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11  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about Armor Etch on: June 23, 2010 09:20:44 PM
Technically, it will perform it's function on glass (just make sure it's actually "colored glass" as opposed to "glass with color on it"...*facepalm*

...however, you may not get the results that you like.

Mirrors have the most eye-catching "pop" factor for designs...things like bottles/drinking glasses/window panes appear to be much more subtle (do NOT mistake this for thinking that you won't notice an accidental glob or something...because you WILL...*smiles* it's just a different level of intensity, mirrors are the most unforgiving when it comes to smooth edges/details)

I've noticed that whenever I do something on colored glass, it can be very hard to see some of the better, more time consuming details. My advice is to try out some simple designs on colored glass first, so you can see what I mean, before you put a LOT of time (read: heart and soul) into a piece that may not have the effect you thought it would.

Oh, and the color/shade of glass will factor in as well. That gorgeous cobalt blue glass...*sadface* not so much.

Good luck, can't wait to see what you've got in mind!
12  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: glass etching on: June 23, 2010 09:13:36 PM
In my experience, you're stuck with it.

To etch, after all, is to cut, bite or corrode, with an acid or the like; engrave with an acid or the like...

I've seen people cover accidental edge marks by framing, painting around the edges (either a design, a clever signature/logo/crafter mark, or a plain border, which can complement the etching)...depends on what you're doing.

Good luck!
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Naming my e-business Black Banana- bad idea? on: June 10, 2010 02:22:36 AM
Hmmm....I just spent some time trying to think of alternative ways to put it that would sound less pervy. Unfortunately they got worse and worse until I was giggling madly in my cubicle! (Rotten Fruit, Bad Banana, Naughty Banana, Soft banana, Bad Bunch...). Maybe using a non-English phrase would de-perv it, at least for English speaking shoppers? Banane Noir? Just make sure it isn't a local expression of some sort! Something like One Bad Apple could be cute, too, but I bet someone has used that already. It's cute, but it's clearly going to a bit edgy, so I guess it depends on how you feel about that in the end. Also, if you incorporate the name into a super-cute logo that is obviously not pervy, maybe that would help?

What about One Bad Banana, for that matter?

The Black Banana...be prepared to explain it, is all *smiles*

My first thought pertained to race, actually. And then, like others, I went the route of the perv.

However, you can go the route of the perv with just about anything. One of the maybe three episodes of "Friends" that I ever watched involved Joey explaining how ANYTHING can be made sexual by the way it's said. "Grandma's Chicken Salad". (Go ahead to 2:30). Someone else on Craftster was starting a company called (I believe) the Pink Olive...which I immediately sexualized (awkwardly, granted) in my silly head.

Really, it's about what makes you happy. 

I did think of the 'pervy' meaning after about 5 minutes but i think it will work in your favour. After hearing that, most people would actually be intregiued as to what you are selling. Even if they doubt it at first, they won't be able to resist a quick peek when no one else is around.

I like it though, it sounds very contemporary and to me denotes a very funky and trendy clothes range. It's also very personal to you so you're less likely to change your mind after a few months.

I echo these sentiments. I don't think it will reflect poorly at all...and hey, it's a cute story for the profile/"about me"!

Have fun with it!
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: one book on: June 10, 2010 01:58:40 AM
One of the biggest problems I've had in getting started is that I'm such an information sponge. Not to necessarily glorify that; I've read several articles, been lurking in several forums, and am still a bit intimidated by the whole process. Why? Because complicated things don't bother me, and I can do most rather easily, so when something seems simple, it makes me doubt myself and wonder what I'm missing/inevitably going to do wrong.

Some of the soap calculators seem way too simple. It made me nervous, always feeling like I was missing something...but didn't know what that would be. I firmly believe that knowledge is our greatest power, and that it's always best to know too much as opposed to too little...but what if you don't know what you're looking for?

So I took a look at SoapCalc.

Looks kinda complicated, doesn't it? Glorious, that.

