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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Valentine's Day "Wall Art" on: February 02, 2010 02:50:19 AM
Beautiful idea, it looks lovely.
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cute little gift bags from newspapers, with TUTORIAL! on: February 02, 2010 02:40:30 AM
Awesome, thank you for the tutorial!
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Multi-stranded Amethyst bracelet on: February 02, 2010 02:24:45 AM
I decided to participate in the One World One Heart giveaway event this year. For it, I'm giving away a bracelet (and a bookmark)... but here's the bracelet:

Since I was running low on good craft wire, I used tigertail to make this bracelet. I slightly crimped the metal beads so that they'd stay in place for the entwined strands. The flat, glass amethyst beads are a favorite in my stock and I rarely ever use them. But they looked so pretty here, I could not not make this bracelet  Tongue

A quick collage:  Smiley

Thank you for viewing.

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flowers, flowers and my dirty dishes... on: February 02, 2010 01:34:47 AM
These are lovely. I love the purple flower and dirty dishes. Smiley
15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Covered Altoid Tin for my Mom on: January 19, 2010 07:23:25 PM
It's beautiful. I'm sure your mom will love it.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny little fairy charm on: January 19, 2010 07:20:04 PM
It's the cutest little thing...
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Cold Porcelain Clay on: January 19, 2010 07:18:14 PM
Bending the shank sounds more secure too actually. I'll be trying that next time as well.

  Yep, just another reason to love polymer clay  Wink Cheesy Grin

Well said Wink
18  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Re: Anyone from India ? on: January 19, 2010 02:26:52 PM
I'm from India too, Hyderabad. Hope you find that rotatory cutter.
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / When the moon turns blue on: January 19, 2010 12:41:03 PM
I recently finished a page in my art-scrapbook (it's technically not a scrapbook because there are more art stuff in it than photo pages.)

This page was inspired by these lines:

    But once in a while the odd thing happens,
    Once in a while the dream comes true,
    And the whole pattern of life changes.
    Once in a while, the moon turns blue.

To go with that theme, I gave the clouds a silver lining and then glittered the moon and stars. The moon, clouds and mountains are layered with blue shaded calender paper, construction paper, clear blue plastic and newspaper cuttings. Then I printed out three of the four verses above in a simple font and glued them to the bottom.


Here's a quick collage of the page, hopefully showing you the layers on it:


And finally, here's my favorite part: Smiley


The stars were made to look as if they were hung from above. I used silver embroidery thread to do that and taped the excess to the back. Too bad for my messy fingers.

It actually turned out a lot simpler than I intended, but it's definitely a favorite of mine.  Smiley

Love to hear what you think!
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Cold Porcelain Clay on: January 13, 2010 06:05:01 AM
I think in this particular case, the problem might have been the hole(s) rather than the finish/glaze.  

Notice that the chipping away of the paint and sealer on these pieces is right next to the hole you made for the eye pin rather than anywhere else.  I'm assuming that the water got into the clay from around the pin (or U-shaped wire), and even just a little water will undermine air-dry clays.  
If you hadn't been taking showers, it might not have happened though since the amount of humidity (vs. shower water) getting into the hole would have been a lot less.  

It actually makes a lot of sense. I think you're right about glazing it better near the pin. I'll be doing that for the rest. If clear nail polish acts a good glaze, that'd be great. It'll still be looking into polyurethane, too. Air dry clay can be so tricky, especially where water is concerned. Now, I'm glad I didn't go ahead and glaze the other ones, I can rest assured that they're fully dried now and glaze them better.

As for sealing the hole, I'll try it with glue. I wonder though, since air dry clay shrinks, shouldn't the pins be secured anyway? It's better to be on the safe side though. Also, I wonder if covering the holes with a layer of the clay merged with the rest of the charm would work...

Thank you so much for your insight, you've been loads of help Smiley
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