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1  Craftster looks like !@#$ while loading in Craftster Itself by hello color! on: October 04, 2008 03:35:55 PM
For the last few weeks or thereabouts, Craftster has been very slow to load for me. At times, it takes half a minute for it to load, during which time it looks like this:



Not so pretty. Are you planning on switching to a tableless layout in the near future? (Not for the forum listings part, I mean, but for everything else.) I'm pretty sure that if you do, it'll show the text as it loads, rather than waiting for everything to load and displaying it all at once.

Until then - to make the lhs navbar not wait around in the center while the rest of the table loads, you can use a fixed table layout. (CSS property table-layout: fixed;.) What that does is, it renders the table based on just the first row. This way, table layout is rendered before the entire table loads, so the browser doesn't have to re-layout the table when it realizes that there's more stuff in the table than just the navbar.
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2  weird spots in clay in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by hello color! on: November 04, 2007 10:06:02 PM
Behold!



What's the deal with that? The spots were there before I baked it, and baking didn't make them better or worse. They seem to be spread throughout the clay and are resistant to intermixing with the rest of the clay. They are actually quite small - that thing there is 'bout 1 cm wide. But they are quite bothersome!

My best guess is, I've had this clay for about half a year and I don't like to freeze, so while it's been stored in a rather cool place in my apt, it still somehow baked. But I don't know if that ^^ would actually look like what I have, or how it would bake at some tiny random spots and not others. And if that was the case, wouldn't baking make it look all the same? My theory seems to have holes, so I turn to you guys for help!
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3  thread crochet hooks in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by hello color! on: October 31, 2007 10:57:36 PM
I'm trying to do some tiny crochet, and I've decided that one of my problems has to do with the hook. Allow me to explain. Here's a regular (size 0) hook and a tiny (11/12) hook:



Notice that the tiny hook not only has a smaller hook part, but also a smaller shaft part. My stitches end up coming out too tight, but moving on to a larger hook doesn't help since the hook to shaft ratio remains pretty much the same.  So!

Are there any thread crochet hooks that have a bigger shaft to hook ratio?  I tried googling thread crochet hooks, but I haven't had any luck in even finding what the different manufacturers are, other than the big two, of course. But, I'm using Susie Bates already, so I know all too well that it has "the problem", and while I haven't compared it to Boye, I'm pretty sure Boye does too. (I'll look at Boyes again when I'm in the store.) (I really like the pointiness of the smaller Bates hooks though...)

If not, I'm just going to mod these... I was thinking polymer clay, and if they are not slippery enough, resin coating on top. Unless anyone has a better idea?
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4  what size hook to make this? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by hello color! on: October 16, 2007 10:54:33 PM
I want to make a ring similar to this one, but the gauge looks so small! What size hook do you think I should get? (I don't have anything nearly small enough.) And should I unwind yarn to make it skinnier? That looks almost like embroidery floss!

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5  Re: heart shaped piano pendant in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by hello color! on: June 12, 2007 08:42:05 PM
Ok, so you can't exactly wear this together with the chain, but they match just too perfectly:



from Delia's Smiley
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6  Re: Spay paint scratching off in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by hello color! on: May 19, 2007 05:20:23 PM
I was gonna say the same thing, Krylon Fusion... This should really be in discussion & questions, but only you or a mod can move the thread.

I was wondering what exactly you have. Is it something like this:



Just asking because I have that thing. It's for shoes, and it's very handy, but it's a bit plain looking. I put some stuff on top to make it more fun, and it worked. I can take a picture if anyone cares. I'm also planning to decorate the surface in the summer when I'm gonna have time.

I've painted small pieces of plastic with regular Krylon spray paint and I haven't had it chip off, but I used many, many, many, MANY thin layers. It would take several spray paint cans to paint this, and a lot of time, so to me, it's just not worth it.

I was thinking of covering it up with fabric, or decoupaging some stuff on the fronts, or both. I also thought of making something to attach to the front made of polymer clay, but I think that would be too delicate for this since it's made of plastic. Hopefully we're trying to do the same thing, so does anyone else have any ideas?
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