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1671  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: September 18, 2010 02:13:21 PM
It's larger than a cigar box, but smaller than a shoebox, if that gives you a good idea.

Oh, I know exactly what that means! A very useful size - big enough to put candles in.
1672  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Head Start Art Journal Swap Gallery on: September 17, 2010 06:30:08 PM
Ok cool, thanks! (Why couldnt they make it that simple on wikipedia? haha)

Of course I immediately had to go over to Wikipedia to find out what it said. And you're right, it doesn't help much, because it's a really poor article. I always imagine that if I'm ever tied down by a broken limb or house arrest or something, I'll finally have time to re-write all those inadequate Wikipedia articles I've found!

You do have to be careful with off-the-shelf acrylic gesso, though, as some of it isn't much more than white acrylic paint. It should have quite a bit of powdered chalk in it, which is what makes paints adhere to it. I've tried Golden and Liquitex brands and find them both too rubbery. Anyone have a recommendation for a gesso that dries a bit stiffer? Ideally you should be able to sand it smooth, but I'm not sure that's possible with any of the acrylic types.

Wulf
1673  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: September 17, 2010 06:09:41 PM
Okay, you can strike that off your questionnaire, Saturn - nobody is ever going to be able to send you better bowls! What absolute beauties! And the box is so practical - what size is it?

Wulf
1674  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal (Signups Closed ; MAIL BY 10/01/10) on: September 16, 2010 05:39:08 PM
Of course as soon as I did I thought of a couple of things I wanted to do that would have been better done before binding.... oh well. Just might get a little messy. Smiley

I know! That's one of the things that's keeping me from doing the binding.

Wulf
1675  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: September 16, 2010 05:37:33 PM
Wow! Just "wow" to all of it! The dragon alone would be worth it's own "wow". I especially like the wire dragonflies, partly because I like dragonflies in general, but these are so simple and sweet. The blue-green wire is perfect for them. Lovely work, Starchild (and BF)!

Wulf
1676  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Head Start Art Journal (Signups Closed ; MAIL BY 10/01/10) on: September 15, 2010 08:33:29 PM
I think I've got too much oddness in my mixed paper mixture, so I'm going to have to dilute it with more "ordinary" paper before I start binding. Then I'm going to have to stop procrastinating about what to do with the cover...

Wulf
1677  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: September 14, 2010 08:08:40 PM
I did last week: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=357904.msg4200266#msg4200266

You were there, you just forgot!

Wulf
1678  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 (Signups 8-8-10 to 8-14-10, SO 9-13-10) on: September 14, 2010 04:35:35 PM
We might re-new our handfasting there...we did the year and a day thing back in like 2008..lol

You've been running on fumes for a year - better get the tank topped up while you've got the chance!

A Pagan festival in Florida sounds like the perfect way to spend Yule. If I could take a vacation then, that'd be my first choice! Whoever gets to be your partner for the Yule Swap should remember to make you some Fest stuff.

Wulf
1679  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gypsy Swap Round 2 Gallery Sendouts 7/31 on: September 13, 2010 06:23:06 PM
The nice thing about bullion roses is that if you mess one petal up you can easily cover or disguise it with another petal.

That's one of the things I value most in handicraft techniques - how easy is it to hide your mistakes!

Wulf
1680  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: WWP Mabon Swap Round 22 Gallery on: September 13, 2010 06:21:51 PM
Making the drum was actually very easy. I read through this tutorial, which gave a few useful tips, and just went to it. I bought the rawhide at Tandy Leather quite a long time ago, and I'm sure I paid more for it than if I'd got it at a Powwow or some other non-corporate source, but it still wasn't very expensive. The frame of the drum is made from two strips of flexible plywood (lots of scraps available at work) bent into a circle and glued together. Traditional ones are made from wood that is steamed to make it flexible, or from fresh-cut green wood. Any woodworker could help make one for you. The hardest part was waiting for the rawhide to soak for a full day to be flexible enough!

Wulf
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