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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Tea cup and plates on: October 18, 2012 03:18:45 AM
This probably won't be helpful to you but I am in the process of gathering a large collection of dishes and cups for my first picassiette furniture project. That means I would break them lol.
http://emosaicideas.com/broken-dishes-mosaic

wow, that's amazing. I would love to see the finished thing.

how did you get the gilt edges in that picture? did you just paint them or is it real metal?
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / broken plates on: October 18, 2012 03:12:52 AM
I have a bunch of china plates and saucers with chips and some of them are smashed. I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out what to do with them?

My first thought was break them into little pieces and make some mosaics, but I seriously have LOADS of plates and I don't think I need mosaics that are THAT big! I was wondering if maybe I could cut them into shapes to make stuff out of, like necklaces, wind chimes etc? Or, possible make them into beads somehow? No idea! Any suggestions of what to do with them (and best of all, how to do it) very much appreciated.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: cutting and shaping ceramics -- old plates on: October 18, 2012 03:06:23 AM
Wow, thanks, that's really helpful! Brilliant.

I hadn't realised that a lot of chipping would happen. I wonder if there's any way to minimise this? Possible by clamping? Or by keeping the ceramic object wet? (Total wild guesses on my part, I have nooo idea)

Had anyone else on here ever tried a project like this?
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / cutting and shaping ceramics -- old plates on: October 17, 2012 02:50:11 PM
Hi, I'm a newbie, but I have searched I promise!
I have a load of old plates and saucers that are chipped or broken that I wanted to cut up to make into shapes for necklaces, mobiles, wind chimes etc. I have heard the best tool to do this with is a dremel, but apart from that I'm completely in the dark! I have looked on DIY shop websites at them and found a baffling array of 'multitools' and attachments. If anyone could suggest to me which type of tool/attachments I need for this project that would be seriously wonderful.

I also have no idea of what technique to use once I do find out what kit I need! It occurs to me as well that he finished projects would need to be sanded or rounded off at the edges or something or they could be pretty dangerously sharp!
Any advise would be very very welcome!

Thank you massively in advance! xx
5  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Thousands of free books on: January 27, 2010 09:06:39 AM
I didn't know there was a book barn in leeds! Whereabouts?

Sometimes I volunteer in one of the Oxfam bookshops, and there they do indeed recycle unsaleable books, though volunteers can take some for free in excgange for a donation.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: find a whole bunch of crap & have no clue what to do with it. on: January 27, 2010 08:58:56 AM
i think i can come up with a few ideas for the cassettes & videos.

Like what? I'm currently knitting a shopping bag out of the tape, but that's as far as I got!

Is upwords like scrabble? cause you could use the letters to customise clothes or to make into jewelry?

What are the handbags like?

I was thinking maybe the marbles would be good to make necklaces out - get an old scarf or some fabric and wrap it round each one and then tie them off - like this:
http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/images/patterns/fabric_necklace_cover.jpg
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: VHS/ video cassettes on: January 21, 2010 08:32:49 AM
just thought in case anyone else was interested in finding things to do with old vhs tapes I'd post some ideas for woven bags I found on the website recommended by useratl

http://www.uncommongoods.com/item/item.jsp?source=family&itemId=18563
http://www.uncommongoods.com/item/item.jsp?source=family&itemId=18564
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: VHS/ video cassettes on: January 19, 2010 07:45:47 AM
thanks for the suggestions guys.

levoyage -- I was thinking maybe something like box files? I suppose they'd be pretty narrow though. Maybe I'll ust have to experiment.

lovelyx -- thanks, at least there's that use as well, I hadn't thought of just treating them as ordinary ribbons!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / VHS/ video cassettes on: January 18, 2010 01:59:36 PM
Hi, this is my very first post so I hope I don't make too many glaring errors!

I have a huge amount of old VHS tapes that I can't watch, not having a video player, and most of them were taped off the telly by my nan anyway, so not really the sort of thing I'd be interested in seeing.

I had a look around but all the topics about this I could find were about knitting or crocheting with the tape itself, which I might try and do (I'm not very good at knitting though and have never tried crochet) but what I ideally wanted was something to make out of the plastic outer casing - not the cover, but the outside of the cassette - other than a cassette purse. Maybe something storage-y perhaps?
Any suggestions would be welcomed, cause otherwise they're getting thrown out.

Unless, that is, anyone wants a load of old VHS tapes for their own craft projects?

Thanks.
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