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21  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / How can I personalize the top of clear pin boxes? on: August 29, 2012 09:04:40 PM
My friend's mom works at a quilting shop and they go through a ton of pins.  I heard they were just throwing out the plastic boxes that they come in.  I was horrified to hear this!
His mother now saves them for me.  For the longest time I had no idea what to do with them, but recently I had an idea.  I was thinking that I could personalize the top and give them away as little boxes for people to hold what-ever they want in.
The boxes are like the ones here: http://www.roserushbrooke.com/dritz-xf-glass-head-pins.html
I was thinking of designing the main part on the computer and then gluing it on to the plastic, in the little recessed area in the middle.  I could also add rhinestones and glitter and all that fun stuff.
What glue should I use to make sure it will be clear to see the image and be flexible so it doesn't pop off when they use the box?
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a glue that becomes metal. on: August 06, 2012 11:03:25 AM
I recently took a class and got talking to some of my fellow classmates. The one I was talking to makes pins.
She said she used to use a glue that dried and became metal.  She said that you did not need to heat it or anything like that.  She used it to fuse silver plates to the pin-backs.
She thought it was Liquid Solder, but when she ordered some, it did not work right.  She said it became thin an just peeled right off.
Does anyone know what it might have been she used years ago?
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Are all aurora borealis finishes done with lead? on: July 27, 2012 04:59:56 PM
I love the look of beads with an AB finish to them.  They make things just look so pretty.
I heard that to get this effect they coat the item in a thin layer of lead.
I was thinking of making a bracelet where the beads would be touching my skin directly, so I'm a bit worried about the lead.  I am the kind of person who wears the same bracelets until they fall off.
Is there any way to tell if the AB finish is done with anything that isn't lead?  Can that even be done?

If it helps, I've been looking at getting some of these:
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How can I make fabric have this pleated/gathered look for hair clips? on: July 19, 2012 08:42:08 PM
Someone I know likes to design things, but doesn't have the skills to make what she envisions.  I told her I would make some of the things for her.  It's been pretty easy until we got to this one.  I have no idea how to make fabric do this.

They are going to be about 2.5 inches wide.
The pleat/gathers can go to the center of the design (she just left them out for the picture since she is going to have things go in the center)  She wants it out of suede, but if anyone things there is a better fabric for it, I can pass it on to her.
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Who wants to play Name That Font? on: July 19, 2012 02:12:00 PM
I created the banner for my Etsy shop a while ago and I love it.  Sadly, the computer that has the Illustrator file decided to make a burning smell and stop working (no, I have no idea what I did either)
I would like to re-make it so that I can make it different sizes and print it without it looking pixeled.  Since I made it so long ago, I have no idea what fonts I used.  I really just need help on what I used for the big "C"s and the rest of the words.  Someone can try and name what I used for the middle of the "M" part, but that seems like it would be harder.
Hopefully someone will be able to help me!

26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Rexlace bracelet dilemmas: time vs price on: July 17, 2012 02:44:20 PM
Hello all!
I have been making bracelets like these, on my breaks at my day-job, or when on the bus:

I would love to be able to sell them in my Etsy shop as well, but I have a few worries.  My normal rate for the things I make is $20 per hour.  These take a bit of time to make.
I'm worried that the second someone sees that it is made with Rexlace that they will be looking to spend less than I would charge.
I know my time is worth something, but I don't want to be that person hoping someone will pay over $20 for one plastic bracelet.  I'm wondering if I should charge less for them than I normally would since they are more of a time-filler than anything else.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What is a good glue for good quality flat-back rhinestones? on: June 22, 2012 03:13:16 PM
I have this awesome accessory order I've been working on.  Some of the stones she gave me are sew-on, so the glue I've been using is good enough to hold them down while I sew them.  Unfortunitly not all of the ones she gave me are sew-on.
I have been using both Beacon's Embellish It Glue, and Beacon 527 Multi-use Glue.  It only half works wonderfully for them.  After the glue is dry I found that they can pop-off, but the silver backing is still glued down.  Is there any glue that will glue it all down, or am I stuck gluing and hoping?
Here is a link to what I am working with: http://www.mjtrim.com/rhinestones-crystals/swarovski-flatback/swarovki-flatback-rhinestones-crystal.html  they are the smallest size.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know how much lead is in crystal trims? on: June 16, 2012 11:06:26 AM
I've been thinking-up some bracelet ideas based on the one I found here: http://www.ornamentea.com/TheShop/TutorialPages/EverydayWrappedBracelet.html
The crystal trim I want to use has a little warning on it about how it contains lead and the state of CA says it is bad, blah blah.  The usual warning about lead.
I'm wondering if it has a lot or not.  I'm also wondering, as long as it is only in the crystal part of the trim, would it matter since it will be sitting on top of cording?
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Price question: Price break points on: June 05, 2012 06:51:23 AM
I've been making pin/badges for my local yarn shop and they recently took some to a show.  Someone saw them and sent me an e-mail asking about my rates for 100, 500, and 1000.  I have the 100 covered, but the others are being a bit hard.
I charge $0.75 each for up to 150 because that will cover my cost of material * 1.5 and my time.
I'm not sure how to calculate the other ones.  I know there is a price break in there, since there is less starting and stopping, but I don't know how to get the numbers.
My fiancee tried to help, but the time it took me to get them printed was only a few mins, 5 at the most.  I have the printer in my basement, so there usually aren't lines or big print jobs in front of me ^.~
I tried to look it up online, but I don't seem to know what to search for.

Edit: I've was told it was a good idea to figure at cost per button.  Rounding up, it costs $0.66 to make each button (I forgot when I calculated it before that I actually doubled the cost of materials, it might also help that I am buying more at once than I was back then)
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How can I attach lace without sewing? on: May 19, 2012 11:28:50 AM
I have been commisioned to make some fabric flowers for someone.  She has given me the template and all the fabric.  She has some white satin that I am going to stiffen with some interfacing.  She would like some black lace on top of this.
The way the flowers are set-up is to have each petal cut out and attached, not a few big general flower shapes.  It would take too long to sew around each petal for what she can afford (she is paying me an hourly rate) and my sewing machine isn't smart enough to do a satin stitch.
I know spray glue would work to hold it for a short time, but I know that it won't hold long-time.  I'm also concerned that if I try and use fusable web, it will fuse through the holes in the lace and stitch itself to my pressing cloth or iron.  After those two, I'm out of ideas.
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