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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Permanent Grinning Jack o'Lantern on: September 18, 2011 02:49:19 PM
Fantastic idea and execution! I love it! I'm going to have to make a few of these at different heights for a table display <3
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin Lace Bangle on: April 05, 2011 11:55:43 AM
Maybe heavily starch the lace first, to keep it from getting too soggy when you pour the resin in?
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Gypsy Swap? on: February 14, 2010 11:29:54 AM
I'm certainly interested. Sounds fantastic Cheesy
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can this be fixed? (Paper crease content) on: February 13, 2010 11:08:59 PM
Hi there! If ironing your print didn't work out for you, and it's not a OOAK, signed, or limited edition print, I'd suggest having it dry mounted. It's fairly inexpensive, and lots of frame shops can do it for you. I've worked in framing for years, and have seen some pretty messed up posters saved with this process. It completely cures creases, can help to mend tears, and is the only thing to do if you want to frame a large poster without glazing it.

Basically what the process entails is placing your poster on a piece of acid free foamcore, with a thin sheet of dry acid free adhesive sandwiched between (though they make foamcore with the adhesive already attached as well), then all three go into a vacuum press for about 10 minutes where they're heated and fused together. It's a really fantastic process, and I have all of my large posters dry mounted before I frame them now to guarantee that they wont slip or get wavy over time (living in the humidity of Texas will do that to paper).

Hope you, or someone, finds that helpful!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glue that doesn't ripple light weight paper? on: February 13, 2010 09:31:28 PM
One of two things I'd recommend:

One: paint the glue on the box itself, then apply the paper, and use something to burnish it down. That's how I apply 22lb printer paper to mat board to make book covers. I then have to press them flat, because the book board will curl with the moisture of the glue, you may not have that problem with a cardboard box though.

Two: Use spray adhesive. It shouldn't warp your paper at all. Just make sure you're doing it outside, or everything in your craft space will be sticky.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What stitch should I use? on: February 01, 2010 05:15:21 PM
Okay, so I've done some very basic sewing, but never on a knit fabric. I just bought a great shirt at the resale shop, and the only down side is the turtle neck. I'd like to open the neck up quite a bit, something like a scoopneck. I'm probably going to shorten the sleeves to a 3/4 sleeve and get rid of the super tight cuffs as well.

So, the question is, what kind of a stitch do you use on a stretchy fabric like this? I'm thinking that the best thing to do is to take it to my Grandma's and surge all of the edges, and leave them open like that. What would you do if this were you?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: picture frame or shadow box on: January 27, 2010 10:50:08 AM
Hi there, I know this was posted a few weeks ago, but you may still need advice. I've worked for years in a frame shop, and was pretty darn good at my job, so maybe I can offer some ideas.

If you take it to a frame shop, you can ask for them to put spacers between the glass and the matting if you'd like to just have it framed. They have clear and black sticky spacers that they'll put on the inside of the rabbit (the lip on the front of the frame that holds the glass and picture in place) once the glass is in place that will keep the glass from pressing against the metal. They look like this: http://www.lumierephoto.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/40-509_1.jpg
You could also cut a thin strip of foam core (use the 1/8", as most rabbits are 1/4" thick, and you don't want to see it peeking out from behind the glass) and use double sided adhesive to stick it to the inside of the frame. You could then paint the foam core to match the frame or mat.

Another option is to shadow box, and there are a lot of pre-made shadow boxes available that will save you a whole bunch of money, and are really simple to assemble. Custom ordering a shadow box is very expensive. When you mount things inside, you can either have a mat cut for the inside with windows for your photographs (like you would in a regular frame) with space left to top mount the license plate, or you can top mount all of it with adhesive on a solid piece of mat board. I would use glue lines on the back of the license plate, since it holds really well, and gives things a bit of lift.

Then there's also the option of taking an old frame, and building a box to fit around it to turn it into a shadow box. I've done this too, and it's very time consuming, but can be cost effective and beautiful.

Hope that's helpful, I'm happy to answer questions in more detail if you have any!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- November --sign ups 11.01.09-11.30.09 on: November 14, 2009 09:52:56 PM
I'm claiming Merrelise for Halloween!

4th claim, 0 sent, 0 recieved

I'm from Texas, USA

My Themes:

Letters:
R, M, O, U (individually)

celtic knots
steampunk
science fiction (However you want to depict it!)
HP Lovecraft themed
Norse mythology
turtles
Carnival freaks
Tim Burton movies
Alice in Wonderland
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- November --sign ups 11.01.09-11.30.09 on: November 14, 2009 02:24:51 PM
I'm claiming Alwaysinmyroom for random doodles

3nd claim, 0 sent, 0 recieved

I'm from Texas, USA

My Themes:

Letters:
A, R, M, O, U (individually)

celtic knots
steampunk
science fiction
HP Lovecraft themed
Norse mythology
turtles
Carnival freaks
Tim Burton movies
Alice in Wonderland
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Greeting Card Distress on: November 13, 2009 07:32:08 PM
Jane... that is a FANTASTIC idea! How did I not think of that?

Thank you!
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