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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: GIFT TAGS on: November 30, 2010 09:59:13 AM
What a fantastic idea! I may have to do this, finding the silliest pics I can of the recipients. Cheesy
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL on: January 05, 2010 03:09:05 PM
Awesome tutorial. I've had a lot of fun playing with it. Here's the one that I made for my boyfriend - pretty simple but he LOVED it. Smiley

I can't wait to make so many more things like this - it's just TOO FUN! Cheesy
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: December 22, 2009 08:48:13 PM
Thanks for the couples 'in a basket' idea, gang! Smiley  I'll definitely be using some of those Cheesy
And I think I need to check into this homemade infused alcohol idea... buahaha... Smiley

Luckily I have until Jan 2nd to do friend gifts, thank gods for late celebrations. Wink
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: December 17, 2009 11:13:57 PM

I've come up with most of my gifts, but time is running out and I need some ideas for couples! I've got two couples that don't live together, I want to give a gift to them as a couple, maybe a 'gift in a basket' kinda idea, but I'm really not sure what that could be. Can anyone help me out?
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 19, 2009 02:08:03 PM
Okay, I have a quick gift query for you guys and gals:

I have a number of gifts planned for my boyfriend, but his current obsession is Dragon Age and I'd like to throw something related in the mix. Problem? I've only seen the shortest bit of conversation from the game. (I fear actually watching, because I'm already so behind on school I don't need a game to obsess over lol)... Any thoughts?
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? on: November 13, 2009 04:33:36 PM
Hello merry craftsters! Long time lurker, first time writer (I think)... need some advice!

My new boyfriend has nephews! One is two or three, and one is toddler-sized. I have no ideas for xmas pressies! I've read a bunch of the posts and I liked the reindeer hooded bath towel idea, but is this suitable for both ages? I've only met the fam once and don't know much about them, but I'd like to make something that both kids and parents would like and appreciate.

Any other ideas out there? Smiley

Many thanks in advance! Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silversmithing Starter Kit? on: April 26, 2009 07:14:30 AM
A great at-home pickling solution is vinegar, salt, lemon juice, and water. You'd keep it warm, but not hot, in a pyrex container with a lid. A little slow-cooker with a low setting, or a hot plate with the container on it, set to low.

Some other things my instructors suggested:
- a small butane hand torch. These are better than soldering irons and can actually anneal pieces as well (smaller size), they're as little as $7-14 at places like Home Depot, Canadian Tire, etc. (Not sure what the US has for those, but home/auto/etc stores)..
- make sure you have ceramic tiles and soldering bricks for your work space
- set of files (Auto shops have these for cheap)
- try using textures instead of high polish, makes life easier and looks nice (make sure they're uniform textures)
- you can get ring/etc mandrels at auto shops or Sears, called "tapered drifts"
- a variety of pliers including half round, and they should be smooth and have no ridges.. and side cutters such as dog nail cutters
- you can make a polishing machine out of a washing machine motor, apparently. neat. (the kind you put a buff on, not a tumbler)
- polishing you'd do various emery cloth grits, finer and finer, and then go to the rouge etc (you can get bits for your foredom/flexshaft/hand piece that can be used with rouge, just do it all by hand if you don't have the buff)
- don't forget your flux: Dandix, Safe-T-Flux, and Grifflux are all fluoride-free. Smiley

Hope that helps! Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Patchwork Skirt on: January 23, 2009 07:24:30 AM
I would kill for this skirt. Shocked seriously, it is GORGEOUS. Whoever ridiculed it is obviously a tasteless, colorless fool. It is WONDERFUL. Truly. WANT. Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Three convertible backpack/tote bags for triplet girls---PIC HEAVY on: January 20, 2009 05:55:41 AM
These are really great! Love the cat fabric, the bugs - and the lining of the third one is AMAZING! I want it so bad lol. Smiley
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: My first fused glass pieces! on: January 12, 2009 03:02:23 PM
I really love these, especially the bubbly ones. Bubbles are some of the coolest things about glass pieces (I did a blowing course last year)... I really think they add a lot of interest. Smiley Very nice!!
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