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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / weatherproofing sculpey clay? on: April 05, 2011 10:05:55 PM
I want to make some garden decorations out of sculpey brand clay. After baking, do I have to do something special to coat them to make them stand up to wind, rain and snow? I've never really worked with clay before so I'm really not sure Wink
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Knitted Axe Cozy :) on: September 01, 2008 10:00:44 PM
So when I read about this challenge and saw the theme was cozies with irony, one cozy immediately came to mind. What needs a cozy more than a big manly axe? Well, I couldn't think of anything. So I grabbed my needles and got clicking. Here's what I came up with:



Close up:


The before shot (Yay, rusty metal)


Let me say that my inspiration for this is my love for World of Warcraft and this WoW comic:

Headline: Everyone has special talents. For example, here is Yarnmaster Graal, the High Knitter of Ogrimmar.
Orc #1: What is this? What are you giving me?
Orc #2: It's an axe cozy. You put it over your axe.
Orc #1: Yeah, I don't see that happening. Ever.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Postsecret Swap Round 3 GALLERY!! on: February 05, 2008 10:28:59 PM
Here is where you can find the original post: Click Here

Yes, it's already time for a gallery. We've got ourselves our first sender, soon to be followed by several, I'm sure Smiley
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Postsecret Swap Round 3: [Send out 2/15 on: January 29, 2008 07:01:04 AM
View the Gallery HERE!

Swap name: Postsecret Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Paperbag
co-organizer: haroldlovesmaude
Sign-up date range: Jan. 29-Feb 5
Date to send item by: Feb. 15

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  40.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All Ages.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
-Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES


Details of swap

Postsecret is a website located at http://www.postsecret.blogspot.com
The idea of it is for people to make postcards with pictures and a "Secret" written on them, and anonymously send them to the owner of the website.

The Craftster twist would be that we'd send postcards to each other.  You won't get any information about your partner, only their name and address.

You will be sending 19 cards.

Within the US, a (6 inch by 4.25 inch or smaller) postcard costs only 26 cents to mail, a postcard larger than that costs 41 cents. In the U.S. international mail is 90 cents and 69 cents to Canada. Last time, I got a secret from England in an envelope with two (first class?) stamps (they were gold and had a picture of the Queen on them). I got one from Canada with a 93 cent (?) stamp on it.

See more at:
Round One
Round One Gallery
Round Two
Round Two Gallery


The Anatomy of a Postcard

Your postcard should include at least one image and your secret, which should be written/typed out on the front of the card.  Make your cards however you like-- photographs, collage, drawing, painting--or buy postcards and embellish them with your secrets.

You can write a note to the recipient on the back of the card, but that's optional.

Your postcards can all be based around the same secret, or all different.  If you use the same secret for multiple cards, please make the visual part of the card different so we have some variety! Also, don't write the same text either.

There have been 2 or 3 Postsecret books published, feel free to use those and the website as inspiration when crafting!  The secrets on the website are updated every Sunday.


Questionable Content?

Some secrets are not G-rated.  I don't want to restrict anyone's freedom of expression, but please realize some people may not want to be exposed to content they may find offensive.

I know there are a lot of kids/teenagers here on Craftster, and I wouldn't want anyone to be embarassed  getting a sexual or other adult-themed card in front of his or her parents.

In the swap questionnaire, I have given you the opportunity to state what themes and images you would prefer not to receive.  Please use this space, the information will be given to your partners so they know your preferences.

Please DO NOT send any pornographic materials!  This is a rule for all swaps on Craftster.  Basically, if you would need ID to buy it, don't put it on your postcard.


Privacy
This swap is going to be anonymous, you won't know what postcard is coming from what Craftster member.  However, the system isn't perfectly anonymous, because that isn't possible. In this swap you will receive a code (like TT) and you will put that on the BOTTOM LEFT-HAND CORNER of your postcard on the back side with the address. Please put this on the back of your card, even if it's in an envelope.

If it would ruin your life (or someone else's life) if a fellow Craftster did some Internet detective work and figured out which secret was yours, you probably shouldn't be putting it on a postcard for the world to see.  This isn't the place to admit you committed a felony or anything.

And if you are one of those people who can't possibly live without doing the detective work, please keep that information to yourself and don't ruin a fun swap for the rest of us.

If you're really worried about someone matching up the postmark on the card with your name, you could send your postcards from a town near yours, from your work, etc.

Or if you feel like being super-sneaky, you can have your cards postmarked at the North Pole:
http://www.christmaslettertips.com/christmas_postmarks.htm


Shipping

There are no DC numbers for this swap, since they cannot be put on a postcard.  When you send your cards, you MUST get a receipt from the post office and you MUST e-mail a scan or photo of the receipt to the organizer.  Therefore, if you don't have access to a scanner or digital camera, you cannot join this swap.

You must be willing to ship internationally.  Between the US and most other countries, a postcard stamp costs less than a dollar, so the cost shouldn't keep anyone from joining.

You may mail your cards in envelopes if you want them to be a little more protected (or perhaps hidden from the eyes of the postman), but prepare for it to be slightly more expensive than just mailing the cards alone.

I will repeat, you will get a code that you must put in the bottom lefthand corner of the postcard on the back (the side with the address) and not on the image.

Receiving

Half of the fun of this swap is looking over the gallery daily to see all the secrets that have been sent. If you join, please make sure that you have access to a scanner or camera so that you can share the postcards with the rest of us. Note that if you do not post pictures of most of the cards that you receive, that may reflect in your feedback notes.


