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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Fun New Polymer Pendants! on: December 20, 2006 10:43:14 AM
Thanks Diane and Lique for your added comments on baking clay in the oven.  My initial post evidentally came out sounding a little too strongly, so i just edited it to be more in line with your posts.  My post was too simplified and didn't get the full meaning across of what I was trying to say. 

Purplexime, sorry if I caused any confusion!  For me it was easier to just buy a toaster oven because I wanted to do a bunch of baking for christmas gifts and didn't want to have to worry about how much was too much before I needed to wipe out the oven, etc.  Also, in general I don't like to mix my art craft supplies and materials with kitchen related items that I eat off of or with, so that influences my decision as well.  I have a friend who uses her kitchen blender for making paper, while I have a separate appliance for that as well.  (Even though I've never made homemade paper--ha!) 

So maybe I should have prefaced my answer by first admitting I'm a kitchen hygiene freak!  LOL     Grin
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Fun New Polymer Pendants! on: December 14, 2006 12:47:21 PM
I would like to know if it's OK to bake your pieces in a regular oven or do you have to have a separate oven just for that purpose due to the fumes?

Hi there!  Last year I started researching this topic as I started dabbling in polymer clay.  What I found was that it's okay to use a regular oven if you are not doing A BUNCH of baking....but if you want to be extra cautious you should wipe down the oven after you are done baking in  order to clean it before using it for food again.  In theory this is not a big deal, but I didn't want to have to deal with all the extra work.  I thought it was worth the expense to buy an extra toaster oven that serves solely as my polymer clay bakery.  That way I didn't have to worry about when I reached the point when it needed to be cleaned. I like to keep things simple, and for me that was the simplest.   

Hope that helps!   
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC Gallery - Post your ATC pictures & scans here. on: December 13, 2006 02:51:25 PM
Thank you- that's my own quote- feel free to use it!

Holy poetics batman!  Your own words even--I am sooooo impressed!!!  Thank you for sharing it with us!!!  (And for letting us pass it along!)   
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC Gallery - Post your ATC pictures & scans here. on: December 12, 2006 05:26:06 PM
I haven't been keeping up with posting the cards I've been receiving.. so here are a whole bunch that I've gotten over the last little while!

Oooooo...I love the "create or combust" quote!!!!  And the overall design of the ATC is spectacular as well. 

Create or combust.....I can just see the image of the consequences!!!   Shocked  I better get to work!!!  lol 
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC Gallery - Post your ATC pictures & scans here. on: December 12, 2006 05:15:59 PM
This is a card I recently swapped with StunnedBanana for. It is done in Oil pastels- Very dark and almost depressing. Somehow the mournful longing comes through- hope it does in the picture!

Wow, that is so striking!  Amazing use of the layering of colors!! 
I also see something "hopeful" portrayed in the image...  it's definitely complex!!  Great work pjmclnj StunnedBanana!!! Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decoupaged Table- Attempt 2. This one is WAY better! on: December 07, 2006 11:25:04 AM
Wow, great job with the table!  I need to try my hand at decoupaging some furniture.  I haven't "risked" that yet....but yours turned out beautifully!!!  Inspiring!!! 
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: PIRATICAL ATC SWAP - Gallery on: December 04, 2006 07:23:00 PM
oooooo, I especially like the "yes virginia there are lady pirates" one!!!!  Very beautifully done and I love the quote!!  
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC Gallery - Post your ATC pictures & scans here. on: December 02, 2006 02:46:52 PM

Here is my card for Saturday, 12/2


Wow, stunning.  I especially like the effect of the rhinestones you used for the center of the flowers.  I'm looking forward to the "gallery"!!!!   Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: 50's ads/clipart on: December 02, 2006 06:53:24 AM
Oh yea, tackorama is back. http://tackorama.net

Ohmygosh.....that site is awesome!!!!  Thanks for sharing!!!! 
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC Gallery on: December 01, 2006 04:51:17 PM
Racky & I did a little swap...this is the unbelievable card she sent me. Hopefully she'll like the one I made for her!


Wow, that is beautiful work!!!  It looks professionally done and I love the quote you chose to go with the design.  And of course the little frames you used are a perfect touch!!   
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