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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help with Coating Pendants on: November 25, 2007 10:41:06 AM
I have been making these handpainted pedants. I'm having a dillema with them being very easy to nick and scratch. When I first made these two pendants I used modge podge  and didn't like it. I coated them with an acrylic sealer over the modge podge. I like the finish but putting my nail on it leaves a mark!

Is this because of too many layers? The modge podge underneath the acrylic?

Is there another alternative to coating a pendant? Would dipping them in resin work and how would I go about doing that? I have never used resin before so I'm not sure how that process goes.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Pricing on hand painted pendants on: November 24, 2007 10:32:19 PM
I am starting to make hand painted pendants that I will be selling. I haven't gotten much response about pricing so I am trying here. I hand paint nature inspired pendants and feel I have a basic price I want to sell them at the price is 20-23 dollars including a satin or silver chain. Here is a photo of the two pendants I currently have. Do you feel this price is reasonable? Should the chains be separate?

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Rectangular Box Envelope Tutorial on: November 24, 2007 03:55:29 PM
Here is the tutorial to the rectangular box envelopes. These are great for little items. I use these to send out the products I sell. This can be easily customized to fit any size item you want.

You'll need:
Paper - I use 12x12 scrap book paper just as long as it's 6 inches wide and 6.25 long
glue stick

step 1
Get 12x12 scrapbook paper or paper of your liking.

step 2
Cut paper in half so you have 2 sheets of 12x6 paper.

measure 1.75 on each side (width wise) and mark off. Draw a line length wise down the paper at each 1.75 mark.

step 4
measure length wise from top 1.25 and draw a line width wise across paper.

step 5
from your previous line measure down length wise .25 and draw a line width wise across.

step 6
measure .25 on the outsides of the long lines drawn length wise and draw 2 lines down the paper length wise

step 7
measure 2.25 down from the 2nd line from the top of the page, mark off and draw a line width wise.

step 8
measure down .25 from last line made, mark off and draw a line widith wise.

step 9
measure down 2.25 from last line made, mark off and draw a line width wise.

this is what you will have on your paper. I labeled what will be what on the envelope box.

step 10
start to cut just look at the pictures I can't really explain

this is what it will look like after you cut and I have labeled what will be what of the envelope box.

step 11
fold along the lines that are drawn, just fold towards you it's easier that way.

for me it's easier on the second line to fold down on my nail. It's much easier to fold and faster.

and here it is all folded next to glueing!

step 12
Turn over you piece making sure you have the top at the top etc. Put glue on the sides but not on the .25 piece on the sides. Make sure to get glue all over, to the very edge of the paper and the .25 strips.

step 13
turn over and close the two sides on one another.

step 14
fold up the bottom to lay on the side with the glue on them. gently start to press down to get it all flat.

 Make sure to line up the side of the bottom with the edge of the sides.

make sure to press on the inside to get it all flat inside and then retouch the sides to make sure it is all nice and flat and glued.

step 15
You are done now just trim off any access paper sticking out. Seal your envelope with a sticker or make some envelope glue!

How to customize.
I'm going to try to explain how to customize to your personal side. I'm bad at explaining so I'm sorry ahead of time if it makes no sense.
1. Measure the width and length of the object you are making the envelope for. Add a bit to the length and width to give it some room to slip it. this is going to be the back  and bottom size of your envelope box write it down. Also measure how thick your object is and that is going to replace the .25 all around.
2. the top flap of the envelope box is half of the length you measured or shorter.
3. the sides are half of the width you measured but then add .25

And that should make your envelope box fit what you need it to.

Now go have fun
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Rectangular Envelopes on: November 24, 2007 11:38:49 AM
The Tutorial is up!!!!!
I've been making some rectangular envelopes recently to package some of the items I sell. Previously I was making matchboxes from paper but they were too bulky. Here is my alternative to an envelope. I needed something that had sides since I wrap my items in bubble wrap.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hand Painted Pendants on: November 24, 2007 11:35:38 AM
I've been making some hand painted pendants.  Here is what I have done so far. Right now I am putting some modge podge on top and need to sand them once i get a good coat going. I'm not really happy with how the modge podge is looking. If anyone has suggesting on what else I can use to coat and seal these pendants it would be greatly appreciated.

cherry blossoms

Fat Toad

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Logo Identity help for new shop on: November 13, 2007 01:16:12 PM
I want to open up a new shop that sells handbags, bag, purses, wallets, card holders, and anything else you can hold stuff in. The shop will be called stuff it.

I have made several logos and wanted to know everyones opinion. Which one is better. which style is better, which one is heading in the right direction. Give me any ideas you got.

My general idea is conveying stuffing or filling or just that it's items that are sewn.

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Button Stitch Markers, price and interest on: June 07, 2007 07:51:25 PM
Would you purchase stitch markers that are made with buttons. How much would you be willing to pay. I normally see bead stitch markers for 6 dollars and clay animals for 12.  I was think 7 for plastic buttons and 9-11 for the more pricer better quality buttons like shell, naturals, and other materials. Shipping is 2 dollars. for a total of 9-13 dollars for 5 stitch markers including shipping made with buttons.

So what do you think the interest would be with these items and do you think the price is reasonable.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Paper making questions on: June 06, 2007 04:19:41 PM
Anyone here make paper? I was interested in getting started but am having a hard time finding supplies. I found a few site with info and supplies but I still feel kinda lost. What is the cheapest way to start making 8.5 x 11 paper? What are some fun techniques to use? Where do you purchase supplies, online and offline?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Golden Peaches -Set of 4 Stitch Markers on: June 05, 2007 04:29:28 PM
I made a new set of stitch markers today. Now I need to go make some more. Tell me what you think about them. I'm not to sure about the gold on silver but it grew on me.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Golden Peaches -Set of 4 Stitch Markers on: June 05, 2007 12:42:26 PM
I made a new set of stitch markers today. Now I need to go make some more. Tell me what you think about them. I'm not to sure about the gold on silver but it grew on me.

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