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71  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / YouTube swap on: March 09, 2007 02:45:18 PM
hey, be honest, who doesn't love the website that's like television but funnier?

i was thinking we could link to three or four "programs" we like, and have the person we're swapping with do whatever sort of craft they're good at to imitate.

i'm sure there are many more examples on craftster, but here are three of programs that i like:

charrrrrrrrrrlie!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154000.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=151464.0

dr. tran!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=151535.0

it's also a good way to spread hilarious clips that other people might not have seen. like grape lady.
72  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Can fimo clay get too old? on: December 17, 2006 11:48:58 AM
I've been going through my mother's craft stuff lately, as she hasn't wanted to use anything she owns. I found some fimo, and I immediately got ideas on how to use it.

The problem is, I know it's quite old. I couldn't give an exact date, but there's not a chance it's newer then 5 years, as that's when she was diagnosed with clinical depression. Really, it's somewhere between 10-5 years old.

Can I still use this stuff? The colours are black and grey, if that matters.

thanks!
73  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / surprises? on: December 08, 2006 05:36:01 PM
The first swap I completed was a christmas card swap. clearly no room for surprises, it's a card swap. no room for concern about small/medium/large either.

But now I'm considering joining a second, and we're back to the age old question: what's small, medium, large? For the most part I do jewelry and collaging, those would probably both be considered small. So if a swap asks for a large item, and I don't do large, my first thought is to pm the person i'm working for, and ask them if they're okay with _____.

But then it occured to me that half the fun of a swap is not knowing what you're going to get. So I'm in a real conundrum, I don't want to seem cheap, but I don't want to spoil the gift.

Advice from those that have been around awhile?
74  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / how much paint? on: December 04, 2006 05:26:39 PM
i have a bad habit of mixing way too much of the ingrediants for whatever i'm making; paper mache, shading acrylics, paste, and so on. But the only textile medium i could find was fairly expensive, and i really don't want to waste it.

my picture is about 8' by 8', nearly solid black. (silhouette of a dog face). i read in a previous tutorial i need 2/3 acrylic to 1/3 textile medium. but for a picture that size, how much is a third? a cup? a teaspoon?

it's my first t-shirt, and i'm really hoping it will turn out well. thanks for any help that can be given. Smiley
75  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / socks on: November 16, 2006 03:16:15 PM
I'm new to the whole genre of stencilling, and I had a basic question for stencelling clothes. is there any fabric you can't stencil?

i'm considering making my friend kneesocks with small pacmans where the knee would be. is there something different between socks and shirts that stencilling a sock would be impossible? keep in mind, i'll probably be using acrylic/textile medium, or possibly fabric paint.
76  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / saving paste on: October 22, 2006 10:51:48 AM
last week was my first time making paper mache paste. i accidently made double the recipe, measured twice the flour then had to add enough water.

i did my first newspaper coat, turned out fine. except for the part where i had to stand up (i was doing it sitting crosslegged on the kitchen floor) and both my hands were disgusting and i couldn't get up. but that sort of thing is normal for me, i always forget to think about the ends before i start something.

there was so much left over that i felt bad about chucking it, and i'd picked a cake mixing bowl that did have a lid. so i covered it, and let it sit in the corner of the room beside the toaster.

the next day (sunday) i did the second coat. the water and flour had seperated a bit, making it all gluey and gloopy on the bottom, but i was able to re-stir it to proper consistancy.

then came the collage week from hell. two tests, both worth 40% of that course. 3 major assignments, ranging from 10-50% of the course. and i'm studying to be a teacher, so i had to do an observation, and the kids sucked me in and i ended up staying for three hours. so i got nothing crafty done at all.

sunday morning, i grab my mask and my cd player, and settle down on the floor. i open the container, and jolt away in horror, slam the lid back down. i looked at it for only a second, but i know i can't possibly use it.

i took the bowl to the sink, and take the lid off. the stench hits me, and i gag, vomit into my mouth a little. the seperated water has turned brown, and the sides of the bowl are orange with black and blue flecks. how did my white paste turn blue?Huh

moral of the story? cut the recipe in half instead of doubling it, so you don't feel guilty about throwing it out. i couldn't even clean it myself without throwing up, i had to get my roommate.

anyone else ever save supplies that really should have been thrown out?
77  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What fabric is this? on: September 29, 2006 09:17:49 PM
This could also go in the jewelery forum, but as I can't start making jewelery unless I can sew, I figured I'd start here.

I have a bunch of music oriented friends, with the typical emo attitude. Therefore, band wristbands are perfect. However, I have no idea what the commonly seen ones are made out of.

http://www.machetemfg.com/ProductImages/casualties/accessories/logo-wristband-red_lg.jpg

It looks like terry, but in my mother's boxes of fabric, the terrycloth seems too thin to make squishy wristbands. The commonly seen ones do feel squishy. Should I just add a thin line of stuffing?

If this question has been raised before, a link to the thread would be great. I'm a newgirl Embarrassed, don't hate me for asking many times repeated questions.
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