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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry's Golden Snitch (Complete with Resurrection Stone) on: March 19, 2010 02:36:58 AM
So I made this little guy for the OTHPT Swap. It's the Snitch that Dumbledore left to Harry in his will in the Deathly Hallows.

It started life as a ping pong ball, which I cut in half and covered in lots and lots of papir mche Cheesy I painted the whole thing with gold acrylic to make it look shiny Smiley

The wings are just silver card with some odd gold/silver paper glued over the top.

I added the letters using rub offs.

It opens up and guess what's inside?

The Resurrection Stone Cheesy It started life as a crystal which I painted black. The Deathly Hallows symbols was made in Microsoft Photodraw Cheesy I printed it out, coloured the symbol in gold with a sparkly gel pen and glued it to the stone.

I had so much fun making this Cheesy I'd love to know what you think of it Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My First Ever Shrinky - Edward and Bella on: March 16, 2010 02:51:03 PM
So this was my first foray into the world of Shrinkies! I wasn't sure if it would come out ok, because I have a fan oven and I didn't know if the same "cooking" rules applied!

It came out pretty well, although next time I'll remember to rub off any fingerprints before I put it in the oven  Roll Eyes

I'm a big Twilight fan, so I thought this image would be perfect! Cheesy

I found that although I've used a permanent marker, the colour is coming off slightly when I hold it (but it's not smudging across the plastic at all). Should I fix it with some sort of holding spray or a layer of clear glue?

I've also noticed the plastic "wrinkled" slightly in one corner, does that mean I kept it in too long?

Any tips would be great Cheesy
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / I lost my pasta virginity :D on: February 18, 2010 01:20:54 PM
I made pasta for the first time today Smiley I don't have a pasta machine, so the tagliatelle isn't exactly even ... but I'm still kinda proud! Smiley


275g plain white flour (preferably soft)
3 medium eggs
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt

  • Heap the flour onto a work surface and make a well in the middle.
  • Break in the eggs, and add the oil and salt to the well.
  • Mix the flour from the edge into the eggs
  • Knead the ingredients together until it comes together until you have a soft dough
  • Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic
  • Wrap in cling film and leave for 1/2 hour

  • Roll out the dough as thinly as you can

  • Cut your pasta to the desired "shape" (mine went a little wonky, lol)
  • Leave for 10 minutes to dry out

  • cook for approx 3-5 mins
  • serve and enjoy

I then made a white sauce, added cheese and mustard, poured it over the pasta, added some sweetcorn and scoffed the lot!! Cheesy

Hope you all liked this Smiley The recipe was courtesy of my Good Housekeeping cookbook!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas stocking for a guy and a couple of cards on: December 06, 2009 08:59:28 AM
I wanted to make my bff a stocking because he doesn't have one Sad

I didn't want to go for traditional white and red, so I went for blue and white. It's all made out of felt, and I'm going to give it to him on Christmas Day filled with his presents Cheesy I wanted to make it more personal, so I put his name on it, but I nearly forgot to sew the letters on before I sewed up the seams ... ooops!!

I think it came out pretty well, as it's only my 2nd ever!

I also made him a Christmas card ... I only used Microsoft Photodraw and I don't think it came out too badly!! Me and all my friends have nicknames for each other, and his is bunny (I can't remember why now though)

I also made my girly bff a card (nickname - Donut), as she complained I'd made my boy bff one ... I cut out the donut and icing in felt and glued it on, and the snow and snowflakes are blue card. (Yeah, it's kinda rushed, but I want to send it off with her presents asap so I know it will arrive it plenty of time!)

Would love C/C's Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lace Up Bag on: September 04, 2008 11:51:27 AM
So this idea's been running around in my head for ages, and due to my laziness I've only just finished this today (I've been doing little bits of this for a couple of months now!!)

It's black and red stripey cotton fabric, with black eyelets hammered into the front. The inside of the bag is lined with black cotton with black and red fabric pockets! (One pocket has a button hole ... guess who learnt to use her button attachment on her machine? Cheesy)

Anyhoo, I finally got round to buying some black ribbon today, so I laced it up and here's the finished result! (I tried to make little bows at the bottom but it didn't work, so I just knotted it and tucked the ends into the bottom eyelets!)

I'd love to hear people's comments Cheesy


The flash on my camera makes the pockets look orange!!

1st Pocket:

2nd Pocket (with button and button hole):

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / The photo emulsion just wont come off!! on: May 09, 2008 09:51:30 AM
So I finally got round to using my kit ... it didn't come out so well, as the stencil wasn't 100% black (it was a little patchy) but I'm learning Cheesy

I cleaned off all the ink, and then followed the directions on the Diazo Photo Emulsion Remover bottle ... all the emulsion came off except a 2" thick strip at the bottom and parts of the stencil that had come out patchy.

I scrubbed for ages, but it wouldn't come off, so I left it to dry (after I 'd washed the remover all off!)

So I thought I'd try re-cleaning it today, but not even a little bit of emulsion came off Cry

Is there any way to get this off now or am I doomed to buy a new screen?

Thank you for any help in advance Smiley
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / So I have my kit .... on: April 21, 2008 02:10:58 PM
and I've applied my emulsion to the screen and left it to dry in a dark room. I have my stencil all ready to go (on acetate), but now I'm wondering about the burning process.

The Speedball instructions say to use a 150w light bulb or a BBA 1 photo bulb.

The high-tech store that I went to sells loads of lightbulbs, but only went up to 100w!

If I were to get a 150w bulb, can they be put into normal light fittings? (ie that hang down from the ceilings of houses)

Also, would it be possilbe to use a daylight bulb, and if anyone has any experience in doing this, what sort of exposure times did you have?

Thank you in advance for any help Cheesy

P.S I live in the U.K, if it makes a difference!!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Making stencils with Photoshop on: April 17, 2008 12:59:07 AM
I've been thinking about getting into screen printing for a while, and was thinking of buying the speedball kit as there seem to be a good of good reviews about it.

But anyhoo, the actual question I have is .... I don't have Photoshop, are there any other good programs that you can make stencils in?

Also, if I have to get a Photoshop program, what Photoshop programs do you guys use? (ie, extended, basic elements etc)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My 2 Panel Cross Circle Skirt on: April 15, 2008 01:25:25 AM
So I made another circle skirt, but only had enough of the purple cross fabric for 2 1/2 panels ... so I cut the other two panels out of cotton drill and ended up with this skirt that you can wear any way round you want Cheesy

It has two layers of net underneath, a black and a purple Smiley

I'm not sure if the cotton drill looks better plain or needs something to give it a little "je ne sais quoi", what do you think?

(Please excuse the photos, I haven't ironed the skirt yet!!)

First View: 1/2 & 1/2:

Second View: Cross Panel at the front:

Third View: Black Panel at the front:

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Punky Pink Pirate Circle Skirt on: April 08, 2008 05:10:45 AM
I found this amazing fabric in the bargain bin, it was 1.10 for over a metre, because there was a tiny bit of colour missing from the bottom Smiley I snapped it up very, very quickly!!

I decided to make a 1/2 circle skirt with it and added a cotton jersey waistband, for a bit of stretch.

It looked a little flat, so I added a layer of black net underneath ... net is very odd to sew with, lol.

Anyways, I finally finished it yesterday evening.

It's my first circle skirt:

I'd love to know what you think Smiley
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