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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kanzashi~ A Japanese Craft with a twist on: May 17, 2009 08:33:58 PM
curious about what type of glue you use to hold them together. I know that they traditionally use rice-glue, but is there something else more readily available?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hair Clippies and Tutorial on: May 17, 2009 08:20:35 PM
hey there Miranda! sorry for not responding right away!

E6000 is a super strength bonding glue. You have to use it in a well ventilated area but it will pretty much bond anything to anything else. It's easy to clean up though if it gets on your hands. It's more of a gel that a liquid, and it hasn't been staining the grosgrain ribbon that i've been using. I haven't tried more satin-y type ribbons.

E6000 is my go-to glue for any project, it does have it's downside, as to the strong smell, it works with everything. it also sets up pretty fast too. let me know if this helps!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hair Clippies and Tutorial on: April 02, 2009 04:00:41 PM

My cousin has two daughters, one is 2.5 and the other is 6 mo. old. I'm planning on making a bunch of these in different colors and ribbons to send them for Easter. i noticed that there wasn't a tutorial for these, and although they are easy i figured that some people might like to know :3

I got pretty small clippies since these are for younger girls, i got my clippies at sally beauty, they're made by "salon care" and you can buy them in packs of 12 or boxes of 80 or 100. They are in with the curling items and are called "Metal all purpose clips.

I use E6000 clear adhesive and 3/8 of an inch width ribbon, about 8 inches of ribbon with make a plain clippie of this size.

1--First take the end of your ribbon and on the wrong side of the ribbon coat it with some E6000. Then you insert that onto the topside of the bottom of the clippie. i held the end in place with a bobby pin

2--flip the clippie over, add some more E6000 and fold the ribbon over the backside of the bottom of the clippie. again i held the ribbon on there with a bobby pin. You can also just press your finger down on top of the clippie on any flat surface.

3--now you should have the bottom of the clippie done.

4--put a good dab of E6000 where that hole is and pull the ribbon around over the hole

5--now you should be able to measure and cut your ribbon off. then coat the remainder of the ribbon's wrong side with E6000 and fold it over the top and bottom of the clippie. Again i held the end of the ribbon in the clippie with a bobbypin.

6--tahdah! you now have a plain clippie.

you can embellish with rhinestones, buttons, etc or leave it as it is. You can also put bows on the top as seen in the first picture i posted.

If you make the bows you'll want to start on the opposite side that you'll be wearing up. You can wear clippies 'Top' side up, like this...

or 'Bottom" side up, like this...

either way you wear them you make the flat bows the same way, you just put them on the side you'll be wearing up. So you'll start making the clippie on the opposite side.

Lets say that you're going to wear them the first way. then you'll want to first cut off about an inch of ribbon. then follow through step 4. Do NOT cut your ribbon yet.

5--put a dab of E6000 down on about half the clippie and then You'll want to make the first arch of the bow by folding a S pattern

6--then you'll want to hold that first side down with a bobby pin and then dab E6000 on the rest of the clippie and fold a Z pattern this time for the other half of the bow.

7--you'll want to keep something between the clippie so your glue doesn't get on the other side of the clippie, i used a q-tip

8--now you'll want to put the band around the bow. take that inch of ribbon that you cut off before starting and put E6000 all over on the wrong side. center it on the bow area, E6000 side down, and press down, flip one end behind the back

9-- now flip the other side behind, at this point you can measure off and cut the ribbon off the spool

10--flip the entire clippie over and coat the rest of the loose ribbon on the wrong side with E6000

11--open up your clippie and flip the rest of the ribbon under, apply pressure as needed and you're done!

Hope this helps :3 let me see your clippies!!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Twilight Replica ::Bella's Mittens:: With Pattern on: December 09, 2008 10:26:41 PM
Please forgive my lowqual camera phone pics...

apparently i have mutant-like fingers and had to add a round during the 7th and 8th pattern repeat so that the top of the glove wouldn't cramp my fingers. (strangely the thumb was ok...apparently it's stubby xD)

i also crocheted around the bottom of the glove (which you can't really tell in the pics but meh.) i haven't blocked them yet but I LOVE THEM. They're made out of Rowan Plaid in the blue/grey colorway. each mitten took about 4-5 hours to do (aka time i should have spent writing my term papers)

I'm not a fan of Twilight, Vampires, or High-school drama...But show me some cabled mittens and a few days and i'll be as happy as a kid in a toy store.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: I had to throw my crochet hook when I needed it most!! on: November 29, 2008 06:56:23 PM
Crochet hooks and knitting needles are on the ok list for airport travel, i've carried mine several times, although mine are aluminum...


maybe you should get a plastic/bamboo one for airport travel?
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Need help making Fleur de Sel caramels on: November 26, 2008 02:25:02 PM
:O ! i'm glad that it worked this time :3 enjoy!
7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Need help making Fleur de Sel caramels on: November 24, 2008 12:57:06 PM
ahh 'snot good... Grin

yeah if they're still liquid-y then you didn't get the sugar hot enough before you added the cream. your recipe is kinda vague about the temperature that it should get to, 'golden in color' is a little too loose for interpretation~ but i would get it up to at least 232, and if it's not brownish i would keep cooking it until it's got some color.

worst thing that could happen is that you over-cook them and they become harder than they should be
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Need help making Fleur de Sel caramels on: November 24, 2008 06:31:32 AM
When i make my carmels i use cream, but i don't heat it before adding it, i also make sure that the sugar mixture gets up to 232* before adding the cream, and then cook it to 242*. these make for chewy at room temperature carmels.

i think these carmels you are trying to make are supposed to be the same consistency, if that's the case then you may not be getting the sugar up to temperature before adding the cream. when i started making carmels i had this problem, my carmels never set because i didn't cook the sugar high enough.
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Any candy makers out there?? on: November 24, 2008 05:56:11 AM
if you are going to make candy more than a few times a year i would highly suggest investing in a digital candy thermometer, the one i have is from william sonoma and was around 20$ i think, it clips to the side of the pan and you can set it so it will ring when it's at temperature. you can also use it in oil for frying things.

i typically make carmels, fudge, peanut butter roll, and candy pudding for thanksgiving/Christmas for my family and friends. Smiley we've also made pralines and turtles.

candy making is addictive~!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Milliner? me? the making of a church hat. on: November 21, 2008 05:11:37 AM
So shortly after last thanksgiving my great-grandmother died, she left money to her church to rebuild the kitchen. So the church decided that since they've recently finished rebuilding the kitchen that they'd invite all of the family members to attend service to inaugurate the new kitchen in time for their thanksgiving dinner.

My great-grandmother was a lover of hats (she had at least 20) so the women in my family are all donning hats for the occasion as a nod to her. Sadly i have a large head and can't wear any of her old hats, so off i went a shopping and for less than $5 i made this chapeau, hope you like :3

i know the pictures are rather grainy (i took them on my phone for lack of a camera) and i look thrilled to death in the first picture xD but it was taken when i was about to nod off to sleep~

the materials were,
1/2 yard of brown sparkly netting
1 fake 'fall' rose
1/2 yard of wired ribbon
1 large woven doll hat (base)

hope ya'll enjoy~
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