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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fairy wing wire gauge on: October 11, 2005 06:40:31 AM
I need to make some fairy wings for my daughter by Friday!  Gah!  All I have is 18-gauge wire.  Do you think that will work, or do I need to get heavier wire? 
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Pimped his ride..... on: October 07, 2005 08:21:13 AM
This RULES!!!  I wonder what you could do with a Maxima?!?!?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Geeky scientist book purse! on: October 06, 2005 09:15:39 AM
This is awesome!  And knowing textbook prices, that one cost probably around $200 to make!  Hehheh!

I love the way the fabric matches the book.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / "Erasing" mistakes in screen filler on: January 26, 2005 06:59:55 AM
I'm doing a silk screen using screen-filler (old school style... not photo emulsion) and I made a mistake.  Is there any way to "erase" this stuff?

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find it.
5  UNITED STATES / West Virginia / Re: Spencer/Charleston WV on: November 11, 2004 03:25:55 PM
Hey!  I live in Clendenin!!!  What kind of crafty stuff do you like???  Email me!

Jo Ann <><

I'm an art teacher, so I do a little of everything.  Mainly I like painting and screen printing, but I love trying new crafts... whatever I find that looks fun to try.  What do you like to do?

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / YES! Glue on: October 23, 2004 08:20:01 AM
A friend of mine who is an art supply dealer gave me a giant tub of Yes! Glue to try in my classroom.  This stuff is the bomb!  It glues fabric, paper, and just about anything else without curling or peeling off later on. It is awesome for bookbinding and collage work, though.  I made a few books with fabric covers and the Yes! glue was PERFECT for that.  It's a good, strong hold, doesn't wrinkle, yet still allows the fabric a certain amount of stretchiness so it keeps a nice spine.  But the fabric still feels like fabric when it dries.  It also held the ribbon ties underneath the fabric cover really well -- this is a highly-used scrapbook and the ties never pulled out.

I wouldn't recommend it for mosaic-type stuff -- I tried to do bean mosaics with it and it's a flexible hold so the beans eventually just popped out (like, a year later.)   It would probably have been fine had I given it a nice coat of polyurethane or something, though.
7  UNITED STATES / West Virginia / Spencer/Charleston WV on: October 23, 2004 08:14:40 AM
Anyone want to hook up and do crafty stuff?  I live in Spencer and teach art in Charleston.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Andy Warhol silkscreen tutorial on: October 23, 2004 08:10:11 AM
this is really neat...

click on the "make your own silkscreen online".

http://www.warhol.org/


SWEET!!!  Thanks for the link.  I'm getting ready to teach screen-printing to my classes in a few weeks, and they're going to love this link.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: starter kits? on: October 23, 2004 08:04:23 AM
For Meg-san

Okay...  all you really need is some silk screen (get the kind that's for doing textile work if you're doing T-shirts.  Otherwise your design comes out not-so-sharp.)  You need a screen (on a frame), a soft pencil, water-resistant masking tape, ink, a squeegee, and screen filler.

Stretch the silk tightly onto the frame or stretcher.  You want to keep it tight, but don't puncture it with the corners of the frame (sand it if you have to.)  Staple into place, then mask the edges of the screen on both sides with tape.  (This prevents the ink from glooping through on the sides.) 

Draw your design on paper (or print it off the computer), then trace it onto the screen (frame-side up, just like you will be printing it) and paint everything you DON'T want inked with screen filler.

Then you just glop some ink on the screen, squeegee it across a few times to make sure you fill in all the areas (be careful not to let the screen shift) and voila!

It's really a lot easier than I thought it would be.  You really don't need the press with the hinges unless you're doing posters or other flat things.  You can also find canvas stretchers that snap together that you can stretch the silk onto, also.

There are other methods, too, but I haven't tried them, yet. 
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Adaptable Shoez on: October 17, 2004 06:34:12 AM
Adorable!  That does make sense -- you could fix them to suit any holiday or event.  Way cool!

Yay for frugality!
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