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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / broken ivory piano keys on: May 08, 2005 09:02:50 PM
My friend worked at a piano store, cleaning pianos, and she scored some of the old ivory that has broken off the tops of the keys, and gave them to me!!!! I am really excited to use them, but am curious to see what other people's ideas are.

Here's what they look, like but a couple of mine are chipped.

(This is not my picture, FYI)


Any ideas? I thought I could do something to change the shape, like cut, sand, buff, etc, or drill a hole to make a necklace or something.
If anyone has any experience with ivory and knows if it would split, crack or otherwise break by doing any of these things, I 'd appreciate the feedback as well.  Thanks!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Do you remember HOT LOOPS??? on: April 21, 2005 09:55:49 AM
So, I'm hoping SOMEBODY remembers these amazing little craft items.
We used to buy boxes of these for like $3 or $4 in 5th grade, and weave bracelets out of them on your fingers....

Does anyone else remember HOT LOOPS? This was in like 1989-1991.

http://www.camppacs.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?preadd=action&key=ConfettiBJhotloops

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / need robot ideas...Help! on: March 23, 2005 01:03:29 PM
Okay, I can't seem to find the best category to post this in, but maybe you can help...

My friend is throwing a robot party this weekend, and I need some fun costume ideas that don't involve painting a box silver and adding buttons. I'm thinking more about using fun accessories, but don't know where to start!

A little help?  Huh
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Whoa. I love this stuff.... Banana Ice Cream (vegan too!) on: March 03, 2005 11:46:58 PM
Okay so I found the BEST recipe...
It is healthy, vegan, low sugar, easy, and OH SO GOOD!!!

Yer like, yeah right. I am not vegan, and I LOVE it.

Banana Ice Cream

Peel two overly ripe bananas and freeze (a great thing to do with the ones that turn black)
When frozen, (after a few hours or overnight), cut into slices and put them in a blender.
Add 1/4 cup lite coconut milk (found in the asian cooking section of the grocery store)
Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Blend.

Eat!!!! This is seriously SO good.
You could also use milk or cream or yogurt iin place of the coconut milk, but then it wouldn't be vegan would it?
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / tricks to soften paint? on: February 06, 2005 02:21:08 PM
So I did my first stencil on a t-shirt, and it softened a bit after washing it, but still is hard. Does anyone know how to soften the acriylic paint more so it feels more like a silk screen print?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / My stenciled Valentine t-shirt on: February 06, 2005 11:17:50 AM
So here is my present to my husband on our 1st married Valentine's Day! (and our half-year anniversary, how cool is that!?)

I used a photo of us kissing on Miami Beach in 2003:



Then opened it in photoshop, and did the "threshold" thing (Image/adjustments/threshold) to make it a stencil. I had to do a little painting to make it all smooth enough to cut out. Especially my hair:



Then I printed it on thiok paper, and cut it out (VERY CAREFULLY!) with an exact-o blade. Since I used a black t-shirt as my canvas, and wanted to use a dark colored paint to represent the shadows on the stencil, I needed to first paint a lighter colored background.... So I chose "leaf green" acrylc paint and made a square stencil the same size as the pic, and filled it in.

After it dried overnight, I then did the black layer. Here's the finished product....





I still need to iron it so it sets permanently. I am also making one with the same image for me to match,  but my shirt is a nice turquoise and I will use maroon paint. I am so excited to give it to him!!!!!!

This is my first craft to post, so your feedback is appreciated!!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can I felt with 75% wool yarn?? on: January 27, 2005 06:16:32 PM
I am working on my first knitting project, and as could be expected, it is less than perfect. But I want to keep it, so I thought about felting it to make the flaws less noticeable. Can I felt it even tho the yarn is only 75% wool???
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can I felt with 75% wool yarn?? on: January 27, 2005 06:15:26 PM
I am working on my first knitting project, and as could be expected, it is less than perfect. But I want to keep it, so I thought about felting it to make the flaws less noticeable. Can I felt it even tho the yarn is only 75% wool???
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