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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Shop and Site Critique on: June 02, 2008 04:27:11 PM
I think you mis-understood my wording. What I meant was that when that is the kind of glass you are used to you can't fairly critique more beginner work. My point was that you are a beginner and I wouldn't be able to fairly critique your products because I would be comparing to them.

What I meant when I said "just doesn't compare" is that you are a beginner, and they are serious professionals. You can't compare the two.

Hope this clarifies and that you understand what I mean.

You're right...I did misunderstand the context of the comment. Thank you for clarifying. I am not sure if that level of glass craft is even where I want to be - they are combining with metal and using other techniques that I cannot, nor know if I ever will want to, replicate. Beautiful yes, my style right now, it is not.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Shop and Site Critique on: June 02, 2008 08:39:56 AM
While I appriciate your comments...I feel the second comment was a little out of place.

I guess I wasn't looking to compare to someone who has been in the biz for "years and years" and teaches and have stated that I am new on my about page.

13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Shop and Site Critique on: June 02, 2008 05:40:49 AM
Hello all. I wanted to see if I could get some opinions on my new site and etsy shop (you can get to the shop from the "shop" page)...it is currently only glass (I will add yarn and fabric once the weather gets colder). I would love opinions on the look and feel, product photos, website design/functionality and pricing.

http://www.dyelotcollective.com and actual shop http://www.dyelotcollective.etsy.com

I am a web and graphic designer - so all the design elements are mine...the font was designed by a friend and bought in trade (gotta love trade) and I have also done up biz cards to match using recycled scrap paper.

Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated...and don't be shy. As a freelancer - I am VERY good at receiving constructive criticism. Smiley
14  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Fusing with Aluminum Foil on: June 02, 2008 05:06:53 AM
Just wanted to share a test I did - I wanted to see what aluminum foil would do when fired between two pieces of clear (I love how copper turns a lovely purple) and here's the result...

Looks like the aluminum foil melted and pooled into a kind of gunky web  Smiley I actually think it looks pretty cool!

15  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Casting a Glass Ring on: June 01, 2008 06:05:36 PM
Hello all. I found an old resin ring of mine that I would like to attempt to make a mold of in order to cast some glass rings out of some recycled glass. I have a glass kiln and fuse quite a bit, however, I have never done any casting...and have never made a mold of an item expressly for that purpose.

Can anyone help me figure out the best way to do this and the proper materials to use? My kiln only goes up to 1800 degress - so firing a ceramic mold myself wouldn't be an option - I don't think.

If anyone has kiln casting experience...I would greatly appreciate the advice. Thanks!

16  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Fused Jewelry - Pinks :) - Image HEAVY! on: June 01, 2008 01:49:51 PM
Hello all. I am new(ish) to fusing - been doing it for a couple months now...and I think I have found my new obsession!

I found a women selling her fusing studio (Kiln, glass, accessories) on Craigslist for a really good price - I figured it must be meant to be (see, I live in Maine - and the likelihood that someone would be selling this so close to me is unheard of). The kiln is not huge, but can fit a good number of pendants in it at a time - it doesn't have a digital thingy - but that's ok. I have found it forces me to attend to the kiln and learn what is actually going on at certain temps.

Anywho - I am hoping to post here more and more...I am kinda jumping over from the clothing forum (I also sew quite a bit). I look foward to sharing more stuff as I get a bit more brave with my designs Grin

Here are a few in Pink that I think have come out nicely...Thanks!

(I should mention that all the pendants can come off the stainless cable they are on - and shown with. I created the "channel" for the cord to go thru with a piece of fiber paper between the layers of glass prior to fusing).

17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Stenciled Panties... on: February 17, 2008 05:55:29 AM
I used a technique from on this board...which, of course, I can't find at the moment (if someone can find it can they post here?). I used the gel from a bleach pen and painted it on the stencil with a paint brush until it was the lightness I wanted. The gel tends to not bleed as much in my experience.
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stenciled Panties... on: February 16, 2008 04:24:51 PM
I had to do these for Valentine's Day...freezer paper and bleach - rock on.

Lips on the front:

Lips on the bum:

19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: "Ernest" Volvo 245 Wagon Shirt w/ Stencil on: February 16, 2008 04:18:15 PM
I did use freezer paper. I started with the gel from a bleach pen but found it was too weak so I then diluted some bleach and dabbed it on with a cotton ball. It did actually bleed...but I found I like the effect.

20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Headphones on: February 05, 2008 04:12:09 AM
Thought I'd go ahead and add the stencil -  just in case anyone wanted it. I got it off of stencilry.

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