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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Herringbone Wire Wrap on: August 04, 2010 10:16:37 AM
Hello, Craftsters!

I've been trying to master this herringbone wire wrap technique for two days now and I just can't get it. I'm sure I'm missing something small - maybe a certain way to hold or bend the wire. For those of you unfamiliar, it looks like this... link.

I've tried oval beads and rounds (the rounds look a little better); I've tried 18, 20 and 22 gauge wire. But they just look... lopsided or sloppy. The wires on the side don't stack neatly no matter how hard I try to make them.

Does anyone know of a video tutorial for this where I can actually WATCH someone do it? I've found a lot of photo-and-text ones, but most of those skip the wrapping steps and just show a finished product. I suppose I'm getting better, but so far this is turning out harder than wrapping cabochons!

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / The paper bag application on: June 22, 2009 02:03:53 PM
So, it's been a while, Craftsterettes.

I've moved and now I need to find a job. While out one day, I saw this local toy store and we took a look. I loved the feel of it the employees were all really great. So, I brought them my resume today and the gentlemen I spoke to was very friendly. We talked for a little and he handed me a small, white paper bag. He said, 'This is your application. Do whatever you want to it. Take it apart and make a necklace out of it, if you want, do whatever.'

So, now I have this small, white paper bag (smaller than 8.5x11, the next standard size down) and I have NO idea what to do with it.

I was thinking of building a balsa wood frame, using the paper to cover the frame and then coating the whole thing in layers of beeswax. Drill a hole in the back/bottom and put in a wired bulb. I saw something like this once at a handmade fair.

I could also just watercolor it. Or collage it. Or make a tiny book out of it. Or a diorama. Or put the whole thing in a blender and make whole new paper out of it that I can embroider or stitch fabric to....

Any ideas?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need your help decorating my camper! on: June 16, 2009 01:21:11 PM
Okay, I have to say ... my father just bought a camper (a newer one than this) and he's had the following issues....

-Electrical wires -- If you have to, ask an electrician to check your lines. Especially on a camper this old you want to make sure everything is working BEFORE you take it out somewhere.

-Roof leaks -- since you've power washed it, now might be a really good time to check inside for any water damage. Most campers are made of lightweight plastics and particle board, the later of which is especially susceptible to water damage.

Also, I'd paint it high gloss (maybe candied) red. It'd look soooo cute. How are you going to paint it? I'd suggest having it professionally painted so it doesn't peel/flake/discolor too early. If you're going to replace the windows/doors/trim, paint it after you remove these parts, but not before you replace them.

Good luck!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halter+purple jewel tone+ gold belt=pretty evening dress on: March 04, 2009 06:42:30 PM
I think I have to agree with some of the other posters -- cleavage is one thing (and there's nothing wrong with it), but just showing your bare, unsupported chest is another. It's like showing skin just for the sake of showing skin. And, no, I'm NOT trying to take a dig at your boobs. Mine actually look a lot like yours, so I know what it's like.

They make those bras now that are made for super low cut dresses and have the wacky low underwires - has anyone tried them? You could try one of those, that would give the girls some lift and shape but still keep that neckline. Like this one: http://www.shopleisamarie.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/7018.jpg

I love the dress, though and would like to see better pictures of it when it's finished!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Depeche Mode Swap? on: March 04, 2009 06:08:04 PM
Call me old!

Is anyone else flipping a lid over the new tour and album? A bunch of us oldy-mouldies should get together and do a swap.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Calico Critters / Sylvanian Families clothes on: January 25, 2009 05:43:53 PM
I'm not familiar enough with Blythe to even... well, to even know what they look like. Are those the ones with the deformed heads?
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bleached canvas and Rit dye on: January 25, 2009 11:37:46 AM
Oh - lol! I just gave up on the old thing. I guess it doesn't look too bad, but it turned a shade of really, really dark blue/green.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Calico Critters / Sylvanian Families clothes on: January 25, 2009 05:56:13 AM
Hey, ladies!

So, dreams do come true. I've been coveting (and by this I mean spending countless hours looking at online, going to local specialty shops and STARING at the boxes and otherwise just obsessing over) Calico Critters. For our one year anniversary, our bestiest friend in the whole universe got me a 'Just Married' set of the kitties.

So cute, right? But they can't always be getting married, so I wanted to make them some clothes. I looked around the internet and found some pattern books for sale on Asian auction sites (that don't ship to the US) , but there's got to be someone out there that has home-made patterns they'd be nice enough to share.

Anyone got anything? I think I might go to Target and look at Bratz and Barbie clothes to see what looks like it might fit.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Carbothello? on: January 02, 2009 08:21:58 PM
Carbothello is a German company, so they're pretty expensive in the States. Effectively, you're paying a lot of mark-up because these smaller European mills and factories can't compete with Col-Art/Sanford brands that are mass producing and selling to retailers all over the world (everyone and their mother sells Prismacolor and Derwent, for example).

They make a great product, but you can find similar quality in brands like Derwent or Faber-Castell, both of whom sell pastel pencils.

(Better late than never on the response, huh?)

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Inventive!? Innovative!? *Homework HELP!* *Feedback greatly appreciated* on: January 02, 2009 08:17:54 PM
I guess it's kind of late seeing as how it's all done and everything, but ...

I'm a little confused about your response to the assignment. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like you produced  an illustration to show the event as it happened with some iconic (the symbols et all) little bits in there. Was the instructor not looking for something a little more... personal?

Sorry if it sounds mean, I'm not trying to be. I just would have thought that you'd go to this awesome convention and come away with some sort of emotional attachment. I don't feel like the finished product really shows any of that. :/

I suppose, though, if it's for school it only really matters that you get an awesome grade on the finished product. Did you?
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