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« on: July 29, 2008 08:16:46 PM »

Is there an area somewhere on Craftster where the technical aspects of crafting are discussed?

To give you a better idea what I'm looking for, here are my thoughts and the reasons behind them. Smiley Sorry if this overly explanatory; I'm on allergy/sinus medication, and it's making me pretty loopy!

I'm specifically thinking about an area where there's advice on things like sealants, finishes/varnishes, paint, tools, fasteners...these are just some things I've needed info on in the past, and I'm sure the list could be endless when added to by other Craftsters.

If there isn't something like this, it would be nice to get something started and perhaps have a cross-reference or reverse reference. For instance, if I were working on painting wood, I could look up wood and see what worked for wood, or if I already had a particular type of paint on hand, I could specifically look it up.

For reference, I recently made something using chalks, embossing powder, ink, and gold leafing pen. I'd read that some types of spray sealant would make embossing powder separate from what it was applied to and come off in tact with itself, almost as a decal. So I tried clear fingernail polish instead, and it ended up making the gold leafing run (it also made the embossing powder start to come up, but it eventually settled back down). I would have asked for advice and would have been happy to post pictures for clarification, but it was for a swap (if this is making no sense, I'll be sure to post my example once my swap partner receives!).

One of my favorite things about Craftster is the generosity of advice and encouragement by other users when someone has a question. If you have a question, usually someone will come up with the answer - many times several someones. Smiley But if you're working on a swap item (like the example above), it can be difficult to ask outright for fear of tipping off your swap partner. And it can be darn near impossible to find precisely what you're looking for via a site search - sometimes you strike gold and get multiple examples of what you want, other times you get nothing. So I thought it'd be nice to have an area to refer to first before posting questions.

I imagine the Craftopedia had stuff like that, but it's not yet up and running again.
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008 04:39:03 AM »

Yeah, Craftopedia sounds like the perfect resource for this.  Hopefully we can get it revived sooner than later.
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