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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Help With An Idea [lightning in a bottle] on: July 09, 2012 09:43:55 AM
If you try Blacksmith's idea don't do it during a storm or if a storm looks like its approaching. You don't want to be holding a rod with lightning going through it. The heat turns the sand into a molten lump. It will be incredibly hot. Leave it overnight to cool down. This is not a good idea if you have backyard pets. Don't let anyone get near it during a storm.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you do with unsuitable handmade presents? on: July 09, 2012 09:34:30 AM
A chair throw! Thanks. I don't need more blankets but I have a rocking chair that needs a new cover! This will be a great way to dress it up!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for "manly" crafting projects on: July 07, 2012 03:33:46 AM
What about wire crafts? If he doesn't have them already, get him some good pliers and nose pliers (the rounded ones for making loops, I can't remember the proper name) in different sizes. If his are rusty get some new ones. I use wire to make trees, loopy handwriting style names, jewellery hooks, hooks and eyes for furniture and heaps of other handy crafty stuff. Whittling is heaps of fun! I recently made some quick stick toggles, it took me less than an hour to make six and sew them onto a faux fur jacket that had a broken inset zipper (there was no way I was unpicking along the vinyl backed seam and trying to sew a zipper back into fake fur!)
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you do with unsuitable handmade presents? on: July 07, 2012 02:41:59 AM
I have the same problem with a jumper that belonged to my Oma. I have too many cushions around the house already, and I don't look good in straight skirts. I like the shrug idea, but the sleeves aren't separate, so I would have to hem the edge of what I cut and that might look weird.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: (unusual) Oval framing help needed on: July 07, 2012 02:05:56 AM
You could use piping cord which is a hollow tube used for putting inside rows of stitching, if you cut a line through the tube you should be able to cover the end of the sheet with it quite easily. If that's too small you could use a garden hose painted black! If you don't need to cover the edges I would suggest using nice thick rope as a decorative frame.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: convertable backpack/messenger bag on: July 06, 2012 10:55:28 PM
This is genius! Thank you! I want to make one of these for my sister but all my ideas for the strap involved clips, buckles ribbons and the straps always facing the wrong way.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What's a prom? Here, have a formal dress! (just a few medium-sized pics) on: July 06, 2012 08:26:16 PM
That's a gorgeous dress! Well done!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Show me where you craft! Ideas for craft/office space needed. on: July 06, 2012 08:15:35 PM
I would suggest using the sink hole as a bin drop, put the bin underneath and have it hidden away but still be able to use it. Bookcases are a good way to get a lot of storage and you can use old drawers or baskets to keep small things tidy. You can pick these up for free sometimes off the side of the road. Choose a colour or theme to decorate your space to make it neater and more appealing. You will feel less creative when your space is a jumbled mess! I find that it's easier to have my sewing machine out, but only because if I don't I fill up the space for it with junk and when I want to get it out there's no room for it!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Kids Summer Art Camp- Need Project Ideas on: July 06, 2012 07:51:58 PM
I still remember when I was in school one day the art teacher brought her mum in, we made stuffed dice from squares of felt which we decorated with more felt and glue. We were also taught how to weave and made a little flappy pocket bag. Big plastic needles for yarn are much easier for kids to thread, especially if you put a bit of glue on the end first, also they are much less likely to stab themselves =P . If you think they will have trouble poking the needle through the felt you can use a hole punch to make the holes for them. You could also make teddy and doll shapes from canvas, get the kids to decorate them with paints and teach them to make their own toys!
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Steampunk questions on: July 06, 2012 07:42:04 PM
It really helps to get an idea of what kind of steampunk person you are, are you a mechanic, an adventurer, a librarian, or an aristocrat maybe? If you don't have an idea of this in your head your whole outfit can turn out really strange. A lace collar is a nice Victorian touch for a proper lady. You could embellish it with a cameo for a high end look, or for something more fun add gears or an airship! If you're more of a mechanic or ruffian type a leather necklace or cuff would look good, glue buckles and nail heads to make it look cooler. You could even have a go at making your own leather belt with pockets and straps to attach gadgets. For a lady I would suggest making a corset style waist cincher. If you don't feel like making one that complicated make it shorter, and add trimming for the look of the boning without the hassle of actually having to make it. I strongly suggest you add some good pockets in. Your standard zippered vinyl handbag isn't exactly Victorian era.
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