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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / My image just won't burn.... help please! on: December 02, 2008 02:55:44 PM
So I am getting into screenprinting and already facing a few issues. I set my screen up, with the photo emulsion dried (yes, in a thin layer and yes, kept in complete darkness) I place the image on it, with glass over it, and set the bulb about 17 inches from the screen. The bulb is a 250w BBA No. 1 Photoflood bulb. My screen is speedball and the emulsion is Diazo. I let the image lay under the light for 20-30 minutes ( I have done it a few times already) and when I remove the transparency I see the image on the screen. I rinse off the photo emulsion and try to paint the image on paper, fabric, ANYTHING and NO PAINT GOES THROUGH! What am I doing wrong? Should I not add the glass (everything I read and watched says glass is better). Should I leave it on longer? Should it be closer? Please help!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Resin not clear, questions. on: September 08, 2008 07:07:58 PM
I hope this is in the correct location but I am a newbie at Resin and I just did my first set today and well... it's blue. It hasn't been 24 hours but I am worried I did something wrong. The hadrdener is blue and well it's still blue now after like 5 hours. Any idea what I did wrong? Any help would be great!!!

also, where can I find molds for bangle bracelets and bases for rings so that I can fill it with Resin?  Thanks in advance!!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / goody bag for the boy best friend... on: May 19, 2008 09:42:13 PM
long story short i want to make my best guy friend an awesome birthday present. it's a goody bag comprised of a million things representing jokes and then a real present, which i still have to figure out. i want to have it as a scavenger hunt but where he has to read a comic book and do what his character in the comic book does to find the presents. however, im not the best artist....at all. i do have photoshop and everything and im crafty with a computer. can anyone point me in the direction of help as far as making a comic book is concerned? i do want it to be several pages because there really are a lot of gifts. and in the comic i want the gifts to kinda come alive and explain why they are there. for instance a teapot will be singing "im a little teapot"... that will make sense in a moment...

We have a joke about him singing you are my sunshine and im a little teapot when he is wasted. any crafty ideas on how to incorporate those into his present? im thinking clay is the best bet but i dont know. i have a screenprinting kit i wish i could use and make something awesome with but i have yet to master the kit, in fact... im horrible at figuring it out. i do love crafts so any ideas work!!! thanks in advance!

hope this makes sense, ask questions if needed!! Smiley
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / clay cookie cutter problem ... on: February 29, 2008 10:19:09 PM
I bought some star modeling clay cutters, like cookie cutters. I am making them as charms for bracelets for my party. However, they are pretty small and I can't seem to get the clay out of the cutter without sticking something in it to push it out. However, when I do that I get a pushed in circle in the middle of the star. If I push on all points it does the same thing. I can get the bigger ones out no problems it's just the small ones... any ideas on how to get the clay out while keeping the star shape and not getting the dented look in the middle?

And can anyone point me in the direction of getting medal jewelry pieces into the stars where I can later attach them to the bracelet? I hope that makes sense. If not, sorry lol. I am so new to all of this Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 21st Birthday Bash in the Dark! on: February 21, 2008 11:34:49 AM
SO, I turn the big 21 in April and we are getting ready for an awesome party. My friend and I decided Glow in the Dark/ Blacklight is the theme to do. My other friend has already bought glow in the dark shotglasses, flashing shot glasses, black light bulbs, and a HUGE black light, oh and glow jewelry. Here is my question. INVITES. I was just going to do the typical text invite but WHY NOT go ALL OUT? I want to make some like on black paper with neon colors and all but I wanted to include personalized glow sticks that say "Laurie's 21st Birthday" or something cute. However, it is crazy expensive to do that professionally. Any DIY ideas? I thought etching, some form of transfer paper... I don't know. I want it to look good so I dont want to get a sharpie and do it because that will look ... trashy if I do it ha ha. PLEASE help! ALSO, I have rules. Everyone has to wear something that glows but not like a plain white t. Any ideas how to include those rules on the invites? It's going to be at my friends apartment, there won't be too many people there so I dont need BULK items. lol. Thanks for all the help in advance Cheesy
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Merry Christmas... personlized drinking glasses img. heavy! on: December 19, 2007 10:15:15 AM
So, I definately wanted to do something personal for my co-workers and I really wanted to do etching. I always decorate cups with paint pens so I thought etching a name on them would be perfect. I got the kit, which sucks, and decided just to buy more etching cream. So, there are 9 managers to make glasses for. I grabbed contact paper, wrote out names, placed it on the glass, and slathered on the cream. I ran into 2 major problems.

Problem 1: It rolls

I read EVERYWHERE that the cream needs to be rather thick on the glass. So, I was very generous with it. The design was in the middle so when I placed it to the side to hang for a bit the cream started to run. I had tape on it so the glass was fine but ugh, messy. I was going to lay the glass down but it rolls a bit and the names are long...

Problem 2: It's light.

I tried it different ways. I left the cream on for the minute the instructions said, the 5 minutes the other part said, and the 10-15 someone on here said. Once dried, some are super light. I wanted them dark. Some are darker, but not too dark. The best part is, they all varied so much I don't think it was the time that mattered. I had luke warm water, I think the hotter water made it darker... I don't know.

I think those were my only problems. I just wanted to explain why they weren't too perfect looking, it was my first try lol. Anyway, I dried them and washed them and filled them up with goodies. My friend helped me with them and we went to the dollar store and spent $40 on candy. So, there is a lot of candy going on here. We are also including kiddy placemats with each bag to help people clean up in the office oh, and because they are funny and cute. Here are some pics. The names are hard to see though but the pictures are pretty:

The placemats (We got tinkerbell, the little mermaid, and disney princesses for the girls & Pirates and Spiderman for the boys oh and cars for my gm!)

Them in the box. I still need to add tissue paper and close the bags but I don't want to roll the mats till the day of because I want them to be straight lol

Trying to show the etching. It says SAM incase that helps you see it.

All nine from the top!

At their level, you can see SOME of the etching!

Right after we dried the glasses:

look at all the candy:

Oh and in each bag is a piece of paper with instructions that say something like "Caution: 1- Wash the glass before use! 2-Hand wash only! 3- Use the mats at your desk to prevent a mess!"

I don't know how much they will use but I thought it was funny and cute!

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / cartoon-ish characters from real pictures on: November 28, 2007 11:42:47 AM
I am new to this site so I really hope I am posting in the right area. I want to make all of my co-workers Christmas presents this year. I have always been the girl to decorate drinking glasses for everyone at work and since I moved up to management they all want one now. My idea was to take a picture of their face, animate it somehow, and put it on a body and just change the head and clothes of each one to make it look like them in a cartoonish, bobblehead way. My friend use to do southpark characters that resembled everyone and I want to do that but for their glasses and then paint their names underneath. My question is I am not the best artist, any suggestions on how to animate this? Any tutorials or websites that will help? I hope I explained myself clearly enough!!

Again, I hope this is in the correct area!  Cheesy
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