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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Question regarding metal casting. on: January 12, 2006 07:08:58 PM
I would like to try my hand at casting using metals, but I am unsure as to what kind of molds are and are not acceptable.  For example, I have a great mold that is used for casting polymer clay.  Do you think it would be ok to cast with it or should I make a cast, make a DIFFERENT mold of that cast, and use that? 

I would also like to try the mold with resin but I am fairly confident this would ruin the mold.

Advice? Huh
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl Anatomical Heart Tote and Wallet - img heavy! on: December 29, 2005 08:34:22 AM

front of wallet, closed

The open wallet

the lining of the wallet.  tag courtesy of the amazing love tanks tutorial on how to make your own product labels.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green Vinyl Waist Purse (or "fanny pack") on: November 22, 2005 08:50:32 AM
My friend from Philly was telling me how it would be super useful to have a hands free purse or fanny pack.  I don't like the idea of having one so bulky as the original models and thought it would make sense to have one that lies a little more flat.  I did a bit of searching on here and found there is another fanny pack attack (w/ tutorial).  Although I didn't actually end up using the tutorial, I did borrow the idea of a belt running through the pack from that post (just to give credit where credit is due).

Here are some (bad) pictures.  I am really terrible with a camera which is a shame because I own several.

http://www.heykiddelicious.com/craftster/fanny 005.jpg
full view

http://www.heykiddelicious.com/craftster/fanny 002.jpg
close up of the detail BEFORE it was sewn on.  I was deciding between this or another design.  I went with this and then added a green heart to the upper corner, er, circles don't have corners!

http://www.heykiddelicious.com/craftster/fanny 003.jpg
The interior.  Note how the belt is not visible!

http://www.heykiddelicious.com/craftster/fanny 004.jpg
The back (w/ belt!!!).  I was having trouble with my buttonholer so I killed it and decided to use decorative stitches to create buttonholes (or rather, belt holes).  I think it came out REALLY well.  I also used wide lace to make the back of the vinyl belt and used the decorative stitches (again) to secure the part of the belt that went around the rings.  I don't know why the purse looks so lumpy in this picture (vinyl is a fickle mistress), but I have stretched and pressed it and it is more a semi-circle now.

Thanks for looking!!!!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / painted purses on: November 21, 2005 07:17:06 AM
I painted a few vintage purses the other day!


They're pretty simple.  I still need to invest in a sealant for these.  Any  suggestions on what kind would work best for this surface type?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Breadbox Organizer on: November 21, 2005 06:56:51 AM
Hey guys and gals!  Here is something I found to be really convenient for organizing your craft rooms.  While more "office-y" items are in my room (computer, printer, etc), I still like to have a few office supplies handy in the craft room (writing letters to buyers or friends, making tags for merch, etc).  It's hard, however, to find a good space for all of that.  Especially when all of that space is taken up by misc. yarn and fabric (ack!).  I found this beauty at the local thrift shop for about $3:

It was in pretty great shape and didn't need any work - just look at those mushrooms!  Why would anyone want that on a bread box?

Ooohhh!!!  Inside has room for things like paper, pencils, pens, paper clips,mini stapler, and stationary while still being able to house things like my button box and my bobbins!  I used film and medicine vials to store things like googally eyes and sequins.

I just thought I would pass this along because this breadbox organizer has been so helpful in keeping me organized (it is the only part of the room that isn't cluttered!).  I thought maybe some of you would be interested in a cheap, efficient way to keep things together!
6  UNITED STATES / Delaware / DE LJers? on: September 26, 2005 08:32:17 AM
Any of you Delaware girls have livejournals?  I've already stalked and added two of you, but I'd love to add more (maybe some sort of delaware crafter ring?)!

mine is http://www.livejournal.com/users/thinkingamericn!

Also, since I have a lot of Delaware pride (don't ask why or how), if any of you have websites, I'd love to link them on my site!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / a clutch and a conundrum on: September 23, 2005 10:25:49 AM
First the clutch:


back (complete with jacked up stitching)

small shot of interior fabric.

This was partially inspired by Tinafish's olive clutch (also made from leather scraps), but the assembly of the clutch is obviously way different (her's is better).

Now, the conundrum:
I have approximately 3 garbage bags full of these leather scraps.  I am not vegan, NOR am I vegetarian, but I do have an aversion to buying products that are tested on animals, leathers, etc.  I want to use these scraps because I try to incorporate a lot of recycling and found materials into what I make (the only new things on the clutch are the thread and sequins, everything else is from old clothing that a friend was throwing out).  I am not quite sure how to go about using the leather.  I would like to sell the clutches, cuffs, wallets, etc. made from the scraps but, at the same time, I am not entirely comfortable selling leather items.  The best idea I can come up with is, if I were to start producing and selling the items, to donate part of the profits to an animal right's group.  Does anyone have any better ideas or suggestions of groups to donate a portion of the profits to?  Any help is appreciated.  

Also - I realize this could be a bit of a sensitive topic for a lot of people on here, so please don't be nasty!  
8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Charity Challenge on: August 25, 2005 09:37:24 AM
Part of the reason I became involved with independent culture is because I enjoyed the idea of a community where everyone would strive to "do it themselves".  Where self-reliance and a sense of unity were emphasized.  As I grew older, I came to realize that (sadly) this is not always the case in the community.  People would rather spend hundreds of dollars on unfair labour companies to get the cool indie look.  People didn't always respect their environment or try to make it better (trashing venues and getting shows shut down being the prime example of this).  In recent years, however, I have realized something important: I cannot expect to find a perfect world, for one does not exit; therefor, I must work to create a better world for myself.

I think a craft challenge that, erm, challenges us to give back to our communities would be the ideal craft challenge.  I don't know how anyone would declare a winner.  Whoever gives the most stuff?  Whoever comes up with the most useful item?  Maybe different awards for different things?  The prize could be something charitable too: a donation to the charity of the winner's choice.

What do you guys think?  Do you have any idea what would determine the winner in a challenge like this?  I mean, other than the standard "THIS WOULD MAKE US ALLLLLL WINNERS" kind of thing?  Am I being unrealistically optimistic again?

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dress Form re-covering on: August 09, 2005 05:37:14 PM
I managed to dumpster over 30 dress forms (MWAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!!) and, although some of them have been sold or given away or crafted, I always kept one that I developed a certain attachment to.  Given my penchant for bright colours, I decided she needed a makeover.

I don't have any before pictures since all of the ones she's, well, wearing clothes since that's her job (!), but here is the after:


Although it is a bit distracting when I put clothing on her, IIIII like it!  I am in the process of stripping some of the other ones I have and, since they are hard cardboard underneath, collaging them.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Orange and Black a Taboo? on: August 09, 2005 05:31:02 PM
Not for moi!  

I HATED this shirt when I made it but once I put it on I was like, "ASHGJFSDGJSGSDGJSGD!!!!"  It was supposed to be put in the soon-to-be-but-probably-never-opened shop but I ran away with it instead.


The mesh is that material for making football jerseys.  It's kinf of coarse but lends itself well to the project.
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