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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spiral Resin Necklace on: March 12, 2009 07:55:53 PM
Little Windows got me addicted to resin! Neat product, definitely worth it if you'd like to try resin and don't know where to start.

What kind of glitter paint did you use?  It's fantastic!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: two shrinky-dink necklaces (nerdy) on: October 12, 2008 06:50:04 PM
The center is last part to "cook" so I'm guessing you're not leaving them in quite long enough.  I've found my shrinks come out better if I up the temp (around 400) and leave them in about an extra 30 seconds after they get done shrinking.  When I pull them out I press them with a bottlecap to make sure they are totally flat.

Yours look *amazing*!  Great job!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Silhouette Earrings (acrylic) on: August 15, 2008 09:00:54 AM
Those are wonderful! 
So... I'm guessing the laser you used to make these probably doesn't have a 'perfect for my garage craft area' version, huh? :-)  I would *so* love to play around with that!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bottle Cap Charm Bracelet on: August 11, 2008 12:32:51 PM
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ETA: I've found that the range of prices for these bracelets are $74 (on sale) to $325!  I guess I can see why the details on how to make them are so scarce...

Isn't that amazing!?  Fun fact- I have a friend who makes fairly simple jewelry and found that it absolutely would not sell if she priced it UNDER $100.  Once she jacked the prices she couldn't keep up with the demand.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bottle Cap Charm Bracelet on: August 11, 2008 09:29:05 AM
I've got that issue of Craft (and a ton of bottlecaps) and was equally bummed at the pretty ring & bracelet with no explanations.  Of course no artist wants to detail the steps they use to make their products but c'mon Craft!!  Quit teasing me!  Next they'll do an article on making your own tire valve covers and accompany it with photos of hand-made cars. ;-)
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rubber Stamps and Shrinky Dinks on: August 11, 2008 09:06:53 AM
This weekend I picked up a pack of Tsukineko VersaMagic stamp pads and they worked great with my shrink plastic.  They weren't as wet as the Staz-On so I got better definition with more detailed stamps and no smudging  after just a few minutes dry time.  The colors are really lovely as well.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My first attempt at Bargello*** HUGE Bead Making Tutorial Added*** on: August 07, 2008 08:59:33 AM
Thank you so much for the work you put into this!  I love seeing your creations and your tutorials really make the steps clear. 

Keep up the awesome work!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rubber Stamps and Shrinky Dinks on: August 06, 2008 07:15:47 PM
Staz-on ink works great and comes in a pretty good selection of colors.  I've played with regular pigment based inks and they don't dry well, but *if* you can cut them out without smudging them you can seal them after shrinking. 
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's up with premo? on: July 28, 2008 02:17:51 PM
So THAT'S why I'm having all kinds of problems with my clay right now!
My Premo is sticking to the pasta maker (and everything else) and I kept thinking, "Dammit, I bought a ton of this because I thought I liked it.  I can't believe I got the wrong brand.  Grrr... mumble.."
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: what can i do with translucent clay? on: May 29, 2008 09:53:26 PM
Translucent is the workhorse of clays!  Wrap your canes with it, sandwich it between layers of colors for faux effects or mix random crap (spices, colored pigments or even dryer lint!!!) in it.  If you don't over bake it should be nearly clear and you can get the most awesome effects out of it.

The pictures above are great examples, you can also google up mokume gane and other effects using translucent clays.
See also:
http://www.artistcrafts.com/polyclay/tutorials/oceanmgtut.htm
http://www.lindlyhaunani.com/tips/mokume.html
http://thepolyparrot.com/mudpile.html
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