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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:DIY tailor's dummy on: April 28, 2004 02:48:22 PM
It's fairly easy to get a full plaster cast of your torso if you follow these guidelines:

-have a buddy help you with this one. the results really aren't so hot when you try to do it yourself.
-cast your body in two halves, front and back. after each cast has dried, they can easily be fused together with additional plaster. remember that the plaster will set, so be sure to apply it in sections that be easily removed.
-it's a pretty good idea to put something like vaseline between your skin and the plaster as protection. using plastic will cause the plaster to dry more slowly, and you'll have to wear it for a while longer.

if you're thinking of doing this project, shop around medical supply stores for plaster strips. their prices are far more reasonable than craft and hobby stores, and since the plaster found at medical supply stores is intended for body casting, it will work a lot better.

I hope that this helps!
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:pendant lamp re-vamp on: April 21, 2004 03:05:51 PM
Fab design, and great instructions. I must be slow cos there's one bit I just don't understand do you glue the 3 pieces of plasticore together? Also i'm not sure we have plasticore here in the UK, does any one know what could be used as an alternative? Ta x

thanks for the compliment(s)!

sorry to be so long with my reply, but I kind of lost track of this thread. In answer to your questions boof, you do not need to glue the plasticore sheets together, they snap pretty tightly onto the metal lampshade rings and do not need any additional re-inforcement. as for buying plasticore in the UK, I know that this product goes by many names, and I'm pretty sure that I once found a European website that had some for sale. unfortunately, I cannot for the life of me remember any of the other names... I'm sure it will come to me soon...

23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re:Home decor - To Go... on: April 19, 2004 08:18:29 PM
those chopstick photo/note holders are the best ever and here's why:

1. they are super-fun
2.they're easy to put together
3.they cost next to nothing to make (I mean two out of the three materials needed are free!)

awesome job!
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re:Help me I don't how to sew :( on: April 17, 2004 09:13:56 AM
I haven't fully explored it yet, but this link seems to be pretty helpful:
http://sewing.about.com/library/lessons/blessonindex.htm?PM=ss12_sewing
there are all kinds of mad links from there to various patterns and projects for all skill levels. I just got a refurbished brother 1241 machine as a birthday gift, and will probably try out some of these projects, since I haven't used a sewing machine since 7th grade.

hope that this helps!
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re:Crocheted sushi instructions?? on: April 11, 2004 12:12:18 PM
Does anyone know any patterns for crocheted sushi now that getcrafty.com is no longer up??

were these instructions posted on the old glitter boards? if so, you can still access them here:
http://discuss.gromco.com/mwforum/board_show.pl?id=2&pg=1
26  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:Vegan Recipes on: April 06, 2004 05:14:56 PM
A note on powdered sugars: powder your own using the blender!  That way you can use fructose crystals or organic cane sugar-- something that doesn't use animal bones to make it shiny white.
--susan.

thanks for the tip susan! and in response to your question goddess- I genearally use coffee, but water works out fine if you don't have or don't drink coffee. once I was jonsin' for some vegan chocolate cake so bad that I would not let the fact that I didn't have any vanilla extract stop me from baking one.  I just added some cinnamon instead... this recipe is nearly foolproof!
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re:ANYBODY INTERESTED IN STARTING A CRAFTSTER MAIL ART RING? on: April 05, 2004 06:26:02 PM
I received two more today (including a super-cool bettie page from one miss indie-anna). according to my list (can't ever pass up the chance to make a list..) I'm waiting on three more. mine went out at the very last minute, so if anyone is still waiting on one from me, that may very well be why.
28  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re:Vegan Recipes on: April 04, 2004 11:46:32 AM
Hi! I am a vegetarian and am thinking about becoming vegan.  I love to bake, so not being able to use eggs, milk or butter seems daunting.  Does anyone have any good ideas about substitutions or recipes?  Also, if any of you have any words of wisdom about veganism, let me know!

this is my absolute favorite chocolate cake recipe... and vegan too!
http://www.animaladvocacy.net/recipes/6minutechocake.html

I had this once at moosewood and totally fell in love with it. as near as I can tell, this recipe yields exactly the same result as what is served at the restaurant.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Crafts for Guys? on: March 28, 2004 07:14:00 AM
did you check out the ideas on this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=41;action=display;threadid=3768
as for further ideas, I made a cuff using the instructions posted here on kindagrape: http://www.kindagrape.com/projects/bamboo.htm
and just stained it a dark cherry color to make it more masculine.
...and never rule out the duct tape wallet.

and to give credit where it is due, the kindagrape homepage is here:
http://www.kindagrape.com/
30  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Book bookcase on: March 19, 2004 03:24:33 PM
I'm guessing that he must fully remove some, or a portion of some of the pages and put lumber inside. the website states that " The lumber inside his bookshelves comes from discarded futon frames and other salvage." which leads me to believe that the support comes from the wood and not the books themselves. there is a similar variation of the wall mounted shelves and super vague instructions here: http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_furniture_shelves/article/0,1793,HGTV_3450_1394727,00.html

I just have to add that since both the books and lumber are 'discarded', at $150-$800 these qualify as the most overpriced things ever!
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