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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Buttoning/fastening mega bulky knit? on: September 06, 2015 01:17:05 PM
I just finished knitting a mega bulky cowl/wrap combo loosely inspired by Katniss cowl in Catching Fire and the Lion Brand District 12 wrap pattern (I didn't follow it exactly but the idea is more similar to their adaptation than to more faithful replicas of the costume). The scarf/wrap part were knit separately and are supposed to be sewn together. However, I love the look of the two pieces separately as well, and after spending so much time and money, Id like to have a versatile piece which I could wear as one Katniss inspired cowl OR detach into two different items and choose between them.

That brings me to my question. Is there any removable alternative to just sewing them together? Im thinking of sewing a row of buttons into each side of the cowl and little button holes on each end of the wrap part, but I used Bernats Mega Bulky Yarn and am not sure if buttons would be sturdy enough to survive wearing this piece buttoned together, without having it detach when I dont want it to. I definitely see myself wearing it buttoned or seamed together as the full District 12 wrap, so it would have to survive more than, say, one Halloween party, but I would like to be able to use them separately too. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Aleene's paper glaze on: October 22, 2011 08:22:52 AM

I hope this question isn't redundant, but basically, I am a big fan of altered art jewelry making and recently received some pendant trays that are too small for the pre-made stick on resin or plastic domes I have. Making my own resin/epoxy seems way too intimidating and involves way too much chemistry for me, so I don't want to get into that but I do have some Aleene's paper glaze to use up. Would that be ok for sealing images into the pendant tray? Is there anything I could put/spray on top to make them tougher and more water resistant? (By water resistant, I mean it's possible for me or a recipient to splash a bit of water on them while drinking or washing hands... obviously they're not for wearing in the pool!)

Also, some sites recommend Diamond Glaze as a superior version of Aleene's Paper Glaze for this sort of stuff. Does anyone know if Michael's Ontario stores carry that or would it have to be ordered online?

Thanks in advance!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to get into engraving? on: March 02, 2010 04:49:07 PM
Hi. I am wondering if there is any relatively easy and relatively inexpensive way (say, under $60 or so for the equipment) way to get started doing one's own engraving? I would love to be able to engrave my own (metal, wood etc) projects, e.g., jewelry and photo frames, and I would particularly love to do a few pieces with the phrase amor non vincit for myself and some of my non-romantic friends right now; I've also had similar ideas in the past, with different phrases or images in mind for other occasions. However, going to a pro for a few different pieces gets expensive and subjects you to funny looks if you're doing something eccentric as an in joke (....which I am). I am therefore wondering if it would be feasible to get some tools of my own and learn to engrave a bit myself. Does anyone have any idea if that might be manageable? I've no experience working with power tools, sadly, but I could afford a few little Dollar Store type picture frames to practice on if that would be helpful and not completely laughable/useless.

Any help would be appreciated as I'd rather learn a new craft of my own than have to cave and go to a professional. Thanks in advance.
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