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81  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Anda dress and simple skirt tute. on: January 31, 2011 06:42:28 PM
It does, thank you so much! I'm going to try this method, and I hope mine look as good as yours. Smiley I really just want an easy skirt method, and it seems like every pattern/diy method is just so overwrought and unnecessarily complicated. Yours seems so easy, thanks again!
82  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Anda dress and simple skirt tute. on: January 31, 2011 02:08:08 PM
Once again, an excellent job! I have a couple questions, though. How do you measure the width of your rectangle? Do you just measure the widest part of you? How much ease do you add? Do you taper the waist in at all? It seems like when I've done elastic skirts like this in the past, I have a problem with the fabric poofing out from the elastic, rather than laying smoothly across the hips like yours, and we're about the same size/shape. Is this the same way you've made all the other skirts you've posted? They all look so great on you!!
83  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: January 25, 2011 07:55:39 AM
Yay! I'm so excited that my little mixer made the featured projects, thanks everyone! It's nice to show it off to an appreciative crowd, especially when I know so many people who don't understand the "point" of wasting time doing artsy-craftsy stuff. Their loss, I guess. Smiley

Lizefd, the bowl is much shinier IRL, but it doesn't seem to translate into pictures. It's like burnished steel. More matte than the newer bowls, but still shiny and just a bit darker. I think it looks OK for now, but I'll definitely keep the chrome idea in mind; That would be a very slick-looking mixer!
84  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: January 11, 2011 01:31:49 PM
When they retro fitted it, did they make it more amazing?  If I drop a metal measuring cup in my new one, it nearly dies....

LOL, I don't think so. It's a little less than 300 watts, which I guess is standard on new mixers (mine is like 260 or something). But according to the KA forums, the Hobart manufactured mixers, which this one is (made from 1940-ish to 1965-ish), are among the best quality they ever made. So I think I just found a pot of gold with this mixer. Smiley

Also, I was curious and maybe I'm just blind but i didn't see how many coats of sealant you used?

I guess it was in the 10-15 range. I just kept applying coats until the entire can was used, and kind of concentrated it around the bowl and hing areas and where the controls are, since those receive the most wear. I waited about a minute between coats, it was dry to the touch after about 15 minutes, and it took nearly a week before the finish got truly hardened. Until then, it had a rubbery feeling that could gouge easily. Now the finish feels as hard as the fridge or stove.
85  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: January 10, 2011 05:24:41 PM
Oh, and a couple more tips for anyone who wants to give this a go- be sure you sand your mixer down very well, then wipe it completely clean. Paints won't adhere to enamel well if it's too smooth and shiny. I reccomend a sanding sponge to get in all the crevices, or very fine grit paper. You don't want to take the finish off, but it'll need roughing up. Be sure to do it outside and/or wear a mask- some older appliances can have lead in the paint.

Also, be super detailed about masking off the chrome. I pretended I was in custom car detailing, and masked off every screw, nut, bolt, and scrap of chrome. Press really hard with your nail all along the edge, or it will peel the paint off when to take it off, instead of breaking a clean edge. It won't have that professional look if you just paint over the screws. If you look a little too closely at mine, you'll see a couple flaws, trust me. Smiley I applied the sealant before removing the tape, because I didn't want the sealant covering up screw heads and messing up the chrome. I also wrapped the cord in tape for about a foot, so if it draped against wet paint, it wouldn't get on the cord itself and look too amateur.

Ok, I think that's just about everything I can remember from making this thing...Maybe I should condense it into a single post with the additional process pics and make a tute...?
86  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: January 10, 2011 05:13:46 PM
And not just for your superb paint job but also for the amount of food you made (and are still making) with it as well. I bow before thee!

You really know how to make your money work for you!


Thanks! I love to cook, and I use my mixer on average a few times a week. I used to have a Sunbeam Mixmaster, and I burnt out the motor that one AND it's replacement because they just couldn't handle all the use. Finally I decided not to waste any more money on cheap mixers and held out until I could afford a KA. I anticipated having to save my pennies for ages, but ended up finding this one in just a few weeks. Nearly everything we cook is homegrown or made from scratch, so there's even times when I use it a few times a day. I'm just glad I have one that works now.

Oh, someone earlier asked about it being retrofitted- it still had the repair tag, and it was done by a local appliance repair and handyman. You know, one of those old shops filled with dusty, rusty bits and bobs where old men hang out and play chess while drinking coffee, and are surprised when someone walks in? It was a place like that.