**Perhaps some of the other ladies here can vouch for SoapCalc - I myself have not used it to make soap. Like I said, I've been lurking and daydreaming about it for longer than I'd care to admit, but haven't actually even started making soap yet...but other obligations are my main obstacle now, instead of intimidation. This is simply what helped me to overcome the apprehension of missing something important/scorching the delicate human flesh of friends and family**

I selected an oil from the list (olive oil, choose something you're familiar with), watched the numbers change...and then looked up the details. SoapCalc has a lot of links built in, so you can quickly get an overview of the science. Once you get a grasp on (at least) how the numbers change between, say, olive oil and lard, the pieces seemed to fall into place.

And, sure enough, I was really, really, REALLY over-thinking it. There is a LOT to know, especially if you're trying to retain information regarding oil properties and such. Give that part time - it'll come.

Also, try to relax about lye - like driving on ice, it's when you're nervous and anxious that you make the worst mistakes. Lye burns are no laughing matter, and of course you need to be safe in handling it or any other potentially painful chemical. However...a lot of websites give off a very "OMG ONE FALSE MOVE AND YOU WILL DESTROY YOUR ENTIRE TOWN IN A DEVASTATING INFERNO OF DOOM" sort of vibe...again, try not to worry so much.

...sorry for rambling on...I'm very much a lurker here, kinda shy that way. I know you won't give up! I'll be watching to see what you come up with!

EDITED for a silly typo. Or two. Hush.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Hippie Dress for Burningman!! on: March 19, 2010 11:56:12 PM
Seeing as that this was initially posted in '08, I'm very curious to know how it help up (particularly the velvety part) to playa dust.

OP still around?
16  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Glass etching: first try on: March 16, 2010 06:51:21 AM
Very cute! I like it a lot!

Glad to hear that you've developed the etching twitch...after a few more projects, you WILL contemplate the back window of a vehicle...*grins*

Have fun and keep at it/keep posting!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Embroidery Storage (Simple but Satisfying) on: February 28, 2010 10:27:24 PM
I love it!

And, in addition to avoiding tangles, it'll help to keep them clean and free from lint/sticky-caffeinated-beverage-spillage/GLITTERAPOCALYPSE/grubby fingers/other such things that plague us crafty folks.

I like the shape, largely because it looks good, but mainly because it was something you are admittedly uncomfortable with (to quote: hopeless at constructing any sort of circle accurately)...so extra kudos for that!

Good job!

EDIT: Also, I hear (Simple but Satisfying) in the voice of Pumbaa from The Lion King...the scene where they're eating grubs after singing Hakuna Matata (SLIMY yet satisfying!)....

...but I'm special like that. Carry on!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My variation on the Infinity Dress on: February 21, 2010 06:39:10 AM
Looks great!

I'm usually not into that color, but it suits the shape and style so very well!

I really love the simplicity of this dress. I like your use of bold color with it. For some odd reason I think it would look great in a jewel tone like purple. Or maybe something subtle and neutral (beige/cream) with dramatic accessories.

I agree! You've designed something so casually elegant....that works with almost any color or any fabric (I can see this a thousand different ways)...it's fantastic.

Great job!
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: B&B safe glitter on: February 14, 2010 09:38:02 PM
I've seen many mica colorings that have an excellent shimmer to them, but I've yet to see that shimmer linger on the skin (when used in soap, anyway).

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: B&B safe glitter on: February 14, 2010 06:46:14 AM
I'm fairly certain that I understand what you're asking....BUT...I'm not sure on the answer! >.<

I think it depends on what is actually doing the sparkling.

Body glitter, for example, comes in liquid or powder forms and is safe for skin contact yet doesn't dissolve. I've seen many mica colorings that have an excellent shimmer to them, but I've yet to see that shimmer linger on the skin (when used in soap, anyway). I don't know whether that has anything to do with mineral vs. synthetic, just sort of an observation.

Sorry I can't be of more help. Not to hijack the thread, but I feel the question is relevant:

Would glitter salt/sugar even work in MP/CP/whathaveyou?

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Salt-Glitter (first link I found, *shrugs*)

I know that you can make it out of either salt or sugar...if you're worried about glitter in B&B products lingering on skin or sticking to the tub/sink, perhaps this would be an adequate substitute?

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