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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: A full, delicious, 6.5 feet of cupcakes and cheesecake! on: July 02, 2008 08:12:28 PM
wow, that's incredible!!
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny Poly-clay Cuckoo Clock on: June 09, 2008 09:02:22 AM
love it!! is this modeled after a real clock?...cuz i have one just like it
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ultimate Papercrafting Toolbox on: June 07, 2008 08:08:26 PM
waxed linen thread, binder's needles, an awl, or maybe some bookcloth if that's the kind you stuff your partner might be interested in...
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: butterfly bracelets on: May 30, 2008 08:21:32 PM
those are all beautiful!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: beautiful crochet necklaces and earrings on: May 02, 2008 09:54:03 AM
those are all beautiful! the different materials you used work really well together...great job!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My Skittle Wrapper Prom Dress on: April 30, 2008 08:24:30 PM
that is just about the most insanely cool article of clothing i've ever seen in my life.
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decorating picture frames? on: April 30, 2008 02:04:20 PM
what size picture frame were you going to use?

and i don't know if this was the type of thing you were thinking of, but i've used fabric paint--like the puffy kind in squeeze bottles for kids-- to doodle designs on wooden picture frames before.  it's really durable and not as shiny as you'd think when it dries, you can make some cool textures, and people always assume that you're using something way cooler and more obscure than puffy paint when it's so out of context...which is always nice.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Revolution Baby Blanket on: April 29, 2008 02:32:46 PM
that's so cool! i love it
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hourglass Jacket (Broomstick Lace) on: April 28, 2008 02:05:58 PM
great job! i love the color
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paper Making Queries.. on: April 26, 2008 04:45:52 PM
you could press the straw or hay into the surface of the paper before you roll it out and it should stay attached. i don't know how big your metal shavings are, but if they're too heavy or sharp they could keep the fibers from sticking together or just fall out when the paper is dry.  from my experience (and i'm not like a world expert so i could just not know how to do it), anything that has smooth edges--plastic, metal, ribbon, whatever--won't really hold together as part of the paper, so you might need to just glue them in, or put a clear coat of mod podge or whatever over the surface so they don't fall off later.

embossing paper is pretty easy to do...i've never tried it with homemade paper but printmaking or watercolor papers are sturdy enough that they hold their shapes really well.

hope some of this was helpful!
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