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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Can I paint then use a transfer? on: January 16, 2006 05:40:35 PM
I went to staples today to buy some dark transfer paper for transfering to a green shirt.  They were about 5X's as expensive as regular transfer paper.  My question is has any one tried to paint a white background on a shirt (like you would if you were stenciling) and then put the transfer on top of the paint?  Wouldn't that work just as well?  I guess I don't understand what does into the dark transfer process, but in theory, I think this would work just as well.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES / Floating Picture Frame on: December 11, 2005 06:55:34 PM
My inspiration for this project came from all those $20 frames you see at target that make the pictures look like they are floating.  Well, I made these ones with two pieces of plexiglass.  (I already had the plexi but it probably would have cost around $2 for the amount that I used.) I drilled some holes, then I screwed them together with flat sided machine screws (98 cents) and some wing nuts ($1.96).  I hot glued magnets (already had) on the back, but really you could use any hanger.  I also sanded the edges of the glass and colored them red with a sharpie to make them stand out a little more.  You can't really get the whole effect from the picture, but trust me, it looks awesome in real life.  

I needed some help from lady liberty because I only had two magnets, and plan to get more so that it will stay up better.

Here's a picture with the flash.  

The back.

Sorry the pictures are a little fuzzy, they never look that way on the 1" display on the camera.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Copper Wire Link Necklace on: November 29, 2005 02:03:14 AM
I have mastered the art of making these links.   And now have caluses.  Anyway, I made two of these necklaces out of 20 gauge copper wire, 4mm jump rings and beads.  One is for a Christmas Gift and the other one I made because, like I said, I have mastered the art of making these and had more wire left.  Let me know what you think.

Me modeling.

With the flash.

Without the flash.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Make your own beads on: November 16, 2005 11:23:46 PM
Does anyone know a way of making beads out of recycled plastic?  Think pop bottles.  I found this link, but it has no information on actually making the beads, just information on how to buy an e-book.


I know about the felt beads, clay beads, and also the paper beads (aka magazine beads.)  I don't think I want to wander into the world of making glass beads unless it's moderately easy and you don't need a lot of materials that I don't already own.

Any other ideas on bead making besides taking them from other pieces of jewelry?  Post them here.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Ear Threads on: November 10, 2005 03:12:36 PM
What are ear threads?  Are they earrings that "thread" all the way through your ear?  I was looking around at artbeads.com and found these....


Do you add beads to the end?  These intrigue me.  Sorry if I have it completely wrong and you bang your head agaist your computer screen because of my stupidity. Thanks in advance!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Juice Carton Wallet on: November 06, 2005 09:06:09 PM
I saw a wallet like this in a gift shop somewhere.  I decided I could make it cheaper, well free + time.  So here it is, the juice carton wallet

The closure is the actual cap from the juice carton
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Animated Avatar on: November 01, 2005 11:22:26 PM
Can anyone tell me how to make an animated avatar?  I have the Macromedia Suite and the Adobe Design Suite.  I don't know if it's possible to do that with any of these programs.  Any help would be appreciated!  Thanks in advance.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ideas for bulk christmas gifts on: October 24, 2005 01:27:10 AM
I like to make little Christmas presents for my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.  Having a lot of relatives, friends, boyfriend's relatives makes it hard to make a little something for everyone.  I've started thinking of some little things that I could taylor a little bit to each person, but still have the same present, and on the cheap & on the not so time consuming.

Hot/Cold Rice Bags

Gel Air Fresheners

Hot Cocoa Mix in Jars

Lip Gloss

Ever Popular Marble Magnets/Pushpins

Melt & Pour Soap (tiny ones)

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / She's Going To KILL Me on: October 02, 2005 08:51:46 PM
So my sister is running in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and I was elected to make T-Shirts to support her.  I was thinking of making a stencil of her and putting in on the shirt.  Problem is I suck at creating stencils... Any help is appreciated....There are pictures of her in my photobucket account.  Otherwise, any funny ideas are good.  Luckily she has a sense of humor. 


She's the one with redish hair

Thanks All
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Making Promotional Items on: September 01, 2005 12:57:04 AM
I work for a car rental company and I need to come up with some promotional items to hand out to other local businesses.  I would like something that would get noticed by the business and the business's customers.  I'm thinking of things like clocks, candy jars, and anthing else.  It's just to get some name recognition from more people.  If you have any ideas I would sure appreciate it!
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