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101  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Three parter question: materials, mediums, and font? on: February 07, 2010 09:55:39 PM
1)  Making a stencil - I cannot find freezer paper in this area to save my life.  Any other options out there?  (A clean image...is what I'm looking for.)

2)  What medium do you suggest?  - I have black acrylic paint, and the jacket top is synthetic as well.  I plan to heat set it, or am I going to get a crinkled look?  (The last top I made had that weathered look to it.)

3)  I'm making a top for a broadway party - going as Rizzo from Grease, but need the font for both the name piece and the cursive font for the back.  "Pink Ladies"...
102  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Rubber Stamp Carving Binge! on: February 04, 2010 10:17:22 PM
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Stamps!

So, in a fit of boredom, I've taken up carving stamps.  The two chinese ones read: "tae ma die" ("**** your mother), and a rather drab "love" one.  The one under the chinese swear word is "operation beautiful.com" - my reason for getting into carving.  It's addictive; even if I have to clean up a shed load of eraser shavings!
103  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Full Metal Alchemist swap? on: February 02, 2010 11:35:45 AM
I love Full Metal Alchemist, and even Edward's annoying exaggerations of being short!  So, just wondering if I could suggest a FMA themed swap.
104  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Help with organized craft shows... on: February 01, 2010 03:17:30 PM
So, I'm heading to Anime North...and I'm going as a crafter's corner person (I can't afford to not do this without it...)  Most of my stuff is going to be stamping stuff (Flamel's logo, MK logo, whatever).

So, I'm carving away like mad to start my stock.  Just now, I made three Flamel's logo from FMA.

Just wondering:

- how do you guys/gals package your stuff for craft shows?  (I'm thinking polybag with an insert)
- how do you guys set a price point on your work?
- what usually sells the fastest?
- how do you attract customers?
105  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I blame the acetone... on: January 13, 2010 06:51:21 PM
So, being a novice stamp carver - I had confidence that I can work on tiny areas with not much trouble.  (I had a bit of practice.)  Until I decided to get fancy and carve a small portrait of a certain electric mouse.

Things that went wrong:

1)  Spilled almost 1/4 of the jar of acetone on the eraser.
2)  Using a very soft "for big mistakes" eraser
3)  Didn't change the pikachu to black and white
4)  Carved it in low light settings.

The stamp looks like a soul-sucking pikachu.  *creepy*  Pikachu!  Use soul-suck!
106  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / You know you are a stamp carver when....... on: January 05, 2010 08:36:27 AM
-  you start to like the smell of vinyl being carved
-  you find stamp shreds everywhere!
-  you rescue used, "unloved" erasers, and turn them into mini art pieces
-  you have way too many erasers in your stash
-  you like your cuticle remover!
-  you don't know how to use photoshop, except to make stampable images

Edit:  Quick question:  Anyone have a good inkpad brand to recommend?  I've been using office type inkpads, and the not so intense color is driving me up the wall!
107  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Capsule Toy balls? on: November 12, 2009 09:13:02 AM
So, yeah, I'm a big fan of capsule toys.  (I have a Totoro plushie from one of them sitting in my purse right now, and my girlfriend has the catbus one from another machine.)  Problem is, I don't know what to do with these little plastic capsules.  They are bigger than your average cat toy and have some holes in the bottom of them.

What do you guys suggest?  I have about a dozen of them - I've given some away as cat toys with some catnip stuffed inside...and those are rather successful.

The capsules are generally clear plastic "eggs" that open.  Some have holes in one end, and some have threads to screw into the other half.
108  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Chibi Pyramid Head, now with bloodstains! on: November 01, 2009 09:20:27 PM
Helm:  Foam board + cardboard at the back.  Bits and bobs are water bottles and other things.

Apron/Shirt:  Shirt is repurposed tee shirt with tea stains and acyrlic paint as the bloodstains.  (Large red handprint on the back of the shirt.)  Apron is broadcloth distressed with dirt and tea.  Same blood stains.

Gauze:  medical gauze soaked with fake blood (corn syrup, chocolate syrup, food coloring) and dried again.

Pants:  plain black pants.

This was fun to wear, plus I had a lot of fun making it!  Cheesy  The helm took all summer to design (maybe about 1 month), and the apron and shirt took me about 1 day to repurpose.  The next challenge is making the great knife (oversized meat cleaver) that the character carries.

Too bad a lot of college kids didn't play the game...

109  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Beer in an Ivory rebatch? on: October 18, 2009 10:09:44 PM
I've been playing around with ivory soap shreds and a nice rebatch came up for me.  Oatmeal and Ivory - makes the stuff smell much better, and is a very nice scrub.

However, I've made beer bread (two kinds - banana beer bread and a salty herbal kind), and need a use for not bubbly beer.  I've drank about half of the tall boy, and I'm wondering if I can add it to the soap I've been rebatching as an additive.

These things (if they work) would probably sell like wildfire in my college.
110  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pyramid Head/Red Pyramid Head Thing - Completed, no blood! on: October 13, 2009 09:14:00 AM


Ulterior Motive:  Didn't want to do anything "sexy" for the frat boys on campus.  So, went with scary and different.

Okay - I went with the look from the videogame - a shorter helmet (the one in the movie looks like it drapes down to the wearer's chest).

No gloves, and no great knife (because it would be clubbing).  No blood yet because of the fact that my blood is the edible kind (corn syrup + chocolate syrup + food coloring).  The apron needs to be distressed and made to look old.

I will also be binding the twins (stupid giant boobies! tape and a sports bra), wearing shoulder pads in my underwear and a packing dildo.  It's full on drag without the facial hair and stuff.

Sorry about the quality of the photo.  I suck at taking pictures!

Props:  dismembered hand + bloody machete
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