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1  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re: Huntsville Crafting on: January 11, 2008 03:37:39 PM
Please help create the
2008 V-Day Community Afghan
to benefit the
Huntsville Madison County
Community Free Clinic


Its quick & easy!
1 - Choose any color worsted weight, machine washable yarn
2 - Knit or Crochet a 7 inch square in any pattern

The deadline for turning in your square(s) is Friday, Feb. 29.
Raffle tickets will be sold.
The drawing will be held on Saturday, March 29.

For more information please contact
Freda Miguel
fredagram@yahoo.com
256-457-8745 voicemail

Knit/Crochet Together @

Barnes and Noble (University Drive)
Jan. 21, 7:30pm 9:00pm
Jan. 28, 7:30pm 9:00pm
Feb. 4, 7:30pm 9:00pm
Feb. 18, 7:30pm 9:00pm

Books-A-Million (corner of University Drive & the Parkway)
Jan. 25, 7:30pm 9:00pm
Feb. 29, 7:30pm 9:00pm

90% of proceeds will benefit the Huntsville Madison County Community Free Clinic
10% of proceeds will benefit V-Day.org (an organization dedicated to stopping violence against women world-wide)
The 2008 V-Day Spotlight is Women of Hurricane Katrina

*UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS*
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Show off you giant veggies or just your green thumb on: August 12, 2007 08:34:18 PM
Pumpkins!!
This is my first of the season. its 44" around fatwise, and 46" around tallwise. He weighed in at 37lbs!








Here are my sunflowers! for reference, i'm 6'1" They're past their prime here, but you get the idea!




3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 36 Cent Penny Necklace on: January 17, 2007 04:25:51 AM
Cool idea!  Grin

very nice...

so... is it true or just urban legend that it's illegal to destroy/damage legal tender...?  Wink

This is what I was thinking! although, I can't imagine a cop seeing you with this and taking you in!

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Teaching children to crochet on: January 07, 2007 04:53:10 AM
Actually, teaching to chain with fingers is a great way to start kids learning.  They don't have to have the dexterity yet to use the hook.  I learned that way, and both my little sis and I were quite young when we graduated to hooks.

This is what I learned at a young age as well. It was less frustrating and I would do miles of chain while I watched TV etc.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Snow Water Globes...finished! on: January 03, 2007 06:29:08 AM
HOW did you soak them though? did you just stick it in plain water? If so, how long? Are the figures glazed/varnished or coated with anything? Did you find a tutorial for this? thanks, i am really interested in trying it.

ohh, I just filled the globe with DISTILLED water and put the figure in it upside down. You can see the bra lady soaking in the background of one of the pictures. I soaked them over night, although I can't say for certain how necessary it is, it did seem to reduce the air bubbles.

I didn't find a tutorial, and Most of the information I used I found on Diane B.'s site

Truth be told, its really not that complicated.
*made clay figures
*made a clay base
*paint the rubber stopper included in the kit (it was mint green)
*glue figure to the base (E6000)
*glue the base to the stopper (only in the center so the stopper can flex)
*be sure to clean the globe inside and out
*fill with distilled water and alittle glycerin
*soak the figure as you see fit
*add floaties (I used a few kinds of glitter)

Then the tricky part is getting the stopper in without getting air bubbles (or push it in too far and break the globe trying to get it back out like I did)

Then I sealed the stopper with some silicone caulk, glued the globe to the base (e6000 again) and viola!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My Mid-Century Modern Gingerbread House on: January 02, 2007 05:56:48 PM
This is wonderful! I love your dedication to the interior!!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Snow Water Globes...finished! on: January 02, 2007 02:30:58 PM
Really cool!!!  And I even like the cake lady... she's kind of really in-your-face because of the size and magnification --LOLOLOL.

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figure had to be reglued and resoaked


What exactly do you mean by "re-soaked"??  Did they advise you to soak your figures before adding them, e.g.... maybe to avoid outgassing (though that isn't usually a problem with polymer clay, though bubbles can get stuck in crevices)

And also, did they include any kind of water "additive" with the kit?  I'd like to add it to my info if they did.


Diane B.

P.S.  For other people who are interested in making snow or water globes with clay, and buying globe kits or making your own, there's a bunch of info on this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/outdoor_snowglobes_fountains.htm


Ha yes, some how I managed to forget about the magnification so I was pretty shocked when I saw that too!

I'm only soaking them to get the bubbles out of the small areas. it works suprisingly well.

And no, they didnt include any additives. I used destilled water and a little glycerin.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Snow Water Globes...finished! on: January 02, 2007 06:11:15 AM
Wow, that is SUPER cute and a surprisingly affordable gift idea. I bet they are lots and lots of fun to make, too! I love the cake lady, she looks really good--she might be a little big for the globe, but it kind of makes her look like she's trying to escape the bubble. And that's cool.

Thanks! and yeah, she's too big. that's what happens when you don't measure before you begin!!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / *EDIT* Snow Water Globes...finished! on: January 02, 2007 04:29:06 AM
*EDITED to add second globe*

Well, this didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but lessons learned and next time will be much better!

*Fimo Soft
*Craft wire
*brush bristles (for eyelashes)
*E6000
*Silicone Adhesive/ Caulk
*Snow Globes http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=6&cid=37&scid=54
*Glitter
*Glycerin
*Acrylic paint

The figures are "sidekicks" for friends. Its sort of an inside joke thing, but hopefully you can appreciate them anyway! Here are the first sketch


Here's what happened when I tried to put the first one together:

There was much screaming and pulling of hair.

This figure had to be reglued and resoaked, so I'll finish it tomorrow...maybe.

Anyway, I did finish the cakelady. I only wish I had made the legs a but shorter, but alas.

She fits...barely!


Thigs to remember for next time:

*make the figures smaller! They are magnified by the water.
*colors are muted by the water. Exaggerate colors you want to stand out.


Here she is! Bra lady (I need to come up with names!) She fits much better than cake lady does.

BLIZZARD!

I love how the snow collects on her mitten and eyelids!


Christmas is finally done!
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Snow Globes...Finally! on: January 01, 2007 08:18:02 PM
Well, this didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but lessons learned and next time will be much better!

*Fimo Soft
*Craft wire
*brush bristles (for eyelashes)
*E6000
*Silicone Adhesive/ Caulk
*Snow Globes http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=6&cid=37&scid=54
*Glitter
*Glycerin
*Acrylic paint

The figures are "sidekicks" for friends. Its sort of an inside joke thing, but hopefully you can appreciate them anyway! Here are the first sketch


Here's what happened when I tried to put the first one together:

There was much screaming and pulling of hair.

This figure had to be reglued and resoaked, so I'll finish it tomorrow...maybe.

Anyway, I did finish the cakelady. I only wish I had made the legs a but shorter, but alas.

She fits...barely!


Thigs to remember for next time:

*make the figures smaller! They are magnified by the water.
*colors are muted by the water. Exaggerate colors you want to stand out.




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