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251  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! on: January 07, 2013 07:31:04 PM
Craftymamabee I love the combinations of color on that flag, and I love the way the letters look.  If you had not told us I would have guessed it was the plan from the beginning, and it gives the letters such a unique dimension.

PerfectlyBohemian both of those flags are beautiful and have wonderful details I especially like the path and woman on the flag you made for Abbeeroad.
252  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! on: January 07, 2013 07:30:44 PM
I received an awesome flag from susanab today!  I love the simple elegance, colors, and raw edges on the flag. I also love how she incorporated my name is on (engraved, maybe?) on the tag in the center of the heart.



Thank You susanab!
253  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 6 (Sign-ups until Mon, Jan 7; Sendouts Fri, Feb 22) on: January 07, 2013 06:23:50 PM
I'd be willing to be in a group of 3 if you need someone to be.
254  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / wire and beaded jewelry on: January 06, 2013 07:09:27 PM
These are 3 pairs of of dangely beaded earrings made with silver wire and ear hooks.



This was my first attempt at non-post earrings so any comments and/or suggestions are welcome.
255  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hello, I'm new. What is this bead called? Where may I find it? on: January 06, 2013 06:56:50 PM
Welcome to craftster!

I have actually never seen a bead like that before, but depending on how you are planning to use it you could probably use a spacer bead with rhinestones in its place.  Maybe something like this http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/H203155MB .  If it is more of the hour glass shape this might work http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/H207550MB , but the hole goes the other direction and it doesn't have rhinestones, but you could also add crystal beads for shine.

The site I've linked (Fire Mountain Gems) is also a great resource for buying beads online.  They have almost everything and the have bulk pricing on various items.  For example is you purchase on of 15 different items or 15 of one item you get the bulk price for 15 items, so you can get good prices as well as a good selection. And if you are in the US and don't need expedited shipping the shipping is a $5 flat rate.

Even though I couldn't help you find exactly what you were looking for hopefully I have helped some.
256  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Dexter Swap? on: January 06, 2013 06:32:38 PM
I would love to join a Dexter swap!
257  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bronze PMC. I have questions. on: January 06, 2013 06:01:23 PM
I have only used the silver PMC3 (which is fired with a torch) so I'm not much help with the kiln or the bronze.  But I have stamped on the PMC before.  I stamped while it was still clay using a rubber stamp lubricated with olive oil and it looks and works great.  I also like metal clay academy for tutorial, tip, tricks, ect and they have a page for bronze clay. http://www.metalclayacademy.com/metal-clay-resources/metal-clay-web-page-tutorials/bronze-clay-information-and-tutorials-on-web-pages.html
258  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: January 06, 2013 05:46:50 PM
So I have what may sound like a stupid question but how is everyone handling pictures?  Are you posting thumbnails in your list, linking to photos, linking to posts, just generally posting them in the thread, or a combination.  Also if you are just linking to photos or doing thumbnails in the list if its inspired by something else how are you handling giving credit?  I saw a mix of different methods from 2012 and was just wondering how those worked out.

I have two WIPs from 2012 finished and a new project from this year, and even though I can't post pictures of the two WIPs for a little while longer since they are for a swap I was hopping to post a pictures of the suncatchers I just finished, but haven't decided how to go about it.
259  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2; sign ups CLOSED, send by Jan 11, 2013 on: January 06, 2013 05:36:21 PM
Has anybody painted fabric before? How does acrylic work? I think I need to go to the craft store... I swear I read before of "fabric medium" which you can mix with the acrylics... I assume that makes it more flexible and not hard and breaky when it dries?

I paint on fabric with acrylics a lot. For things that are worn, they tend to crack, but I have done it one art dolls, and it never cracked. I did add a medium for making the paints thinner and more workable/blendable, but the medium feels and looks a lot like mod podge.

I have never actually painted on fabric but once in a pinch for a canvas painting I used collage-pauge (off brand of modge podge but slightly thiner) instead of slow dry blending gel.  My mom still has that painting and it hasn't shown any breakdown in the 4+ years since I painted it, so I assume it could work on fabric as well.
260  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: dying wool yarn in a crockpot? on: January 06, 2013 04:17:16 PM
Belladune, I have tried to measure the colors as best as possible, but it has been a bit hard to measure the gel since it sticks to EVERYTHING, but I have been adding the vinegar when I started to pre-soak the yarn every time.  I did two different color combinations one with violet, sky blue, and green and one with violet and pink, but had one successful and one not successful of each combo, and mixing seems to be more of a problem than it breaking.


AlpacaNanny, I looked at the rit dye but didn't try it because wool wasn't on the list of fabrics they recommended it for, but it is good to know it can work on wool.  I don't have a craft store very close by but I do visit the city nearest to me like once a month and probably will be in another few weeks and I try to stock up on supplies while I am there, so I can look for some of the products you mentioned.  I do like that the website you linked for the cushings has a color card available since color differences was what worried me about buying dyes online.

The amount of water that I am using could be too much, since I have been covering the yarn well with water plus the vinegar so I may need to try it with less water.  The painting method sounds like there is more control which i like the idea of and I followed almost all of the technique except for the part about rolling it.  Do you mean like wrapping each half up before rolling the whole thing, or am I way off?  Also could squeeze bottles be used in place of baby bottles (like the kind for ketchup and mustard at picnics) or would the dye flow too freely out of those?

Also your yarns are gorgeous!
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