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101  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Sign Up CLOSED Final Send Out By 04/23/11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Antidigger on: April 05, 2011 04:28:06 AM
If I'm allowed out during the day I can send today. (I'm waiting in for the phone company, who, although they have promised to collect stuff today, I'm not expecting to arrive  Sad)

Also, my item has definitely turned into a medium by time. I didn't expect it to take this long when I started it Sad
Never mind, I think it's pretty Smiley.

But I'd better post a teaser, so:

Have fun with it.
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102  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: April 01, 2011 11:44:55 AM
Hooray, my photos finally loaded:

My package was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much, Jaywesome.
Here is the package as it arrived:

And here the lovely, lovely things inside it:

and because my bookmark is double sided, the back too:

So, all in all, I have: A lovely decorated envelope, a handwritten note, on some screen printed, looks like handmade paper from India with a picture of elephants on it (did I say I really like elephants? I don't think so, but I do, you've really found my wavelength Jaywesome!).
A bookmark: one can never have too many bookmarks and this one has a paisley pattern in my favourite colours with a Princess Bride silhouette on it (I am absolutely certain I didn't say how much I admired silhouettes, but I do) for one side and a tardis with one of the best quotations ever on it for the other.
A necklace which has reminded me with great pleasure of one of my favourite books that has somehow been neglected for the last couple of years: it is really overdue for me to reread (again) Good Omens. And now I have a beautiful necklace in natural materials to wear whilst I do, and also whilst I don't, and lots of other times in between I predict.
I have a packet of assorted mints too (just how did you know I eat a lot of mints? There's always at least one packet in the car, unless I've been on a long journey that is, then there's an empty packet in the car and a craving for more in me).
And lastly a book, ooh! I'd better sign off now, I have some reading to do.

Thank you so much once again, this is a brilliant package, which came at the perfect time.
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103  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Sign Up CLOSED Final Send Out By 04/23/11 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Antidigger on: March 21, 2011 02:20:07 PM
<Big sigh> All finished, well for the first round at least! I just need to get to the post office tomorrow. Smiley Peace reigns in my living room now. Why does it take me as long to write the accompanying letter as it does to finish the item?

Well, as it seems de rigeur, I'd better post my teaser photo, dutifully washed out an horrendously out of focus:

If it looks like something you'd like, you'd better wish hard.....
If it looks like something you'd hate, you'd better wish harder!
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104  Physics is fun in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Antidigger on: February 24, 2011 06:25:16 AM
Well, I thought I'd try my hand at some ATC's. But what could I do? Well, I've been seeing all these altered book pages and liking the look of them, but I just can't bring myself to destroy a book, not even a dreadful one. So a rummage in the recycling bin later: Physics World. It has some amazing articles in it about fascinating things (yes I am a geek) which, after I'd reread a few, emerged as a cool theme in my opinion.

So, here are my first set of cards

and a close up of one of them

titled Moving in High Society

I've learned lots of things in the process of making these:
I don't like using a water based glue on paper is one of them!
But among the better things:
Tea staining (and beetroot staining)
Different edging styles for paper
Different methods of creating texture
The difference a border can make!

In future I would try to curve the corners, perhaps add some different materials, dry the cards under pressure to keep them flat (later pressure doesn't work so well), improve my drawing skills! and use a different glue.

Constructive criticism very welcome
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105  Learning to knit... in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: February 21, 2011 11:46:42 AM
My friend came to visit this weekend so we bought a ball of wool (cotton actually) and a pair of needles and she taught me the basics of how to knit, she thought I could manage a simple pattern by the time she left on Sunday, so I tried.

My first baby hat:

and with a baby head substitute:

It might look a funny shape, that's because it is. I didn't purchase a sewing up needle, none of my half a dozen needles fit wool, so I had to pin it together. Then I tried to put it on a balloon left over from our evening out over the weekend so there's a cardboard box in the back covering where the pins are so the balloon didn't burst before I took the picture.

the pattern is here: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babyhattwoneedle.htm
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106  Little bits of paper and some packaging in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: February 17, 2011 06:21:00 AM
Little bits of paper and some packaging do some pretty jewellery make...

I got a ribbon on my valentines gift: now I have jewellery too Smiley
(I will have to wait a while for findings for my earrings)
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107  Paintbrushes from paper in Completed Projects by Antidigger on: February 16, 2011 04:44:51 AM
Not high tech, not fine detail, but if you just want something to splosh about with and don't want to have to clean your brush later, or you don't have access to your brushes.

A piece of scrap paper. I find I can make 3 brushes from 1 page of A4 (roughly letter size).
A tiny snippet of paper 5cm by 3cm ish, very ish.
Optional, something to roll around.

1. Take your piece of paper and cut it to the length you think you want your brush to be, the wider the piece of paper, the fatter the brush.

2. Along the long edge, start cutting little strips, so you end up with a fringe. The longer your strips are, the more re-uses your brush will have.

3. Roll up your fringed piece of paper and secure with tape.

4. Take your snippet of paper and roll around the brush and secure (to itself only) with tape, so it slides up and down the brush.

5. Remove the thing (if any) that you rolled around.

6. Slide the snippet towards the brush end until you have just enough fringed bits to use as a brush.

7. Use.

8. Cut off the bit that you used and slide the snippet back down the brush til your fringed bits are long enough to use again.

Necessity is the mother of invention!
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108  More paper beads in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: February 16, 2011 04:08:45 AM
Inspired by AmeliaLune here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371737.0
I found advertising makes lovely rolled paper beads Smiley

I haven't varnished them yet because I've heard mixed reviews of PVA glue as a glaze, but I'm sure I'll get impatient soon and try it.

Ocean colours

I love the beads this valentine themed advert made

I'm not so fond of the colours in this page

I can manage about one page in an evening.
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109  Plain but useful baskets in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: February 15, 2011 09:34:02 AM
Well, these are not exactly beautiful, but they are useful and when they stop being so, can go straight back into the recycling bin  Smiley They took half a free paper each.

What I've learned:
1 they are easier to weave if you put something heavy in the middle when you are working the sides.
2 go round tugging all the strips again and again and again and again.......
3 the thinner the strips, the easier it is to make a tidy shape
4 the thinner the strips the longer it will take you to make it.

The original tutorial was from here: http://niftythriftythings.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-in-news.html
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110  Penniless Valentine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: February 14, 2011 06:12:33 AM
Please forgive me if this goes all pear-shaped. It is my first post and I am very much still learning.

Due to current domestic circumstances, I am currently financially very poor (so much so that I exceeded my crafting budget by purchasing a bottle of PVA glue), and bereft of most of my making tools and my stash, which has made my current time rich state quite frustrating.

Paper crafts are possible, because there are free newspapers and magazines and packaging waste to provide raw materials, so here are my first photos: my valentines for my beloved. There are little piles of them stashed all around the flat where he might find them when he returns tonight.

They are very amateurish, but that's the nature of my crafting, jack of all trades, master of none. I'd rather spend my time learning lots of new techniques than master any one.

And my tool set, sadly diminished as it is. There is also basic kitchen equipment available to me, but everything must remain fit for food use.

Thank you for your patience.

If my camera batteries hold out I might get some pictures of the paper beads and the woven paper baskets I've managed so far.
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