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2101  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Science IS Art Swap! (Sign-ups 3/24 - 4/7, Sendouts by 5/7) on: March 25, 2008 12:40:12 PM
Props right back at you, sxyskeksis, for the Anne Taintor icon!

I've been a tad nervous after seeing how many real scientists we have here, but I'm not letting that stop me!
(Me-I'm not a real scientist, but I play one on Craftster). I grew up when we played with plastic dinosaurs from the Sunoco station, and still had brontosaurus's. Not to mention the Moon landings. It totally blows that we aren't on Mars yet, or have lunar colonies at the very least. I'm a very enthusiastic armchair enthusiast. And I pick up rocks Grin. I wish I still had the fossil coral I had when I was a kid.
So,has anyone read Driving Mr.Albert? It's about the guy who helped do the autopsy on Einstein, and kept his brain,sliced up and in tupperware. He and the writer drive across country with the brain to visit Einstein's granddaughter. You can't make stuff like this up!
2102  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to use to make a laptop-desk? on: March 25, 2008 06:41:31 AM
Someone here on Craftster used the lid to a plastic tote, and old blue jeans.She uses it to craft on when on the couch; the raised edge keep supplies from rolling away. Maybe buy a cheap serving tray, and make and glue on a pillow underneath it? Hot glue, or e6000,probably,and you could glue a row of trim/cord/ribbon over the glue if it was visible.
I'm also picturing something like a big book, or 3 ring binder,made as a box. Cut a square out of a foam pillow to insert it. Flat surface to write on,pillow under to be comfy to use,and it'd hold pens,paper,ect.Never made one like that-or seen one-but I can picture it. It'd need a rim-maybe glue braided cord around the edge-to keep pens and beads from rolling away.
2103  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Science IS Art Swap! (Sign-ups 3/24 - 4/7, Sendouts by 5/7) on: March 25, 2008 06:29:33 AM
Oops, didn't realize mix cds were banned! Thanks! It was just theorectical-thought we might get fun ideas.
So, to change the subject-does anyone else love circuit board? I' wont pay the prices at thinkgeek, but I love to see anything made from it!
2104  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Custom printed mugs (12) on: March 25, 2008 06:24:50 AM
You could always paint over them. The art supply store near me sells small bottles of glass paint for about a dollar fifty. You let air dry for 24 hours, them bake it for 30 minutes at 350 or so, this supposedly makes them dishwasher safe.I just painted my first mug,but gave it to someone,so I can't swear it holds up-but it's supposed to.And I have no artistic talent! But it was fun to do.
2105  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: plastic easter eggs on: March 25, 2008 06:18:59 AM
Her's a link to a download-http://dwarnerdesign.blogspot.com/
It's a cut out of Robin,with the words "jingle bells,batmansmells,robin laid an egg!" You cut a hole in the bottom for the plastic egg,which holds it upright,and you could put a few candies in the egg if you wanted.Really cute-I made a couple last year.
2106  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: kitty litter buckets on: March 25, 2008 06:12:43 AM
I covered one in cheap wrapping paper-it had a purple element to match the lid-and put my kid's bazillion legos inside. Do you have a Freecycle in your area? List them,people will take them off your hands.I love how you decorated yours!Keep decorating them,and find a place to sell them,with the selling point that all monies go to help the feral cats.Does your local animal care society have a fund raising auction? Or maybe a local pet supply store would be interested in giving a little floor space to the fancy buckets(tell them they'll sell more,as people see them and get inspired to make their own Cheesy, as well as getting good PR.)I have to use those metal tins popcorn comes in to store pet food,  they claw through the bag otherwise. These would work for that as well-cat food,birdseed,ect.Good present for a new pet owner.Maybe put a couple of homemade toys or pet bed or something inside, sell them for the purpose of pet food storage.

It's so great you're helping these kitties! If you do make a bunch to sell, go to your local paper.They go for feel good human interest stories,you never know!
2107  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: About 50 Jones Bottle Caps on: March 25, 2008 05:55:09 AM
I love them too! Put them in a drawstring bag, and use them for fortune telling stones. I wonder, if they were filled with clear resin, would the fortunes still be readable? Glue them around the edge of a picture frame,make magnets,send them to me Grin.
2108  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Plastic watch bands, old keyrings, timepieces, tie tacks etc. on: March 25, 2008 05:52:12 AM
I've seen bracelets,ect. made with old watches-glass removed,a picture added,glass put back. Or taken apart for the lovely gears. I like old keys made into jewelry.Cover a blank journal, or a picture frame.keyrings are tough.Hmm...just the split metal part,put beads on them instead of keys,and link them together to make something?Could split wire keyrings be made into some kind of photo/memo holder? Plastic watchbands-you can heat fuse some plastic-I've seen plastic bag fabric on the eco craftalong, and sweetsforever's melted bead pictures,lampshades,ect. Good venelation a must,of course! Could they be made into strips and woven?Could the keyrings themselves-not the keys-become some kind of cheerful mobile or chime? Broken tie bars and pins made into brooches-use jewelry glue,wire wrap them, and or solder them.
2109  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Jimmy Buffett!!! on: March 24, 2008 10:00:48 PM
Mid may sounds good to me, too.April is all booked up. I will foolishly be doing 2 swaps that month, any more and my head would explode.
Old parrothead? I resemble that remark! But hey, we're not old...we're...experianced,yeah,that's it! Grin
2110  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Science IS Art Swap! (Sign-ups 3/24 - 4/7, Sendouts by 5/7) on: March 24, 2008 09:49:43 PM
Hey,Tibeydo, we're from the same state(waves). Not a lab nerd,sorry.But I like test tubes and read Narbonic,is that close enough? Grin
Nuclear goodness,hmm, we could just make you something that glows in the dark! My DH and I have a running joke about atomic chili-it's from an old,obscure comic.Evil mad scientist's favorite way to kill someone was to feed them a bowl of atomic chili,laced with stronium or something.I've toyed with the idea of painting an atom on some bowls.
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