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1  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?
2  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!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A *very* big wave on: March 09, 2009 01:45:11 AM
So I got my bellybutton pierced recently, which means I won't really be too able to surf until it heals, on account of ocean-water being far too nasty to expose to a healing wound, which of course means I can think of nothing else but surfing. So I decided to paint about it instead! Enjoy!


Conquest 12"x48", acrylic on canvas.

...and a detail of the sky:


*edit* Well, the picture of the whole thing is weird, because it kinda sucked to start with, and Craftster automatically resizing it didn't help, but trust me, the real thing is cool.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I'm an absolute n00b to quilting... on: September 24, 2007 10:05:49 AM
...but I will not be deterred. My first project is going to be a bed-sized (which I know is ambitious to say the least, but I firmly believe that there is little that is worse than an undersized blanket) stormy weather kind of theme, with gray clouds on a white background, maybe with navy-colored quilting for the rain. But before I get to work on that, I have some questions:
1. How does quilting work, exactly? Once you get the top bit finished, you make all the wonderful lines, then sew the back on, then fill it with batting?
2. What kind of thread do you use for the quilting?
3. What is paper piecing, and when and why is it a good idea?
4. Is there anything else I should know before I start so I'm not on Craftster at 2 in the morning, digging through the archives, going, "I know they must've talked about this..." ?

Thanks very much for any help you can offer!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / birthday present for a guyfriend- I need ideas on: June 20, 2007 12:09:11 AM
Okay, so my friend/violin teacher's 16th birthday is July 1st (yes, he's a crazy child prodigy, and yes, I am jealous), but he's going to Boston University for a summer program thing in a week and will not be coming back until mid-August, and I have no idea what to make for him. I want to make something he can use while he's gone, but isn't completely utilitarian.
Okay, as for his personality/likes and dislikes, he plays violin (his idols are Paganini and Joshua Bell), he has pet mice, he is utterly prissy, highly intelligent, and incredibly hyper, I'm pretty sure his favorite color is blue, he thinks I am the awesomest painter ever (but I don't want to give him a painting, necessarily, although he does need wall decorations since he recently moved to a new apartment) and his favorite non-classical type band is Panic! at the Disco.
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