Feedback

You will get positive feedback as long as you send your postcards out to your partners!  Not too hard, right?
 
Great swapper: Posted in the swap thread at least once, posted pictures in the gallery when received
Good communication:  Responded to PMs sent by the organizer, sent copy of shipping receipt, confirmed when you received.
Sent early/late:  self-explanatory

Sending Late:
If something happens that prevents you from sending your cards on time, that's OK-life happens!  Just PM me on or before the deadline, and e-mail your receipt when you send.  If you don't ship by the deadline and I haven't heard from you, I'll think you bailed and leave negative feedback.  Which brings me to my next point...

Flaking:
While I hope there will be no flakers, this time around we will know because of the codes. Please don't flake!

On the chance of a flaker
Please take pictures of your secrets so that if someone flakes, they can still be posted (anonymously).

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you rather not receive secrets involving (please X):
( ) Drugs
( ) Alcohol
( ) Swear words
( ) Religious Themes
( ) Political Issues
( ) Violence
( ) Sexual Themes
( ) Nudity (Remember, nothing pornographic is allowed!)
( ) Other (please explain)
Is there anything else you would prefer not to receive?
Do you need your secrets sent in an envelope?
Anything else you need to tell the organizer?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Post secret round 3?? on: December 18, 2007 07:45:30 PM
Who's up for a round three? I will organize if needed- I really want a round 3 Smiley

If you want to do it, do you want sign ups now and send outs in mid-late January, or should I push sign ups back to after the holidays and do send outs in February? any feedback is welcome Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about sizing... I think. on: October 15, 2007 06:18:14 AM
Hi all Smiley

I made the panta found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51351.msg2141709#msg2141709

I am knitting a second one but I want it wider so it covers my ears. Without changing the pattern (because I'm so new to knitting and still a bit confused about the whole changing thing), can I make it wider just by using larger needles? I want to use the same yarn that I used for the one in the picture. It calls for US size 5-7. I used US size 5 needles for the panta in that picture. If I use size 7s, will that alone make the piece wider?

I've been wondering for the past couple days but haven't been able to get to the store to get some size 7s. Last night I went and bought some, and when I got home, they were missing from the bag! Ugh. I'll have to go back tomorrow and show them that they forgot to give me my needles  Roll Eyes

So anyways, am I right in my assumption? Will using larger needles make it wider?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What were some of your favorite projects as a beginning knitter? on: October 07, 2007 11:06:18 AM
I started learning how to knit from a book about 2 months ago. I've gotten pretty good at making squares of different kinds of stitches and fun stuff like that, but I need some projects. The only projects I've actually done so far is a very simple iPod cozy and a Harry Potter washcloth thing. I'd like to move on to simple hats and projects like that, but I'm not really sure where to even start. Do you have any patterns that you liked doing when you were new to knitting? I'd appreciate any ideas/patterns that you can send my way Smiley

Do you recommend certain websites, books, and/or magazines that have projects for beginners? I only have the Teach  Yourself Visually Knitting book so far- any other must haves?
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / New to spinning- Need some guidance, please! on: October 05, 2007 05:13:56 AM
So... I decided to get a spindle today. It's a low whorl kind. I also picked up some dyed fibers in the felting section of my craft store... So anyways, I've watched videos, read up on stuff, and clicked on links in the FAQ section here, but I'm running into some problems.

- How do I keep the yarn from spinning on itself? I saw in a video that you just add more fiber to it, but as soon as I start adding fiber, the yarn breaks and the spindle hits the floor.

- Why does my yarn keep breaking? Is it just because I'm new at this and I'm really bad at it? ( Grin) Did I pick a poor quality fiber to try spinning?

That's the only questions I have so far because I can't get far into spinning with the yarn spinning around itself.. Hmm. Oh well. I'm sure someone can tell me how to fix this Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm really, really trying... (DPNs) on: October 01, 2007 04:13:43 AM
I'm learning to knit with this book: Teach Yourself Visually Knitting

It's been great and almost as good as having someone sitting next to me showing me how to knit. There is only one page about DPNs and it's how to cast on. It doesn't really say anything about actually knitting and binding off, so I'm left with some questions.

-In the book, it says that you use the 4th needle to join the round. Then it says to continue knitting, but it doesn't say if I'm supposed to continue using the 4th needle, or knit using only 3 needles. I assume I only use 3 because using 4 was way too uncomfortable and weird.

-How, exactly, am I supposed to bind off? Do I use the 4th needle for that? I would have to because for binding off, I have to knit 2 stitches onto the right needle... Right?

-I ended up making a little ring my first attempt at using DPNs, but you can definitely see the 3 different sections where they were cast onto the different needles. Am I doing something wrong, or is it just something that happens to a beginner?

Sigh. I hope I can get this down  Tongue
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / "heat-resistant craft sheet"?? on: August 13, 2007 09:19:21 AM
I was going through Bernie Berlin's Artist Trading Card Workshop again, and decided I wanted to try her 'fused fibers' technique. It says to put down fusible webbing, then put fun fibers, embossing powder, etc on top of it. To finish, it says to cover with a "heat-resistant craft sheet" then iron. In the supplies list, it's called a 'silicone craft sheet'.

Anyways, I don't know what one of these craft sheets is. I don't believe I've ever seen one before. I tried improvising with wax paper, and just as I expected, it just melted onto my card  Grin I was wondering where to get one of these craft sheets online. Or maybe there's an alternative material that works just the same that I already have in my house...? I'm too impatient to wait for it to ship to me...  Cheesy
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