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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: So Discouraged...New to craft shows... on: October 16, 2010 07:34:15 PM
Thanks for your replies, I feel better getting that off my chest.  I heard back from them today and they are returning my check as they do not find my items "a good fit".  I will try to find another show that weekend, I feel like I need to give it a good try before I give up, I have inventory built up so I have to do something.  I have had mild success on Etsy, but I need to get better at uploading new items more often....I have stuff done, just dont have the time to take good pics and get it listed...  I have also had some success at a couple boutiques in my area...  we'll see...
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / So Discouraged...New to craft shows... on: October 15, 2010 09:18:52 PM
I just did my 1st craft show last month.  Long story short, it didnt go well.  Noone did well, poorly attended.  Chalk it up to experience and move on.....

I was going to do 1 or 2 more shows before christmas.  The 1st one is a 1st year show at a large church, iffy, but only $20 and I know the coordinator.  The 2nd one was another large church, 20th annual.  100% homemade.  Awesome.... 

NOW I get a phone call that the 2nd show coordinator doesnt know if my items are "homemade enough".  Granted, my items are made with materials that previously served a different purpose....  diaper trikes, fuzzy sock cupcakes, washcloth candy, infant sock corsages, towel ponchos.  I kinda get where she is coming from, but I never thought of my items as "creative packaging", I am creating something new out of other things....  SO if she decides not to accept my application, its now only a month away and the other shows will probably be booked...UGH

So im left with 1 crappy show done, one iffy show left.  Maybe I should just stick to my day job.  Anyone want a tub full of fuzzy socks???

thanks for listening to my vent!  I needed to get that off my chest, LOL
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Screen cleaning tips on: July 25, 2010 11:19:41 PM
I think its called "ghosting" and you can buy products to remove it.... Im new also, so I dont know what the product is called.  Maybe someone else can help....
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Scalding during heat setting??? on: July 13, 2010 02:56:00 PM
I am a n00b at silk-screening, have just done a couple.  The actual screen printing process went well, but it is the heat-setting that has given me problems. The first few I did were fine.  They were white...  Now I just tried to heat-set two baby blue onesies and they both scalded!  They are 100% cotton and I had them set on the cotton setting.  I am using my household iron, ironing for 3 minutes per side.  Anyone have any ideas or suggestions for me???
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you used your YUDU with non-YUDU emulsion? on: July 13, 2010 12:28:07 AM
i havent, but I have read on yuduforums.com that people use liquid emulsion and it works well for them.  I am just starting out, not ready to try that yet...but I did find 20 emulsion sheets for $42 with free shipping from www.emulsionsheets. com.  They shipped quick and it looks just like the yudu brand....
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Website for Yudu Accessories...:-) on: July 13, 2010 12:21:03 AM
i am new to yudu, but have had those same problems.  thought it was because I am still figuring things out, maybe didnt put the emulsion on correctly.  The one thing that I can smile about is that I am only spending about $2 per emulsion sheet.  I got mine from www.emulsionsheets. com.  They say they are the same as yudu, im sure they are generic, but thats fine with me Smiley
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Other Fabric Paints with Yudu Machine? on: July 13, 2010 12:16:29 AM
other SCREENPRINTING water-based inks/paints are ok with yudu.  However, you do NOT want to use the fabric paints from the craft store not meant for screen printing.  They will ruin your screen  Smiley
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Heat Setting Yudu and Speedball Inks on: July 12, 2010 07:23:11 PM
sorry, that wont work.  you need direct heat (as in iron) or industrial heat press to set the ink.  If using your household iron, 3-5 minutes on each side.  Unfortunately, that will take a LONG time.  I dont know how much a heat press would cost... Maybe someone else would know....
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