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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Photo-Slide Lampshade (Tutorial) on: July 19, 2007 01:48:19 PM
I have looked and looked for slides and still haven't found any. I may have to rethink what I can use for this lamp.

you can print on transparency paper (the stuff teachers use for overhead projections) and cut them into squares.  then frame the squares with some sort of heat resistant paper/material.  if you use transparency paper I would think that the parchment paper mounted on the back would be even more needed to bring out more detail.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Photo-Slide Lampshade (Tutorial) on: July 16, 2007 06:45:28 PM
do the slides burn??
No the slides do not burn.  I have had my lamp for over 4 years and there is no sign of that; I just make sure to use a 60-watt or lower light bulb just in case.  Also, be sure to use parchment paper on the back of the slides as opposed to wax-paper or vellum.  I covered a lampshade with vellum once and it did burn.  It did not catch on fire just turned brown and shriveled up.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Office/Craftroom HELP! on: June 26, 2007 10:30:53 AM
what about using gift wrap instead?  This is my favorite site for wrapping paper.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: super sexy female cake on: June 25, 2007 10:12:05 AM
HA!  This reminded me of the bOObie cupcakes I made for a friends bachelor party.

These were super easy.  All we did is cut out heart shaped cake boards for each set of boobs and placed 2 cupcakes at the top of them.  Then we covered them in fondant and added nipples and clothing items with the fondant as well.  The tattoos were done using food writers which are food-safe markers you can buy at Michaels in the cake section.  We got the idea, and many more ideas, from Debbie Brown's Adult cake books.  She has like 2 or 3 and they are great!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Any strawberry recipes? on: June 25, 2007 09:41:45 AM
These are the easiest strawberry recipes.
-Stuffed Cupcakes:
     1. Make cupcakes using any white cake mix. 
     2. Once baked, cut out holes in the center of each cupcake and fill them with strawberries and cool whip. 
These make for a unbelievably refreshing treat.

-Layered Strawberry Cake:  *I included the brand names because I feel they really are the best for this recipe after a lot of trial and error
     1. Bake a 9x13 Duncan Hines Strawberry cake.
     2. Allow cake to cool and then while left in the pan cover the cake in Smucker's Chocolate Hot Fudge *it must be the hot fudge because it is thick enough to stay in the places you spread it to and not just slide off to the sides.  Also, make sure to use the entire jar!    Grin
     3. Now spread cool whip over top of the hot fudge.
     4. Finish by decorating the top with freshly cut strawberries and place in refrigerator until serving time.
Serve this dish cool and you will have yet another unbelievably refreshing dessert.
 Wink With the layered cake, another thing you can do with it, is to make it a mint cake instead of a strawberry cake.  To do this, all you have to do is make a white cake batter and add 2-3 Tbsp. of Creme De Menthe to it.  This is sooooo good and perfect for any time of the year; it is a freind and family favorite.  Serve this one cold as well.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Fondant on: June 25, 2007 09:25:00 AM
I make a lot of cakes and use fondant on a majority of them.  So if I were you I would use the marshmallow recipe, it tastes way better then normal fondant...way better.  As far as the consistency goes, the marshmallow fondant is a little more rubbery and has a bit more gloss to it.  While I think they both work about the same, if you are using the marshmallow kind, be sure to have your air conditioner on because any humidity at all will make the dough very sticky and unpleasant to work with.  This really goes for any kind of fondant but you will find the marshmallow one is more sensitive to heat and humidity.  One more tip, make sure any of the fondant you are not working with is sealed in a plastic bag right away.   The fondant dries pretty quickly and once it starts to dry it becomes very crackly and almost impossible to make it smooth, which is kind of the look fondant is used to achieve.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Button / Badge / Pin Makers on: June 24, 2007 06:47:44 PM
I have a button maker from Badge-A-Minit (http://www.badgeaminit.com/). It is a hand press one which is the best way to go for your first button maker because it is cheap, like $50 including supplies as oppose to $150+.  I really like this store because every  press comes with a lifetime guarantee.  In fact, mine broke once and I just called the store and all they did was ask for my name.  A brand new press arrived in like a week and I did not even have to send my broken one back.  Plus, the directions are really clear and easy to understand.  This website had the cheapest presses I could find and the refill buttons are really cheap too!  Check this place out, it is worth it.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: screw eyes on: June 24, 2007 06:38:17 PM
This sounds weird, but you can get them at Michaels in the framing section with all the other hardware; at least at the ones in Michigan anyways.  If my memory serves me right from when I worked there, I believe they have ones small enough to work for a domino.  It's worth a shot anyways.  GOOD LUCK!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sharing - my love of RESIN!!! Image OBESE!!! on: June 24, 2007 06:07:41 PM
Instead of drilling holes in the resin it is easier to buy necklace parts that can be glued to the back with glass/metal glue.  This is what I use when I make glass fused pendants.  You can get them at any specialized beading store and some craft stores.  The link below shows a picture of one type.  Although those on this website are more for gluing in rhinestones.

Does anyone know what type of drill bit you need to drill the holes in resin?

I found this website that has some good tips on resin casting.. http://www.dadahaus.com/index.php?main_page=infopages&pages_id=8

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: liquor bottle candles... on: January 05, 2007 01:08:00 PM
thanks for the feedback!...
-as far as where to buy the tool, I have no idea. i borrowed my parents.

You can buy a bottle cutter at Michaels Arts and Crafts if you live in the States.  Never used it, but you can bet I am running to go get one right now...I love this idea!!!  Shocked
Gold Star!
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