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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to texture-ize photos on: August 07, 2009 05:57:35 PM
Hi,

This thread is more than a month old but I felt an obligation to step in because the designer in me is screaming, "NO!  NO!".. filters.. oh goodness.

Graphic designers HATE filters.  They are almost never used professionally.  Good luck!

PLEASE don't take this personally, because I'm not AT ALL trying to start anything with you...  but you might want to be careful when making such sweeping statements, you're coming across as kind of rude.  While it may be true that professionals don't use filters (and yeah, I agree it's not all that common because they're not very exact, but they're certainly not the plague that you're making them out to be), the person asking the question clearly isn't a professional, and they're a good way for someone that may not be super familiar with such programs to play around with a simple idea and get some satisfactory results without having to spends years learning the program.  It's great that you're offering other ideas (there are certainly MANY ways to create such an image!), and the links you provided are definitely helpful, but please be careful not to discourage others that may be just starting out or simply curious about something in the process.   Wink
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial...kind of...for making resin pendants with butterflies inside... on: July 03, 2009 09:09:32 AM
OMG...why didn't I think of silica gell? My mom used to use that to dry flowers all the time! I'm so glad it worked for you!

Yeah, it's awesome! Thank goodness for moms, huh?  Heehee!  Cheesy
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin Plugs/Jewelry for stretched ears!(pic heavy!) on: June 30, 2009 06:03:59 PM
Hmm... This is what my glass turned out like:   (the little thumbnail actually looks darker than the regular photo- and the piece itself)

Believe it or not, the blue is the dark cobalt blue that I mentioned!  I don't get it.  Huh

At any rate, I want to say thank you for being so incredibly nice and helpful to everyone here playing 20 questions with you (myself included, of course)!  I love when a fellow craftster is so willing to share hints and tips- I personally think it's the best way to learn...  Kiss
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin Plugs/Jewelry for stretched ears!(pic heavy!) on: June 29, 2009 10:48:16 PM
I hope you don't mind my asking, but does the first pair have glass pieces in them?  If so, how did you get the color to show up so well?  I've tried embedding both sea glass and just regular broken glass in all different shades from light blues & greens to a deep cobalt blue in resin, and you can barely see it.  Maybe the silver around it helps? Your resin looks almost opaque tho too... Or maybe it's not even glass to begin with?

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial...kind of...for making resin pendants with butterflies inside... on: June 29, 2009 10:20:17 PM
ok...heres the best pic i have of the heat pendant w/ the lock of hair in it

Maybe you're already aware, but the pic didn't post.  Sad

Also, in case anyone's interested, I FINALLY was able to play with some resin and try the embossing (heat) gun on the bubbles, and WOW! Shocked did it work well!  I was planning on doing my little experiment as I mentioned a while ago (the heat gun, matches, and blowing thru a straw), but the embossing gun worked so well and quickly, there weren't any bubbles left to try the other stuff on!

Another recent success I thought I'd share, I've been trying for forever (ok, maybe not quite THAT long, but it feels like it) to figure out how to embed flowers in resin, and had little luck.  Well, my mom suggested silica gel to dry them out first, and voila!  It dries them out without pressing them, and the color stays pretty vibrant for the most part.  I've tried about 10 different kinds of flower petals, and they didn't change at all in the resin. 
Woohoo!  Cheesy
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Failed Dye Job-but maybe I should keep it? on: June 24, 2009 08:26:13 PM
You do not want to know what they look like right now.

Yeah, I do!  Grin
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: resin turned into pendants - img slight on: June 20, 2009 10:29:21 PM
jealous of what? lol its cold and rainy in my neck of the woods lol

ok, obviously I have no idea what part of Australia you live in, but I visited the east coast for about a month (started in Sydney and worked my way up to Townsville) a few years ago, and it was SOOO beautiful!! I've been dying to go back ever since. I drive my bf insane I talk about it so much (he always says he doesn't need to go cuz he feels like he's been there a billion times already! Heehee! Grin)...

As for the weather, it's winter there right now tho, right?
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin plugs on: June 16, 2009 10:51:56 PM
Sweet!  Thanks!!  Cheesy
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: resin turned into pendants - img slight on: June 16, 2009 10:50:49 PM
You're in Australia? Aww, I'm SOOOOO jealous!!!
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: resin turned into pendants - img slight on: June 15, 2009 07:40:12 PM
lol maybe i shouldnt wear the lamb one.. lol dont want people to think im lame  Tongue

Oh no!  I'm sorry, I didn't mean to discourage!  I think it was just a glare in the photo or something.  Either way, I thought it was funny/cute when I thought it said lame, like you were being sarcastic because it's a cutesy little candy heart (and some people think that stuff's lame- because THEY'RE lame! Grin) that you turned into an awesome necklace!  But it's cool and you should wear it proudly!  Cheesy
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