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4081  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap Send out Friday July 27 on: July 21, 2012 07:05:50 PM
Sometimes the best thing you can do for your craft is to just sit on your own hands and LEAVE IT ALONE!!!!  I had to do that to keep from leaving finger prints all over the peacock coasters, because it was so tempting to poke to see if the resin was dry yet, or if I could pop that teeny little bubble, or move that one bit of feather, etc....
4082  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pendant Swap 3 Gallery on: July 21, 2012 06:55:38 PM
Yes, here's keeping my fingers that you actually get yours this time - though it was my bad - I somehow got the last number on the address wrong.  I have no idea how that happened, considering I had the PM up and thought I was writing right off the screen.

However, now that I see that SkyWookiee received from gala_apples, I am wondering if something happened to the package I sent her too?!
4083  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Random Swap R4? on: July 19, 2012 05:51:29 PM
At the  last time you brought it up, I thought it may be too much for me.  But now I am more interested - I kind of need some distractions.  Count me in.
4084  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap - Send out Friday July 27th on: July 19, 2012 07:56:36 AM
Thank you, everyone.  I had a lot of fun with this swap.  

Shannon, I was so happy to hear you liked the package.  I was nervous, because it came together so fast - far far far faster than I expected, that it actually made me wonder if it was enough.  Maybe it was just because I was so inspired by this swap - who knows?  Coupled also with the fact that I think I totally ignored my chores...

Gr33nT3a - it was not hard.  It is 24 gauge copper sheeting that I cut with metal shears.  I blunt cut the corners and used a Dremel to sand them down to round them, and to smooth the burrs from the edges.  This can be hand sanded too, but it was just faster with the Dremel.  After that, I added a patina with a chemical agent - but you could skip this if you like the shiny metal.  Or you can add colour or patina through other means, like a wax paste, or paint.  Or just exposing it to the elements.  After that, I embossed it using a bird embossing folder I had, using a die cutting machine, like a Cuttlebug, or Sizzix Big Shot (I caved and bought both over the past year).  Using dies/folders specifically for metal, such as the Sizzix Vintaj line will give you a more defined image.  But you could use regular folders too, though it is a great deal of wear and tear on the folder and I advise using thin metals for that.  After that, I lightly sanded to relief the birds more, and then to preserve the finish, added two light coatings of Renaissance Wax, and buffed between coatings.  It preserves and adds a lovely sheen.  Then I drilled a little hole for the tassel and used embroidery floss to make the tassel.

Another option is to etch the metal too, which I considered doing as well, but caustic chemicals make me nervous and I chose this route first.

4085  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap Send out Friday July 27 on: July 19, 2012 07:29:03 AM
oooooh - that reminds me of the last time I tea-dyed cloth.  It was for a small hoop for a swap and I remember enjoying that craft so much because the fabric just smelled soooooooo good.  I must have looked strange, sniffing at it every once in awhile.

Interactive, full sensory crafting - gotta love it!
4086  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap Send out Friday July 27 on: July 18, 2012 12:49:27 AM
Iron, fabric, dye, painted metal - they do not play well together.
4087  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pendant Swap 3 Gallery on: July 17, 2012 07:40:17 AM
I like that steampunk pendant!

I had one of my packages returned this morning too - the one to sweetetevil - will resend as soon as I can - maybe I got some numbers reversed or something?
4088  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin repair? on: July 17, 2012 12:53:02 AM
Can you put a picture up so we can see what we are working with?  You could probably do a patch job, but I think we need to see what the problem actually is.
4089  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pendant Swap 3 Gallery on: July 17, 2012 12:03:13 AM
No worries - how strange that they all got returned.  Just take care of yourself - and hopefully mom is OK, and get them out when you get a chance Cheesy
4090  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stempunk leather belt pouch on: July 15, 2012 09:50:26 PM
I love it - the stamped gears look great and the unevenness of the dye just gives it a vintage, distressed look - awesomeness.  I was thinking of doing something similar with some old leather remnants I have, but for a bookmark, or mini journal.
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