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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: making semi-permament dye last longer on: April 28, 2008 05:35:34 PM
I add the vinegar straight to the dye before applying it and I also don't apply until my hair is TOTALLY dry.

I wash is very infrequently, in cool water as many have said.

My other trick is when it needs to be refreshed, shampoo your hair (to remove the natural oils), rinse, towel dry and then apply a bit of your color before conditioning.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kanzashi Glue Question on: July 18, 2006 11:32:44 PM
I make kanzashi and even though I use the rice glue to stiffen the petals and coat the raw edges - which dries pretty fast when used sparingly for those things - but I feel like I need more control and quicker drying for the mounting process so for that I use Mod Podge.

You could use it for the whole process if it is used sparingly enough. The key with Mod Podge is that it will stick no matter what, but the more you put on the longer your drying time will be. For kanzashi I typically apply it with a toothpick to get a thin but very effective coat where I need it.

It acts a lot like the rice glue, but dies faster as long as it is used sparingly.

Sorry if I rambled! Hope that helps.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Mounting Objects Using Wire on: July 18, 2006 11:26:17 PM
I've looked through the FAQ on wire and through several pages in this forum and can't find a discussion on this particular question that I have, so here goes:

I want to mount objects that I've passed wire through onto things like headbands, hair combs/clips, brooch backs etc. My problems are that I don't know what guage/type of wire is best for this task and also how to make it look good and be stong white holding the objects firmly in place in the position I've put them. The objects themselves weigh practically nothing, so that isn't really an issue.

So far I've just been experimenting with some unmarked jewelry wire I had around the house (don't know exact guage, but it's on the small wide of average, I'd say, for jewelry making)  and everything I've tried doing with it to mount these objects looks a total mess. I'm pretty perfectionistic and can't stand something not looking like it was done the correct and most effiicient way.

Does anyone have any suggestions or resources for me to learn how to properly mounth things with jewelry wire?
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: April 21, 2006 09:17:38 PM
Man, I'm stubborn. I keep putting up yarn, and I haven't sold any of it! I think I price it in the ballpark of other people that offer handspun. I don't think it's my spinning, I've won ribbons at shows for my spinning! Dang. Just venting. I love angora, but maybe I'm the only one. sniff. Here's some red angora/silk I just did:
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Sock


That is gorgeous. Your gauge is so even. Nice!

I'm just getting into spinning, myself. I'm excited about it, but anticipating It'll be a while before I'm actually "able" at all. 

I also just recently registered with Etsy and should be setting up shop sometime soon. I've sold on ebay for years and years, so this will be a welcome change, I think. Takes a lot of the pressure off of having to explain the idea of "handmade" to buyers who are used to and expecting commercially produced items.

I don't know if this has been covered in previous pages, I'm too lazy to check, but does anybody think it is a bad idea to spread the word (not just about my own Etsy shop, but about Etsy in general) via MySpace bulletin?  I am shy about that stuff, but it seems like a good way to get a lot of people to look who might not otherwise know about it.

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5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Some Boring scarves from a Posting Virgin! And a shrug! on: April 15, 2006 11:28:56 PM
Everything looks really good! That green is hot.  I like that kind of skittle green a lot - is that fringe on the end of that one or ruffles? 

I haven't posted much either, so I feel your pain about putting stuff in the wrong place. lol  Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Cleaves? on: October 27, 2005 03:31:56 AM
Oh my god, I'm so sorry you had to frog yours.  My gal-pal and I are currently knitting ours together.  We decided it would be a good way to pick up a couple of new stitching skills (I taught her to use DPNs and I hadn't had a project where I needed to learn increasing yet) and make ourselves something that would at the very least be a fun conversation piece.

Also, because I'm a really difficult fit and incredibly self-conscious I learned how to do all the math-y stuff and change the pattern to work in the guage of a different yarn, etc, so that we could knit them in cheap-o acrylic yarn first and then if we love it we can do it again in a fancier yarn. 

All of this talk of frogging is scaring me a bit!  Shocked
You say short with big bubbies is a no-no, but what about tall(ish) with average bubbies and a huuuuuuge ass?  hehe, we sound like polar opposites...I guess we'll see what happens...
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Maki Sushi TP Cozy (knit version tutorial) on: May 04, 2005 10:58:03 AM
Cute! It looks good in all knit like that, too.  Good job!  Grin
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Punk goth backpack on: April 25, 2005 04:02:07 PM
Ah, gotcha.  Thanks.

I've been knitting very basic things for a long time, and though I understand guage in theory, I have a very hard time understanding it in practice.  I just get confused with it very easiy.  Anyhoo, thanks for the answer!
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Punk goth backpack on: April 22, 2005 04:36:42 PM
Did you change the needle size at all to suit the different yarn?

I am doing one in the original bunny pattern, but I want to make it in Lion Brand Jiffy Mohair Look yarn - I already have all the colors I'll need for it, and the colors I want to do it in.  However, it seems substantially thicker than the suggested yard (I knit a swatch) so I am going to downsize the needles.

I was just wondering if you made any needle size adjustments for the Red Heart TLC yarn, too.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Maki Sushi TP Cozy (knit version tutorial) on: April 19, 2005 09:11:01 PM
I finished mine last week and gave them to my friend for her housewarming present last Friday.  She loved them! between that and the Kure Kure Takura bag I made her she was almost in tears! Thanks so much mk_carroll for the pattern(s).

Here are pictures of mine. 
I subbed red glass beads for the french knot looking things on mk_carroll's version.
I am not an embroiderer, so the tops left a little to be desired, lol, but I tried hard.


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