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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Plastic Shrink Charms - with Tutorial on: February 08, 2011 09:29:24 PM
I've baked them at 325F and that seemed to work really well. Be sure you have some wooden skewers or chopsticks on hand in case they stick to themselves.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: January 04, 2010 06:29:03 PM
I too did screen printing in school and again a little on my own.

My work recently purchased a Yudu system and I have found that it really isn't that much easier or faster than doing it the old school way. But it is easier in the sense that you don't have to figure out exposure times, or make a drying box (or find a  safe, dark place to let your screens dry). You do still have the mess of washing out your screens and figuring out a way to register if you have more than one color. I do, however, like the emulsion sheets they have. I always had a hard time getting a nice even coat consistently with the liquid emulsion - the sheets are so much easier.

You can buy them on a roll - but the rolls are pretty big and expensive. But if you are printing a lot I think it would be a great investment. It is called a capillary film and you can find it here http://estore.ryanrss.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=472 (I love that place, even with shipping they were way less expensive than my local art store when I bought my screens) 

If anyone finds some other place that sells that film in smaller rolls I'd love to know!

In my experience the Yudu is very convenient - you have everything you need all at once and it works well. But if you are willing to do some research and experiment, you can put a screen printing system together for half the price.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Plastic Shrink Charms - with Tutorial on: November 17, 2008 07:43:10 PM
So glad to hear you like it!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Recycled #6 plastic charms on: November 15, 2008 12:45:07 PM
I made these from #6 plastic containers.


I posted a mini tutorial over on the charms and trinkets board http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278698.msg3153788#msg3153788

And a longer one on my blog http://papertart.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-to-make-plastic-shrink-charms-from.html

Yay for Recrafting!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Plastic Shrink Charms - with Tutorial on: November 15, 2008 12:29:58 PM
I've been inspired by Craftster for a long time and thought I should really contribute something - let me know what you think!



These are made with panels from #6 plastic containers - these are the containers that things like berries or deli items come in. There will be a little 6 in the Recycle triangle thingy - so you know you got the right type. Take it from me #1 doesn't work.
To start, you take your container and cut out the top and bottom. I tried using the sides and they warped really unpredictably - so I don't recommend using them. Clean the pieces of plastic and remove any labels - use rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth to get the sticky residue off.



Using a permanent fine point marker like a sharpie draw your design onto the the plastic. I just traced an image out of a clipart book. Remember to keep your design fairly simple so that you can still tell what it is when it's tiny!



Sand the back of the image with a fine grit sandpaper. Make your sanding scratches in all different directions so it is nice and even and frosty looking. Then use colored pencils to color your image. Next, trim out your design to whatever shape and punch holes if you are going to use is as a charm. I used a 3/16" punch and it made a hole just big enough for an embroidery needle or jump ring to go through.



Shrink it! I used my embossing gun to shrink these (but you can also use an oven). Make sure the surface you are working on won't get damaged by the heat gun. Delicately hold your piece with a wooden skewer or some other long handled non-meltable implement so it doesn't blow away while you're shrinking. Keep the heat gun moving around and try to heat the entire piece evenly.  Once it stops shrinking, let it cool and seal it. I used a gloss varnish for oil paintings - but you can use whatever you like. Just make sure it doesn't dissolve or smudge the pencils and marker before you apply it!

I also posted a tutorial on my blog with more photos http://papertart.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-to-make-plastic-shrink-charms-from.html

Now go dig through your trash (or recycle bin) and make stuff.  Smiley
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shop the Swap - Round 7 on: October 07, 2007 03:56:52 PM
Shop is Open!

Paper Tart's

Shop of Oddments and Curiosities
All pieces made in a non-smoking environment and inspected by 2 curious cats


Next we have a completely useless book (1 point) - so I like to call it sculpture.
This is an accordion style book whose pages have been folded in various ways. The paper is butcher paper that has been painted and decorated on the front and back. Measures about 15" x 8" when closed.


and when opened one way it looks like this


but when you open it the other way it looks like this



CD Holders made from a record (.5 point) Just like a record bowl but folded up to hold 4 or 5 Cd's in their cases. Also good for holding greeting cards.
There are 10 of these available. You must either order 2 or get another .5 point item from my shop at the time you place your claim - only whole point claims please. 1 sold 9 more to go!



here it is in action:



Jacob's Ladder (2 points) - Classic child's toy. Made with heavy chipboard covered in Origami paper and bound using grosgrain ribbon.
Each Board is about 3" x 2" each ladder has 8 sections.
3 Available - Left multi-color, center various red origami patterns, right pretty pastels.


details:




Cute little cigar style box (1 point) covered in olive green book cloth with a plexi glass top. This was my first attempt at making one of these so the top is a little small and the border around the plexi is a little sloppy. But maybe it can find a home where it isn't so harshly criticized.  Measures 5" x 3" and is about 2" deep.
with the top closed:


with the top opened:




Piano Hinge Binding Book (1 point) This is the book on the left in the 2 pics below. Measures 7"x 7" and has 4 double sided pages (8 sides all together). The pages are duplex card stock blue on the outside and off-white on the inside.

Sold!Soft cover Pamphlet Book (.5 point) This is the book on the right in the 2 pics below. Very simple hand sewn pamphlet with about 16 pages is about 4" x 5". The cover is just a folded sheet of paste paper that the text block can be slipped out of. You must order another .5 point item from my shop at the time you place your claim - only whole point claims please.






Chip Board Box with tumbled pottery shard (1point) 3" x 3" x 3" hand constructed chipboard box. Joints are reinforced with black paper strips. Pottery shard has been tumbled in a rock tumber and tied and glued on to the top of the box.
closed view:

opened view:



starting points: 3
available points: 1
pending points: 3
 
Items claimed from me (sold):
kitschkween - Triptych photo (1)
DropDeadSuzie - Black Border Skeleton Prints (1)
Atsuko - skeleton Prints (2)
Nosusanfx - skeleton prints (1)
lasandri - skeleton prints (1)
sewknitter - altered photo album (1)
loves2experiment - softcover blank book (1)
Ptarmic Wumpus - Beaded Mouth (1)
Pia_77 to papertart - green accordion book (1)
misslilamae - Box with Rock (1) Accordiaon Book (1) Pamphlet Book (.5) Record CD holder(.5)

Items I have claimed (bought):
Psyche - overly aggressive comic wallet (1)
Kitschkween - Chinese food bracelet & Sugar skull earrings (2)
atsuko to papertart - Bat & Bones (2)
wwrich to papertart - monster purse (3)
gatsby girl to paper tart  - fold your own boxes set of 3 (1 point)
gatsby girl to paper tart - set (10) of notecards (1 point)
sewknitter to paper tart - felting kit (2 points)
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best sites for cheap soap stuff? on: February 10, 2007 08:35:59 AM
Try www.brambleberry.com
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Owl Patch's on: January 03, 2007 10:13:01 PM
Is it difficult to print on Felt?
Seems like it would really suck up the ink.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Bird fabric (gavagai don't look :) ) on: January 03, 2007 10:05:50 PM
I've printed fabric with a small screen and the best trick I was taught was to print it in a checker board pattern. That is, print every other area and then come back when it's dry and do the in between bits. That way you aren't laying your screen on wet ink.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Dripping Circles on: January 03, 2007 09:57:11 PM
That's funny - I like the brown one.  Smiley

I really love the placement of the image - not the typical dead center.

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