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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin jewelry on: December 18, 2019 05:10:55 PM
Thin layers of resin on fabric.




Fabric cutouts embedded in resin.


 sculpted head cast in resin


All available in the garage sale https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn=jp-gratton&_sop=10
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Party time on: December 14, 2019 07:18:57 PM
I promised finger foods.  How do you make a finger food salad?   Spinach cream cheese and salad mix rolled up in thin slices of cucumber.


And Mexican rollups, made with soy chorizo (they got tomato and avocado garnish after heating, plus guacamole dip, but I forgot to take pix)


And I made vol au vent!  Puff pastry cases.  Again, no pix.  I get all flustered preparing for a party.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Puff pastry cups on: December 10, 2019 09:25:48 AM
I have frozen puff pastry, want to make cups.
Can I just use a cookie cutter in the center of each, bake, then push the center down? I seem to remember something like that...

I know I can form them over or in cupcake tins, but want a cleaner look.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Bring out your trees on: December 10, 2019 09:04:33 AM
I'll show you my decorations if you'll show me yours...

The big tree, about seven feet tall


The little trees, tallest is about a foot.  I brought one with me, made about half of the others, and got the rest at thrift stores over the last year.


My version of a christmas village


And my favourite new tree technique, the shaggy white one's made of hot glue.  
And the green one is covered with bead fringe I've been hauling around with me for twenty years, finally found the perfect use.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature flower shop on: December 09, 2019 01:46:55 PM
I found this gift bag with windows and couldn't resist.
I made nearly all the flowers and most of the pots, and added some glass pieces i made years ago, including the mid century modern cat jars in the window.
The "building" is about 10" x 10" and 5" deep.

 Looking down from the top:
6  COOKING / Dessert / Succulent cookies on: December 09, 2019 08:58:37 AM
I made these for our cactus and succulent society party yesterday.  They look just like I envisioned, but nobody recognized them as a succulent.  Comments ranged from "what is that?" to " oh, a wreath! "  Sigh.
I reshaped old cookie cutters to make the leaves, and made up a pecan shortbread dough.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / New resin thread on: October 28, 2019 07:27:51 PM
The random resin thread has lots of good information (along with some misconceptions and a smattering of outdated info), but it's all buried in 172 pages compiled over a decade or so.  And nobody's added to it in years.

Is anybody still doing resin?  I recently got into it and would love to discuss it with other Craftsters.

I'd like to make some transparent hollow pieces, and am trying to figure it out.  Some ideas...

-rotational casting.  I have a rock tumbler, do you think that would work?

-partly filling the mold, then blowing up a balloon inside to keep the center hollow.

-casting two one-sided halves using something to keep the centers hollow, then joining the pieces.

-creating two halves using clear thread dipped in resin coiled into a mold, then joining the halves.  I suspect clear thread won't hold the resin well.

-resin mache, layering thin paper coated in resin into a mold.  Probably translucent instead of transparent.

-blowing resin like glass. The resin would have to set up quickly...

Any experience or theories?
Any favorite YouTubes?
Hot discussion forums for resin?
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Paranormal RVities on: August 26, 2019 01:49:05 PM
What would a witch's campsite look like?


sorry some pix are sideways, they're right side up on my computer


I bought the camper as a birdhouse, then added all the good stuff.  Most is sculpted from Model Magic air dry clay.  It's about 2/3":1' scale, or "ish" scale.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dollar tree bath decor on: May 18, 2019 08:37:22 PM
We recently bought a 1978 doublewide mobile home.  It's on a really beautiful property, which makes up for the funkiness of the house.




The wall between the master bedroom and bath has these odd niches.  I suspect there used to be super classy amber colored pebble plastic panels separating the rooms.  (Which would match the window on the front door.)



I got kind of excited when I saw them, thinking what I would do with them. 
First thing involved a floral tablecloth from the dollar store, but it was much too garish.  I flipped the panels over to reveal the more softly colored back.  Still pretty bright, but better than the original white on white on white.



The other day, I found a prettier tablecloth and installed it today...



And both versions got matching trash can makeovers
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Model magic Air dry clay? on: April 28, 2019 12:52:03 AM
I had some Model Magic 15 years ago or so and really liked it.  It dried durable and waterproof, and felt like Styrofoam.  It stayed pliable in its original packaging even after opening.

Did they change it?  One website says it can be reused by adding water.   Another says it dries out even before the package is opened. Crayola's website doesn't say either.

Has anyone used it recently?

Or can you recommend an air dry clay that dries durable and fairly waterproof?
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