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1  Re: RESIN in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by ailsika on: July 17, 2008 08:16:55 AM
So here are my first experiments with resin, some good and some not so good. They haven't been finished yet (cleaned up edges, etc.) One things I learned is that half a cup of mixed resin is A LOT. I made way too much, went frantically looking for more things to set, and ended up wasting a bunch.

These are the ones I think worked the best - simply shells in clear resin. My favorite is the one I had previously wire wrapped. I tried to make it a pendant, but couldn't quite get it right. This works much better.


These are the okay ones. The first one is the dremel cutting wheel I broke while working on the computer keys I show below. It looks better in person when the glitter isn't quite as dark. The second oval is scrapbook paper, but I made a mistake when putting it into the mold, so it doesn't quite look right. I poured a first clear layer, let that almost set, and then I pressed the treated paper onto it without pouring more resin first. It didn't get a very clean seal with the already set resin, so the paper looks hazy. Next time I'll pour just a small layer of resin in first and then put the paper, and then fill the rest of the mold.


These are the "failures." The top two are white/clear bits of crystal from a broken geode, but the clear crystal completely disappears. I might try this again with colored crystal or other rocks. The bottom one on the left is a piece of driftwood that looked awesome before, but just kinda looks like a turd in the resin. The button ones would have been really cute, but I had let the last of my resin sit too long, so it came out of my pouring bottle hardening as it went. It wasn't fluid enough to flow all the way to the bottom of the mold or to let the bubbles out.


Lastly, the computer keys. I have been wanting to make computer key jewelry, but I found that the keys were too light and scratchy for the bracelets I make. So I cut out as much of the stub from the back of the keys as possible with a dremel (somewhat difficult - I'll give more details and tips if anyone is interested). and tried filling them with resin. You can see a few places where resin ran down the sides. I'm having some luck scraping that off.


And the backs... The glitter (the red) is definitely the easiest to do, since cutting all the pieces of paper to the right sizes is really a pain (the blue ones). Since this post is getting really long, I'll stop here, but I could talk about these things all day. 
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2  cherry blossom dragon - in progress in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ailsika on: July 09, 2008 10:26:19 PM
This is my husband's work (he's on craftster as INKorporation, but he's not as addicted as I am yet). It's all stippling with Micron pens (0.2 mm) in pink and sepia over a pencil sketch. The pencil will be erased later. This has 13 hours in it so far, and his other drawings this size (11x14) usually take 30-40 hours.
He'd love some feedback on it, and we'll keep posting pics as it progresses!



Oh, and it's really difficult to take a picture of a drawing - the background of the paper is actually whiter.

Thanks for looking!


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3  Re: 12-point Star Blanket~along (a.k.a. Round Ripple) in Crochetalongs by ailsika on: July 10, 2007 03:10:37 PM
Thanks - WIPs! It was really unusual for my cat to do that. He usually hates to walk on anything crocheted.

So here's the rest of the afghan. The pic is a little funny, but this is the one that best shows the colors.


The lightest area is white held together with light purple. It was well planned until the white ran out, and then I wasn't sure what to do with it. It wasn't quite big enough, so I searched the house for more yarn in similar colors. The rest of it definitely wasn't as well planned.  Wink The variegated yarn on the edge doesn't quite match, but I used a dark green yarn held with it to tone it down. At least this was a huge stashbuster!!
Oh, and it's actually a 12 point afghan, not just 10. It's just so ruffly that I smooshed all the other points to the back of the couch.
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4  Re: 12-point Star Blanket~along (a.k.a. Round Ripple) in Crochetalongs by ailsika on: July 02, 2007 10:01:02 PM
Ooh - I made one of these, and I just noticed this thread! I made it entirely with leftover red heart and two strands held together. It does feel a little like a rug, but after several weeks as a couch blanket, it has softened up nicely. It'll be great for winter because it's really warm. The only problem I had with the blanket is that it ruffled badly. I saw somewhere that I should have used a smaller hook for the center, oh well. It works on my couch, even though it won't lay flat at all!

This is a progress pic. I still need to take a photo of the whole thing. This is what happened to it when I put it down to try to flatten it out.

