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241  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / FYI - stockade.ca - I just ordered from them and am very happy on: July 18, 2010 09:33:03 PM
They appear to be located in Guelph Ontario.  The shipping appears very reasonable, $7-10 to most places in Canada (unless it is an air stage location).  They seem to have a very extensive catalogue of wood crafts, general crafting supplies, and painting.  I just bought alcohol inks, and a few other things from them, and they arrived within a few days of my ordering.  Prices appear pretty reasonable.  Just thought to share, especially for those who may not have any suppliers close by.

242  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Some more freezer paper stencils and my first silk screens (cheaper versions) on: July 18, 2010 09:24:48 PM
First off, I made some more shirts lately.   I made a Mario brothers one.  I thought the paint would be more black, on a blue background, but it turned out blue on blue.  Oh well, live and learn.  Also a bronze/copper pin up on a brown shirt.  I love the way the paint looks on that shirt.

Also, I had the materials for awhile, but I finally got around to making a few easy silk screens using drawing fluid and screen blocking medium, with emboidary hoops and mesh material for the screens.  I am pretty happy how they turned out.  More details on the blog.

Some tea towel testers

A shirt for my neice

243  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / I've got the blues on: July 18, 2010 09:16:49 PM
I made this for the recent MAF swap, to represent several things, my favourite colours, one of my favourite colours, and one of my favourite crafts.  I made a glass tile pendant with the image of irises (and blue  on it because I LOVE my spring irises.  I also loved the background of blue, because I could use it with my favourite colour, many shades of blue.  So I beaded a necklace with various colours of blues starting with the deepest/brightest and going lighter to the edges.  Finished with silver findings.

I really did love the way it draped and probably will be making another one or two for myself, also possibly one in reds, and one in blacks/silvers.
244  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / inspired by Arthur Rackham, and cherries galore on: July 18, 2010 09:07:47 PM
I made a few pieces of jewelry for the latest MAF swap recently, and thought I would share them here.

First, these are a couple of glass tile pendants done with Arthur Rackham's illustrations for Undine.  They were printed on linen paper, and backed with Japanese paper, and several coats of a clear glaze.  I edged the sides with copper and used copper findings, chain, or brown ribbon to string them on.  I thought the copper would look best with the earthy colours of the images.

For the same swap, I stalked her wist and saw lots of cherry pieces, so made this bracelet and necklace.  The cherries were done with shrink plastic, sharpie, coloured pencil, acrylic varnish, and there was so much wire wrapping to make the loops for the beads I thought my hand would fall off.  They are nice heavy, jangly pieces, and very colourful.

Finally, this is a crochet tattoo type necklace, done with shrink plastic and coloured pencil too, on a ribbon necklace, as my partner crochets

245  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Health care workers swap? on: May 27, 2010 12:52:10 PM
Anyone else work in the health care industry interested in doing a swap.  We are a group of innovative and creative people who often have to think quickly and outside the box to provide the care that we do.  Many of us probably craft/create to express some of that creative side.  Or, to relieve stress and take your mind off the work!  Or to help wile away some of those long long night shifts....

I think it would be nice if we did a swap just for us.  So if you are a doctor/dentist/nurse/OT/PT/EMT/dentist/RT/LPN/RNA/RPN/lab tech/vet/vet assistant (hey, pets get health care too!), etc,  and are interested in doing something specialy for ourselves to thank us for the care we provide others, let me know.

Wouldn't it be nice to sexy up those plain uniforms and lab coats with some embroidary, a sparkly bejeweled ID lanyard, a stethoscope cozy, cool scrub caps, funky nametag pins, fantastic pens, notepads, etc?  Or heck, toss that ugly green scrub top for something totally fabulous instead? 

I know I would just about kill for awesome, custom scrubs Wink

Anyone else interested in this idea?

246  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Tree of Life and Leonard Cohen image transfer boxes on: May 24, 2010 01:10:38 AM
I made these two boxes recently for  two different swaps.  The images were printed with a laser printer, with lettering/images reversed when printing if necessary.  Then place the paper with the images against the surface, and secured with tape, and burnish with a blender marker. 

The first is a Tree of Life box for the gardening swap, meant to be a seed box for my partner. 
I transferred various tree images onto the surfaces, and gardening quotes onto the sides.  For both boxes, I stained them both with an oak stain, and clear coated with a few coats of a spray varnish.  Next time, I will paint the varnish on, I hate the spray.

The Leonard Cohen box is my favourite.  I love how clear his pictures came out.  I used lyrics from Dance Me to the End of Love.  Inside, I lined the bottom with printed Chinese rice paper, edged with copper tape to hide the seams, and the bottom has a felt pad to prevent scratches.  I love it and made a tray for myself

247  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Cement garden signs - first time working with cement on: May 24, 2010 12:50:43 AM
I made these for the garden swap recently using some forms and letter stamps.  I made another one too that says GROW DAMMIT GROW!  But the DAMMIT sign broke when I tried to lift it (it was still too wet).  They come with little pedestals so they can sit upright.  I plan on making more for myself for the front garden.  I embedded some glass tiles and beads, and for the future, would like to experiment with other embeds.  I was told afterwards that if I use some wire or mesh, they would be stronger and probably do better with fluctuation temps (frosts, etc).

248  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Ferrous chloride in Canada on: April 26, 2010 01:11:12 AM
I can't seem to find it, but it may be the way I am searching on-line.  I think Radio Shack used to sell it as PCB Etchant, but from what I see on their website, they may no longer be carrying it.  Does anyone have suggestions on where I could find it and under what name?
249  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A little something to dress up the table for the mad tea party on: April 08, 2010 05:08:58 PM
I made these recently for the Alice in Craftsterland swap (and there are some awesome things that were made for that swap by everyone).  I was going to stencil napkins, but the images were too small and I was botching them up, so I went for broke, took a fabric marker, and hand drew these Mad Hatter napkins from the John Tenniel images of the Mad Hatter.  I was nervous about it, but they turned out much better than I thought they would.  I may have to make a set for myself.

250  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A spot of tea for your neck m'lady? on: April 08, 2010 03:27:15 PM
I haven't posted in awhile, but haven't done a lot of beading.  I made this for the recent Alice in Craftsterland swap.  I chose amber/topaz toned crystals to represent the tea at the Mad Tea Party, and interspersed it with some Alice inspired charms - a rabbit, a key, a crown, etc.

I really seriously started hating crimping after this project though, how annoying it is to do over and over again.  But I do like the overall effect of the necklace and would likely make it again.

Other than that, I have also made some more tile pendents

a few pins and cameos with Diamond Glaze (a friend liked them, so I made a couple extra for her too)

and some knicknacks like that, including a hat pin to go with the tophat I made and posted in the knitting forum awhile back

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