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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Chocolate Box or ??? on: February 19, 2011 07:39:12 PM
i think if you used contact cement (or another glue that dries flexible) to cover it with fabric (maybe on both the outside AND the inside?), that would make the hinge stronger and it would make the box so nice that you could use it for almost anything.
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: 30th Birthday Trip Journal - HELP NEEDED! - Lots of Pics on: January 30, 2011 06:13:41 PM
i think it's really nice, colorful and a variety of textures...

only one criticism:  the skyline with the twin towers still there is kind of creeping me out.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Kitchen cabinets (IMG HEAVY) on: January 23, 2011 09:58:35 AM
those are amazing.  you won't get bored while cooking, with so many views!

at first i wondered why there was a file cabinet in a garden, but now you mentioned it, it looks even more like a beekeeping hive (do you still call them that when they are manmade?) than a filing cabinet.
14  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Forays into fusing in a microwave (pic heavy) on: January 21, 2011 03:53:49 AM
Lesson #1 learned: DO NOT reheat glass after its first time in the kiln!

actually, i'm pretty sure people who are into glass fusing re-heat things all the time.  

my guess is it more likely exploded due to maybe using glass whose coefficients didn't match, cos that determines how or at what temperature they melt or something...
ok all those beads came out of the kit and the kit says 90 coefficient on the box.  

hmmmmm .... did you use any adhesive at all?  although it doesn't look like it.  i've seen regular white glue used and it causes problems if not dried first.  

maybe, since this is a microwave, the fact that your composition was thicker in one place made a difference.  in an electric kiln, this wouldn't have been a problem because the heat comes inward from the sides of the kiln towards the items.  but in a microwave one, maybe there is something in common with how a microwave works when it is for food, because the heat is sort of aimed at the center of the food and comes outwards from there.  so maybe the uneven thickness was an issue for this reason.

i have only done fusing as a spectator and i did help my mum program her kiln (but i was bad at it because it involved math or something like it)

anyway congratulations on your adventure!  sounds like you are off to a great start.  
i know my mum started out with one of those microwave kilns and found the whole fusing thing sort of magical.  probably you will like it even more and find more control as you get more into it and maybe eventually upgrade kilns.
15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Childhood Heart Shelf on: January 17, 2011 04:54:53 PM
not fimo, you'd have to take it out to cook it and then it can shrink, plus a large volume of it is expensive.  maybe airdry clay and then hotglue it back in after it shrinks.  
or you could just use cardboard to paper over it and then no need for filling the holes.

i was thinking something along the lines of painting some of it and mosaic-ing the rest of it.  you could combine the 2 ideas, fill or cover the hearts and mosaic over them.

well it depends what style you are going for...

ETA: yeah after more careful re-reading, sorta what the person above me said.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Play and Stowaway gets the Ballard Designs treatment on: January 17, 2011 07:59:43 AM
it is a great idea and it looks nice.  i have one more idea; i think it would be more perfect if the trays were deeper, then they would hold more.  i've just been looking at a similar thing in the ikea catalog where there are deepish baskets, though, so maybe that's influencing my preference.

but having a real table top on it is much nicer and gives it more versatility than the product i was looking at.
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: need help plz read on: January 12, 2011 07:42:00 AM
it's a kind of pin-back but not the usual kind... i got some here once: http://www.ajumapamausa.com/SpecialOffers/SubMat/A43/A43.html
but not sure it's the best source, especially if you needed a lot of them.

if i can make a suggestion, you would probably get more responses to your request if you wrote a more specific title to your post (something like "please help me find the name for this special kind of pin-back")

anyway, good luck with your search and with someone else knowing a more exact name for that thing.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: my take on a pillow pet on: January 07, 2011 07:51:08 PM
i think it looks much better than the "real" ones.  it's a lovely dragon and quite impressive size/shape!
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Mini photo books, prior to their deconstruction on: January 04, 2011 05:10:05 AM
i especially like the fact that you used facebook as a crafting tool.  there's something "sign of the times" about that.

why not give these to the parents?  surely they would like them.
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Peace! and Thor's Hammer, too on: January 02, 2011 08:49:17 PM
a wonderfully ironic combination!
also, very nice work.
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