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4081  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Microcrystalline wax question on: October 23, 2010 11:42:52 PM
I made a lot of glass tile pendants with Diamond Glaze before I found out it was not waterproof.  I am now going to switch to making them with resin.

But in the meantime, would buffing the glazed pendants I have with something like this help improve their wear in humidity?  They already have many layers of Glaze and I don't want to put resin over them because they are built up enough right now.

Renaissance Micro crystalline wax:
http://www.woodfinishsupply.com/RenWax.html
4082  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: scrabble and wood tile necklaces-when to drill? on: October 23, 2010 11:11:56 PM
You can drill before hand.  I have made glass tile pendents with Diamond Glaze on predrilled glass pieces and if you are careful, it forms enough of a bead, that you can avoid filling the hole.  Even if you do fill the hole, you can poke through with a needle, little stick, brush, or toothpick to maintain patency of the hole (and even glaze the inside for a nice finished look).  What you may not want to do is go through the work of making them up, then drilling and skipping the tool and scratching and ruining the finished product.

If you want something more permanent and waterproof (Diamond Glaze is NOT waterproof) consider resin.  I just worked with Lisa Pavelka's Magic Glos UV resin in a work shop and am impressed by how fast it sets up, and it forms a nice bead, and layers nicely.  It is a ready use product, not a 2 part resin, which I will be trying next.
4083  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: objects that are completely beaded on: October 23, 2010 11:06:01 PM
One artist also used wax as her base and worked the beads into that.  Problematic if it is going to be in someplace warm.  Polymer clay could work as a base too, especially if you push the beads in far enough that some of the clay extrudes around it to form a setting of sorts for each bead.  But then it would have to be a base that can withstand the oven temp to set the clay.
4084  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fairytale Cuff on: October 23, 2010 11:01:01 PM
I love it too - love love love it!
4085  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: Anyone have any family/friends/SOs who complain about their swapping? on: October 21, 2010 09:03:27 PM
Agree, just do it.  Afterall, if you live together and don't know each other well, there are no expectations.  It's not like your hobby is something embarassing or illegal, right?  He may have some ideas to contribute too, or may be inspired to do stuff too.  So long as he's not one of those guys that see you doing something and suggests you darn his socks or make stuff for him.  Just be considerate and not leave your scissors  and other tools in butt-injuring circumstances.
4086  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 6 [signups Sept. 8-21; sendouts Nov. 20, 2010] on: October 21, 2010 08:25:02 PM
Congratulations thenorm02 - you must be so happy Cheesy !!!!!!

stocking is done , some stuffer are made and some are bought and still stuffing away ...I do think there will be an over flow ...having sooooo much fun....

I am going backwards.  Stuffings first, stocking last.  I am certain I am going to overflow.  Positive to the nth degree.

working on 5th crafted item now.
4087  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 6 [signups Sept. 8-21; sendouts Nov. 20, 2010] on: October 20, 2010 11:26:43 AM
Aw - I wish I had someone to do craft parties with Sad
4088  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 6 [signups Sept. 8-21; sendouts Nov. 20, 2010] on: October 20, 2010 11:02:28 AM
I'll be working up until the send out deadline for maximum spoilage.   Grin

Now that's thinking I can relate too Cheesy

One of my favourite sales is coming up in November, and I am sure I will be able to find some cool stuffers there.  In the mean time, I am working on crafted items #5
4089  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Frosted Glass Tutorial -- How to make frosted glassware with Armor Etch! on: October 20, 2010 04:48:04 AM
Yes, if I remember correctly - so paint the outside of mugs, leaving a rim, bowls, the very edges of plates, etc, unless they are decoration only.  This can also be used on metal, though it may collect into droplets on some surfaces, so you may need to sand so that the paint has something to grip.
4090  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery hoop/sheer curtain silk screen question on: October 20, 2010 04:41:10 AM
Yes, at least with flat frames you should be able to store more easily than the ones I made with embroidary hoops. 
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