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111  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Fone Bone of Boneville (Rated G, I promise!) on: March 10, 2008 06:45:15 AM
ooo! you could use those flat marbles everyone seems to be making into magnets! You can get clear ones from the floral section of home decorating stores and you could glue bright red paper on the back. You could even paint highlights on the paper so the marble would magnify it. Then I suppose you'd just glue it to a blank button back. I hope that helps Cheesy
112  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Kitt0r Neckerchief! on: March 09, 2008 09:16:18 AM
Aaaw! So cute! Am now stalking my neighbours cat to make one too...
113  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tools for Paper Craft N00bs. on: March 07, 2008 06:14:50 AM
looked up PVA on Wikipedia (it never occured to me to look it up to see exactly what it was, its so common in the UK) and this is what I found...

"As an emulsion in water, PVA is sold as an adhesive for porous materials, particularly wood, paper, and cloth. It is the most commonly used wood glue, both as "white glue" and the yellow "carpenter's glue." PVA is widely used in bookbinding and book arts due to its flexibility, and because it is non-acidic, unlike many other polymers. Elmer's Glue is a popular brand of white PVA glue sold in the United States.

PVA is a common copolymer with more expensive acrylics, used extensively in paper, paint and industrial coatings, referred to as vinyl acrylics...PVA is also commonly recommended for use in making leather handcrafted works and papier-mch."

Well that clears things up! Wink
114  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tools for Paper Craft N00bs. on: March 06, 2008 10:10:47 AM
 Smiley I'm british too, I've spent a while trying to figure out what the UK equivalents are to a lot of the US stuff, so here you go...

Mod-Podge seems to be just like PVA, a glue and varnish, except Mod Podge doesn't dry hard and it often comes with glitter or something in it. (although I haven't used Mod-Podge so I couldn't reccomend one over the other)

Spray Mount (or Photo Mount) is always handy when it comes to papercrafts cos it sticks stuff down without getting the paper wet and warping it. It also lets you peal it off and glue it down somewhere else if you don't like where you first put it.

Also I can't live without my craft knife these days, but if you think you might be doing any fiddly little cutting or just lots of curves, I'd get one that had an swivel head attachment. Makes it sooo much easier to cut!

Hope that helps! Grin
115  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: anime bottlecap buttons!! on: March 06, 2008 09:30:30 AM
did you need to sand down the bottle caps in any way so the sharp edges weren't a problem? Did you just glue the buttons to the inside of the caps? Also, what is PVA-ing?

 :)Hi, well firstly, I used quite thick buttons to stick the bottlecaps onto so when I use them the sharp edges are far enough away not to be a problem. But if your using thinner buttons it probabely would be a good idea to do something to those corners!

Secondly I used good ol' superglue to attach the bottlecaps to the buttons.

Aand finally, PVA is, as far as I can tell, the UK equivalent of Mod Podge except it dries hard and generally doesn't come with glitter or anything in it.

Hope that helped, & thanks for the comment! Wink
116  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Fone Bone of Boneville (Rated G, I promise!) on: March 05, 2008 02:41:00 PM
Aaah! It's so cute! I love the Bone series!  Grin

And I know what you mean about the title, I hate it when I'm looking for it in a store and I have to ask the cashier if they stock a graphic novel called...Bone. Embarrassed Unless they know what it is they give me really weird looks and send me to the back of the store where I won't contaminate the other, innocent readers!

Well done on the little guy, You should make phoney bone or smiley bone next so he can have someone company!
117  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / working with leather on: March 05, 2008 10:15:18 AM
Well, I made a notebook a while ago for a freind and I was using this black imitation leather for the cover. It turned out quite well except it didn't really like bending around the corners of the cardboard and the glue couldn't quite hold it.

In the end I had to staple them down to make sure they wouldn't spring up. I painted them black so that you couldn't really see them and the recipient didn't mind, but it bugged me soo much cos I knew they were there. Cry

Does anyone have any tips for making the leather more workable? Maybe scoring or distressing where the folds will be??
118  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: just a quick little notebook on: March 02, 2008 11:29:13 AM
Thanks chibilightangel, that picture rotating will make the next post much easier, I'll look out for it!  Smiley
119  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / just a quick little notebook on: March 02, 2008 02:34:24 AM
Well its my gran's b'day this week, I always ask if there's anything she had in mind but she always says the same thing: 'I'm sure I'll love whatever it is you get me.' Hmmph. She's no help. Huh


So I made her this notebook! She has a Yorkie so when I found this picture of one in last year's calender I knew I had to use it for her!


quick shot of the end paper ( I couldnn't find a pretty paper that I liked so I just doodlefied one)

By the way, does anyone know how I change the photo so that it comes up portrait instead of landscape? I can't find it one the FAQs.
120  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: i have too many playing cards!!! on: March 02, 2008 01:30:24 AM
you could string them together to make a hanging mobile or a beaded curtain!
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