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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Circuit board on: January 10, 2010 06:02:07 PM
Thanks. Mine has lots of interesting coloured transistor looking bits, so I might try that necklace.
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Personalised memory sticks on: January 10, 2010 01:07:11 PM
Thanks for all that information. I thought trying to bake a USB drive would just be one of my crazy ideas, so it never occured to me to check on here for people who had looked at the science behind it.
Taking the plastic shell off and baking that was one idea that I had, but the way my drives were put together meant that the outer shell kind of curved in at the top and needed to split into two pieces to come off round the circuit board etc., so wouldnt have gone back on once I had baked clay around it.

I made the caps straight onto the plastic caps provided with the drives, and baked with the caps inside. I thought the chances of the plastic melting at Fimo heat were pretty small, and it wouldnt have been a disaster if I had to give the drives without caps.
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Personalised memory sticks on: January 09, 2010 09:07:05 AM
StephR, A memory stick is another name for a flash disk or USB drive.

I initially tried covering the drive with cling film (plastic wrap in the US I think) but then of course that got stuck to the drive itself. I thought about trying to mould them, but was worried that when I baked around the mould the clay would just never come off the mould.
On about the 3rd go I tried using talcum powder on the memory stick, then crafting around that. It took about 3 more goes for me to realise that I needed to regularly slip off the clay, add more powder and then put the clay back on top to stop the clay absorbing the powder and sticking whilst I was working on the details.
I then baked them off the sticks, but put a spare memory stick cap in the end of each to stop them folding in during baking. I also took them out every 5 mins and just slipped the sticks inside briefly to make sure that they stayed the correct shape. Not sure if this was necessary, but as it was a christmas eve baking I didn't want to risk having to do them again.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Circuit board on: January 09, 2010 08:27:18 AM
I have recently dissasembled my old CD player, and it has a fantastic bit of circuitboard in the back. Its crying out for some kind of crafting (leaning jewellery-wards at the moment, but could be anything really) but I cant really figure out what specifically I want to do with it.  Does any one have any suggestions?
15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Personalised memory sticks on: January 09, 2010 08:03:06 AM
These are some memory sticks which I personalised using Fimo as Christmas gifts:

It was very difficult to figure out how to get the clay off the stick to bake so I didn't melt the memory stick in the oven. I was quite pleased with the way they turned out though. Comments/criticism very welcome.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lemmings! A tote bag for my brother on: December 19, 2009 04:39:07 PM
Great idea, well executed. Now you've made me need to play lemmings though, and its after midnight here!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Witchy Cupboard on: November 20, 2009 04:30:15 PM
I LOVE this. As soon as I figure out where I could possibly put it, I am definitely making one.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Waterproofing inkjet shrinky dinks on: November 16, 2009 04:48:44 PM
Just tagging my question onto an existing (semi-relevant) topic, but does anyone know if shrinkles really reduce by 7 times (as in you would need to multiply the evenutal size by 7 to arrive at a starting size)? It seems like much more than I used to remember, and Im slightly concerned Im going to end up with world's largest jewelery!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Extreme Birdhouse # 70 on: November 03, 2009 01:26:28 PM
Wow. That is truly awesome. My dad would love one of those if we had more space. What kind of birds do you expect to use it?
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halloween Bling on: October 11, 2009 06:33:50 PM
I am completely in love with both the witch ones. Very haloweeney. Do you know of a tutorial that explains the method you used to get the nice textured effect on the background (or useful keywords to search to find the right kind of idea)?

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