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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Restoring crackheaded chickies - suggestions? on: July 01, 2007 06:42:39 PM
A friend of mine asked me to do a little project for her, she had these cheesy little cement chicks as lawn ornaments when she was a kid. They're all cracked and beat up now, she asked if I could restore them.

I was trying to figure out what would be the best way to fix them up in terms of their actual structure. Their beaks are broken off, and one of them has a big dent & crack in his head. Is it as simple as filling the spaces with quickcrete? Would I have to worry about it cracking as it dries? Will I be able to re-form a beak out of that? Or would I be better off making the beak out of Sculpey, and gluing it on? The surface just has to end up being paintable.

I'll post before & after pics when they're done. Smiley
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Non-sucky acrylic paint? on: December 31, 2006 04:56:33 PM
I'm thinking of starting a project that borders on the more artsy side of artsycraftsies, and had a question about finding non-sucky paint for it. I'm used to my dinky little acrylic paints (which are good mostly because they are cheap and I am poor), but I know they tend to fade over time (not even that much time). Any suggestions for a brand of acrylic paint, or something like it, that's more resistant to fading?

Thankees Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Disappearing Birdy on: June 17, 2005 05:35:35 AM
my mom had an african sennigal (sp?) for 4 yrs.  the bird would not shut up.  Angry at 5AM every morning, regardless of the day, it would sing off-key "I LEFT MY HEAAARRTTT IN SAN FRAN" and would never add the "SISCO".

Was this bird's name Floyd by any chance? I know someone who had a "second-hand" parrot that did exactly this, I'm wondering if this is the same bird... how freaky would that be? Smiley
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Build a boat... on: June 17, 2005 05:25:19 AM
These pictures are from the annual Roth Pond Regatta at Stony Brook University in NY. It is one of the only reasons why I'm still a student there, lol.  Roll Eyes You can see more pictures if you click around here.
5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Build a boat... on: May 16, 2005 06:38:32 PM
... out of nothing but cardboard and duct tape. Bonus points if it's seaworthy (ok, pond-worthy).

Yes, I've done it. Smiley Here's a pic:

I'm the one all the way to the left. We nearly won, until the dragon boat tried to eat my co-captain:

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Ice Cube Treats for Pets on: April 25, 2005 06:39:42 AM
I work at a wildlife hospital, and we make ice cube treats like those for the opossums. We put pinkie mice in them, with the tails sticking out of the ice. The opossums go nuts over them.  Grin
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Hamsters Clothes! on: April 25, 2005 06:37:14 AM
Your links aren't working for me, Ultraviolet...  Undecided

I have a rat named Beatrice too (and I think maybe I've told you that before? lol)  Grin
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Hamsters Clothes! on: April 22, 2005 04:45:10 PM
BlueMoon, does Imogen mind wearing those bunny ears? I've been contemplating on making my two rat boys some cute clothes, but was wondering if rats are ok with that stuff??

Imogene is a very easygoing rat, and didn't seem to mind the ears... my other rats were not as tolerant as she was, though. Boy rats tend to be on the lazy side, so you might be able to get them to wear something at least long enough to get a few pictures. Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Eeek... polyurethane disaster... Help? on: April 02, 2005 07:13:06 PM
Here's the deal... I paint on rocks using acrylic paint, and normally seal them with acrylic sealant (aerosol stuff). Someone asked me if I could weatherproof a couple of my rocks for her... so I tried using polyurethane, but it isn't really working. After three hours it's still tacky and crumbles off the surface at the edges (taking the paint with it). Is this because it's intended for porous surfaces?

I only polyurethaned the backs of the rocks (anticipating something like this would happen). Sooo... should I  try and do the fronts carefully and hope there's no more crumbling? Can I use the acrylic sealant on the fronts and on top of the polyurethane? For some reason I imagine them reacting with each other and screwing me up further... would too many layers of sealant cause more crumbling? Any other suggestions?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Hamsters Clothes! on: March 12, 2005 09:13:09 AM
From one fashionable clothes-wearing rodent to another - Imogene says hi:

(ok, so bunny ears aren't really clothes, but I'll take any excuse I can get to post cute ratty pictures  Grin )
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