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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fur coat closures - metal, hinge on: November 16, 2010 06:46:55 PM
My roomate was asking me the specific name for the heavy metal fixtures, like a clasp, that close fur jackets.  She described them as similar to a latch clasp but with a hinge and definitely metal.  She doesn't know the proper term for them (and neither do I) and has been unsuccesful in trying to buy them online.  If anyone could either direct us to a site that sells them or tell us the name of them, it would be greatly appreciated!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Need New Toys - Photography Questions on: November 09, 2008 06:57:33 PM
So, my parents are supplying my favorite obsession for christmas...  Camera parts. I have a Pentax ZX-7 analog and a Nikon 300 zoom lens as well as the standard lens.  I have a fogmaker, cateye and "broad spectrum" lens attachment as well.  I have a tripod and the slave flash driver.  I will be asking for a slave flash, but thats already on the list.  I like to give them options Cheesy.
Any suggestions?
Preferred pictures are Macro/Black and White, but I'm a photography students, so I need diversity.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Eyelash yarn and turtle making. Comments welcome! on: October 02, 2008 10:40:30 PM
I'm making a humongoid amigurumi turtle out of mohair, eyelash yarn and ribbon yarn.  He's not so much humongoid, just really large for an amigurumi.  I finished the top part of the shell in the mohair, and have started on the bottom half with the eyelash yarn.  I think I'm doing okay as far as not missing a stitch, but I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations as far as working with eyelash yarn.
Then, when I'm done the shell, I'm going to move on to the legs/head/tail.  I'm okay with the legs/tail, but I want the head to look a bit like the Jack Sparrow turtles, only on a much larger scale.  This will be in either the ribbon or eyelash yarn, depending.  Any thoughts on the shaping?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Camera Bag on: July 29, 2008 12:52:11 PM
Basically I'm looking to create a bag that will hold a 6x4 camera body, two lenses at approzimately 6x6 cylindrical, as well as 14 or so 2x3x1/2" lens holders, batteries, film, etc etc etc... It needs to be organized and it needs to be padded between the two lens bodies, the camera and pretty much everything else.  If I can work out a way to coopt one of the coolers I have now so that I can keep my film cool at the same time, all the better.  Any suggestions?
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Photography Bag on: July 29, 2008 12:45:13 PM
I am a photograph major at KSU in Georgia, and I recently got a lens from my parents (fullbody, aperture lens setting, etc) which when combined with my lenses, camera body, old lens, film, batteries, etc etc leaves me with a highly inadequate camera bag.  I have a Pentaz ZX-7 and the standard bag that comes with it now.  I also have a duffel bag that I store my tripods and ziploc storage boxes with extra film and batteries.  This is not really adequate.  I know that there are bags available that would probably fit them all, but I'm more of a broke ass diyer myself.  Any suggestions?
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Photographic Negative Scanning Question on: May 12, 2008 08:46:45 AM
So I have a Lexmark 3500-4500 series printer which works for what it works for, and Windows Vista and the associated programs for an OS.  My question is this:
I read on ehow.com that the way to scan negatives is to place your scanner on transparent and scan away, but so far have not figured out how to do so.  I am a Luddite, to say the least, so it might be my bass ackwardness, but is there another technique for scanning negatives?  I made a pinhole camera and got the negatives developed for free by a one hour because they said they were blank.  I can definitely see some pictures on there, however, so I would love to see what they look like before going and spending money to get them developed into actual pictures.  Regardless, since I will be submitting my portfolio to several colleges, all of which require that they be in digital format and in the case of physical prints that are scanned, images of the negatives are required as well (presumably to stop people from claiming that which is not theirs), so the better I can figure out how to do this, the better my luck at putting together a portfolio they won't just laugh at.  I do have access to some other scanners at school, but have no idea what type.  I do know they are attached to Mac's, and that the best digital editing equipment is Mac, but my ability to use a Mac is second only to my ability to anatomically insert my own head in places where the sun does not shine.  Any help is welcome!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Question on: April 22, 2008 09:19:15 PM
Typing in the dark, so I apologize for the massive number of typos to follow.
I recently discovered a discount fabric store that had exactly the kind of vegan suede that I wanted for a project.  It is upholstery fabric, however, and I've actually never worked with suede of any sort, so it leads to all sorts of interesting questions for me.
It is a grayish batting backed suede, so it has the girth of fabric I need for the initial project.  However, the project will be leaving raw seams, and I don't want the batting or the glue used to secure it to show.  Any suggestions to remove it?  I am planning on making matching boots and sporran out of it, but I'm cheating on the boots and just covering an unsightly thrift store find.  Therefore, the batting will be both unecessary and quite cumbersome.  I've got the basic concept of boots down, although I'm adapting the plans in my head as we speak, and am looking for some sort of "boot basic" manual I could look at for some ideas as to how to adapt to reality.  The nice lady at the discount store gave me incredibly generous cuts on my incredibly generous idea of how much fabric I would need, so I've cut some tester strips off and am planning on experimenting come morning light.  In the meantime, some other basic questions, such as "can you tool vegan suede" come to mind.  Also, it is 60-+" wide fabric at approximately 1-1 1/2 yards of the stuff, so there's a good chance, with careful cutting, that  I'll have leftovers.  Any suggestions would be welcome.

