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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Sealants question and help needed with assorted problems on: June 06, 2004 07:31:50 PM
I did this decoupage mirror, with Modge Podge, and covered it with an acrylic matte varnish, but some duct tape got stuck to it, and pull it off, paper, modge podge and all.  I need a varnish that will stand up to more wear, that will go well over Modge Podge, and comes in matte instead of gloss.  Any suggestions?

Also, on a totally unrelated note, where would I find magnetic closures, like for handbags? 

And does anyone have a suggestion for finding E600 glue wholesale or in large quanties?  I go through 2 tubes a week at least. 
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / CicadaMania Wristband! on: May 28, 2004 05:18:08 AM
I love the cicadas, and I wanted to make something to celebrate them.  I came up with the idea of making wristbands out of teeshirts while working on a jordy bag, because I really loved the way the handle came out.  Anyways, I've been an avid stenciler for a while, so a lifesize cicada stencil seemed the best way to pay homage to these creepy little buggers.

http://www.rebound-designs.com/cicadaband1.JPG

The orange splotches were supposed to be paint splatters, but it didn't work out as well as I had hoped.  Next time, just polka dots, or I'll use a nonwhite shirt.

And action shot!

http://www.rebound-designs.com/cicadaband2.JPG
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ribbon Boa on: May 26, 2004 09:03:19 PM
This is a fun project I made a few weeks ago.  It is a boa/scarf made entirely out of ribbons. 

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/ribbonboa.JPG

And for the action shot...

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/ribbonboa1.JPG

It was extremely simple to make, but time consuming.  It took 140 strips of ribbon, each 13" long.  Then you knot the first strip into a square knot, forming a circle with about 1.5" ends on either side.  Do this with a second strip, linking it to the first.  Repeat till you have 9 in a row.  For the second row, link the 1st strip through the 1st two circles on the bottom row.  Repeat with the next circles, but only link them to the circles below them, not to the ones beside them.  The 9th circle should NOT be attached to the bottom row, but rather to the 8th circle.  This will start the 3rd row.  The first circle of this row should go through both the 8th and 9th circle of the last one, and then only through the ones below, and continue the above instructions until all the strips are used up, 18 rows total. 

The softer and gauzier your ribbon, the better, and the softer it will feel on your skin.  I did this on the carpet, and used pins to keep the rows clearly dilineated, it can get confusing. 
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Display and take home materials on: May 26, 2004 01:45:42 PM
I'm sorry if there's another thread on this already, and please direct me to it if there is, but I was wondering where any of you get non craft items related to the sale of your goods?  I'm talking things like paper or plastic bags for customers to take home their product, small plastic bags for necklaces and pins (I always think of them as dime bags, it was no problem getting them in college....).

Also, things like display boards, necklace models covered in flocking, etc.

Any help would be vastly appreciated. 
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More Book Purses on: May 12, 2004 12:35:01 PM
How funny that there are other book purses on here!  I've been making these for some time now, but with a bit different take on it than I've seen here.  

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/rosepurse1.JPG

This is an old vintage book that I transformed into a tiny handbag.  I made the handles out of old wire hoops, and wrapped folded fabric around to cover it, as well as fatten it up. 

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/rosepurse2.JPG

The inside is made from vintage fabric that I tea stained to give it a more antique look, and match the cover of the book better.

And then this is a Reader's Digest that I'm playing with. 

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse.JPG

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse2.JPG

http://www.etchalon.com/elfgrrl/peachpurse3.JPG

I made handles for it out of grosgrain ribbon and rubber tubing, but need to get an eyelet puncher before I attach them.  Instead of gluing them in, I'm going to tie the loose ends of the ribbons in bows through the cover. 

Also, I made a little pocket for cards and loose cash.
6  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / DC Craft Collective on: May 02, 2004 04:10:54 PM
 Hello folks.  This is my first post on here, although I've been lurking for some time.

I've been thinking about starting a group of people who would get together and share crafty ideas, teach each other new things, etc.  There seem to be lots of opportunities for knitters to get together and hang out, but not everyone knits.

I want to meet people in the DC Metro area who are into making stuff, and doing it seriously, not neccessarily for a living, but not just LJ kids reconstructing band tee-shirts.  (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Anyone game?
7  UNITED STATES / Maryland / DC Craft Collective on: May 02, 2004 04:03:54 PM
Hello folks.  This is my first post on here, although I've been lurking for some time.

I've been thinking about starting a group of people who would get together and share crafty ideas, teach each other new things, etc.  There seem to be lots of opportunities for knitters to get together and hang out, but not everyone knits.  

I want to meet people in the DC Metro area who are into making stuff, and doing it seriously, not neccessarily for a living, but not just LJ kids reconstructing band tee-shirts.  (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Anyone game?
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