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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Herringbone Wire Wrap on: August 04, 2010 10:16:37 AM
Hello, Craftsters!

I've been trying to master this herringbone wire wrap technique for two days now and I just can't get it. I'm sure I'm missing something small - maybe a certain way to hold or bend the wire. For those of you unfamiliar, it looks like this... link.

I've tried oval beads and rounds (the rounds look a little better); I've tried 18, 20 and 22 gauge wire. But they just look... lopsided or sloppy. The wires on the side don't stack neatly no matter how hard I try to make them.

Does anyone know of a video tutorial for this where I can actually WATCH someone do it? I've found a lot of photo-and-text ones, but most of those skip the wrapping steps and just show a finished product. I suppose I'm getting better, but so far this is turning out harder than wrapping cabochons!

Thanks!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / The paper bag application on: June 22, 2009 02:03:53 PM
So, it's been a while, Craftsterettes.

I've moved and now I need to find a job. While out one day, I saw this local toy store and we took a look. I loved the feel of it the employees were all really great. So, I brought them my resume today and the gentlemen I spoke to was very friendly. We talked for a little and he handed me a small, white paper bag. He said, 'This is your application. Do whatever you want to it. Take it apart and make a necklace out of it, if you want, do whatever.'

So, now I have this small, white paper bag (smaller than 8.5x11, the next standard size down) and I have NO idea what to do with it.

I was thinking of building a balsa wood frame, using the paper to cover the frame and then coating the whole thing in layers of beeswax. Drill a hole in the back/bottom and put in a wired bulb. I saw something like this once at a handmade fair.

I could also just watercolor it. Or collage it. Or make a tiny book out of it. Or a diorama. Or put the whole thing in a blender and make whole new paper out of it that I can embroider or stitch fabric to....

Any ideas?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Depeche Mode Swap? on: March 04, 2009 06:08:04 PM
Call me old!

Is anyone else flipping a lid over the new tour and album? A bunch of us oldy-mouldies should get together and do a swap.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Calico Critters / Sylvanian Families clothes on: January 25, 2009 05:56:13 AM
Hey, ladies!

So, dreams do come true. I've been coveting (and by this I mean spending countless hours looking at online, going to local specialty shops and STARING at the boxes and otherwise just obsessing over) Calico Critters. For our one year anniversary, our bestiest friend in the whole universe got me a 'Just Married' set of the kitties.



So cute, right? But they can't always be getting married, so I wanted to make them some clothes. I looked around the internet and found some pattern books for sale on Asian auction sites (that don't ship to the US) , but there's got to be someone out there that has home-made patterns they'd be nice enough to share.

Anyone got anything? I think I might go to Target and look at Bratz and Barbie clothes to see what looks like it might fit.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Add a zipper to a previously zipperless hoodie? on: December 02, 2008 02:56:36 PM
I have this Depeche Mode hoodie I bought on ebay a few years ago. I can't express how much I love it (I mean, it's Depeche Mode, for heck's sake!), so I'm deathly afraid of trying this...

I want to add a zipper to it. I know that doing this will put the zipper straight down the middle of the screen printed name 'depeche mode', but it's worth it, I think. I really love the sweater, but the neck hole is too small and it strangles me, so I don't wear it all the time like I'd like to.

This sounds like such a simple idea -- they make things now that are meant to look beat up and raggedy, so I could theoretically leave the raw edges showing on the outside where it's attached to the zipper. But it might look like a butt, too.

Conversely, if I fold over a bit of the fabric to hide the raw edge, I'll lose more of the screen print and also run the risk of not being able to fit that thick of fabric through my machine. This is also much more difficult than the above mentioned messy way of doing it and I could just screw it up and it'll still look like butt, but with less of the name showing.

My third option is to take it to a tailor and let someone else make it look awesome -- but what if they do it wrong? D:

This is so hard, ladies. Please, halp.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I did it, I did it! on: October 12, 2008 12:52:08 PM
... Well, kinda.



My first quilt! It's just the top -- I have to figure out what to do with it from here. It's not pretty, I know. I just raided my fabric stash (which is now mostly gone - hurray!)

They're 6" squares, 60x36 at this point.

I read somewhere that someone avoided finishing the edges (binding?) by doing a 'pillow case' technique - Sew the top and bottom right sides together, insert fluff and then top stick the edges. I like the sound of that because, no matter how many tutorials I read, the idea and methodology of binding makes my vision blur.
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Bleached canvas and Rit dye on: October 05, 2008 03:01:02 PM
Hi, ladies!

I have had this old canvas bag since I was, like, maybe 12 (!! - I know). So, over ten years later, I still have it and while I love the shape, convenience and size of it, it's COVERED in graffiti from all my teenage years: band names, morbid bible quotes, silly little symbols and inside jokes. It's a heavy canvas and originally a deep green color (sort of army-green colored).

So, this afternoon, after much thinking, I decided to try and wash off the old writing. No luck. I guess even Bic pen stays after so many years of being on there. I scrubbed and scrubbed with loads of different soaps and cleaners, but it wasn't coming off. So, I bleached it. It worked really well.

The bag is sort of a bone color now --- Anyways, I looked up the Rit dye website online and it says that the dyes won't stick to 'bleach damaged' fabrics.

So, have I just completely boned myself here? Any ideas what WILL stick to a bleached fabric?

Thanks!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / So, here's my plan... on: September 30, 2008 01:44:35 PM
I plan on making a quilt for a friend who's getting married next Halloween (we're nerds, I know). I think more than a year is just barely enough time if I start... Yesterday.

Here's my plan:

A queen sized spread is about 90"x100".

If I make 288 5.5"x5.5" (seam allowance included - 5x5) blocks, I can get to 88"x99" or so. Which is close enough for me. So, eighteen by sixteen 5" squares.

I've never quilted before in my life - infact, I sort of suck at sewing straight lines and can't hem pants to save my life. Am I nuts? Is 5x5 too small? I don't want it to look big like I just hurried through it. I also want to stitch diagonally across the squares to quilt them all together. I made an image in MS Paint </nerd>



Will something like this work large scale?

I really appreciate all your input!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Critical: Moose on: September 19, 2008 06:23:49 PM
This is big. I need a moose head to wear for Halloween. I'm going as a moose, my friend is going to be Sarah Palin and we're going to NYC to hang out for Halloween. It's going to be so awesome and I can't wait.

But, I can't find a moose head anywhere.

I was thinking of maybe buying a big moose stuffed animals and mutilating him, but I can't even find that. Horses and deers don't look close enough... I'm totally jammed.

Also, I don't want to spend more than $50 on this costume since I'm spending a few hundred to go to NYC to begin with. :/ Any ideas?
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Strathmore ATC packs on: August 01, 2008 05:17:03 PM
Hey, ladies (and guys)!

I work at Jerry's Artarama and we just got these new cards in from Strathmore that are ATC-sized. You can get all kinds of papers in them - like canvas paper, watercolor paper and Bristol. And they're all going to be pretty cheap - around a buck and a half for the packs.

I'm not trying to push them for sales or anything (they're not even up on our website yet, actually) - I just thought it might be cool to see how people use the different types of surfaces. These are also the first products I've seen that's aimed specifically at ATCs and their market.

Here they are on Strathmore's website: http://www.strathmoreartist.com/creativeArt_atc.php

And as their featured product: http://www.strathmoreartist.com/featured_product.php

I thought it was pretty neat!
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