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281  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / A super quicky etched project - owl votives on: August 21, 2009 04:04:22 AM
Usually I wait for the paint to dry fully in case I want to cut away or make any adjustments, and to make sure that it has adhered fully to the glass.  This time I waited only until it was touch dry.  Just because I was impatient.  What I SHOULD have done was make sure the taped sides adhered fully before applying the compound, otherwise, I am pleased with it.  I thought the owls look cute.

282  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / mini beaded irises on: August 21, 2009 03:57:39 AM
I was fiddling around with these recently, just for the sake of making them.  I haven't fully decided what I am going to do with them yet.  If I get ambitious, it would be neat to make a picture of irises in flat peyote and have a few of these sticking out for some dimension.  Especially as a good friend of mine loves irises too.

They are only about an inch high.

Please ignore any dog fur that may appear in the picture.
283  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / ARGH - etching compound, what glasses doesn't it etch? on: August 20, 2009 04:31:56 AM
I know that it won't work on pyrex, but twice now I have tried etching on glass and it has not worked.  Once was a reused wine bottle, and now two votive holders I just bought from the dollar store.  The compound leaves not a single mark.  Are there any other glass types that others may know about that the compound doesn't work on, and how can you tell without trying it?

What a wasted effort, since I even made cute stencils for it.  At least I can still paint on them.
284  CANADA / Ontario / Yarn using craftsters in Scarborough - anyone been to this place? on: August 04, 2009 05:57:16 PM

I just saw a sign for their store the other day when we were going to the Costco at Ellesmere and Warden.  They seem to have good reviews for being friendly, good service, good selection, and decent prices.  However, I haven't been there yet, and I was wondering if anyone else has?

It would be great, because Scarborough is a bit of a wasteland in general, and I would love to be able to get decent yarn without having to trek downtown.
285  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Floral hair barrettes - I'm really loving these little flowers on: July 18, 2009 10:02:24 AM
I made a few sets of these little hair doodads, some to give away, one set so far for me Cheesy

I just love the contrast of that bright red bead and the black beads, especially as the black beads have a nice irridescent shimmer to them too.

286  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Poppies about the neck - an adjustable necklace on: July 13, 2009 06:01:57 PM
This did not turn out how I conceptualized it, but it's a first draft, and I may try again in the future.  I had wanted to make it with a fine green stem with leaves woven along the necklace, and varying sizes of flowers and buds.  My smaller flowers weren't shaping up the way I wanted them, and it started to get too bulky, so I abandoned that.

Anyways, it is beaded red poppies gathered on a spiral beaded black necklace.  Instead of a clasp, I used lengths of ribbon to make ties so that it can be adjusted - it can be worn either as a choker, or longer as desired.  It doesn't look like it, but the bunch of poppies are actually off centre, so that they sit a bit off to the side of the neck, and not dead centre.  I used a translucent lustred seed bead, with a hex bead for the spiral necklace, and delicas in some different reds and a galvanized black for the poppies, with a reddish black seed bead to make the centres.

Excuse the crappy pics - they were the best of the bunch and I was having trouble taking pics while balancing on one leg and a cane.

287  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stitch markers - bling for working my knitting or crochet on: June 27, 2009 11:18:44 AM
I love the stitch markers that I had made a few years ago, but they were made with a 24 guage copper wire.  I am finding, with frequent use, that it is starting to bend and break.  So I made these recently, some for myself, and some to add to a swap package.

The top rings are uncut metal rings/shapes from a package of random metal shapes I had bought for jewelry making.  They seem pretty sturdy.  They have chainmaille mobius balls dangling from some, and encaged facetted glass beads in on others - for when you need to define different areas for knit/crocheted designs.  Unfortunately I ran out of that size of glass beads, so those ones will be given away and I will have to make more for myself in the future.

288  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / It's Ozzy! on: June 27, 2009 11:05:55 AM
I don't stencil very often.  In fact, I don't remember doing since school.  But I was motivated to make this apron and just finished it today.  It's an Ozzy Osbourned apron for a swap I'm doing, and DH really likes it.  To the point where he said that he would consider wearing an apron if it had Ozzy on it, and suggested I also make one for a friend who has a birthday coming up.  I really enjoyed doing it, and may make a few more in the future.

Here is the original picture, in black and white, and the stencil after I cut it out


Some extra embellishment

After adding a bit of shading with a different shade of black with a bit of shimmer to add some dimension, here it is finished

Here it is in comparison to the original again

BTW - the highlighting is not that stark in reality - the paint is another shade of black/blue with shimmer in it, and the shimmer really caught the flash of the camera.

289  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky experimentation - learned a few things on: June 25, 2009 08:53:54 AM
I was playing around with shrink plastic, some stamps, and this was what I got.  I learned a number of things in this experimentation that will hopefully lead to greater success in the future.

First - the stamping ink I have, go lightly on, and it will not dry completely and will smear, even after shrinking.  Solution, fuse the ink-stamped side to a plain peice of shrink plastic after shrinking both once. 

Secondly - do not leave the two pieces fusing for too long - plastic takes on a yellowy tinge, the image warps a bit - two things I can live with.  What I cannot live with - the hole punched through melts and fuses shut. 

Thirdly - do not underfuse - then the little pieces come off with gentle pressure

Fourth - you CAN shape fused shrinkies into a ring!  Yes, it is molten plastic.  Yes, it is hot.  BUT if you lift it up by the paper you are shrinking on, and manipulate the paper to shape it around the ring mandrel, you are less likely to hurt yourself.  It's still hot- but manageable.

Fifth - while you can do it, it makes for a bulky ring.   Not uncomfortable, because the edges rounded in the fusing process and it is very light, but it is bulky in thickness.  But it does show that I can make a nametag for my stethoscope that I can shape around the earpiece so noone can slip it off, and that I can fuse the lettering between two pieces of plastic so it should be safe from the antibacterial wipes I use to clean it with.  Alwo, it may make a pretty good cuff.

Sixth - I need tweezers

Seventh - next time, stamp on clear plastic, and fuse same onto opaque background - may turn out better.

Finally - watch the dog fur.  I got some fused between some of the fused plastic pieces.

All in all, I am pleased.  Not necessarily with the finished products, but with what I learned in the process of making them.  Also, it's just fun watching the darn things shrink!

This one probably turned out to be one of the best - clearish picture, fused well, not too much warping, and the holes were still patent.

all of them together

My saddest one - I loved the three owls, but it melted too much and no hole

The rings - so you can see the bulkiness

290  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Shrink plastic questions on: June 11, 2009 03:24:09 PM
I was wondering if anyone has tried shaping fused shrink plastic?  For example, I want to make a name tag for my stethoscope, but have it wrapped around the two earpieces where they connect at the base, so that the tag cannot slip off.  I would like it fused so that hopefully the bacteriocidal wipes we use could not wipe off pigment I use for the name - does that make sense?  I was just wondering because I would like to try it, but at what point after fusing could I handle the piece without burning myself, but still have it pliable enough to bend?
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