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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Shrinky Dink Sealer? on: March 31, 2007 09:58:53 PM
Have any of you who work with shrinky dinks found a good way to seal the designs?  I made a bunch of pieces into jewelry a while back, and over time the sharpie on the glossy side wore off.  The pencil rough side is mostly intact, though maybe a tiny bit smeary.

I tried painting polyurethane sealer on the pieces after they were shrunk and cooled, and this seemed to work, but over time, this starts to flake and/or peel off, taking the design with it.

Has anyone tried spray-on sealer, like Krylon?  Or has anyone come up with a better idea?

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Portable Gaming Set -- Easy, Cheap, and Fun on: December 12, 2005 08:21:45 AM
I almost don't want to re-post mine, because there are such cooler things... but hey, it's the first time I even tried the Challenge, and I think it came out great!  Grin

I always think it would be great to be able to whip a game out of  my purse when my friend/DH and I are sitting in a restaurant or coffee house or park or airport, but most "travel" games are either too complicated to work well in tiny form (like Scrabble), too bulky to carry around, or too simple to be any real diversion (like tic-tac-toe or something).  So, I made a travel game that *I* would actually want to play.

On the green side is an 8x8 grid, on which you can play Reversi (also known as Othello):

And on the orange side are two rows of 6 boxes each, where you can play Mancala:

You could also, I suppose, play checkers on the green side, since it is an 8x8 grid (and surely everyone can remember to play on the diagonal without there being 2 colors of square), or simplified versions of Pente or Go.  The whole thing weighs less than a deck of cards, and can be thrown into a zipper baggie.  It's also very durable, being made of washers and duct tape.

I laid out overlapping strips of duct tape to make a sheet green on one side and orange on the other.  Then I measured and cut an 8-inch square, and drew the grids on with Sharpie.  I used 64 washers, painted black on the flatter side, so that they are black on one side and silver on the other.  I had bought a 99-cent can of spray paint, but the weather kept being cold, wet, and windy, so I ended up using no-prep brush-on metal paint, which was also very easy.

I'm already thinking of other games you could make this way!  It was even easier to make than I thought it would be  Cool

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How-To for Teen Girl -- recommendations? on: December 06, 2005 07:14:24 AM
I'd like to get some kind of craft-learning book for a 13-year-old girl, preferably something that is not too childish, but has a "hip & cool" teen vibe.  I don't have a specific craft in mind, even, I'm sure this girl would enjoy just about anything.  Any suggestions?

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / swarovski cubes wholesale? on: June 10, 2005 09:30:39 AM
I have a commission to make earrings and necklace to match a bracelet made with Swarovski crystal cube beads.  After a lot of Google searching, I think I have figured out that the color is "Heliotrope".  My usual bead sources, Shipwreck and Fire Mountain, do not seem to have this color.  I'm having difficulty finding this color in wholesale prices -- anyone have suggestions for sources?  I've only even found this color available in a few places.  It may be that approximately $25/dozen is the best I can do on these, but I'd rather find them for less, because I know I can get other colors of Swaravski cubes for less.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mothers Day card on: May 10, 2005 07:31:38 PM
Here's a card I made my mom for Mother's Day:

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / interfacing for purse? on: May 03, 2005 02:13:06 PM
Okay, I'm planning to attempt to sew a purse.  My first.  Ack!  I'm using corduroy for the outside and a cotton calico/quilting weight fabric for the lining.  Do I want to interface the outer fabric or the lining fabric?

Is there a particular type/brand of interfacing I should look for?

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Come dancing! In the kitchen! on: May 03, 2005 07:21:21 AM
Here are some floursack towels I embroidered for the Kitschy Kitchen Swap.  Now that my partner has received, I can show pics:

She said her kitchen is in retro Cuban, which was a fun challenge  Smiley

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Dumb sewing question, re: seams on: April 28, 2005 01:37:28 PM
In my office, one of our doctors showed up with 3-4 lab coats that apparently were the wrong fabric and the wrong size, but he's just been hanging onto them forever, so they're not returnable  Roll Eyes  So my co-workers said "I bet crafty Melinda could do something with them" -- of course, that's a challenge.  The fabric has a high polyester content, so can't really be dyed very well, but I think what I could do is make some simple tote bags for my co-workers.

I really just *barely* know how to sew just a tiny bit, so this is probably a very silly question, but if I'm just using a sewing machine, not a serger or anything like that, will I need to turn under the seams to keep them from coming apart?  I mean like when you turn under once and then twice so the cut edge is inside.  Seems like if I do that to all the edges and then seam them together, it would be too bulky.  But would it unravel and come apart if I just seam the cut edges and put them on the inside?  I don't need these tote bags to look super-professional, just something to carry books or something.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / BANANA! (minor adult content) on: March 08, 2005 08:20:49 AM
I was inspired by the crocheted genitalia here on Craftster to make this vibrator cozy for the Fruits & Veggies swap.  I think it turned out hilarious  Wink

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ELVIS COSTELLO swap interest? on: February 16, 2005 11:27:27 AM
LuluB's amazing Elvis Costello t-shirt being featured has brought out all the EC luv (again) and made me think (again) that we could do a really fun swap about it.  I'm actually quite surprised at how many EC-themed crafts I've already seen around here!  He's certainly an inspiration  Cool

This would not get underway for a few weeks at least, as I need to get past a couple of big swaps I'm in and/or organizing already, but I thought I'd go ahead and see if anyone other than me and dixie_terror would be into it.

Melinda ("She's the sweetest and the sauciest, the loveliest and naughtiest, she's Miss Buenos Aires in a world of lacey lingerie...")
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