I called and asked what they had done to it after I got it, and after digging through the records (no computer), he said about 7 years ago they cleaned, adjusted, and completely rewired it, and swapped out the orbital head for a modern one, and included the order of a modern whisk, beater, and dough hook. They charged about $30 at the time, and when I called, he said "why, it givin' you a problem? If it is, you bring it in and I'll make it straight, no charge." Smiley
87  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: January 10, 2011 01:00:39 PM
To answer some questions, the paints I used are a combination of Winsor and Newton, gloss medium, and Folkart High Gloss. I didn't buy specialty paints, I just used what I had, which are not professional, but good quality and high-flow nonetheless (a thick paint wouldn't have worked well, and probably would've left brush strokes). I guess it might've been a good idea to look into enamels, but I didn't think about it until someone mentioned it here!

I sealed the mixer with Krylon clear high-gloss appliance paint, which is food and heat safe. It takes a while to dry, so at first it had a rubbery, stretchy feel that I didn't like and was sure would scratch, but after a few days it hardened up just as I wanted.

I've used it three times since the sealant hardened, and it's wiped clean and remained unchipped. Smiley I want to note that I didn't paint the orbital revolver or the hinge- you can kind of see the white in the pic. Those were high-wear areas that I didn't want to keep touching up.

Someone asked about the quality of the mixer bowl and attachments- the bowl isn't polished steel like the new ones, it's anodized and as thick and heavy as cast iron. The new bowls won't work with this one because they changed the bowl-locking mechanism at some point. Anyway, the quality is great, but it has a dark matte finish that admittedly is a little blah next to the new bowls. It's a little scuffed, but is such a beast that I'm certain it would damage a truck if one tried to run it over, LOL.

For anyone that wants to pimp their newer mixer without taking off the finish, there's a person who sells custom stick-on KA mixer decals that are pretty cool. http://flameka.com/default.aspx

Thanks again for all the compliments, I'm glad everyone loves it!
88  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: January 09, 2011 06:02:14 PM
You bet it does! I think the food even tastes better! Thanks everyone for the compliments. This is my first time to post a project, and I was a little nervous- when I was researching how to customize the mixer, all I could find were these terribly negative sites that basically said customized mixers were stupid, and so were the people who liked them. Sad

I'm super-happy my Craftster peeps aren't like that! I'm off to go make dinner with my nifty mixer right now. Smiley
89  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: January 09, 2011 05:12:23 PM
So a few weeks ago I scored a Kitchenaid Mixer at an estate sale for $5. You read that right, $5. It's 64 years old, and has been totally retrofitted with new wiring and a new beater assembly, so it uses modern attachments. It also was a pretty lame, beat up, stained, chipped somewhat varying shade of white.

I decided I'd customize it, but not until I put it through its paces. A quart of whipped cream, three cakes, two batches brownies, 14 dozen various kinds of cookies, 2 meatloves, 2 batches pizza dough, and 16 3-lb loaves of bread (whole wheat, honey oat, cinnamon raisin, and sweet white) later, it has flawlessly earned it's shiny new coat. Oh, and I accidentally dropped in a metal mixing cup while it was on high, and it shredded the metal and shot it out of the bowl, without even pretending like it was any trouble. <3!

I sanded the whole mixer first, used all acrylic paints and sealant, and painted everything with a brush by hand (good paints + good brushes = no brush strokes). The sealant is sprayed on.

OK, on to the process shots. Before shot, plain white (chrome already masked off).

Next is after I got 10 coats of teal acrylic laid down.

Purple racing stripes added, about 5 coats each, using masking tape to get lines nice.

I free-handed the flowers, which took way longer than I thought it would, simply because of how many coats of paint they needed (a stencil would've made it a little easier). They needed about 10 coats, and I'm still not totally satisfied with the coverage, but not so dissatisfied that I wanted to wipe it off and start over. Smiley I finished with endless coats of a high-gloss, acrylic diamond-finish sealant that is very hard and food-safe. I love my little mixer, I love the color scheme, I love how it works, I love it!

I even signed it. Smiley

90  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: An awesome recon and 2 skirts on: January 02, 2011 09:10:08 AM
Wow!! Your skirt shapes are so flattering, do you use a pattern, or did you just wing it? Would you be willing to post a tute? I think you look amazing and beautiful, and have great style! We have the same figure, and I've recently discovered skirts too- I love your look, and I'd love to copy it, lol. Smiley
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