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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glass beads and adhesives problem on: November 06, 2007 01:48:04 PM
Thank you so much!  I'm going to try the liquid clay idea first, to see how it works out.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Glass beads and adhesives problem on: November 06, 2007 12:03:20 AM
I don't have any photos to show at the moment, but I've been molding small gumdrops from Sculpey, and attempting to adhere tiny glass beads (the kinds without holes) to them to simulate sugar.  However, getting the beads to remain stuck to the gumdrops is a problem.  I've sanded the surface of the cured Sculpey to allow adhesives to stick better, but a lot of the beads still fall off.

What's worked the best so far to initially adhere the beads to the gumdrops are tacky glue, and clear nail polish (I'm using what's sitting on my desk, but am willing to purchase better things.)  To seal the beads on, clear acrylic varnish works nicely, as does more clear nail polish.

I was wondering if there was a strong spray adhesive I could use, instead, to make things a little easier.  Brushing sealer over the beads always causes some of them to fall off, and merely handling the gumdrops loosens a lot of beads before I even get to the sealing stage, even if the first adhesive has had time to fully dry before I touch the gumdrops.

Thanks for any suggestions.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pudgy Unicorns on: November 04, 2007 09:13:52 PM
I never was a fan of unicorns, but I adore these.  The blanket stitch automatically means 'cuddly' to me, and I like your choice of patterned fabric.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: felt monsters! on: November 04, 2007 09:06:24 PM
They have such personality!  I especially like the blue one with the pointy teeth. 
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dream a Little Dream, err Nightmare? on: November 04, 2007 08:53:25 PM
I think it's a hilariously wonderful idea.  I'd love to try that next time I'm stuck on making someone a gift.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Quilted elephant is finished!! on: November 04, 2007 11:07:35 AM
He's so beautiful and colourful.  I love elephants, and will have to take a look at that pattern.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny Bunnies from Felted Cashmere Sweaters on: November 04, 2007 11:00:13 AM
Those are wonderful!  I have an old angora sweater I cut up and was planning to make bunnies from.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Christmas stocking from the 60's on: November 03, 2007 11:28:57 PM
http://static.flickr.com/2076/1848144813_dd2407070b_d.jpg

Hope that helps.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Christmas stocking from the 60's on: November 03, 2007 01:04:18 AM
I think I know what you're talking about.  My mom, being born in the 60's, has hers from her childhood, and made myself and my siblings ones in a similar style.  I can take photos, if you'd like.

From what I recall, there are felt pieces, beads, and sequins sewn onto the red felt backing.  On one of the stockings, the felt pieces were cut out with pinking shears.  A couple of them have candycanes, and one has a bear, and one has a train, as well as many other shapes.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Look what you can make with Christmas catalogs on: November 03, 2007 12:50:02 AM
That looks like a lot of fun.  I'll have to try it with the next junk mail we recieve.
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