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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: I've figured out the best way to stencil EVER. A must read. (tutorial and pics) on: July 11, 2005 08:34:00 AM
alright guys,really stupid question coming on right now......what/where is photoshop? sorry,new Embarrassed

_Adobe Photoshop is a professional photo editing software. Personally, I use Adobe Illustrator for my stencils -vectors can be resized & I think they are 'cleaner' than the Photoshop's threshold-

For the stencils I use clear contact paper -before experimenting with contact paper, I used x-rays -after dumping them in soapy water& scrubbing with a sponge-
vectors? resized... whatie?  cleaner sounds great...  more info (please.)
Wow - thanks... so is it possible to use the vector resizing coolness in photoshop (v.7.0), because that looks awesome!  i had tried the threshold thing before and it was not really impressive...
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: I've figured out the best way to stencil EVER. A must read. (tutorial and pics) on: July 10, 2005 12:06:33 AM
alright guys,really stupid question coming on right now......what/where is photoshop? sorry,new Embarrassed

_Adobe Photoshop is a professional photo editing software. Personally, I use Adobe Illustrator for my stencils -vectors can be resized & I think they are 'cleaner' than the Photoshop's threshold-

For the stencils I use clear contact paper -before experimenting with contact paper, I used x-rays -after dumping them in soapy water& scrubbing with a sponge-
vectors? resized... whatie?  cleaner sounds great...  more info (please.)
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Spider and Daisy Pillow - (amy butler pattern) on: July 09, 2005 09:03:12 AM
Those are awesome. I may use your idea because I have clothing from my daughter who was killed in a car accident 2 years ago and besides making a quilt and some other things this would be really great.
that would be beautiful... what a great idea!
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Spider and Daisy Pillow - (amy butler pattern) on: July 09, 2005 09:02:23 AM
Super sweet!  Did you make the big flower pillow too?  I love them both.  I have a 4 month old that wants a spider now!
thanks!  Yep, I made the big circle pillow and the daisy shaped cover...
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Spider and Daisy Pillow - (amy butler pattern) on: July 09, 2005 09:00:10 AM
OMG- your daughter is adorable!!!!  She looks so comfy I'M getting sleepy....
I love the big flower pillow- how long did it take to make?
well, i was nine months pregnant, and i have a two year old.  so - forever...  (a few weeks i guess, and a few weeks finding the right fabric...)
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: postage stamp necklaces... on: July 09, 2005 08:43:22 AM
Gorgeous, I want the first one. I'd hurt myself soldering so I don't do it.

Stamps are mini-art pieces, they deserve to be used in jewelry
thanks... and i've totally burned my finger and thumb... it really does hurt.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: postage stamp necklaces... on: July 09, 2005 08:39:53 AM
These are great. One question: How do you scale down the microscope slides? I have a bunch of these and several rolls of the copper tape that I bought intending to make slide necklaces and haven't, yet. I have lots of stamps, though, and could do some of these, too!
is use a glass cutter.  score &  break...  ta-da
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Spider and Daisy Pillow - (amy butler pattern) on: July 08, 2005 11:31:34 PM
this is from an amy butler pattern, i love how it turned out...
It was pretty easy too... (i'm totally a novice sewer.  seamstress.  something...)

this spider is made out of scrappy little bits I found around my house,
(except his little boots, are made of felt that i had to buy...)
The pillow is (mostly) recontructed out of old shirts from high school,
 a napkin from my wedding, old curtains, dresses...
and one piece of amy butler fabric...

it's big and squashy... so are her cheeks...

she likes da spider...
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mr dangly - knitted monkey (with pattern) on: June 26, 2005 04:43:15 PM
as a standard rule in my life, I consider monkeys to be a bit... creepy... BUT that is the cutest darn thing ever.
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: postage stamp necklaces... on: June 20, 2005 11:55:41 PM
So, its easy peasy.  My husband taught me some techniques for soldering, but there are some simple instructions to make similar fun things, and absurdly cutey-pooty things on the site that I got the idea for using the microscope slides at (a scrapbooking place, http://scrapalatte.net/) and thats where I get the solder, copper tape, and flux. (so I can be sure its safe, not leaking toxic-lead-gunk into my neck.)  I get my slides at microscope depot its much cheaper.  But if you wanna read it here -  This is how I do it
   
a) Choose stamp, score and break the microscope slides(with a glass cutter), mount the stamp to a nice piece of paper,
(or not.  If you do it can be double sided. and as martha would say "that's a good thing.")
   
b)  Make a glass-stamp-glass sandwich, holding it closed with a springy clamp thing. 
Size counts, make an effort to use pieces of glass that really match well

 Wrap the edges in copper tape, rubbing it aggressively down to make some really good contact with the glass.
 c) One edge at a time:  paint with flux, and solder.  Its hot. Dont burn yourself.
 it should be resting on a heatproof surface (perhaps a piece of glass.)
  
I like to have the clamp on the bottom holding it steady. eddie. 
d) Make a nice extra blob of solder,  where the jump ring can be attached.  Flux the ring and the blob. 
 Holding the ring (with pliers) heat the blob until just molten, and then jam that ring in.
 
Hold for a few seconds, and then admire. 
e) ooh

 This is my first attempt at posting a tutorial... it's time for bed now. 
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