My vision is a 3- or 5-arm electric chandelier (I can handle electrifying it), with the bulbs either inside 2-can "lanterns" or perched atop curly bases with either purchased or handmade shades (I just thought of making the shades from punched cans...)
I'm thinking it will take at least 25 cans if I don't make too many mistakes, and I've only collected 8, so I've got time to change my design!
I'm using leaves cut out of the cans and "veined" with a knitting needle as decorations and probably dangles.
actually, my stick is long enough that I can get past the center if I work from one end, then the other. But there's a tiny bit of curve to the bamboo, and I can't get the center division knocked out completely enough to run my lamp through. I guess it'll work if I just run cord through, but it's straight enough that I should be able to see light through it...
i am in love with your cameo mold!! if anyone has knows where to purchase any that would be amaing. just strolled through a shop in cape may, nj that had amaing cameos in pressed glass jewelry. they were gorgeous and now i'm inspired to try using some color.
I'll bet you could make your own molds from interesting things, like buttons and cameos. Sculpey makes a flexible mold product; just press in the (wet) original, and remove, bake the sculpey, add mold release, and pour in the resin. The flexibility makes it easier to remove molded items.
We used to blow on the resin through a straw to get rid of bubbles; I understand it's the carbon dioxide that does the trick.
I made a pair of earrings from bits of very skinny old blue willow teacup handles, just an inch or two each. Got the bits from an old dump that was being washed away by the bay, so the broken edges were smoothed and the glaze was worn down to matte.
I saw a full handle, with part of the cup still attached, used in mosaic on a birdbath, and did the same on a box; they looked like ears, or wings, or a heart, depending on your viewpoint.
you could use them anywhere people use old jeans; pillows, aprons, totebags, book covers. Ever see a skirt made from old jeans? Rip out the inseam and crotch, overlap the crotch and add a wedge of colorful fabric front and back. You might have to use more than half each of two pairs of pants, since they've shrunk. Google "hippie jean skirt" to see pix (the URLs were all too long to post)
You can google your make/model number to find a downloadable owner's manual. The numbers you need are probably on a metal plate on the underside of the machine.
I think it's a good idea to take your machine apart as far as you can (well, following the owner's manual), clean all the parts, then put it back together. And do this often enough that you start to feel comfortable doing it. Then when the machine does something weird, you'll feel like you know how to address the issue, instead of "oh my gosh, what's that?!?!?!"
Don't pay to have it cleaned and oiled, learn to do it yourself! It needs to be done frequently, and you don't want to have to give up your sewing machine (and money) for a day or two every couple of projects.
Look all over the machine to find the model number, then google that to download an owner's manual. That will show you what to clean and where to oil. And get good SEWING MACHINE oil; especially don't use WD40 (which is a solvent, not a lubricant, and which can gum up your machine).