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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / When Do You Cut Them? on: November 12, 2006 03:06:20 AM
I was just wondering when you guys cut your clay things. I'm more into making miniature food items.

I made a (sort of) millefiori watermelon log before and I cute it into slices immediately but they kinda stuck to my clay cutting blade and disfigured the watermelon a bit.

So what I'm asking is, when do you cut your clay things? Do you

1) leave your clay out to dry for a while, then cut it or
2) put it in the fridge and then cut it as it will harden a little bit in the fridge or
3) do you cure it in the oven until it is half cured, take it out and cut it then put it back in the oven?

Do all these methods work?
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / cutesy clay stuff! :D on: October 02, 2006 08:23:53 PM
I took a whole bunch of pictures of these things and I couldn't choose which ones to put here! Sorry there are too many for the dial-up users Sad

These are my first clay items! What do you think?
I know I'm being ambitious, but I plan to sell them in the future (not this batch) but I'll need more practise, of course!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/m-e-i/Handmade%20Things/pinkcupcake1.jpg
^ Strawberry cupcakes with lemon drops ^

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/m-e-i/Handmade%20Things/strawberries1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/m-e-i/Handmade%20Things/strawberries3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/m-e-i/Handmade%20Things/strawberries2.jpg
^ Strawberries ^






^ Dancing Leafed Carrots ^
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cartridge paper = acid-free? on: April 18, 2006 05:12:33 AM
I live in Malaysia and most bookshops I go to don't sell acid-free paper. I've been using art block paper for my books which takes up a lot of space and I think the art block paper is a little too thick, and I don't think they're acid-free anyway.

A friend in school told me that cartridge paper is acid-free paper. Is that true? Is cartridge paper conventional printing paper we use to print stuff out with our printers at home?

Or do you suggest something else?
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I call it... the "Polka Dot Hip Hop" book! xD on: April 05, 2006 05:17:30 AM
YAY! Okay I made this some time ago but I haven't showed anyone yet! Here it is, hope you like! I've made a few books with coptic stitch but those are with spines, so you can say this is my first coptic stitch "spinless" book!
















Feedback would be nice!  Grin
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / confused on jap stab binding on: March 14, 2006 06:27:48 PM
I have a bunch of japanese stab binding tutorials but that's not exactly what I was looking for. I've seen around here before books you guys make that don't have the thread running along the height of the book. For instance:



So I'm confused about how to get the result on the left of the picture. Like, do you just compromise from the japanese stab binding? Do you not sew in certain parts?

Anyway, ribbon binding looks beautiful. Anyone care to share a tutorial for ribbon binding?

I've written down my resolutions for this week (I've got hols! Cheesy) and making a book was one of them. And the week's almost over! I need to get kickin xD

Thanks a bunch in advance!
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 2nd Hard-Cover Journal! on: December 14, 2005 03:22:32 AM
I'm pretty proud of it. It's much better looking than my first one! Hope you like it Smiley


17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / poster paint on handmade clay? on: December 13, 2005 06:25:15 AM
I found these two recipes for homemade clay:

 Make Flour-based Dough
1.     Mix 4 c. flour, 1 c. salt, some food coloring and enough water to moisten.
2.     Mix the ingredients, adding water until you have the desired consistency. The clay should be stiff but still hold together when rolled into a ball.
3.   Store in refrigerator to avoid spoiling. This clay dries hard and can be painted or decorated with markers or pens.
 
 
Or, Make Salt Dough
Steps:
1.     Mix 2 c. flour with 1 c. salt and 3/4 c. water in a deep bowl.
2.     Knead it until it's doughy.
3.     Add food coloring or glitter.
4.     Add more water if the dough is too crumbly. If it's too sticky, add a little more flour.
5.     Make several batches in different colors.
6.     Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.


But my question is, can you use normal poster paint to paint over the clay instead of pouring in food colouring? And later coat the paint with PVA glue. Will it work? Will it last? Thanks in advance!
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Portable Sewing Machine on: December 12, 2005 10:33:37 AM
We don't have much space at home just yet cause we just shifted in but I'm already dying for a portable sewing machine for myself so it doesn't have to be professional (I'm a sewing machine noob, but my mom knows how to use it properly) or expensive. I found tons at ebay and look what else I found:

http://www.ebay.com.my/viItem?ItemId=8241313907#details

I can't help but be really suspicious. It starts at less than AU$1.00. I actually don't have a credit card but I have an account on paypal. Would you bid? Would you even want it?
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / What's wrong with my journal? on: December 03, 2005 08:34:54 AM
I've been lurking at craftster for like ages, but I never really posted Sad Anyway, I followed this tutorial -->http://personal.mem.bellsouth.net/d/r/drv1913/0204pg1.html and I've made a journal! The only thing is, something is wrong, and I really don't know what to do. The tutorials never seem to come across this problem, so I thought maybe I did something wrong in the process!


From this picture, the book can only open up to this much! I could force it some more but that would just tear the paper I glued to the covers.

Here are more pictures of the problem:




I asked my mom about it and she said I wasn't supposed to glue the spine to the side of the papers. But would that be able to hold?

I also have another problem: I used black satin-like fabric as the cover and I used a medium sized paintbrush to spread glue over the covers and laid the black cloth over it. It kinda looks awful! Should I use thicker cloth (it was kinda thin), not use glue at all on the covers but only on the inside or use less glue?

I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me out! I'm like an uber noob Sad
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