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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Melting PET bottles? on: January 06, 2011 12:57:50 AM
I've researched a bit on this topic, and I read that melting PET bottles (the caps, actually) is safe to do in an oven, but I was wondering if someone here has actually done it. I have a toaster oven that heated a piece of plastic to the point where it softened (there was food inside at the time, so I freaked out and never knew if it'll melt completely).

I was concerned mostly about the toxic fumes I've read about. And what container to use to handle the plastic as it melts.

PS: I'd also like to know if someone has tried this and poured the melted plastic in a resin mold - which is my current plan for the project (a small badge, 2 inches). Does it stick to the mold, or does it pop out without adding anything to the mold?
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does this look too hard for a newb? on: January 06, 2011 12:45:24 AM
I say go for it! It will be time consuming but you can pull it off. Do you have any ideas on how you are going to make the pattern for it?

I still haven't done research for it yet, but I'm sure there's a program for patterns. I just wanted opinions for now.
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Cardboard? on: January 05, 2011 04:44:03 AM
Corrugated cardboard: Apparently, when stacked together, it's strong enough to be furniture. Human-sized furniture. I saw it on a TV show the other day, where they made small slides, tables, and chairs, out of corrugated cardboard. I'd assume that clamping the stuff tightly while the glue dries is not a good idea, tho, because that'll destroy the cardboard.

The cardboard that they use for food boxes (but thicker) : I can make weapons and armor out of those things. Glued and clamped together overnight, it'd end up as hard as a piece of wood, but lighter and more manageable. Easier to sand down, too. But messy.
Another: Cut them into papercraft patterns, assemble 'em, then do Papier-mch. The core has to be a lot of stuffed paper, or something similar. It won't be strong enough to withstand being slammed into walls or people, but it'll feel strong.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: empty tp rolls. on: January 05, 2011 04:36:54 AM
The diorama and creepyface things look cool!

Of course, for TP rolls, I'd use 'em as cases for LED flashlights designed as a lightsaber. The cardboard is strong enough to withstand the screws to hold the two TP rolls together - but it will need some reinforcing at the ends.

I wish I had empty TP rolls. D:
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What can you do with a unsellable, collecting dust textbook? on: January 05, 2011 04:32:18 AM
It depends on what kind of book it is. For a hardbound title, hollowing it out is good, as suggested. If I had something like that, I was imagining that you can weave the pages together and color in the squares with some design that looks like old-school video game graphics. Then hang it somewhere.

Of course, there's someone out there who really needs a textbook, no matter what it is, or how old it is.
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: The "Where is That Thread?" Thread on: January 05, 2011 04:13:55 AM
Where is the specific board for stuff like props? I believe it doesn't belong in the costumes/clothing area, because I don't work on an accompanying costume for the prop - I just work on the prop itself. Help?

Also, where would something like 3D modeling/AutoCAD belong? Assuming digital arts belong here.

EDIT: Does looking for advice about making an armor set belong in the costume area? Like, from Darth Vader from Star Wars?
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Does this look too hard for a newb? on: January 05, 2011 04:02:58 AM
I've been in love with this design for... Well, some time now. I was wondering if the design would be too hard for someone experienced, because if so, I'll rethink my method. I was planning to hand-embroider the design on a large piece of black cloth. Full scale (or, as close to full-scale as I can estimate - I haven't done the exact computations), it would be about 60 cm. tall. And the cloth would be a lot bigger.

It's only one color, but still. Opinions?

Design in question: http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/618/wallxii20.jpg
(just the red part)
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Yo! on: January 02, 2011 06:07:24 AM
Hey! Newbie here. I've been looking for an art and craft forum and ended up here.

It was weird that I had to say that it was year 2010 to register. :S

ALSO: I was wondering. The stuff I make are life-sized prop replicas from video games and TV shows and stuff, and I have no clue where to put my questions. Which boards do I post?
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