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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Sewing needle injuries, anybody? on: June 23, 2008 09:59:00 PM
Oof, I hate stabbing my fingers. It's really bad when you're trying to work through a tough piece of fabric with a long needle and then stab yourself.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Sewing needle injuries, anybody? on: June 20, 2008 06:40:35 PM
So, last year, I was sewing on my bed and stuck the pin in the mattress for a minute. I unthinkingly tugged on the string to pull it out, and the 2 and a half inch needle flew out and stuck me in the eye! Thankfully, it was the eye end, but I had a scratch on my eye that I had to go to the hospital for. Even worse, while I was there, the nurse had a small plastic tab she used to put the UV-reactive eye drops in my eye to check for scratches, and when she went to drip the goo in my eye I blinked. I opened my eye again, the tab was stuck in my eye, and long story short, I ended being treated for TWO scratches.

...anybody had a needle injury? Please tell me I'm not the only one!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oops, i don't know how long it's been in that oven for! on: February 02, 2008 12:24:00 PM
Oh, if you don't bake it long enough, you'll know pretty soon after it comes out of the oven. Most polymer pieces are a little soft when they come out since they're so hot but underbaked pieces will be really delicate and bits will come off. If you say, "hmm, is this underbaked?" it probably is. Nice thing is you can just throw it back in for 5-10 minutes and check again. You can overbake pieces if they are in the oven for a long time but if you take it out, let it cool, add stuff, and put it back in, there's no limit to the number of times you can rebake it.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Making Polymer Clay Dolls: Expert Help and Suggestions Needed on: February 01, 2008 09:49:25 PM
Recently my longtime friend has fallen into doll madness after being given a Blythe doll by her aunt. She love, love, LOVES her Blythe doll but now she's set her sights on some wildly expensive acrylic dolls called LUTS which are roughly a million billion dollars each. (Link below)
She knows that she'll never be able to afford one, but I told her that I could make her a polymer doll for her birthday. Obviously, I'm not going to be able to make her anything like those LUTS dolls, but I will make her some doe-eyed, big headed, moppishly adorable doll in my own loving way.
I do have many questions about how to approach this one, since even my most massive Sculpey projects were still stationary objects with glass beads for eyes and immobile frames. So I'll just shoot into the breeze:

EYES: are there places to get glass eyes for dolls for cheap? Will they melt down the doll's cheek the second I put her in the oven?
HAIR: What kind of fiber can I use? How do I put it on?
JOINTS: Are there metal (rather than plastic) joints that I can use for shoulder, hip and head movement?
EYELASHES: How the hell do you do that? Is that even feasible on a polymer doll?

I'm totally getting in over my head now, but who cares. Any suggestions are helpful!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Princess Tadpole the Superhero FrogBunny on: November 12, 2007 11:56:42 AM
A few years ago, I got a copy of "Stupid Sock Creatures" and for about six months afterward the sock population in my household was seriously at-risk, matched or no. In my opinion at the time, if it wasn't currently grasping on to its twin, it was a single and needed some TLC in the form of being cut to pieces and having buttons sewed on it. Princess Tadpole is one of my all-time favorites. She lives in some house somewhere with somebody else now, I guess.

I can't post the picture directly yet since this is only my 2nd post. Sad
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Humane Rabbit Fur Yarn- Anyone Know How to Do It? on: September 01, 2007 10:59:40 AM
Yeah, I found out you can spin it just like wool or alpaca. I've been collecting it so that when I have enough I can spin it on a spindle. Their fur isn't too long so I"ll have to make it fatter yarn rather than thinner so it won't break, but that's A-OK since I like fat yarn. You can actually make your own spindle out of a couple of CD's and a dowel. If you're interested I found it in Craftster Community > Other Fiber Arts > Spinning:Discussion and Questions under the post Spinning FAQ's. There's a bunch of cool websites with visual aids on preparing the fiber, spinning it, troubleshooting, etc. And then you can go to the dyeing section when you're done!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Humane Rabbit Fur Yarn- Anyone Know How to Do It? on: August 29, 2007 02:32:35 PM
Oh... whoops. I didn't even see that there was a WHOLE BOARD dedicated to spinning. Yeah, that's me, always on the ball. Anyway, found good info on using a spindle to do it so I'll probably take this post down as soon as I can figure it out.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Humane Rabbit Fur Yarn- Anyone Know How to Do It? on: August 27, 2007 12:06:59 PM
First post!
So I have these two rabbits, and one of them, despite his small size, has really thick fur and sheds a couple good handfuls a week! I remembered from when I was working at the Humane Society that someone talked about collecting a paper bag full all the loose fur she brushed out of the bunnies and giving it to her friend, who gave it back to her as yarn. Does anybody know how to clean and spin the yarn? (By the way, his fur is white, just in case you want to know.)
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