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1  Tee design to be pro printed in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by steiconi on: January 28, 2017 07:27:42 PM
I'm working on a design for my Water Garden Club's tee shirt.
They're going to be commercially printed, but I need to deliver artwork they can use.
I've never done this before.  Any suggestions?
I drew the fish, scanned them, am working with them in Photoshop 6.0ish.

Here's the current design; it's to be printed in 3 colors:  black, white, orange.  Everything teal in this picture will be whatever color the tee shirt is. 

suggestions welcome on how to prepare the color separations AND on the design itself.  I'm still not quite happy with the island.
And several club members asked for a water lily in the design.  I could cram one in, but it looks like that's what I did...
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2  custom calender cover in Completed Projects by steiconi on: January 02, 2017 06:28:22 PM
I confess; I dont have a smart phone.  So every year, I create a custom calendar to carry in my purse.  It has a holder for a pencil (never use pen in a calendar!), a bookmark, and pockets to hold stray papers.

This year, I used a koi fish fabric, and covered a notebook with coordinating fabric.

I print the calendar from an app that keeps track of birthdays and other recurring events.

The pockets are great for keeping receipts, plane tickets, and other paper bits from getting crumpled in the bottom of my purse.

and aside from the paper for the calendar itself, everything is recycled or from stash!

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3  Treearrings in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 22, 2016 02:28:38 PM
I realized I had only one piece of wearable holiday jewelry--a pair of jingle bell earrings--and I finally came up with the perfect supplement--Treearrings!

made from the smallest of my many bottlebrush trees (about 1" tall), with lots of glitter (which sprinkles down onto my chest when I wear these, giving me a very festive air).  

I slid a jewelry eye pin up the trunk of the tree, looped around the stem at the bottom and glued it in place, then added french hooks.

All from stash, took less than 1/2 hour!  And strangers come up and complement me when I wear them!
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4  Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 09, 2016 09:10:50 AM
Thanks, guys!
the tiny trees look great clustered almost anywhere; a mantle, down the center of a table, collected on a platter or tray...
I also now wish I had a windowsill to make my own mini forest!

This is my coffee table last year:

No trees this year:
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5  Re: Christmas Tree-Along 2016 in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: December 08, 2016 05:43:47 PM
I went with a "Beachy" theme this year; lots of sea critters--fish, mermaids, SHARKS!, lobsters, lots more.

and mostly pale trees in my usual windowsill forest:
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6  Beachy decorations in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: November 25, 2016 09:49:46 AM
My holiday theme this year is "beachy" and I'm looking for ideas.
So far, I have shells, coral, and sand; fishing nets and floats (including clear glass balls tinted on the inside with a mix of white glue and food color); and "beach" umbrellas (paper drink umbrellas).

I'm using white and off whites--including my tree--plus pale blues and greens, all sparked with bits of bright colors.

I finished my annual ornament ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450799.0;all )and I'm looking for some crafty projects to do!

I have tons of supplies in my stash (good thing because there's no good local place to get craft supplies).

Some things that have been sitting around a long time, should be used up before I move, AND I think would work for this theme, but I'm not sure just how:
mirror spray--you know, the stuff you use to make fake mercury glass
metal leaf
fish net pieces
glitter.  LOTS of glitter.
cobalt blue glass Skye vodka bottles
loads of round clear glass ornaments (though globe ornaments aren't usually my thing)
and all the usual supplies found in the workshop/studio/dining room of an avid crafter.

Suggestions?  Pictures?  Links?

I wish I could get driftwood, but there are few rivers here, so not much woods gets out to sea.

here's my coffee table display, to give you an idea of where I'm going:

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7  Jointed puppets in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by steiconi on: November 15, 2016 07:04:14 PM
I make a series of ornaments every year as gifts to friends.  This year, I made jointed puppets.

a herd of ponies:

closeup of one:

a blaze of dragons:

and a closeup:

and a pair of polar bears for one special friend:

I printed the patterns on colored cardstock,
laminated to a second sheet of cardstock,
added colorful details with gel pens and crayons(what fun!),
cut out, and
jointed the animals using jewelry head pins.  I used sequins as "washers" to keep the pinheads from pulling through the cardstock, added a some folded scrap cardstock to add a little bulk (compression rings!), made loops in the end of the headpins with round nose jewelry pliers, and pulled them really tight so the legs/wings/tails would stay where you put them even when they're hanging up.

Dragon puppet patterns
and this one, from Craftster!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=167580.0#axzz2qlzyUwRU
I simplified both by leaving off the legs, and even leaving off one body segment of the 2nd dragon.  I made 37 puppets, with 3-5 joints each.  Thats nearly 150 joints, not counting the ones I messed up and had to redo.  I had blisters in 2 spots from the pliers by the time I'd finished just the first 7 puppets!

horses; I LOVE the picture of the herd:
I didnt realize she offered a pattern, so I made my own from one of her pictures.
They made me think of Native American painted war ponies, so I did a little research (VERY little), and used some NA symbols and some made-up symbols for my ponies.

Polar bear
I used this clipart to make the polar bear (for my polar bear-obsessed friend):
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8  Steampunk Dragon in Completed Projects by steiconi on: November 10, 2016 12:35:41 PM
I got a lovely hand-sculpted dragon as a prize for my Steampunk Elephant.  He looked  a little naked, so I added a few bits and bobs, including wings.

the dragon before I 'punked him:

see the full story and in-progress pix at
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9  Re: trying to fix Old Brother Boutique 751 .. in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by steiconi on: November 03, 2016 10:15:38 AM
Are you sure the needle is inserted properly?  You could play with moving the needle up and down in the slot--that emulates a timing adjustment.  If that doesn't work,

1)  adjust the timing.  I've fixed the timing for a couple of machines (and they worked well afterward!), it's not that hard.  In fact, here are the directions I used, from an old book.   They say Kenmore, but they also worked on a different-brand industrial machine.


2) take it in and get it fixed.  Any new machine you get for $150 is probably junk.

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10  Steampunk Elephant in Completed Projects by steiconi on: October 28, 2016 10:16:02 AM
My mini group had a challenge a few months ago, to make a steampunk pet.  I went through my small animals, and the elephant yelled "pick me!"

He became a steam-powered mini elephant, with seating for one:

I'm afraid he's gone on a rampage and is attacking the Eiffel Tower.
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