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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Pantone Swatch Book Recon-ed into ornaments and tree topper on: December 15, 2010 11:20:45 PM
So, I have a cheap plastic Christmas Tree. I got it on sale last year and when I put it up this year I suddenly remembered everything I hate about the tree. Full and nice up top, but sparse and bare looking on the bottom. And way too bright! Might as well have a super nova sitting next to the fireplace! Worst of all, I didn't own a tree topper and I'd rather poke myself in the eye than go shopping for one.

This year, I was determined to not have it look crappy. The dilemma is that cute ornaments cost money and I'm stingy. Also, ornaments by themselves don't solve the brightness problem. I needed some lanterny things to dampen the super nova.

I had a Pantone swatch book sitting around and a tin of brass tacks. A few hours of watching trashy tv later, I had a decorated tree. Including a tree topper that I actually like!

This is the whole shebang all lit up.

The topper. I spray painted the outside bronze, otherwise it would have been white. It looks better in person, the lights inside it shine better.

One of the lanterns I made to cover the lights. These were super easy to make and I think they came out very nice. Also, they were easy to put on the tree. No annoying wire hooks required.

This is one of the regular ornaments I made from the swatches.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Knock off Rosendahl Wine Rack on: February 03, 2008 01:20:34 PM

So, my brother and I made this wine rack after I showed him ReadyMade's version. Which is available with instructions here: http://readymademag.com/printarchive/index.pl?id=964 and is based off this one: http://www.drinkstuff.com/products/product.asp?ID=2147&title=Rosendahl+Winetube+Wine+Rack

We made this one out of PVC using a drill press. I'm planing on painting it, but am waiting for it to get warmer so that I can use spray paint.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / What you need to know to screen print (General Info. and Tutorial) on: April 21, 2005 06:40:12 PM
I was reading some threads and it seems like lots of people have lots of questions about screen printing and are kinda hazy about the whole process and what you need and don't need.  So, I'll try to clarify some things.  I'm currently in the last week of my Screen Printing class at CMSU (I have an A in the class, so don't worry that I'm just some tard college student), so I think that I should be able to cover the basics and answer any questions. Onward to the actual information!!

I. What you need:
      A.  Frame
      B.  Mesh
      C.  Stencil
      D.  Ink
      E.  Squeegee

Elaboration on these things:

A. Frames:  There are 2 types, Rigid and Retensionable. 
         1.  Rigid frames can be bought with mesh all ready attached to them.  These type are best for at home printing because they already have the proper tension and you won't have to buy the mesh separately.  After some heavy use they will lose tension, which is a bad thing but no big deal because you probably wont be using them all day everyday and they are fairly cheap.
         2.  Retensionable frames are not what you want.  They may be called Newman Roller Frames.

B. Mesh:  When you buy a rigid frame, you are going to want to know what type of mesh is on it. Also, if you are going all gung ho about it and stapling fabric to wooden frames, this section should help you decide what to use.
   1. Fabric Types
            a.   Silk is never used. Ever.  Don't even think about it. It won't look good.
            b.   Nylon is rarely used by businesses except for on contoured substrates (like beer bottles, golf balls, you know, roundish stuff)  However, I have seen it used by some crafty folks and from the results, my guess is that it isn't holding super nice detail.  But it can be done!
            c.   Polyester is the weapon of choice for businesses (like 95% of screen printing uses this).  Now, this doesn't mean you can go grab that pea green sports jacket from the seventies, staple it to the frame and actually have it work.  The mesh is woven to be, well, meshlike.
        2.  But wait there is more to mesh!
Different types of printing use different threads per inch(that is the random seeming number that is somewhere in the title of what you are getting). Here are the usual number ranges and what you can print with each:
           a.  60 to 80- Glitter inks, doesn't hold detail at all.  Seriously, no detail.
           b.  110 to 155- T-shirts, holds pretty good detail. Could probably print on paper and stuff. This is probably what you want.
           c.  180- Used for underbases on dark shirts and tightly woven fabric.
           d.  230- Uncoated paper, plexiglass
           e.  Anything above those- You don't need 'em.  You probably won't need anything above a 155 unless you are printing on something that doesnt absorb ink very well.

