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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Sweet collage action! on: June 01, 2007 07:58:38 PM
Ooooh - very cool!    Shocked
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: clay and bookmaking on: June 01, 2007 07:15:13 AM
I was thinking you could do book covers either as large sheets of polymer clay glued onto the regular covers (like a composition book or something) OR make very thick polymer fronts and backs. Either pre-punch the holes or drill them after baking - then stitch up a book.  Just be careful to use a binding method that would be pretty loose because the polymer won't bend like a paper cover would (OK, it will bend, but then break!).  Hope that makes sense! 

Please post whatever you come up with - now I'm curious to try it out too!

Sarah
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Collage impaired! on: June 01, 2007 07:09:44 AM
I'd also suggest:
-Flea Markets
-Garage Sales
- www.mantofev.com
-your friends and family.  Once word gets around that you are looking for odd little bits and pieces for collage, they can start collecting their "trash" and findings for you too.  My family and friends are now trained well - they bring me bags of stuff every once in a while. And, if you don't use it just recycle/trash it. 
-Hardware store
-Polymer clay (make your own items to glue on)
-Your own trash (corrugated cardboard, packaging for light bulbs, orange mesh bags, fast food napkins, etc).

Also, I use matte (sp?) gel medium over almost everything... and tacky glue or more serious stuff to glue down big things.

Hope this helps - Have fun!!!
Sarah
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Yay for canes! on: March 08, 2007 08:02:56 PM
Yep - Not so much art stuff, as far as what I've sold.  I BUY art stuff a lot though.  Selling wise, it pays to really surf around eBay and see what is selling (vs. just posted), prices, trends, etc.  Be sure to also do the same searches in completed auctions also.  And, figure out how people who sell what you want to sell list their items so they get lots of hits (what key words work, etc.).  i.e., say not just SUSHI in your listing, but FOOD, CANE, Polymer Clay, beads, etc.  The listing title doesn't have to be a complete sentence - just cram in there whatever somebody might search for so that you have a better chance for YOUR item to show up.

And, if it doesn't sell the first time, relist right away (second time is covered if you don't sell the first).  And, then if it still doesn't sell, wait until a big snowstorm when people will be on the computer a lot!  You just never know!

Smiley Sarah
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Yay for canes! on: March 08, 2007 10:00:51 AM
How cute!  Love the colors in your spiral canes, too.
Have you tried ebay?  I think they would go (esp. the sushi) well there!
Sarah
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Tetris silverware: Classy. on: March 08, 2007 09:57:53 AM
Ah... Tetris, my nemesis!  Love it, love it, love it.  I'm thinkin' Frogger would be fun too (but a bit more organic?). The original ones for class are GREAT!  Not an easy artist to simplify down to a few utensils!

With the Modge Podge coverings, does the silverware hold up OK with handwashing?  I'm thinking if I would just use it for special events and handwash afterwards it would be OK? 
 
Danke, Sarah
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First post! My latest necklace (red and brown) on: September 12, 2006 09:56:15 AM
What fun!  I love the idea of the "poofy" flower on the cord - and it's just right with the black cord, knotting, and beads!  Very unique.  Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Successful Liver Transplant Celebration! on: September 01, 2006 10:30:07 AM
What about making dif. memory books?  Accordian, fun folding ones, etc.  They are really easy to make, then you can sit around and decorate them (which is the fun part).  There is a bookmaking strand here in craftster, but I bet there are at least a few tutorials on making the memory/photo type ones.

I know it sounds dorky, but in 30 years it would be fun to look back on a book you make together about her whole ordeal (gotta illustrate it, make  lift the flaps, etc)!

Sarah
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: tin can outdoor lights - NOW WITH PHOTOS! on: September 01, 2006 10:22:59 AM
A few more variations in case anyone would like them...

We did a family project about 15 years ago with everyone making their own designs on various size soup/food cans.  My mom rigged them up  with x-mas lights inside, gathered them together as a centerpiece and put greens around them.  Looked cool.

You can get LARGE cans (industrial sized) from schools and other cafeteria type places also.  Works the same way, but it does take a while for the water to freeze!  I did this once for outside luminaries and used old pillar candles in them.

There is a martha stewart project floating around out there where you make a halloween themed can and spray it white or black when you are finished.

Nowadays you can get the little battery powered tealights which are MUCH safer than tealights if you are working with kids or need to leave them unsupervised.  They make a bunch of dif. type ones - some even flicker like candles!

DAnke, Sarah
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: **CHECK THIS! Journals from Cassette Single Sleeves!** on: August 04, 2006 09:07:22 PM
A most fun tutorial!  I love the comments and quotes along the way. Now I know what to do with that Milli Vanilli cassette. Thanks so much! Cheesy
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