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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kaylee from Firefly Cloth Doll on: July 04, 2007 02:33:03 PM
Made this for the Firefly/Serenity swap.  Figured now my partner's received her I can post her here Smiley



She's made using the Nuno Doll pattern.  I used a pillowcase for the two layers of skin and shredded the rest up for the stuffing.  The fabric for the pink undershirt is a little girls shirt, I got both the shirt and the pillowcase from a carboot sale.  The green overalls were from an unwanted shirt of mine that I no longer wore.  I hot glue gunned the hair using some of my mother's left over embroidery thread.  I used some more thread to stitch on the face and a red flower to the front.

Total cost = 1.25 for the pillowcase and pink shirt (and I still have loads of the pink left).
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / U.K. Royal Mail Postal Strike on: June 22, 2007 01:45:40 AM
I figured I should post this, seeing as it will most likely affect anyone posting to or from the U.K. as well as internal post.  Strike planned for 29th June.  I know the swap I'm taking part in ends on 30th June so it will pose a problem for us as well as others.  People should know to either send stuff early or expect delays, we don't want bad feedback caused by it Smiley

There's another planned for a few weeks afterwards, unless a pay deal is reached.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30400-1271512,00.html
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Alternatives to Future Floor Polish in UK on: June 21, 2007 02:49:12 AM
I am looking for a product to put a gloss finish on my Fimo Soft pendants.

I know lots of US people use Future Floor Polish and Diane's website says there are alternatives outside of the UK... anyone know which ones work, and if I can buy them easily (i.e. in Asda/Morrisons/Wilkinsons etc).  Does the shine eventually come off or does it dry like a varnish?

There's a craft store near me that sold a varnish but I have no idea if it's suitable for polymer clay (it gave a list of things it did work with, including concrete[?!] but didnt mention clay).  I'll have to go back and check if it's Acrylic based.  Unfortunately there's no big craft chain near me.  I'd order something online but I need to be able to get hold of it by the weekend preferably.

Can anyone suggest some alternatives that will dry and stay put?
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Installing a zipper without a zipper foot? on: June 14, 2007 08:09:11 AM
I'm a novice sewing.  In that my sewing machine goes forewards and backwards and has short stich and long stitch.  That's it.  It was a spur of the moment buy, a portable sewing machine.  My skills are limited lol.

Now, I've seen a tutorial for a bag on here that my sewing-challenged brain thinks it can figure out, but of course... it has a zipper.  Is a zipper foot required for installing a zipper... or just preferred?  Can I manage it without one?

The tutorial I was going to try was: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0
25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Making large flat objects with patterns on: June 12, 2007 06:38:34 AM
Any ideas how I could go about making a flat, circular coaster in say, a bullseye design?  Basically a circle with any circular design inside, either concentric rings or a spiral.  Closest idea I had was similar to making a cane but making it very very small in length, and with a large diameter.  Then taking slices off the end to make two flat sides.  But would slicing a cane that wide end up distorting the pattern?

Any ideas how I can do this in an easier way?

26  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Why hello there! on: May 24, 2007 02:53:32 AM
Hi!  My name's Nicola but I go by Osiris.  I'm 22 years old and live in Mansfield which is in the East Midlands, U.K.  Currently working in an IT office but trained to degree level in Marine Biology, probably going on to being a Primary teacher or something.

I'm a novice craftster with big intentions but litter drive, so I'm hoping that being more of a vocal member (I joined in January) will prompt a surge of creativity!  I usually buy things spur-of-the-moment like -glances at sewing machine bought of eBay that's been used one- but I enjoy crafting all the same Smiley  I generally knit, sew, make greetings cards but I'll turn my hand to anything.  I've currently got three square canvases that need paiting for my bedroom and some tshirts that are going to be stencilled so you can see, procrastination is a problem!  I hope that knowing I have people wanting to see my stuff may make me more inclined to get my butt into gear!

Oh, and I'm a geek at heart.  <3 Buffy/Angel, Stargate SG-1/Atlantis, Star Trek, Farscape, Dark Angel, Roswell, Firefly/Serenity and much more lol.  I'm also a moderator over at PCG, a board for the Petz Community.  I believe a few of fellow PCGers are members here, as they're a crafty bunch!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Gryffindor PS/CoS Scarf on: May 24, 2007 02:39:12 AM
Yes, another Harry Potter scarf coming out of the woodwork lmao.

I finished this last summer after spending what seemed like an age on it, I'm such a lazy knitter Smiley It was first proper knitting project.  I recently finished a Ravenclaw (Film) scarf for my brother (was supposed to be a birthday present for him last year but I didn't start it til after his birthday, he finally got it a few weeks before his birthday this year lol).  Pattern was from Atypically.knit and they're both made of Plymouth Encore Worsted Weight which is 75% wool, 25% acryllic blend.  Cranberry/Butternut for this one and Delft Blue/Grey Frost for the Ravenclaw.  I had wanted to use another lighter grey but they stopped selling the colour I wanted Sad  I had it shipped over from America to England because the Gryffindor colours were almost perfect and I had my heart set on them, so it was quite an expensive scarf!  My brother and I plan on wearing them to the OotP release!

Anyway, here's a few shots of the WIP and then the final finished product.

http://osiris.avast-there.com/lookit/scarf2.gif
http://osiris.avast-there.com/lookit/scarf7.gif
All finished 8th June 2006

Me modelling the scarf:
http://osiris.avast-there.com/lookit/mescarf.gif
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