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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 12/1/09-12/31/09 ; MAIL BY 2/1/10). on: February 03, 2010 03:41:36 PM
I just got back from the post office about an hour ago, everything's sent!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 12/1/09-12/31/09 ; MAIL BY 2/1/10). on: January 29, 2010 11:54:55 PM
Due to a tragic computer meltdown that caused my budget to be somewhat tighter than anticipated, mine might not be sent out until the 2nd or 3rd, but definitely no later than that (and I will try for the 1st). So I'm spending the time putting some finishing touches on the whole shebang so as to repent a little.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: There's a hole in my scarf!!! on: December 22, 2009 06:23:10 AM
Ah, great idea! I never would've thought of that! Thank you!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / There's a hole in my scarf!!! on: December 20, 2009 03:01:22 PM
So last year, I made myself a lovely warm scarf out of a nice chunky variegated alpaca wool. I wore it all winter and put it away very lovingly for summer. This year, when I took it out again, it had a hole in it, and I don't know how to fix it!
It looks like the yarn just snapped in one spot, but there's not enough there to just tie it together, and I don't have any more of the same yarn to try and weave through the loose loops. Any suggestions?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Japanese/Asian Room on: October 24, 2009 06:40:55 AM
Oh, squee! I love Japanese interior design, but my hunnybunny says that we can't do anything Asian because he's "only" a quarter Japanese (and I'm basically Norwegian-German-English). So I hope I have a daughter with as good taste as yours!
I especially love the lanterns on the bed!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mokume gane tips? on: August 05, 2009 01:38:47 PM
OMFG, that's a great idea! That way I can save myself a ton of work (because yeah, I had no illusions about it being easy, or even anything less than pull-all-my-hair-out frustrating), and still say, "Oh, that? I made it."  Grin
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Mokume gane tips? on: August 05, 2009 12:05:47 PM
So I have some experience with metalworking and jewelry (good with solder/anything involving a torch, not so good at sawing out intricate shapes), and a habit of biting off more than I can chew, craft-wise :-P. Lately I've got it in my head to make a pair of mokume gane rings, one with silver and white gold (which I plan to etch), and the other with yellow gold (perhaps 14K and 18K? Or does there need to be more of a difference for the pattern to show up? Should I just use rose gold instead?)

So my questions are thus, and forgive me if I sound like a total idiot/noob:
1) What tools do I absolutely need, keeping in mind that this is a pretty bare-bones at-home type operation?
2) How much of each metal, roughly, will I need?
3) If I find that it requires more tools than I have/can reasonably obtain, what would be the best way to go about getting time at a studio/workshop better equipped than my own?
4) For the silver etching, what works best, both chemically and technique-wise? I haven't done any silver etching, just patinas, so I don't really know.
5) What kind of tool should I use to carve out the patterns? Or can I avoid carving altogether if I do the twists right?
6) Annealing the billets: is it possible? Is it hellishly difficult?
7) I've seen a lot of patterns that look really unnatural; I want these to look as real-woodgrain-y as possible. Is there anything I should try and/or avoid to get the effect I want?
Cool Any other tips/opinions I should hear?

Thanks, everyone!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 1940's Style Summer Set, Sun Top & Shorts on: July 30, 2009 03:26:35 AM
Oh my gosh, those are oh-so-cute! I love the midcentury Americana of it all.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding Ring using Batiks on: April 24, 2009 12:39:45 PM
Oh my goodness, that's gorgeous! This rocks hard!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Texas Chili (or I think anyway) on: March 16, 2009 11:50:24 PM
Well, real Texas chili doesn't have beans in it (sorry, it's just the way I was raised, lol), but it sounds tasty, anyway! I like the addition of chocolate-- very creative!
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