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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / block printing experiments on: September 21, 2008 05:07:15 PM
I've been playing around with different materials to use for block printing.. here  I cut out some thin plastic and inked it up to act as my plate..it was a two step process...one rectangular piece to give me my background colour and a second for my character... seemed to work quite well.. the line work is painted over top with calligraphy ink afterward...

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Printing onto acrylic (white plastic)? on: September 21, 2008 02:55:50 PM
when i was attending art school i looked into screen printing onto plastic and found it is a bit of a messy and toxic process.. you need special inks which need solvents to clean everything with, and it messes up your screen fairly quickly... i'm sure there are better processes out there though..
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Battery / LED lantern lights - where to find? on: August 25, 2008 01:00:55 AM
you could try making some throwies... http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Throwies/
4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: book making supplies on: December 04, 2006 02:29:06 AM
those book binding screws shouldn't be too hard to find... try your local book shop ... if you are in auckland i know that 'gordon harris' sells them.. 
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Re: Groovey 70s Chick (photos all sorted - YAY) on: June 06, 2006 12:14:37 AM
Hey.... that's great! .... Did you go through old family photos for inspiration?  Wink ... and I don't think you have to worry about it not being kitsch ... I looked up on Wikipedia and this is their definition ... Kitsch is a German term roughly meaning "knock off" that has been used to categorize art that is considered an inferior copy of an existing style. The term is also used more loosely in referring to any art that is pretentious or in bad taste, and also commercially produced items that are considered trite or crass. ... she does look German ...
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Tank Girl Yarn Help on: January 21, 2006 01:14:07 PM

That web site is great .... from there I was able to google for the conversion and found out that it's 12 ply!

Any other Aust/N.Zers out there I've found a great web site that converts US/ UK and AUST/NZ knitting terms


...thanks again .... now for the hard part ... what colour!!
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Tank Girl Yarn Help on: January 21, 2006 12:59:58 PM

I would really like to knit 'tank girl' but am having trouble working out what weight GGH Goa is... I'm from New Zealand so yarn is marked as 4ply / 8ply/ etc and we don't get any of the American brands of wool.... I usually work out the conversion but this one is stumping me .. is GGH the weight? I asked the lady down at my LYS and she guessed by looking at the size of the needles it could be either 10 or 12 ply... but wasn't sure.

SO... if there is anyone out there who is bi-lingual in yarn weights that would be great if you could shed some light on this... or even if someone could tell me if this GGH Goa wool is the same as Worsted weight or Chunky weight ... that would be GREAT!

(sorry for my extended rant)
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Bead Brooch on: January 20, 2006 02:33:38 PM
does anybody know what those brooch disks are called? i know what they are because i've seen them on my mums brooch but i need to know what they're called so i can buy some to make my own Smiley

gee.... i don't know.... you might have to do a google search .... if it's any help -  i bought them at a beading shop on granville island in vancouver when i was on holiday.... but i normally live in auckland new zealand - and also saw them at the beading shop in point chevalier ... if by coincidence you live by either of these places....
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Bead Brooch on: January 19, 2006 02:52:00 PM

Yep ... absolutely nothing technical here ... I just went crazy looping the beads on ... the discs have holes punched in concentric circles and a backing plate with the catch so that makes the whole process very easy ... but I can't see why you couldn't just do the same on a piece of felt and then glue the felt onto something stiffer ...
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Vintage Bead Brooch on: January 19, 2006 02:14:15 PM
I bought a container of vintage beads about a year ago, and I thought it was high time I actually did something with them- rather than just looking at them and thinking how pretty they were...  I then found these metal discs with holes punched in them in a beading shop... and the wheels started to turn....

............... a few hours later.... and this is what I came up with

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