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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: embroidered... bracelets? on: August 29, 2007 10:22:43 AM
Fantastic! I love the colors you used. I also love buttons anywhere and all the time. Nice work. Smiley
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Happy Summertime Fun Dress! on: August 19, 2007 03:34:17 PM
oh my goodness. I love it! I love it! I love it!!!!!!!
13  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Basket o' Flowers Wedding Cake on: August 05, 2007 02:50:14 PM
That is fantastic! I love the flowers and the basket-style stuff looks great.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My new favorite necklace OR my first resin success! on: July 28, 2007 11:06:44 PM
ooh very pretty! can you possibly explain how you did it so i can copy your awesome idea? Smiley pretty please, thank you.

As far as resin goes, I used Envirotex Lite (you can find this at Michaels in the glue section. The two bottles are in a box and I think there is a picture of a table coated in the resin on the front of  the box. I say all this because when I was looking for resin, I couldn't find the stuff mainly because I wasnt expecting the bottles to be in a box.) I mixed the resin as per the instructions and colored it with powdered pigment that you can find in the scrapbooking section along with the embossing stuff. I poured the resin into an ice cube tray that I was using as a mold. I let this sit for 30 minutes and then laid my cut out vellum paper with the leaf design on top of the still wet resin. This part was the hardest part. You have to lay the paper on top of the resin without pushing it in too far or the colored resin will come over the top of the vellum. (There is a way to avoid this. You can make the bead in reverse by pouring the clear resin into the mold and laying the paper into that and then pouring the colored resin on top once that has hardened. I could not do this because of a texture on the bottom of my mold that I did not want to be imprinted on top of my bead.) Anyway, once the colored resin with the paper on top is hard, you pour a layer of clear resin on top. I then sanded the beads to get rid of any ridges that the mold left. I used a pin vice to drill holes in the resin pieces. If you are interested in working with resin, I would highly recommend Sherri Haab's book, "The Art of Resin Jewelry." She has lot of useful info and project ideas in this book. Hope this helps.
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My new favorite necklace OR my first resin success! on: July 28, 2007 08:11:19 PM
I have been playing with resin lately and have had a variety of problems (lots of air bubbles, flexible finished pieces, tacky finished pieces, etc). But, I had my first success today! Woot! So, I present a necklace containing my first actual batch of resin beads. (These were made with resin, vellum paper and powdered pigment)


Here is a close up.




The whole necklace.




Action shot.


I am so pleased with how the resin and the necklace came out. I can't wait to do another batch and put more things in resin. Smiley
Thanks for looking. I would appreciate any comments or critique.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: First Time Paint Create etc etc Job. Pic Heavy, I think? on: July 24, 2007 07:15:58 PM
Wow! I love the green buddha tree room! It is all very colorful and fun. Nice work. Smiley
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Apartment kitchen rejuvenation on: July 12, 2007 11:02:19 AM

I have a question for you.  Have you had any problems with the command strips not holding up?  Are your fabric panels heavy?  I ask because I bought them and thought I'd love them but they aren't holding up too well.  Maybe I just need to add an extra one or two to keep it up. 



I have not had a problem the command strips. I think I used two on each panel and they are very secure. They do not weight to much as they are made from 1/8 in think plywood. Are you using the strips that are like plastic velcro or the ones that are just sticky? The ones that are like plastic velcro are made to hold more weight. Also, did you clean the surfaces you were sticking them to? I stuck my strips (that are like plastic velcro) onto the cabinet and the panel and let them sit for an hour before actually hanging the panels up. The directions on the command strips recommend this. Perhaps it helped. I hope this was helpful. Good luck!
18  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Pokemon Cake on: July 11, 2007 09:58:12 PM
So I heard you like Mudkips Grin


MUDKIPS? I LUUUUUUUUUUUURV MUDKIPS.
19  COOKING / Dessert / Pokemon Cake on: July 11, 2007 09:14:58 PM
So, I have been playing with food latley (you can see my Chocolate Tiara here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181348.msg1885496;topicseen#msg1885496).

This was the first time I attempted to make a character cake and only had a picture to go on. I am pretty happy with how it came out. I had a lot of fun playing with the icing colors to get them the correct shade.

Just in case you are wondering, this was not made for an elementary school kid. It was made for a graduate student. We are not dorks. I promise. Well......maybe we are a little. Anyway, here is my Mudkip (a water type Pokemon ) cake.





Thanks for looking. Time to play with more food!



20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES / Re: Queen of Chocolate- Edible Tiara! on: July 11, 2007 08:46:09 PM
I saw the thumbnail of this and had to click on it because I thought it looked like it was made of chocolate.  I am ecstatic to know that it was.  Is it just straight chocolate that you piped into the design?  How did you get the lovely curved tiara shape?  (I don't have a lot of experience with chocolate other than eating it  Wink )

It is just melted chocolate chips piped into the design. After I piped the milk chocolate onto the dark chocolate, I stuck the whole thing in a warm oven so that the milk chocolate design would sort of sink into the dark chocolate. To get the curved shape, I just wrapped the silpat (the silicone and fiberglass nonstick baking mat I was piping the chocolate onto) around a 2 liter soda bottle. After breaking 3 tiaras before this one, I finally got the hang of it.  Chocolate is fun (though frustrating) to work with. Eating it afterwards was great though. Smiley
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