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1  Ohio / Ohio: Central / anyone know where I can find a ring mandrel / sizer in Columbus? on: September 28, 2007 06:22:34 AM
I am in need of a ring mandrel (with sizes engraved or otherwise marked). Before I go off on a wild goose chase (as is often the case with supply hunts in Columbus...) I figured I would ask if anyone has gotten one around here. I don't want to spend a fortune, but I would rather buy one locally than order something off the internet sight unseen. Thanks!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / where can I find these -OR- where can I find instructions on how to make them? on: July 22, 2007 07:51:05 AM

Made these earrings from some beads I got at Joann's. According to the package, the line is "Rustic Accents" and is made by "Horizon Group USA." Alas, hours (HOURS!) of internet searching has turned up no information whatsoever on where I can get more. "Horizon Group" has a website, but it looks like a work in progress because there isn't much content at all.

So then I figured I would try to find out how to make them. Which proved to be equally difficult! From what I can tell, the answer seems to be contained in a book called "Make Wire Beads" by Lisa Van Herik, but this book is out of print (and is $60 on half.com, $40 on amazon.com, even though the list price is $17.95; also, the publisher's website talks about where to order the book, but the link does not allow one to purchase it), the library here doesnt have it, and I am getting very frustrated!

Any ideas?? If anyone has the book, could you at least confirm or deny that the book has what I want before I continue to obsess about it? And if anyone could point out a link to some instructions online, that would be awesome too. And lastly, if anyone knows where I can buy more of these beads, I'd like to know that as well.

THANKS!!!!! Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Sigh. Silly beginner questions on drop spindle on: November 24, 2005 01:59:18 PM
Hello, experts:

I just got my spindle and fiber in the mail yesterday. I am super excited to have it, but...I DON'T GET IT!! The spindle spins, and I draft the fiber, and then the spindle stops and starts spinning the other way.

I looked at a site that said this meant that I had too much twist in the yarn, and spinning the spindle more the right way only makes this worse if it starts going in the wrong direction. I tried drafting more fiber without spinning the spindle to reduce the twist, but (1) the same thing happened the next time I started it spinning, or (2) the fiber breaks off.

I looked at icanspin.com, joyofhandspinning.com, etc, and I was using a pamphlet from Spin-off magazine. It seems like I understand what is supposed to happen, but I just cannot MAKE it happen. Nothing I looked at had an understandable explanation for this problem!

Any help would be appreciated! I figured I would ask here before abandoning the whole thing. You ladies seem to know everything!

4  Ohio / Ohio: Central / what are your favorite independent stores in Columbus?? on: November 02, 2005 08:26:52 AM
Hello all,
Since I probably never would have found out about Wholly Craft if I hadn't read about it here, I thought it might be fun if we all shared the rest of our favorite Columbus independent/local/unique shops, restaurants, etc. There could be a bunch of neat places that some of us don't know about!

Or, if anyone knows about such a guide that exists already, kindly direct me to it. If there isn't, would anyone like to help me put one together?

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / music on my website?? on: October 03, 2005 02:59:02 PM
I have spent the last several hours attempting to research this, with no luck. So, I pose my question to all of you knowledgeable ladies and gents. It should be noted that computers hate me. Smiley Which is sad, because I am going to school for a graphic design degree.

I am building a website for my "record company" (so far, 1 signed artist: me) and I want to have samples of my music available for listening (.wav & mp3). Is there a snippet of code that can magically do this, or do I need a special program? I have looked at millions of tutorials and forums and the like, and I cannot seem to find a straight answer.

* I don't want the music to start up as soon as someone opens my site (I hate that!). *

In my mind, it goes like this: a user clicks on a song title, and Media Player opens up and plays the song. Is
this possible?

Any info would be appreciated so much ! I am so frustrated with the whole affair that I am about to shriek.

6  Ohio / Ohio: Central / photography in columbus.....? on: August 28, 2005 04:44:50 PM
So, after this quarter I will no longer be able to use the darkroom at school (Columbus State) since I am finished taking photography classes. Except, I still very much want to have access to a darkroom so I can continue to improve my mad printing skillz. Does anyone have any ideas?? I already tried contacting Insight Studios ("Columbus' Only Photo Co-op") and never got a response. Also, as far as I can tell, the lab at OSU is only for grad students (??). I would totally appreciate it if anyone had some suggestions about public access darkrooms or anything within, like, an hour radius around the city!!!!

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Some questions about Soap-Making (I promise they aren't stupid...i hope...) on: August 05, 2005 02:56:56 PM
So, I have some questions about soap-making. I experimented a lot with melt & pour last year, and I also tried making my own, but wound up with a bright yellow crumbly blob of minty smelling olive oil, which made me afraid of it for awhile.  Anywho, I just learned a new word today--hand-milling. So, all you knowledgeable folks, lay it on.

1) Is "hand-milled" the same as "French-milled"?

2) When a product is labeled "soap base," does this mean that it is of the melt & pour variety, or is it for hand-milling too, or does it depend?

3) For those of you who make soap Truly from scratch: is your first batch of something the finished product, or do you make a base first, and then [here comes that new word again] hand-mill it and add scents and colors?

4) What kind of fragrance or EO shall I use to make soap that smells like amaretto? There is great dissent at my house about whether it is almonds or cherries that make amaretto smell so wonderful.

Thanks already!!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Iridescent quilted pillow. Shiny! on: July 14, 2005 08:12:15 PM
So, I made this today using part of a GORGEOUS dupioni silk blend duvet cover that I got for like 15 bucks at Macy's on clearance (gotta love employee discounts!). It looks terrific with the matching duvet cover that is on my bed already!


I randomly stitched lines using a variety of colors down the front, using cotton batting underneath. I love how it turned out. The best part: I still have at least two yards of this amazing fabric for other future endeavors!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Father's Day / Dad's day gift on the cheap on: June 14, 2005 06:30:16 AM
So, I have no idea what to do for my dad for Father's Day. He is impossible (!) to buy/craft for: he isn't "handy," he doesn't cook, he doesn't read much, he doesn't watch TV much, he works in an office but doesn't wear a tie, he doesn't play cards, he doesn't hunt or fish. His only hobby to my knowledge is running, but he owns practically every running product known to man because no one ever knows what else to get him.

Anyway, I want to make him something that won't cost me a lot (because, as they say, if I had a nickel to my name it would die of loneliness) but is still high-quality. I looked in a library book and saw a pretty good pattern for making a day planner out of leather, except I don't use leather and I don't know how well vinyl or pleather would hold up. Does anyone have any suggestions (for the planner, or for any other projects)??

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / slouchy tote/purse with nifty strap...first post! on: June 08, 2005 08:41:05 PM
So, I finally got a digital camera and had to share something Immediately. Of course the only thing that was not packed in a box from moving was this purse that I made last week after deciding the one I had been using was repulsive and awful. Anyway...
It is made from some olive green faux sherpa stuff I bought as a remnant at Walmart before I decided to boycott them permanently.
The lining is pink and olive green paisley.
The strap is really wide and flat and has pink parallel lines stitched down it.

My cat apparently likes it, but what do you think?
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