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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: SHRINKY DINKS on: July 18, 2007 01:18:38 PM
here's a question that i couldn't find an answer to...anybody use pastels on shrinky dinks?  I wanna be able to do some more blending with them. 

I've never tried it, but am guessing oil + heat = bad.

I agree! If you want to blend the color, why not try using those water-pencil crayons. You can dip them in water before you color, or use them dry then use a small paint brush wet to blend in after!

The only coloring tool I've ever liked the results of is markers called "Pantone." They are art markers I used when I was in school. They have one fine-tip end and one fat end. You can get them at Michael's. There is a "clear blender" you can get for them that allows you to blend lines after you color, it's a lot of fun!

To whomever said they have problems with the color bleeding: I have experienced this as well. It's worse with different types of shrinkie paper, but I find in general for me, red is the worst color! Even after I shrink something, I still get fingerprints in the red ink. Bummer!  I haven't found a solution yet...
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: You little tree hugger, you! on: June 25, 2007 05:13:06 PM
So pretty! I, too, want one. I tried making one once, but it was a mess. Good work!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: making plugs on: May 11, 2007 08:58:59 PM
could you make a plug and then put a layer of tape (electrical or bondage or Teflon) around the part that goes in your ear?
I tried electrical and it was nasty, the glue would ooze out after awhile. I used Teflon, you have to tape it down or something cause it's not sticky but I've heard bondage tape is, so it's better. Though, the people on the previous page would shot me for saying anything good about it. I didn't have any problems at all with Teflon tape.
I currently wear acrylic (or plastic, as a few of you have said) and I haven't had any problems. I use acrylic cause it's cheaper than both metal and glass, I'd love glass plugs but it's too expensive around here.
Oh, and I'd like some reliable URLs saying what's "toxic" and what's not because you're all contridicting yourselves. Just saying that something is so does not make it so, sorry.


Okay Shimmering, you asked for it, you got it. Here's a blog about making fimo or sculpey plugs:

http://www.instructables.com/id/EMKL89AY5GEP2880IH/

An excellent 3 page article about body jewelry from about.com

http://tattoo.about.com/od/piercingsgeneralinfo/a/bjmaterials.htm

I couldn't find any material specifically on using sculpey from a professional's point of view, so I would recommend not using it! If professional's don't talk about it, there's probably a reason.

It's late and that's all the digging I could do for now. If need be, I'll look for more articles to satisfy your need to clear up these "contradictions". Which, by the way, are in no means a professional answer from any of us. Just opinions based on experience.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Funny baby onesies on: May 11, 2007 08:26:45 PM
I don't have any new babies in my life, but another print on one I sell at my work reads:

"I did 9 months and I finally got out."

Too cute! They've been selling like mad!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: SHRINKY DINKS on: April 20, 2007 07:34:57 AM
As far as I know and have tested, you're not supposed to color on the shiny side. They intentionally rough-up the one side to color on, in the reverse image, so you look at it through the shiny side. Nothing I've ever tried has stuck on the shiny side, I wasted a lot of shrinky dinks, so I gave up.

I hope someone else out there has luck with something to share with you!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Sew on" velcro on: February 18, 2007 08:38:01 AM
I won't be of much help. I would just leave them un-sewn and offer to your friend to replace them with stitch on ones if the glue ever gives out. I would just explain the situation, she'll understand. I really don't think removing the glued ones will work, like you said it will pull the fleece off it. Sewing machine seems to be out of the question, you don't want to gunk up the needle again. I've tried hand sewing velcro and it's tough! Good luck whatever you do.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I got a Cease & Desist...what should I do now?!? (EDITED w/ "Resolution") on: February 11, 2007 09:43:21 AM
Woah! Congratulations, seriously. I bet you feel the weight of the world is off your shoulders!!! What a relief. I know a bunch of us craftsters had a sigh of relief on your behalf as well!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I got a Cease & Desist, what should I do now...???!?! on: February 07, 2007 08:56:44 PM
At this point, what I have to say is moot (pointless) but after reading all 13 pages I want to have my two cents!

Way back in this post, people were commenting how funny it was that the only person who purchased the bottle-cap item was someone from the company that sent the C&D. I'm not defending them in any way, don't get me wrong, I'm just explaining. What they were most likely doing was purchasing to confirm that in fact, their product was being used. Not repainted or what-not, to look like their logo. Internet photos don't do the same thing as actually holding the item.

Here's an example that really happened. I work in an independently owned store in a mall, carrying a popular line of clothing amongst teens, the line including purses. A so-called knock-off booth around the corner from our store was selling a purse from the same clothing line we carry, but the booth wasn't licensed to sell the purse. We (owner and I) contacted the sales rep for the company, and then the head office for the company explaining the situation (we're one of only two store's in the mall with this line of clothing, legally.) The head office asked us to purchase the bag, mail it to them so they could examine it and determine if it is a true knock-off, then reimbursed us for the purchase price of the bag... In the end they had police come in and check their booth out, turns out they were selling a lot more than one company of knock-offs.

The reason for my almost-midnight rant is simply that they bought it to look at it up close and confirm before the sent the C&D.

Woah, do I know how to make a long story longer, or what! My husband says that's part of my charm. Hahaha.

Anyway I wish you all the best of luck with this, as everyone else has said, my feelings are this is a scam. I really hope your pro bono lawyer can help you out with this! I'm not American so I won't even pretend to know any laws there, but as far as I'm concerned, garbage is for anyone to use how they like.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: t shirt quilt? on: January 12, 2007 01:30:30 PM
I was interested in making one of these myself, to anyone that's made one already what did you use as your backing material, and what about the border/edging material?

The interfacing suggestion is a really good tip!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: full english shrinky dinks! on: November 09, 2006 03:49:25 PM
I've been meaning to try these for a while now, I'm truely inspired by your breakfast!!!

I prefer the woody background, the green is too bright for my eye and distracts from the image!
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