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11  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Plastics board on: October 22, 2007 08:41:38 AM
Yes!!  Absolutely!!  I think having it's own board would allow more exposure to this popular craft and all the variations of it that are being spawned from it.  I think it would also inspire more variations on the project materials and provide a singular place where questions can be answered and a collective area for all information regarding the melting.  As it is now, I have to hunt and search in various places for bits and pieces of information and new projects.  It would be so much easier if all the projects, questions and info were all in one place.   
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage help! on: September 20, 2007 11:42:56 AM
check the ATC boards- there's a sticky that lists a couple dozen website with downloadable images- not all are free but all are good stuff : )

I feel real dumb asking this, but what is and where are ATC boards?
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: ideas for mountain bike race trophies on: September 18, 2007 01:21:51 PM
How about bike wheels?  I see junky bikes or sometimes parts for sale in garage sales.  You could use an adult sized wheel with the tire still on it for first place, a mid sized wheel for second and a child sized bike wheel for third.  Spray paint the big one gold, middle one silver and small one bronze.  You could make a plaque out of something (I'm drawing a blank on what you could use for that) but stick it in between the spokes.

Or, you could use bike seats.  Spray paint them and then you could write the placing on them with a paint pen or use a stencil to make it extra perfect.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Vintage help! on: September 18, 2007 09:21:17 AM
I've been searching the net for good clear vintage images of advertisements, signs, product labels and all I've been able to find are actual pictures of products, not just of the artwork.  Does anyone know of any good websites that have the artwork from products from the 40's and/or 50's?    I'm interested in any and all types of products.   

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Nice Metal Stars UPDATED 05/06 added vintage looking stars (complete w/ photos) on: September 13, 2007 12:09:34 PM
These are awesome! I need to make some NOW!  lol

How big are the finished stars? 

Also you mentioned making slits, I didn't notice them on the finished stars, where are they? 

How do you bend them?  I'm guessing on a straight edge, but I can't picture it in my head, since some of them are pretty short and they all meet in the middle.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Melted bead (and other item) experiment results on: November 29, 2006 08:47:35 AM
I don't know how to avoid air bubbles, but that looks great!  Did you use a bunt pan for your mold?
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little Wooden Trays - IMG Intense! on: September 27, 2006 07:09:11 AM
Those are really cute, I like the funky purple one the best. 

Do you make the trays, or did you purchase them unfinished and make them fabulous? 

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: putting up 'curtains' without screws on: September 26, 2006 09:29:40 AM
What I did to block out the light on some of my kitchen windows was use tissue paper and spray starch.  It's super cheap and it blocks the sun but makes what looks like stained glass colors when the light hits it. 

You could tear it into pieces and mosaic different colors onto the door or cut them in squares and tile them.  If you are really talented you could cut out designs and make a "painting" of sorts. 

Once you figure out what design you want, spray the window with starch in a small section at a time and place your tissue paper pieces.  Just be really careful because once the tissue paper is wet, it tears really easily. 

If you want to do layers (which is what I did and it made the color so rich) wait til the paper isn't sopping wet and has started to dry a little before spraying again and adding the next layer. 
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: proper paint for veneer? on: September 26, 2006 09:17:31 AM
I recently painted an estate sale dresser that was veneered for my son in red and black.  My mother does a lot of furniture refinishing so when I asked her how to do it, she said definately sand, use a tinted primer so that I wouldn't have to paint it 85 billion times to totally cover the primer, and finally and very important, use an acrylic paint.  Now, don't ask me why acrylic, but she said that it is the longest lasting and takes the most wear.

I used dark gray primer and it worked really great.  Ace of Spades black and an oxblood red (that wasn't the name of the color but it describes it very well)  I got an eggshell finish on both colors, as per my son's choice, and went at it.  I got all my supplies at my local Ace Hardware.

The only thing I would recommend if possible is buying small containers of paint.  I bought quarts of the red, black and primer and didn't even use a quarter of any of them.  I customized the colors and had them mixed so a quart was the smallest I could buy, but if you can find smaller cans on the shelf then start with those, unless you are going to do other items as well in which you would need more paint. 
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Video game pixel bead stuff on: August 24, 2006 12:11:38 PM
Those are SO FRICKIN' COOL!!!  How in the world do you do that?  Do you use templates?  What kinds of beads do you use?  TUTE PLEASE!!
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