here.. (if anyone knows of a crafts store in Israel that sells all that great stuff, please share the info!)

Any ideas are most welcome!

Thank you,

Ronit

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