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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Necklace, ring and bracelet blanks on: March 07, 2011 01:58:50 PM
I am having problems finding blanks on etsy that a) aren't super expensive and 2) aren't the smae as everyone else's...oh, and c) are shipped in America...international shipping seems to take FOREVER!
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on sites to look for different blanks, or even better - how to go about making them myself!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Pouring Resin in Latex Moulds on: February 28, 2011 08:33:35 PM
Hi there!  I don't know where else to turn!  Sad  I decided I wanted to make my husband chess pieces for his birthday, and found some latex moulds on etsy.  I bought Castin'Craft Clear Liquid Plastic Casting Resin.  I got the catalyst and colors/etc and have been trying to follow the directions on the back of the can.

I used mould release, but what is happening it the pieces are very tacky after I take them from the moulds.  I have kept the pieces in the moulds for days, so they should be fully cured. 

Someone suggested that I rinse each piece with laquer thinner, but all that seems to do is lose detail...then it's sticky for a day or two, then hardens up, but it still impressionable if you press too hard on it...like if you hold the chess piece too tightly, your finger prints are embedded on them :/

The first set I tried I used the same ratio for the small pieces as the big pieces.  The second attempt I tried different ratios based on the instructions on the back...
I got the same results each time.

I have looked online, contacted the man I bought the moulds from, and tried another venue and no one is very forth coming with information. 

I was able to use some TINY moulds and didn't have issues...chess pieces are just not working out...

Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can look for information, or have any thoughts on my issues?  I just want to make him pieces for his birthday :/

Thanks for your help!

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / VHS Cassettes on: February 06, 2011 11:52:10 AM
I have been making journals/planners out of the sleeves, but now have a collection of VHS Cassettes...Yes, the movies are cool and I can watch them over and over, but there are only so many copies of "Batman" that I want (Even though I want the covers real bad!)

So what can I do with the tapes?
Something with the inside tape itself? Too bad it's not like movie reel film and I can hold it up to a lamp and see the individual frames....sigh.

Does anyone else want them!?
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Video Cassette Sleeve Journal on: February 04, 2011 01:23:30 PM
So I have a friend who makes vintage book journals and she inspired me to take some of my old records and make journals from those covers.  Album art work is really awesome!

My first attempt was this planner:

Here is the inside:

Don't ask me how I made the calendar insert, it is a long embarrassing story.

From there I looked at what I had around my house to make more calendars/journals from!

VIDEO CASSETTES!  A dying collection, but they have awesome artwork from our favorite movie!

So one day, I was at the thrift store and I found the Original Star Wars Movies on VHS!

So I scooped them up!

The cardboard they are printed on isn't very sturdy, so when I opened them up, I glued the box to chip board and used black cardstock on the opposite side to finish it off.

The result:

They are sturdy!  I filled them with black computer printer paper, but I am making my husband a special one with graph paper!

Here is another Calendar I made from a Record Album Cover: South Pacific!

I am having some issues properly lining up the pages and covers and punches....if anyone has used the same binding machine, or has any tips, I would greatly appreciate the help!

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Ursula the mf Sea Witch on: November 03, 2010 01:30:23 PM
After debating for months what to do, I had a moment of brilliance and decided to be Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid for Halloween. 
I did my research and noticed that everyone being Ursula decided they needed a purple long sleeved shirt and a tube top - not this chick!

My Zombie Husband decided to get in on the picture action.

I decided to go more along the lines of the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid, even though the costume is EPIC, the whole show completely distracts from itself...but it does make for awesome Halloween inspiration!
I used Simplicity Patterns 2589 (Skirt) and 2621 (hoop skirt). 

The hoop skirt helped give the tentacles shape and the over skirt was there to look like the ocean, and so that you couldn't see my feet.  The skirt fabric is awesome!  It changes colors from blue to purple to green depending on which way you look at it!
The tentacles were made from a pattern my friend and I drew out and made from Halloween flocked swirly satiny somethin or another, and the bottom was made from a suede like fabric we found on clearance!  They were over stuffed with poly fiberfill and each tentacle has three hangers inside making them pose-able!!

My corest was also handmade but for another adventure...
oooo! I also made my gloves from the same material as the webbing between each tentacle!

Yeah, we had the whole gang! (PS, I made Ariel's Starfish hair clip out of yellow sculpey and two alligator clips that I use for my flower hair clips...bomb diggity!)

We can't forget hair and make up!
I made the wire frame for my hair and covered it in a wig that I found in the same color as my own hair...I had a show that night and only had 30seconds to get ready...so I cut apart a wig and gelled and pinned it all over my frame, then weaved my own hair through it!
And I can't forget the Shell Necklace that Ursula captures Ariel's voice in!  I took three different colors of Sculpey, smooshed them all together and sculpted a sea shell...I twisted the 12 gauge wire and added the chain and findings to make my necklace.  You can't see them, but I have her purple earrings as well (that I made from purple sculpey and attached to earring findings).
This was easily the coolest costume I've made and can't wait to wear it again for ComicCon in July!!!!  I wonder if I can get Zombie Husband to agree to be the french chef!?

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