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81  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Do you craft within your "comfort zone" for swaps? on: May 19, 2010 09:16:35 PM
Phew, that's a long title.  Anyhow, I have a question - as craftsters, we all have our kinks and quirks.  We have stuff that we are really good at, stuff that we love to do, and stuff that you are just adding to your repertoire.

If it's a big swap and has a long crafting time - do you choose something that you can do well or do you venture out into new territory?  I'm crafting for the dollar store swap right now, and it's giving me a severe case of the jitters - especially since I said I'd be spoiling my first timer partner.

So, what are your thoughts on this craftsters?

My list:

I'm Kinky for:
-  ATC's, stamp carving

I'm Okay At:
-  hand-sewing stuff
-  decoupage

I'm Learning:
-  knitting
82  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie needle question: bamboo or aluminium? on: May 15, 2010 10:40:36 PM
I have two needles of similar gauges - one is aluminium with a coating, the other is bamboo.  I worked with the aluminium ones first, knitting with tee-shirt yarn, and other stuff.  Some of the smooth coating has been chipped off, and now it has a rather "catchy" feel to the knitting movements.  (It's harder to remove the yarn from the needle.)

The bamboo needles are shorter, but they are size 7 US.  They are very smooth and result in a very controlled knit.  (I knit a garter stitch washcloth with it - it's a very good pair of needles.)

Is there any way to refinish the aluminium needles to their prior state?  Or will I have to live with crappy needles?  (I rather not spend more money on another pair, but I will if I absolutely have to...)

And - what do you guys find better?  Bamboo or aluminum?  The aluminum seems heavier, and I get less stitching done than I need to...(I have tiny hands - I still can wear kids gloves...)
83  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / A shedload of pretty stamps! on: May 12, 2010 07:04:01 PM
I'm involved in a personal swap!  My stamps are going to a nice home...Cheesy





Ignore the bad photography skills!

Also, Speedy-Carve isn't too bad.  No wonder the letterboxing community calls it "the pink stuff".  I think I'd pick up another sheet of it, but locally.  I turned out a shedload of stamps using a $20 sheet.
84  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first polyclay stamped pendants! (Craftster Logo) on: May 12, 2010 10:31:51 AM
I made a stamp of the craftster logo; for the Craftster 50 Challenge, and I had a box of ancient poly clay.  So, these are for a personal swap!

-  "backfilled with liquid acrylic paint"
-  they also need to be hit with some varnish (I have a bottle of polyacrylic Krylon)
-  made from Sculpey III
-  boiled in the microwave for about 15 minutes

The lighting causes them to not look completely filled with gold paint.  The one with rounded corners is mine!



Constructive comments welcome!  (I clearly suck at polyclay, but I will rock my craftster pendant!)
85  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Boiling poly clay items to "harden"? on: May 10, 2010 08:48:22 PM
Well, I'm new to polyclay.  I admit, I bought a chunk of Sculpey 3 when it was on sale for the purposes of modeling a necklace for a cosplay idea.  That fell through, and now I'm thinking about creating stamped pendants with it.

I don't have a dedicated oven for this stuff, and I rather not use the only toaster oven in the house (considering that it is very uneven, and that my poly clay will possibly burn).

I'm going to coat it in whatever varnish is best to protect it at the end too.  Any recommendations?
86  CANADA / Ontario / Any great places to sell crafts at in Toronto? on: May 06, 2010 01:28:18 PM
Looking for cheap venues too!

I live in the GTA, but can bus/TTC my way anywhere.  (I'm a stamp carver, so my wares are tiny!)
87  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 50 ENTRIES / Stampy Craftster Love on: May 01, 2010 09:05:50 PM
I wanted something to label my craftster swap packages...so I decided on the scissors, yarn, sewing machine, glue bottle, and thread logo.  It's approximately 1 inch by 1.5 inches high, and is a pretty good label!

The glue bottle was tiny and almost impossible to do.

Good luck, and lots of crafting to you all!

88  COOKING / Dessert / Simple Grilled Pears with rum sauce on: April 27, 2010 08:10:44 PM
So, wanting to celebrate my last day of school for this year, I decided to do a great simple dessert!  Grilled Pears with rum sauce!  So simple, but so good.

Ingredients
-  hon li pears (love these, they are less gritty than normal bartlett pears and have a higher sugar content!)  --> translates to fragrant pear.
-  two pinches of sugar
-  a glug of dark rum (I had chocolate infused dark rum...so good)

Add sliced pears to a rocket hot pan.  Grill them until brown on both cut sides.  Mix sugar and a glug of rum.  Take pears off heat, and add sauce to them.  Inhale with glee!  (The pears will absorb some of the sauce.)

No pictures because my camera is in the shop!
89  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Set of Harry Potter House Crests - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin on: April 17, 2010 10:03:33 PM


Slytherin was the hardest to do.  Cheesy
90  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Am I pricing too high for handcarved stamps? on: April 16, 2010 09:27:14 PM
I haven't sold a thing.  Personally, I think these stamps are worth more, as attention and care equals "great product".

Right now, I charge by details.  My most expensive are: the Twilight set, and that's because...I spent over 8 hours on these.  The smaller pieces are cheaper because they take much less time to carve.

The Twilight set:
http://www.shophandmade.com/Item/6-758-H37H5U2

I'm thinking of creating and selling a set of Harry Potter house crest stamps.  (That's Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gyrffindor in one set.)  How much should I charge then?  (It usually takes me a couple of days to make these...)

Also, my packaging is of concern.  I imprint the image on a piece of paper, and then shove it into a small polybag (like for extra buttons).  Does this exude a professional feel, or not?
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