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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / bamboo tile bead on: November 18, 2007 07:43:29 AM
I found a bamboo placemat while out and about one day. 
This is the first bead I made using one of the gazillion tiles on that placemat.  lol

I coated the image with gel matte medium, let it dry and soaked it in water the I slowly and carefully rubbed the paper off from the back.  I let it dry and used gel medium to adhere it to the tile.

This is the finished product.  I wanted to go simple and let the image be what stands out.  Not sure I accomplished it but it was fun trying this.

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mosaic on top of fimo? on: November 18, 2007 07:38:49 AM
If you are making the sculpt out of clay itself then you should be able to use liquid polymer clay to attach the mosaic to the sculpt.
The liquid clay acts as a glue to attach polymer to polymer.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Bellydance Accessories *NOW WITH CRAPPY TUTORIAL* on: November 18, 2007 07:30:45 AM
I also belly dance and make costumes.
Here is a bra I made for my teacher.  I was rather proud to see her in it on a flyer around town.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: bird baths I have made on: November 18, 2007 07:06:23 AM
I must try this-yours are lovely!!

Do give it a go as it is lots of fun.  I enjoy the fact I can work on these over several days or weeks without it affecting the final outcome.

The paints I used were acrylics you can purchase at hobby stores for like 97cents each.

I find doing the bath first dictates where I will go with the pedastals.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: old table new again on: November 18, 2007 07:04:07 AM
Very nice. Did you glue the tile  pieces then caulk or place the tiles into the  caulk? I'm always curious which people prefer Smiley

Thank you!
On the table I glued the tile down and then grouted around it.
Since it was my first try at this I now know I could have done a much better job.

If I had to do it over again I would use the grout mix that has a polymer to it to attach the tiles and then grouted around them.
Figure sooner or later the table will need to be re-done and I can then do a much better job on it.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / altered clipboards done an inexpensive way on: November 03, 2007 07:22:03 AM
I found a collection of wall paper samples(borders and such)in my art room the other day and remembered the struggle I had just picking out a permanent wall solution even though I had the samples.  LOL the walls ended up being painted b/c I am so non-commital on things d/t liking change too much.

Anyway, I grabbed some clipboards and used the samples(which were free)and created the clipboards.  I had purchased the clipboards at an office supply place for 4 for about 3.00$
I cut the peppers out from the border and thought they looked so much more lively than if I had not done so. 

These are really inexpensive.  Wall paper free, the paint .97cents a bottle and the clipboard itself was less than a dollar given it came packaged with other clipboards.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / old table new again on: November 03, 2007 07:11:24 AM
This was an old wooden table on the deck that had turned grey from the weather and I wanted to get a feel for doing mosaics so it was my lab rat so to speak.  lol

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: bird baths I have made on: November 03, 2007 07:08:35 AM
Thank you!  I find when I am feeling a tad confined I go larger in my creations such as doing this bird baths.  Two were made for friends and the more subdued one is mine.

I was so excited the first time I saw a bird jump in and take his/her bath.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / bird baths I have made on: November 03, 2007 07:04:50 AM
I used the dull gray cement baths you can purchase at home improvement stores and add my personality to these.



10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: "What do YOU Journal About?!" Ideas thread! on: November 03, 2007 06:45:24 AM
This truly is a fantastic thread! 

It seems I have always kept a journal as my shelves in my art room are lined with books that look like a mess due to all the "stuff" in them spilling out.

It is overwhelming for some to look at the blank page not to mention feeling as though the journal should somehow look perfect.
I often use something I hear a person saying as my journal prompt.
Ex: the Florida student "Don't taze me, bro" was one prompt I could not pass up. Or a friend simply saying, "Ohhhh yeah" or "Ohhhh, hell NO".  I will write this on the top page and go from there.

One thing I do often is tear out pictures in magazines or advertisements that grab my attention for some reason and I glue that down and the actual writing begins from there.

Since becoming sick with Multiple Sclerosis I also started a health journal I take with me to my doctor's appointments.  I glue down research I may have found, highlight the areas of interest so I can discuss with my doctor, I use one page to list new meds I have started and the type of side fx I may have or if the med actually helps me.

I also list questions in one color ink I have for the doc and take a different color pen with me to record his answers.

LOL there are times my neuro will see a page as I am flipping through and ask me WHAT is that because I also journal about what it feels like to live with MS and some of the visuals wellll, let's say are eye opening for the doc to know a patient feels this way.
I have to inject medicine 3x a week so when I start a new box of injections I tear off the label and glue it in the journal where I write the dates in which I used that one particular box, recording the lot # etc SO if there is ever a recall or issue with the forumlation of that injectible I have a record I have used that particular lot #.

The labels are glued behind the page of the picture I took after piling up a years worth of syringes!! LMAO...the doc thought that a bit disturbing and I asked why, because I took a pic of all the syringes OR the fact that this is what a years worth of my injectible meds look like? Shocked

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