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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Alcohol Ink Tips? on: November 02, 2007 08:23:10 PM
I'm trying to figure out how to take a metal bail for a piece of jewelry and color it to look like antiqued copper.   I think I saw somewhere on craftster where someone was using alcohol inks on metal, and I've seen copper colored inks...so I was wondering if there was a way I could take a silver or gold toned bail and make it look like antiqued copper.

Any ideas?  I thought maybe you ATC people would know how this was done, so I posted here.  Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / alchohol inks plus metal jewelry findings? on: November 01, 2007 03:57:12 PM
I was thinking I saw someone say something about this somewhere on craftster, but of course I can't find it now....so........

Is there a way to use alcohol inks on silver or gold toned metal jewelry findings to make them look like antiqued copper?

I think I read that the inks worked on metal, didn't I?

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / transfer woes on: August 10, 2007 10:56:34 PM
So, I live a million miles from the copy shop (which lets toner based transfers out) and I was having fairly good luck with inkjet printer t shirt transfers on poly clay, but when I tried to put a glaze on them for a bit of shine, they bubbled up and went opaque.
 Angry

When I tried to do the actual transfer method they didn't peel away cleanly, so I was doing the method where you actually split the transfer away from the backing and glue it onto the clay face up.

I'm thinking Future for the glaze next time, but what can I do to to stop the transfer from bubbling up?  Should I bake the flat piece of clay and then glue it on instead of baking it on?

OR should I give up and just resin the darned things on top of my pieces of clay. Sad

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Stamping help? Mail order/online source? on: August 09, 2007 12:21:13 AM
I have this great stamp I wanted to do in gold...then I found out I can't find a gold stamp pad anywhere on this island. Sad

So far I have googled w/o success.  I know I bought one a million years ago in Dallas.  I've been to our 1 craft store and I hit Walmart, and the one scrapbook store seems to have gone out of business.  Angry

I tried some gold embossing powder, but the details on the image were all lost.   I have some gold pigment powders but I haven't been able to get them to stick to the ink.   I tried to use the stamp with gold paint but it was too thick and again I lost the detail.

I tried to use some glue that was supposed to be good for embossing effects, but again, too thick and the detail was lost.

arghhhhhhhh!!   Does anyone know a mail order source for a gold stamp pad?  Or some technique I can use that I haven't thought of?

I was going to use photo shop to try to change the black lines to gold, but I'm not good enough with the program to pull it off. 
I'm completely frustrated and it would be so simple to fix if I could just get a stinking gold stamp pad. 

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / anybody good with graphics programs? on: August 08, 2007 02:15:30 PM
I suck at this and several programs I've tried have either crashed my computer or just not done what the directions have said they would. Sad

Is there anyone here who would be willing to take a black and white line drawing and convert it to gold lines on a red background?

I have a couple of programs that are supposed to be able to do this, and I've followed tutorials, but they either don't work or they crash my PC.

help?

Sad
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / am I doing this right? on: July 15, 2007 12:45:30 PM
I bought some poly clay molds, and I have been dusting them with baby powder to get the clay to pop out.

Is that the right way to do it, or is there a better way?

Also, I'm frustrated with my attempts to cover a frame with clay.  If I wrap it to the back side, no matter how I trim it, it looks 'homemade.'

But if I try to trim it level with the edge, is shrinks just enough to show.

Should I give up and paint the darn things, or completely cover it front and back?
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Baking Times/Temperatures For Mixing Brands on: July 03, 2007 11:17:01 PM
I mixed 2 kinds of clay and they have different baking times.  should I split the difference?  Or do I just toss the whole thing and start over.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / how can I make scales? on: July 02, 2007 01:16:32 AM
I want to learn how to make a sheet of poly clay that looks like dragon/mermaid/fish scales.  I have lots of colors of clay and some metallic powders, but I haven't a clue how to do it.  I think I saw someone somewhere use the end of a straw to make the shape of the scales.  Or would it make more sense to layer circles/ovals?

Or is there a magical scale texture plate available? 

Also, how do I know my clay is conditioned enough that I won't have air bubbles when I bake it?
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / rubber stamps, anyone tried this? on: June 10, 2007 12:59:44 AM
http://www.makeyourownrubberstamps.com/index.htm

I was wondering if anyone has tried this?  I have a complicated dragon image i want to make into a stamp so I can emboss it with gold.  Custom stamps are about $25 and up, so the kit wouldn't be much more money.

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / printshop rant, request for help! on: June 07, 2007 01:50:23 AM
I hate printshop! grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Many years ago Broderbund/the learning company was a fabulous place, but now they offer limited support for software, and instead keep pushing us to upgrade.  Their programs crash and malfunction in various ways, and there is nothing I can do but pony up serious cash for a 'real' graphics editing/desktop publishing program.   ARGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!   I don't think I'm advanced enough to even learn photoshop, and all I really want to do is print some fabric transfers and tiny images for magnets.


sigh


so, what programs can I use to print transfers?  anything for $30 or less?  I can't see spending $600 to $1500 for the really high tech/professional stuff.

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