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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Beans Mosaic Box on: April 11, 2008 09:18:10 AM
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The method is easy, but the process is not. And you need lots of patient. Materials are economic, you don't need to invest too much money.

What I use:
*beans
*paper make-shape box brought from crafts store
*white glue
*glue gun
*tong

White glue:
~It's safer (no burn), it's easier to adjust and arrange the beans in anyways you want.
~You need lots of white glue, so that there will be enough adhesive strength to keep the beans on the box stronger.
~It takes quite a while to wait until one side of the glue is dry (when it goes clear, it dried). You can get a desk lamp shinning close to the wet glue, it's make it faster to dry.
~If you want the outcome to look nicer, I still suggest white glue. When white glue dries, it looks way less visible than glue gun hot glue.

Glue gun:
~Ooch...I got burn, my finger print was missing for a day or two due to the burn.
~It's fast and strong (if you glue it right). But unlike white glue, it's not easy to control and arrange the beans, and you need to be very fast (before the glue gets cold).
~Use a tong as some beans are very small and to avoid burns from hot glue and glue gun.

Circular and curve box:

These kinds of boxes are harder. So if you want it easy, choose some rectangular box. When you glue beans on curvy area of the box, i mean areas that the bean cannot lay flat, then you will need to use glue gun. Or else the bean will slide down gradually due to gravity.
When you glue the bean, use something to hold the box, make the box stable, not rolling or wobbling. 

And use something to hold and make the box stable, when you glue beans on the side of lid of the box (etc area), when glue (white glue or hot glue)
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric dye, come off too easy, what to do? on: April 03, 2008 01:27:53 AM
I brought a pair of jeans from Jacob Junior for only $14. Hard to find jeans cost $14 in that store and it fit me! It's really hard for me to find jeans that fits me. However, the dye of the jeans come off so easily. Even touching it a while, my nails has a bit blue. I think soak it will get ride of "only some" of the dye. I heard is vinegar or salt that make the dye come off less easily?
Do you have any suggestion of what to do about this?

If nothing will help....I dunno, may be i should just refund it? I had thought about refund it. (If it's regular price $48, I will refund it). But it's only $14 and it fits me. The point is, it fits me, it's really hard for me to find jeans that fits me.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / What went wrong? the cutting or the folding? on: March 26, 2008 11:09:57 PM
I want a get a 'rectangular' paper with 4 right angles (90degree).
So I use the trimmer to cut 4 sides (below is trimmer)

I marked every corner I cut, so I wont miss.

Then I click the black 'scoring blade' on the trimmer, I want to get a 'perpendicular' folding lines. I want to make the paper into a 'card stock'.


After that I fold the paper, but it's not 'result right'. The paper doesn't look 'parallel'. I don't mean by not getting folding lines into the precise middle of the paper.
So what went wrong, the cutting or the folding?

p.s. I know there's card stock I can buy. But I am doing sth of a different size.
14  ASIA / Japan / Please suggest some crafts books. on: March 15, 2008 03:00:37 AM
Okay, so after trying to ask and search. There is no Japanese crafts class in my city.

I see all this colorful Japanese crafts books, but I hesitate to buy it. Coz I don't understand Japanese. Those books are very graphic, but I doubt one needs some basic knowledge of certain crafts in order to understand how to use the book. I don't want to spend the money and go to waste, those books are not cheap.

Please suggest book for someone who don't understand Japanese, can still understand and make the crafts.

Except Amigurumi and Nendo. Coz Amigurumi, I dont know how to knit. And Nendo (clay), I tried, sometimes you need there certain types of clay with that certain 'personality' to make it works.

Thank you!

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Out of solutions, no venue on: March 14, 2008 03:41:08 AM
I recently joined a newly sewing/crafts group, but we cannot find a venue(a place) to do things together. We cannot do our sewing in cafe or restaurant. Also, some crafts require not just a cafe table to do it. (I can't knit)

I've asked many places. The rental fees of library and community center are too expensive. Church only rent rooms to organization, due to insurance matters.

I've asked an old school building, I mean, building that was school, but now uses for renting office for organization. I don't know where to find the 'related personnel', I asked the janitor, and he said he don't know 0_o ?

I am out of solutions. And burn out. Feel free to give some suggestions, or idea.
Thanks.
16  CANADA / British Columbia / Japanese crafts class? on: March 08, 2008 08:28:00 AM
Is there any Japanese Crafts class held in Greater Vancouver (Canada)?

I like Japanese Crafts, they are so neat and cute. I saw some books, but I realize that, many of the books, you need to have basic skills, in order to understands. Also, I don't understand Japanese (only some kanji) so that make it harder too.

I've been searching online for Japanese cultural-related center, and also VSB, etc, but find nothing.

Edit: I searched the Nikkei center, they only have calligraphy, paper tearing art, and card making. Their card making class is a bit pricy for my budget.

I'd like to learn some fabric crafts. Since for fabric crafts, I can buy them in Daiso or other fabric stores.

I am also interesting to know if there are other types of crafts class too, not just fabric crafts.
17  ASIA / Japan / Japanese crafts class? on: February 29, 2008 07:23:04 AM
Is there any Japanese Crafts class held in Greater Vancouver (Canada)?

I like Japanese Crafts, they are so neat and cute. I saw some books, but I realize that, many of the books, you need to have basic skills, in order to understands. Also, I don't understand Japanese (only some kanji) so that make it harder too.

I've been searching online for Japanese cultural-related center, and also VSB, etc, but find nothing.

Edit: I searched the Nikkei center, they only have calligraphy, paper tearing art, and card making. Their card making class is a bit pricy for my budget.

I'd like to learn some fabric crafts. Since for fabric crafts, I can buy them in Daiso or other fabric stores.

I am also interesting to know if there are other types of crafts class too, not just fabric crafts.
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / How to make your own stamp? on: February 18, 2008 07:44:10 AM
I found this on you-tube. The user have not log in for a long time, therefore, no where to ask.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv1N1gqvbSk&feature=related

Anyone know where in Canada I can find this?

I want to buy this set of tools, to make my own stamp, such as my name, simple drawings I have, etc.
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Card making: how to make "water color" effect background? on: January 31, 2008 11:22:28 PM
Well, I have a white background, find it a little plain and solid. I would like to make some water color effect at the background. (I could have choose a card stock with different color. But what I want its some natural color, not solid color, like wall painting. Hope you know what I mean)

HOW? (the technique) how to brush it on and how not have too much water, so that paper won't turn wobble after dry.

I tried searching, but can't find what I need. No, I don't have a rubber roller nor the spectrum stamp pad.

Thank you ^__^
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / stampcraft pen on: January 26, 2008 12:07:41 AM
I brought some "stampcraft" pen from Walmart, which it said that the function is to color on your stamp and stamp it.

But the color dries too fast.

I wonder if I miss some step, or something I have not done right?

I try spaying water on the stamp, but then the out come and color smearing.

My friend brought something like this (not the same brand) in Michaels, and she said it dries too fast too.

Are we missing some steps here?

Or color on stamp just never works out?

I have a stamp that is "flower with leafs", so I like to color the flower and the leafs in different colors.
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