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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Re: The Doctor's Companion Survival Kit on: May 07, 2013 10:02:04 AM
Very creative! I'm impressed with the amount of stuff you were able to fit in that little tin  Wink
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Maple Leaf dish on: April 23, 2013 10:57:00 AM
The orange of the leaf is so striking. Beautiful job.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: painted rainbow chandelier on: April 23, 2013 10:51:10 AM
Great job. So much cheerier now!

I'm on the hunt now for a chandelier to paint, lol.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Coat - Aztec Sun Mandala And Granny Squares on: April 23, 2013 10:48:34 AM
AMAZING!!! This totally 'rocks'!
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Help! need a good bottle cutter on: April 23, 2013 10:44:13 AM
I have one of these:

http://www.greenpowerscience.com/BOTTLECUTTING.php3

It has worked very well for me. The design is great because it rotates from the center rather than the edge. It accommodates a wide range of sizes.

A few tips:

The aluminum is a little bendy, so be gentle.

Keep the neck snug on the cone.

Go smoothly, go evenly, but never go back! Stopping short by a millimeter or two is better than overshooting your starting point. To make it easier to see, I mark a blob with Sharpie before beginning and start there.

Use a little oil on the wheel. I use 3-in-1 because it was lying around. You may want to check with stained glass artists to see what they use.

I think the video shows it being used upright. I am butterfingered, so I put it flat on a table.

Be sure the arms are perpendicular when the butterflies are tightened.

Use boiling water. Not hot, boiling. I got an electric kettle for $20 that plugs in right next to the sink. It also makes great tea.

Alternate boiling water with cold, running the streams right on the cut line. Watch for the mirrored ribbon to run around the bottle and listen for the clear bell-like tinkle. A dull sound indicates a crack or irregularity that will probably be fatal to one or both pieces.

Hope this helps. Happy bottlecrafting!


That video is pretty impressive. Have you been pretty successful with this method? As in more than 50% of the time, lol.
Thanks!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: bunting cosmetic bags on: April 23, 2013 10:17:59 AM
What a perfect use for all the tiny little 'scraps' I can't bear to throw away! Thanks for sharing.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dewey Decimal Sewing Journals on: April 20, 2013 05:50:49 PM
Oh, I love this. One of my friends is a librarian and I am always noting things I think would make a great gift for her. This totally fits the bill. Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: From Trash to Treasure - Soda Pop Top Pin Cushions! on: April 20, 2013 05:49:10 PM
So glad someone recently posted on this thread because these are just awesome! My mind is spinning with ideas now. Off to raid the recycle bin, lol. Thanks for sharing.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Davey Jones mask (Pirates of the Caribbean, not the Monkee) on: April 20, 2013 05:31:30 PM
Way to go, mom! You did an awesome job and he certainly looks proud.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Granny Circle Vest With Black Fancy Fur Swirl And Black Broomstick Lace Decorati on: April 20, 2013 05:29:55 PM
That is utterly stunning! I especially love the black edging. It really spices it up and takes it to the next level. I just started 'hooking' again this last year after 5+ years of putting crochet projects off.
Is this your own pattern? It's beautiful Cheesy
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