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« Reply #230 on: August 07, 2010 04:32:16 PM »

what a mcfantasitical idea. Welcome, a friend is coming over to see my progress. I'm excites.

awesome mctastical, i love the fabrics you have chosen and you never plan too early.
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« Reply #231 on: August 07, 2010 05:25:55 PM »

It's always nice to be able to comment on something that I actually know about!

You can easily rust chain by soaking it in salt water for a day or so. But the rust may rub off, and not necessarily in a good way. Better to do it a test first, and if you don't like the result, do it with paint. It's actually a bit difficult to spraypaint chain, because you can't get in between the links very well. A better way is to use acrylic paint that's thinned until it just runs easily (but still thick enough that when you dip your finger into it, the colour isn't transparent) and dip the chain in it. Stir it around to cover all the parts, lift it out and give it a good shimmy to shake off the excess. You'll need to hang it to dry (over newspapers because it'll drip) and re-arrange it every five minutes or so to keep the spots where the links meet from gumming together.

If your chain is quite shiny, it may take several coats, letting it dry a few hours between them. You can just use a single colour (burnt sienna or red ochre is fine, or tint it with about 20% raw sienna for a truer colour) or, for a very convincing finish, do a good base coat, and when it's dry, lay the chain out on newspaper and spatter it with one or two other colours for texture. Raw umber, burnt umber or black are all good for this, and the paint should be thinned quite a bit more so it just stains the surface rather than coating it. Just use a wide paint brush to flick paint over the chain (okay, use lots of newspaper for this, as there's no way to avoid making a mess!), turning it and rearranging it to get all sides. Don't worry about missing spots or being even. When it looks suitably grungy, hang to dry. Remember that the paint is much more visible when it's wet, so you may find that what looks just right may be far too little when it's dry.

Okay, from dirty metal to ruffles: If you don't have a ruffler foot (and once you've used one you'll wonder why you ever tried to do it without), another good way to do it is to lay down a heavy thread (buttonhole thread is perfect) and zig-zag over it, being careful not to catch it with the needle. (You may already have a presser foot with a little hole at the front; this is what it's for. Thread the heavy thread through the hole and it'll remain perfectly spaced between the zigzags as you stitch along.) To gather, simply slide the fabric back along the thread and tie it off. Use a fairly long stitch length and only enough width to easily clear the gathering thread. The advantage of this method is that there's little chance of breaking the heavy thread as you pull it, so it's good for lo-o-ong lengths of ruffle.

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« Reply #232 on: August 07, 2010 05:38:21 PM »

Super painting mini-tute, Wulf!   Smiley
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« Reply #233 on: August 07, 2010 06:16:38 PM »

HOMIGOSH WULF! I never knew someone could be an expert in rusting but it sounds like you totally are. If I can find me a chain I soooooo can do that stuff you suggested!! Yay! I'm gonna be the most bomb voodoo ragdoll EVER! ((Kinda helps that I'm sure there's NEVER been one, huh? Cheesy))
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« Reply #234 on: August 07, 2010 06:51:10 PM »

Wulf you rock. That's terrific ruffling advice dude.
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« Reply #235 on: August 07, 2010 10:23:54 PM »

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« Reply #236 on: August 08, 2010 04:54:26 PM »

I also forgot about that technique to ruffle Wulf. You are a most valued addition to Craftster. I couldn't craft today as I needed an entire day to unwind from my stressful job but coming on here is helping tons.  2 months of 90 + temps isn't helping. We are going to be up to 97 or 98 degrees by Tuesday, thank goodness for my living room a/c.
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« Reply #237 on: August 08, 2010 05:38:25 PM »

HOMIGOSH WULF! I never knew someone could be an expert in rusting but it sounds like you totally are.

It's important to have at least one useful skill! Wink

I'm sure your voodoo ragdoll will be scarily brilliant. You've made me look forward to Hallowe'en already!

And lovesclutter, I really do hope you get a break in the heat soon. It's finally cooled off a bit up here and what a difference it makes!

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« Reply #238 on: August 08, 2010 09:41:12 PM »

I also forgot about that technique to ruffle Wulf. You are a most valued addition to Craftster. I couldn't craft today as I needed an entire day to unwind from my stressful job but coming on here is helping tons.  2 months of 90 + temps isn't helping. We are going to be up to 97 or 98 degrees by Tuesday, thank goodness for my living room a/c.

I would actually enjoy those temps. After living in AZ for 7 years, 100 feels comfortable. Like a warm blanket. I do hate 115 though. That's the norm her for the summer.

I am jealous of all the beautiful clothes I see being created here. But sewing gibbeous clothing is so labor intensive. I don't want to put a lot of work into something I'll have to cut down in size in a couple of months. I am getting some useful tips while keeping up with this thread though. I used a base skirt, and it did end up being a bit stiff. I was thinking that the stuff they use for making machine lace that dissolves in the wash might be useful here.

The more I see from Wulf, the more I think he's a great addition to craftster. I might even have a craftster crush on him.  Wink
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« Reply #239 on: August 09, 2010 03:34:59 AM »

The more I see from Wulf, the more I think he's a great addition to craftster. I might even have a craftster crush on him.  Wink


He he he - I have a craftster crush on Wulf too, especially since I found out he's 6'2, it's just something about that beard!
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