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1  Washington / Washington: West / Seattle Etsy/Meetup Craft Party! on: May 27, 2010 08:30:18 PM
Etsy.com is joining Meetup.com to create a worldwide craft party on June 18th, 2010

Seattle's party is currently being organized and looking for more attendees! We're making an entire day of it by having a "shop hop" around the city. The final meetup party is at 7pm at Vermillion in Capitol Hill

For more info and to RSVP, go here: http://www.meetup.com/Etsy-Craft-Party/832/

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2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: oh boy I totally screwed up! on: February 16, 2010 07:28:34 PM
thank you so much!  i didn't mean to say "seal", i just wanted a nice high gloss shine to them.  but that's incredibly informative and much appreciated!  I think i will try your suggestion of rebaking them to make sure they're cured faster.  and then, as far as storage, I suppose since I'm stapling the top of the bags, I don't have to seal them completely, so air can still get in.

maybe I'll try it a few different ways then figure it out from there

thanks again!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / oh boy I totally screwed up! on: February 16, 2010 03:34:04 PM
back in october, I made a ton of poly clay things.  I was using sculpey glaze to seal after baking but ran out.  for some reason, the craft stores near me never carry it!  so to seal the rest of the baked clay, I used mod podge (probably a big mistake)?

I finished sealing them all, let them dry, then sealed each in indivdial plastic baggies for sale at future craft shows.  These were all then stored in a big plastic bin in my garage.

Mind you, this was october, we've now passed a fairly mild but still cold winter...in my garage.

Flash forward to just yesterday when I dragged out the box to grab some items.  a bunch of them seem to have condensation in the baggy and the sealant is coming off.

now i'm not sure which ones were sealed with modpodge and which were sculpey glaze.  i imagine, i can just go over them again to protect them. but i want to know if this has happened to anyone else

does the sealant matter? is it just the cold temp in my garage or being in plastic baggies that caused this? and if so,  how do you store your finished clay projects (if not in plastic bags) until you need them?

Sad so bummed at the thought of having to open every little bag and re-seal
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: iPod Valentines on: February 15, 2010 03:12:39 PM
those are so cute! what a great idea!
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: elephanties! ***UPDATED*** on: February 04, 2010 07:22:55 PM
suuuper cute! and my favorite animal!  I wish I knew how to work with glass. it looks like a lot of fun!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Octopus - wall hanging or ginormous necklace ? on: October 21, 2009 04:11:04 PM
i love it! I don't know what it looked like before the glazing, but it's gorgeous with!!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: sealing a photo onto STAINED wood...how to? on: October 21, 2009 04:08:27 PM
yeah I never print my photos on glossy, i prefer the matte look Smiley I did find the spray at michaels and i'm going to try it out tonight. Thank you so much! I have all my wood ready to go and just really didn't want to ruin my pretty blocks with practice pieces!!!  and my boyfriend had something about not spraying a polycrylic since the wood is already coated in polyeurothane..some thing about not mixing the two, so i just wanted to be sure before i messed it all up!

thanks again for the info!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: sealing a photo onto STAINED wood...how to? on: October 21, 2009 10:51:55 AM
thank you so much! I have some krylon at home but i dont think it's matte finish. its just a polycrylic spray. but i had to stop by the craft store today anyway, so i'll see what i can find. thanks again!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: sealing a photo onto STAINED wood...how to? on: October 20, 2009 06:22:09 PM
and when you say sealer, do you mean acrylic? or just anything that's acid-free?

thanks!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / sealing a photo onto STAINED wood...how to? on: October 19, 2009 03:13:35 PM
editing this to better explain my question.

What I want to do is decoupage a photo (printed onto photo paper) onto a block of wood that I've recently stained.  I'm looking for the best way to do that without causing the photo ink to bleed. Or to deteriorate quickly.

So far the wood has been stained with minwax and then coated with a Polyeurothane spray.  I was thinking the best option would be to modpodge the wood where I want the photo, then place the photo and modpodge again over it.  Is that enough to protect it from bleeding?  Would I need another coat of Polyeurothane over the photo once it's been mod-podged? 

I know mod podge is acid-free, but is it enough to use it and not an additional acid-free sealer?

any help is GREATLY appreciated!!
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