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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: building a chicken coop and need help with details. on: July 12, 2010 10:19:02 AM
Great coop!
I don't have a ton of suggestions for the shutters, but you might want to look at closet doors that have that shutter style of wood slatting. You might be able to cut them down to the right size.
I have a chicken tractor in my backyard. We followed these plans: http://catawbacoops.com/
Just a few notes about constructing a coop...
I'm not sure what predators you might be dealing with, but I've heard that generally speaking hardware cloth is stronger than chicken wire and is available at all the hardware stores.
Also, make sure you use Poultry Staples, not just a staple gun - raccoons and other chicken predators can easily rip out staple gun staples. We found a box of poultry staples at Home Depot - they are similar to u-shaped nails that you hammer into the frame.
We treated the inside of our coop with boiled linseed oil - the hens shouldn't be able to peck any wood that is painted or that is treated chemically. So, to avoid rot, you can coat the wood with a natural layer of oil. The outside of our coop is painted with regular latex paint.
Enjoy! Hens are great - we get one egg from each bird pretty much every day.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fumes while stained-glass'ing? on: July 12, 2010 10:07:41 AM
There is lead free solder. This guy seems to have some insight on using it for the copper foil method:
http://www.elvesofester.com/leadfree.html
Lead free solder will still produce fumes, they just won't have lead in 'em - you still might want to avoid soldering while pregnant. It seems like you could design your suncatcher, cut the glass, foil, and do just about everything up until soldering until after the baby is born.
Congrats!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Good products to print photos on? on: July 12, 2010 12:35:28 AM
Exploring the wild world of iron on transfers seems like a good idea - it would allow you to put any picture onto just about any fabric based item (you could explore framing fabric or putting your images on more commercial items like clothing, bags, etc.).

Of course, there's lots of info here on Craftster:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=147.0

Because they are location based, your images might lend themselves well to postcards (or stationary sets).  Looking at your pictures makes me want to travel!

For journals, you might want to look into printing on a relatively thick stock (thick enough to be a journal cover) then exploring binding options at Kinkos.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Find me a medium on: July 12, 2010 12:27:51 AM
I was given a nearly brand new set of Carbothello colored pencils from a friend who was moving across the county.

The set I have describes them as a "Colored Charcoal Pencil" - I've used them a couple of times and found them to feel very similar to working with charcoal pencils.  The colors are very vibrant and the texture is not at all oily or waxy.

Here's a link:
http://www.dickblick.com/products/stabilo-carbothello-pastel-pencil-sets/
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Jumpers for ex- battery hens (UK based) on: July 11, 2010 11:53:38 PM
This is fantastic! I'm definitely going to share this with my stitch and bitch group when we meet this week. I've got a couple of backyard hens that can try on the chicken sweaters before we donate them. Thanks for sharing!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Watermelon Whale Tutorial on: July 11, 2010 11:31:29 PM
Summer is here and one of my favorite summer projects is making a watermelon whale. It's perfect for picnics at the beach, pool parties, BBQs, and all those other great summer gatherings. The project is pretty easy - no more difficult than carving a pumpkin.

Here's a watermelon whale I made last summer with a delicious yellow-fleshed watermelon from the farmer's market:



7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Duvet Cover Pattern? on: April 26, 2006 03:25:28 PM
To close off a duvet I made, I used snap tape... I cut indivudal strips with one snap or back, pinned them into the fabric, and sewed them while I was finishing my hem.  I also put some up it the upper corners of my duvet cover and then sewed some snaps to my down comforter so it wouldn't do that annoying sliding down thing. 
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make stencilled Tees 'Last' on: April 13, 2006 11:18:44 AM
Definitely try to heat set.  I'm not familiar with the type of paint you mentioned using but textile paints typically come in two varieties, normal (or nonopaque) and opaque.  Normal textile paints dye the fibers in the fabric and you must use a darker color of paint than the fabric you intend to print.  Opaque fabric paint works by sitting on top of the fabric and adhering to the fibers without dying them.  This is found when you have a dark shirt with light paint.  The latter, although it allows you to print more types of fabric, is often the reason why older t-shirts look cracked and stretched.  You might be using a nonopaque ink on a dark fabric, or an opaque ink that didn't adhere well to the fibers in your shirt. 
I've also had more success if my garmet is prewashed and then after painting and heatsetting, I don't wash it for a few days (4-5)... not sure if that's superstitious but it seems to make a difference. 
Good luck.
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: heat set? on: April 13, 2006 11:12:29 AM
The type of paint you use will typically dictate weather or not to heat set.  Many readily available textile paints or textile mediums direct you to heatset the dry paint with an iron, however, some textile paints have extenders or additives that eliminate this step (commercial screenprinters do not have to iron every shirt they print because the ink they use is mixed with an extender right before use).  Pay attention to your paint and your material... you can stencil on virtually anything with almost any variety of paint - if it's not going to be washed and worn, don't worry about heat setting.  I have stencilled less wearable items with acrylics without heatsetting and the results turned out great.  Just follow the directions on the paint and fabric or other medium and stencil on!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: study break craft ideas? on: April 12, 2006 11:02:52 PM
Glass marble magnets are quick - the thumb tack version might be good to put on a bulletin board over your desk... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42973.0
If you can afford it on a student's salary, get a button maker... then you have something to decorate your backpack. 
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