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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: what kind of kiln do you have? on: November 04, 2008 12:35:04 AM
I have a Paragon SC2 that I love, but it's too small to fuse bottles. Interior is about 7 1/2 x 7 1/2.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best glue for making earrings and brooches on: September 07, 2008 06:56:30 PM
I would use epoxy just so there is no chance of temperatures ever causing the glue to soften or to get brittle. But then again, I love e6000, so I might be biased.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: does anyone know anything about metal clay ? on: September 07, 2008 06:45:17 PM
Yeah, I know a bit about metal clay. There are three types out now, silver, gold and bronze. Silver is the most common. There are two main brands of silver clay- PMC and Art Clay Silver. There are mild variances in how the two handle, but they are more alike than they are different. Depending on which brand and which kind of which brand, you can expect the piece you make to shrink between 10-40% from its clay state. It's also pretty fragile until it's fired. It dries extremely easily and it is really brittle once dry.

All of the metal clays must be sintered. This means a minimum temperature of about 1300 degrees F (650 C) which is way too hot for your oven. The length of time is dependent upon the temperature. If you don't want to use a kiln, it can be done with a simple hand torch- I've used the creme brule torch someone gave me as a Christmas present in a pinch. Smiley

To torch fire, you need to be sure to follow a few simple rules-
You can't fire anything that has any stones or glass in it.
You can't fire any large items. Personally, I wouldn't go above twenty grams with a hand torch but a book can tell you better.

Yes once it's fired resin can be poured inside. Once silver clay has sintered together it is fine silver and can be used in any way you would use metal.

As far as books, I like Sherri Haab's books on just about anything. (That's the author you're referencing.) But my friend who is more serious about metal clay, prefers Jackie Truty's.  Hope this helps.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ami Discworld! on: August 16, 2008 11:41:23 PM
::Swoons::

That's one of the all time coolest Discworld things I've every seen!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gallery of Bath/Spa Swap Goodies!! on: April 02, 2008 06:56:30 PM
And nemaihne, before I read the sentence after "Plus my boys went nuts when I opened the cage" I thought, hmm, interesting, she keeps her kids locked up and talks about it online!!!!  Grin

Well, ya never know what kind of person you're going to meet online... 
But no, I don't even keep my rats' cage shut once I get home, I just do it so the mischief comes to no mischief while I'm away. I think I would be much too much of a pushover as a real parent.  Cheesy
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to attach placemats to kitchen cabinets? on: April 01, 2008 11:50:37 PM
Have you tried repositionable spray adhesive? I know 3M makes it and a couple other brands. This is a specific kind of spray adhesive we used to use for blueprints, because they can be peeled off later. But I'm sure you can find it in art stores, too.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gallery of Bath/Spa Swap Goodies!! on: April 01, 2008 03:48:38 PM
Thank you so much to Angels Walk for posting a picture for me, although I'm a little chagrined she posted before I did. (Sorry!)
My kitchen smells wonderful right now and I'm very jealous of it for having all the fun. But there are still some really nice EO blends for me- Yay! I already tried the tangerine and it smells lovely- plus my boys went nuts when I opened the cage while wearing it. (I keep some very pampered rodents as pets.) So that's one thumb's and three whiskers' up on the tangerine! Smiley
 
Aww man, those cutout jello soaps were *really* cute in the picture too!
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Happy SPRING! Here's some new pendants from my kiln! ( 3 pics ) on: March 27, 2008 04:52:21 PM
They're all beautiful- but I love that cherry blossom the best!
Must learn slumping and fusing. It's on my list!
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: I could steer the Great Salt Lake - Utah Saltair bracelet on: March 27, 2008 01:12:34 AM
Very cool.
When I went cross country, Saltair was one of the places I had to stop at both for the nostalgic history and for the macabre since Carnival of Souls was filmed there.
This totally rocks. So I clickied it.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gallery of Bath/Spa Swap Goodies!! on: March 26, 2008 11:30:27 PM
Oh that washcloth is so cute with the parquet pattern! And the chocolates sound just like buckeyes, which always make me nostalgic for Ohio.
So many cute things are coming out of this swap.
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