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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Making Rolled Paper Beads- The Right Tool for the Right Job! (PIC HEAVY) on: July 08, 2010 04:36:41 PM
So here I am heavily involved in making paper beads when
I decided to surf the internet. Lo and behold, what should I
find but a Craftster member with good stuff!

Love your beads! Great job!

May I ask, what size strips do you use for your beads?
I've tried various sizes, but none of my beads seem to have
that nice puffy bead look, they are all somewhat tubular with
little bumps in the middle. I've been cutting triangles on the paper
cutter that are about an inch wide by 9" long. Sigh. But they
just aren't puffy.

I love all the colors you've chosen!

Karen Marie  Smiley
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Frosted Glass Mirror? on: March 19, 2010 07:24:21 AM
Hello Green Olives!

(Cute name!)

Though I can't really tell by the picture what you mentioned, is it
possible the frosted area has merely picked up residue from your
fingers over the years? You might try gently cleansing the area
and see if that helps.

If not, you can always use either glass paint or consider etching over
the spots in question. There is an easy to use etching cream available
at most hobby stores.

Hope this helps,
Karen
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: outline advice??? on: March 19, 2010 06:56:04 AM
Hi there!

 Smiley Is it possible the glass was not especially spotless before you applied
the strips of faux lead? Or perhaps did you wash them in the dishwasher or
hot water?

Just a few questions. Hope this helps,
Karen
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me pick out my first kiln! on: February 27, 2010 06:27:30 AM
Hello,

I just typed a very long response and then I realized you
had already typed your specifics. I'm sorry not to have
an answer for you, but you might contact a few of the
kiln manufacturers to see if they offer a free catalog.

Most of them probably have a website available where you
could compare prices, sizes and such.

You might even give this 'build a kiln' site a try, not necessarily to purchase
this particular brand, but to get a better idea of the kiln you desire.
http://www.skutt.com/apps/distributors/5720/5720_intro.html

Here is another to help select one:
http://www.bigceramicstore.com/Information/selecting_a_kiln.htm

And one more, if anything, to provide a variety of opinions:
http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92669

Hope this helps, or at least bumps it up to catch someone else's attention.  Smiley

Karen
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting a wine glass on: February 27, 2010 06:16:30 AM
LOL...'licked slightly'.  Cheesy

Though I've not used them (yet) myself, I seem to
recall Pebeo Vitrea 160 featured a food safe paint, though please
don't quote me on that for certain.

In any case, hand washing would be advised so as not
to lose the paint in a dishwasher. Certainly someone does it
with success, but I would not.  Undecided

You might check out the paint line in both squeeze
tube and paint pen styles. Hope this helps.

Karen  Smiley
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: stained glass paint help on: February 27, 2010 06:09:17 AM
Hello,

Unless the paint is so old that it won't mix up again, I'd definitely
give it a try, but perhaps not on a project you want to be perfect,
just in case.

You might even call the manufacturer of the item and provide the
product number, they may be able to give you an idea about the
date. Or to save a phone call, see if the company is on the internet
with a contact email. It may take a little while for them to respond,
but worth a try.

Happy bargain!

Karen
 Smiley
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: preserving wine lables ON the bottles? on: February 27, 2010 06:04:58 AM
Hello,

You might consider removing the labels, creating your item and then
returning the label to the glass. Perhaps a section of clear adhesive, but
then you would need to be careful not to scratch it.

Some wine bottles feature a painted on feature which does not come
off even in the kiln. I'm currently perusing the wine shops to find
unique labels and bottle shapes. The fun is emptying the bottles.

I'm sorry not to be of much help.

Karen
 Smiley
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lots of glass but don't know what to do with it on: February 27, 2010 06:01:19 AM
Hello,

Love the Pillsbury Dough Boy, too cute.

Have you thought about purchasing a small microwave kiln? You could
make small jewelry items and other trinkets. I've been using mine for
a few months now and having great fun with it.

Perhaps tossing a bit of the glass into a rock tumbler, then when it
comes out nice and frosty, wrap it in wire for jewelry?

Just a few thoughts. Hope this helps,
Karen

 Smiley
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need ideas to recycle huge wine jugs! on: February 23, 2010 01:16:51 PM
Greetings, RC!

Quote
Cutting/Drilling is not out of the question. 

Ooh, this opens the door for many ideas. My first thought was the old
fashioned jugs from years ago. I'll try to explain, maybe someone else
will know what they are called.

A large jug is cut / sliced in half or in several large slices. Between
each slice is a round, flat piece of wood that has a groove in the top and bottom near
the edge to serve as a channel into which the glass will fit.

Basically it is a stacked storage system. I hope I'm making a shred of
sense, LOL.

They are often used for snacks or candy, nuts, etc. The downfall to storing
goodies in the top section is that you have to remove the top and the first
piece of wood, turn it upside down, then remove the lid to get to the treat.
I used to have one of these, but can't remember what happened to it. I do
remember people used to try to remove the lid, which caused all the tidbits
to fall out the top.  Smiley

Perhaps someone will come along with a picture of what I am trying to
describe.

Karen
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