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121  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re:Lucinda Williams image transfer on: January 31, 2004 10:19:16 PM
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that's amazing! i've heard about this process but never really saw the results... could you possibly post a step by step tutorial to familiarize us with the process?


Sure!  
1.  Cut out your picture.  Everything I've tried (laser printer ink, magazine photos, etc.) works, except for ink jet ink!  The ink doesn't hold from ink jets.  Then use a brush to coat it with omnigel--do 3 layers.  You brush it on vertically, then let it dry a few minutes.  Put on another diagonal coat, let it dry a few minutes.  Put on another diagonal coat going the other way with your strokes.  Let it dry for at least an hour.  


It will look like this:

2.  Let it soak in a shallow tray of water for 10-15 minutes.


3.  Pull it out and put it on wax paper on a hard surface and turn it face down.  Carefully roll off the paper with your fingers.  If it gets too dry, spritz with more water.  



That's it--it's ready to be glued onto almost surface!  It's semi-transparent and flexible.   It's okay if it tears--when you glue it on, you won't be able to tell!  But if you notice it tearing, maybe put the glue on thicker next time!  


122  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:turtle box! on: January 31, 2004 05:23:15 PM
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Slick that is really fun!
What treasures will you store in there?

 Thanks, Julie!  Right now (like every other box in my house!  Undecided), it has craft supplies in it--a rubber stamp alphabet set.  But I'd like to store special cards/letters in it in the future!  
 
123  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Big Frida Heart with Copper on: January 31, 2004 04:47:31 PM
Thanks, everyone!  It's so easy to work with metal!  I thought I'd post some steps for people to see!  

1.  First, just punch out your shape or cut it with scissors:




2. Then your edges will be rough, so pound them out.  If you don't have a little block, you can just do it on cement outside!  


3.  Then, hold onto your piece with pliers or something, and hold it in your flame.  It turns pretty colors.  If you do it too long, it will get dark, but you can scrub with an SOS pad for cool results!  



That's it.  It's slightly expensive to buy the copper and the mini-torch, but I think it's worth it if you can afford it.  You can make really cool stuff!
124  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:Somerset Studio on: January 31, 2004 12:34:32 PM
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I get this magazine every month and I really like it. I will say it's gotten sort of repetitive (it seems everyone submitting projects is too specifially inspired by the ones that came before them, if that makes any sense) and too many of the found objects were store-bought (at least for a few months).

I also like their Legacy magazine because I love using old photos in collage/paper arts.

isadora-I would agree about it becoming repetitive in what people send in, but I do like the how-to parts, and I generally can find my own stuff from thrift stores or wherever to make variations on projects where they bought too much stuff!  They do kind of push a lot of products to buy, but we can always improvise!  
125  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Somerset Studio on: January 31, 2004 10:26:40 AM
This paper arts magazine is really cool, especially (for me anyhow) because it isn't super cutsey, like a lot of stamp art magazines are.  They have great instructions for all kinds of projects, including stamping on dominoes and making shrines and image transfers.  The most KICK ASS issue is Sept/October 2003 issue "Journey to San Miguel," which has AMAZING ideas for making all kinds of Mexican inspired art.  If you're interested, you can order back issues!

http://www.somersetstudio.com/html/main_magazines.html
126  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making Shadow Boxes and Shrines on: January 31, 2004 10:20:48 AM
This kick ass book by Kathy Cano-Murillo has tons of cool ideas for making little and big shrines and shadow boxes.  

_Making Shadow Boxes & Shrines_ (http://store.yahoo.com/patrickandkathymurillo/kathysbooks.html)

This is craftychica (http://www.craftychica.homestead.com/intro.html)

She was the inspiration for my Frida casita ( http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=14;action=display;threadid=2129)

And possibly for mamakitty's altoid pocket shrine!  http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=42;action=display;threadid=2175
127  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:more altoid tin art on: January 31, 2004 10:13:21 AM
Awesome art, mamakitty!

 FYI, everyone:  there's a cool book by Kathy Cano-Murillo (http://www.craftychica.homestead.com/intro.html lady) called _Making Shadow Boxes & Shrines_ (http://store.yahoo.com/patrickandkathymurillo/kathysbooks.html) and she has lots of cool ideas for making pocket shrines and bigger ones!  I  will post this under the books section as well!!  
128  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Big Frida Heart with Copper on: January 31, 2004 10:01:56 AM
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Okay, I was being nice before... but now I'm just straight up jealous. Jealous of the way your brain, hands and eyes connect to put such things together, and even jealous of your little black cat logo. So there!

Slick, you rock.
 
 i second that emoticon!


Awwwww!  Y'all are too sweet!  Thanks so much for the encouragement, silverBamboo and bewitched!  I really appreciate it!!!!  I'm so glad that I found a fellow community of craftsters here!   Cheesy
129  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: 10,000 Members! on: January 31, 2004 09:55:16 AM
As a newbie, I want to let you all know that I really love craftster and appreciate all the encouragement and inspiration I get from y'all!  Craftster is awesome; I'm totally addicted, and please don't stop posting just because there are a few not-so-nice people responding.  There's nothing else like craftster around.  I love that in general people are NOT trying to sell you something; we're all just sharing ideas, and it's super cool!!!   Kiss
130  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Lucinda Williams image transfer on: January 30, 2004 06:00:24 PM
This omnigel stuff is so cool! http://www.houstonart.com/omnigel/omnigel.htm
You can transfer images onto any surface, including, as is shown here, copper.  All you do is:
1. Put 3 coats of omnigel on the picture
2. Let it dry an hour or so
3. Put it in a tray of water for 15 minutes
4. Pull it out, put it face down on wax paper, and carefully roll the paper off the back with your fingers.
5. Use omnigel to glue it onto any surface.
6. I think it's really cool because it gives you this flexible image that is shiny on one side, matte on the other side, and it's semi-transparent, so, in this case, the copper shines through.

So, that's what I did to get the image and then I glued it on the copper.  Used thin sheets of copper to cut out copper hearts and then a letter set to emboss her name and xo's, and then my cool mini-torch to color and darken the copper and glued it all on there.    I love omnigel!!  

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