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15601  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altoid tin theme swap Round 2 Gallery. on: July 15, 2006 01:21:08 PM
Oh, Racky!  It's wonderful!  Smiley  Not that any of us would ever have expected otherwise!

What are it's little feet made of?
15602  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: July 15, 2006 11:46:52 AM
Anyhow, because I have NO patience, here's my new pendant I just painted!
Viva la Koi!

Aw... I love Koi, it's lovely!  Smiley  It would make a cute lil' set with your orange & white funky bracelet, too.  I just love how your shop is growing!
15603  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: July 14, 2006 08:34:14 PM
sweets:  I think the guy that bought Jack must be related to your silent seller.  I have convoed him twice, once to thank him and again to tell him the item shipped.  I have heard NOTHING from this guy!  I am beginning to wonder if his spam blocker is stopping the convo emails.

LOL!  Sorry for the late reply... I was on vacation.  Smiley  That's funny!  Hopefully by now he has replied?  My item arrived the day I left for vacation, so I hit the road a happy camper (no pun intended, lol).

PS - I love my kitty! Though she will actually be going to someone else . . . I'm just glad sweets4ever is on vacation, or I'm sure I wouldn't have been fast enough with a cursor to get it before her!

Ha ha!!  I missed some awesome listings in a week.  I'll have to do some catching up now...hehe!  I bought lots of lil' things in Florida though - mostly jewelry, antique-y little things, etc.  I love shopping *happy sigh*

These are my "thank you" gift to sweets4ever for making me three beautiful banners.  i hope she likes them!

thanks sweets.

WOOHOO!!  They were waiting for me when we got home at 5 am!  I got really sunburned on vacation, so I'm FREEZING and can't walk, so I put them on as soon as I opened them.  I've been wearing them all day, lol!  Not only are they absolutely adorable, they are wonderfully cozy!  My tootsies couldn't be happier.  I love the yarn color(s).... If I could jump for joy, I surely would!

I'm on pins and needles. I am so eager to make my 100th sale today that I am offering a super promo (I'm currently at 99 sales) so to entice someone to become my 100th - i'm offering a fantabulous freebie - whoever is my next and 100th sale can choose another item from my shop for FREE! AND get FREE shipping on both - only restriction is that the item you choose as a freebie must be equal to or lower in price than the item you purchase.

I've also just listed to fantastic bicycle totes - same design - one in red, one in black!

here's the black one!

I am so bummed I missed this opportunity!!  The bike tote is fab though... it's going on my list!  Smiley
15604  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: More melted bead goodness! Starry Night ;) on: July 14, 2006 11:59:03 AM
Sorry for responding late... I was out of town on vacation!  Smiley  *happy sigh*

Did it make much of a smell or stick to the pan at all?

Yes... they STINKY!  Smiley  The less I open the oven, the less the smell lingers into the kitchen (I'm very impatient & was making a habit of peaking often!).  I also turn the "Exhaust fan boost" on the microwave which is mounted directly above the oven & that seems to help a bit.  Smiley

I lined the cookie sheet with foil prior to arranging the beads... so, nope - no stickage.

Maybe you could use a metal eyelet next time for the hanging hole...  the kind you can buy in the craft store.  If anyone isn't familiar with them they are little metal cylindars that require a special tool to crush down so they can hold open a hole in fabric... like the eyelets for shoelaces... anyhooo... it might be worth a shot!

That's a nifty idea!  I've been drilling holes after the pieces cool, but I think eyelets might had a little more of a finished look.  I'll have to try that...woot!  Smiley

I must say I had some trouble pulling this project off.  For starters, my pony beads would not melt!  After an hour at 350 degrees, I could see the shapes of the beads so I cranked the oven up to 450.  I left them in for another half an hour before I gave up and took them out of the oven for good.  The beads melted into each other, but you can still see the shapes of the beads.  Is that standard?  Did they take so long because I used a 6" pan? 
Did it make much of a smell or stick to the pan at all?
The other problem I had was the tin foil stuck to my piece, especially around the edges where the beads had melted underneath the foil sandwiching it.  The melted  beads stuck to the side of the cake pan so doing the project without tin-foil is not really an option.  Has anyone tried non-stick cooking spray?  Any other pointers?  As far as smell, I did not think itl was that bad, but all my windows were open so that must have helped.

Eeek!  I'm sorry you had so many problems.  Sad

Pony beads take the longest to melt...but if I allow them to melt entirely, they turn completely liquid & I can't distinguish their original shape or size at all (I let the beads for the lampshade melt entirely https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=100703.0).  The faceted beads (used in the sky) melt faster & can also be melted to a thick, gooey liquid.  I didn't let any of the beads on this piece melt that long though...the general shape of the beads are still recognizable.  You can see this in the sky in particular.  Smiley

With entirely flat pieces, if you lay your foil completely flat, you shouldn't have any problems with the foil getting stuck to the beads since there are no flaps/folds with the beads/foil.  On the lampshade piece, it was a bit tricky, because as I molded it into shape, some folding occurred.  Near those folds, I used tweezers to pull the bits of foil off.  There weren't too many though (thank goodness!)
15605  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted Bead...Coasters!! on: July 14, 2006 11:45:25 AM
Yeah!  I am sure felt would glue to the bottoms just fine... or even those little stickable rubber feet.  Smiley
15606  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Altoid tin theme swap Round 2 (Signups Closed; sendout July 21) on: July 05, 2006 09:15:20 PM
Oh, no problem!  It's a great swap...I know they'll be more in the future!  Smiley  I'll have lots of fun seeing what whackiness you all come up with.  Smiley
15607  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Altoid tin theme swap Round 2 (Signups Closed; sendout July 21) on: July 05, 2006 08:56:32 PM
Bah!  That's a bummer... Tongue  Ya should have modified your subject line to say signups were closing July 6 rather than 7.  Sad

Oh wells, I know it's gonna be an awesome gallery & I can't wait to stalk all the photos!! Smiley
15608  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: July 05, 2006 08:33:40 PM
lusterbunny-i like that site! i found something funny though


look at the price, then the sale price lol

Hehe...I thought the same thing at first glance.  The actual price is 18.00, though.  The strikethrough hides the middle of the eight, so it looks like a zero instead... I copied it to Word & removed the strikethrough... lol.
15609  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Roughin'it Camp cooking on: July 05, 2006 08:29:41 PM
Summer sausage...not sausage links.  Smiley  It's... trail sausage, the kind that you would eat with cheese & crackers.

We're heading camping later this week, too!  Smiley  Not back packing like you though.  I'm sure you'll have a lotta fun. Smiley
15610  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: More melted bead goodness! Starry Night ;) on: July 05, 2006 08:15:38 PM
Thanks all!  Smiley

After the beads are melted how hard/sturdy are they?  Can they be cut with scissors?

They are really hard... just like a sheet of thick plastic or a reusable hard plastic plate.  No, I don't think you could cut it at all... I have drilled through them for hanging though.
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