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361  Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 23, 2009 04:36:53 PM
Please keep this thread for...

Tattoos on yourself
Tattoos you've personally designed and have been inked on someone else
Tattoos you have physically tattooed on yourself or someone else

Please post ideas and discussions of tattoos you're considering in the future on this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30765.0
Thanks all!  

Hi all, I have started a new thread since the old one was getting rather long and kind of out of control (ie people hadn't been following the rules and I hadn't been properly moderating them)

This thread is for posting pics of tattoos you have designed yourself or actually tatooed yourself.  If you don't state that you have tattooed or designed it yourself I will start limbo-ing and pm'ing people to make sure (please respond to my pm's promptly or your posts will possibly be deleted). If it is clear you did not design it, I will move it to the new off-topic tattoo thread here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306138.0 if you are a Friend of Craftster. Thanks, MareMare

The old thread is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291979.0

Roethke's awesome scissor tattoo, found on page 3!

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362  I Spy Bags for Travelling in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by MareMare on: May 22, 2009 01:08:17 AM
My family went on vacation...23 hours in the car in fact! I decided to make some I Spy bags to help keep my nephews occupied and to help save the sanity of my mom, brother, and sil. My 3 year old nephew went to the Fabric store with me and picked out the tractor fabric, the black for him and the cream colored for his 5 year old brother. But, he did let me know that the one he picked out for himself was better! Sadly, no action shots yet, as I barely got these finished the night before they left. (Procrastination--that's how I roll)

I made an I spy bag for a swap last year, but it took me this long to make them for my little guys! Here is the link to the first one I saw on here, I made some modifications (reinforced all the seams since I know how violent these little boy are, velcro pocket on the back for the pictures of the items, topstitching around the vinyl window for extra reinforcement) but it is the same general idea: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261769.0

I also made these large zippered pouches to hold the I Spy bags along with a collection of coloring and sticker books, crayons, and other little goodies to help keep them occupied. The baby is 1 and didn't get an I Spy bag, but he got a little bag to hold his stuffed animals, rattly things, and his tiny tupperware (not sure why all my nephews like tiny tupperware, but I guess they just like things to put other things in!)

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363  Re: swirls has me going swirly.. in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: May 14, 2009 12:50:19 PM
Go colors! Go Smitten! You can do it! I need to calm down!

ok. ahem. I really love me some pigments, utramarines, etc. The thing with those is that you have to mix with with either water or oil, depending on if they are water or oil soluble...I've wasted a lot when I wasn't sure which kind I had and it wouldn't mix!  I have some neon pigments which are seriously awesome!

Remember, for any swirling make sure you are not using an fo that accelerates trace and that you are using a decent amount of water (ie a deep water discount makes swirling a PITA). I've had soap on a stick while attempting complicated swirls!

I just about always do swirl in the pot because it's easy and does a decent swirl, and my everyday molds are log molds. Get your colorants ready ahead of time. For most pigments, 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp per pound of oils is sufficient. I usually mix up a little more than I need in case I want a darker color.

So, for a 1 color swirl where you are not coloring the base soap and then adding a swirl of color do this: Go by the poundage of oils, for a 4 lb oil batch that you want to do just a little swirl, I would leave about 3/4 uncolored and color 1/4. So you are coloring roughly 1 lb,

1. mix up 1/2 tsp (that's the high end of coloring) with a 1-2 tablespoons of oil or distilled water, depending on what you have.
2. After you reach trace (not light trace, but where you are actually going to mold) remove about 1/4 of your soap to another container. I like plastic 2 cup spouted measuring cups. Pour in most of the mixed color, about 3/4 of what you mixed up. Stir well in the container. If it's the color you want, you are good to go, if it's too light add a little more color, too light add some uncolored raw soap. When it is well mixed, time to add it back to the pot.
3. Pour a thin stream around and around and criss-crossing into the pot. After you get it all in, stir once or not at all (seriously, you don't need to stir since half the swirling has been down already, and the rest will take place as you pour in the mold.)
4. Pour into your mold and it will swirl some more.

