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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Dremel Versatip for Heat Applications: what to do, can I solder silver? on: February 14, 2010 07:27:20 AM
My lovely boyfriend has bought me a gadget called a Dremel Versatip http://www.dremeleurope.com/dremelocs-uk/Product.jsp;jsessionid=23EC61008B911845314F5B41D14080BD?&ccat_id=890&prod_id=330  for my birthday, which says it is for heat applications and comes with a soldering, knife tips and flame head.

My trouble is that these tools arent I think that common here in the UK (he bought it online), it has no real user manual and the Dremel website is rubbish (I find it really hard to understand what you use all their blasted tools for they should employ me as the idiot to idiot-proof their site, I think).  So I am at a bit of a loss as to what it can be used for!

I make jewellery, just simple stuff really, beads, wire and chain using simple hand tools, but I recently took a little evening course in proper  Wink jewellery making, i.e. silversmithing, using saws and torches and polishers and all that fun stuff. Having had a search around craftster, I see that what are called rotary tool Dremels are very popular for jewellery making, i.e. for drilling holes, buffing and polishing, but while I see the one I have has the facility to be used as a torch, Im not sure how Id find out if its hot enough to be used for melting solder on copper and silver. I am guessing some torches arent up to that, and this one does look pretty small (more like you'd use it to make creme brulee... the one I used in my class was attached to a giant gas tank, but that is not very practical for my flat!). Does anyone have a suggestion of how to find that out? Or indeed if you know of other exciting uses for my new gadget with its knifes and whatnot, or have one yourself, I would really love to hear!

Best, Claire
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Question: How can I make a fabric collage on a cushion? on: April 19, 2008 01:46:34 PM
Hi craftsers!
I've acquired a lot of nice cotton fabric in a light weight (like blouse material) from my mum's loft, including loads of great vintage 1970s Laura Ashley stuff, and one of the ideas I had for it was to make a sort of fabric collage (probably of a bird) on a cushion (I have some plain ones crying out for decoration!). My question is really does anyone have any ideas how to go about it? I could just cut out the shapes and sew them on in the pattern, but I think the edges would probably fray and then the bits would start to fall off. My sewing skills aren't really up to hemming individual fabric shapes so I was wondering about fabric glue or something, but I'm a bit clueless I'm afraid!  Huh Maybe I'd be better using the cotton fabric for a wall-hanging and decorating the cushion with felt... Any suggestions gladly and gratefully received!
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