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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / curling Lurex yarn on: March 07, 2013 03:50:21 AM
I want to curl a lot of yarn for a project but it's 50% Lurex with the other 50% spit between cotton and acrylic. I've seen the "wet it and bake it" method but I'm scared the heat will melt and/or dull the yarn (it's a gold metallic) is there any other options I can use? If I just wrap it and leave it for a long time will it curl. Or if I knit it and then undo my knitting???

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yudu Screen Printing Machine on: November 29, 2009 03:36:32 AM

1) there is no way to thinken the ink, thin it down-yes, but not thicken it.

there is: when i was in school we had a big tub of something used to thicken our inks. granted we weren't using speedball but i used to buy speedball all the time instead of using the schools inks and i think i remember a professor or seeing someone mix it with speedball.

i am wary of this yudu thing. maybe it's because i learned to screen print using a traditional exposure unit, screens ect. i don't like the how you expose screens with those sheets and the ink costs to much (you can get a big thing of speedball for about the same price) and screens aren't that expensive (hint: cover your wood screen in duct tape - it keeps it from getting warped when you wash it out)

i dunno i think if your gonna get a home printing kit get a gocco!
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / needle felting is confusing me on: August 25, 2009 11:54:42 PM
ok so i don't know where this should go... but it's needle felting so i'm posting it here!

anyways i bought a wool blend fabric and i am trying to felt around a styrofoam form when i felt it leaves all these little holes and i'm concerned it will pull away from the styrofoam?

any advise? tips?


4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying cotton balls on: July 04, 2009 03:24:17 AM
ok so update:

i tried dying them with water color paints which worked... ehh ok. my only two issues are:

1. at first when the paint to water ratio is about even / maybe a little more paint the cotton balls come out crusty.

2. the outside dyes but when i pull it apart the inside is still white.

suggestions? should i just leave the cotton ball in the mix longer?

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / candle-ish making question. on: May 30, 2009 02:48:34 AM
not so much that i am making a candle but i am using wax.

basically i am filling part of a glass jar with wax BUT i really want to have the center hollow so that i can put an led light inside so that the wax glows.

here's a picture of what i mean. this is from my first attempt: the wax indented in the middle so i had a spot for my led light but you didn't really see the glow unless the lights were really dim/practically off.

...since i can't post the picture.. here's a link to my first attempt: http://crankydinosaur.org/images/example.JPG[/img]

i was thinking of basically putting a glass tube vase i have then pouring the wax around it and pulling out the vase. will that work? if i cover the jar in candle mold release will it pull out?

or can i pull it out when the wax is still in that almost solid but not phase?



so my main problem is when my wax dries the color fades and pretty much sinks to the bottom - what am I doing wrong?

- richie
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / cross stitch alphabet in a heart on: February 22, 2009 05:10:22 PM
this has been driving me crazy forever: i am looking for a not to modern alphabet where all the letters are the same width. i am doing a initials in a heart cross stitch and i can't find one that works - also i am having trouble with the heart making it look right it keeps turning out to long.



7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying cotton balls on: February 15, 2009 04:31:18 PM
thanks a bunch! how much procion dye should i need?

also just because i have a whole bunch of rit still around what if i just dipped the cotton ball?

EDIT:yeah it didn't work, i'm going to try that spray dye now

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: wax disaster on: February 15, 2009 04:07:56 PM
for a piece i am working on about geologic time, the wax is representing the molten earth
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: OMG WHAT DID I DO?!?! on: January 19, 2009 11:45:47 PM
I used wiltons food coloring ( about 1/8th tsp), with vinear and water ( I used a 50-50 mix, yes overdoing it... but better safe then sorry right?)  And i did "hand paint" it,  with wiltons brown and Wiltons violet.   Then wraped in saran, and steamed it for a good 40mins+ .    so the violet turned purple and blue, which I like.  So I'll probably just start my process over and maybe just dye the brown... but what might go over that?  red?  and would it make a nice brownish red?  might look awful with the purple....  Bleh!  Maybe now, sugestions as to color that would look great with the purple and blue, that will go over , or turn the brown a nicer color.  pls and tnx

oh I forgot to mention that I soak my wool in hot water (with a tiny bit of soap) for abbout an hr before I dye it.

do you think this method would work on cotton balls? Did you use white vinegar? Does the fabric bleed at all?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: January 14, 2009 06:09:44 AM
Oh and i almost forgot paper cuts! there's pretty much a 75% chance that if I pick up a piece of paper I will paper cut myself on it.

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