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1  Re: silkscreen on METAL using EZSCREENPrint .. HELP! in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by squid_ink on: October 19, 2007 02:02:36 PM

here's a copy of the handiwork..it's on annodized aluminum (the annodization process makes it black) and i used oil based paint, it's the tube kind I got at a local arts store.  I used the heaviest paint possible, it took FOREVER To dry, so I sprayed it with some laminate towards the end, it seemed to seal it.

the controller is 8inches X 6inches.. I forget the size of the  (I'm pretty sure it was 12pt), but it was small. I ordered the HiRes sheets and they really made a difference. If you don't have small images or fonts, the regular works nicely.

I love this product, it was so easy to work with. I'm getting my niece a kit as part of her birthday present!
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2  i took the plunge and made a worm bin! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by squid_ink on: September 23, 2006 08:19:01 PM
I had followed the directions  here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50901.0) from a craftster post, it's been working GREAT ... but I upgraded a little :

With winter coming I don't want to schlep out to the compost heap, this way it's nice and close to the house.

I'm happy with it, and the worms seem pretty content too..  Wink
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3  Bat House (don'tcha know bats speak french?) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by squid_ink on: June 11, 2006 08:42:46 AM

I hope I spelled it right. I don't speak french.

I repainted and touched up my a bathouse I made last year.. and decided to use my handy woodburining tool to dress it up a little. I didn't get any tenants last year (the spot was shadier than I thought.. I put it up in the early spring before the leaves grew in  Undecided ) so I though that I'd put it in a warmer/sunnier spot, and label it in case there was any doubt in the bat's mind as to whether it's a bat house or not haha.

I was going to write Le Bar Bat and draw a martini glass on it (it was then name of a nightclub in NYC back in the 90s) but I thought this was a little cuter, and my neighbor is a French woman in her 70s.. I figured she'd get a kick out of it! I was going to ask her how to spell it but I want it to be a surprise! (it faces in the direction of her house, and she's been asking if anyone's moved in.. she loves nature)

Fingers and wings crossed that someone moves in.. they're all in the barn right now, and we'll be getting a new roof put in next year or the year after, so everyone needs to relocate, at least temporarily...

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4  Danger Flying Squirrels Ahead! *hopefully* in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by squid_ink on: April 27, 2006 06:45:32 PM
I made a flying squirrel housel and jazzed it up a little using a woodburning tool that I picked up at Joannes with one of those 40% off coupons.

more details in links "
inside of house
closeup (I didn't design this I found it online somewhere. I think it's the name of a record label, that's why he's holding a mike):
from the side

The day I was putting the finishing touches on it, the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day was :

nidus( \NYE-dus\ ) noun

1 : a nest or breeding place; especially : a place or substance in an animal or plant where bacteria or other organisms lodge and multiply
*2 : a place where something originates, develops, or is located

The lettering is a little primitive, I skipped woodburning in camp LOL... and the imprint of the squirrel was done with a flat tool that transfers laserjet images onto another surface. Pretty neat.  I'm hoping some residents take up soon, they have two litters in a year, and tend to return to a site year after year if it's to their liking. There's metal around the entry hole to keep out bluejays and ground squirrels.  We have the critters around here, they've been 'brought' into the house by one of our four legged furry tenants.
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5  Re: DIY Hummingbird Feeder.... in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by squid_ink on: July 17, 2005 03:33:35 PM
okay... I found something that seems to work. I didn't follow the above link... I sorta 'winged' it (no pun intended!)

Old empty soy sauce container upside down and held with copper. Thank you Kikkoman!

Hopefully the hummingbird visitors will be back soon.. I've seen them in the past.  Cheesy

PS The tomato plant next to it.. it's the 'upside down' tomato planter .. idea found here on this board!
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6  cat bed with a twist... in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by squid_ink on: June 18, 2005 09:12:09 AM
I know this has been posted before but I couldn't find the thread (the search didn't work?? ). I made a cat bed for my new kitty.
Here's a closeup of the fabric..

It's sort of personalized.. he's blind (he ran into a car in 1999)

but he seems to like it..

..so its a hit!  Grin
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7  Delta Texture Magic in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by squid_ink on: June 18, 2005 07:10:41 AM
I was looking for cement stucco for stenciling a pattern on bricks for the garden.. and I saw this stuff

Does it work? Will it hold up outside, or do I have to put a laquer or sealant on it? Has anyone used it, and how did it last over time?

 Huh Huh Huh
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8  Re: The "Nice to Grow You" Upside down planter...Tutorial Added Below in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by squid_ink on: May 07, 2005 03:43:06 PM
had too many cherry tomatos started from seed and I just HAD to give this a try..

this is such a cool idea! Mom's getting one for Mothers Day (I'll see her in two weeks, she's out of town..)

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9  standard (round) cat bed in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by squid_ink on: April 04, 2005 03:44:56 PM

I had some fabric left over, and I used an old flannel sheet for the lining. I had started cutting the fabric a while ago, I was using a Simplicity pattern that seems to have disappeared.. but it came out ok.

I used thin plastic to shape the sides so they don't fold over.. I sprayed some Elmers adhesive onto the fluffy stuff to hold it on tight, and pulled the fabric over that.. (I found some in my husband's workshop/barn.. who KNOWS where it came from!)

I can easily cut the inside lining out to replace or wash if it gets too.. furry.

My Princess seems to approve... Smiley
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10  Speaking of Meowsies .. in Suggest New Boards and New Features by squid_ink on: March 02, 2005 09:11:59 AM
I just had to share this.. this fellow is not mine but I made a sweater..

.. I couldn't resist.  Wink

I would love a pet specific thread.  Grin
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