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451  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: 25 cent machine toys on: August 31, 2008 11:36:52 AM
Art Car!  This is good if your car doesn't have much resale value; glue them all over your hood or dashboard so you have friends when you drive!

Well, they could be glued to just about anything. 

Or drill through each one and thread them on stiff wire (welding rod would be good), and mount several wires on a wood block.  You could even modify this idea to make a tic-tac-toe kind of game, placing and removing the toys as you play.

Do you have enough to make a bead curtain?  That would be really fun.  You could alternate large beads to fill it out if you don't have enough toys.  Drill, thread on fishing line, hang on a wall, window, or doorway.

OOOOOOOHHHHHH!  Fringe on a lampshade!!--drill or wire so you can hang them along the bottom of a lampshade.  Can you tell this one's my favorite idea?
452  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / what to do with a bird cage? on: August 31, 2008 11:31:52 AM
I got a lovely birdcage on freecycle yesterday.  It's about 30" tall, 12" diameter round cage with removable top and bottom, plus an 18" high stand.

So now what?  I was thinking of using it for a miniature scene, maybe subdividing and doing 2 or 3 one above the other.

Or lining it with rice paper or covering it with fabric and making a lamp.

Or I could use it for plants, or even get a bird...

But none of these ideas appeals to me right now.  Any suggestions?

453  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What can I do with 12... on: August 31, 2008 11:26:43 AM
If you cut off the top and bottom, slit one side (with scissors) and flatten it out, you've got sheet aluminum with a cute design on it. 

Make a purse or tote bag by sewing a few together and adding a handle

cover something with them; an existing lamp, a box, a wall; I used to live in a house that was completely shingled with old oil cans.  This stuff is useful!

cut out part of the design for a Christmas ornament, earring, chandelier dangle, or other decoration, like to glue around a picture frame.

have fun!
454  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: low-relief easy-sculpt ideas??? on: August 29, 2008 12:24:35 PM
oooh, yeah, model magic!  Lightweight, sturdy, perfect.  I found a hollow doll head I'd press-molded from model magic at the bottom of my tool cup.  It had been there for months, with all kinds of things banging against it, and it was fine, except for dirt.  Great stuff, great idea; why didn't I think of that?
thanks for the suggestions!
455  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: low-relief easy-sculpt ideas??? on: August 27, 2008 01:32:32 AM
cooks in the microwave and it lightweight? sounds interesting.  I'll check the craft store next time I'm in town.
456  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / low-relief easy-sculpt ideas??? on: August 25, 2008 12:16:54 PM
shoot, I just saw that I put this in the wrong place.  I can't see how to change that, please accept my apologies!

I want to make some small low-relief sculptures, but am looking for material ideas.  I picture my finished pieces at about 5" tall by 4" wide, and maybe 3/4" to 1" thick.  Each will be a buddha face (like a flat-back mask), and I want to gold-leaf them.  These are for holiday gifts; based on the ornaments I've made in past years, some people will hang them on their christmas trees, others display them year-round.

I need to make 20 or so, so I'm looking for something that sculpts really easily (like styrofoam), or can be press-molded, or something I haven't thought of yet.  They do have to be rather light weight, so I think that poly clay won't be a good choice.

I'm going to Home Depot today to see if they've got builders foam/insulation that would work--that would mean sculpting each one individually...

Anybody got alternate ideas? 

457  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I finally did it on: August 25, 2008 11:52:42 AM
yeah, I've super-glued my fingers together more than once.  Now I keep my nail polish and remover on my craft table--the polish is handy to mark tools or add a little color, the remover cleans up super glue, and when a project isn't going well, I can give myself a pedicure!
458  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: cheapest way to ship my machine home? on: August 25, 2008 11:42:13 AM
I made the mistake of putting mine in my checked luggage a few years ago.  I padded it well with clothes and fabric, even strapped it into the bag, but it's never sewn the same since.

So I'd say, use a sturdy box, well-packed with styrofoam, and carry it on.

459  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: machine problem; zig zag bends needle on: August 25, 2008 11:33:08 AM
Thanks, Ambimom,
It's an older Kenmore (somewhere between "retro" and "vintage"), the needle is actually heavier than it should be for what I was stitching (a 14 for light cotton), and the zig zag problem has persisted through several thread changes and a couple of thorough cleanings and oilings.
Adjusting the top tension didn't help, neither did adjusting the bobbin tension.  None of the troubleshooting items in my manual addressed this problem, but I checked all the "fixes" anyway.

Sigh.  Maybe it's time to retire ol' paint...


460  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / machine problem; zig zag bends needle on: August 24, 2008 06:32:38 PM
Hi all,
my machine straight stitches OK (but slower than it should), but it hasn't been making a nice zig zag.  The other day I zig zagged in slow motion, and saw that the needle was bending as it pulled out of the fabric.  It's like the needle unit is moving from side to center in a lower position than it ought to.

any ideas on causes/fixes?
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