P.S. I'm going to try to highlight my questions to make this easier.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Och ye ken I want a sporran! on: April 22, 2008 12:13:25 PM
Sorry, I had to do it.  Okay, the setup is this; I am a full time broke ass student and am bored out of my skull.  So the other day, while taking the bus from school (yeah, I'm one of those greenies), I thought about the discount fabric store across the street from the bus stop and decided to make a stop.  It is an upholstery fabric store, for the most part, and it just opened, so HUGE SALE.  I found some fabulous vegan suede in a stormy gray color and a beautiful lining fabric that reminds me of home seas (Northern Scotlander transplanted to the New England area now living in landlocked Atlanta).  I've been researching sporran making on and off for two years, and think that this may be the end of my search for a fabric. 
Two caveats, one being that it is vegan suede and as far as I know cannot be tooled, and the second being that I've never made a sporran.  I've seen many up close and personally, so I think I'm okay on the basic shape of things.  What I'm looking for is anyone who has ever worked with upholstery suede or faux suede in purse making.  This particular faux is a three layer, cotton batting + glue + suede construct, thus it has some depth and weight, but is not stiff.  I need some hints for all of the following things:
How to either stiffen the fabric or factor the non-stiffness into my pattern making (i.e. make sure that the side/bottom strap is going to hold up to my habit of carrying more than is really necessary)
How to peel back the suede fabric from the lining at the edges, since unless I get really finicky it will be a raw edge bag (I might just get really finicky)
Any possible hints toward tooling this
Suggestions towards the sporran itself (and no, I'm not making a rob roy.  Think more of a dress sporran without the fur)
Lining the sporran, like lining a purse.  I understand the basic tenet of making one right-side out and one wrong-side out bag and inserting accordingly, but have never actually done so.

The lady at the fabric store cut very generously on my generous guesstimate of a yard of faux and 1/2 yard of lining, so I have some leeway to work with and am more than willing to try anything once. 

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking Illusion Knitting - HELP! on: December 16, 2007 02:55:05 PM
This is sort of terribly last minute, but my mums christmas gift has to be in the mail on Wednesday!  I knitted her the treble clef and sharp illusion graph from Yahoo's! Illusion Knitting Group, up one side, a few rows of stockinette, then down the other side.  The issue is that the center and ends are thinner than the others, and thus need to be blocked to proper shape and size.  I looked up blocking illusion on multiple places, and the issue that people have had is that the only type of blocking I know how to, wetting and then ironing, might ruin the illusion effect.  So I either need someone to tell me how they have gotten around that, using iron-blocking, or for someone to tell me how to do wet-blocking (?) to make the middle and ends match the illusion charting section.  Please help, as soon as you can!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Maidens Glory - Anticraft on: September 05, 2007 10:22:05 AM
I'm wondering if anyone has attempted the Maidens Glory circlet/crown availale on Anticraft.  I'm going to be attempting it soon (aka as soon as I have the yarn for it).  I am a semi-beginner crocheter, and it looks complicated.  I'm busy rewriting it with the American abbreviations to make it a little easier on me, but I think I'm in for an uphill battle.  Any hints?
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