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« on: May 11, 2005 11:40:08 AM »

As it seems, we don't have a proper craft store which we can buy some materials without being too granny. In Istanbul, you have to make a good search to find a material and sometimes it is hard to tell the Turkish name of it Roll Eyes Do you gals know any place to buy craft materials? For instance did you ever try to find to glass etching lotion? I really am sick of this tote painting craze which take over the town (and country.. every piece of media shows fulls with so called craftyness) and people seem to think that craftyness=boring tote painting. duh! what do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2005 03:46:53 PM »

Do you gals know any place to buy craft materials?

i watch derya gibi at tv8 and i hearth beşiktaş hobi merkezi have good things and tahtakale have so cheap things.

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For instance did you ever try to find to glass etching lotion?
sorry but what is glass etching lotion in turkish?

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I really am sick of this tote painting craze which take over the town (and country.. every piece of media shows fulls with so called craftyness) and people seem to think that craftyness=boring tote painting. duh! what do you think?
this was true craft was knowing as a tote painting but this year especially jewelery have boom and knitting was so popular! and buy the help of some tv programs i think craft may develop in Turkey! But there is i thing a big problem in finding the materials!you're living in the biggest city if you can't find something you want how can the others find:( i live in izmir but there is no hobbystore that really have the things i need or want. sometimes i think about open a big craft store! but i don't have enough money...  and did you consider that craft= zanaat,el sanatı i don't think it's proper for it!people don't undertand what is craft!so do i:) craft is a huge thing!it includes lots of things! it's not just tote painting,jewelery or sewing!i think it is everything you make with your vision and creativity! i wrote so much that is enough:)
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2005 11:23:02 PM »

Ahhh don't tell me about Derya Gibi Show.. She talks too much! Too much! lol.
Yeah true in Istanbul, we can find materials very cheap but what I mean was crafting is a granny thing here in Turkey and they have square minds. Anyway.

Yeah, jewelery making is quite popular in here too. But again no one cares about being unique so everything is same and mass production..

Glass etching cream is some kinda lotion which you can make decoration on glasses and mirrors and such..here check this out :
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17742.0
It is a chemical product.
But I found a paint which makes a cool frosted effect but unfortunately it shows brush strokes so it does not work for me.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2005 09:32:01 AM »

wow i check the link! it's beautiful. i'll look for glass etching cream. we may look kotaş or another hipermarkets which sells crafts things.. or the shops that sell dye materials.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2005 05:07:53 AM »

Hi, I just discovered this site today.  It's fun to see that there are other English speaking crafters out there. 

I have discovered that there are more and more craft stores popping up all over Turkey.  The best source for locating them is the magazine "Hobby & Arts Crafts" that you can get on the news stands.  They have adds for all the major craft stores all over Turkey.  Folk Art has a glass etch cream, so if you find a store in your area that sells it, then you can just ask them for Glass Etch in english.  I live in Izmir and there is a great craft store called Sabuncu.  They have different branches and I have seen Glass Etch there. 

I love to do jewelry making, Fimo, and One Stroke.  Any other Izmir crafters out there?

Sandy
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2005 05:47:38 AM »

hi izmirgal, i'm from Izmir too  Smiley   i heard about Sabuncu but i don't know where is it. i love jewelery making too and i always buy beads from kemeralti where you can find lots of stores selling different kinds of beads.
if you can give an address of sabuncu i will be happy..

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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2005 11:24:51 AM »

Hi all you guys from Turkey...

I was there a few years ago, made a couple of great friends, and loved it!!  (When I was in Izmir though, I had the worst head cold I'd ever had in my life  Cry Tongue Sad, but I could at least see great scenery from my sick bed --just outside the window of where I parked myself for a few days.)

I'm also interested in knowing more about where you buy craft products, especially polymer clay. 

(On one of the pages at my website, I try to list supply sources outside the US as well as inside the US .... you might want to check there just in case you can order at least polymer clay and its tools from a country near you if that works out better:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/supplysources.htm
... Italy or Germany may work best for Turkey... there may be something in Israel too but unfortunately I don't have a mail order supplier listed for there).

Best of luck!

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2005 12:00:04 PM »

Dear Destino,

The addresses for Sabuncu are:
Gunsazak Bulvari, Goncalar Mah. No: 39/A Girne Girisi Karsiyaka 0232 382 1860-61

Ahmet Aga Mah. 879 Sok. No:5 Kestane Pazari Kemeralti 0232 425 8452-425 85 93

Mithat Pasa 0232 244 4585 - 243 32 35
Bornova 0232 348 0223

I've been to the first two.  They both have a great variety of Folk Art paints and also have jewelry making supplies. 