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5  Re: Daisy Square-along - Free pattern! in Crochetalongs by ailsika on: July 02, 2007 09:48:30 PM
So, I've been distracted by other projects, but here are the squares that I have finished so far:


Actually, I think I have a couple more now, but still a long way to go! I'm going to start edging them all in yellow to match the centers and attaching them together, but I haven't quite figured out how to do that yet. My last squares may end up being all pink, light green, and gray. I have entirely too much of those colors!!

Knichole - Where are you getting stuck? I'd be happy to try to help explain! (I'm also in Arizona, btw)
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6  DORMANT: Daisy Square-along in Crochetalongs by ailsika on: April 21, 2007 12:05:32 PM
I found this wonderful pattern for a daisy square over on Crochetville by Krystal16. I'm using it as a stashbuster, and I wondered if anyone would like to join me.



The pattern is available by sending me a PM or by emailing Krystal.  I won't post her email here.

She asks that if you use the pattern that you send her a square (either a black background with bright colors or white with pastels) to contribute to a charity afghan. It was a lot of fun to see my square become part of an afghan headed out to a needy child!
Also, she has a blog where she's posted all the squares she's gotten:

http://krochetkrystal.blogspot.com/

This is a very fun pattern, and I'm really enjoying putting them together. I hope someone will join me!

*edited to add - Oops, I forgot to add that if you PM me, please include an email where I can forward the pdf file of the pattern. 

Actually, for the next few weeks - please just contact Krystal for the pattern. I'm going to be away from my computer for a while!
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7  cute japanese candy boxes in What the heck can I do with THIS? by ailsika on: March 14, 2007 04:28:00 PM
My Japanese friend gave me these candies, and the boxes are so cute that I can't bear to throw them away!

Fronts:

Backs:

I love the playing card theme!

They're about the size of dominoes, but I think they're a little thicker. Does anybody have any cute ideas for them? I thought they'd be perfect for ATCs, but I haven't really found the inspiration to make them myself.

Alternately, does anybody want them? Seriously- I'd love to see them go somewhere that's not the trash. The candy's already gone, though.  Wink
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8  Re: DIY Kit Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ailsika on: March 07, 2007 07:58:53 AM
All these kits look like so much fun!

Here's my second kit - a bath and body kit from Mlsocci74.
She sent everything I need to make some awesome relaxing and fun bath soaks, salts and body glitter!

The Goodies:

An awesome notebook with a bunch of recipes and lots of space for writing down my own concoctions. There is a whole section on different types of salts - who knew there was so much to know about salt?!
A big bag of solar salt
Powdered milk
Cocoa powder (combine for a chocolate milk bath!)
Brown Sugar
Bath tea mix
Containers and a dropper
Blue glitter
Aloe vera gel
Grapeseed oil
An herbal essential oil
 - The label got a little oil on it, so I don't know what kind of herbs it is, but it smells great!
Lilac coloring

Plus, my cat loves the box.  Grin


Thank you so much, Mlsocci74, this is a great kit! Cheesy
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9  Re: DIY Kit Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ailsika on: March 04, 2007 11:44:51 AM
I received my messenger bag kit from SevsOnlyGirl! This had me bouncing in my chair (literally, my DH could tell you how silly I looked).  Grin

Here are the goodies:


The sample is a purse-sized messenger bag in an awesome fabric. I immediately put my latest crochet project in it.  Cheesy
The fabric for the bigger bag is a beautiful red rose pattern. The lining fabric (sorry you can't really see it in the pic) is a white on white pattern of little leaves.
She also included interfacing, batting (I want to use the bag for my laptop), velcro, thread, straps, and great instructions.

Here's a better pic of the fabric:


Thank you so much, SevsOnlyGirl, I really love the kit!

Oh, and yes, I did color the card I sent using the shaving cream marbling tutorial here on craftster. I highly recommend that tut to anyone - it was incredibly fun and easy.

laminathegreat - the little felted guy (girl?) is so cute!
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10  Re: Chicken pincushion *with tutorial in Completed Projects by ailsika on: February 01, 2007 04:00:30 PM
Here are the ones I made. I still haven't decided if I want to put eyes on them.
 
The one on the end came out backwards, and I really can't figure out how...


A closeup of the poker one - DH keeps forgetting to take it with him. Maybe that's why he hasn't won lately!


Thanks again for the pattern - it was so much fun!
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