I took a home decor class where we made these fancy pillows with some stuff called latzertran silk...i was shocked how bright the pics were. heres a link to a site..this stuff you can use on woo,fabric,polyclay,paper,etc
me personally i hate tissue patterns, i hate cutting them out. two books that i love are pattern-free fashions by mary lee trees cole...and making patterns from finished clothes rusty bensussen ....and maggie lanes oriental patchwork is my hand down favorite book, its from the 70's and has patterns, you have to scale them up but luckily i have an opaque overhead projector and i just do it that way, her bias cut tops are so pretty and comfortable. Everyone always asks me wear I get them from and I just smile and say not in Vegas. I never admit I sew anymore, because everyone wants me to hem teir frigging pants.
if your ghetto fabulous like me, dollar store clear shower curtains work pretty good too, it just kills me to pay 3.oo a yard for vinyl, plus you get a huge piece....I was wondering it goes felt then pic then vinyl right, what happens if you get the bracelet wet? will it affect the art inside? or do you use some kind of fixative ? As far as snaps I bought a snap wrench thingy at lowes for 18.95 it works much better than the dritz one and the spool and tapper thing..plus it also does the big grommets too. I love grommets.
This is kinda off topic but, when I use to be a brownie troop leader, we never could afford the paints for plastic, but we found out if we mixed white school glue with acrylic paint it made it stick the plastic and gave it a shiny durable kind of finish. The trick is you have to slightly dilute the glue with water before you mix it...and don't use your quality brushes with it unless you clean them very well and leave them sitting in water while your painting so they dont harden on you. If they do you can cover them with dishsoap over nite and it usually comes out...btw make sure its the washable white glue not the tacky glue.
ebay is a good source,, but i love sewsassy.com, they specialize in lingerie, and swimwear fabrics and elastics..they also sell mesh lycra aka..fishnet in 10 colors...my daughter has a thing for hot pink fishnet and using it to make reconstructed stuff, a yard goes a long way too.
I use to waste a lot of time and money looking for or rebuying sewing items because I wasn't organized. I finally spent a weekend and about 100 in supplies to get more organized, heres some of my ideas.For patterns I use manila folders which are 25 for 2.00 at like office depot, I scan a pic of the front of the pattern and tape it to the front of the envelope this way I dont have to try and fight the cut pattern back into that lil envelope it comes in (zip locs work good but they dont stand up in a file cabinet.I then store them in a file cabinet and Im ashamed to say I took up 8 drawers just for patterns . For stuff I use at the machine i made a pocket organizer that hangs under my machine it was out of old drape fabric so basically free. It holds my seam ripper a measuring guage and a stiletto etc. and my machine has its own pincushion on it. For like rulers and stuff I made custom wall pockets for each one with a silhouette of it on the outside, and I use the cheap yardsticks as rods for them, looks cute. My scissors I keep on one of those accordian type coat racks. And for little bitty stuff like grommets, buttons and snaps, I stole one of my husbands tackleboxes that has clear sides so I can see whats in each one, plus I have one of those label machines, I label everything. I put things like bias tape, seam tape etc. into clear shoe boxes, and I buy the underbed boxes and clear plastic storage bags for fabric at dollar stores when I can find them. I also schedule my sewing time, and my fandamily has learned to deal with it. I dont have a dedicated table for sewing and my machines are set up in a closet, but I still manage to sew 8 hours a week as oppsed to the measly 2 before. And when I make things like tshirts or purses I make 2 at a time and put one away as a gift . The last and final thing I did was cover one of those cardboard foldout cutting boards with felt, so if I have to put what Im cutting away temporarily i can fold it up and the fabric stays put . I keep all my in progress projects in drawstring bags with the pattern and notions needed and fabric all together and then hang it in the closet in between sewing time. I use fabric bags because I hate storing fabric in plastic, and it looks tackier then a drawstring bag.
The craft your talking about is 3d decopague, and the glue you use is silicone glue, its clear and rubbery. But if you cant find the glue you can use elmers and little pieces of fun foam for dimension. I only know because I have obsessions with making huge clollages.