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191  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Quick Question on: May 28, 2005 05:10:17 PM
What's coming to mind is sequins- is that what you mean? Even if they're not, you probably sew them the same way- stitch over one side & through the hole, and overlap them like fish scales to hide the stitching. Now I'm curious if that's what you meant, so I will be checking back!
192  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Vibrator Cozy!! **adult themed** on: May 28, 2005 03:51:13 PM
That is fantastic! If I embroidered, I would use that pattern for SOOO many gifts. Maybe I will look into that...
193  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jeans to Skirt recon- 2 Skirts from the Same pair of Jeans on: May 24, 2005 04:59:33 PM
They're both really cute! I've been trying one similar to your first one for a looooong while now, using a pair of black jeans I had to resize and fabric from an old, oversized silk blouse someone gave me, but I've messed up on it so much I've pretty much destroyed the silk now. I've been trying this panel idea. The circle idea is a whole lot better!
194  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Soldering Iron or Cautery Pen? on: May 24, 2005 04:45:41 PM
This is my first question, and I hope someone can give me some insight.
  I am looking to melt a LOT of tiny holes in plastic for a long-term project I'm starting, and the straight-pin-heated-over-a-candle method is really time-consuming. I don't know if a soldering iron would make holes too big- I just need them big enough to fit an upholstery needle through. I also don't know if the melted plastic would goop up the iron tip like it does with the straight pins. I was debating trying to rig a straight-pin to a soldering iron, but I can't quite get an idea of how to secure it well. I don't have much of a workshop in my little apartment. A friend of mine whose mother is a nurse, recommended I try a battery-operated disposable cautery pen, so I've been looking online at them. http://www.rainbowrope.com/needles.html That site is a little wild- the product I was interested in is the "Branding Pen" about 3/4 of the way down the page. They seem to mostly be used for branding these days... I don't know if the holes I would produce would be large enough with these, and I don't know if the melted plastic would crust onto it. I think it's possible that either one would be easily cleanable since they stay hotter so the plastic would stay melted, but I don't know what I would wipe it off on that won't readily burn with that sort of heat.
  I know someone else must have had this idea before. At least I hope they have! Does anyone have any experience with either of these ideas?
195  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Our giant cat tree, and a cat bed I made on: May 23, 2005 02:17:51 PM
I keep on meaning to make one of those cat-trees for my furniture-destroying girls. How long did it take you? I love the idea of the natural branches- I was going to use all lumber. Did you have any insect issues with the branches? I might be paranoid, but I just can't stand bugs!
196  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: genitalia as art? on: May 16, 2005 03:52:25 PM
I agree with Elleshemmo (sp?) above- Plus I think the next time, that blushing person may not blush quite so much.
I certainly think this country could use to loosen up a little when it comes to genitalia, especially women's. I think that a vagina coin purse is a great, non-threatening way to start people in that direction, but it's still subtle enough to not be so upsetting to those who may find it so.
197  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: piercing ears on: May 08, 2005 10:11:23 PM
I had a friend do a cartilege piercing on my upper ear in 10th grade. We used a safety pin and a regular post earring. This was a very bad idea. It was incredibly painful, and the sound of a needle poking through cartilege is really sickening! It didn't fully heal for about 3 years, and 12 years later I still can't change the earring because the holes on the front & back didn't line up properly and I end up poking around on the inside of my skin when I try to change the ring. It made me pass out once. I have heard tales of nerves that can leave you partially paralyzed if you pierce through them being in your upper ears. I assumed this was a wive's tale, but something to consider.
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