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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Paper Ideas and Inspiration? on: April 13, 2009 02:48:50 AM
I've rescued several glass jars, plastic containers, and sturdy boxes from my household and have been saving them to make into pretty containers. I need organization on a set of shelves for my craft supplies so I can get them out of the ugly plastic drawer bins! Also, I might use some of the smaller ones for banks to save up cash for special things.

I want to cover them in fabric and paper, and I'm looking for ideas of where to get it! I'd like not to buy pretty paper, because I'd just go nuts in the craft store shopping for it. I'd like to make this project about upcycling and being frugal! I don't know where to get free or rescued pretty paper, especially in large pieces for some of the larger boxes. Any ideas?

As far as deigns and stuff, I know I want to stay away from newspaper, and I don't get many gifts so wrapping paper is out because I don't want to buy it. I am particularly enamored with maps! Anyone know where I could find an old atlas?
Also I was thinking I could maybe find a bit of a wallpaper design that I liked or was special. I want to have a this be a big matching set with three or four patterns, and i'm trying to choose colors that will work well in my deep pink room.

Just any inspiration or recommendations for sources that you paper-finders have used in the past would help!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencilling in Gold and Silver? on: March 24, 2009 12:02:49 PM
I'm going to be doing a project for school where I need to recover a book. I'm going to cover it in fabric and stencil on the front, since that's what I'm most familiar with and it needs to look very neat. I would like to stencil in gold, so that it looks kind of like the gold embossing you see on old leather books.
Has anyone stenciled in gold and gotten a very bright, shiny result?
Does anyone have recommendations for a gold stenciling medium other than acrylic paint? Metallic acrylic paint on fabric looks very dull to me and not enough like actual metal.
I was wondering if those gold & silver paint-type pens would work.
Or maybe some kind of gold stamping ink, but I have no experience with that. It would need to be thick enough not to soak all the way into the fabric, I think, in order to be shiny. Keep in mind that it doesn't need to be washable or even waterproof!

Opinions? Past experience? Please share, I need to be starting this but I don't want it to look half-arsed just because I couldn't get it shiny enough!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a basic pattern: Panties or swimsuit? on: March 21, 2009 08:37:39 PM
I'm making myself a costume for The Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast I'm in (I don't have a specific part, I'm just one of the Trannies and we get to wear whatever we want).\
I have an idea of what I want in my head, but I'm inexperienced with pattern drafting, and very inexperienced with bottoms such as shorts, pants, panties, etc, so I'm looking for a pattern that could be my jumping off point.

Does anyone know of a panty pattern, or bloomer or swimsuit pattern that could be altered?
I want to do it in cheap satiny material, with a lot of ruching and bows and lace and details (a little Marie Antionette inspired, you know!)
Here's my idea: Since I'd be wearing a bra on top (covering it w/ fabric to match), I think the bottoms should have a bit more coverage than a normal pair of underwear. (We're going to be going out in the audience and dancing and flirting and sitting on people's laps too, so I want to make sure no one's gonna be seeing the goods for free). I'm thinking an old-fashioned higher waist, and maybe a ballet cut or boycut leg line. They could even be like a little pair of bloomer hot pants. And with LOTS of ruching and gathers!

I don't know if the ruching should go horizontally (down the sides like on an old-fashioned bathing suit, or down the middle front and back like some sexy bikini panties I've seen) or just have lots of gathers vertically around the waist and leg holes. I expect horizontally might look better.

Even just a drawing of the basic shapes I'd need to make something like this would help, if anyone knows. I'm having trouble figuring it out in my head. (I'd prefer not to have to actually pay for a pattern at a store, since it's hard to find the good sales and even at walmart they're like $7, which seems to be a lot to me when they're such fragile tissue and they're hardly in english)
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