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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Business Card/Promo Swap #3 Signups:March 5th-March 19th - Sendouts:April 2nd on: March 04, 2008 11:55:57 PM
Swap name: Business Card/Promo Item Swap #3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: zkitten
Sign-up date range: March 5th-March 19th
Date to send item by: April 2nd

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? Min 13

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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: Yes

Details of swap:
Quote from: taken from round #2, cause it still fits!
This is a swap designed to help you advertise and promote your personal craft business.  You will send business cards and/or promotional items (ie. buttons, stickers, magnets, little things, etc.) to a number of other participants who will then include those items as extras when they send out an item purchased from their own store/website or at craft fairs.

You will be matched to receive from as many people as you agree to send to.  You can either limit the number of packages you're willing to send or agree to send to everyone who signs up - just be aware that, for instance, if you only want to send to 5 participants, you will only receive from 5 participants.  You may send as few or as many items per package as you want, but remember that the more you send the more chances you have to promote!

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

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no):

Link(s) to your online store/site(s), or if you are only doing fairs and in-person stuff-

What do you plan on including (just biz cards, promo buttons, magnets, etc)-

Any types of shops you DON'T want to trade biz stuff with (say, baby stores, or someone who sells more adult related things, etc)-

How many packages do you want to send out, or are your brave enough to trade with all? (ie- you send out 7, you get ones from 7 different other people)-

(Link to Gallery- when we get one)

Participant List-
 9-Scatter Kincaid


seems everyone agreed to send to everyone!  Grin
Blue Sent
Green Received
Red No Communication!
Pink Feedback Left!






Scatter Kincaid





2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass Pendants, and a new resin piece on: March 04, 2008 10:42:01 PM
So, since I worked with metal for one swap, for another I made some different things,
all the images were photographed in various lights (I didn't have my tent set up)

First up, three Glass Soldered pendants..
I used images of her favorite manga (Nana),
I tried a bunch of different things with these three, and I'm pleasantly pleased how they came out-


This Glass Pendant was for another swap, this is Death, from Sandman (by Neil Gaiman)
This one has no metal parts, (I even put it on a non-metal necklace) as my partner is allergic to metal.
The image is acetone, and the edging is plain black polymer clay (which I think looked best)

Lastly, this is a solid cast piece of resin, for the most part, I make my own molds, and this is from a clay sculpt.
I cast the wings with a blue and heart with clear resin embedded with various  (that was tricky!) and added a matching swarovski crystal in the heart, and antiqued it with my own special sauce  Wink

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steam Pin (from steampunk swap) on: February 29, 2008 05:46:58 PM
I don't normally post in the completed projects, if I do, I preferring it being something so totally original, there is no mistaking it for stuff other people have made too...
so here it is!
I forgot to take photos of the process, but I'm going to try next time, as I really had fun making this!

The Steam Pin

(photo clicks to larger)

I've been teaching myself metalsmithing, and this was my first riveting project,
I started by cutting out the copper and brass shapes (took a couple tries, as I didn't like the first few shapes I cut)
then deciding I should have a bit more of an idea of what I wanted to do, sketched out some ideas,
Having finally decided what to do, I masked off various areas of the piece of copper, and sunk it into an etching bath,
This first one came out horrible, I wasn't careful enough masking, on my second try, it came out awesome!
I then used my little letter tools, and stamped the letters in the brass, and masked off the area around that was raised, and let the etching solution eat away a bit at the indents, to make it a tad deeper.
After they both came out of the enchant, and got a good wash, I used my own antiquing solution (my own special mix I use on all things I antique) to highlight the etched areas (note, the gears on the copper didn't come out quite as I wanted, but alright nonetheless) When that was done, I buffed up the surface just a smidge with a cotton cloth.
After all this, I realized, I wasn't sure how I was going to attach them, as I wasn't too keen on trying to use the silver solder (because that wouldn't look right!)
so I tried my hand at riveting!
I pawed through, and found some great little metal tubing (not sure what kind, may be aluminum) and cut two small tads off, and picked out a drill bit around the same size.
I lined the pieces up as I wanted them, and used a hand drill. I did this probably the wrong way, I clipped them together in my vice, and just went straight through both, which didn't really matter, as the bit I picked out was too small. So I got a larger bit, and then the bits o tube fit perfect! I used a small tapered needle tool (that I use with clay) and a hammer to close the rivets off, and there it was!
Of course at this point, my chaotic brains told me it needed more.. alot more.
so I used the hand drill again (this time with a very small bit) and added some holes along the bottom.
I finished it with bits of chain, watch parts, and little copper and brass beads, which just fit (I thought so)

Of course, I totally spaced on making sure the pinback was attached when I riveted it (*facepalm*) so I used a special metal glue (one of 4 I tried from Lowes) and it held, and held well!

The photos were taken outside, in half sun, half stormy clouds, so I wasn't able to capture it too well, but ehh.

There it is  Wink

(photo clicks to larger)

I'm definitely going to make more of this style pin,  Grin
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Business Card/Promo Item Swap #3?? on: February 26, 2008 05:55:40 PM
So, there was talk of a round three, I'd love to do it, as I had alot of people ooooing and ahhhing over the extras sent promoting other peoples..

If noone else can, I'll offer to organize (though, I have no clue where to start with it)
been reading, I think I can manage organizing  Wink

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Postal Service Offers Larger Flat Rate Box March 3rd on: February 26, 2008 02:48:49 PM
the USPS has a new flat rate box coming out as of March 3rd!

