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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Rapunzel, rapunzel, let down your hair! (scarf) on: July 01, 2006 07:02:31 PM
I was blown away by the beautiful scarves all you girls made, so I just had to make one myself.



I made this one with a mix of gray and blue. The colors remind me of dark, stormy days. I braided four strands instead of three and used a mix of natural and wool yarns of all sorts and satin ribbons. Instead of knotting the ends, I used one piece of the yarn to wrap and tie them. I also did a black and pink Rapunzel scarf and knitted a matching skinny scarf to go with it they can be worn together or separately and posted that as my June pink project in the Colour Craftalong:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91746.0

These scarves are so fun to make. Thanks for the inspiration everyone!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: COLOUR CRAFTALONG on: July 01, 2006 07:01:03 PM
This craftalong rocks! I love seeing all the amazing things that everyones come up with. Heres my June pink (and black) project.



Its a two scarf set that can be worn layered or separately. The first one I knit and the second one is a Rapunzel scarf inspired by this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=67366.0
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Glass Mosaic on: June 29, 2006 01:16:07 PM
wow...it is gorgeous and i love it. i'm very interested in making a mosaic like this...i just have one question..i'm super new to this website and to crafting...all the marbles and broken glass that you used...was it already colored? or do you use paint at all? thanks...is there anyway you could send maybe a closer picture or something, i'm just trying to figure out exactly how you did this.

thanks =) and good job, it looks awesome!!

Thanks, jazzinjenny! The glass that I used was already colored. I suspect that paint would not hold up to the grouting process and most likely would rub off. The glass I used came from craft stores, the internet and from my own recycling. Some was already in pieces, some I cut from sheets or trimmed, some I smashed myself. I'll try to remember to take some pictures while I'm working on my next mosaic. Until then, here's a closeup of one part of the mosaic. This is before I did my final sponge and cleanup, so the grouting still looks a little rough. I hope this helps!

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Glass Mosaic on: June 27, 2006 12:18:57 PM
Thanks, fluffysam and milesapart714! I'm glad you like it. Normally I don't go for super happy and inspirational, but I needed something to cheer me up and this helped.

Milesapart714, I'm sorry to hear that you just went through a bad one too. It's times like that when you realize how wonderful your friends and your hobbies really are. They get you through the day and sometimes that's the best we can ask for. If you do a mosaic, definately post it. I'm sure everyone would love to see it!  Smiley
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Glass Mosaic on: June 25, 2006 06:42:40 AM
You have made a stunning piece. Thanks for the info on how to make it - I love stained glass, but this sounds like a process I could do!!!
Thanks so much - Selkie

Selkie - I'm glad you like it! The great thing about this technique is that you can make it as easy or as hard as you like. I'm just learning to do stained glass and the hardest thing about it for me is scoring and breaking the glass accurately. When I do these mosaics, sometimes I have the same issue with cutting the glass. But if I feel spontaneous and just want to slap something together out of stuff that I have laying around, I can do that, too. One of my favorite things is shattering scrap glass and then fitting it together like a jigsaw puzzle. It's very relaxing - as long as you're careful about keeping the shards from spraying everywhere! (I know that from experience - if there's a mistake to be made, I've done it!) If you decide to do one, I'd love to see a picture!
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Glass Mosaic on: June 25, 2006 04:43:49 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone. As usual, the cool craftster peeps have made my day! Smiley

So do you glue the glass pieces on over the clear glass?  What do you fill in with?  Sorry for all the questions-- I've never seen this technique before! 

SonjaBo - don't be sorry for questions - I'm so pleased that you're interested!

I start with a clean glass blank. If I can't find one with a metal or wooden frame already on it, then I have a few options. I'm always looking for second hand or clearance picture frames. Sometimes I construct my own frame using wood molding or, if it's a small piece, copper foil tape and solder that's used for making stained glass. I highly recommend thrift stores and the clearance/damaged goods sections of the local craft stores.

I adhere the pebbles, marbles, shells, beads, shattered and cut glass onto the clear glass blank using a clear drying glue. The glue doesn't have to be super strong - in fact, I prefer something like Tacky Glue so that if I decide to move a piece later I can pry it up and re-glue it.

Once the glass blank is completely filled and the glue is dry, I fill in the spaces using a dark colored very fine grout. I usually use my fingers to apply it but you have to make sure you wear good strong gloves - I've been cut more than once by a sharp edge while applying the grout. I've found the key is to wait about 10 minutes to let the grout set, then start smoothing with a sponge to remove the excess, let it set for another half hour or so and then sponge again. I've tried different kinds of grout and so far my favorite is Triangle Crafts premixed that I found at Hobby Lobby, but I don't think they carry it anymore.

I don't seal my pieces because so far they've been meant to be hung indoors. I'm going to make some for outdoor use, but I'm still in the research and planning stage on that. Eventually I'm going to cover my glass top patio table, but I'm saving that project until after I have all the kinks worked out of the process. I hope this long ramble made sense!
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Glass Mosaic on: June 24, 2006 07:00:47 AM
Thanks for your kind words! I'm so glad that you guys like it.  Smiley

For this one I used a sheet of glass framed in metal that came from Jo Anne's clearance section - it had one of those faux glass designs on it that you're supposed to fill in with paint. I soaked that junk off with some wet towels and had a wonderful base to work with. That's how I get most of my clear glass bases for my mosaics (and they're really cheap!), but I've never done one this big before.
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Glass Mosaic on: June 24, 2006 03:11:52 AM
This is my first time posting a completed project, so forgive me if I mess up!



Im going through a rough breakup and needed something to occupy my mind that was vaguely cheerful, so I did this transparent glass mosaic. Its meant to be hung in front of a window, but I havent had time to buy the right gauge chain the finished project is very heavy! It measures 20.5 inches by 14 inches and really glows when the sun shines through. I hope you all enjoy it!
9  Georgia / Georgia: Central / Re: dragon*con on: June 20, 2006 02:50:33 PM
I'm also going to Dragon Con. I've been lucky enough to go the last several years and it's been amazing - the Firefly panels were definately the highlight! Though I have to say I'm really looking forward to seeing Nicholas Brendan this year.  Grin  I hope to see lots of Craftsters there, too.
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: A New Ren Faire Board?!? on: June 06, 2006 09:23:59 AM
I think that's a good idea. Maybe "crafting for historical events" or something, so it doesn't have to be JUST for this era. Reinactments are done for the Victorian, Edwardian, etc., eras, too.

I agree that a board for "crafting for historical events" would be a great idea and it could encompass costuming/clothing as well as other crafts.There are lots of recreation societies out there and they differ greatly on how "authentic" their crafted items are (I belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism and even within that group there is much variety). It would be great to have a board where medievalists, civil war reinactors, renn faire enthusiasts, etc could all gather to post tips and techniques and cool completed projects.
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