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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / "Sandy Camp" inspiration on: October 25, 2006 03:12:50 PM
I have nothing to do with Sandy Camp (retreat held by the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild), but saw this link on a poly clay group I belong to and thought folks here would like to see the pics - lots of pictures of people you don't know, but interspersed are a lot of beautiful and interesting things.  Start with page one and go from there... many of the pics are in the later albums.

http://www.sdpcg.org/sc8album1.html
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / "Watercolor" bead on: October 02, 2006 08:35:30 AM
I got to go to a workshop by Maggie Maggio this past weekend and learn about her color theory and also her color-washed beads - terrific stuff!  Here's the bead I made (front & back views):




It's about 1.25" in diameter and somewhat flattened for use as a pendant.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Makins Clay tools on: September 20, 2006 06:58:19 AM
The Michaels stores here have just started carrying the new Makins Clay tools - pasta machine with Teflon-coated rollers, clay extruder with a crank to work it - they're not cheap, but I'm told they're worth the expense for the effort they save you.  Check it out!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Inquiring minds want to know... at what temperature does Barbie melt? on: September 08, 2006 08:04:16 AM
This is not just a sick mind at work... I want to decorate a figure I'm making, which started out as a Barbie, with polymer clay, and I'm trying to figure out if I have to bake the PC pieces separately or if I can bake them in place.  Various sources give various temperatures at which PVC softens and/or melts... anyone tried this?  I think the body would be safe at PC curing temps (my convection oven runs at right around 280 F), but the head is softer and might collapse.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Lunch bag CD covers on: August 22, 2006 06:32:15 AM
I got this link off a craft-related website and thought it looked like something Craftster people would like - surprisingly I only found one post about this kind of thing and the photos were gone.

http://emptyhousecooperative.blogspot.com/2006/07/dmcs-diy-paper-lunch-bag-cd-covers.html
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Those folded paper figures/objects that people made in the 60's... on: August 21, 2006 04:49:29 PM
OK, could that be more obscure?  I'm posting this here rather than in the paper threads because I hope more people will see it and hopefully someone will remember what I'm talking about/know how to make them.

When I was a kid, people (OK, women) used to take old magazines and/or newspapers and fold them somehow, then put them together into a 3-D figure - the ones I remember were usually Santa & Mrs. Claus, or Xmas trees, maybe even angels.  The pages were packed together very tightly and fanned out from a central core so the outside edges became the surface of the figure.  They were often spray-painted to get a uniform color.  I think people also made/make things like vases or bowls using the same technique, but I have less recollection of those.

Does this ring a bell with anyone?  I've done various searches on the I'net but I'm coming up blank.  I'd like to find instructions how to do this.  Help! 
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Would you buy... on: August 04, 2006 11:24:50 AM
I'm registered for a shop on Etsy and plan to sell several types of one-of-a-kind, labor intensive things, but I was wondering if folks here (I'm looking particularly at the people who do altered art, scrapping, etc.) thought they would buy polymer clay, metal, or paper embellishments (faces, leaves, flowers, that sort of thing)?   Prices would probably be only a dollar or two per piece, with custom pieces available for slightly more.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Fixing book with damaged spine on: June 15, 2006 06:04:29 AM
I have a book I want to alter, but the spine is damaged (the fabric it's covered with - buckram? - is peeling away and revealing the webbing underneath.)  Any suggestions for how to repair or strengthen this?  I'd prefer not to cover it completely, which would obscure the title, but will if I need to (I guess I can always put the title back on in some fashion.) 
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Altering board books on: June 05, 2006 01:57:32 PM
I lucked onto a batch of about a dozen tiny board books, approx. 2"x3", and want to start doing things with them - my instinct is to paint all of them with white gesso to give me a blank starting point.  Does that make sense?  I'm also a little concerned about how much I can do to a page without making the whole thing too bulky - they don't have a lot of wiggle room between the thick pages.

(I also picked up a lovely copy of a "Pictorial Medical Guide" from 1956 that is hilarious/scary - topics like "Preparing for Womanhood" and "Sexual Hygiene."  It will make perfect fodder for a little revising...)
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / The Banner / Logo critique thread! on: May 25, 2006 11:25:33 AM
I'm in the process of putting my shop together and was wondering how folks decide what to use for their banner/avatar?  I've seen a lot that incorporate photo/s of their work, but many that use some other sort of image that maybe somehow connects to or evokes the shop name - how do you figure out what you want things to look like? Huh
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