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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Melting beads in silicone bakeware? on: July 12, 2006 06:26:35 AM
Was there ever a verdict on this? Will my house explode? Has anyone actually tried it?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Couple of questions about felting crocheted things on: June 24, 2004 10:50:24 AM
I've been on a real felted purse jag lately, and the design that is trying to burn its way out of my head right now will be much, much easier in crochet than knit (my usual way).

Does a regular DC felt well? Do I need to go up or down from the regular hook size I would use?
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / First time trying a craft fair on: June 24, 2004 06:03:06 AM
I've been invited to do a booth at a high school fundraising craft fair, and I'm seriously considering it for some quick cash flow.  Wink

It's at the end of July, and I'm just wondering which kind of products I should focus on? This I guess will be parents and friends of drill team members, so maybe jewelry? Felted purses? Record bowls or album cover totes?

This is a pretty small fair and very cheap booths so it might be a good chance to get my feet wet, you know? I just don't know which direction to go. Any thoughts?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Packaging for bracelets? on: June 07, 2004 03:08:35 PM
I have no idea which forum this goes in!

What I need is some creative ideas for packaging beaded bracelets that I make. I can knit, crochet, sew, or whatever it takes, pretty much.

I don't need to really MASS produce these, but they should be fairly quick to make. Right now I'm thinking of doing tiny felted bags or maybe some kind of paper/cardboard constructions? Sewing drawstring pouches?

Your thoughts?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What paint to use on metal? on: June 01, 2004 02:22:43 PM
I mod poged and felt lined this old holiday tin over the weekend, but I would have preferred to paint it and just podge on a few random images. What paint would stick to the bare metal and/or cover the original design? You can see some of the ugly old yellow around the edges still, and I want perfection.  Tongue



6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DIY circular needles from dowels w/pics and tutorial on: May 27, 2004 05:16:05 PM
I hope it was ok to start a new thread for this. Feel free to flog me if needed. And yes, my pictures are not so good.

There has to be at least one other person here who is cheap enough and hardcore enough to try this.  Grin Most of the finishing and shaping techniques are the same as regular dowel/chopstick needles http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2611.0

The magic ingredient is: Weed eater line. I got this package for about $2.50 at walmart. At 150 feet I won't be running out any time soon. Be sure to get the round line, not the ridged.

These are going to be size 8 needles. I cut these pieces 4" to make a 32" set. For shorter circs, I would cut them as short as 3 or 3.5" - sharpen the tips and sand the ends so they slightly taper.

I used a Dremel to drill holes about 1/2" deep in the ends. This part takes a steady hand, but the Dremel makes it easy.

Squeeze a little super glue into the holes, and insert the cord ends.

When the glue is dry, sand and finish the needles, tapering as much as you can toward the cable for an unbroken surface. On these smaller diameter needles, I then put a dab of regular Elmer's glue at the juncture, which dries nice and smooth. On a bigger needle, cone shaped beads or other creative measures may need to be taken.
A few hours later, a pair of circs that didn't cost me a trip to the yarn store or much $$ at all.  Wink


7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / How can I save this case? on: May 16, 2004 02:12:54 PM
I got this for free (my favorite price) at a yard sale today. It's really in good shape, but it is locked and I don't have the combination.

Any ideas how to get it open without destroying it? Can I remove the locks and put new latches on it?

Sorry about the fuzzy picture. Photography is so not one of my skills.

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