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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fringe swap on: June 18, 2011 08:59:19 PM
I searched and didn't see this one. Would folks be interested in a Fringe-themed swap? The TV show. Not the decoration technique. Although I guess there could be some overlap. Wink

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Alternatives to Styrofoam Balls on: November 27, 2010 06:32:42 PM
We have something like 75 employees I need to make gifts for this year, and I dig these Fabric Ball Ornaments. They mesh nicely with my job as T-Shirt Girl. However, I didn't realize how freaking expensive styrofoam balls are. 3 in. balls are going to run me something like $.65 each. I'm looking for cheaper alternatives.

I was pondering using an exacto knife to cut into those plastic unbreakable-style ornaments, but I haven't ever tried that, so I don't know how successful it'd be.

Suggestions on alternate media to use?

Man, I wish I still lived within an hour of a Hobby Lobby.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Boston Legal Fans Out There? on: January 16, 2007 08:04:08 PM
Would there be interest in a Boston Legal swap?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Stainless Steel Travel Mugs on: October 12, 2006 07:39:03 PM
You know the kind. The sort that keeps your coffee safe and warm? I have a friend who has the same model coffee maker as I do. I'm about to downgrade to a dispenser-style maker, so I wanted to recycle the mugs for him and his wife but make them special at the same time by personalizing them.

I did some searching on here and found out that etching stainless steel is a pain in the butt. I'm now pondering metal paint and stencils.

Anybody worked with these before?
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Shoe-do-ku on: July 20, 2006 06:27:28 PM
Have a friend who's a big fan of both sudoku and crazy shoes. Two great tastes that taste great together! I'm not a painter, as will be patently obvious, but I had to turn these plain shoes into a pair of... shoe-do-ku! Wink

(There's some whiteout going on in the closeup, but it shows the color of the shoes themselves better -- a vivid purple.)

I had a lot of fun with them. Thanks for looking!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Polar F11 Keeper on: April 05, 2006 01:55:59 PM
On Craftster we have a strong crossection of geek and craft, so I thought I'd pose this one here. I recently got a Polar F11 heart rate monitor and I'm looking for suggestions on how to carry it from the car to the gym.

I generally schlep with me the watch (I don't wear it except while working out, as I break out), the strap, and a set of earbud headphones without a case. Here's an image of the strap if anybody needs a visual.

It's about an inch high and the length of a ribcage. Wink

I was pondering doing a clutch with two pegs about 6 inches apart in it around which to wrap the various elements. But I thought I'd pose the inquiry to the Craftster community to gather better ideas and see if anyone's already tackled something like it.

Looking forward to y'all's gadgety brainstorming!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / TUTORIAL: Paper D20 Ornament on: December 11, 2005 07:52:05 PM
    My gaming group just finished up the campaign we've been playing for the last three years and is about to start all over ("I have six hit points???"). Since it's that season, I decided to try my hand at some holiday ornaments for the guys with images from the modules we've played, quotes, and pictures of our characters. I like how they turned out, so I thought I'd post a tutorial for any other gaming geek Craftsters who might be in search of a quick holiday gift idea.

    Materials Needed:
    • 8 1/2 by 11 photo paper
    • picture editing software
    • scissors
    • hole punch
    • X-Acto-style knife
    • straight edge
    • double-sided tape
    • some smallish ornaments you don't want

    Time Required: Image Prep + 15 minutes

    I started mulling over this idea after seeing Carol Duvall's Glitzy Geodesic Ornaments over at DIYNet. The Carol's Photo Ornaments section toward the bottom has you making an isocahedron by cutting out 20 triangles, which seems like overkill. Then I remembered that when I was pondering making plush d20s, I'd found Bruno Van de Casteele's Paper Dice Models page. Bingo. I took his model into Photoshop, selected 20 images and went to town, pasting them into each triangle. I particularly like his model, because you know which side of each number is up. Carol's model ends up with all the photos up, which is nice to look at, but less reminiscent of a die, which was the point for me.

    Once you have your photos how you want them on the model, print it high resolution on photo paper. This gives the finished ornament a nice luster.

    Next, trim around the edges.

    Depending on your printer, you may need to let the paper set for a bit before taking this step. Don't start trimming before the ink is dry.

    Once you've got the edges trimmed up, use your straight edge and X-Acto to score down all the black lines.

    Make sure you don't cut all the way through. Depending on your photo paper, a little pressure should cut through enough to let the top layer of the paper snap without tearing through the back. You want to cut the black lines between the triangles, but don't forget that you also want the black lines separate a triangle from a flap. When you think you've got them all, run your fingers gently over the surface to make sure you haven't missed any.

    Now you get to pick the top of your ornament.

    For stability, I always picked one of the three areas where there are five triangles joined by a single flap (14/18/16/11/20, 7/5/4/8/2, or 4/8/9/1/10 -- see Bruno's model). You'll want to look at how your images lined up, though, and make sure you're not going to lose something important under the ornament trim when selecting an area. Punch a hole there.

    This is the fun part. Gum each of the flaps using double-sided tape and start sticking it together.

    You may catch a Zig 2 Way Glue pen in some of my photos. I started out using it but ended up going with the double-sided tape for sanity. The glue was making the ink run, so I went the easy way. Of course, if you want to keep this for the rest of your life, make sure you use something acid-free.

    Fold and stick.

    Fold and stick. Fold and stick.

    As you get close to the end, you're going to need to do a little wedging.

    I discovered (the hard way) that it works best if the last piece you fit in isn't one of the triangles with two flaps. They're sort of hanging out there in the wind, and it's hard to get two flaps to stick when you can't put pressure from the back side. One of the triangles which has only one flap (10, 7, or 14 -- see Bruno's model) give you the most control while making that final closure.

    Now, yank the top off of one of those ornaments you don't want any more.

    Pinch the wires between your thumb and forefinger and insert them into the opening you made with the holepunch. Be sure not to rest either of the wires on one of the spots where a triangle is taped to a flap or the pressure will make the ornament come apart.

    That's it!

    Have yourself a geeky little Christmas or the holiday of your choice. Wink
    8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Floral foam suggestions on: March 21, 2005 06:15:46 PM
    Need some assistance from the Craftster masses. I'm looking to make this bouquet:

    The trick is how to make the floral foam below the bouquet look like frozen margarita.

    • Does anybody know a place that sells yellowish-green floral foam? (It could happen, right?)
    • Does anybody know whether floral foam will soak up dye?
    • If those two get ruled out, how do you guys think it would turn out if I covered the inside of the glass with glass paint?

    Thanks, as always, for all the great ideas!
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