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61  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / leg of couch.... what to do? on: February 11, 2004 12:10:49 AM
So I went scrounging down my street (yay to scrounge!) and look what I found!:

It's a carved heavy wooden leg of the couch. It's about 10 inches long and 5 inches wide, with rounded edges on two of the sides.

As you can see, the back of it is kind of scratched up.

There's a groove running down the bottom for where it used to fit on the couch.


So the question is.... WHAT TO DO?  It's heavy wood, and I have no drill.... unfortunately.  Give me time.   But repaint it?  Refinish it?  Resand it?  And then what?  I have no ideas whatsoever.
62  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / lucky strike tins on: January 30, 2004 02:51:26 PM
so i bought these tins on ebay and i'm not sure what to do with them.




To give you an idea of size, the rusted one is a little bit bigger than an altoid tin.  The rusted one doesn't really close all that well - gotta kinda shove it closed. i think it would be neat to keep  the lucky strike showing, though.  hmm...

Anybody got ideas?
63  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Elements Magnets on: January 28, 2004 03:57:57 PM
So I saw these magnets in a kitchsy little store once, these "elements magnets" - and i LOVED them... but of course i wasn't going to pay $20 for them.  But this was like 4 years ago, and finally, years later, I did it!  I made them!  Yay.



(here's the explanation part, skip it if you don't want to read about it and instead just look at my pretty picture! Smiley)

I bought the little tins online, and came up with my idea for each elements.  The fire is fire cut out of a magazine with burnt matches inside, the water is painted with glass paint, then filled with E6000 to seal the paint, then, well, obviously filled with water.  Wind is painted with glass paint again and filled with balled up cotton, earth is glass paint filled with soil.  All four are sealed with E6000.  I originally used magnet tape until they immediately fell off the fridge (notice the crack in the fire one) so I bought those hardcore circle magnets and they work better.
64  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Journal with Clay Medallion on: December 14, 2003 10:20:17 PM
I made this little jobber for my sister for her birthday - well, actually, I made her a bigger one and I made this one for myself.  I bought a little blank book at Micheal's, along with two stamps - one with writing and one with a little square design.  I already had the Sculpey and the leather string and beads, but that's just craft hoarding me. =)

So obviously the front is just stamped.  Easy enough.  The medallion, I pressed the stamp into a black stamp pad a couple of times, then stamped it hard into the clay.  I cut it out of about half a centimeter thick (I couldn't think of it in inches =) )  and baked it according to the Sculpey instructions.  I then glued the leather string with the beads attached underneath the medallion with my glue gun. The inside is obviously just lined with paper - to get it through the holes I took the cover off of the wire, glued it on, and used a paintbrush to punch through the holes, then trimmed off the extra that poked through with my Exacto Knife.   The back inside cover is lined with paper too, and the back leather is glued beneath it.  That's about it.  Very simple, but it looks nice.  I'm hoping to get more advanced soon. =)

http://www.freewebs.com/dithmer/front.jpg

http://www.freewebs.com/dithmer/inside.jpg
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