Kolay Gelsin

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2005 12:22:03 PM »

Dear Diane, 

First of all, I want to thank you for your Glass Attic site.  It has been my close companion on this journey of crafting!  I have been working with fimo for under a year and I am already able to make and sell beads and jewelry.  It's been a blast. 

Sources for Fimo:
On a previous reply I gave the addresses for Sabuncu.  They sell Premo for 3 YTL (a little over $2) if you pay cash.  More if you charge it.  They had a few other supplies but not many for working with the clays. 

There is a large store here called Pratiker, kinda like a Home Depot, and they sell Fimo for 3.50 YTL.

There is another crafting forum called Kosuyolu.net and I met a man also from Izmir on that forum who is able to sell Fimo for about 2.25 YTL.  His info from that site is "halojenite, mail adresim halojenite@hotmail.com izmirdeyim cep: 0 555 375 78 80".

Also, another option is to order from Europe.  I have ordered from England, Polymer Clay Pit, and have been able to get orders with very little problems.  They have a greater supply of cutters, texture sheets, and colors of Fimo.  It does cost a little more to order from them, but I have been very happy with their service and selection. 

Are you planning any other trips to Izmir?

Sandy
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2005 12:28:58 PM »

Oh, one more note on ordering supplies from another country.  The value of the package must be under 100 Euro or it will get tied up in customs.  Also, envelopes come better than boxes.

Sandy
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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2005 11:42:23 AM »

Hi Sandy,

Thanks for the good info on getting polymer supplies from Turkey (...and you're now a part of GlassAttic too  Grin).
Btw, am I correct in assuming that the 2nd two places you mentioned (Ahmet Aga Mah. and Mithat Pasa) do NOT have polymer clay supplies??  ... If they do, let me know and I'll include those too.  (Have you tried ordering from Italy? or know anything about that?)

As for more trips to Izmir, I wish!  I'm afraid my traveling days may be over though... the DH has been out of work for over a year now (part of the Silicon Valley computer tech bust, if you've heard about that), and I have fibromyagia (though much better now).  If we should get an influx of $$$, it will have to go first for our son's college (beg. next year...ack!), then we might think about traveling around the States in a small RV or something.  The 2 years I spent traveling (alone) in Europe, and parts east and south, though couldn't be replaced!!

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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2005 02:17:52 PM »

Hi Diane,

I am so honored to be a part of the Glass Attic family!  Wow! 

All 4 of those stores should have clay.  They are a chain and should carry the same stuff.  I've only been to the first two, but they all have the same owner and should have it. 

No, I haven't tried Italy yet.  I will look into it more.  I was looking at your site with ideas about getting clay from the states and having it flattened!  Cool idea!  Actually, the last time I got clay I had my college age son pick some up from Michael's ($.99) and bring it when he came for a visit! 

On a personal note I have fibromyalgia as well.  Mine is Lyme related, though, so I am on antibiotics for it.  I also have a child starting college next year.  Now I need to figure out how many pairs of earrings I need to sell to pay for it!!!!!!!!

Take care,  Sandy
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2007 12:41:58 AM »

I'm going to visit Kemer in two weeks and I was wondering are there any interesting craft shops around kemer? I find it interesting to see what other countries offer.
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2007 02:30:43 AM »

Hello,
I haven't been to Kemer myself, but I can imagine it is a nice place but not a big city.  It is near Antalya which would be bigger and have more shopping opportunities. 

I located this link for you:
http://kemer-antalya.blogspot.com/2007/10/shoping-alveri.html

Basically, everyplace in Turkey has a weekly shopping bazaar, called Pazar here.  They should have a great variety of fun stuff.  Craft shops are hard to find anywhere in Turkey, but you may find some cool stuff.  I suspect there would be more variety in the summer, as this is probably more of a turisty town. 

Have fun and enjoy yourself.  Be on the guard for pick-pockets!

Sandy
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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2007 01:05:45 PM »

oh this is great! i am moving to istanbul in two weeks and was worried about finding crafty stuff. what about knitting and crochet supplies? are they hard to come by or available in the craft stores mentioned above? i suppose i could always organize a swap.......
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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2007 01:53:08 PM »

Istanbul is a really bustling city.  Turkey is heaven as far as knitting and crochet go.  They have wonderful yarn and thread shops!  I'd take my own needles and hooks at first, especially the larger sizes, but they have a great selection of those as well.  I know you will enjoy finding fun yarn shops.  You will probably find one or two near your home but if you go to the shopping districts you will probably find a bunch of them near each other.  Shops are generally clumped together in the shopping districts.

Have fun!
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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2007 08:14:45 AM »

Thanks for the info Izmirgal!
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