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101  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Roadsigns on: January 05, 2004 06:36:56 AM
As I'm thinking of things you could do, all that's going through my head is....are these things cuttable?
102  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Candy Wrappers on: January 05, 2004 06:34:28 AM
A microscope slide necklace....how wonderful!!  The possibilities are just oozing out of my brain now!   Smiley
103  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Button / Badge / Pin Makers on: January 05, 2004 06:13:19 AM
My mom has a shop that I worked in during the summer growing up and one of her services is button making.  As with many products, in button makers the more metal components there are, the better.  Also, make sure you check the prices for any replacement pieces (more button backs, etc) to use in the machine you decide on.  You might find that spending a wee more on the machine means that you save oodles in the long run on replacement pieces.  Good luck!

As for anti-war, pro-troops messages....I saw one the other day: "Hate the war, Love the warriors"  
104  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:brite light inspiration .. link on: December 16, 2003 11:44:13 AM
Oh wow! That lamp is so amazing! What a great idea.

I was also trying to think of an alternative to the coffee table and my idea was a square wall hanging with light bright pegs that you could just walk up to an rearrange whenever you feel like.

For those of you who've done the coffee table -- do the pegs fit snugly in the pegboard holes or are the holes actually a little bigger than the pegs?

I'm wondering because if the pegs are a little loose, then the coffee table still works out great because the pegs aren't gonna fall out due to the flat angle. BUT at a 90 degree angle, would they just fall out? As I recall, the light brite toy itself is slightly angled and not 90 degrees.

You could also keep 'em in there with a little bit of clear-drying glue if you find that they don't quite fit the pegboard.
105  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Paint light bulbs on: December 16, 2003 11:23:28 AM
this is not paint, but I was wondering if I could use that etching cream Armour Etch on light bulbs to make a cool design and then screw in the light bulbs so that the design can be illuminated when the light bulb is turned on.

I'm thinking that maybe there are some safety concerns with the etching perhaps weakening the already very thin material.
106  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Crafty Condoms on: December 16, 2003 11:11:04 AM
The condom cake idea is one of those things that gets passed around between friends...."you'll never believe what I saw at so and so's birthday party!"  Heaven only knows where it originated.
107  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Crafty Condoms on: December 16, 2003 10:10:00 AM
Start making condom cakes for your friends when they have a birthday or some other special cake-required event.  I know I have a picture somewhere of one we made my aunt, so I'll try to hunt that down.  They're super fun, but not actually edible.

Directions for condom cakes:
Find an interesting bowl or container to present the "cake" in.  Decide how many condoms will fit and round up that many empty film cannisters (many photo shops will be able to supply you with some if you make friends with a clerk or two).  Dremmel a small hole (about 1/8") in the bottom of the cannister and put the lids aside for some other crafty destiny.

Put one alka-seltzer tablet in each film cannister.  Stretch one of the condoms over the open end, loosley tucking the excess condom into the cannister.  Arrange a little vermiculite in the bottom of your container.  Vermiculite is for plants...it's little white almost styrofoamy bits, available wherever they sell potting soils and such.  Now arrange your condom contraptions in the container with the hole down and the condom up.  Fill the rest of the container with vermiculite so that you can't see any of the fun stuff in the container and it looks like a big bowl of vermiculite.  A nice touch is to put a layer of potpourri on the top of the vermiculite.

Now, to serve your condom cake....boil some water.  You'll need enough to ensure that when you pour it into the container, it will get into the bottom of the film cannisters.  Put the cake infront of the happy recipient and pour the boiling water into the container.  The water will activate the alka-seltzer, causing the condoms to slowly but surely pop up out of the vermiculite.  If you have the layer of potpourri, there is a good chance that the recipient will get knocked in the nose by an emerging condom.  Oh what fun.  You end up with a bowl/pan with all these little condoms sticking up out of it.  You can also put some fake flowers or anything else on top to make it look nice.  Make sure nothing but vermiculite is on top of the condoms though.

These "cakes" are a lot of fun.  They're always good for a laugh and a bit of shock from the other party guests.  And the recipient will be thoroughly confused about this "cake" you've given her...until they start popping up!
108  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:brite light inspiration .. link on: December 16, 2003 09:51:31 AM
I have seen big packages of lite brite replacement pegs for sale in toy stores before.  That might be an alternative to finding them on eBay.
109  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:alteration ideas for a party dress on: December 11, 2003 03:58:08 PM
You can add crochet to anything!  There are a number of patterns for simple round inserts that can go on the chest of a shirt, at the hem of a skirt, on a pant leg, etc.  There are also a number of patterns for shirt toppers like the picture I posted, with varying styles and sleeve lengths.  There are also a few patterns for adding a crocheted edging to things.  These patterns all come from a book I found in a free bin at a yard sale (woohoo!).  It's called "Shanie Jacobs' Crochet Book".  If you want more details about any of the patterns, let me know!
110  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:alteration ideas for a party dress on: December 11, 2003 02:31:22 PM
I've got some patterns for adding crocheted bits to clothing.  I've done this halter one.

It might make a pretty addition to the dress, so long as you know how to crochet!  The flutter sleeves or stretch lace are also good ideas!
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