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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Sealant/coating for wire or chains? on: January 23, 2007 08:52:50 PM
Hey guys,

I have a necklace that's made of really thin wire and sequins, and it turns out I'm very allergic to it due to all the rough edges.  (It seems I'm allergic to nickel free stuff regardless, but usually necklaces are fine - although I assume this one is not.)

So does any one have any ideas for what I could use to coat a thin wire chain?  I was thinking a very thin spray sealant of some kind would be sufficient - it just needs to reduce the amount of metal exposed.  The trouble of course is that it needs to be thin enough not to form a film over the holes in the chain, and not get opaque when exposed to friction.  And if it could magically not "glue" the sequins to the wire, that would just be amazing.  (Yeah, I know, not gonna happen.)

I usually cover my earrings in nailpolish, but that's not viable for a necklace, obviously.  I also don't mind if it's not a permanent fix, as long as it's not too expensive to repeat ; )  I did a quick search, and some site mentioned dipping chainmail in a kind of floor coating - but that sounds like something that would be on the thicker side...   anyway, it doesn't have to be a perfect solution, it's just so I can wear the darn thing cuz I like it so much.

Any suggestions appreciated : )
2  COOKING / Dessert / Any ideas for using up bland shortbread cookies? on: November 01, 2006 03:24:03 AM
Second round of shortbread cookies, tried a recipe from marthastewart.com. Had to add more butter to get the dough workable, and still they turned out too crumbly, dry, and somewhat bland.  Not unpleasant, but not delicious like shortbread should be.

I was thinking some sort of filling or jelly etc. would help them, or maybe I could use them to make a crust or crumble them on ice cream or some such.

Lots of recipes to be found online, but I thought I'd check with you guys first to see if you had any interesting recommendations.

Thanks for reading : )
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Any ideas for fixing my broken sandal strap? on: July 14, 2006 05:54:18 AM
The shoe repair guy said the best he could do is stitch it together, and it probably wouldn't hold : (

Broke the strap the first time I wore the shoes.  Return policy long expired, I'd reeeally like to make them wearable again.  They are the metallic peach version of these:



And the break is in the cross over strap near the instep (green X).

Reinforcing strap suggestions?  Material to create a solid vamp underneath the straps?  I'm sure there's something I can do for them, but what to use, and how to attach it?

*sigh* they went with so many things! ha ha  Cry
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Javascript - new window please? (Featured Projects) on: July 13, 2006 03:55:44 AM
Maybe not worth your trouble, but I would really appreciate it if the featured projects links could function normally (allowing right clicking) or as pop ups (new window), instead of only opening in the current window.  For us multi-window-surfing, gotta-click-it-now-before-i-forget types.

Hoping for the main forum page and also the old FPs pop up - which only allows opening in the one parent window, and if I close that after reading the thread, as I have a dozen times, I have to start all over : p

Thanks for reading, either way : )
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / "Buggiani Tote Bag with Ties?!" or "Do you recognize this tote bag?" on: April 03, 2006 10:43:41 PM
Hi guys,

I found this tote bag at Winners and thought it had a lot of stylish potential... but I don't actually know what it's supposed to look like.  I brought it home so I could experiment with different tying methods and so forth, but if I can't figure it out then it's going back (a touch expensive, dontchyaknow).  Weird thing to do, maybe, but I was hoping someone here might recognize it : )

So these are the parts:


And these are a couple ideas I had for how it might go together:




I mean, it's all well and good to do it my way, but I'm interested to know the real way, and/or any other ideas you may have.  I was also considering replacing the ties with another material, like a cotton sateen or maybe a low lustre satin, you know, like a hard/soft contrast type of thing.

Thanks for any ideas!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / want to tarnish/patina silver pleather bag on: March 26, 2006 10:29:05 PM
Hi guys,

I'm trying to decide if I like this tote bag I bought, it's medium-large sized and made of silver pvc that actually looks a lot like real leather (regular, not patent).  My main issues with it involve metallic accessories being recently trendy and whether or not I'm going to feel like a tool carrying it around in a few months.... but that's another story.

To the point - I'm wondering if there's a way I can do something paint or dye wise that would sort of tarnish or burnish or otherwise take the silver color down a notch.  I'd prefer it to look 'natural' - if that's possible on a silver pvc bag : )  Basically I want it to be less bright and shiny.

I know acrylics are supposed to work on leather, but this is plastic, and also I thought acrylics might be too opaque or patchy if I'm trying to do a sort of wash or something.  The texture isn't very deep so I don't know if it will settle in the cracks or just pool weirdly.


Thanks for any ideas : )
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Buying in Canada / Commercial vs. Regular / Replacing Ink ? on: February 25, 2006 03:35:22 PM
Hi there,  sorry for the long post:

Wanting to do a few transfers for personal use, thinking commercial grade sounds like a good way to go for durability.  I know dharmatrading/bestblanks has good prices for transfers, leaning towards dharma's because of cool-peel option... however - I am in Canada and: 
[(cheap transfers + extra shipping) * exchange rate] + 7% tax GST + $5 customs charge = Expensive transfers.

So I thought I'd ask if
1) anyone here from Canada has bought transfers from these places, and if the costs really do spiral out of control the way I think they do.
2) if it's really worth it to get "commercial grade" when I hand wash most of my clothes and plan on making repositionable transfers that won't get washed regularly anyway, but would have to stand up to repeated relocation.

And in case you can offer any advice - my Canon i560 magenta tank has dried up for lack of use (though C/Y are perfectly fine, argh) so I am looking at replacement options.  I'm leaning towards the $10 Dynex compatible ink because my ink usually dries up before I get around to using it and it makes me really sad to waste/lose it... and it makes me angry if the single color costs me $18 to replace... anyway.  I've seen some cheaper inks online (anyone tried Atlantic Inkjet?) but again, costs add up quickly.  So any good/bad experiences with "cheaper" ink usage would be appreciated (besides compatibility fundamentals).

Thanks for reading/helping.
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / invisible zippers don't lie smoothly = ( on: January 01, 2006 10:33:41 PM
Hi guys,

I'm trying to alter a skirt with an invisible side zipper, but even though I'm following the original shape of the seam, when I put the skirt on the fabric along the zipper is rippling and the seam bunches up at the bottom of the zipper.   In theory I know how to put in a zipper, and everything looks great when the skirt is flat... but I've had this problem with other zippers as well so clearly I'm the problem.  I've tried minor shifting of seams and so on, but there's always still some puckering etc..

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(on a pillow)

There's nothing in any tutorials about this kind of untalentedness, so any ideas about what I might be doing wrong would be awesome.

Thanks in advance.
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