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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Huge 8 Bit Yoshi Afghan (link to pdf chart included) on: December 31, 2010 05:15:34 AM

A WINNER IS YOU! *grins*

Congratulations on such a tremendous project!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Metroid Pillow on: November 25, 2010 03:06:42 AM



How very cool! Looks great!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: multiple sc in one chain stitch on: November 17, 2010 03:58:04 AM
Something else that works nicely as a stitch marker: the twist tie things that come with garbage bags/electronic cables/sometimes bread...they are a thin piece of wire with some sort of paper coating. They bend and flex well, which makes them easy to place and likely to stay put while still being thin enough for me to easily move as I wish.

I too recently made my first non-flat project (Roly Poly Cat from this kind lady's blog: http://puchitomato.livejournal.com/22042.html#cutid1) and found that using a stitch marker was a LOT easier than trying to keep count, especially if I had to put it down suddenly.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Ninja hood scoodie for a manly husband on: November 07, 2010 09:46:47 PM
I like it! Looks like it would be both warm and breathable.

Might have to try to figure it out and have a go...threw a couple of balls of black cashmere blend in with my OMGtheholidaysareuponus! yarn order with no real idea as to what I'd turn them into. This could be it, though it could fire up the ninja vs pirate wars in my small town all over again!

Thanks for sharing, looks great!

EDIT (to add): If you don't mind sharing (and if you don't want to tell, that's cool!), is the detachable part held on by buttons? Looks like it in the picture.
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glass etching on curved surfaces on: September 19, 2010 08:28:44 PM
Curved glasses have always been tricky for me. My first etching attempt was on a bowl and was, to say the least, frustrating. It may or may not have ended it's little bowl life in a satisfying shatter. But don't be like me!

The best recommendation is tape, especially painter's tape. The less sticky residue, the better. I did aforementioned bowl o'sad with Scotch tape, which only accelerated the tragedy...gooey bits in the fine details. Painter's tape does work well, especially in thin strips/small pieces. It depends on what you're making. I've never used carbon paper, though, as I prefer to freehand, but that's just a matter of taste (or stubbornness...).

Don't be afraid to readjust before committing, and don't be afraid to experiment. Once you do commit, go ahead and leave the goop on for longer than recommended - it won't hurt anything and will help to make the etching look more solid.

Good luck - can't wait to see some pictures *grins*
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Alice in Wonderland bottle on: September 19, 2010 08:20:30 PM
Project looks great - I love the sharp contrast.

"Little" sandblaster, you say? Is it possible that you could post up a link if you see it on your Internet travels? I'd like to see what you used for this...

*I'll probably regret asking, as I'm still devoting my willpower to resisting a wheel and kiln, a C&C machine, and glass blowing supplies...oi...hehehe*
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Etched Cabinet Door w/Tut - Pic Heavy! on: September 19, 2010 08:16:56 PM
First, shake up that bottle REALLY well! Shake it until you think it's okay, then shake it some more. Next, GLOB it onto the glass, stroking it in one direction (I used a foam brush). Once you've got a good cover over everything, then go back and stroke it in the opposite direction. I then went over it once again WITH GLOVES and made a circular motion all over the cream. I let mine sit for about twenty minutes to get a good frosty look. I know the label says only 5 minutes, but I've never found 5 minutes to be long enough.

Everyone new to etching should know this information...I've seen so many people give up on etching because their solid areas will be streaky or will be too faint. I have problems with getting detail to show up on glasses (I'm impatient, and used to etching on mirrors)...it can be frustrating to put a lot of effort into a design and have it turn out less than absolutely glorious.

That said, I LOVE your project...and that's just my craftiness speaking (my nerdiness is squealing with joy as well...)! Ambitious, too, considering the size! Looks very nice, and will serve it's function well. Too cool! I'm now looking around my house to see what all needs a good etching...*laughs*

Great job!
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: OMG! I havent done this since like 5th grade! on: August 15, 2010 04:30:16 AM
Nice, crisp edges!

And interesting choices for subjects...was the glass finished in time for *dun dun dun* SHARK WEEK?!

9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Glass etched birthday vase on: August 15, 2010 04:28:04 AM
Etched glass is so difficult to capture in a photograph!

Looks nice, and will be a sweet gift to your friend (or...was a sweet gift...sheesh I'm late in posting!)

Good job! Pretty soon, every vase, glass, mirror, bowl, car window, lamp, pair of eyeglasses will have you pondering what you could do to it!
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: My first hand at glass etching cream! on: August 15, 2010 04:24:07 AM
I could tell what it was before I read your entry! (In a lot of cases, this sadly isn't the case)

Looks good, makes a thoughtful gift!

The etched part looks pretty solid, too - it's really easy to have inconsistent etching or almost streaks.

Good job!
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