Quote from: USPS.com
Postal Service Offers New Larger Box with One Flat Price for Shipping
Order Boxes Now and Prepare to Ship March 3


WASHINGTON, DC Sending a birthday gift cross-country, a care package to a college student, or a reminder of home to a military member overseas? The Postal Service has launched a new box for larger shipments, giving customers three different size and shape options all with convenient flat-rate pricing to meet their shipping needs. The new box is 50 percent larger than the current flat-rate boxes. If it fits, it ships, for just $12.95 to any U.S. address beginning March 3.

Flat-rate shipping is the best value in the marketplace, said Postmaster General John Potter. Our new, bigger box gives customers even more room to send items across the country, with one flat price, regardless of how much they weigh or how far theyre going.

New Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box
The current flat-rate boxes, introduced in November 2004, give customers a single, predetermined rate regardless of the weight or delivery zone. The new, larger box extends the Postal Services line of successful flat-rate offerings, providing more choices for small businesses and consumers.

The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box (12" x 12" x 5 " or nearly 800 cubic inches) will be available in Post Offices nationwide beginning March 3, but customers can begin ordering them now at usps.com/supplies or by calling 800-610-8734.

Some of the new boxes are co-branded with the logo of America Supports You, a Department of Defense program that connects citizens offering support to the military and their families.

Mail to APO/FPO addresses receive $2 discount
Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Boxes shipped to an APO/FPO destination receive a $2 discount, a postal first for the military; either version of the new larger box can receive the discount. The two existing flat-rate boxes (11 7/8 " x 3 5/8" x 13 5/8 " and 11" x 8 " x 5 "), which currently retail for $8.95 for U.S. addresses, are not eligible for the military discount. All flat-rate boxes can be used for shipping to international addresses.

All Postal Service Priority and Express Mail packages and envelopes are environmentally friendly, exceeding the highest standards for recyclability.

Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box Prices

Domestic Shipping    $12.95

APO/FPO Addresses    $10.95

International Shipping*
Canada and Mexico   $29.95

Other Countries   $49.95

*20-pound weight limit
6  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Chattanooga Church of Craft Gathering on: February 05, 2008 02:50:02 PM
Chattanooga Church of Craft Gathering

Sun Feb 17 2pm Sun Feb 17 4pm

Greenlife Grocery -North Shore 301 Manufactures Rd Chattanooga TN, 37405
http://greenlifegrocery.com - upstairs in the deli dining section

Bring a craft project (this includes knitting and crochet or anything else you can think of) if you would like. You can just come and socialize, also. We'd love to have you.


7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Day of the dead skull resin bangle on: October 29, 2007 01:04:56 PM
ok, so in a swap i was part of, i tried my hand at making a resin bangle
(as it was one of the things my partner was interested in getting)

(action shot!)

side views

I started by making some little plaster skull heads (from a mold of a small sculpted one), and added some cute little designs, and varnished them

then i made a mold that would fit them in it (from silicone) and poured in a little black resin,

i then added a thin layer of clear, to set them in (when it was tacky)
and when they were holding in their places (for the most part)
I added more clear to cover them,

i miss calculated how much space i had at the top, and i didn't have room to add in another edge of black,
but its ok, it was my first try!
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / bloody hand decorations (real easy!!) on: October 22, 2007 12:42:38 AM
I made these for the halloween07 swap,

this is a C&P from how i explained in the swap gallery how i made them
(i will post a tut with pics later, when i get a little time to make a couple more!) Wink

the hands were made with plaster, and papermache, which i made from left over pages of printed things my boyfriend was going to throw out (the paper makes them a little lighter, and less shatter-ish)
I just mixed the plaster as directed (with a little extra plaster added in, cuase i'm impaitent like that)
then added in the papermache (i made sure the paper was totally dry before adding into the plaster!) and mixed it good, before pouring it into rubber gloves
the plaster sets pretty quick, so after an hour or two i took them out and stuck them in the oven at 175 for a day and a half to thoroughly dry out,
then i covered them with much paint (of many colors) and to keep the paint on, i coated them a couple times in a polycrylic (waterbased wood varnish)
and then used resin, tinted and colored with various red colors (and mica powders)
i had to do a couple layers of blood, as they kept getting too thin, I think if i could have just let it sit for like 10-15 minuets before dripping it over, it would have been thick enough! i did use a paint brush to cover the ends of the fingers and the places where the fingers should have been (which i didnt cover in paint, which made it pop more and look bloodyer)
then i let them sit another day and a half for the resin to not be tacky.
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / 7yr old with leukemia wants lots of birthday cards! on: March 09, 2007 04:19:18 PM
Seven-year-old Shane Bernier has a big dream for his birthday. He turns eight on May 30th and his dream is to hold the world record for the most birthday cards received. His goal: 3 Million Cards. At almost 5 years old Shane was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After 1 month into the treatment he was in early remission, meaning there were no cancer cells in his blood. Shane's family was very pleased with the early results, but his protocol called for 130 weeks of treatment. Then on July 6th, 2006 Shane relapsed after completing 108 of the 130 weeks. It was a shock to everyone including his doctors. Shane may have to undergo a bone marrow transplant down the road, but the good thing is that his brother Jacob is a match. Presently, there is no sign of cancer in Shane's system since relapsing.

When asked what he wants for his birthday, the shy boy responds, Cards.
How many cards do you want, Shane?
Millions, he says in a whisper.
Anyone wishing to help, send a card to:

Shane Bernier
Box 484
Lancaster, Ontario
K0C 1N0
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / made for the season! 4 leaf clover pendent! (added a clay based one) on: March 09, 2007 02:54:22 PM
so, this wasnt overly hard,
i lined them up in the glass (that was the pain),
taped up with copper tape (while not crushing or ruining my lineup),
soldered my lil heart out,
and then clean clean cleaned!

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