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5031  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for bones on: May 10, 2004 10:45:27 AM
You can make some very convincing faux bone with polymer clay too!  (it can be carved after baking, or it can be shaped with molds or other instruments before baking... also "antiquing" it a bit with brown paint will bring out the graining or just make it look aged, etc.)

If you're ever interested in checking that out, look on these pages:


Diane B.
5032  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Bones, what a guy! (stuffed skeleton doll) on: May 10, 2004 09:57:31 AM
It would be fun to add a few piecing of clothing or other accessories to one of these figures like for the "Dia de los Meurtos" (Day of the Dead) figures too.

Here are some examples of what I mean:


These figures are great fun to do in polymer clay too!

Diane B.
5033  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: portable zen garden with a twist! on: May 10, 2004 09:47:16 AM
What a cool idea!

There are various other ideas on making mini Zen Gardens on this page of my website as well:
(... click on the "Miscellaneous" category, and scroll down a few paragraphs)

Diane B.
5034  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: my potato stamp stationary on: May 09, 2004 12:51:05 PM
You can always use small canape or other cutters to make the outline cut... or check out "eraser carving" on google.com, etc., for simpler shapes.

Here's a bunch of sites that deal with "potato stamping"


Click on Potato Stamps on this page to see some more complicated ones:?


Diane B.
5035  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift Ideas for Men (Boyfriend's Birthday!!) on: May 08, 2004 09:11:40 AM
Here's some info from my website that could be helpful... (the apply to polymer clay gifts, but some of the color ideas, etc., might work:


(Gift ideas ... for "men")
. . . As for color, neutral or darker colors would be traditional and safe for men. Some gold or other metal looks might work, especially if they're used as outline or detailing.
"Men's" pattern designs are often abstracts, geometrics/mosaics, plaids, small repeated patterns --just reduce the heck out of the cane, faux granite/marble/lapis, etc., or simulated wood, wood "inlay," appliques, etc.
Of course, non-traditional men have even more possibilities . . . :-)

Themes . . . sports, occupations, dogs/pets, hobbies, computers, areas of the country/world, nature/camping, cars/boats/planes, gardening, science/math, poker/bridge, a project they worked really hard on, family memories, childhood interests/events, architectural details or structure, historical stuff/maps/symbols, and anything indicating motion! . . .

Diane B.


5036  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Under-eye circles on: May 07, 2004 07:38:19 PM
There seem to be the brown kind of eye "circles" and the grayer-bluer kind... I've got the grayer ones.  The allergist said it can be allergies, but he also said that some people just have thinner skin around their eyes than other people do (and women have thinner skin in general than men).  I don't know if this is the whole story, but it helps to know a little anyway.  (The brown ones seem to be totally genetic, but one of these days we may find out that taking Vitamin XYZ will eliminate them all, who knows???)

I do find concealer to be what hides mine well ...BUT... I don't use *regular* concealer.  It just doesn't seem to be as good as my long time fix, Max Factor Pan Stick ... I use True Beige.  That stuff is  thicker than regular concealer, and may have more titanium oxide (dioxide?) in it too ... titanium is actually *opaque* so it really hides.

For the best results, rub off a little bit from the top of the (wide) stick onto a finger, then apply it under eyes (gently) --covering that with a bit of powder (and even repeating the whole thing twice) will really make it stay on there, if needed. 
I can't be bothered with all those steps most of the time though.  I just do the undereye part with Pan Stik, then more forcefully rub a few dabs of it on my cheeks and nose to even out the skin tone and mesh with the undereye stuff, hit the cheeks with a tad of blush, and I'm outa there (maybe 45 seconds total)  Grin


Diane B.
5037  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: old tin candy molds on: May 07, 2004 07:14:56 PM
Then, of course, they're great for polymer clay too  Grin

If you're interested in trying them with pc, check out this page for how to use polymer clay with all sorts of molds (as well as how to make molds with it):

Diane B.
5038  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re:Amoeba Beads on: May 05, 2004 12:29:23 PM
There's a lot of info on baking polymer clay on this page, if you want to check it out:


(...look under the sub-category called "Temperatures and Times.")


Diane B.
5039  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases on: May 03, 2004 04:25:28 PM
CD's require more heat apparently than vinyl records (diff. kinds of plastic).  You might want to check out this page, under the sub-category CD's for more info on heating CD's:



Diane B.
5040  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re:Coasters out of old records? on: May 03, 2004 10:56:01 AM
Here's more info, mostly from other posts here:
cutting a vinyl record:

 I heated the record over an electric burner and then cut the edges with a heavy duty paper trimmer (wear an oven mit when you do this).  I heated *one edge at a time*. it makes a nice clean edge. I also used some fine sandpaper on the edges to get nice smooth, non-sharp edges. Anu

heat in oven at 250 on a cookie sheet for a few minutes remove and cut with heavy duty kitchen shears, or an Exacto?

.or use a hot knife or hot wire cutter?

use a band saw
or a large rotary cutter like a quilters Olfa (tape or clamp down safetyprob. will take several passes?)


Ways of cutting and manipulating these are similar to stuff that's been done with CD roms, so you might want to check here too:

(look down in the "CD's" category for cutting methods)

(look under "CD Shards")

Good luck!

Diane B.
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