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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Jewel settings for attatching stones to fabric on: January 20, 2007 03:32:44 PM

Do any of you know where I can get hold of a claw setting holding a faceted stone that can be mounted onto fabric. It is important that it can be secured/ attached/ sewn without the use of any sort of adhesive or glue.

Preferably I'm looking for a variety of shapes and sizes, colours, (I'm particularly looking for aroura borealis stones) and something that is not expensive as I will need to use many many units, were not talking sterling silver here.. but if the setting were rust proof that would be a bonus

The jewels will be for embellishing my crazy corsets. I know absolutely nothing about jewelry making so don't know if theres a particular term for what I'm searching for? So searching is very difficult.

Other wise is there a way I can buy the claw bits? and then the stones seperately and mount them myself. Will that be cheaper?

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Quick question. Pick stitching? on: October 02, 2006 08:59:02 AM
I'm in the middle of making a corset from a pattern and need to know what is meant by the term to "pick stitch" ?

I've never heard of this before, maybe because it's U.S terminology. Does this just mean to hand tack?

23  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Fitz online Patterns. Quick fix. All aboard thats coming aboard! on: September 06, 2005 07:04:57 AM
So I've been thinking about something like this dress for a while:


I'm not going to bother buying the pattern. Looks pretty easy. Anybody want to come with me?

I think mine'll have red accessories like the picture.

Red buttons. I'll make a red vinyl belt and also might change the sleeves to have a band around the ends with a button on. Might make a small stand up collar.

I'll leave this open for a while to see if it generates any interest before I get cracking.

24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Would really appreciate someone looking at this with fresh sight. on: March 29, 2005 02:03:10 PM
I'm currently doing a college art project that I have reached a massive block with, and I'm really hoping someone out there can help me...

I'm a student blacksmith collecting a large volume of research on a topic I've chosen in order to design a product in forged steel. I'm not worried about the designing but I need help with my research.

The topic I've chosen is surface desecration, with a focus on removing, destroying or penetrating surfaces. Research I've done in this area has been broad and I now want to look in detail at grating... as in (but not limited to, if you can think of anything else that will grate) cheese graters.

I've grated and examined clay. I've drawn gratings and patterns made on surfaces that have been grated. I've experimented with grating different textures. I've drawn numerous graters and short of this, I can't really see at all where I'm now going. Everything has become very literal...

I'm hoping some bright spark will be able to open this back up for me, and help recover me from the stupid box like thinking I've got myself stuck in... (Or at least tell me theres no where left to go and to make my subject of research wider)

I would really appreciate some reply to this. Dug a massive hole...

25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Fabric paint not tested on animals on: February 08, 2005 03:45:10 AM
I want to transfer some stencils onto shirts. I'm from the U.K and am looking for white fabric paint that is not animal tested, this is proving very hard.

I've scouted around my local craft and fabric shops and can only find paint from companies such as Dylon who are affliated with animal testing.

Does anyone know of a brand?

26  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Best chocolate cake in the world (vegan) on: February 03, 2005 09:22:59 AM
This is the cleverest, tastiest, quickest most foolproof cake recipe idea I've ever found.

230g/ 4oz raw can sugar
8tsp cocoa or carob powder
1 tsp sea salt
340g/ 12oz whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
180ml/ 6 fl oz vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla essence
4tsp cider vinegar or wine vinegar
400ml/ 1/3 pint cold water

Basically the recipe is just throwing everything together and cooking.

1. Thoroughly mix the sugar, cocoa, salt, flour and soda dry in a bowl

2. Add the oil, vanilla essence and vinegar. Pour the cold water over the mixture

3. Combine well with a fork but don't beat.

4. Pour into two greased sandwich tins. (I line them with greaseproof paper) and bake in a moderate oven 350* F/ 180*C/ Gas mark 4 until the cake springs back lightly when pressed. About 40 minutes, but use your own judgement on this one.

To top it.

55g/ 2oz vegan margarine
30g/ 1oz cocoa or carob powder
4tbs soya (soy) milk
140g/ 5oz raw cane sugar
1tsp vanilla essence

1. Combine everything save the vanilla essence in a saucepan and bring to the boil slowly

2. Boil for a minute

3. Remove from heat and beat until cold add the vanilla essence and spread the icing over the cake

I've used this as both a topping and filling before and it tastes wonderful however I prefer to put a layer of butter icing in the middle, you can make that by just combining vegan margarine with icing sugar and unrefined caster sugar.

27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help needed with sewing machine problem. on: September 10, 2004 12:44:49 PM
I've got into a bit of a pickle with my sewing machine and was wondering if some clever person out there could help me.

The thread which travels through the needle keeps snapping. I've looked in the manual which came with the machine and I can't find anything on troubleshooting for this problem. I was thinking that it might be to do with upper or lower tension and so started *a-hem* fiddling.

I can get the machine sewing so one thread is laying on top the material and the other is looping through the fabric just holding it but if I adjust the upper tension just slightly the thread just snaps again.

I don't really understand the instructions given in the manual for adjusting tension. Can anyone give me a hand or is this an each machine is different kind of thing?
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / To hell with brand names, its all about the Band names... on: September 01, 2004 01:20:24 PM
I'm feeling a bit tentative about this my first post.. mainly because I feel like I'm going to jump on in here without testing the water first. : )

I've noticed that people on this site often post pictures of clothing they've made inspired by bands they have an admiration for. Some items are reconstructed from band merch but some are made from scratch. I think that reconstructing band merch is great and its fantastic to see what a band means to someone come out in their crafting, but theres something about band merch made entirely from scratch that doesn't sit right with me...

What I was wondering was what the general feeling, (or even if there was one) amongst the crafting community here about this?

As crafters I would imagine the majority of us, if we came up with what we felt was a really original design/ logo/slogon wouldn't be pleased if people took this design without permission and began advertising it. Though, its not really that which bothers me. The simple fact is 90% of signed bands make a loss. Most of a bands income will come from merchandise, this being the area from which they make the largest return and even then thats not alot. If you really want to support a band then wouldn't it make more sense to fork out for their merch?

I've seen some really unique and interesting designs made from scratch based around a band and this post isn't a stab at anyone or meant to sound like I'm making an attack on those who do choose to create these items, I would just like to hear some thoughts...

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