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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Different sources of polystyrene for shrinky dinks on: February 17, 2012 12:25:35 AM
Can anyone experimented with polystyrene wall veneer, insulation, wall paper lining, etc.? They come in rolls. (These may all be the same thing, I dunno.)
32  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Will this work as a shrinky dink? on: February 17, 2012 12:23:53 AM
Thank you, I'll take a look at your site. I knew about the other sources of polystyrene but I didn't know about chip bags. I need to try that one! Thanks.
33  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cutting device? on: February 15, 2012 09:07:15 PM
Well, right now all I need to cut is planes of plain glass in squares, rectangles and trapezoids. I am just no good at those pencil like or even pistol type cutters.

So I need some kind of device like one of these: http://www.glassinchina.com/product/productDisplay_324177.html

Or something. But I don't have a lot of money.
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Will this work as a shrinky dink? on: February 15, 2012 10:07:55 AM
I have no idea what kind of plastic it is. It's the transparencies that you use on over head projectors. Any input? I cut two pieces from the same sheet and one shrunk and got toasty while the other one didn't do anything at all.
35  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cutting device? on: February 15, 2012 10:04:46 AM
I looked but I'm sure I must have missed a similar thread, please bear with me.

Is there any kind of fool proof device for cutting glass that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I don't mean your simple, hand held glass cutters, I mean like one of those T things (or something like that) that make it VERY hard to mess up, which is why I'm looking for this kind of tool rather than the ordinary hand held types.
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Experiment #1 with Shrinky Dinks: Acrylic Paint on: February 14, 2012 11:40:35 PM
I found that using a very sharp knife to score the plastic, then carefully tearing the image out worked the best.

I'm very new to this and haven't done all the reading on the very many ways you can make this yet, so I have a question. How are you able to tear the image out? Is the paper a lot more pliable than the #6 plastic you find around the house? Or do you tear them out after you've shrunk them?

What blade do you use? Is it the really thin, needle like X-Acto blade?
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: What I learned about shrink plastic (tips and tricks) on: February 14, 2012 11:38:44 PM
I'm confused about something. When you bake them, they'll curl up? So you take them out of the oven and then put them back in and they then flatten all on their own?

Can you use acrylic ink instead of Sharpies? How about enamel paint?

What do you personally use for cutting out your shapes? If you don't have a cutting machine, would the thinnest Xacto blade be good for cutting?

I'm a newb.
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: I can't close these jump rings! on: February 14, 2012 11:11:45 PM
I still can't close them. Sad
39  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: WIP: Mr. McFluffypants as Black Bart on: February 13, 2012 09:46:07 PM
I would make his mustache more impressive, more robust with curls at the ends. The kind you think of when you hear "Railroad baron". It'll be more of a focal point and have more purpose on the canvas.
40  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: 16 yo son wants to be an artist on: February 13, 2012 09:44:12 PM
In today's economy, or even when it wasn't so difficult out there, artists are having a very hard time making a living out of their crafts. Even if they're incredibly talented. For his sake, I would try to get him to have something he can fall back on instead of his art being his primary means of sustaining himself. So that means, he should pursue his art but also something else more in demand so he can eat.
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