C. Stencil(Emulsion):  You have several different choices with these.
        1.  Direct emulsions is a liquid that you coat both sides of the screen with. There are two types, go with Diazo. This type is pretty cheap.
      2.  Capillary comes in sheets that are fast and fabu to apply to the screen (these are my favorite).  They are more expensive but easier and more consistent to use.
      3.  Magical at home glue concotions look like they work okay, but seem like a pain in the ass.  Also, Im thinking that these arent going to hold detail worth a.something that isnt good.  So, if you are wanting some good detail and ease of use, go with #1 or 2.

D. Ink:  There are a couple different types for different job.
      1.  Plastisol is used for t-shirts, stuff you wear.  To dry it you have to heat it up to at least 320 F, otherwise it will wash off and you will be sad and cry.
      2.  Enamel is used for cards and paper stuff.  It is water based so itll dry all by itself if you just leave it out. 
      3. House Paint is used for concert poster that dude print in their basement. It is good priced and comes in lots of colors. I wouldn't use this on and shirts or anything.
     4.  Other stuff-  Ive seen that use guys are using other things like Speedball and what not.  I dont know what these are or how well they work.  The main thing I would be worried about is there durability when you are washing them.

E. Squeegee:  This is pretty basic.
      1.  Uh, just go buy a cheap one with an end that is shaped like a rectangle and youll be fine.
Okay!  I hope I didnt wear you guys out with all that information.  I tried to sparse it down to just what you need to know to print at home.  (I could have gone on and on about squeegee durometer and shore A, but you dont need to know that crap.  Hell, I doubt I even need to know it.)  Hopefully this is useful information and will help you kids figure out what you want to use.

Next time on Cassandra Rambles About Screen Printing:  How to get ready to print!!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Manly scarf for the boy on: February 03, 2005 09:10:34 AM
So, my boyfriend caved after my constant talking about all the fabu scarfs I've been making and said that I could make him one.  Thus this very manly looking but soft to the touch scarf was born.


I used Bernat Softee Chunky in black, white, and dark blue.  I think I'll use the left ove yarn to make a contrasting one for myself.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Crafster Christmas Baskets on: December 03, 2004 07:20:42 PM
     I had a small dilemma for christmas presents for all my friends.  I needed 6 presents that were cheap, not crappy.  You know, something that says "I'm awesome and Cassandra rocks for getting me" rather than "Cassandra is a cheapskate and got you a cheap present"
     So, in a recent cleaning of my room, I realized that I had a lot of left over supplies from my previous adventures in Craftland.  These things included, a giant bottle of etching cream, some LPs, and a bunch of glycerin soap making stuff I had recently bought.  Noting these treasures, a diabolical idea began forming in my head.
    Thus, a gift basket supreme was created.

What is in it:
1.  LP Bowl
2.  Etched Glass
3.  2 bars of Glycerin Soap
4.  10 Make Pie Not War Skickers
5.  1 Slinky Jr.

Time it took:
A couple hours, I multitasked with the etching, soap, and bowls.

----$5.00 for a new set of glasses to etch
----$5.00 for the Slinky Jr. (They were $1 each at Target)
Everything else I had bought previously and was sitting in my room waiting to be melded into something more fabulous.  The stickers I made in my Intro. to DTP and Printing class, so I got to design and make them at no cost.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Candy Box --> Purse on: July 22, 2004 08:36:01 PM
I apologize if someone has already posted something like this.

My friend bought me some candy yesterday, all of which is imported from Japan, and I decided that this one box was way too cute to just throw away. So I covered it in contact paper, poked holes in the sides, added yarn, and turned it into a purse.

It is large enough for my keys and money, but not a whole lot else. My sunglasses won't fit in it.

The two pure white squares are velcro, they work nicely to keep it shut.

An action shot.[sarcasm] Oh, am I stylin' or what?[/sarcasm]

I knotted the yarn like it was a hemp bracelet. I intended on giving a link to the snacks at Anime Nation, but my browser has appearantly gone on vacation and is sipping lemonade while I curse and shake my fist at my computer screen. I weep.

Alrighty, I believe that the links should work now. Maybe. I hope.

And here is a link to the snacks on Anime Nation. http://www.animenation.com/49013602239099.html
We bought them at Hastings, which is just a big entertainment store with books, music, movies, and novelty items like these.
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