Easy peasy! Although I'm sure I made it much wordier than it needed to be, the main part is figuring out how much colorant you need for the amount of raw soap you are coloring. For 2 colors, color the soap in the pot before you add the swirl of another color. For a really pretty 3 color plus white swirl, remove 3 portions of soap (fairly small amounts, depending on batch size), leave the main portion in the pot uncolored, and color each of the 3 portions something different.

Now, for freakin' gorgeous awesome swirls, if you are using a slab mold (and believe me, it is really hard to get this to work in a log mold, if someone has great results that way I would love to hear it, 'cause I have failed miserably on many an occasion! The swirled part just can't reach all the way to the bottom of the mold, so you are left with bars that are swirled on one side. And, because of the way you cut a log mold, the swirl is on the side of the bar rather than on the "face" of it, like in a slab mold) you want to do a kind of "cheesecake" method swirl.  Remove a smaller portion of your soap to color and pour the rest (maybe 60-75%, colored or not) into the slab mold. Color the portion to swirl and then pour into the mold in straight, parallel lines. Going the opposite direction (perpendicular to the soap), drag a plastic spoon handle, or something like that, through all the lines in one direction, then remove the spoon and drag through all the lines, beginning at the opposite side, in the other direction. Althernately pour your soap in a kind of back and forth motion in connected lines, and then swirl in a swirly motion that goes from side to side and then crosses back over itself. Yeah that's easy to understand :p

Here's a terrible pic. The "cheesecake" method is on the right, the swirly swirl is on the left. The lines of black are the poured soap, and the lines of red are the way you are dragging through the soap with the spoon handle. Notice the arrows.

I'm soaping this weekend, I will do picture tutes of both methods since I know that was confusing and probably not that helpful!
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364  Re: Let's Strip - the swap with a twist - Gallery Edition! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 14, 2009 11:17:28 AM
Here's my strip from GothChics! Check out the cool tic-tac-toe fabric! Is the one on the end Amy Butler?

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365  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 6) in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 14, 2009 11:10:24 AM
Here's mochaxlight's scarf! I love bobbles! It is offset bobbles in a mercerized cotton twisted yarn.

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366  Re: Let's Strip - the swap with a twist - Gallery Edition! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 06, 2009 02:50:23 PM
Yesterday rocked mail-wise, I think I got 4 strips!! I got one more today, and met up with Klum78 last week, so am only waiting on 1 to have them all!







Thanks everybody! I'm excited to get to work with these!
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367  Re: Bath & Beauty Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: May 06, 2009 02:46:25 PM
After digging out new batteries for my camera, I have pics!

My lovely bath bombs from princessketu (there is a strong change my nephews may steal some of them...sigh) and lip balm and fragrance from 1boy1girl1kitty2. Thanks ladies!

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368  Re: Bath & Beauty Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: April 29, 2009 09:19:34 PM
Here is what I mistakenly posted in the main thread...I'm going to blame being sick for two weeks on it (it's either that or admit I'm a dork!)

Here are the items I have received so far! Yummy butter stick from mcook and fab bright pink pouf from fairieknits!!

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369  Re: Let's Strip - the swap with a twist - Gallery Edition! in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: April 29, 2009 12:36:28 PM
Here are my two sets from Linnybelle! I love how soft the fabrics are! And the colors are so calming!

And I met up with klum78 to swap, so here is the set from her (we went shopping together too, so I knew what was coming! I like how she put them together!)

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370  Re: Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (Round 5) in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: April 29, 2009 12:31:25 PM
Here is Scotskipper's scarf before I sent it on!  I stranded a mohair blend with some metallic gold crochet thread and did a simple v-stitch to show off the yarn. I was really happy to use the mohair because I think it's pretty, but I can't work with it too long or have it in something I keep for myself because it makes me sneeze and my eyes and nose all itchy and watery!

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