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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / ripple afghan problems on: January 12, 2005 01:38:54 PM
I haven't crochetted in probaby a year and a half. I really want to make a ripple afghan.  The patter I found calls for a G hook.  I chained the 252 stitches, but then found out in row #2 that I crochet WAY too tightly!!! If I use a larger hook will the pattern still come out somewhat the same?  (I'd have to start over of course) Or--- does anyone have a pattern that calls for a larger sized hook? 

I plan on making the blanket out of a bunch of colors (I bought it for a different blanket, but never finished it oops! hehe)  i'm moving out in the spring after i graduate, so i want this blanket to be for me new home Smiley

I saw a shawl on this website that had a shell pattern, could that be converted into a blanket? that would be really pretty tooo!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / e-6000 flammible? on: January 09, 2005 12:39:37 PM

I know this is probably a silly question, but is it safe to use an adhesive (e-6000 in this case) on a votive or candle holder?  I was thinking about attaching glass flat marbles to the outside, but im worried if the adhesive would be flammible on the outside of the glass?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Split Ring Pliers on: January 05, 2005 05:44:46 PM
Hey guys---
I recently found a love for jump rings and slit rings. Im interesting in making a chain out of the split rings, but they are such a pain in the butt to open!!! Sad
my question is about split ring pliers--- I never knew there WAS such a thing! After being frustrated with constantly flinging millions of  split rings across my room, im really  interested in this tool!

My question is are these tools worth it? Do they bend the rings out of shape, or just pry 'em open enough to use them?  Is there anywhere else besides a jewlery supply store that I could find these? (I'm fine with resorting to online too! I've looked all over and cant find them in person--- the beading store is too far for me to drive to right now)

I found this pair on ebay     http://images.auctionworks.com/hi/51/51407/HA-TP5800.jpg      it looks like it would change the shape of the rings because it looks bulky, but maybe thats just me?

...... instead of me rambling on, could someone give me some pointers----- should i get these things, or continue to flick the rings all over the place?? Smiley   Thanks!!!!!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Clay Books on: January 04, 2005 07:16:38 AM
I'm interested in learning about polymer clay, but mostly interested in how to make faux stones (beads), and other trinkets (less interested in making dolls/etc)

Could anyone reccommend an excellent book for me??? there are so many, and there is only a limited amount at book stores and craft stores for me to look through. 

Here are two i've already heard good things about:
The Polymer Clay Techniques Book
by Sue Heaser


Creative Ways with Polymer Clay
by Dotty McMillan           (this one had a lot of really neat techniques)

Thanks in advance!!!    If anyone could even share some tips for making faux stones that would be great too!!!! I think my best bet for now is to start experimenting.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bead Dolls on: December 05, 2004 11:47:38 AM
I got this idea from a great book: Wild With a Glue Gun by Kitty Harmin and Christine Stickler

I have tons of mixed glass beads and I thought this was just so cute!! (I turned her into a magnet too--- im addicted to making magnets!!!!!!!)

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Non-Flammable varnish? on: December 05, 2004 11:18:14 AM
I'm not sure if this is the correct place for this but here goes:

I covered some glass votice candle holders with polymer clay and baked them accordingly.. I dont have adremel tool yet (christmas!) so I wanted to know if there is anything I can coat this with that will not be flammable (its a gift, i dont want to burn her house down!) I'm just looking for something to give it a nice gloss coat.
I was thinking a spray clear coat, but I think that stuff can be flammable.......

They're pretty ugly, but theres something about them that I like! Smiley (I like ugly... hahah...)
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Shrinky-Dink Question on: December 05, 2004 08:51:34 AM
I just bought a pack of shrinky-dink paper. I havent done this stuff in years!!! I made a test "ruler" to see how much is shrunk, but it curled really quickly-- and i couldnt get it un-stuck.... it was actually quite a mess--- i accidentally flung it into the back of the over--- had to get out the bbq fork to try to grab it... so needless to say  i need help with the curling!!!

is it possible to cook the shrinky dinks under a piece of glass to prevent the curling? or does anyone have any other ideas?? I want to make some necklaces with the shrinky-dink design as a charm...
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