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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: (NEW BRACELET!) Three CD bracelets on: March 10, 2007 02:51:05 PM
I have a microwave that already sparks when just cooking food (scorch marks inside and everything!), so I'd be really nervous. I wonder if holding it over a flame for a few seconds would work to give it the crackled effect. Hmmmm .....

Thanks - very cool project!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Colorful Raggedy Scrap Scarf! (IMG HEAVY) on: October 21, 2006 08:39:39 PM
I'm late to the party here - but is it very heavy (weight wise)? And is it really stiff, or just mildly stiff? A little stiff is ok, I think. I have a set of size 13 needles that I was thinking would work good with this. Thanks for the inspiration!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spray Adhesives and Solvy on: January 20, 2006 02:08:21 PM
Thanks GloryB - I'll give that a try! When I'm arranging the yarn, thread and ribbons, I only just need a little tack - and I could do the same thing on the piece I'm covering it with (the Solvy goes on both sides) to keep it from moving while I machine it. I'll let you know how I make out!
4  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / paper stores on: January 18, 2006 11:48:15 AM
Hi -

Was wondering if anyone knew of any good paper stores in Northern NJ. Not your regulation paper store (like Michaels, Rag Shop, etc.) - but someplace with cards and paper you can touch and feel - unusual, different stuff. Pearl Paint in Paramus has a few nice things, but I was looking for someplace new. I know of a few in the city, but was hoping to find some closer.

Thanks!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Spray Adhesives and Solvy on: January 17, 2006 12:30:57 PM
Hi -

I'm making fiber lace squares using Solvy, the water based stabilizer. In order to get the fibers to stick to the Solvy so that I can sew it in the sewing machine, I am using a very light coat of spray adhesive on one piece of Solvy. For the life of me, I can't get all of the Solvy off because of the adhesive, but I can't put it together w/o a little bit of adhesive. I'm using Elmers Craft Bond, which has directions for temporary adhesive - which I followed. It makes my final product look like it has dandruff!!!

This picture isn't great, but I think it's focused enough for you to see what I'm talking about


For kicks, here's the finished product -


Anyone have any thoughts on either a)a better, water soluble adhesive or b) a better water based stabilizer than Solvy? When I use light colored fibers, it's not such an issue of course - just like when you wear black and have dandruff, right???  Grin

Thanks!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Email newsletter experience, anyone? on: July 11, 2005 04:33:35 PM
Hi all -

Does anyone have any experience using any software package or online service to do mass email newsletters? Something that is not ad supported, incredibly simple to use, has multiple user options, ability to customize (at least a bit), and of course, not too expensive. I work for someone who does craft fairs, etc. and she wants to do something a little nicer than your basic email to her mailing list.

Thanks!!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Email newsletters experience? on: July 11, 2005 04:30:40 PM
Hi all -

Does anyone have any experience using any software package or online service to do mass email newsletters? Something that is not ad supported, incredibly simple to use, has multiple user options, ability to customize (at least a bit), and of course, not too expensive. I work for someone who does craft fairs, etc. and she wants to do something a little nicer than your basic email to her mailing list.

Thanks!!
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: March 19, 2004 06:21:26 AM
Start hoarding your coffee cans now - the big (3 lb.) size ones are already in danger - they are now being made plastic instead of metal. I'm collecting the smaller ones now, just in case!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / crafty coupons! on: March 19, 2004 06:16:17 AM
OK, this is not really for a site, but you have to go to their website to get the coupon ... if you sign up at the Joann website to receive a sales flyer, they will send you a coupon for 40% off any one non-sale item.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re:crackle finish? on: March 12, 2004 05:49:15 PM
I have used hide glue - it is a brown type glue that does the same thing as crackle medium does (people used this for a long time before there was crackle medium!). It works really good, esp. on large surfaces - I did a whole book case with it once. One note of warning is that it does have a color to it (it's meant for furniture assembly/repair) so it will change the color of your base coat slightly (the part that shines through the cracks).

I haven't used this site, but this is what I'm talking about - you should be able to find it at any good hardware store or home improvement store.

http://www.artistsclub.com/Lobby.ASP?WCI=Item_Display&itemid=85127
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