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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: how much stuffing? on: March 30, 2015 09:44:50 PM
I made a duct tape dummy, but stuffed mine with plastic shopping bags.  It took all I could scrounge from three different people.

If you really want stuffing, cheap pillows from a big box store (TargMart) are probably most economical.  Since you need to stuff very firmly, get twice what you think you need and return the unused.

If you're petite, I would guess 2-3 pillows would fill it.  Larger sizes need more stuffing.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Ms Cranky Pants: An Irreverent Automaton (Ridiculous Number of Pics) on: March 25, 2015 11:31:35 AM

This is great!  You gotta get a fish and attach it to two of the vertical rods.  Or a snake, and attach to all four rods.

I love automata, and made a few in the past, some inspired by http://www.cabaret.co.uk/ a UK museum dedicated to automata.  

Great job!
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any cheap alternatives to kilns? on: March 24, 2015 11:18:17 AM
When I was a kid, we used to go to the military base and do ceramics (dad was a retired marine). 

As an adult, I took ceramics classes at a community college for years, really enjoyed them.  Moved to a new state, and the community college charges as much as the university for classes (hundreds of dollars a unit).

Now I finally qualify for the senior center, even cheaper than the old CC.

So there are possible alternatives to buying your own kiln. 
Ask about classes/firing at ceramic supply shops. 
Check the class listings in alternative newspapers, and at adult ed centers. 
Check Craigslist activities.  Post on Craigslist asking for kiln time. 
Google your town and ceramics to see what's happening. 
If you have access to military base or something similar, see if they offer ceramics.
Suck up to a potter near you and maybe they'll fire your stuff.
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 - GALLERY on: March 24, 2015 10:51:12 AM
I think "geezer" starts about 30 years older than however old I currently am. 
"Older adult" starts about 20 years past my age.
"Senior", +10 years. 
"Mature" adult, +5 years. 
Clearly, I'll never be any of those things, though I like getting senior discounts!

I just turned 34 on Saturday and I don't feel too geezerish...
15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silicone on skin on: March 24, 2015 10:43:33 AM
was the silicone intended for making a mold of your face, or for making appliances (theater makeup term for big noses, warts, that sort of thing) to attach to the skin?

Did it come with directions?  I'm thinking a thin layer of silicone with a layer of fabric over it might work.  The lumpiness on the outside wouldn't be a problem if the inside was true to the surface of your face.

I've only ever made plaster face molds, then built on them.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone mix their own glazes? on: March 23, 2015 11:16:34 PM
FWIW, we used a mixing bit on an electric drill to mix glazes.  I didn't take part in formulation, just in keeping them well mixed.
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: My pottery! Pic heavy. on: March 23, 2015 11:12:50 PM
Very nice!  I love that your work looks like you've put it together effortlessly; a lot of beginner stuff (in any medium) often looks overworked.
Some people just click with a skill, looks like you've clicked with pottery!
18  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Medical Gauze on: March 21, 2015 02:05:16 AM
My first thought was Party Streamers!

Next was ribbon flowers.  There's a great book by Candace Kling, "The Artful Ribbon"  http://www.amazon.com/The-Artful-Ribbon-Flowers/dp/1571200207  that shows how to reproduce tons of vintage ribbon flowers.  Maybe your library has it? 

Comments on other people's ideas:

you could try washing it, to see if it shrinks and tightens up.  I would unroll and whack off a hunk, tie both ends to prevent raveling, then put it in a mesh lingerie bag to wash.

You could also dye some by dipping one side of the roll in dye/ink/tea/etc.  Could even dip the other side in the same or different color after the first is dry.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: GIANT X-acto knife prop on: March 20, 2015 01:01:24 PM
You call that an Exacto knife? 
THIS is an Exacto knife!
(altered quote from Crocodile Dundee)

Great job, I have no use for it, but still want it!
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Four Elements Shrines on: March 20, 2015 01:48:18 AM
They're MINE!  All Mine!
and I love them!
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